It didn’t turn out to be a ‘pure’ hypnobirth as such in some senses, but we did use a lot of the relaxation techniques and most of all the positive mindset and knowledge about how the body works in labour, to make it work for us, which is all that matters!
The surges started around midnight to Wednesday but were not very intense, so I didn’t wake James up until 5 in the morning as I wasn’t sure if it was the real thing or not, but wanted at least one of us to have a good night’s sleep if it was. I listened to the Rainbow Relaxation and focused on the breathing. It got pretty intense around 8-9 ish so we went to the Spires as planned. But they were rammed, so we ended up in the JR instead, which was absolutely fine as the room was lovely with dimmed lights and they were getting the pool ready. I started to struggle with the surges but was pleasantly surprised when the examination showed that I was fully dilated! I got in the pool and got on the gas and air. That was really relaxing and helped a lot with the surges. However, things probably got a bit too relaxed as no baby had come after 1.5 hours…
The midwife was absolutely amazing (it’s worth mentioning that she was quite familiar with hypnobirthing), but the doctors were outside getting impatient and gave her a deadline of 45 minutes to get the baby out! We really felt that the midwife was on our side though, and we really didn’t want the doctors to intervene so we decided that I’d get out of the pool, get off the gas and air and start pushing, although I didn’t feel the urge to. Our little girl came out in the end with about a minute to spare before the ‘deadline’! It was the most incredible experience seeing her that I totally forgot to check if it was a boy or a girl. James announced the sex and I remember lifting the cover up a bit later just to see if she was actually a girl! We did think it was going to be a boy, so it came as a surprise! The most amazing surprise 🙂
I had a minor tear, only a couple of stitches I think, and it’s healing really well. I haven’t felt much discomfort at all apart from the general soreness from pushing a little human out and have had no need for any paracetamol since leaving the hospital after spending one night on the ward. Which was mostly to get the breastfeeding going and learn how to change nappies!
I really do think that the experience would have been a totally different one would it not have been for the hypnobirthing, and I’d recommend anyone to take the classes. I remember thinking the day after the birth, ‘Would I do this again? Not sure!’ But after asking myself the same question a couple of days on, I felt I’d be happy to do it again as I look back at the experience with joy and pride and genuinely feel that it was amazing 🙂 So, very low scores on the trauma scale, in other words!
Also, we felt throughout that we were in control of how things went during the birth and didn’t even feel too much pressure when the doctors wanted to intervene, because we were well informed and full of confidence in that we had choices and would probably be able to fob them off to buy ourselves some more time if needed!
So, another positive birth story to add to your pile, Saveria 😀