Positive Birth Stories
Below you can find a range of birth stories in which Little Birth Company techniques have been used. As you can see from how different the stories are, the techniques are useful whether you're having a homebirth, a caesarean or an induction for example.
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When I was pregnant for the first time with my son, I originally had the attitude of 'ignorance is bliss' when it came to the act of actually giving birth. I figured that it would be best not to know about what could happen; after all I wouldn't have any control over events, right?!
A PLANNED CAESAREAN WITH TWINS
When I found out I was pregnant with twins, I was so excited but pretty soon after the initial excitement my mind went straight to what the birth would be like. I knew that I had wanted to do hypnobirthing and that I would love to try a natural birth but I didn’t know if that would be possible now that I was expecting twins.
I had an amazing doula with me who came over and we talked through my fears and concerns about having a c-section. Honestly I was so nervous and scared that it wasn’t going to be the lovely, relaxed, positive birth that I was hoping for. However, she was brilliant and helped me make a list of things that I wanted.
THE BIRTH STORY OF FREDDIE
Day 10 of no arrival.. feeling like it was never going to happen and would be induced on Easter Sunday so I had my mind set on that date!
I started waking a few times needing the toilet and felt the odd period pain but thought nothing of it. 2.45am my body woke me up so quick, forced me out of bed to get to the toilet, as I stepped in the bathroom the biggest gush ever!!! I was like what have I just wet myself!?! Turned the light on and it was my waters but the waters was a yellow/brown colour so I knew straight away baby poo’d in me.
Midwife told me the good news was I wouldn’t be leaving here without baby but then was told I was un able to have a water birth as they needed to monitor baby till he arrived. I started to worry and get upset not being able to have a water birth. 6am come round quicker than ever and I was put on the drip to speed labour up as baby was getting a little unhappy. 7am come and contractions started coming fast and painful!!
Calum was counting me in and keeping me in the zone the whole time. I screamed out once and didn’t do it again as it took so much energy out of me!! Back in the zone and pushing started honestly I’ve never felt pain like it but I told myself I can do it and I will!!
Midwife was amazing the support and positive vibes she showed me really got me through it. We were getting to the stage where I was totally drained and his head kept going back in. Contractions were around 8 in 10 minutes and felt like I couldn’t keep up!!
Calum crying holding my face saying we’ve got a beautiful baby boy you did it I’m so proud of you has to be the best words I’ve ever heard. The midwife said to me my god how did you do that on just gas and air you super mum!!
I felt so proud of myself and it honestly has to be all the breathing techniques, relaxing scripts and everything you taught me Azeeta!!
I cried writing this because it was the best experience of my life!!
Mums to be really need to be told how good labour can be and it isn't as daunting as it’s made out to be.
LBC Instructor: Azeeta Nielsen (www.azeetanielsen.com)
GEORGIE AND ROSS
On the Wednesday whilst watching Jurassic Park (I will always remember that!) my waters broke. The excitement was overwhelming, knowing we would be meeting our little human very soon. I called the hospital and got an appointment for the next morning to be checked unless contractions started. That night of course I hardly slept, and I didn’t start with any contractions, so we headed to the hospital for 9am on the Thursday.
I was seen by a midwife who did a VE and said she was 50/50 on whether my waters had gone. She said she could feel baby’s hair, so was pretty sure they had. I was then booked in for an induction 48 hours from my waters breaking so I was sent home to try get things started naturally. The whole of Thursday and Friday we tried everything we had been taught, from watching funny movies, affirmations, massage, walks, clary sage etc but nothing was happening. So on the Friday evening at 7.30pm we headed to the hospital for my planned induction at 8pm.
When we arrived we were seen pretty much immediately, and were put into a private room where they strapped me up to check baby’s heart rate. We were in this room for a few hours before being transferred into the labour room. We got into this room around midnight hoping to be seen by a midwife soon. We set up the room and tried to get some sleep. We weren’t seen until 10am on the Saturday morning by a midwife who unfortunately wasn’t fully on board with the hypnobirthing and wasn’t quite the midwife for us. Firstly she couldn’t sign onto the monitor and was getting a bit stressed, then when she tried to put my cannula in she hit a valve inside the vein so got another midwife in to try who did the same thing! After 3 attempts finally it was in. The whole time I was questioning whether my waters had actually broken, so I asked to be examined again before they started my induction. Again she was 50/50, however she then told me leaving it any longer would have increased the risk of infection, so we decided to go ahead.
After about an hour of the drip being on (and turning it up every 20 minutes) I was at a high dose and nothing was happening apart from a few cramps. The midwives said I should definitely be feeling stronger contractions by now so they decided to get the head midwife in, who did another VE and then told me my forewaters hadn’t broken, and wasn’t happy that I had been in all day and this wasn’t picked up. My waters now needed to be broken, and this also wasn’t straight forward. The tool they normally use wasn’t clipping it so after three attempts they decided to use another tool. This worked straight away and at 3:30pm the contractions started.
Once the contractions started it was full on. We had the room calm still and with our music playing. Once the contractions got stronger I put my TENS machine on and I got into the zone. I had a little routine with each contraction which seemed to work and get me through. Around 3 hours later I was sick and told that was a good sign, then shortly after I felt the urge to push. The midwife, who by the way was now a new one and was amazing, totally understood what me and my husband where trying to do and worked with us. She said I was 20 minutes away from the 4 hour mark where they would normally do a VE so I waited. At 4 hours she checked and I was 8cm dilated…I couldn’t believe it, I was so happy!!
And with that I got off the bed and the urge to push became stronger so I started and went with it, and for the next hour and 45 minutes I was pushing with each contraction. There was no concern about me or baby but I was getting tired. A doctor came in who also was amazing and really encouraged me at each contraction to push, however nothing was changing so he decided to use forceps. By this point I was ready for baby to arrive. Within 15 minutes of this our little boy was in my arms at 9.49pm with the skin on skin contact I asked for. Because of the induction they gave me the injection to help get the placenta out but I was so engrossed with our little boy I didn’t even notice.
My labour was a completely pain relief free experience and I wouldn’t have done this had my head not been in the right place with everything Katie had taught me. My husband said I was a different woman in that room, like someone came in and took over. I can honestly say even though my experience wasn’t what I had planned it was amazing, and all in all was a positive one, which is what my aim was regardless of its direction. A massive thank you to Katie for all your help, support and knowledge.
A POSITIVE VBAC
This mum was feeling apprehensive about the birth of her second baby after having a Caesarean birth with her first child. After doing the Hypnobirthing Workshop with me, she realised the importance of staying calm and relaxed during labour and went on to have a positive VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean).
ALEX'S BIRTH STORY
This formidable woman and her incredible birth partner felt that they had still had a positive birth experience despite having an emergency Caesarean, with some extremely challenging circumstances. Despite the unplanned turn of events, Charlotte & Carlos felt educated and prepared having done the Complete Hypnobirthing Programme with me.
PLEASE NOTE: This story includes an incidence of resuscitation.
I had our little girl Alexandra at 40+10 days via emergency c-section. When I first found out I was pregnant I had no idea what to expect and felt completely unprepared. I did some research, read several brilliant books and was recommended the hypnobirthing course with Katie. I think this was invaluable for me as someone who likes to feel in control and informed – it gave me a chance to learn the science behind birth, practice the relaxation techniques and ask every question which came to me!
Our plan was for a natural water birth in Broadlands midwife led unit with, in an ideal world, only gas and air. The reality couldn’t be further from that in the end!
I went into labour on the Thursday morning, 10 days “late” having declined 2 sweeps prior to that. The contractions were light at the start and it wasn’t until the evening at about 17.00 that they ramped up and I told my husband I was definitely in labour! They then intensified and after just under 12 hours at about 3am we made our way to Broadlands. They did a VE (vaginal examination) and confirmed I was fully effaced but only 1cm dilated. We headed back home and I spent the following 24 hours having contractions. I focused on my breathing, we watched our travelling videos and listened to the hypnobirthing tracks. I was on the sofa, then on the floor, in the shower, then the bath, finally in bed. Anything which helped in the moment, with my husband forcing me to eat and drink. Finally, after another day and night of contractions which were pretty intense and coming 2/3 every 10 minutes, we headed back to the hospital. At this point I had had enough and was ready to be told I was in established labour – I’d barely slept for 48 hours other than drifting in and out of sleep when I could between contractions.
We got to the hospital at about 2am and I agreed to another VE. Unfortunately, during the second VE, my cervix tore a little which caused a fair amount of bleeding, and the midwife confirmed that I was 3cm dilated and in established labour but would need to go to labour ward for continuous monitoring – water birth out of the window!
The midwife was brilliant and very on board with hypnobirthing. We lowered the lights and I was able to stand and lean over the bed, with some gas and air for the more intense contractions. After another 6 hours of contractions I agreed to another VE to check progress. I was now 4cm dilated. After more than 2 days of labouring, I was still only at 4cm and completely exhausted. At this point we decided to go for an epidural. I knew I couldn’t keep going at this pace and although we tried to create a calm environment, I was struggling to zone out and progress as I wished. The epidural was unplanned, but allowed me to rest and sleep for a bit, and after another 12 hours, a VE confirmed I was at 10cm and ready to push. By this time the epidural was wearing off and I could feel the contractions again. I pushed for 2 hours, sat semi upright with support from a midwife, a trainee and my husband. After 2 hours, a Dr came to check progress and confirmed that she was still very high and, in his opinion, I was unlikely to be able to push her out without some assistance and Alex was under a fair bit of pressure with some dropping of her heart rate.
He advised to head to theatre for forceps and episiotomy and topped up the epidural as by this point I was feeling the contractions completely again. On arrival in theatre, the surgeon checked again ready to do the episiotomy but felt I wasn’t actually completely 10cm dilated. At this point Alex's heart rate suddenly plummeted and they needed to do an emergency c-section. Due to the urgency, they administered a top up of epidural to ensure I couldn’t feel anything but due to the rush, the top up numbed me completely including my arms and chest, so I was unable to move even my upper body. The c-section was fine and I was comfortable. However Alex came out unresponsive and required resuscitation. I was inevitably very emotional at this point as there was no cry, and several people rushed in to help resuscitate and manually rise her chest as she wasn’t breathing on her own. The whole team were amazing and although they wouldn’t let my husband see what was happening, they were talking to me the whole time. She was finally handed to us at 11 minutes but due to how numb I was, she had to have skin to skin with my husband instead as I couldn’t hold her. They were great, allowing him to take his t-shirt off and wrapping them in a towel with her against his chest. I couldn’t even move my head to see her so I was quite tense at this point. We were taken to a room after where my husband and the midwife had to help establish breastfeeding as I was still numb. It was quite frustrating! However, despite the unexpected turn and the emotional start Alex had, we were so grateful that she had arrived safely in the end. Alex had irregular breathing and due to the complex labour, was at high risk of infection so we ended up staying in hospital for 5 days and my husband was sent home at about 5am as I was taken to the ward.
I couldn’t have planned for the unexpected twists and turns and although we ended up with a caesarean section, I felt totally informed and in control at every point of the labour. The c-section was an emergency but I trusted my caregivers entirely and felt respected throughout. I know the hypnobirthing made me go into the labour feeling informed and prepared, rather than with any fear, which for me is the most important thing. I understood what my body was going through and what my rights were at every stage so, despite the difficult labour and the drama, I would do it all again!