A midwife took her straight away to wrap her up and to check her over. My partner stood with her. I watched from a distance wishing I could hold her but happy my partner was there, she looked like the perfect baby, all pink and plump. I saw Poppy try to hold the midwives fingers and wished it was my fingers. During this time the Doctor stitched up my episiotomy. At some point the placenta had been delivered in all of this, I was unaware of everything. My partner bought Poppy over to see me, still crying and looking amazed. Due to the position of the bed I still couldn't see her face and was desperately trying to look at her. Nothing seemed real. My partner and a midwife took Poppy through to recovery and I was wheeled there in a bed soon after (everything still numb from the epidural). And there she was, 7 lbs 10 oz and a lot of hair.
We had our first cuddle, skin to skin (as discussed in my birth plan). Lots mums claim their babies look familiar when they are born, this was not the case for me, I was looking at her just as amazed as she was looking at the world, something completely new. I wanted to stare at her face to discover it all. I was a mum. Our journey begins.