Olivia’s Birth Story
We had baby Olivia at the end of January, and we’re so in love with her. Her labour day went (almost) exactly as planned. I started getting surges at 4am and just breathed through them as they got more intense. I even managed to have a nap, listen to some music, watch a comedy (yay endorphins) and have a bath. She, did, however, turn posterior while I was having the bath because I started having really bad lower back discomfort.
Despite this addition, I had my drug-free birth! I used a tennis ball and TENS machine for my back. When it got too intense at home in the evening, we headed to hospital and everything happened really quickly. I had sterile water injections (hurt a bit going in but helped so much), my water broke as I was on the toilet and a quick exam showed that I was fully dilated. We got to meet our drug-free, alert baby 30 minutes later! She didn’t even cry when she was born.
Even though the lower back discomfort was really, really painful, it was actually a blessing in disguise as it got us to leave for the hospital when we did. My surges didn’t quite intensify and quicken like they normally do so we kept getting told to stay at home. And we were happy to do so as I was just breathing through my contractions…
Thanks so much for helping us have such a positive and amazing birth. It was even better than either of us could have imagined. It really helped Dan prepare for the birth and stay calm throughout it. There were so many times that his calmness helped me and I couldn’t have done in without him.
Hash and Dan with 1st HypnoBirthing bub Olivia
My surges started early in the afternoon, we decided early on to take our eldest child to her allocated child carer for “the day” quite early on. Our previous birth had not taken long so we wanted to be prepared for a potential repeat. We made our way into the hospital later that night where they “insisted” on an internal. I had decided as part of my birth preparation that this was not something I was interested in nor something I wanted as part of my labour. I declined and was informed that to be admitted to birth suite I would have to submit. I sent Charlotte a message to ask her opinion and hear her thoughts, she sent a very detailed message back of the questions to ask, different aspects to consider and reminded me of my BRAINS. I again declined and we decided to stay on the grounds as I knew baby was arriving tonight.
On our second presentation to the assessment unit not long after, they reluctantly agreed to let me go through to birth suite without an internal assessment. The poor staff didn’t know what to do as I listened to my rainbow relaxation, maintained my breathing techniques and used my instant relaxation techniques to stay calm, relaxed and maintain my progress. I’m not sure they believed I was having a baby. It was not long before I felt my breathing change to Birth Breathing assisting bubs progression down and into my arms.
We delivered Sophie at 3.49am 2 August at a beautifully healthy 4.1kg, a birth we had not only hoped for but planned for. While our previous birth had involved lots of little deviations that had resulted in a birth we didn’t feel we had made all the decisions for, this birth I felt was mine. I made every decision and I delivered my baby, with my birth team, in the way I wanted by the means I wanted. Not only did I feel empowered, I felt and still feel strong and confident.
I do believe that the Hypnobirthing was the best for our baby as her first moments on the planet she was so alert and very happy l. I think the oxygen she received defiantly aided this. She is still a very happy and alert little one.
Andy (Mum of Sophie)
My surges started about 10am on the 7th of October, but they were so mild I was only just aware of them and wasn’t sure whether they were practice surges or not. At this point they were 8 minutes apart and I settled in at home on the couch hopefully to wait for baby’s arrival. At 3pm, the surges were at 3 minutes apart and I commenced losing my show at this point.
I contacted Charlotte at this time to touch base and receive some comfort and to ask some questions to make sure I was on the right track. My show continued to loosen over the coming hours and by 9pm I felt I needed to see someone to touch base. We made our way to the hospital to see the midwives.
The midwives held off doing an internal, instead watching my behavior on arrival. After discussion we agreed to an internal to see where we were at, I was 2cm. I was given the option of a bed on the ward or making our way home to await events in comfort. We opted for the latter, trying to take on the midwives suggestion to get some sleep in the comfort of our bed. We arrived home about midnight and I went to bed.
After an hour, I knew it was time to make our way in again. All of this time I was using my breathing techniques, trying to keep calm and relaxed.
On arrival, I settled in the intensity of my surges. It was like my body knew we were settling us into where our baby was to be born and I could begin to focus without the distraction of moving from one place to the next. I was 5cm on assessment and felt an urge to start birth breathing not long after. I breathed through this with the reassurance and encouragement of my midwives and was 9cm by 5.30am.
Breathing baby down felt not only easier but much less intense. From my last exam it was not long before we met our little girl Lily at 6.43am 8 October born a very healthy 4.1kgs. We could not have been happier with her.
We were lucky enough to have 45mins wonderful minutes of skin to skin, however, due to a short cord could not breastfeed during this time. The cord was detached and I was able to breastfeed our little girl. At an hour and 15mins the placenta was still in situ with no signs of separating and my blood loss was bordering on high, so we made the decision to move to an active third stage management. The placenta was delivered at an hour and a half but I continued to lose some more blood. At this point more staff were called in to ensure safety and daddy and bub went to have some time to themselves in the bathroom in the peace and quiet. I was sorted promptly and with great respect and we were once again a family.
I know looking back that the whole experience would have been a very scary and confronting had we not had the education from HypnoBirthing and from Charlotte. Knowing our options, both of us feeling completely prepared and knowing we can always ask questions and say no was not only comforting but empowering. This was especially true considering our final birthing aspect when despite not being completely normal, we still felt we understood what was going on and why things needed to happen they way they did.
We loved our HypnoBirthing breathing techniques and listened especially to the affirmations track during labour and birth. We adapted my preferred instant relaxation technique to my needs during labour with great affect.
While at times I wasn’t sure I would be able to have a drug free birth as I do describe my birth as painful and I did still have a few worries when labour commenced. I did in fact have the beautiful, drug free, empowered birth I had envisioned.
Teresa and Sean – parents of Lily
As our due date started to creep closer and closer, and Daddy being told he had to head back to work earlier than expected, Mummy started to get itchy feet to meet our Baby! Off to acupuncture we went for the last 3 days which seemed to do the trick!
Around midnight on the 15th, and into the wee hours of the 16th, I was having contractions every hour. Very manageable so I let Chris sleep and I was able to sleep in between them as well which was great. As the morning went on, contractions were closer together but still irregular. So I did my make up and debated if I should vacuum the car.
At 11.15 am, I had a big contraction which got Chris running in to the bedroom from the lounge room, when my waters broke. Chris rang the hospital, I rang my sister who zoomed straight over. Thank you to the Moggill Ferry man who stopped any other passengers coming on and floored it for her to get to me.
I took some precious last moments to kiss and cuddle Jakey while he remained my only baby. An emotional and powerful moment. Jakey told me how proud he was.
By 12pm we were on the road to the hospital, arriving a bit after 12.30 pm to the Mater. I had strong, close contractions in the car and told Chris I couldn’t make it to the front door. He ran in and grabbed a wheel chair and we went straight in. No bags or any of our carefully selected items for labour, just the car keys and a very ready mumma!
We went to the Pregnancy Assessment Centre where they said they would like to examine me to see if I was ready for birth suite. I politely declined and let them know I was ready for birth suite… Now, please.
They took us down almost straight away as I continued to have large contractions in the wheel chair in the lounge area.
We got in to birth suite where things really kicked off. All I could tell them was that I was really hot. The midwife went to get ice with a stern warning before she left ‘now you are not allowed to have a baby while I’m gone’. She returned about 2 minutes later to me in my birthing position, knickers off, ready to go!
The midwife called the obstetrician again and mid conversation said “Never mind this baby is coming!” as I started to breath Isla down into the world.
Isla worked really well with me and we delivered her in just a couple of strong breaths. ♥️ No damage to mummy or baby, what a team!
They placed her straight onto me and I got to meet my beautiful daughter. I apologised to the midwives but also said ‘I told you she was coming’ 🤣.
The midwives (one extra had run in to assist poor Suzanne who had been on her own) said they absolutely loved our beautiful, calm delivery and actually thanked us!
Chris was an absolute champion, and cut the cord, seperating Isla from me, and marking that first step into the world. ♥️
We got to love and cuddle her in low light with beautiful music playing for about 2 hours in the birth suite which is exactly what we wanted.
There was no pain relief, and no hormone injections for the afterbirth – all physiological birthing which was amazing.
Chris and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. We sat in birth suite with our daughter and reflected that it was just the most awesome experience.
Watching Chris become a father in the moments after she was born was so precious. He is a wonderful, doting father already and has changed more nappies than me! ♥️
Isla, we adore you. What a beautiful entry to the world, even if it was speedy! It was still calm and full of love.
My labour started on Sunday night and by Wednesday afternoon I had lost my waters. By Friday I was in hospital to be induced. I walked in already 5 cm dilated and ready to meet my baby.
We arrived at the hospital by 7am and I had two courses of antibiotics and then from 9am- 7pm i was on the drip for induction. In this time I had only managed to dilate to 6cm and with my babies head twisted and stuck we were advised that a cesarean would be the best and safest way to get to get her in our arms. We agreed on a cat3
In the time frame of settling down and coming to terms with a cesarean my babies heart had stopped and it went from a cat3 to a cat1 cesarean immediately.
All went well during the procedure and although I was scared and this was not my plan, it was still a beautiful birth. I was so happy to finally be able to meet my little baby, someone I had been dreaming about for years.
The doctors, surgeons, nurses, my midwife and partner made the procedure just that little bit easier by being so kind and supportive. I also could not have gone through a weeks worth of labor if it weren’t for the breathing techniques, words of affirmation and knowledge I learnt from my HypnoBirthing midwife
Mia Piotto’s Birth Story at University Hospital, Gold Coast
Born: 6th August 2020 at 10.23pm
Weight: 3224g length: 49cm Head circumference 34.5cm
After completing Charlotte’s hypnobirthing class online I felt ready, motivated and prepared for the birth of my first child. It was my goal to achieve a natural birth and with the skills, techniques and knowledge given to me by Charlotte I felt scared but ready to meet my baby girl earth side. I started getting surging on the 4th of August and knew my body and baby were getting ready. On Saturday night 5th August between 9.35pm and 11.35pm I lost my mucus plug and surges started getting stronger. At 6.30am on Sunday we packed the car and headed to the hospital, only to be sent away because my surges where too far apert (Picture 1).
I lay in bed thinking “whoever said labour is a good experience, can go get f*&ked”. By 12noon contractions where 3-4 every 10mins (which Charlotte had taught me) for over 2 hours so we decided it was time to head to the hospital again. At 1pm I said yes to a physical examination at was 4cm dilated and then agreed to a stretch and sweep which bought on labour 10 fold (Picture 2). We were taken to a birthing suite at 3pm where i loved the hot shower and was singing “every little thing is going to be alright”. At 4.45pm my back waters broke and at 5.19pm I was 9cm dilated (active labour had begun) and I was allowed into the pool by 6pm. However, this slowed labour down and at 8.50pm we were informed there was Meconium liquid (yes baby had pooed) and Mia needed to come out.
Pushing started at 9.15pm and we were on a time clock to get little Mia out (Picture 3). I had a magical team of mid-wives around me that supported and talked me through how to breathe. This feeling is something I have never experienced before, Charlotte was right your body knows what to do, we just have to trust it, breathe and let all fear aside (Picture 4 Crowning). My beautiful baby girl was born at 10.23pm on the 6th of August with my team of superhero mid-wives, my Mother and my loving partner Damian Piotto by my side (Picture 5 and 6). The day was magical, traumatic and life changing.
But that isn’t where it ends for us. Stage 3 the Placenta passing, nobody prepared me enough for this……It took me 90minutes with an Oxytocin injection to get it out and it only came out with the Head Mid-wife holding my uterus and pulling it forcefully out. The pain was too much so I needed gas but finally it came out and the relief was amazing. I can not thank Charlotte and hypnobirthing enough for the education and support we have received as a family.