Our little girl Isla joined us earthside on the 11th of October. It wasn’t the labor I expected as I ended up needing to be induced, I still utilised the hypno birthing skills you shared with Blake and I and felt very positive and relaxed going into it. I also watched and read other ladies hypnobirthing stories that had to be induced and it made me feel confident that I too could still have the labor experience I wanted. The midwifes made the birth suite so relaxing by putting twinkle lights up, keeping the room dim, speaking softly and diffusing clary sage. I was progressing well at the beginning and got up to 6cm dilated using just hypnobirthing techniques and gas and air. Labor honestly didn’t feel as painful as I thought and I credit that to the skills you shared with us and blake having the knowledge to be the best birth partner ever.
Unfortunately labor stopped progressing and Isla started getting distressed after labouring for so long and her heart rate was dropping and not recovering. I ended up needing an emergency c-section. This was a very scary situation for me and even though I had accounted for it in my birth preferences, I never thought I would need one. The midwifes and doctors still adhered to all my preferences in the case of a c-section. They were so supportive and made the whole process special for us taking photos of everything. At the end of the day, the most important thing was getting her out safe and sound and hearing her first cry was the most amazing moment. Isla was a healthy weight of nearly 10 pound and needed no medical assistance after birth. She’s feeding so well and is already over her birth weight. Blake and I are so in love with her.
Thank you for all the knowledge and techniques you shared with us. I believe that my birth experience was beautiful and special even though it took a completely different turn, and even though it was scary, the hypnobirthing techniques helped me so much in being empowered, feeling relaxed and feeling safe.