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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