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Real Life Story: You Know What To Expect The Second Time Around!

25/05/2010 19:02 | Updated 22 May 2015

Anne-Marie Hughes gave birth to her son Coby at Wigan Infirmary.

Where were you when you realised you were in labour?

"I was three days overdue at the time. I was just at home. In the bath actually, having a bowl of coco pops!"

Oh no, I hope you didn't spill them and make the water all chocolatey!

"Haha, no, I just started getting really bad contractions straight away, so I went right to the hospital."

What did you think of the hospital?

"The labour suite was lovely and brand new. It had everything I needed, I'd give it a 10 out of 10."

How long were you in labour for?

"I was in labour for 5 hours. It was very painful but I coped with it and my midwife was really helpful too. I just had gas and air and was allowed home the day after. I loved the gas and air! It just made me laugh, but it did distract me from the pain. It made me feel very light headed."

Who did you have with you for the labour and birth?

"My friend Nina Roby was my birth partner, she was a brilliant help."

How did it compare to the birth of your first child?

"I coped much better because I felt like I was more in control."

Do you think it is easier giving birth the second time round?

"Coby's birth was definitely easier, although when I had Kayleigh - my daughter - the labour was shorter. I knew what to expect with Coby because I'd been through it all before!"

Did you plan to do anything differently this time?

"Not really. I had pethidine when I was having Kayleigh and I didn't have a clue what was going on, so with Coby I just had the gas and air and I coped much better. I didn't really have a plan though, I just went with the flow!"

How do the two children get along?

"Kayleigh was brilliant with Coby when he was born. Always helping with feeding and changing nappies, and at bath time. We did go through a a bad jealousy patch, and they can still fight like cat and dog, but if I ever tell one of them off, they both join forces against me! When they are apart they always ask for each other too."

How is Coby doing now?

"Coby is very active, he is always on the trampoline or playing football. He is very chatty and he has got an answer for everything!"

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