I just wanted to update you on life since Calmbirth for us...
Last Saturday evening I started getting really bad chest pains, within a few hours I could barely breath and could feel my heart absolutely thumping so we called Josie (our midwife) and she told us to hospital just to get it checked out.
We arrived at Nambour hospital at 11.30pm and I was admitted strait into the emergency ward where they instantly did an ECG, took my bloods and asked me a million questions. My blood pressure and heart rate was through the roof and they were extremely concerned.
They thought it was either an issue with my heart or clots in the lungs (strange considering I have never in my life had a serious health concern). They went on to tell me that I needed to be put a blood thinner in case it was clots as they couldn't do a CT scan, then the next doctor came in and said they can do a CT scan on my lungs and if they found anything (which they thought was pretty likely) they would have to "get this baby out" and then operate on my lungs.
I managed to stay 100% calm at this stage using my CALM BREATHING, affirmations and trusting in the universe (all of which you taught me). Dylan was by my side and also remained extremely calm.
I went in for the CT scan and the guy doing it actually had to tell me to stop breathing so deeply or the scan wouldn't work properly haha, classic!!
The scan came back as no big clots but possibly smaller ones so they did another blood test, another ECG, and finally.. A CTG scan on Bub (who was fine) so they transferred me to the maternity ward at around 7am where I had to await the final results of the CT scan and go from there. By 9am we heard that the CT scan was all clear but my bloods looked like I may have inflammation of the heart so I needed to wait to see the cardiologist.
This whole time, I kept practicing my calm breathing and trusting in the universe and visualising my beautiful perfect home birth knowing that it would all work out just as it should.
We saw the cardiologist at 4pm who said I had myopericarditis and did an ultrasound on my heart. That took about an hour but she eventually gave me the all clear to go home as my blood pressure, heart rate and pain was almost totally gone. She also gave the all clear to have my home birth and reassured me everything will be fine.
What an experience! This isn't totally birth related but it goes to show what calm breathing will do, and having trust in the universe.. I was extremely appreciate of this experience as made me understand the power of the mind!!!!
Anyway, I went into labour at 9am on Wednesday morning (the 4th) and was in denial.. I thought it was just Braxton hicks so sent Dylan off to work and everything. I spoke to Josie who told me to tell Dylan to come home but I was sure it was going to fizzle out so I didn't! Eventually I told him to come home, he was home just after 10am and I was leaning over my fit ball on my yoga mat rocking through contractions and practicing my calm breathing. I was waiting for it to become "all too much" but it didn't!
Josie came at 12pm and I felt the urge to push so I hoped into the pool, breathed through some contractions, remained totally calm with my eyes closed and then pushed him out in 25 minutes. He was born at 1.12pm and I didn't even go through transition. It was soooo incredible.. I wouldn' t describe it as painful at all.. But was intense, it was so so beautiful and I'm so grateful to you that we did Calm birthing as I truley believe it is the main reason everything went so smoothly not only for our birth but also in hospital so THANK YOU!!!!
Shani & Dylan
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