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My Birth Story

I loved being pregnant.  It was one of the most wonderful, special times of my life. I was one of those ridiculously happy (& no doubt annoying) pregnant people – over indulging on cake, because I did not realise that baby weight does not magically disappear overnight once the baby is born; taking hypnobirthing classes, because I genuinely believed that I could silently breathe my baby out; enjoying every midwife & clinic visit, because I was enjoying a healthy pregnancy; and boring everyone in a 10-mile radius about how I’d never give my baby a dummy (I did), how I would breastfeed for at least a year (I did not) and how having a baby would not change my life (of course it did). I was lucky in that my pregnancy was straightforward, so of course I expected that my birth would be too. I went out for cake on my due date and joked with the waitress “Any day now!”. Of course, this joke got very old around 14 days later, when my baby still …