I was just shy of 35 weeks when I had some friends come stay for a weekend. I had a wonderful pregnancy and was feeling very healthy and not expecting labour at this stage.
At 5am on the 16th April I woke to my waters gushing. I called the hospital to let them know. After convincing the midwife that it was I fact undoubtedly my waters breaking, she told me to come straight in and bring my bags (which I had conveniently just finished packing a few days earlier).
I had to wake all our friends staying in our spare rooms to let them know we might not be there when they wake up! Once admitted, I was hooked up to monitors to check both heart beats. The on call obstetrician informed me that they would put me on be rest and have me induced on the Monday. However, my body had other plans. My contractions started by 10am and could not be mistaken for my regular Braxton hicks.
I danced my way through the first 10 hours of labour as, listening to Whitney Houston classics and using the fit ball as my contractions intensified. My husband Chuck was an amazing support making me laugh and giving me regular massages as my contractions got closer. I had two injections of steroids for the babies lungs as I was just short of 35 weeks.
By 8pm I tried having a shower but the vomiting started, which the midwife told me is a normal sign that things were starting to move quickly.
I was moved into birth suite by 10pm and by 11pm I decided to have the epidural. I was happy to prolong it as I preferred being able to move around during the active stages of labour. By 2am I was fully dilated and started the pushing stage shortly after. Both babies were very cooperative and were head down so I was able to attempt a natural delivery.
At 4.31am I gave birth to my first girl, Arinya (Rinnie/ Ari) Ocean who was 2175g and 45cm. Twin two had moved positions but my doctor and I had discussed the options prior. Twin two was still head down but facing head up. He understood a natural delivery was my preference. I had a minor cut to ensure there was no serious tears. 25mins later Tallulah (Lulu) Capri Christie was born at 4.56am 17th April at 2045g and 44cm. It was the most incredible experience holding my first born in my arms whilst pushing out my second baby.
So they are all the facts but they don't come close to describing the experience and feelings associated with my birth experience. I am so grateful for the for the amazing women I have met over the past few months, encouraging and empowering me to trust my body to do what it is built for. My labour was incredible and I felt calm and in control through the whole experience. I kept reminding myself to let go and trust that my body knows what to do. I had a smile on my face the whole time, breathing through each contraction, satisfied knowing every push brings me closer to my girls.
A big thank you to you for the amazing two day Calmbirth class. Having the knowledge about the stages of labour, allowed me to enter each stage relaxed and prepared. All of the techniques for breathing were excellent and came in handy especially for my final push- the doctor said to me the head was coming out and told me to stop pushing and Chuck shouted "hot chips!" And I straight away remembered how to breathe like I was blowing on hot chips! Chuck was calm and motivating throughout the experience and that's a credit to you for the priceless education you provided, ensuring he didn't freak out when seeing me in pain.
Thanks again for all your support!
My husband & I were fortunate enough to do Calmbirth with Tracey a couple of months ago. My contractions started 1am Tuesday 14th March & after a big team effort of the amazing midwives at Nambour Hospital including Tracey and my husband Jay we were so proud of ourselves being able to have a natural birth using gas for pain relief & the shower. Our bubba also managed to rotate from a posterior position. Willow Grace Fischer arrived on her due date Wednesday 15th March at 1.56am at Nambour Hospital weighing 7.2 pounds, 50cm, we are completely in love 😍
We wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to the wonderful Tracey for all your support with Calmbirth & your magic help on the day of our labour. I cried when you walked into our birthing suite from pure relief you were there, we know we wouldn't have been able to do it without your amazing Calmbirth course as well. I've learnt that believing in your body & having a supportive partner & birthing team is everything on the day of labour & Calmbirth prepared us so well for this life changing event. Oh and the breathing really was everything I just kept hearing Tracey's voice in my head. We will be recommending you to everyone Tracey, how lucky we have been to learn from you. Lots of love Kirsty, Jay & Willow
We are so pleased to announce the arrival of Theodore Andre Kriel, 2850gm, born 2/3/17 (37w)...... 4 hours after my calmbirth refresher!
My second pregnancy was quite different to the first. I was a busy fulltime working mum with an almost 2 year old. I struggled with morning sickness, fatigue and some episodes of low blood pressure. So this time I'd been relaxed (lazy) with my birth prep.
By 30w I'd done the occasional calmbirth meditation, a couple of Osteopath appointments (for optimal baby positioning and joint/muscle prep) and I'd just started my Accupuncture (recharge, positioning and plan for gradual induction Accupuncture at 37 w- as I did with my first baby). I became increasingly anxious about my lack of prep and phoned Tracey to organise a refresher. My anxiety about labour 2 crept up on me...... But as Tracey had pointed out- even though I'd had a beautiful 12 hr waterbirth first round- I'd been exposed to negative labour stories over the last 2 years which had worked their way into my subconscious.
I'd arrived at Tracey's on the morning of the 2/3 at 8am with what I described as 'warm up' surges. I explained that I was sure it was.just warming up and we began the course. Tracey was able to tailor the session to address my specific needs - labour stages, positioning, breathing and transition. I loved revisiting the breathing, the meditation and refreshing my knowledge of the hormones and the reminding myself of the deeply primal ("I can totally do this")experience of labour.
After the meditation practice I realised my warm up surges were getting longer and stronger. We had some lunch (although I couldn't really eat) and I felt the familiar 'space cadet' beautiful labour haze come over me. I decided I should head home and bath at 2pm.
By 330pm I'd arrived at hospital and had multiple offers of wheelchair when walking down the hospital corridor. Coincidentally the midwifery educator walked by and kindly insisted offered to walk us to birth suites saying "you're a woman who looks like she's going to have a baby any minute". This was this first time I realised that this really was about to happen ASAP- I felt a bit excited .... like I was in an episode of ER!
The midwife assessed me- 9cm dilated! I high fived myself and realised that nausea I felt in the car- was transition! I was feeling really positive.... we went to the bath where I laboured for a further 3 hours.
The 3 hours was hard work- I won't lie.... I had to squat, pelvic tilt, figure of 8 - in the bath. My membranes hadn't ruptured which was causing the delay. I found the breathing invaluable. I took myself to another place in my mind- visualising a holiday and relived details. I also repeated my mantra in my mind "my body knows how to calmly and safely deliver this perfectly healthy baby". I also began to talk out loud to the baby - which I hadn't done first time. It was so powerful. This time- the surges were intense but very manageable, I could keep my focus and picture my baby in my arms.
My wonderful midwife with my consent ruptured my membranes while I was in the bath and Theodore was born 9 mins later. He was alert, wide eyed and a fabulous 6lb.
I'd highly recommend a refresher to everyone- but don't leave it to the last minute like me. I'm so thankful to Tracey for 'getting me on the right page', reminding me that I can absolutely do this, and equipping me with the knowledge and beliefs to support me through now two beautiful waterbirths!
I've had a lot of people say to me "you're so lucky to have had 2 waterbirths". I have reflected a lot on this and I feel like it wasn't luck- my body took control and new just what to do.....
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