Just a quick email to let you know that our little boy, A was born on his due date! He weighed 7.7lb and is doing really well.
The homebirth went (almost) as planned and the midwives said it was a textbook birth. I say almost as planned because i was so convinced that I wasnt in labour that i sent Michael off to a meeting in north wales expecting labour to not really kick in for a long time yet and he ended up missing the birth! Whilst I didn’t use the visualisation techniques (I could never properly get the hang of them!) I used the breathing and listened to the cd while I laboured and even managed to have a little sleep while I was contracting every 2-3 minutes so I definitely think the hypnobirthing worked.
By the time I called out the midwife I was 7cm dilated (and I thought she was going to tell me I have ages to go – shows how calm I must have been!) and A arrived 3 hours later. Total “official” labouring time was 9 hours with 20min second stage where I “breathed” him out. I think he would have arrived even quicker but I think I held myself back when I realised Michael wasn’t going to make it back in time and had to give myself a bit of a talking to that it wasn’t good for me or baby to hold back and that I should just let my body progress.
Even though I never got round to giving my midwife the hypnobirthing information and she didnt really know much about it, I found all the midwives present were pretty much following everything that was in the hypno book anyway – breathing out the baby, not using negative words, not asking me about pain etc…. (well apart from telling me that I must have a very high pain threshold!).
I did use gas and air towards the end but that was because my blood pressure was high and the midwife thought it would help bring it down, (and therefore avoid a hospital transfer) and she was right! I also ended up having the injection to bring out the placenta immediately afterwards which I wasn’t planning on having but by that point I just didn’t care and wanted to curl up with my new boy as quickly as possible!
Anyway, that was a bit of a longer email than I expected but I just wanted to let you know how well the birth went and to say THANK YOU for taking us through the hypnobirthing course as it played a huge part in our successful birth.
Anny, Michael and A
ps – Michael used the breathing techniques to help him relax just before his driving test and passed first time!