This went on pretty much all day, but I didnít mention anything because I thought it was nothing. I woke up at around 1am and had the urge to go to the toilet; I went back to bed but soon after had a funny feeling again that I have to go to the toilet again. This time there was a bit of blood on the toilet paper, so we called the hospital and they advised us to come in just to make sure.
I arrived at the hospital at around 2:30am and we settled into our room. We played some relaxing music and I was able to use the slow breathing. After a while the midwife came in and was surprised when I told her that I couldnít sleep between the contractions because they came too often. So she examined me again and told me that I was 5 cm dilated already and that she was surprised because I was so calm. From then on it seemed to all go really quickly. The surges got stronger and harder and it got to a stage where I couldnít use the breathing and relaxing anymore. Thatís when I decided I canít do this anymore and asked for Gas/Air. The midwife examined me again and said that I am 9cm already and that Iím ready for the last bit, so I wouldnít need the gas. I am very thankful to this midwife, because without her I would have used the gas and would have been disappointed afterwards. Shortly after that 2 midwives started setting up loads of things around me, so I knew it wasnít long to go. My obstetrician was stuck in peak hour traffic, so I only had two midwifes in the room with me.
Unfortunately I couldnít use the breathing down; my urge to push was so strong that I just had to push. The breathing did help me though in the phases were they didnít want me to push, I had no problem to just relax then. My obstetrician entered the room just for the last couple of pushes, and he did a great job controlling everything so I didnít have to get cut neither did I require any stiches.
After the head and the shoulders were out I picked my baby son up myself and pulled him straight on my chest which was very special. All together my labour was calculated by the hospital as 6hrs 20min.
It was a great morning with sunshine and after my husband cut the umbilical cord and my placenta was delivered the three of us had time to bond for a couple of hours which was great. He did need a bit of help to get the breastfeeding started, but since then he got a taste of it we can hardly stop him! Apparently I was the talk of the floor between all the staff, everybody said how they were amazed how calm and in control I was. - BH, Sydney.
We are pleased to tell you that our daughter, was born at 9.35 am on Saturday 23rd August. She weighed 4.16 kilos (big baby!)
We also wanted to tell you our Hypnobirthing story...I started feeling 'twinges' around noon on Friday. Nothing major-managed to go to lunch and shopping with mum and had a quiet night in. We had made the Eggplant Parmesan recipe (Yum!) the night before and had the leftovers for dinner on Friday. I went off to bed, and was woken by stronger surges around midnight. We had done the Rainbow Relaxation just before going to sleep, so I woke already feeling very relaxed. I woke my husband up after 4 or 5 surges, and then the two of us spent the next few hours quietly working through the surges together. I even managed to fall asleep in between surges. The only slight downside was that I started to feel quite nauseous during the surges-and that's what I remember - not the surges themselves, but the nausea. Surges were coming at variable intervals-5 minutes, 3 minutes, then right on top of each other, and lasted at least one minute each time. Although we were instructed to wait until surges were 5 minutes apart and regular, our instincts told us that perhaps 'the main event' wasn't too far away and we called the hospital. They, as anticipated, told me that I sounded like I was coping very well at home (I managed to carry on a conversation through two contractions, and then breathed my way through a third) and that since my surges were variable, it was probably early labour. And then she said 'Are you sure they are lasting longer than a minute?' we knew that they were, and that was when I knew that this was the real deal. So off to the hospital we went at about 4.30. The transition was tough. I remember thinking that I wasn't going to make the 20 minutes drive to the hospital. But when we arrived, the midwife that greeted us was very informed and supportive of our birthing choice. We were shown to a room with low lights and offered the option of going directly to the bath or getting checked. I wanted to be certain that I was in labour so I opted for the check. I was so relieved to find that I was 5-6 cm dilated. My husband prepared the bath and had a bit of a laugh when he poured my shampoo into the bath instead of the aromatherapy oils I had purchased for the occasion!! The bath itself was heaven and when I was checked an hour later, I was 8 cm dilated! Things continued to progress through the early morning. There was a small hiccup when our obstetrician arrived she announced that I was not yet fully dilated and that the baby was posterior presented. My choices: epidural (as it was felt that we were in for a long haul) or continue with what we were doing and hope that baby decided to turn on her own. We opted for the latter choice, and low and behold our baby decided to turn of her own accord! The rest, they say, is history...
And as a new mum, I was able to hit the ground running. I felt wonderful after the birth, very energetic and just totally blissful...Actually come to think of it, I'm still pretty energetic and thoroughly, completely blissed out.
Our daughter is beautiful, as you can see from the photo I've attached. She's a very contented baby-no troubles feeding, a great sleeper and very interactive.
Thank you very, very much for helping us to achieve our goal of a relaxing, low-intervention birth for our baby girl. We feel very lucky (and not just a little smug!) that we were able to achieve this for our baby!
K & M, Neutral Bay, NSW.
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