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39 weeks…

by Clare Mansell

One week away from my due date today and I’m still here! The good news is I’m also in good health, the ligament problem I had in my pelvis seems to have settled down and I’m back walking several miles a day, which with two dogs is both a necessity and a pleasure.

This week I have been working my way through the Marie Mongan Hypnobirthing book to remind myself of the principles. I originally did the course in Scotland four years ago with a lovely practitioner called Margaret who ended up being my Douala at Theo’s birth, sadly 600 miles is a bit far to go for a refresher, but I did find someone locally who did a top-up session with me on Wednesday.


We are now all equipped for a homebirth. My midwife dropped off the NHS kit last week and a local friend has provided me with all the extras which she had bought for a planned homebirth that ended up being a hospital induction. We decided against a birthing pool, but we do have a large bath. I read so many birth stories which involved birthing pools that were never used because they couldn’t be filled in time or the husband couldn’t fix up the hose, I just thought it would be simpler not to have one at all.

My midwife applied to the hospital I had Theo in in Scotland to get my notes and was able to confirm that although my last labour was long it was not problematic. Apparently the duration of the active stage of Theo’s labour was (according to her) “a heck of a long time” (nearly 6 hours) and she promised it won’t be anywhere near that this time!

I’m hoping to avoid an induction this time around and I’m relieved that my midwife is supportive of my choice. My next check-up is at 40+5 and they are happy to let me carry on till 42 weeks and then discuss daily monitoring if I get that far. Knowing the pressure is off for another few weeks is definitely helping me relax, although there is a really geeky part of me that would like to have it next Wednesday. Anyone know what’s particularly cool and nerdy about 21st October 2015?!

Name wise I think we are settled on our two options, although I do enjoy throwing the odd new suggestion at Jim which he nearly always rejects (What is it with men?) Perfectly lovely boys names that he has refused so far include…. Otis, Lawrence, Gilbert, Rufus, Francis, Alexander and Chester. There have been much less arguments about girls names as we have a few traditional ones we agree on, although a part of me does still love more American sounding names like Dakota and Autumn… but I don’t think I’ll ever get away with those!

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Lizzie Woodman October 16, 2015 - 12:05 pm

Good luck! You definitely don’t need a birthing pool at home (unless you really want one). I managed without one as I figured it would just be too much hassle. Hope all goes well for you. 🙂

Carie October 16, 2015 - 8:26 pm

Ok yes my inner geek will admit to knowing the date – would you call the baby Marty? you’re looking fantastic I can’t believe how quickly the weeks have gone by – good luck, though I doubt you’ll need it 🙂

Laura @ KneadWhine October 19, 2015 - 5:30 pm

You’re the second person I’ve heard of who would like a 21st of October baby. 😀

Robyn October 23, 2015 - 12:20 pm

Happy Due date!! Just sat with a cuppa’ and I found myself coming over for a catch up on your recent posts. How exciting to have a home birth, I hope everything goes perfectly for you, i’m excited to see your new lovely little bundle. Also Otis is a lovely name, Theo & Otis has a great ring to it. Good luck!


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