I was a part of COSMOS program (caseload midwifery) at the Royal Womens Hospital and Alex was my primary midwife throughout my pregnancy, birth and early postnatal period. It all began at 40+1 weeks at 7pm on Saturday night when I started feeling mild irregular contractions that would last 20-30 seconds. I remember my husband and I ordered pizza and pasta on ubereats for dinner - the food never tasted so good. I continued to stay upright and sat on the birth ball. The contractions began to last longer and became stronger but it was still manageable. So at 11pm, I told my husband to go to sleep (yep, and he did go to sleep) while I was labouring on the birth ball watching him snore. I thought it was better for one of us to be tired than the both of us and I knew I would need him for when the real action begins. I laboured until approximately 6am the following day and began feeling pressure. The contractions were 3 in 10 minutes lasting 90-120 seconds since 1am. At this point, I woke up my husband and told him to call Alex and tell her I will be going into the hospital. The car ride to the hospital was the most uncomfortable car ride I have ever experienced.. I was examined by a beautiful midwife in the birth centre and hooray, I was 7cm dilated - it was music to my ears. Alex was on her way and little did I know, Alex didn’t have much sleep the day before as she was at another birth and still managed to come to my rescue! Alex arrived very soon after and immediately, I felt a sense of relief and trusted her with the whole process and all I needed to focus on was getting through each contraction. Alex suggested for me to hop into the shower and it was amazing - I stayed in the shower for hours and hours. It was so relaxing. At 10am, I was examined by Alex and I was still 7cm with bulging membranes. We decided to artificially rupture the membranes. Immediately, I felt immense pressure and I knew we were getting close. Alex continued to encourage me to maintain an upright position. I remember sitting on the birth ball with my arms and head resting on the bed, my husband put on our wedding first dance song “You & I” by John Legend and I literally fell asleep - the contractions decided to give a pause so to speak. Then I was awoken by Alex and my husband to check if I was ok because I was so silent. Soon after, I felt bowel pressure and went onto the bed. At 1pm Alex examined me and excitingly, I was 10cm!!!! 1 hour and 55 minutes of pushing and almost giving up, Alex suggested to change to a squatting position and I’m glad we did because soon after we welcomed a beautiful baby girl named Madelyn. Alex’s coaching and guidance throughout labour and birth was truly amazing and I am so grateful to have her as my midwife and making me feel so empowered!