I have recently received this lovely message from Alana. She and her partner Manny attended one of my group HypnoBirthing classes, and this is a summary of their darling boy Levi's birth.
Manny and I had a baby boy on the 15th of October. Little Levi is doing really well and we are so in love!
I ended up being induced 12 days over my due date. They gave me cervidil, then after a long wait of almost 24 hours they broke my waters. I was 1cm dilated, and after 7 hours they suggested that I have an epidural to see if it might relax things and help move them along.
Levi was posterior so I was having surges in my back as well. They checked me a few hours after having the epidural and I was 3cm dilated with some swelling on my cervix. Levi was still doing well but they suggested having a C-section as they were worried that he might become distressed.
So we decided to go ahead with that and Levi was born via C-section. I felt like the breathing techniques really helped me to get where I did.
When given information and suggestions we felt empowered to ask questions, and to ask for time to see if things would progress on their own. I also used to calm breathing throughout the C-section when I felt like I wasn't in control!
Doing HypnoBirthing really helped Manny through the process as well! He was really amazing, and was a great birthing companion utilising information and techniques that we learned during our classes.
Thanks for everything.
* Thank you so much to Alana, Manny and Levi for allowing me to share their birthing story*