In the early hours of Monday 27th June I started to have surges which were quite mild so I slept through them until 6am when they began to become a little more intense. I woke Nick up at 6am to let him know our baby was coming that day. Throughout the surges I had a couple of warm showers and quietly sat in a comfy chair in our bedroom with a blanket over me whilst listening to the Hypnobirthing affirmations and the rainbow relaxation. This definitely helped me stay calm and relaxed.
At about 1pm I said to Nick it’s time to get to the hospital as the surges were becoming a lot stronger. We arrived at the hospital at 1:38pm and my waters broke 10 minutes later. My midwife had to encourage me to lie on the bed to check how far along I was as lying down seemed to make it more painful. Once she checked me she let me know that I was fully dilated and it was time to push! So my goal of staying at home for as long as possible was achieved!
After an hour and a half of pushing, Ava was born at 3:38pm. Her heartbeat was steady and calm throughout the whole labour so I’m truly thankful for our calm and relaxed Hypnobirth! Ava is a very chilled (most of the time!) and calm baby and I truly believe it’s due to the Hypnobirthing experience!
Oh and I definitely experienced the hallmark when I was asking my midwife for an epidural as soon as she walked in the room! Thankfully I was fully dilated to avoid that!
Nick and I just want to say a huge Thank You for all of your guidance and help as it gave us the birth we wanted. We would be happy to share our story to any of your classes.