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To my Midwife,

Back at the start of June you gave me the most positive birth experience I could have asked for given my circumstances. I came to you bleeding and contracting at 36 weeks pregnant and I was terrified. There was so much blood and it was too early for my baby boy to come but you were solid and strong. You calmed me and reassured me that everything would be okay. And it was.

I wanted to have a home hypnobirth but obviously that had gone out of the window yet you still tried to do whatever you could to give me what I wanted. You clearly took the time to read my birth plan even though you probably knew the majority of it couldn't happen now. You understood my need for a calm, natural birth. You used language that was in line with the hypnobirthing principles. You let me move around rather than condemning me to the bed. You dimmed the lights and let me listen to my hypnobirthing tracks. You were so supportive.

When it came to making decisions you gave me all the information. You listened to my concerns about the induction drip and about having an epidural after 8 hours of labour and just gas and air. You understood my fears yet gave me all the information and reassurance I needed to make an informed decision that was right for me.

You caught my tiny baby boy after guiding him safely into the world. You smiled and praised me as you put my little bundle onto my chest. You respected my wishes to have skin to skin for as long as possible and for that I am so grateful.

You didn't stop caring once the baby was here either. Whilst I was having a very large post partum bleed you kept in mind what I wanted. You didn't let anyone take my baby off me. You fought as hard as you could to stop them from taking me to theater which I will be forever grateful for as the bleed did stop on it's own like you thought it would. You stayed with me for an hour after everyone had gone and showed me how to hand express and feed my new baby. Your shift had ended but you didn't leave. You cared and you supported me right until I was moved to the recovery ward.

You went above and beyond the call of duty on the 8th June 2018 and I will never forget the wonderful and positive experience that you gave me.

Thank you!

Smart Cells, a private cord blood collection and storage center based in London are currently running  campaign called #ThankYouMidwives to highlight the hard work and commitment these amazing midwives do. You can find out more about the campaign here: https://www.smartcells.com/baby/b/thank-you-midwives/ 
Make sure you get involved by sharing your story of gratitude and tagging @smartcells and using the hashtag #thankyoumidwives

Note: this is a collaborative post with information provided in a press release. 

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