An update on my birth story experience, thankfully it's a positive one!! I had our baby girl Haley a week early, she was 7lbs 3oz and was born vaginally with no epidural or medical interventions. Your Hypnobirthing online classes was super and everything you said throughout hit home for me when I went into labour. I started to get cramping pains at 7.15am and I wasn't sure if they were just regular pregnancy pains. They progressed and I started to do as you suggested in class. I would hover over a chair or a table and shake my bottom from side to side. As the pains got progressively worse I was on the yoga mat or leaning on the fit ball doing deep breathing exercises. All of the techniques you gave us to create space for the baby and your different stretches I used also. It was all very relaxed and I wasn't afraid at all.
I phoned the coombe and they told me I was not near where I needed to be to be in established labour so I waited at home. Things started to progress very rapidly. I ended up ignoring their advice as my body told me it was time to head to the hospital and if they sent me home so be it. When I got in I told them I needed to push and they told me I was fully dilated and sent me straight to the delivery suite where I had Haley in less than 40 minutes. Thankfully I didn't stay at home.
Haley fed straight away after birth and after nearly two hours of bonding I was able to have a shower and head down to my room. I had no idea it would happen so quickly. My experience was the pain is manageable if you have the right tools and mind-set and trust your body. I understand everybody is different. Bart delivered the baby with the midwife and we had delayed cord clamping. We forgot to get Bart to cut the cord with the excitement. They told me at one stage that if I didn't deliver her they would need to intervene and do an episiotomy. I told them there was no way they were going to cut me and they said I would have a tear which I was fine with. I ended up with a first degree tear and a graze from where Haley's hand caught me.
As an expectant mum, your Hypnobirthing online classes really gave me the education to call out what I wanted and had I informed about the whole birthing process. I used the breathing exercises you thought me religiously!
The hospital loved me as it was all very simple for them I was literally in and out. I just wanted to say thanks again for everything Aisling. I hope your current and future Hypnobirthing online classes attendees have as positive an experience as I had. Thanks Again, Natalie, Bart and Haley