Raila Erja Varpu Aaltonen's Birth StoryStarted with contractions late last night and was told to stay at home until they became more frequent.
Johann and I made our way in at 6am. I was taken to a room and checked to see how dilated I was but it was not even 5cm.
We was then told to stay and I had a monitor strapped to my bump and they was keeping an eye on our daughter's heart rate which was very fast and strong.
My contractions had started up again and became intense and I was checked over again and this time I had dilated to 8cm.
Johann was a godsend and helped me out with my breathing and the midwife checked again and I was fully dilated and fully effaced.
So we was all ready and waiting for me to start to push and I was told to push when my body told me to so it could help so that I might tear less.
Johann held my hand and also watched to see our beautiful baby daughter arrive into the world.
The moment she was born Raila gave out a very powerful cry and then Johann was asked if he would like to cut the cord and he said yes.
Raila was then placed on to my chest for our first skin to skin. Johann was asked to take his shirt off and was then handed Raila so he could also do skin to skin. He said it was amazing.
Raila was then handed back to me to see if she would start feeding and after a few missed attempts she was suddenly away feeding it did feel a little bit strange but I soon got the hang of it.