I got the birth I wanted.
I had my first son by emergency caesarean section after being induced. It was amazing and I was instantly besotted with this tiny little bundle of joy. I also had an overwhelming feeling of sadness that it hadn't been a natural birth. I felt like my body had betrayed me.
I got my natural birth with my second son. It was agonisingly painful but I got my gorgeous baby at the end of it and it was all worth it. Except that I had to have three months worth of physiotherapy following his birth because I had traumatised my body while in labour due to having Symphisis Pubis Dysfunction. I had done everything wrong when in labour.
When I was pregnant with my third son I was determined to get the birth right this time. I was with the midwife when my waters broke. They sent me home and my contractions started while I was driving. I got home and my husband arrived ten minutes later to take me to the hospital. I was trying to phone my mother as I wanted her with me but I couldn't get through to her. We got to the hospital car park and there was nowhere to park and I started panicking. I felt sick and realised that I was in transition and I screamed at my husband to just stop the car! I didn't want to give birth in a car. As I was getting out of the car I could see my mother walking out of the hospital towards me. It felt so surreal and my husband later said it was like seeing an angel as we were both panicking by this point. (I will point out that she was working at the hospital on this day and she had come out to try to phone me). My mother took me up to labour ward while my husband got my bag and parked the car. He only just made it as ten minutes later my beautiful baby boy was born. I'd had a 40 minute scary, intense labour but it was perfect. This photo of baby, myself and my mother was taken just 10 minutes after he was born. I look at it and remember the happiness and joy I felt.
This is my entry into The Boy And Me The Day That competition.