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02 Oct 2010: Leah

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The Five Minute Dream

This pregnancy had been more uncomfortable than Kai's and with all the stress of getting everything ready for the birth I just wanted it over already. But the contractions were like phantoms, so slight that Aki wouldn't notice they were there.

The contractions were so easy, we even went out to a birthday party on Saturday afternoon, trying to encourage them to happen.

I went to sleep Saturday night around 11.25pm. Aki woke me at 11.30pm and told me her water had broken. As the NHS demands, we called the hospital immediately. They were sending a midwife over to us, to check things out; we had planned a home birth.

Aki gradually felt more and more uncomfortable. I started running the water into the birthing pool.