“hypnobirthing helped me stay relaxed and in tune with my body for the delivery of my wonderful baby”

“hypnobirthing helped me stay relaxed and in tune with my body for the delivery of my wonderful baby”

Dear Kat,

I hope you are well. Just wanted to drop you a quick email to let you know that my baby boy showed up a little earlier than expected, exactly a week ago today – on my first official day “off” from work!

My waters breaking woke me up at 6am, but as I didn’t have any cramping I didn’t rush to the hospital, and instead did a few loads of washing, tidied up and took the dog on a walk. By the time we arrived at Homerton it was about 10am, where they confirmed using a speculum that my waters had indeed broken, but as I wasn’t showing any other signs that I was to go home and come back in 24 hours when they would probably induce me. At this point they offered me a sweep – which I refused – as I said I just wanted to see what would happen if nature ran its course. Things escalated rather quickly from here. After a short journey home, I began having what I can only liken to quite sore period pains, which intensified after an hour of lying on the sofa. Kit suggested he ran me a bath, which was a great help but I noticed the surges were coming rather strongly and also closer and closer together. When I got out of the bath I said to Kit that I was feeling the urge to push, at which point he ran for his phone to order a black cab!

So 3 hours after arriving home from Homerton we were on our way back – I’m sure the poor cab driver didn’t know what to make of the animal grunting and wailing that was going on in the back of his taxi!

By the time I walked through a very busy hospital reception at just after 2pm a nearby doctor must have recognised that I was nearly at the end as he rushed me into the services lift, and had someone fetch a wheelchair from the Delivery Suite. I was shocked to hear I was fully dilated and that the baby was “minutes away”! There were no free rooms at the Birth Centre so they filled the pool up in a Delivery Ward room at my request, although it was only just ready by the time little Errol made his entrance, so I never even got to use it!!! It all happened so quickly and naturally I didn’t think once of any pain relief, and the student midwife who was there said that I was definitely using my breathing techniques to “breathe the baby out,” which also helped to ensure that I didn’t have any tears (well, that and all the perineal massage!)

The first week has been a total joy, he is a very chilled little man, and the other baby in the house (sausage dog Hector) has been brilliant with him.

I just wanted to say thank you, I felt so much more prepared having done your course and while I never had time to use the birth ball, play the music playlist or even get in the pool, I am sure that hypnobirthing helped me stay relaxed and in tune with my body for the delivery of my wonderful baby.

Kindest regards,

Tessa xx

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