‘The gynecologist wants to grab the vacuum pump. Help! I want to do it myself’

‘The gynecologist wants to grab the vacuum pump. Help! I want to do it myself’
‘The gynecologist wants to grab the vacuum pump. Help! I want to do it myself’
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Pregnant Birth stories
Image Alexandra Fleischer

When her waters break, Emilie (35) has to go straight to the hospital for a course of antibiotics. She is a carrier of Group B streptococci (GBS), bacteria that can make a baby very sick.

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February 1, 2024, 10:00 am

‘After lunch, Ruben and I curl up on the couch to watch the series Subcutaneously. Just a moment of relaxation before I am induced into the hospital tonight. I am 39 weeks pregnant and due to my high blood pressure the baby needs to be delivered. Suddenly I feel wet: my waters have broken.

A wave of euphoria. It is going to happen! Still spontaneous. I call my doula Alexandra with the good news. Then my parents asked if they could take care of our son Louie.

We live in Belgium and unlike in the Netherlands, pregnant women here are screened for GBS (bacteria that occur in the vagina and which can make babies very sick). Since I am a carrier, I immediately go to the hospital for a course of antibiotics. I have to repeat this every four hours until birth.

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Read more: What are the symptoms of Group B streptococcus and when should you call the doctor?

In the hospital there are long hours of contractions and slow dilation. The baby is not positioned quite right for the exit. I take different positions in the hope that she descends properly. I rotate my hips in circles on the sitting ball. Then on your hands and knees on the bed.

Between 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM the contractions stop completely. It turns out to be the calm before the storm. The real work begins.

Also read: What happens if your baby is not in an ideal position?

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Alexandra arrives and immerses herself in the atmosphere: she dims the lights, lights candles and puts on calm music. She helps me cope with the contractions and shows Ruben techniques to support me. She also makes us dance. Distraction from the pain! Our last dance before we become parents again.

The contractions follow each other more quickly. I’m getting exhausted. 11:15 PM, a dilation check: only 6 centimeters. Disappointment. I’m asking for an epidural. The anesthesiologist is still performing an operation. The pain gets worse. I had completely suppressed this feeling after the last time. Can I still stop and go home? Alexandra encourages me.

Also read: This is what an epidural feels like according to these 17 mothers

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Finally the epidural. When does the pain relief start to work? The doctor checks: full dilation. I feel a primal force. Press! It seems to take hours. I’ve been at it for 45 minutes. When is she coming? The gynecologist wants to grab the vacuum pump. Help! I must and will do this myself. At that moment Alexandra crosses my legs, I put extra force and there she is: Ella-June. 01:35. We are complete.’

Born!

Ella-June
On 24-05-2023
After an 11.5 hour labor
Length: 48cm
Weight: 3185 grams

Birth story Emilie Image Alexandra Fleischer
Image Alexandra Fleischer

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The article is in Dutch

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