I used a TENS machine in the initial stages and the upward breathing. I found the rectangle the easiest visualisation to use – didn’t require too much thought! The breathing definately helped, and reminding myself to relax meant I didn’t get too tense.
It all went rather quicker than I was expecting. The first little surge started about 5am, which was the same time it started with Amy, so I was expecting it to be similar to her labour. However, it ramped up rather quicker and I think we called the labour ward about 11.00am. They said they would notify the midwife and to call back when they got closer together. It was fairly close anyway – I had 2 surgess while on the phone to them! Called back about 12noon, I think, and said that I was getting urges to push on some of the surges – they said they would send the midwife round.
Midwife turned up at 1pm, I think the fact she was there, and the change in position, made everything ramp up again and I started getting urges to push I couldn’t suppress. Mark finished filling the pool – it had taken 3 hot water tanks – and I got in about 1.35pm. Absolute bliss! Wish I could have got in earlier!
Urges to push came really strongly, I couldn’t not push. Did the downward breathing, and Emma was born at 2pm! Wonderful experience. I wouldn’t say it was pain free, but it was certainly a better experience than Amy’s birth.
Second midwife & student turned up at 2.30pm, and were a bit dissapointed they missed it all!
I was so pleased at how everything went, thank you for the help and support, I believe it did help everything go well.
I will certainly be recommending water, home and hypnobirthing to anyone that asks about it, and when people ask me how the birth was, they all seem a little surprised when I answer ‘Good’.