The entire car ride I was breathing and focusing so I would not hold my breath because of the pain. I asked my partner to crank the radio a bit and tried to sing to the songs in my head. Worked wonders.
Shared here with permission: Lisa reached out to voluntarily share her birth story for GlowingwithBaby.com
Since I had a toddler (15 months) I was hoping I will have a quick and uneventful delivery so i can get back home ASAP. Better watch out what you wish for. I did so much google research and asked friends and people who already have 2 or more kids to see how quick or long it took for their 2nd delivery. Of course everyone is different and no pregnancy or delivery is the same. My girl was due April 9th and on April 8th I woke up around 2:45 AM to some stronger period like cramps. I didn’t think too much of it but since I couldn’t fall asleep again because if the pain I decided to double check and put the final items (charger, snacks) in the hospital bag. I timed the contractions and they got pretty strong and close together fairly quickly. Called the midwife at 3:45 AM and woke my partner right after only to hear him say “not now, I wanna sleep a little longer”, men I tell you, he thought I was waking him for work. As soon as I mentioned baby he jumped, called his dad to watch our toddler and we were on the road at 4:30 AM (his dad arrived at our house 4:35 AM, no way i could wait a minute longer). So again the drive is on average 45 min to the hospital. We got there at 5:05 AM. The entire car ride I was breathing and focusing so I would not hold my breath because of the pain. I asked my partner to crank the radio a bit and tried to sing to the songs in my head. Worked wonders. Since I was so quiet my partner thought it wasn’t so bad, parked the car and helped me out. Thanks to Covid-19 they created an entire new entrance for labour and maternity, which I was only told the way when i called to inform baby is coming. Here we are, walking towards the emergency entrance, stopping with every contraction. We stopped a few meters infront of the emergency entrance, the security guard came out, I told him baby is coming, if i ever have a 3rd child I’ll be more specific, baby WAS COMING! So he walked back inside to the the wheelchair while my partner tried to get me to the maternity entrance. I just couldn’t handle it anymore, the urge to push was so strong so I pulled down my pants and squatted right then and there on the sidewalk. The security guy ran with the wheelchair towards us, asking if I can get on it. I could only get out a sharp NO, but was thinking “do I look like I can get up”. The ran back inside and nurse and midwife came running outside. My midwife squatted infront of me to help guide baby out while my partner was behind me, as instructed by midwife to get the butt and legs. I pushed a few times and baby was out. Not screaming, I was sitting in that wheelchair freaking out and asking why my baby is not screaming and if she’s ok. The midwife rubbed her back a couple seconds and we heard her scream loud anand clear. I dont think I ever felt so relieved. Baby was put on my chest and we were wheeled in to deliver the placenta. Baby girl #2 was born at 5:25 AM. We were discharged the same day at 10:30 AM. So I got what I asked for, quick and more or less uneventful delivery.