On Saturday 12th October, we had a house full of 9-year-olds celebrating L’s birthday! After the chaos had been cleared we opted for an early night.
The next morning, I had some very mild surges which subsided after a couple of hours (a good chance to practise the surge breathing!) For dinner that evening, I made the aubergine dish you recommended and it was lovely! I awoke at around 5am with mild surges again which became more regular. I sent A to work as I assumed it would take a while!
Mid-morning it all seemed to die down again so for lunch I had seconds of the aubergine dish. After lunch, things started up again and they were definitely more regular. At 3.00pm I collected L from school and was consciously calm and surge-breathing but had no discomfort. We went home and cuddled up to watch a film. At 5pm I asked A to come home as soon as possible as I was needing to really focus on our HypnoBirthing techniques – although I was still helping L with her homework!
A friend came to collect L at 6pm and A put together some food, music and last-minute additions to the hospital bags. I was needing him during each surge to place his fists in my back as counter-pressure and this helped me to relax a lot more. I was also using a heated lavender beanbag under my bump (purple was my colour), which was lovely!
From 7pm I was starting to find the peaks of the surges really quite uncomfortable and I was sick, which threw me out of sync slightly. We rang the Spires (the midwife-led unit that is part of the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford) but they were constantly engaged so spoke with the assessment unit who said to wait another hour before leaving. Within half an hour, I was feeling an immense amount of pressure and I was finding the surges at their peak really quite hard work.
So we arrived at the hospital (having listened to some selected tracks en route) just after 8pm. I requested some pain relief before my assessment examination as the surges were back to back and pretty intense. I felt as if at this point (in hindsight it was my point of transition!) I had lost my composure as it all seemed to happen so quickly and I was moving from place to place (home, car, assessment unit, delivery suite)! Unfortunately I didn’t have time to get to the Spiresunit as I was already 8-9 centimetres dilated!
They whisked me through to delivery suite and little A was born at 9.16pm with only gas and air, approximately an hour after arriving at hospital!
I wanted the placenta to be delivered naturally but they were very concerned about my bleeding so I had to have the injection.
I did need some internal stitches but they said this was because A was born with his fist by his head. The perineal massage must have helped as I didn’t need any stitches there 🙂
Everyone remarked on what a calm and happy baby little A was!
What we loved the most about the hypnobirthing method
Mainly the breathing and visualisations (opening flower and blue ribbon).