Even the best planned births don’t go to plan. Congratulations to Christine and David on the birth of their gorgeous Sophia who was born 10 days before her estimated due date and was very healthy and happy. Christine shares her experience in the hope of helping other women feel calm and relaxed, even when birth doesn’t go to plan.
Christine shares her story:
My membranes released at 4am and as I hadn’t gone into proper labour by 10pm I had to take antibiotics.
By 6am the next day I was strongly advised by the doctors to get induced at King Edward Memorial Hospital. This is not exactly what I had in mind given that I was booked in to birth at the Family Birthing Centre, but I had a very positive experience despite everything.
I managed to stay calm and use the breathing techniques that I learnt at the Hypnobirthing Australia classes throughout the whole time. I only asked (actually begged) for morphine after about 5 hours into labour, which actually made things more bearable and allowed me to relax deeper and even sleep in between my surges.
David was also able to support me, reminding me to breathe, giving me light touch massages and offering water and everything I needed to feel comfortable. The doctors and midwives were apparently surprised at how calm I was and also that I hadn’t taken an epidural!
Baby was also calm the whole time and we were off to a good start with skin to skin and breastfeeding straight away with the baby led attachment.
I just wanted to thank you for the excellent hypnobirthing course.
I think it made a huge difference to my labour and for coping with all the unexpected turns.
If you would like more information on my Hypnobirthing Australia classes go to my website CLICK HERE
My name is Vicki Hobbs and I am a Childbirth Educator (Back to Basics Birthing), Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner, Certified VBAC Educator, Remedial Massage Therapist specialising in Pregnancy & Postpartum Massage, Birth & Postpartum Doula, Certified Placenta Encapsulator, Hypnotherapist, Aromatherapist, Reiki Practitioner and Life Coach. I am a serial workshopper and learner, so that I keep up to date with new research and information so that I can provide you with up to date resources. My focus has always been on the mind, the body and the emotions and how they all need to be in balance for harmony. You can subscribe to my newsletter by adding your details in the box on the right-hand side and when you do I will send you a free relaxation meditation to help you feel calm and relaxed. I am based in the northern suburbs of Perth and can be contacted by email at [email protected] or phone (08) 9303 9111 or click here to go back to my Blog Page for more great articles and information.