Emma; “The lady who saved my birth.”
Clare planned to give birth at home in a birthing pool. She said: “My dream was a natural birth. I wished to watch my baby be born. To watch my baby come out and to have him put on my chest straight away.”
However, at 42 weeks and 3 days there was still no signs of labour and an ultrasound showed a drop in the amount of fluid around baby. She didn’t feel comfortable to wait any longer.
As Clare had had a caesarean with her first child, induction of labour was not an option (as it is believed induction increases the risk of uterine rupture). Clare called Emma for support.
After speaking to Emma, Clare requested a ‘Gentle Caesarean’. The first ‘Gentle Caesarean’ to ever take place at Wigan Hospital.
Clare explains: “My first caesarean was very impersonal. I might as well have not been in the room. I didn’t see my daughter until she was brought to me in a blanket 10 minutes after her birth.
They didn’t even show her to me before taking her away for checks. This time, they treated it like a vaginal birth. I wrote a birth plan, which they took very seriously. I felt in complete control.”
The surgeon removed the screen completely so that Clare could see her baby being born.
Clare said: “It was the most amazing thing in the world.
I saw him come out. It was slow and natural. They let my uterus contract him out bit by bit. First his head, then one shoulder, then the other, then his tummy, hips and legs.
“He was so calm but once he was out to his tummy area, the cool air hit him and he cried a bit but I reached out my arms and as soon as he was on my chest, he stopped and was calm.
He sniffed me and started searching for the nipple and breastfed straight away.”
The whole experience was unrushed and Clare’s baby boy, Pace, had 5 full minutes of delayed cord clamping.
“He wasn’t out of my sight from birth to ward. We are so in love with him.”
Clare describes Emma as: “The lady who saved my birth.”