The Positive Birth Program by Hypnobirthing Australia can help you feel calm and in control no matter how your baby is born. Our program is about recognising that birth is unpredictable, and there is no one size fits all. It is all about being educated, confident and calm so you can still feel you are in control and can still have a positive birth experience.
Casey shared her birth story with me recently and it highlights how we know that things don’t always go to plan, but she said that she felt proud about how she coped through a caesarean even with fears she had of hospital and needles.
This is her story…….Around 8pm on Friday 16th August my waters broke at home and I started getting instant surges that were 5 minutes apart, but only 30 seconds long. They were bearable but I called the hospital just in case.
They asked us to come down to be checked over and they ended up putting us into the birth suite at 2cm as they were quiet, and because my waters had broken.
It took until 7am to get to active labour of 4cm and by this point the surges were unbearable. Between 2cm & 4cm (which took hours) we put LED candles around the room, had gentle music playing, the essential oil spray you gave us, and I spent 4 hours bouncing on the yoga ball. (The ball was a massive help – bouncing up and down in between contractions and then doing circles while having contractions seemed to ease the pain).
At 4cm I chose to have the hormone (Syntocinon) drip and epidural. They said that I would have 7 hours to labour and then I should be ready to go (they told me I should be progressing 1cm per hour then 1 extra hour for the head to get down).
After 7 hours I had only progressed 1cm! So I was only at 5cm and they found out the baby’s head was stuck on my pelvic bone (which is why the contractions were so painful). Every contraction was pushing his head into my bone. At this point I had been in hospital for 12 hours.
Within 10 minutes of finding that out, they had me in an emergency caesarean and our baby boy Cadan was born weighing 3.6kgs.
This wasn’t my plan and I felt devastated at the time.
But I feel very proud and happy of my birth story now and also proud of my scar.
I was nervous about needles and hospitals and just the thought would trigger panic attacks and I had never considered a caesarean in my plan. I felt so in control up until the point of my caesarean, but I knew I needed and wanted him out safely and I went through the surgery without a tear.
Casey & Wodan, 2019
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.