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Birth Stories

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

HypnoBirthing Brisbane

Sophie's Birth

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)

HypnoBirth of Lily

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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

Birth of Isla Storm

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.

The birth of Alluna

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
cesarean.

 

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's Birth Story at University Hospital, Gold Coast

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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.

Wren's Birth Story at Ipswich Hospital

Wren's birth
Wren's birth
Wren's birth
Just wanted to say a massive thank you again for providing such incredible birthing classes to Andrew and myself. I truely believe our experience was the way it was because of your classes!
 
I joined the VBAC Australia support page way back when I first got pregnant and I ended up sharing my birth story with them a couple of weeks ago. I thought I would send it through to you. Lots of other little details are missed but honestly I could have wrote a novel about the birth of my beautiful Wren
 
 

2nd birth: My partner and I did a 5 week hypnobirthing course which was AMAZING and I would highly recommend to anyone (if you are located in the Brisbane region and are looking for a great course, message me so I can refer you to the most amazing teacher) everyone was quite supportive of my VBAC, however at the end they found bub was measuring in the 99th percentile (apparently) many doctors tried to tell me how risky it was to have a VBAC with a “big” baby specially if I went post dates. At 40+2 we had a hospital app with a couple of doctors, 1 dr told me I needed to be induced that day or the next because of the size of bub, the other dr didn’t want to induce me at all but was happy to let me go another 8 days and then book me a cesarean so I left that appointment very confused and very upset. I didn’t let it change what I was taught though, my body grew a baby that I could birth and I worked way too hard to get to induction or a booked cesarean. I made the decision to have a stretch and sweep done by my midwife that day and the next day to give me my best shot at going into labour. 40+3 an hour after my second stretch and sweep I lost my mucus plug and surges were coming but very irregular. The next couple of days surges were all over the place and not too painful. 40+6 I woke up to my waters breaking, surges were still coming and getting stronger. We opted to go into hospital at 9am to jump on the monitor for 20 mins and check that bub was happy, all was good and we went home. Surges got closer and stronger as soon as we left the hospital but I was determined to labour at home for as long as possible. By the time we got home they were 3 minutes apart and lasting a minute but I was still breathing through them and feeling so calm! Jumped in the shower and laboured in there for a while but then decided to head in as I didn’t want to be stuck at home or in the car when they got too intense. Arrived at the hospital at 5pm and my god that walk from the car park was so difficult surging every 2 minutes  had my first examination and I was 4cm, I had my midwife attach the scalp clip while in there as I wanted to be mobile and wanted bubs heart monitored constantly (due to my previous labour, I needed that ease of mind). Jumped straight in the shower on the birth ball and was there the entire time. I had my poster of affirmations in there with me. My poor partner was freezing for hours as he sat outside of the water holding the shower head on my back and squeezing my back through each surge. After a few hours i no longer could breath through them and I became quite vocal, just listening to my body. I started to feel pressure in my butt and my surges were so close I was not really getting breaks in between, I ended up crouching on the shower floor in agony and this is where I hit the point that I started to not cope and wanted to give up. At this point my midwife got me on the bed to do a second exam and to all of our surprise I was 10cm! I had done it although bub was still quite high in my pelvis so I had to work at bringing her down. At this point I was VERY vocal, (my throat was sore for days after ) on my knees and leaning over the back of the bed, I bared down and let out a yell while breathing all of my air downwards and into my uterus. Instantly she was crowing, I bared down again and her head was out, at this moment my midwife encouraged me to feel her, I reached down and touched the top of her head full of hair for the first time! This gave me so much more motivation to continue to push through ti meet my baby girl. I leaned back over the bed and pushed like I’ve never pushed before and she was out. Our beautiful girl was born at 10:43pm weighing 4.2kg and my god was I proud! No pain relief, no intervention, instant skin to skin for hours, delayed cord clamping, only my midwife in the room throughout the labour and 2 in the room for the birth. The birth of my baby wasn’t a medical event, it was our special birth day! Just a completely polar opposite experience to my first and I am so so glad I did the preparation I did and that I didn’t give up despite the many many “scare tactics” doctors would use. Listen to your body, trust your body, you all have this  we woman are capable of greatness!

Henry's Birth Story at Mater Mothers

Henry's birth

I was 40+1 when I felt my waters might have broken at about 2am on Wednesday 7th July. I started having very mild irregular contractions by 5am, but stayed relaxed and decided to watch a funny movie to keep the oxytocin high per Charlottes instructions! We had a midwife and obstetric team appointment at the Mater at 9am that morning anyway, as I was being regularly monitored from 38 weeks after being diagnosed with pregnancy hypertension and I also had a tachycardic episode at 39 weeks. So Jay and I made our way into the hospital for the appointment, luckily with our hospital bags in tow. I decided to have a vaginal examination at about 11am which confirmed my waters had broken and I was 1cm dilated. I have a suspicion that the midwife had actually done more of a membrane sweep because within half an hour my contractions ramped up and they were more regular and longer then earlier that morning. The midwife did give us the choice whether we wanted to stay or head home but we decided to stay and I labored until about 9pm, using my breathing techniques and pressure points we learnt from Charlotte, the birth ball and shower until I felt I needed pain relief so we were moved down to birth suite. When we got down to birth suite, I was seen by the obstetrician, as my heart rate and blood pressure needed to be monitored throughout labor, so I was hooked up to a portable CTG machine which meant I unfortunately couldn’t use the shower or bath as pain relief which I was finding very helpful previously. Plus a fetal monitored was attached to bubs head. I tried not to let this dampen my spirit, and we set up our birth environment to keep things calm with music and keeping the lights dimmed. By midnight, I was really struggling and made the decision to have an epidural and I was able to get some rest. I was also started on some pictocin to move things along, as well as antibiotics as it had been some time since my waters had broken. At 8am I decided to have another VE but became a little bit disheartened when I was 4cm dilated. Luckily, the midwife and student midwife I had were incredibly supportive, both bub and I were relaxed so we continued to labour. I was switching sides with the peanut ball to try and get bub in a better position. I very slowly progressed and by 3pm, I was 9cm, fully effaced but had an anterior lip and bub wasn’t in a good position, my midwife had prepared me that Caesarean section may be on the cards and when the obstetrician came in she explained this would be a good option. By this stage I was exhausted and they said they were only going to give me 2 hours to push due to my heart condition. I decided that I would have preferred to have a c section now rather then pushing for 2 hours, bub potentially getting distressed snd it turning into an emergency situation. So at about 4pm they started prepping me for surgery. It was a calm and positive experience, the doctors, nurses and anesthetist were all so wonderful. I was still able to do skin to skin with Bub and Jay cut the cord. Henry Archer Lang arrived 8th July at 4:48pm. Weighing in at 4.145kg and 56cm long. Charlotte is a wealth of knowledge and we are so thankful we did her course. Even having a c section in the end we still managed to create and have a wonderful birthing experience. With what Charlotte taught us, we felt empowered and able to make informed decisions which still gave us the positive snd calm birthing experience we wanted, even though it wasn’t our plan A. And the obstetrician said there’s no reason I can’t try have a VBAC next time. Looking forward to a refresher course next time around! Ella, Jay and baby Henry

Ryan's Birth Story in Rockhampton

Ryan's birth
Ryan's birth

We welcomed our surprise gender baby BOY Ryan at 2am Sunday 20th June 2021. We were fortunate to attend a birth class with Charlotte and Mikaela. Our little man was not in a rush to meet us with Ryan arriving just a day short of 42 weeks gestation.

The skills and knowledge we learnt from our birthing course with you helped us feel empowered to make decisions, educate ourselves further and navigate throughout our pregnancy and birth journey. We were very fortunate to have an amazing midwife and team who helped us welcome our little man safely into the world. Thank you for being part of our journey Charlotte and Mikaela, we cannot recommend your course enough!

 photography courtesy of @madelynhphotographics

Finley's Birth Story

Hi Charlotte & Mikeala,
Our little girl Finley Iris arrived 4 days past her due date at 10.43pm on 29th March after a 5hr15min labour with 8mins of pushing. Finley’s birth was an amazing experience that I will never forget, and I can not thank you both enough for the skills that you taught us both in the mindful birthing class. I will write a full review on google and facebook just wanted to let you both know how appreciative we are!
Thank you

Ridley's Birth Story

As a first-time mum, I certainly wasn’t expecting to go into spontaneous labour when I was 38 weeks pregnant. Nor was I expecting it to happen on the morning a snap lockdown was called in Queensland. But I was prepared, I was ready and confident in myself and my body thanks to the Hypnobirthing training that had become second nature to me in the last few weeks.

And it was thanks to this training that I had the best birth experience I could have asked for. No, not everything went to ‘plan’, and yes, there were some dramatic moments – but because I was calm and relaxed, I was not fearful, and I felt empowered in my experience, I would not change a thing.

 

I was 38 weeks and 4 days when I woke up early to make my breakfast and hit my gym class at 8:30am. I’d lost what I suspected was my mucus plug 2 nights earlier, but being that it was my first time, I’d assumed it could still be days or weeks before I saw any action. At 7:30 however, I had an almighty discharge. At this point I was thinking “Nah, it must just be normal discharge, it’s not like my waters have broken” when really, it was my waters breaking (or at least the first indication of that).

 

So off to the gym I went, and one of my trainers joked about not having a baby on the gym floor (if only he knew!) and after the class I hit the showers to replace my pants that I had completely soaked through (again in denial that I was in early labour). I was meeting a friend for morning tea that day at 10, and sure enough as soon as we sat down I began to feel cramping in my lower back, so I accepted that I was in early labour. And we were shortly thereafter informed that Brisbane was entering a snap lockdown that afternoon- great! OF COURSE I was going into labour on this day of all days. So I ordered a nice big plate of crepes thinking it could be my last meal before I became a mother (it was!) and by the time I left to go home my back pains were becoming more frequent.

 

My Hypnobirthing training that I had been practicing daily with my husband for the last 2 months instantly kicked in, and I began alternating between surge breathing and relaxed breathing while focussing on relaxing my pelvis and jaw with every surge. In the 20 minutes it took me to drive home my surges had increased to 1 every 3 minutes, but I wasn’t scared; I was excited. My baby would be arriving today! I was expecting early labour to go forever, but this felt as if things were progressing quickly if my surges were this close together. My husband kept his cool as he furiously packed our half-prepared hospital bags, pram and my affirmation board in the car, and I relaxed on my knees, leaning into the couch with every surge I had (my exercise ball for labour hadn’t even been blown up yet).

 

Luckily the lockdown call had the roads nice and empty for our drive to the hospital, and before we knew it we were there. One of the perks of the Hypnobirthing was how centred and relaxed I felt – I carried my bags into the assessment centre and waited in the allocated waiting room until I had my examination. I continued to breathe, relax, and focus on my affirmations as the midwife checked me and let me know I was already 2cm dilated – I was definitely staying at the hospital as this point. My calm and focussed persona would trick the midwives also because I was relaxed even as I progressed, and they thought I wasn’t as far along as I was!

Ridley's birth
Relaxing through a surge!
Ridley's birth

I experienced my first birth hurdle – my OBGYN wasn’t on call that day so another doctor would be delivering my baby. I could have freaked out at that point, but I stayed relaxed and eased into the new path my birth was taking. The new doctor had my birth preferences and knew I was aiming for a drug-free, possible pool birth, so I just focussed on my body and waited to be moved to a room to labour in.

Ridley's birth
Shortly before my waters really ‘broke’ and I soaked the bed and floor
Ridley's birth

By the time I was taken up to a room to labour in, I was already 5cm dilated. I fully believe this was because I continued to relax my pelvis with every surge, willing my babe to move down and my body to open gently, smoothly and surely. I visualised my uterine muscles unwrapping around my baby like a ribbon while my cervix would bloom like a rose. I hopped in the shower and enjoyed the pain relief the warm water brought me while my husband played the rainbow relaxation meditation over the speaker. This played again on repeat for the rest of my labour, and I could drift in and out, focussing on the words when I wanted, and easily retreating into my meditative zone when I needed. My husband would squeeze my back and hips during surges at this point – and this felt like the best pain relief (I hadn’t even had time for a Panadol, things were going so fast!)

Ridley's birth
I was most comfortable leaning forward – letting gravity work for me!
Ridley's birth

I faced another hurdle at this point – a birth pool would not be available for me today. I had entered labour knowing that a water birth wouldn’t be guaranteed, and as much as I was disappointed, I again leaned into this change of path and focussed on what was working for me, leaning on the back of a chair or the toilet and relaxing with each surge. The midwife was just popping her head in when I felt my body spasm like a ‘push’, and I grunted very loudly (involuntary I swear) and she very hastily ran to see if a birth suite was ready for me. I was wheeled to the suite and quickly hobbled over to the plain, little plastic chair in the corner. In was a strange choice but the only way I felt comfortable! It was just as well, because I pooped off the end of the chair during a surge!

Ridley's birth
Resting between surges – and yes there is poo under that blanket on the ground!

I climbed onto the bed to have another exam (all vaginal exams were done with my permission, and I used surge breathing to help manage the feelings) and I was 7cm dilated, but I was getting the urge to push with each surge so I knew this would advance quickly. I was given gas & air just as the surges were becoming overwhelming, and as much as time was already skewed for me, this really blurred the concept of time for me. I was only using the gas for an hour and a half before the Dr said it was time to put down the gas and push.

 

I felt a renewed sense of energy and determination to meet my little babe, and I began to work and breathe with my body’s expulsion reflex. After a time of trying to push in the polar bear position, I wasn’t really feeling like I could engage and help her out, so I ended up on my back with my legs braced on the midwife and Dr. I didn’t think this position would work for me as this was my Dr’s suggestion, but as I began to push, I could feel her moving towards my opening! I kept my eyes closed throughout this stage of labour because I didn’t want to see how far I had to go before she would be here. I relied on my bodily sensations and trusted the people around me to encourage me until the end – my husband really felt like my partner and team member throughout the whole labour. As my baby’s head began to crown, the Dr would hold a warm compress on my perineum, which helped me to avoid tearing and relieve the sensation – I would say crowning was not painful at all! But this of course could be because I could see the light at the end of the tunnel, I could feel that my baby was almost here, and I gave little pants as my baby’s head popped out with an almighty gush of fluid.

Ridley's birth
That first post-birth selfie!

I felt like I’d just won gold at the Olympics once her head was out. I felt on top of the world, and it felt like her body would quickly follow, however suddenly everyone in the room was telling me to “wait wait wait”. My beautiful girl had her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck 3 times, and the Dr was trying to cut the cord from around her neck and free her. Her body came out quickly and she was whisked over to the resuss bay to receive oxygen. The midwife let us know the room would get very busy and before long there were 20 people in the room, working their hardest to bring my girl back from the brink of suffocation while the Dr looked after me. Me – I was fine! In that my body had tactical labour very well, and I hadn’t even grazed. I wholeheartedly believe this was due to the Hypnobirthing techniques that I had maintained throughout the whole labour.

While my body was fine, and I was riding a total high of adrenalin, I was still on edge waiting to hear my little girl’s first cries. It took 13 minutes to hear those (albeit weak) squeals, and while I waited, I kept my calm breaths going and focussed on the Hypnobirthing relaxation to keep myself from losing it. Thank goodness my little darling only required CPAP oxygen, and she spent her first night in the NICU being monitored, but she was such a little fighter, she recovered very quickly and stole everyone’s hearts in the process!

 So, there is my story – my water’s broke at 7:30am and my baby girl Ridley was born at 9:09pm. She is an absolute dream and we couldn’t be happier!
 
Ridley's birth
My husband cutting her cord, and skin to skin time 3 hours after she was born.
Ridley's birth

Nyal's Birth Story

Nyal

 We wanted to let you know that we had a baby boy on the 12th Aug (sorry for lateness but as you can imagine it’s been super busy).

We chose to have him through elective csec, as the risks were slightly higher for me and we couldn’t bear the what if scenarios.

It was a shame I didn’t get to use the labour  Hypnosis, however the breathing techniques were used while I was being sliced open. I also think the prep work beforehand with the rainbow relaxation helped me calm my nerves at a very stressful time, which I don’t think I would have done without the course.!

 

Thank you for all the advice, we both thoroughly enjoyed the course!

Sage Nancy's Birth Story

Sage's birth
Sage's birth
Sage's birth

On 30/8 I had a scheduled stretch and sweep at 40+3. I was 3cm dilated by 1.5cm. She gave a good sweep and I walked out of there contracting!

Came home to rest, did some pumping, bounced on the exercise ball, went for a 5km beach walk 

At 6pm I called my midwife to tell her contractions were beginning to become regular – 3 in 10 lasting over a minute. Ran myself a bath, relaxed for a bit there, then on the couch and back into the shower.

Mitchell called the midwife again at 8:30 to tell her I wanted to come into hospital as I was no longer comfortable at home.

Arrived at 9:30, met my Midwife in the carpark and went up to the ward. She check my cervix at my request and I was still 3cm dilated but was now fully effaced.

Hoped straight in the shower where I stayed for almost two hours, then onto the bed kneeling over the bed head. At midnight I was ready to give up. Felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere and requested to be checked again. I was 8cm.

My midwife ran me a bath and I stayed in there for the next 2 hours. Sometime between 12-2 by membranes rupture (in the bath). I had a little mini freak out because I thought that would make my contractions more intense and I already felt like I wasn’t coping.

Around 2am my body starting involuntarily pushing. I didn’t want to deliver in the bath so after a few sets of my body pushing during every contraction, I got out.

I moved between standing leaning on the bed to kneeling on the floor beside it.

After a quick check my midwife noted that her head was down really low and that with  a few active pushes she would be here in no time.

We decided to use the birth stool, with Mitchell sitting behind me for support and a mirror on the ground beneath me for motivation.

I began actively pushing just before 3am and at 3:22 she was born!

No pain relief, a 6 hour active labour and an intact perineum!!!

I had two labial grazes and a small gutter tear that required suturing, but was discharged 6 hours later and have been living the dream ever since.

She is a great babe! Sleeps amazing, we’re doing really good with breastfeeding and is generally just really easy! Honestly could not have dreamt for a better pregnancy, labour or postnatal period