We all worry that our birth experiences won’t go quite to plan, and unfortunately these little babies often opt to enter the world a little more complicated than we hoped. I was so pleased to hear from Laura and Tom about the birth of baby Rueben who weighed in at a rather impressive 10lb 8oz!
Their plans didn’t quite come to fruition but Laura was still able to remain calm using hypnobirthing techniques and in her own words: “My biggest fear had been having to have an epidural and c-section, however I was able to stay really calm continuing with my breathing and whilst it wasn’t like our birth plan, it wasn’t awful like I’d imagined”. Well done you amazing lady!
Here’s how baby Rueben came into the world:
“I wanted to email you to say a huge thank you for your expertise and teachings in both YogaBumps and the Hypnobirthing course.
Reuben Arthur Christian was born at 41+2 days as we had predicted – when it started snowing and on Friday 13th! I had become inpatient waiting for baby to arrive after spending what felt like forever bouncing on my birthing ball and trying natural inductions, including a lovely reflexology massage at The Orange Grove Clinic the day before I actually went into labour. I was booked in for my second stretch and sweep on the Thursday morning, but on entering the doctors surgery started having what I thought were contractions. I left with a date for induction and fingers crossed things would progress, which they did.
Once home, the contractions continued so I hopped in the bath (just in case I couldn’t have a water birth that I desperately wanted!) and rang Tom to come home. The contractions were short but coming thick and fast around every 2-4 minutes, so I popped the tens machine on and lay down to rest using sleep breathing.
After managing at home for a couple of hours we headed to the MBLU at around 6pm. I was examined and was around 4-5cm dilated; I didn’t feel able to walk around the hospital, so stayed in the lovely room using lots of movement and swaying propped up by the pool or Tom until I was allowed in the water a couple of hours later. It was bliss getting in the pool, and there I stayed for about 10 hours – it didn’t feel this long at all, and yes I got pretty wrinkly, but I did get a massage from the lovely midwife!
I managed the whole labour without pain relief, using a lot of surge breathing, visualisation and shaking my pear tree! I found it really helpful to count my breath in and out, whilst remembering that each surge was one less to do; I felt so calm and empowered during each surge, and they were so much more manageable when I used the hypnobirthing techniques than when I didn’t. I was pretty silent throughout and found this helped keep me focused; I think Tom and the midwife got a bit bored at points to be honest!
Unfortunately there were some complications; after getting to fully dilated and pushing for 2 hours things hadn’t progressed and on examination baby had turned back to back so I was rushed to delivery suite and ended up with an emergency c-section – not surprising as Reuben was born weighing a hefty 10 pounds 8 ounces. My biggest fear had been having to have an epidural and c-section, however I was able to stay really calm continuing with my breathing and whilst it wasn’t like our birth plan, it wasn’t awful like I’d imagined, and I was just happy to have baby out safe and not distressed.
I am so pleased I was given the space to listen to my body and pretty much manage my own labour, until I needed support; the midwives and other professionals were wonderful. I can’t thank you enough Jackie for all of your advice and teaching from YogaBumps and the Hypnobirthing course; with it I had the most amazing labour, It was such a beautiful experience which I’d do again without hesitation – something I never thought I’d say!
With lots of love and hugs
Laura, Tom and Reuben xx”
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