I was in two minds about watching One Born Every Minute last night.
It is not because I don’t enjoy the series.
I have followed it since in started in Southampton which isn’t far from me and a couple of the midwives in it I knew personally. I enjoyed being able to share the joy, the pain and the beauty of childbirth plus the added bonus of laughing at the annoying husbands or partners.
This series has brought home the fact that Sebastian is definitely our last baby.
It is a decision we didn’t take lightly. We are very lucky to have 6 beautiful, happy and healthy children but that doesn’t stop me looking wistfully at a newborn if I see one.
Pregnancy with my last three children saw me dealing with Gestational Diabetes but it was manageable and I coped well. My pregnancy with Sebastian was challenging to say the least. At our 12 week scan we were told the baby had a 1:10 chance of having Downs Syndrome and we made the difficult choice to have a CVS which is a horrendous procedure. Thankfully is all came back clear, but I was on tenterhooks for the rest of the pregnancy as that procedure can cause miscarriage and early rupture of the membranes. I also suffered from Polyhydramnios which is too much water, which is also dangerous for the baby.
I was very lucky to have 5 natural births with no issues, but Sebastian was a different story and after 2 days of stop start labour and a failed induction I ended up having an emergency Caesarian, which was a huge shock. It still baffles me as to why people would choose to have a caesarean if they have no medical need as it completely knocked me off my feet.
It took me a good 6 months to feel fully recovered and I still get niggles to this day, plus I hate the way my stomach hangs over the scar which is still a bit lumpy and bumpy. However, my gorgeous little man was safe and is a constant joy (despite the teething).
Back in September,when Sebastian was three months old, hubby had a vasectomy so there is no changing our minds now.
I am happy with our decision but watching this series of One Born Every Minute will be a bittersweet one for me.