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

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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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