Mike and Lauren came to my January Group Course and were keen to learn some techniques that would enable them to navigate whatever twists and turns they faced! Having done it already, they had a good sense of what they wanted. Despite needing to accept some intervention with an induction, I think their story written by Lauren illustrates their preparation perfectly and they were a total dream team...enjoy!
Our birthing story
On Tuesday evening I started to get period pains off and on with the feelings being more in the lower abdomen. At about 8pm they were coming every 10 mins and lasting for approx 1 min.
I found having Michael do some massages whilst I lay over the birthing ball was wonderful. Using tennis balls to do circular motions was calming. I practiced my breathing and visualisations.
The pains eased off after a couple of hours so we went to bed in case things were starting up. I started to bleed at 2am, as if I was starting my period, and didn't panic as presumed it was my mucus...
So yesterday I was at the Bump and Baby Expo in York.
It was my first time and I spent weeks thinking about what I needed to take, what offers would be best etc. but when It happened, it was nothing like I imagined.
I found myself feeling incredibly vulnerable in this giant space – which was familiar, but from days gone by when I used to get dressed up and drink the day away at the races - this was indeed a very different day.
There were lots of lovely exhibitors. The ladies that surrounded me were super friendly and chatty, but I still felt this deep sense of unease.
Despite this - I took some deep breaths, didn't hide under the table and enjoyed the ‘Bump Gazing’.
It was after all a whole , condensed space filled with excited parents to be – some a little daunted by all of the offerings, but mostly smiley faces and babies galore. I LOVED IT.
What I loved a lot less was trying to ‘sell’ myself. This is something I’ve struggled with for a long time and although I’m constantly working to im...