Baby George’s birth story
This is my story on how we brought our baby into this world with the help and guidance of Calmbirth. Tracey Browne was amazing during our Calmbirth classes exploring the beautiful process of birth and taking all the fear away from the experience for both Jacob and I. I’m lucky enough to say I’m one of the very few women that had a total positive experience with my my first birth being a natural, 11 hr water birth with no complications or tearing. I tell our birth story with a huge thanks to Tracey for her knowledge and inspiration in her Calmbirth classes and thank you to Lisa Brodbeck-Boyles for introducing me to Calmbirth. We truly had a positive beginning.
This is our story....
The due date had come and gone and my husband Jake and I were getting very anxious but eager to meet our little baby boy. On the due date I had an appointment with our obstetrician to discuss trying the gel as a light form of intervention to see if that would get things started.
The following day we were at the hospital nervous as hell but hopeful that this would work and we could finally meet our bundle of joy.
Once the procedure was done things started to happen pretty much straight away. We set the mood in the hospital room with lavender in our diffuser, lights dimmed and the Simpsons on the Tv in the background. Jake timed the mild contractions and I was monitored by the midwives for the following hours of the first stage of labour.
As the contractions grew closer together and more intense, that’s when we decided it was time to call my sister Rachel. She arrived bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to help with her positive affirmations and her massage speciality’s. Rachel was able to use her knowledge in massage by using pressure points during the contractions to take the edge off. I found the pressure point in my hand was between index finger and thumb was very relieving.
Hours went by and the tens machine I was using on my back was losing its effectiveness so Jake and I moved into a nice warm shower where he helped hold up my upper body while I breathed throughout my contractions.
Later we moved out of the shower and over to the edge of the bed onto the gym ball where Rachel massaged my back and Jake cuddled me and held me up during the contractions. At this point, despite the intensity of the contractions I was feeling so loved and determined to power through.
Finally the midwife said it was time to move to the birthing suite. I was so relieved to know I was finally moving into the transition phase of the labour and getting ready to push soon. On the way there I had the urge to push and I knew it was getting close as my body just took over and unbelievably just knew what to do.
Once we got to the birthing suite I was offered the gas, it really took the edge off. There was nothing but giggling between the three of us which made the atmosphere that much more fun despite how exhausted I was feeling at this point.
Then my waters broke. It was time to push. We moved into the birthing pool as a water birth was my preference.
I remember feeling in the days leading up to the birth nervous and a little scared but in this moment I felt determined, ready and safe. Each contraction I gave it my all to push our baby into this world. I listened to Jake whisper to me how proud he was of me and how well I was doing and used this to fuel my pushes. He was my rock and my cheer squad all in one in this moment and he could not have done a better job supporting me. Meanwhile Aunty Rachel was photographing this precious moment for us and captured some amazing photos, all while keeping me hydrated with my coconut water.
Jake then said to me “you're so close I can see the head.... he has dark hair”. That gave me some inspiration, so I decided to push as hard as I could during the next contraction.... All of a sudden he was here, earthside with his mummy and daddy. I remember hearing Jake jump out of his seat with such excitement stating “He’s here! He’s here! Look pumpkin, you did it!”
The midwife popped his little head out of the water and I remember hearing his little cry for the first time and then as I turned around I saw our perfect little boy. The midwife got me to stand so she could pass him through my legs to Jake and then to me for that skin to skin action. Jake and I just stared at him and talked to him while proud Aunty Rachel watched on with tears.
Our little George Henry Liebke was finally here.Born October 4th, 2018. 3.45AM, 8lbs 4oz., 3.74kg, 52cm.
Just like her sister, Vallie was overdue. Every day felt like a year past my due date. On the Friday night, weak contractions began that were extremely sporadic. I pushed myself to go back to sleep and in the morning they were gone. Saturday came, and I knew she was close. I could feel it! I had that really ‘I’m so over it’ feeling as I made a bath filled with clary sage and listened to my Calmbirth meditation. The moment I stood out of that bath, contractions began at 1pm. They were building and getting closer together and then stopping for half an hour. This happened until 7pm when I rang my student midwife and she came to our house. My husband and I were so excited and laughed about how lucky we were that our two year old daughter, Luca, was at a sleepover at her Grandparents and not jumping all over me while I was in labour.
We were laughing as we were just simply so excited. Active birth is what I wanted and this is what my birth support party encouraged. I was moving, dancing and swaying all over the house. By 10pm we knew it was time to head to the hospital as my contractions were 4 minutes apart and strong. I was breathing through each contraction with my husband and student midwife supporting me. When we arrived at the hospital, we were in the birthing suite by 10.30pm. The most comfortable position for me was leaning over the bed and swaying my hips and between contractions doing a squat like sway. This went on for an hour and during this time my husband set the room up with candles, positive affirmations and photos of our beautiful first child, Luca. He used this as a reminder of why we were doing this. Leaning over the bed became uncomfortable, so for the next hour I was sitting on a fit ball in the shower with my husband holding both shower heads on my back. This felt like it took away any pressure I was feeling even though all of my contractions were low and at the front.
I began to feel hot and cold in the shower and needed some reassurance to know how dilated I was so I asked for an examination to know I was 6cm dilated and ready to get into the bath. This was happening, my dream water birth! I laboured in the bath and the floating, warm feeling with my husband cuddling me took away every worry. Then the transition phase began and mentally I was trying my hardest to push through it, although I asked my midwife if I could just go home, I was over it and didn’t want to have a baby anymore. As I said this, I had the urge to push and within 14 minutes, she was born.
Catching my baby in the water was one of my greatest achievements and most amazing moments of my life. I did it! As my first birth was long, yet calm and beautiful, it was so nice to have my dream water birth.
Thank you Tracey for the refresher day. We truly believe in Calmbirth. <3
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