I imagined a beautiful rose opening, a sunrise rising and my breath blowing bubbles

This week’s birth story comes from a lovely couple, who attended a TCBS with Sarah Sayer  from Sarah Sayer Birth Geek in Bournemouth. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with us.

 

“My latent labour stage started on a Monday with period like back ache. These carried on until Thursday when I began to get contractions in the night. Trying to stay calm and relaxed knowing this could go on a while I stayed up with my husband and watched Mr. Bean and Fawlty Towers. The contractions became regular but stopped in the early hours. We went back to bed and slept as much as we could. The contractions were coming and going for two more days, which mentally was a huge challenge for me as each night I prepared myself for giving birth, only to find it wasn’t going to happen again. We had an appointment with the midwife who discovered baby was back to back and were told this often means long latent labour as baby tries to get into the correct position.

 

Finally, on the Sunday morning strong, regular contractions stayed and became every 3 minutes from 1 pm. We spent half the day watching funny videos and relaxing, and with each surge I got onto all fours and put all my focus into breathing and visualisations. My favourite part of the labour was late afternoon when I felt so high, my head filled with a glorious fuzzy, tingly feeling and getting lost in each surge. I bathed, listened to soothing music whilst my husband stayed by my side and stroked me, and read relaxations. Every surge I happily welcomed, knowing it was doing a purpose and making me closer to meeting our baby. I imagined a beautiful rose opening, a sunrise rising and my breath blowing bubbles, rising and getting bigger.

 

At 7 pm we arrived at the hospital, after a bumpy car journey where I shut my eyes and zoned out listening to music. My contractions slowed down after getting into the hospital, where I was told there was no room with a pool available at that moment. The midwife was very reluctant to examine me as she believed I was still in latent labour due to how I was coming across and insinuated we would be sent home. She was very surprised to find I was 5 cm dilated!

 

After a challenging hour or so trying to go back to my zen, trippy state of mind we were moved to a lovely room with a pool. I was able to get back in the zone once in the warm water which eased the discomfort beautifully. Things got a bit blurry from here, the intensity ramped up and I had to work hard to stay focused on visualisations and breath, but ultimately I feel this is what got me through without needing pain relief other than gas and air when I was 8 cm dilated.

 

I was amazed at my body when I felt the urge to push – a surge of intense power working to expel baby out. However, after pushing for an hour the midwife wanted to get me out the pool to try something else. She advised to do an episiotomy as baby was in an awkward position and my perineum muscles were overly tight (from training in the gym 6 days a week). I happily agreed as I was getting tired and just wanted baby out! With a couple more pushes baby came shooting out and was placed on my chest – the most magical and surreal moment of my life. How did a real, miniature human just come out of me?! Within a couple minutes after the injection my placenta came shooting out. The midwife was urgently called to an emergency, so I had to wait a while to be stitched up, but with my baby lying on my chest I was in heaven and the time passed quickly.

 

Overall, I felt that the experience was an empowering, positive one which I am very grateful for. I am so happy I decided to do hypnobirthing as I believe it allowed my mind and body to work in sync, and without it I feel things would have been very different. My husband also massively benefited from hypnobirthing as it made him feel a huge part of the birth, rather than just watching me experience it”.

 

If you want to create your own positive birth you can start today!

Sign up for our FREE Hypnobirthing Videos here or get in touch with one of our Instructors here

You may also like

Wonderful Homebirth story of Luca James.

Wonderful Homebirth story of Luca James.

This week’s birth story comes from a lovely couple who attended a TCBS refresher Hypnobirthing Course with Ruth Warrilow of Flora-Lily Birth School covering areas across Chester.Thank you for sharing your wonderful home birth story of the amazing Luca James! “Luca...

read more
My due date came and went… and then so did another week.

My due date came and went… and then so did another week.

This week’s birth story comes from a lovely Esther who attended a TCBS Hypnobirthing Refresher Course with Ruth Warrilow of Flora-Lily Birth School covering areas across Chester. Thank you for sharing your birth story of the gorgeous Finn! Due Date: 11/10/23 Birth...

read more
I Felt A Very Involuntary And Strong Urge To Push

I Felt A Very Involuntary And Strong Urge To Push

This week’s birth story comes from one the lovely Rachel and Jack who attended Hypnobirthing classes with Louise from Prepare for Birth. Louise covers Southampton, UK and surrounding areas, as well as online. Thank you for sharing this wonderful, positive birth story!...

read more
We Had Such A Lush Birthing Experience

We Had Such A Lush Birthing Experience

This week’s birth story comes from a gorgeous couple who attended a TCBS Hypnobirthing Course with Bryony Bugg of  Beefearless Hypnobirthing. Thank you for sharing this wonderful birth story of Jenson with us! "My birth story began on Wednesday the 12th April I was...

read more
My Birth Was Wildly Different To What I Had In Mind

My Birth Was Wildly Different To What I Had In Mind

This week’s birth story comes from a lovely couple who attended a TCBS Hypnobirthing Course with Ruth Warrilow of Flora-Lily Birth School covering areas across Chester. Thank you for sharing your birth story of the amazing Lula!   "After 2.5 years of trying to...

read more
My Water Broke In The Shower Without Me Realizing It

My Water Broke In The Shower Without Me Realizing It

This birth story comes from the lovely couple Maya and Steve who completed TCBS Online Hypnobirthing Course within the comfort of their own home. Thank you for sharing the arrival of Luna with us!" I just had my first bb Luna last week. It was an incredible...

read more
My Husband Didn’t Even Have Time To Panic!

My Husband Didn’t Even Have Time To Panic!

This week’s birth story has been taken from our archives, all the way back in 2015! So lovely we had to share again. We hope you enjoy reading Camille’s birth story as much as we did: “Our little girl, Isla, decided to come during the early hours one Saturday morning....

read more