This mum had a great experience in the summer of 2016 after only two hypnobirthing sessions with me. She and her partner had a wonderfully positive attitude to birth and once I had shown them the principles of how we can help a woman’s body to help itself there was no stopping them, or their baby, as you can see from her email:
I’ve been meaning to email for nearly a month now….as that is how old our baby ER is. Born at 23.52 on Wednesday 22nd June.
I’ve misplaced the form you like your clients to fill out so I thought I would write and let you know that I had AN AMAZING experience.
Insanely powerful and surprisingly quick….!!
I was overdue…41wks and 5 days on the 22nd June.
On the 21st, I went in for a second sweep,..nothing
On the 22nd, I went in for a pessary induction, as an outpatient. however on inspection the midwives said I was too far along to for it to be worth while. They suggested they pop my waters… Thankfully, due to my time with you and NCT and reading a lot, i realised this meant they would have to keep me in for observation, and I actually had 2 days to go before 42wks drip induction. So i refused, politely…to their surprise and went home.
The walk from the hospital to my flat is about 25mins, and it was in the final stretch home that i notice a few tightenings and it was hard to walk during them….fingers crossed….
At home, still unsure whether the sensations were anything to do with labour, Partner and I had a beer, some charcuterie…it’s 6pm.
Things get a little more intense very quickly and we begin to start timing the….tightenings…just intense period pain…
Ian turns the flat into birth mode…lights low, yoga mat out, bottles of water and ribena both with straws in…all ready.
I move from all fours, to the bath, to lying down on the sofa over 4 hours….on moving back to all fours from the sofa the surges are quickly every 4 minutes…. but not three…and then suddenly I am powerless and my body begins to push and my mouth begins to swear….
Partner calls the birth centre, we get the green light…. Partner packs up a cool box with half bottles of sparkling wine, blue berries, raspberries….heaps of thing preparing for the long night ahead.
It’s thunderstorms outside, i leave the flat without shoes on, clutching a pillow, in the zone…into the cab, on all fours….
We arrive at the hospital in a record 8 minutes….I have a surge in the cab on arrival – it’s 23.48 – the place is deserted.
I managed, in a trance, to get through the foyer of the hospital, into the lift, up to the third floor…..
I walk through the double doors of the birth centre, and with the totally overwhelming sense of relief to be in safety…..
with Partner under one arm and a midwife under the other, and two running towards my trousers…i have a final contraction and give birth standing there and then in the corridor at the entrance of the birth centre…she slipped out into my knickers, one more quick push and out she came…
Onto my tummy….and i get shuffled into a nearby consultancy room for the rest…..
wow! and thank you. The breathing, Partner calling the time as each surge happened which was your suggestion, and watching the film of one lady breathing through a surge lying on the sofa…those three things were in my mind throughout.
All the best, and many thanks – I’ll email again once more awake! xxx