We loved hearing this birth story from Jenny:
“Despite my initial concerns about baby still being back to back with just a couple of weeks to go, and despite the fact that one week past ‘due’ there were still no signs of arrival, I did manage to have my little man at home, in the pool, just as I had hoped! The first twinge of anything happening was around 11pm on the Monday night and to be honest it felt decidedly like food poisoning! It was not at all pleasant but in between trips to the bathroom I decided to read my book and bounce on my birthing ball in the lounge ‘just in case’ so as not to wake up my husband.
By 4am that stage (thankfully) stopped and I started to really know for sure that baby was coming. Rob got up around 5am to check on me and we decided he might as well start on the pool in case it took a while. 6am and I felt that I was in ‘transition’ I became very inward and was lying on the couch just conserving so I asked Rob to phone the midwives. He overheard them saying to each other ‘first time mum, sure it’ll be ages but we should get over there just to check.’
6:30am I got into the pool and it was BLISS! Any discomfort went away and I could finally get into comfortable positions easily – pools are just awesome!! Just before 7am the midwife arrived and made me get out (NOOOO!!). she wanted to give me a quick exam which is fair enough so had me lie on the bed and was surprised to note that yes at the next contraction she could see the baby’s head! (I had told her baby was coming J). As an aside the contraction I had lying on my back on the bed was the worst one by miles, it was the only time I felt in pain and actually swore – I really just wanted to get back to the pool. Luckily she agreed that was a good plan while she called for the other midwife to get there quickly. One contraction on the way to the pool (but luckily on all fours so not as bad) and then I was back in the lovely water.
My little superman arrived with one arm up (flying out) and still in his embryonic sac asleep at 8:49am weighing in at 8lbs 7oz. I removed the sac from his little face and lifted him out of the water for a skin to skin cuddle – he opened his little eyes and I’ve been in absolute and desperate love ever since! Such an incredible and empowering experience. I feel so fortunate to have done the hypnobirthing as I think it made all the difference to the birth my son had. I have honestly never felt so high in my life as post labour with all those crazy endorphins and hormones!! It was nuts. He fed well from the off and was such a calm and relaxed baby which I really believe was because of the calm and wonderful way he entered the world. Thank you so much for enabling us to have this experience – I can honestly say I wouldn’t change a thing about his birth and I would (and do) recommend The Calm Birth School to anyone and everyone”.
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