This week Emma from Lyla & Co. will be sharing her successful induction birth story. It’s everything you could dream an induction to be, and with a bit of humour, she describes those first few days as a new mammy perfectly. I remember ringing the hospital on my way home in the car with Kayla.

Lyla’s Birth Story

In my mind, I was pretty calm and serene throughout, although at one stage I do remember thinking I was dying, so that along with what Jamie has told me, would beg to differ.

So our story starts on Sunday night, a week before my due date. I woke at about 3 am for my fifth toilet visit of the night and as I lay there trying to muster up the energy to go to the bathroom I felt a little trickle down my leg. Now, I won’t lie, at that stage, I was having pretty regular small accidents. I didn’t need a nappy or anything but I could only afford to sneeze or laugh when there was a bathroom nearby. But I knew this wasn’t wee. I don’t know how I knew but I knew. And sure enough, when I got to the bathroom I had a movie style woosh (maybe a little less dramatic) as my waters broke.

Jamie had literally just finished working on a big project that night and hadn’t got home until pretty late. I knew he was exhausted so I thought I’d let him sleep a little bit longer before waking him up. I couldn’t get back asleep so was pottering around the room and in my elephant like state I guess I wasn’t that quiet. He woke up and I called the hospital who said I was to come in straight away as once my waters were gone I was considered high risk for infection.

So, after a shower and some breakfast we set off expecting to have our baby soon.
I was admitted to hospital and put on the labour ward with 8 other women who were all in different stages of labour.

My contractions hadn’t started yet so they were happy to leave me to see if they would start naturally. I was checked over every two hours, and asked was I feeling anything yet.
“I dunno, I felt a bit of a twinge, is that it?”, while the woman in the bed next to me was in full on labour, roaring and vomiting while they waited on a delivery ward to be free for her.

After a long 48 hours of no sleep, at 7am on Tuesday morning, I was told I was being brought to a delivery room to be induced.

I had a shower, did my makeup, had the chats with the nurse, listened to Joe Duffy, Jamie got a subway, and not much really happened. It started to get uncomfortable around 3pm but when I was checked I was only 2cm dilated. I was pretty sure they were wrong but didn’t say anything. Then BOOM. Out of nowhere I couldn’t move around, couldn’t talk and basically thought I was going to die.

They checked me and I was almost 7cm.

The anaesthetist arrived to give me the epidural, (this is where my story varies from Jamie’s) I was really good and stayed incredibly still. (Jamie says I was shaking, had to be held down and was soaking wet from sweat). I called the anaesthetist my hero repeatedly and then got into bed, where I was able to snooze for the first time in three days. When I was told it was time to start pushing I wanted to tell the midwife to piss off. I could have stayed there forever!

The pushing was grand. 12 minutes start to finish. No tears, or stitches. (Thank you squats and kegals) and our not so little (8 pounds 10) Lyla was born at 8.51pm on Tuesday evening.


I’d love to say I was overcome with love and emotion but I was very much in a state of ‘oh shit, I have no idea what to do with a baby’. We got to spend a couple of hours alone in the labour ward admiring this tiny human we had created, which was lovely. Then I was wheeled back to the ward as my epidural hadn’t worn off. (It didn’t wear off for another 8 hours – Nightmare – TMI my catheter bag thing totally overflowed and a nurse had to mind me at the shower).

Once back on the ward, I was quick to call the nurse to explain to her that I had no idea what I was doing so to keep an eye on me.

We spent another long 48 hours in the hospital, before being discharged. When they said we could go I cried, not with happiness but with fear because I was leaving my safe little bubble of support in the hospital. Within two hours of being discharged, I had rang them twice with concerns and when I didn’t like the answers I was getting I got Jamie to call. Lolz.

You should definitely check out Lyla & Co. Emma shares some self-styled shoots, fashion finds for mama and baby, interiors inspiration, reviews of things and places she loves to visit, and of course personal posts about her journey through motherhood – the good, the bad and the downright ugly. She certainly has an eye for style and I envy her wardrobe in every way possible. Only last week I was in her company and damn she’s glowing – did I mention she’s expecting babog #2 in June? Follow Lyla & Co. on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
There is a whole collection of birth stories on the blog if you would like to continuing reading. Also if you would like to share your story on my blog pop me an email Birth stories are shared every Sunday around 9pm.

13 Comments on Birth Stories #4 | Lyla’s Birth Story | Lyla & Co

  1. Sounds like you had a lovely birth – definitely lovely compared to mine. The hospital stay on the other hand sounds awful, poor you. Doesn’t sound like the aftercare in that hospital is very good. Congratulations on your little bundle of joy though. Beautiful photo x

  2. I love hearing people’s brith stories. Love the part of the movie style waters breaking. Mine was the same on my first but nothing quite as dramatic on my 2nd. X

  3. 12 minutes?? Wow! That’s amazing! 4 hours and 10 minutes here, defo wasn’t as glamorous as yours! You look beautiful in the picture, lovely post x

  4. My two births couldn’t have been more different, one very long, very painful birth with an epidural and a long recovery time. The second totally natural, only gas & air, water birth and I left the hospital within a few hours! Love reading a birth story, we differ so much x

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