“I’m not really sure when my labour started. It was my third pregnancy and I also had 2 toddlers to cope with, so I was quite distracted. I woke up at around 4am that Wednesday to some contraction like sensations, but they weren’t intense, so I went back to sleep.
"About 2 hours later we all got up to get our day going, and I carried on with my morning routine, all the while feeling what I thought was mild Braxton Hicks contractions. My husband left for work.
"Nothing dramatic happened, but I had a strange feeling, so about an hour later, even though I was scared it would be a false alarm, I called my husband and asked him to come back home. I called my midwife and she asked me to come in for an examination, just to be on the safe side.
“On the way to the hospital, my waters broke in the car. I still wasn’t feeling any really strong contractions. We made it to the maternity ward on time, and just as my midwife walked in, I felt like I needed the loo. She asked me to climb onto the bed, and I refused, saying I needed the loo first, really urgently.
"She jumped into action, saying that what I was probably feeling was the baby’s head. With the help of my husband, we managed to pull off my pants.
"The next thing, she and I were both on our hands and knees and I felt a sudden overwhelming urge to push. That was the only time I felt any sharp pain. With just 2 powerful pushes, my son Sebastian was born. My feelings of elation were incredible. I was helped onto the bed, and he was placed onto my chest for a cuddle.
"My husband and I both cried, we were so relieved and happy. Sebastian was none the worse for his hasty arrival. Weighing in at 3.3kg, he had a cute little button nose, tufty dark hair and he was completely adorable. It was a mad rush, but so worth it.”