My Experience Giving Birth in Sweden - Part I

My Experience Giving Birth in Sweden - Part I

17 Feb, 2020

Leading up to the birth

A few months before my due date, we were given a phone number to call when we thought the labour had begun.

In Skåne (and I assume other parts of Sweden), you have the option to visit the hospital on ”open days” so you can see what it looks like in a maternity ward. I, myself, did not do this. I actually did not know you could do this, I only found this out about 2-3 weeks ago when some friends mentioned it to me.

Contractions time

My contractions started at 1:30am on a Friday morning. I would liken them to period cramps (at this point). In the birthing preparation course (these courses are optional, you can ask about them at your local clinic), we were told to try and get some sleep and eat some food so you have energy for the active labour part.

By Saturday evening, we thought that they were happening frequently enough, so we called the hospital.

They asked some questions like: When did the contractions start How frequent are they How long do they last Have your waters broken Do you have any bleeding?

Based on our answers, we were advised to go in.

When i arrived they checked to see how much my cervix had dilated. Unfortunately the answer was not at all. (They gave me some painkillers to take, while I was there, then I was sent home)

When we got back home, I tried to distract myself and get some rest.

At roughly 1:30am Sunday morning, my waters broke. We then called the hospital and was advised to come in.

We went to the hospital at roughly 9:30am on Sunday morning.

They inspected me again but my cervix had still not dilated, this time, since my waters had broken, they decided to admit me to the maternity ward. They also gave me some morphine for the pain, so I could get some sleep (I hadn’t been able to sleep since about 2 or 3am on Friday morning)

Note: One’s experience in Sweden may differ slightly, depending on which area of Sweden you are in.

In Part II, I talk about the childbirth process in the hospital (Including some of the pain management options available) and also what happened in the hospital up until we left to go home.

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Written by Nicola Owen