As promised we are just dropping you a line to let you know that the birth of our daughter Kessie Amber Langford went without a hitch. I began in labour, having surges 10 minutes apart about one hour after having a membrane sweep on 23rd May, this continued until about 3am on Friday 25th. At this point the frequency and intensity increased and we went in to the unit at Grantham at around 4 am. Between Wednesday and Friday I applied the techniques you taught us and used the CDs to help me relax enough to get some rest during the night which was amazing really. Established labour went really well and Mike said how relaxed I remained throughout. We opted for the birthing pool and hoped for a water birth but as it turned out baby wouldnt turn the corner and I had to find different positions to try and help her out. Kessie was born at 17.21 on 25th May at a really healthy 7lb 15oz and measuring 51cm in length. She was totally calm throughout the whole experience as demonstrated each time her heartbeat was monitored, she was so relaxed! We are convinced that this is all down to the techniques we all learnt together which were invaluable. The midwives were amazing and supportive and regularly commented on how calm and relaxed we remained during the birthing experience. Although the end was hard and I opted for gas and air to help me through the final stages, as I was becoming exhausted, the arrival of Kessie was brilliant. I was lucky enough to avoid episiotomy or tearing and recovery has been very quick, we think that our relaxation helped with this. I have added some photos of Kessie which hopefully show what a good baby she is, we couldnt have hoped for a better behaved baby. She likes her food and her sleep and lets her mama and papa get a few undisturbed hours during the night.
We are all very chilled out and relaxed and want to thank you for all your help and support in the days leading up to Kessie’s arrival. Many Thanks
Liz, Mike and Kessie