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In My Story, readers share their unique, life-changing experiences. Today, we hear from mum-of-three, Corinne Card, 41, from Brighton.

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By my due date, it was weird where I thought: What if, for some reason, I’m on my own when I give birth? What if no one can help me and I am completely on my own, how will I give birth to a baby? And in my mind I literally planned how I would do it. How do I pick up the baby since he was born so that his head doesn’t hit? I was trying to imagine it to make myself feel better, not really thinking it would happen…

It was October 14, 2020 – in the middle of the pandemic – and I was booked to go on a Zoom call with several customers. I told my husband John that I was having contractions and that he would have to call himself. I thought they were Braxton Hicks contractions and I really didn’t want to employ them.

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At 3 pm, I had to pick up my daughter Zoe from school. I was still having these small contractions, but I didn’t think it was a big deal. Then, as I was walking up the hill to go back home with my daughter, I had to stop and breathe properly. They were getting stronger.

When we got back I called the hospital because so far they felt like Suitable contraction. The midwife asked how far and all that information was, and said: “Don’t worry, it’s not really happening yet. If it hurts, take a couple of paracetamols and take a shower.” So I did.

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Originally I had planned a water berth at home. I bought a large birth pool that we were going to pump. But about a week before the due date, they measured my bulge and said it’s a little smaller than it should be, so it’s best to go to the hospital for the birth. I was disappointed, but wanted the one that was the safest.

I think my contractions started getting more powerful when my husband was still on a Zoom call. I got out of the shower and called the midwife again, who said: “No, no, don’t worry, it’s still not happening. You’re too far.”

Back in the water, it all seemed less painful, but the contractions continued to intensify. I told John about the intensity after I ended my call – it felt like it was getting quite dramatic with the pain – and he called the hospital who put me on the phone to listen to me during contractions. I had taken a bath for about an hour but he still said: “No, we don’t recommend you come yet because it will be a long time before the baby is born.”

I think it was around 4.30, although I’m not sure exactly what time I didn’t want to put my phone in there, the bathroom was so steamy.

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