Helen and Craig were a gorgeous couple to work with! Helen knew she wanted something different to last time and embraced the hypnobirthing philosophy with total tenacity! What a week this was...2 ladies very nearly not making it to the hospital!
I was 10 days over my estimated due date and had decided to consent to a stretch and sweep from my midwife, which I had declined at 4 days over - hoping that things might happen spontaneously. The sweep seemed to do the trick and later that afternoon I started feeling 'uncomfortable' but carried on happily going about my day and running around after my toddler.
At about 9:30pm that night, I had my first major surge. I was happily watching television with my husband whilst bouncing on my birthing ball and began my breathing which I had been practicing and remained well distracted.
An hour passed by and the surges were getting increasingly more intense and frequent and I now started using the visualisations with the breathing to helm me remain calm and focused. This was very effective and i continued at home, walking around and monitoring the surges for another hour.
By this point I was using all my energy to breathe through the surges and focus on the visualisations with my husband helping me by breathing alongside me and reminding me of some of the affirmations we had chosen. It was at this point we decided to go in to the hospital.
The journey was something I had been particularly concerned about during the hypnobirthing sessions as I was afraid it would interrupt my relaxed state, but because I had been using the hypnobirthing techniques all evening and we had practiced for the months leading up, I felt completely in control and I was able to remain in the 'zone' I had created as we made the trip to the labour ward.
When I arrived I was already 10cm dilated and within minutes of arriving, I felt I needed to start the down breathing. Everything happened very quickly at this point and within 3 down breaths our baby girl was born. The down visualisations were very helpful as a focus in the last moments. Our daughter was born within 20 minutes of us walking in to the hospital and from the first surge to the last 2.5 hours.
I would never had throught I could have given birth having taken only 2 paracetamol at the start, but with hypnobirthing it was. This was the controlled, calm and empowering experience I hoped it would be, all thanks to hypnobirthing.
It was the complete opposite to my first birth and means that I only have good feelings about labour in the future, no fears or apprehension because I know I can do it!