A big congratulations and welcome to the world Lucas! A lovely Mindful Mamma birth story today that we have permission to share. The word that jumped out at me was practise, this is something we always reinforce, practise conditions your physical and emotional responses so you don’t even have to think about it, your body and mind do it automatically, the way they should.
Just wanted to give you an insight into our birthing experience following our class with yourself.
Prior to the class I was terrified of childbirth and was frightened of the effects drugs would have on my baby (I also had a fear that I couldn’t cope with the “pain” of childbirth and that I would need said drugs).
After attending the class, I felt empowered and confident about delivering my baby. My partner also felt he gained a greater insight to the role he was to play and felt confident he would be able to assist me in any difficulties or challenges I was to face.
I left the class and practiced my hypnobirthing techniques regularly with my due date being approx 4 weeks away, I was practising (almost) daily. My due date came and went. 3 days after this I felt tightenings in my stomach with absolutely no discomfort whatsoever, so wasn’t even convinced I was in labour! The following day these tightenings of my stomach were combined with some discomfort and I knew I was in labour. Myself and my partner attended the hospital that evening to be examined and told nothing was happening, my cervix was completely shut and to just wait the surges out and so we went home.
I went straight up to bed and played by hypnobirthing tracks which helped me to remain focused, calm and confident about this process I was going through in order to deliver my baby. I was having surges every 5 minutes but the triage staff at hospital felt I was too “calm” to warrant being called into hospital for. I stayed home, ran a bath and my partner sat with me. We did lots and lots of counting backwards and he always brought me back to hypnobirthing techniques whenever my mind was trailing off. We phoned triage again, to be told someone would come out to examine us again because I was sounding too calm, however, by the time this call ended I needed to push and nearly had my little boy on our bathroom floor!
Luckily my partner raced me to the hospital, where I was 10cmdilated and ready to push, and I’d done all this on paracetamol! Not bad for someone who was once petrified of childbirth!40 minutes of pushing later and my little boy, Lucas Henry Wagstaff was born, weighing 5lb 5oz.On reflection, both myself and my partner believe the “calm” nature the midwives were referring to when we called triage was down to the techniques learned at hypnobirthing. I went through the “transition” stage at home with my partner, who worked relentlessly to keep me focused and without him having learnt those techniques I’m not sure I would’ve been able to stay as calm as I did.
We have a beautifully happy little boy and we definitely think his birth was so straightforward because of your class and the techniques we learnt.