So I went in for an induction on Tuesday 4th feb at 8pm. Had an examination still 2cm dilated, dr agreed I did not need pessary as cervix was "ripe & ready" for birth so I was just going to have my waters broken. However that night too many natural labours came in and I was kept in over night, till I was woken at 6am to go to labour ward and monitored for an hour. At 7:30am I had my waters broken and started having regular contractions by 9. By 1pm I could no longer walk around. Tried gas & air but this made me really sick, so I was given pethadine instead. I was now 8cm dilated but had a huge sensation to push, mw told me to put it off as long as possible till I was fully dilated.
Baby's heart rate kept decreasing with contractions but recovered between each one well, this still however led to there being 3mws present and a doctor.
By 1:30 I started pushing, it was a long struggle till she was born, had to eventually have a small cut to get baby's head out and finally she was born at 14:26, weighing 8lb 13.5oz.
She's kept me awake all night breast feeding well, but can't wait to be discharged today.
Thanks to everyone for thier continued support especially the last2 weeks or so.
Hope everyone is well - mummies, babies and bumps, from Alex & baby phoebe grace