I went in to be induced at 10am on the Tuesday and had the propess at 12pm. Unfortunately the initial CTG suggested that Lara wasn’t coping very well so we needed continuous monitoring, which I found very restrictive as had to stay pretty static. I was able to go for a walk round the hospital at about 4ish and that really helped my outlook (it was good to get mobile and get some fresh air). At 5 I put my hypnobirthing tracks on my headphones and Richard and I cuddled up on the hospital bed to make the most of the relative lack of movement. Within 1/2 hour my waters had broken, and I definitely think the relaxation of the hypno tracks helped get me in the zone!
I am utterly delighted to be able to share Lana’s incredible Birth Story this week, whilst we talk about breech simply being a variation of normal, it’s still default in most hospitals for women to be offered a c-section if their baby is breech. In actual fact you have three options and the final choice should always lie with you- a planned c-section usually offered on or around your due date, a planned vaginal birth, OR waiting for spontaneous labour before making your decision- as there’s always the possibility that baby will turn before labour!
What I have taken most from reading this positive birth story, is that ANY birth can be positive. The support a mum has, the involvement in decisions and the control over their own experience is what makes something positive, not the way they birth their baby. This is the story of an incredibly strong and powerful Mum, who did an incredible job birthing her baby!
I’m really excited to welcome Jayne Clark-Denyer, founder of Organically Epic, who’s sharing her wonderful hypnobirthing Birth Story with you all. I absolutely love this story, because it really shows exactly what hypnobirthing is FOR.. not necessarily that vaginal water birth in your living room, but a birth that YOU are in control of, unafraid of and looking forward to.
Positive Birth Story from an 'overdue' mum who gave birth after 42 weeks. (TWICE!)
'My first baby arrived on her due date. What are the chances?! It made life pretty simple in so far as we didn’t have lots of people texting and calling to see if the baby was here. I was happily pregnant...ready to not be pregnant but was not at the hanging in there, oh-my-god-I-am-STILL-pregnant stage that seems to set in anytime from 40+1...'
I suppose it all started on Tuesday 8th November, when Potato- as he was then known, decided to go into hibernation for the winter and take a break from his usual dancing around, leaving his poor mama and daddy wondering where on earth he had got to! He’d done this a few times now, but at almost 39 weeks we popped along to the hospital to check in on him.. Hooked up to the CTG machine, there he was, heart racing along like a steam train, but still no wriggling. Then came the first option- it’s happened one time too many, would we like an induction?? No thank you very much! Was my first thought! Pumped full of fake hormones? Increased risk of interventions? Bye bye home birth? We will be going home now please! He’ll probably wake up in an hour or so and we can carry on patiently waiting for his arrival.