Charlie is originally from the UK and she gave birth at the Hospital Universitario de Torrejón in 2020.
Why did you choose this hospital?
I wanted a natural water birth. There were two hospitals that offered this that were options to me. This one was closer
I had an appointment at Torrejón at 10.30am, the day I went in labour for a possible membrane sweep. I went into labour early that morning, contractions progressed very quickly so I actually arrived at the hospital at my appointment time.
I took half an hour to go from 3cm to 8cm.. ( they only rechecked me as I said I needed to push) the contractions were pretty intense without much gap, it caused me to vomit.
They quickly filled the pool up. When in the pool I felt a majority of the pain go and just the pushing urge remain. It was hard work but I feel I had prepared for a lot of my pregnancy for the pushing part, lots of squats lots of steps.
I felt strong. 2 hours from start of intense contractions to her arrival. I had no pain relief by choice. I had no physical help in birthing her and there was a language barrier ( I had done hypnobirthing and feel it kept me calm and I realised what my body was trying to do)
So I was the first to touch her and bring her to my chest. It was lovely. The attending midwife was attentive, but seemed to sense I wasn't worried, so kept a distance when is what I wanted.
I felt safe, but most importantly I felt like I was in control, and that was important to me.
Did you have a doula? If yes, how was the experience? If no, how do you think having a doula may have changed your experience?
No, I think it would have been useful for the language barrier, essential if I had been in a regular hospital, or even if my labour had been longer.
Did you feel supported in your chosen method of feeding your baby?
Yes, however I asked for her to be checked for a tongue tie, which they did, but a pretty severe one was missed. I have a very high pain threshold, but my breastfeeding journey was very hard until she had her tie diagnosed and cut at 3 months.
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