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'I Was Too Scared To Look At My Daughter When I Gave Birth To Her'

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09.09.2020

In HuffPost Birth Diaries we hear the extraordinary stories of the everyday miracle of birth. This week, Shomoy Dormer shares her story. If you’d like to share yours, email amy.packham@huffpost.com.

Being pregnant during a pandemic was a struggle. I gave birth in July, so had spent nearly five months worrying. I lost touch with the outside world. My partner couldn’t come to scans. I was anxious and lonely.

I couldn’t wait to meet my daughter, though. I wanted a home birth, but was declined one due to my BMI. I requested a home-from-home birthing centre, but was declined that, too. Someone I spoke to on Instagram advised me I could ask to speak to the chief consultant midwife about my requests – I did, and she agreed I could give birth in the birthing centre, and go in the pool.

The night it all kicked off, I was at home and had just put up the baby’s cot. I went to sleep and woke up around 5am with contractions. They were painful, but I’d been doing hypnobirthing........

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