Isabella’s birth – Birth Can Be Unexpected But Still Calm
I thought I'd email now and give you the details of how our beautiful daughter Isabella arrived in the world last Sunday.
I went into labour on Friday morning and first forgot all my hypnobirthing and fought each one. My husband, who attended the course too, gently showed me the breathing, reminded me of my birth plan and put on a recording. From then on the waves came and went for 48 hours and although they became more powerful I was able to actively work through them and stay calm and focused. 48 hours was a very long time and even when I became tired I was able to stay calm and relaxed and visualise our daughter making her way down.
By Sunday I still hadn't progressed to 3 in 10 but also hadn't felt the baby since Saturday so rang the hospital who said to come in so we could check she was ok on the fetal monitor. By the time I arrived at the hospital my waves were coming more regularly and I knew our little girl would be here very soon. The midwife said she would do an examination which was hard as I was starting to get the urge to push. When examined I was 10 cm (the midwife was visibly shocked and said it was the first time a mother had presented that far along) and although it was too late for the birth pool I was able to get off the bed and birth beside it. This was when all the visualisations really helped as well as the strong knowledge that I was able to birth my baby and that my body was powerful and open. It took an hour of breathing down (it felt much quicker) where I was fully focused and let my body guide me. She was born shocked so unfortunately had to be taken for oxygen and stimulation so the cord had to be cut immediately but within 5 minutes she was returned to me and was absolutely perfect! She responded well to skin on skin and within a couple of minutes had crawled up and latched on and was very calm and content and she has stayed that way ever since. She is incredibly peaceful and I attribute this to the calm way that hypnobirthing showed me to birth.
The birth was far from what I expected and didn't always go to plan but I was able to be calm and relaxed and with the support of my husband and a wonderful midwife. So thank you for showing us how to make birth an incredibly special and calm experience but also to accept that some parts will be unexpected but that with the right tools you can feel calm and in control.