I love hearing other people’s birth stories. I find it amazing how different each one is, for different people, but also for second, plus births. I never get bored of hearing about birth experiences.
As part of my preparation for giving birth, we went on a HypnoBirthing course with Hannah from Worcestershire Hypnobirthing. We have had the most wonderful experience preparing for the arrival of our second baby in October, thanks to Hannah. I want to talk about the course and how I’m preparing for birth in another post, but first I wanted to introduce you to Hannah and share her own HypnoBirthing experience with you.
This is Hannah’s second HypnoBirth to baby Joshua. You can also see her first birth with Jude on her website ‘here‘. Here’s Hannah’s birth story:
MY BIRTH STORY
I’ll never forget going to bed on Tuesday 5th July. I was absolutely exhausted after a few not so great nights sleep, coupled with entertaining my very energetic two year old son. I’d said to my husband ‘Oh I hope I don’t go into labour tonight I’m just too shattered.’… Famous last words!
3am …it was like the little monkey heard what I had been saying and thought ‘you might not be ready but I am!’ At this point I didn’t really know this was IT. I had a little bit of backache but nothing any more exciting at this stage so I laid in bed and tried to drift off again. By 3.30-4ish the backache was still there and I began to notice a little bit of pressure/tightening around my tummy. When I went to the toilet I had a show followed by a pang of adrenaline/excitement and I knew instantly that little Baby Robson was on his way. So I went back and woke up the hubby (Matt) who went straight into ‘Hypnobirthing Dad’ mode. It was so lovely to see him playing such a special role in the whole labour process, this is something that I’ve always loved about HypnoBirthing. Within five minutes he had set up my relaxation playlist, lit the candles and was reciting affirmations whilst carrying out a bit of light touch massage during each surge. It was a good start!
I continued to sit on my birthing ball and bounced for a bit whilst watching the sunrise out of the window. It was just beautiful. The overwhelming tiredness I had felt just hours before had been replaced by an inner strength and confidence and I was so excited for this labour to progress. By about 5am, my surges (contractions) were now coming every 4-5 minutes and lasting between 45secs – 1 minute. I continued to focus on my breathing and just let my body relax. My Mum and Sister turned up at around 5.30am and we sat and had a cuppa whilst I carried on breathing through each surge. Matt was there right by my side and during every surge he continued to read out some really positive birthing affirmations.
At about 7am, the surges were now 3-4 minutes apart and lasting well over a minute so we decided to go for a walk in the little meadow in front of our house. It was so lovely to be out in the fresh air. I felt so calm, relaxed and at peace. After about 30-40 minutes I could sense the intensity growing as each surge passed so we returned to the house and I took myself upstairs to listen to some relaxation scripts. These were truly amazing and allowed me to get into a wonderfully deep state of relaxation which helped with every surge that came and went. By this point it was about 8.30 and Matt decided to ring the Birth Centre to let them know we would be heading in shortly (although it was round about now that I declared to hubby that I was too relaxed to move and wanted to have our baby in the bedroom!) However, after much persuasion we did eventually leave for the birth centre much to my Mum’s satisfaction as she was growing concerned that she would have to deliver the little one herself!
We arrived at around 9.30am and were taken into the birthing suite. My sister and hubby were with me. It was so perfect I burst into tears!! I was so emotional and knew that baby was getting close. I was hoping at this stage to get into the water but when I asked the midwife she explained that after she had felt my tummy she didn’t think I was in established labour as of yet (think because everything was quite calm and chilled out!) so she encouraged me to go for a walk and keep active and she would check on me in half and hour after her staff meeting. I agreed even though in my gut I knew that I was definitely getting close! So I carried on relaxing, breathing and listening to my affirmations. I used the yoga positions that I had learnt and just let my body take over. I then decided to take myself off to the toilet (not quite what I had envisaged when visualising my birth) but I knew this was a great position for moving baby down. After about 10 minutes of sitting there my waters went and then almost instantly I could feel the baby coming down. Luckily at this point the midwife came in and could see that our little one’s head was right there. She then asked would I like to go into the water! I laughed and said I don’t think I would make it and was quite happy where I was so we carried on and a couple of breaths later our little baby boy was born…..Joshua Peter Nicol Robson…weighing 6lb 14oz. It was truly magical and I just burst into tears…again!