Rachel tells us her story

Rachel gave birth to baby Lucy Amelia Bell on 14 May 2020 at Pinderfields Hospital by planned C-section.

Rachel and baby Lucy and student midwife Laura

Previous birth experiences 

Previous natural birth where I experienced a 3rd degree tear and episiotomy at Pinderfields birth centre.

Pregnancy

I had an uncomplicated pregnancy for the most part. I had moderate sickness which I needed to take medication for to stop be getting dehydrated and I also had a small bleed around 23 weeks which turned out to be fine.

I was undecided at first whether to have a natural birth again like my first however in the end I decided to have a planned caesarean-section (C-section) due to the complications I had previously. The consultant I saw at Dewsbury was happy with my decision and promptly booked me in!

Birth of baby Lucy

I gave birth via planned C-section at Pinderfields Hospital, ward 18b on the 14th May 2020 at exactly 39 weeks pregnant. I was originally booked for the afternoon list however in the morning I had some bleeding which was checked at triage and thankfully it was all fine. I then received a phone call around 9am to come in earlier so I could be on the morning list which put my mind at rest. Staff on the ward were very cheerful and supportive all the way through. I had my husband with me up until about two hours after the birth of my daughter which I was very glad of.

I was given skin to skin after she was cleaned and weighed which I was surprised about given that I had a C-section, I honestly thought that would have to wait till I got back to the ward but they gave me lots of options.

After the birth I was given painkillers regularly and I was given help with getting up and walking, getting dressed, washing etc. I was also offered plenty of biscuits!

They made sure I could pass urine and all mine and baby’s observations were what they should be. My catheter was removed shortly after I could mobilise. I spent less than 24 hours on the ward before I was discharged.

The staff were very helpful and I had a lovely experience.

I can't remember the names of all those that looked after me but I can remember a lovely student midwife named Laura who was so lovely and friendly. She talked about her own experiences to help me through it all. There were others that I wish I could remember the name of that were very kind and supportive. They all made me plenty of tea and made sure I was well fed! My surgeon did a fantastic job: you can barely even see my scar now only 5 weeks post-partum! I chose to bottle feed. They made up bottles for me whenever I asked them to.

My top tips for labour from my experience first time around would be remembering to eat in labour and keep moving even if you don't want to! It really gets things moving!

Rachel sends a message to women who are due to give birth during the Covid-19 pandemic and says:

Honestly it wasn't much different to normal other than I couldn't have visitors but actually it was quite nice having that time to bond with your baby!

Thank you for sharing your experience with us and huge congratulations to Rachel and her family from all of us at the Trust.