At just 37 weeks and 5 days on the 16th of September 2018 at 4am we welcomed our first born baby girl Malaya into the world after an intense yet empowering labour and delivery.
After 4 days of contracting on and off with periods of regular painful contractions, on Saturday the 15th of September at 5am my waters broke. Instead of going into active labour I continued to contract on and off until my partner Jackson and myself decided to head into the hospital late that evening for a syntocinon infusion to keep the contractions coming. Although my ideal birth plan consisted of going into labour naturally and being able to labour at home for as long as possible I was becoming completely exhausted from lack of sleep and contracting for the 4 days prior. Initially I was quite upset that I was unable to do it on my own however I soon thought back to our Calmbirth classes and began to feel empowered that I was able to make an informed decision in regards to my labour and birth.
When I arrived at the hospital my midwife had my room set up full of tea light candles and had the lights off. I immediately reflected back to the classes and how these simple things would help my body produce the hormones I needed for labour and began to feel excited about what was to come. Upon examination when I arrived at the hospital it was noted that I still had some waters in front of bubby's head. These were broken and I was given two hours to try and go into labour without the infusion, however, it turns out my body didn’t want to do it on its own and we would need the infusion to get things moving. Once the infusion commenced I began contracting very quickly. I used the shower and the bath as pain relief and had the wonderful support of my partner, my sister and my amazing midwife Sarah reminding me about my Calmbirth techniques to utilise during this stage.
A few hours after starting the infusion I had an examination and was 4cm dilated. I thought I had a long way to go however very shortly after the examination I felt the urge to push. I tried to fight it for quite some time as I thought I couldn’t possibly be fully dilated, I was only 4cm, however, the urge soon became too intense and uncontrollable I began to push and within half an hour I was holding my baby girl in my arms. I was able to feel my baby move her way down through my pelvis, it was an incredible and empowering feeling and one I don’t think I will forget anytime soon. Whilst my labour was only 4 hours which is quite quick for my first baby and therefore intense I found the techniques I learnt though the Calmbirth course assisted in keeping me calm, focused and in control and helped me breathe my baby into the world and straight into her daddy’s arms.
The support from my partner Jackson throughout the whole labour and delivery as well as pregnancy was absolutely amazing and I strongly believe majority of his skills and techniques were also learnt through this course. I believe it gave him an insight of what to expect and ways in which to help and I don’t think he could have been more prepared.
Although we didn’t plan of having an induction and had a few complications post birth, looking back I couldn’t be prouder of myself for how I handled every hurdle thrown our way or happier with how everything went and I honestly think my outlook on it all could have been very different if I didn’t attend the Calmbirth classes and gain a wonderful insight into the world of Calmbirth. So a massive thankyou to Tracey and your wonderful knowledge you teach throughout your classes, I am one happy mumma and I already can’t wait to do it all again!
Tanisha, Jackson and Malaya x
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