We previously shared Melbourne mummy blogger, Adele aka The Real Mumma, who is expecting her second child, will be streaming her childbirth with updates, video and imagery on Facebook. Well it is all happening RIGHT NOW!
The popular blogger known for her frank and honest insight into motherhood announced to her 40,000 followers that she was doing the project due to a lack of education on childbirth.
“When I had my son, I had a grand birth plan. I knew exactly what I wanted but I was poorly educated. None of it went to plan and I quickly learnt, expectations lead to disappointment.” Adele says.
She hopes the candid content will be beneficial for both men and women that are pregnant or planning to have a family soon.
“There is very little education for couples on childbirth. You can do the short hospital course for first time parents, download the apps and research but nothing gives you a truer insight into childbirth, than the real thing. It isn’t always a dramatic breaking of waters and then speeding to the hospital, like many couples envisage. It’s nothing like the movies!”
Adele shares her most intimate highs and lows of parenting on The Real Mumma, so it is only natural that she shares her childbirth experience in a raw but ‘PG’ fashion. She had an emergency caesarean with her first and is attempting a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) for her second.
“There are things I would like with this delivery but childbirth is completely unpredictable. The birth plan is out the window and I have an open mind. Who knows what will happen”
UPDATE 6 July – Well it is all happening now. TODAY. RIGHT here RIGHT NOW!
She is here!
At 11.04pm on Thurs 6 July, Adele gave birth to a beautiful and healthy little girl via VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Both mum and Baby are doing very well.
More details to come…
A previous update from Adele 30 mins ago was that things are still progressing well and she is hoping she can still avoid a c-section.
“After an internal check, to my surprise I was actually 4cm dilated! Progress! He also discovered that I still had some membrane that hadn’t ruptured which he did for me. There was an amazing flood of water and almost instantly, I went to another level. I started getting back to back contractions very quickly. All natural! I was completely beside myself. And I always said that if I needed help, if things got too much, I had choices. So I put my hand up to the epidural.
So now, I’m back on track to have a vaginal delivery. What a roller coaster of emotions. I have had such a wonderful experience with my midwifes and a fantastic obstetrician, who have supported and encouraged so much. Can you believe the changes in the last 12 hours? So many ups and downs. So much uncertainty and unpredictability.
In the next couple of hours we will see if I’ll need to push or it will be a c section. But for now, I’m going to close my eyes and get ready.”
Adele was induced this morning and an earlier update from Adele stated that things are progressing well, “I came to the hospital today with a really open mind. My contractions keep coming and it’s getting a lot harder to write now. I’ll probably get Paul to write anything going forward. They are making me stop and breath through them. They are quite painful but manageable and although that is moving in the right direction, my body isn’t completely coming to the party.
Just like with Harvey, my cervix is just hanging around 2cm. In a few hours, we will need to reassess but I have a feeling it will be the same as last time. ‘Failure to progress’
Luckily I do have an open mind because last time I was told this, after going through labour for 8 hours and never getting past 2cm, I cried. I felt so disappointed and I felt like I failed.
This time, I understand a lot more, I have exposed myself to the different birth scenarios, I’m more educated and I believe in my body. I understand there is probably a reason that Bub isn’t here yet and why my body doesn’t want to do that.
I know I have been talking about having an open mind, no plan, no expectations etc etc but it is still disheartening. I have certainly lost a bit of a bounce in my step. Not because I may have another c section or because I didn’t progress but this is my last Bub and may not go through the motions of a vaginal birth. It just would have been nice to experience it.
But I have to remember, anything could happen in the next few hours. And regardless of the outcome, I won’t be disappointed.”
Watch out for further updates.
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