The news this end is that baby Charlotte arrived safe and sound on Sunday 25th May weighing in at 7lb 4oz. She’s beautiful!
The birth did not go as Shane or I had visualised it. We ended up being induced on Sat morning because of reduced foetal movements. In the end I decided not to sit it out as baby was quieting down and it was become a bit stressful. As a result labour hit me hard and fast! I didn’t have the time to adapt or prepare myself, plus I was not able to use the water as the mobile monitors weren’t working and because I’d been induced I had to be monitored. This all meant my birth plan had to change!
But the most brilliant thing was that all the hypnobirthing skills I’d be honing became so important. My breathing and relaxation were crucial to staying relaxed and we played soothing music and the wise hippo mp3s to relax me further. When they broke my waters the pressure became too much so I opted for an epidural. But again the relaxation techniques proved invaluable as I then laboured really well, reaching 10cm nicely. I then pushed baby down in around 10 pushes and she was so calm when she was born. Eyes wide open, no crying. She came straight up to my chest and we were skin to skin for ages. The cord was only cut once it had finished pulsating and I’ve enjoyed my smoothly already made by Krishna!
All in all not the birth we envisaged. Partly I attribute that to the induction and to my not being completely ready. But the amazing thing was just how relevant all of the hypnobirthing skills remained. It all meant that I progressed well and smoothly (going from 6-10cm in 4 hours) and in no small part enabled me to deliver baby in just a few pushes (hums!) And most importantly baby was so calm on her arrival into this world. Calm and relaxed and so alert! Eyes wide open a few minutes after birth and no screaming whatsoever.
Thanks for all your advice and support, we cannot thank you enough xxx