I started feeling the urge to push not long after I had the gas and air. The midwives kept telling me not to push because of my cervix being swollen and baby’s head pushing on it was only going to make it worse. It felt like ages that I’d been getting through it, trying not to push. The contractions were so bad and my cervix wasn’t getting any better so I eventually asked for an epidural. The midwives agreed to it because it would take away my urge to push and would help with my cervix. It felt like such a long wait for the anesthetist to come, when he did it took him 3 attempts to put the epidural tube in my back. On the third attempt I could feel Joshua’s head in my bum, I knew he was coming. I shouted that baby was coming but no one listened and they just kept telling me to stay still. I shouted it a second time, just as the epidural tube had been taped to my back, and they flipped me onto my back and threw my legs up to have a look. All I heard was “she’s right, I can see baby’s head”.