Pregnancy and birthing stories
Jess's birthing story
I wanted to share with you my birthing experience...
The birth of my daughter, Nancy, began at 3am on Wednesday 30th November – a little earlier than expected but within the ‘full term’ date range.
I wasn’t sure at first whether it was the beginning of labour as it started with the ‘show’ or mucus plug, and I’d read that that can come and then there are still days before labour begins. I hadn’t had any Braxton Hicks and at 3am there were just mild period pains and no back ache. Between 3am and 7am I stayed in bed, put on my rainbow relaxation audio and listened to affirmations. Within the first hour the intermittent period pain type feeling became regular – approximately every 10-12 minutes for a minute and with the breathing techniques it was totally manageable. At around 7am we called Southmead and they said to call back again once the surges were 4-5 minutes apart - we said at this stage that we if possible we'd like the birthing pool. I had a bath at home between 7-9.30am and continued to use my breathing techniques and listen to some nice music. At 9.30, the surges quickly ramped up and suddenly I went from 7-8minutes apart to 4-5 and the intensity of the surge really increased. We spoke to the hospital again and they said to take our time but to make our way in. Within 5 minutes the surges quickened to every 2 minutes and my instinct was that things really were moving at pace and we needed to get to hospital! Adam, bless him, was then in a bit of a panic finishing the play list, packing the hospital bag and trying to get some breakfast together (which we had to abandon in the toaster as I suddenly felt the urge to push!).
Luckily we live a 5 minute drive from the hospital – once we got there I was examined and I was 9cm dilated and the urge to push was definitely there! Luckily for me the birthing pool was free and they filled it up and I got in. I was really happy with the ambiance they’d created in the room – the midwife led centre at Southmead is temporarily closed, but they’ve transformed some of the central delivery suite rooms to reflect a more ‘tranquil’ environment. The lighting was low and they had fake candles and mats on the floor, aromatherapy, with almost all the medical equipment removed. From then onwards it was three hours of intense surges, but with some (OK maybe a lot!) gas and air, I breathed/pushed her out in the pool. The midwives helped ease her into the pool and then told me to look down – she was there looking up at me! I scooped her up and then we had instant skin to skin in the pool. It was magical!
Anyway – I wanted to write this to let mums-to-be know that some births can be really great. It was painful (especially when birthing her head!) but for me manageable by being focused on breathing and staying calm. I heard so many horror stories when I was pregnant, but having done the hypnobirthing course I went into my labour really positive and excited and calm. I have no idea whether I was always destined to have an ostensibly straightforward birth, but I felt that the breathing techniques and mind set I’d learnt and adopted from the Mongon method really helped me cope with the experience.
Good luck to all mums out there with their births!
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