Labour is just one day in my life i kept thinking to myself as the period cramping started Wednesday afternoon. The surges brought both excitement and slight fear of the unknown-am I ready for this?
By the evening the surges became much stronger and my mind became focused on meeting our little baby for the first time knowing this was it! I asked my partner to apply the TENs machine at 1am which brought some relief but by 4am the surges were much stronger and felt different. By this stage i was more focused when listening to the rainbow affirmations.
We called our midwife and made our way slowly into hospital by 8am. In the car I started to feel bowel pressure but remained in a deep relaxed trance while listening to the rainbow affirmations track. This track was played on repeat for many hours and kept me so calm. In the shower and bath I was involuntary pushing for 45mins but started to feel intense constant pubic bone pain. By this stage i couldnt tell what was a surge and what was pubic bone pain. I was 7cm with a thickened cervix. I requested an epidural for relief.
After a further 6hrs I slowly dilated to 10cm and with a dense epidural managed to push our little boy out direct OP. Our midwife was very surprised as she and the doctors did not think this was the case. Without hypnobirthing my self determination and deep state of relaxation would not have occurred. Our birth could have ended in an emergency cesarean or forceps for obstructing but I trusted in myself. I let my body do what it needed to do while I kept my mind calm.
Thank you to Alexandra, Mike and Marcus for sharing their story xx