My labor and delivery story

No breaking news: I had a baby in early March. And you are probably tired of me banging on about it.

But many of you asked for more background information, so I figured I would film a little video, taking you with me on the journey to the hospital and into the delivery room.


My labor and delivery story


Well, not really into, just narratively into, because

a) I don’t think anyone would want to see the bloody details and

b) I had many other things on my mind that did not include picking up a camera.


But if you are up for a little chat, keep watching.


And if it is only beauty and skincare that interest you, feel free to browse the „Beauty Reviews“ and „Skincare Reviews“ in the sidebar or check back later this week. I may or may not have recorded a little bonus video that will go up on Sunday.

Over to you:

Are you bored as hell by me talking baby stuff?

Or would you like this series to be continued, maybe with postpartum body updates/ getting back in shape/ personal stuff in general?

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  • Nicole

    Such a beautiful post! Great video! 🙂

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  • You can talk about it as much as you want to, it is good to learn these things and know what to expect:) I read that the pain you get during the birth is more than having your a few bones broken, is it really that bad?

    Ela BellaWorld

    • Oh my, who told you that? Now I wouldn’t know, because I never had a few bones broken, but (for me) it started as equivalent to menstrual cramps that got heavier over time. I was able to walk and talk, and it wasn’t so much the pain, but the force of the muscular contraction that made it harder to bear as labor went on. With an epidural, all you will feel is pressure, no pain. Without the epidural you will feel pain, and I cant tell you exactly how much, because I had one both times, but even with the one only working halfway, it was painful, but not like I imagine having a broken bone. plus, it is no constant pain, it comes, climaxes and diminishes again, with a short break in between, so no constant pain.
      Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want to do it without an epidural, but if I had to, it would be possible.

      • Thanks to uncle google for this information (or some fake infos that people are sharing) 🙂 I always have painful period, I mean really bad pains so I can kinda imagine how painful it would be.
        I also heard some bad things about epidural, like some no being able to walk afterwards an so on, so I will just ignore these things when I decide on what to do. I will probably choose the less painful one, at least then after birth I can hold the baby without pain 🙂

        • There is a lot of misconception about the epidural. In theory it is possible to injure the spine and be paralyzed, but the height where the epi is set for delivery reasons that is almost impossible. It is more likely to be run over by a bus when walking to the hospital that have this side effect. There can be headaches, numbness or back pain after an epi, but usually there is nothing similar. Trust me in that, it is part of my job to set the epidurals, and I have probably done so several hundred times. Without any side effects. I have even applied them to the thoracic spine where risks are way higher without any problems.
          Many women claim that they have back pain afterwards, but that is not related to the epic, but to bad posture and lack of muscles in most cases. And if anyone should tell you the epi is bad for the baby, it is not true either. If you are stressed, the baby is stressed. After I had my epi (both times), I went to sleep for around an hour and then woke up to pushing. No stress at all, and both my children had awesome heart rate and breathing after they were born.

          • Thanks for the information! It is great to hear it from the expert instead of some unknown source. If I can’t deal with the pain then, I will probably go for it to make things easier.

  • Trang Do

    Great video! Love it!

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  • Wow, this was an interesting and fascinating video for a 20 year old haha! P.S I love your base in this video, its so beautiful and glowy, what foundation is it?

    • It is MAC Waterweight SPF 30 foundation, I reviewed it earlier this year.

  • Wow, this was an interesting and fascinating video for a 20 year old haha! P.S I love your base in this video, its so beautiful and glowy, what foundation is it?

  • This is actually interesting because in some way people will understand and learn about laboring before they experience it, so they can prepare themselves.

    Love, Fads

    • We used to talk about that much more in the past, so women were better prepared. These days everything happens secluded and no one really talks about it, so there is a lot of fear building up. Fear that is not necessary in my opinion.

    • We used to talk about that much more in the past, so women were better prepared. These days everything happens secluded and no one really talks about it, so there is a lot of fear building up. Fear that is not necessary in my opinion.

  • Neha 14wow

    Great Video…thx for sharing this beautiful post… xoxo, Neha

  • I love hearing about baby-having stuff, so I’d love to hear more! The women at work who have had babies never talk about it because they think it will scare the rest of us into never having kids, haha. And I love that you resorted to Facetiming! It’s crazy that everything can go so wrong when you’ve planned so many things to go smoothly 😉


    • If someone told me: I will not speak about it to not scare you, I would be scared as hell! There is no reason to be scared, it is a life-changing experience and in 95% everything goes well.

  • Esmaltes & Cia

    Great vídeo dear !

  • I didn’t know all these details. I can only imagine how scared you were not being able to get a hold of anyone! But It’s great that the labor was so quick!

    And when you said you were crying and Mr. Loca was crying I had tears in my eyes too. Hopefully, one day I will experience that kind of joy!


    • I would have called you, but i don’t think you would have been able to make it in time 😉 And you will. It is very emotional and unlike anything I have ever felt before.

  • I feel so broody right now and love reading all baby-related stuff. Hopefully I will be able to share my own experience one day.

    • I hope so too. Having children really changed my life. Do you have nieces or nephews? I remember you saying that your siblings are way younger than you are.

  • Wow that was a rocky start but good that all worked out in the end. Your daughter sounds super sweet with her little brother 🙂 This is your blog and you should talk about whatever you want to.

    • She is. I was a little worried, but everything turned out to be great when the two met.

  • That must have been harrowing at first. I’m glad it went speedily. I’ve heard from a US midwife it’s better to let your body tear than to have it cut. What is your take?

    • I have had both, a cut and two tears with my daughter and didn’t experience any difference in healing or afterwards. In Germany they cut if the head is too big so they can control the direction. If it tears to your rectum, you can get a third degree tear, which basically means that there is a connection between vagina and rectum. But tears heal easier in general, so I am not sure.

  • Oh my goodness, how dramatic! I can’t believe you had to take an ambulance to the hospital, that would definitely be an experience for you, especially if you’re not used to being the passenger! Just as well you were able to reach your parents. My mum was all set to come to us to look after toddler T, but with her her living 40 minutes away there was just no time at all. If I had called her when I first woke up with the contractions she would have made it, but I wasn’t sure if it was another false alarm and by the time I realised it was and woke hubby up we had to get his mum to come around (she’s 10 mins away) as the contractions were just too close and I had to leave for the hospital as soon as possible.

    In the end it’s that wonderful experience of meeting your baby hat makes everything leading up to it seem so insignificant. Glad everything was good in the end even if it was a little bumpy along the way! So sweet to hear how your daughter loves her little brother too! 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • I had else alarm contractions before as well, always at night, so I was hesitant to call. But when my water broke I knew it was time.
      How is Toddler T getting along with his brother?

      • I was still in denial about how far along I was until I got the ok to start pushing moments after we walked into the birth suite…water breaking is a good sign haha! Takes the pain up a notch though so not the most pleasant!
        Like you I’m pretty lucky as the boys are getting along well. Toddler T loves his little brother. I’m always having to keep an eye on them though because toddler T likes to ’share‘ his toys and I can just pop to the kitchen for a glass of water and come back to a baby hidden under a pile of toys, ha!

        • Oh yes, I know that. Little Bean wants to carry her brother, or tries to feed him her water bottle if I don’t watch out. You really cant leave them unattended for a second.

          • I’m just glad toddler T is so small he can’t pick up his little brother yet… Although him trying does get concerning sometimes, haha! Very true, they can do a lot of damage in an instant!

          • Yes, the amount of damage and chaos is in no relation to their lack of height.

  • Mothers are my favorite superheroes! This was quite unlucky and I am so sorry you had to go through that!

    • It was all very well in the end, and you forget everything that happened before when you hold your baby. I guess that is natures way of making sure you will have more than one child.

  • Just hearing about the call had me panicking! I guess last minute so much can go wrong, you really need to have a good presence of mind! So happy the delivery was quick and without complications! xx

    Advaita | Blush Canvas

    • Not all women have husbands that are out all night working, so usually you can plan a little better. But yes, as much as you plan, everything can fall to pieces within a minute.

  • Glad to hear that everything went well in the end! I actually enjoy watching videos like this, it’s nice to know more about motherhood and to hear stories like yours 🙂

    The Nerdy Me

    • We should talk about it more often, so people know better what to expect. These days the whole having babies thing is so secluded, you basically have no idea what you are getting yourself into. The only way to learn is to talk to people! And I feel like TV shows don’t really show you the truth, they focus on the drama more.

  • Rosanna Briguglio

    Great and interesting video, glad that your husband made it back in time!
    Have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Rosanna x

  • confashiontime

    I also had a baby not too long ago, therefore it was very interesting for me to watch hun! Great video! Happy Friday dear xx

  • Awww what a beautiful story. Even if it was off to a rocky start. 5 hours is great! I think I was in labor for about 8 hours, but no epidural (was begging for it towards the end lol). I had no idea that they sometimes don’t take. Yikes!

    • I was so lucky with both of them, my daughter took seven from water breaking to her being there. When I compare that to my sister in law, who was in labor for 36 hours, I am very thankful!

  • Your mum sounds similar to mine in that she’s attached to her iPad haha – though how fortunate she was at the time you face-timed! 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice | Twitter | Instagram x

    • I think it is great that my parents are up to date with technology. It is very convenient to be able to FaceTime with them, my daughter loves to talk to the grandparents that way.

  • Your mum sounds similar to mine in that she’s attached to her iPad haha – though how fortunate she was at the time you face-timed! 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice | Twitter | Instagram x

  • My sister-in-law’s due date is today, I have my fingers crossed that everything will go smoothly for her! For now nothing is happening though, everybody is just waiting.


    • Oh, fingers crossed for a speedy delivery. The waiting is the hardest part. I was so annoyed when my due date arrived and nothing happened.

  • I found you through a mommy post as well, so I guess you are right. A great way to bond.

  • Liebe Linda, ich mag deine Babyposts sehr und ich würde mich auch künftig über solche freuen. Die Story mit der Epiduralen ist ja arg. Wusste gar nicht, dass sowas passieren kann. xoxo

    • Ich wusste, dass es passieren kann, schliesslich lege ich die ja normalerweise selbst, aber ich hätte natürlich nie damit gerechnet, dass es bei mir passiert.

  • It took me 4 tries to finish watching this video, ugh! I kept getting interrupted either by little tyke or my husband. LOL! And wow, that’s quite the rocky start, Anne but glad your delivery went so smoothly after that. I had epidural for little tyke’s delivery too but not for my first which took 25 hours from first contraction to delivery, doctor almost wanted to do a c-section but thankfully I managed to do normal delivery. And how sweet is your daughter to try comfort her baby brother, hearing that part melts my heart.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Seeing the way they interact is amazing, way better than I ever imagined. I know there will be lots and lots of fighting in the future, but I am so grateful that they can grow up with each other, just like I grew up with my sisters.

  • I definitely don’t mind hearing about baby stuff, it might come in handy someday, and I really value your perspective.

    • That is great to hear. I was afraid I was boring people to death. I have to confess I watched countless videos/ read blogposts on this topic before my own delivery as well.

  • Hanna

    Just watched the video thanks for sharing. –Hanna Lei

  • Dressed With Soul

    Liebe Anne, vielen Dank für das berührende Video! Wie gut dass Du am Ende Deine Mutter über Facetime erreicht hast und Deinen Mann über seinen Kollegen. Ja, meistens läuft es dann doch nicht so, wie man es plant und ich bin so froh, das am Ende doch alles gut ausgegangen ist. Ganz wunderbar finde ich auch, wie sehr Eure Tochter offenbar ihren Bruder liebt und sich um ihn kümmert. Da sind auch mir die Tränen beim Anschauen gekommen …
    Alles Liebe!

    • Die beiden zusammen zu sehen ist noch viel schöner, als ich es mir vorgestellt habe. Auch wenn ich aus Erfahrung weiß, dass da viele, viele Auseinandersetzungen in der Zukunft liegen. Ich würde meine Schwestern auf jeden Fall nicht missen wollen.

  • Such a stressful start of your delivery! I just have to say you look amazing, your skin is absolutely glowing! Before i had Sophia, i was devouring these type of posts :)) x.

    • Thank you, I blame it on the foundation (MAC Studio Waterweight). Before I had my daughter I was reading/watching a lot on this topic as well. I felt the need to collect as much information as possible.

  • Aelin

    it’s good to know what to prepare for
    and keep up with baby stuff information is so awesome in this time 🙂

    • Do you have children yourself?

      • Aelin

        I am trying to so fingers crossed

      • Aelin

        I am trying to so fingers crossed

  • Congratulation again !!! I want to be next but struggle to conceive 🙁

    • Don’t give up hope. I was told I would most likely never have children six years ago, but here I am with two.

      • I won’t hopefully i’ll get pregnant this year or next thanks . x

  • It is much easier when there is no other child, our first didn’t require half as much planning.

  • thank you for sharing your story!! i always considered these such a private thing, so i appreciate you sharing that special event with us!!

    • It is a private thing, but these videos helped me so much when I was pregnant with my first one that I wanted to give something back. These days we rarely have the opportunity to talk about these things, so there are man people who are unsure what to expect.