Hypnobirthing in Perth is becoming more popular, and we love sharing our positive birth stories – whether that is home birth, water birth, land birth, hospital birth and even caesarean birth. The Hypnobirthing Australia Positive Birth Program is not about natural birth at all cost. This comprehensive childbirth education program is about preparing women and their partners for any birth and to feel confident in asking questions to get the information you need to make an informed choice while feeling calm and relaxed if things don’t go to plan.
Rochelle and Luke had hoped for a natural birth using hypnobirthing techniques but were fully prepared when they had to take an alternative route and have a caesarean birth and Rochelle has kindly shared her birth story and amazing photos in the hope that it will help other women recognise that being educated and prepared is hugely beneficial in staying calm and relaxed when birth plans change.
Vicki I’d love for you to share my story. I know that a lot of the times we don’t think about how else we can incorporate hypnobirthing when things change so I’d love for you to share how we managed to.
I gave birth to our baby girl Alayna (meaning light and joyful) at 38+3 weeks via an emergency caesarean. Your classes really helped us at the beginning of labour as well as enabled us to turn a scary experience into something beautiful!
Our little girl had been ready and head down the entire time. On Sunday at 0200 my waters broke. We spent the night at home, and I went in to be examined at about 1100 to make sure the cord was out of the way.
We were given the option to either be induced or to see if things progressed naturally. We chose to wait and so spent Sunday and Sunday night practicing our hypnobirthing techniques and doing our exercises to get labour progressing.
When we went in for the induction on Monday morning (we couldn’t wait any longer due to hospital policies and the fact my waters had broken more than 24 hours ago). We spoke with the midwives and obstetrician that we wanted a hypnobirthing experience. We got two midwives who supported hypnobirthing and so we were very excited.
Before the induction our midwife asked to do an internal exam to which I consented and found out I had dilated to 3 cm on my own during the night. Oxytocin intravenous fluid was given as we were unable to use gels or anything due to my membranes having already released. I was on wireless monitoring during labour so they could track babies heart rate. We asked for privacy and positivity and our request was respected.
Labour commenced and I breathed through each surge for 3 hours. Sometimes during a surge I was smiling and taking everything in. I transferred any negative thoughts into positive ones by saying “I can do this”. The midwives constantly said that they couldn’t believe I had handled each deep surge with a smile and had maintained my breathing throughout.
The rest of my membranes released, and I continued to use my breathing and hypnobirthing techniques. At about 10am the midwife noticed that baby’s heart rate was dropping to dangerous levels during each surge and requested to see if maybe the cord was coming first.
I consented and they found that our little girl had turned completely into the breech position without me even noticing. We asked if we could wait and see if maybe it would change but due to my surges, her heart rate and the fact that she had started to descend we had no option.
We were deemed a medical emergency.
I won’t lie…..I cried and was upset about the change in our birth plan, however Luke calmed me down and recited the birth affirmations to me as well as informed the obstetrician about my wishes regarding an emergency caesarean.
As you mention in the hypnobirthing classes, sometimes babies choose the way they wish to be born and she definitely did. I think it could have easily been a negative experience if we hadn’t been educated and aware of some hypnobirthing strategies we could do in case of an emergency caesarean.
We were rushed through to theatre and when they were starting the procedure I was feeling scared so Luke kept reading me my birthing affirmations and kept reciting “I’m safe, my baby is safe” and this had been a key affirmation for me due to past fears of my previous pregnancy. Then at 10:24am our little girl arrived. They lowered the drapes as she came out (my birth preference) so I could see my beautiful daughter for the first time. We delayed cord clamping as much as we could in this situation, before the obstetrician cut the cord and moved her to the bed for a check and for Luke to cut the remainder of the cord. Luke stayed with Alayna whilst they made sure she was healthy and breathing properly.
Alayna was placed onto my chest as soon as she could be and amazingly she calmed down straight away once in my arms and we didn’t let go. In recovery we continued to have skin to skin where she had her first breastfeed. She fed for two hours and I remained naked and she had clothes on with them open at the front so she constantly had her bare chest on mine for the first 24 hours. From birth she didn’t leave my side until several hours later for her weight and measurements. Our little family was together. Luke didn’t leave our side and had made sure everything in my birth plan had been maintained. He was truly my saving grace during this time. We spent the first day together as a family and got Logan (our four year old son) to come in and visit.
It also definitely helped that we knew more about our rights and that we could ask questions about what was happening, so we understood better instead of just doing what we were told. Thank you so much for that!
I am sad things didn’t go the way we had hoped, but I think the way Luke and my obstetric team handled the situation really turned an emergency into a positive experience. I wasn’t made to feel scared and I was constantly aware of my babies status and they ensured she would stay with me while I was being stitched up.
I couldn’t have asked for a better experience in being able to use my hypnobirthing in a scary situation. We are both recovering well and spending a lot of time with skin to skin while learning to breastfeed.
We honestly can’t thank you enough Vicki. You gave us the wisdom and strength we needed to make a terrifying situation a positive and strong one. I am so proud of myself for labouring with strong and deep contractions for the time I did. Smiling and laughing throughout because I knew I could do it. My recovery has been amazing, and I’d say that is due to the way my obstetrics team handled my wishes and how I’ve spent my time recovering. Thank you so much! You will never know my full gratitude. We can’t thank you enough.
Rochelle & Luke, Perth 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.