A Calm Birth at the Midwife Led Birthing Unit

So it’s our first birth story of 2017 and it’s a big one! Have a read of Helen’s story giving birth at the Midwife Led Birthing Unit (MLBU) at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital.

“Happy new year! Well seeing as the little man is asleep I wanted to quickly jot down my story as I was always fascinated reading them when I was pregnant. Our gorgeous boy Joshua was born on 28 Nov, a whopping 9lb1oz at the Midwife Led Birthing Unit (MLBU)!
Midwife Led Birthing Unit birth

I’m very lucky to have had a straightforward and calm birth, exactly what I wanted. I started to feel mild contractions just after going to bed on the Saturday night. After checking in with the Midwife Led Birthing Unit (MLBU) I put the kettle on (sleep was not happening that night) and got myself comfy. I didn’t even bother to wake my husband at this point as I knew it could take a while and he had to work the next day.

Off to the Midwife Led Birthing Unit

Sunday morning came and although the contractions were a bit stronger, I felt OK to manage them with paracetamol and a heat pad (highly recommend these microwave bean bags). I sent Michael (husband) off to work promising I’d keep him posted, and ran a bath. As the day went on I needed to use the deep breathing Jackie taught us and I also played the music Jackie used in class to help keep me relaxed. By about 3pm the contractions were strong and I was struggling. Michael called me and I said I wanted to go to hospital so he came straight home and after checking with the MLBU we went straight there.

I was assessed and told I was 3cm dilated and to go for a walk to help things along – easier said than done! One thing I was conscious of was to keep my strength up and Michael had packed a hefty snack bag so I munched on cereal bars and wine gums as we walked round! Back at the unit the midwives ran me a bath and I hopped straight in. And that’s where I stayed until I delivered Joshua at just before 1am! I had gas and air but nothing else.

I found the pushing stage the hardest as this lasted about 1.5 hours and I felt like I wasn’t making any progress. It was tough! The midwife commented on how focused I was though, I used deep breathing (and made quite a bit of noise) and kept my eyes closed towards the end to help me concentrate. I’m thrilled that I was able to have a completely intervention-less birth and feel very lucky.

The breathing and relaxation techniques Jackie taught us really helped me, especially when I was managing the early stages at home. I’d highly recommend water as a form of comfort and pain relief, it was soothing and Joshua arrived very calmly – no wild screaming!”

If you’re interested in finding our more about breathing techniques and birthing relaxation why not try our Hypnobirthing course or Birthing Toolkit Workshop!

Find out more about the Midwife Led Birthing Unit at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital…