I was 39 weeks and began having irregular contractions during the night which would fizzle out by morning but one night I woke up at 12.30am with more regular early labour contractions. These lasted for around 40 seconds and came every 5-7 mins. They still weren’t consistent enough and wanting to stay at home for as long as possible, I tried to keep relaxed and calm with warm baths and bounced on the ball for most of the day until they got more regular and powerful then we headed to the hospital that afternoon about 3pm. We met with our OB a few hours later and she checked to see how dilated I was and I was 7cm! At this point she broke my waters and said there was meconium in my waters. I was taken to the birthing suite where we laboured naturally for 4 more hours.
One thing that really helped me during my contractions was imagining that I was floating out on a moon lit ocean then a wave would come and I would lay flat on the water and breathe until the wave slowly faded away and the ocean was calm again. It’s amazing how much the visualisation helped!
Baby’s heartbeat was very erratic during contractions and the midwives were also monitoring closely as Bub was in posterior position. At one point I really felt like I needed to push so we went to the shower and tried pushing but I hadn’t progressed past 7cm and the best option to deliver safely was by emergency C-section. We weren’t scared for one bit, if anything relieved the contractions were shortly going to ease and that our baby was going to be here soon. Up until this point I had no pain relief so I’m really proud of that.
The C-section procedure was super fast and 40 mins later our perfect little man was earth side! They later told us the cord was wrapped around his neck so with the posterior position and the meconium in my waters he was a very distressed little boy. He was immediately placed on my chest for skin to skin and his first feed which he crawled and latched wonderfully.
Josh did unbelievably well and was there by my side the whole time. When the contractions got really strong he helped keep my breathing on track and I think that’s what got me through. He looked after my essential oils and my labour playlist, massaged me, helped me through the pushing stage and held my hand during C-section. Everything he learnt at Calmbirth was so valuable for our birth.
I don’t know how I would’ve handled our birth if I didn’t have the Calmbirth relaxation techniques. I’m naturally an anxious person but we both went in as a team and were strangely excited to birth! Although we didn’t have the birth we had planned, we still had the most wonderful, oxytocin-filled experience and will always be one of the most magical moments of our life! ❤️
My labour started naturally with my waters breaking at 6pm on Xmas eve, this was 2 weeks before my due date so it was a big surprise!
Within 30 mins I had mild contractions, we arrived at SCUH and by 8pm I was 3cm dialated. Our baby girl was coming! The contractions at that point were coming hard and fast, I was immediately concerned that this didn’t feel like the early labour I had expected. We were moved to a birth suite and I laboured in the shower for a few hours. The hot water was calming and a big relief on the back pain I was experiencing.
After a few hours of very intense labouring we moved into the bath, this had been set up with dim lights and candles by my midwives. We had a bag packed that was still in the car with all of our calm birth tools and we had no time to set up the environment how we had planned so to come out to the bath full and the room looking calm was very appreciated.
I laboured in the bath for the next few hours, the contractions were so much more intense than I expected, they came hard and fast with very little rest in between and I was experiencing a lot of back pain thanks to our baby girl being posterior. I used my calm breathing techniques to try to get through each one. Sterile water injections were used to take the back pain away and my god do they hurt!! But it worked and I finally felt some relief in my back. At this point I also used some gas to try to take the edge off. I felt I could relax and really focus for a small amount of time.
I then moved onto all fours on the bed to try to turn her from a posterior position. I really felt the urge to push and felt relief feeling her move down. It’s after this point things get a little blurry.. I remember turning onto my back and all of a sudden the lights were bright and there seemed to be a lot of people in the room. Our baby’s heartbeat had slowed and we couldn’t get it to return to its normal pace. I attempted pushing on my own but I was so exhausted and in a lot of pain it was very hard to focus. Vacuum and forceps were used to assist and finally our baby girl Zara Jean Knigge arrived at 2am on Xmas morning! Unfortunately during delivery her shoulder had gotten stuck in my pelvis and her collarbone was broken during the attempt to get her out, I also had a 3rd deg tear due to this.
My labour was not at all what I expected and it ended in quite a serious emergency delivery however I used the breathing techniques and everything I had learnt to keep calm throughout even towards the end. Jeb was the ultimate support person and he was cool, calm and collected throughout. Knowing what to expect really helped us understand what was happening even when things didn’t go to plan.
Tracey- thank you for everything! The Calmbirth class is something I recommend to everyone, you equipped us with the tools to handle a very intense situation. We were also so lucky to have you in the room during my labour and delivery, your calm voice really grounded me and helped me to focus. I am beyond in love with Zara and enjoying every minute of Mum life.
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
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
A bit of a late announcement but we welcomed our girl, Bronte, in May. Our second calmbirth baby. My second unassisted waterbirth, thanks to the knowledge and techniques I learned in my calmbirth course.
She made me work for it. It took me about 18 hours of pretty hard work to get to 6 cm (which I thought would be so much faster being my second baby). But after my midwife (Ali) ruptured my waters Bronte was born 36 minutes later! Into my hands, with a nuchal cord which I unwrapped with Dane right behind me supporting me through it all and of course the wonderful Ali, who stood back or stepped in at just the right time to remind me that I was ‘doing it!’ when I had my doubts about making it through.
Thank you again Tracey for giving me the tools to have such amazing, empowering births.
Having babies is hands down the most incredible thing I’ve ever done, I love it!
Lauren & Dane
Photo credit: Adore You Photography
Our doctor was concerned about the size of the baby, particularly the shoulders and due to some other personal circumstances we agreed that an induction would take place at 40 weeks.
I was initially ok with the idea but started to become anxious and concerned, I was worried that by agreeing to an induction that I had surrendered our power to make decisions about the birth. Thankfully, we were fortunate to have the support of Karen and Tracey to make sure that we were informed, emotionally prepared and completely comfortable with the processes and possible outcomes.
By the time we arrived at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital a little after three in the afternoon on the 21st August 2018 we were super excited and looking forward to meeting our baby.
We were booked for a balloon catheter to help induce labour, followed by an overnight stay. At 5:30 am on the following day we were taken to a birth suite where we broke my waters and started a hormone drip to bring on contractions and first contractions started rolling through at 7am. The morning was filled with laughs and talking and visits and a very relaxed and beautiful atmosphere the staff were so amazing and the contractions were breathed through and very unthreatening, it was truly great and all very surreal.
We laboured without any pain medication or complications until around 3pm when the contractions began to really intensify, I was becoming very fatigued as we were progressing slowly and after months of poor sleeping and only managing two hours the previous night, I started to struggle with staying focused. The baby was beginning to show signs of fatigue as well and I had started to feel it was time to get into the bath for relaxation and pain relief. I asked to go into the bath but could see that everyone felt it was a bit soon, I became a little obsessed with idea of weightlessness and by 5pm was insistent I wanted to get in. It felt incredible and helped so much with the contractions, but things were progressing slowly, I had only reached 6cms by 5pm and the exhaustion was making it difficult for me to breath through the contractions.
We had another examination and discovered the baby had turned and was now posterior and presenting with a large area of the skull. I discussed with my partner how he felt about pain relief as I was no longer confident I could keep going with the exhaustion and we decided that we would ask for an epidural, I received the epidural and although it was patchy it gave a few hours of relief before we required another one. The final examination came after 17 hours of labour and revealed that the baby would not move back to a position that would allow for a vaginal birth and that the contractions were causing the baby’s heart rate to drop due to exhaustion so we stopped the drip to discuss our options. The contractions stopped immediately after the drip was turned off and I was able to fully be present when I made the decision to proceed with a c section.
Ash and I had had plenty of time to discuss the c section and we both felt that we all had tried our very best and that a c Section was the safest option for our baby at this point. The nurses, midwives, doctors, surgeons and support staff were all so incredible and supportive, I felt like they were all emotionally invested in this birth as well. We all felt proud of the day we had shared and the work we had all put in.
I was concerned that I would somehow feel like a failure or that I hadn’t done things the way I should have for making the choices I made throughout the day that resulted in C section but I honestly don’t. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience and felt like a warrior by the time I went in for surgery.
Our 4.56kg baby boy was born at 12:04am on the 23/08/18 we had already chosen the name Stanford Oxborough Young and felt that it suited him when he was pulled into this world.
Ash has been a super dad and a super partner and we are both so incredibly in love with our beautiful child. Later when we re read our birth wishes we realised that very few things on the list eventuated but we both felt so happy with our birth journey and so supported and respected the entire time. We feel so blessed to have been Calm birthers at the SCUH and will sing our song of praise and gratitude eternally for the experience.
We are so grateful to everyone who helped us on our journey to parenthood. Wishing all you beautiful Calm birth Mums and Dads safe, calm and loving journeys into the best ride of your life.
Love Ash and Brodie.
We welcomed our baby girl Inara Bethlynn Hart-Cook to the world on March 16th. Her birth was one of the hardest things I have ever done but also the most instinctive and powerful.
In the months leading up to the birth I had been regularly listening to the Calmbirth meditations and using the Calm breathing techniques.
We had been waiting both patiently and impatiently for our little ones belated appearance. I had experienced false/early labour for three days before finally going into active first stage at 41 +1 weeks. I was on the phone to my brother in Canberra having a good laugh at 4pm in the afternoon on the 15th when my contractions that had been irregular surges became powerful and regular.
I fed our horses and moved around as much as I could for the afternoon. Tried to eat some dinner and then hopped in the shower at 7.30pm. The surges were coming about 5 minutes apart by then so I retreated to the dark and quiet of my room and listened to my meditations and find that awesome calm place in my mind. By 8.30pm the surges were about 3 minutes apart, I contacted my midwife Brigid and we both decided that it was time to head to the hospital. We had about an hours drive so we didn't want to leave it too late.
The car drive was a challenge as the discomfort I was feeling was in my bum so sitting in the backseat of the car was not pleasant but again the meditations, breathing and the fact that it was night allowed me to go back to my calm place. It was during the drive that I started to quietly vocalise during surges and that really helped me keep my breath even.
We spent a bit of time when we first got to the hospital hooked up to a monitor to see if I was established and I think they forgot about me. It must've been shift change as the next midwife came in and said you didn't want any of this did you, let's get it off!
I quietly laboured in our room, swaying and rolling on a ball. By 11 my midwife had been called and had arrived, she moved us to birth suite pretty swiftly and I got in the shower which really helped. Dan set up my affirmations on the wall, the battery candles and my music (Sarah Mclachlan) while I got ready for the shower.
Just before midnight I asked to get into the bath and when I got in the relief was lovely, floating in the water. Not long after though I felt I needed some help so started some gas and air.
Around 1am I felt the need to push so Brigid said to gently try and see how it felt. The first time I tried it didn't feel quite right but with the next contraction my body took over and started to push on it's own. Brigid had to turn the gas off eventually though as I was to sleepy to concentrate on the job at hand and once she had I really committed to it and started to push. I've never felt so vulnerable yet so powerful in all my life as I did in those moments of second stage breathing my baby out into the world. I never felt hurried or like I wasn't the one in control. My obstetrician Kirsten, Brigid and my most amazing partner Dan made sure I felt loved and supported through the whole journey.
My darling girl was born at 2.39am into a lovely warm bath and her Daddy's hands en caul it wasn't until he lifted her onto my belly that her waters finally broke and she was born again. Her little eyes looked calmly up at us as we cried and Sarah sang my favourite song Angels as we became a family.
We lingered in the bath allowing the cord to keep pumping her valuable blood to her. After 10 minutes Dan got to cut the cord and we transferred our little love fest to the bed so we could have skin and she could attempt to feed. My third stage was physiological and after a shower we toddled back to our room to languish in the oxytocin and endorphins fog.
I am so proud of the three of us, we had the birth I had dreamed of, so much so that all the midwives kept coming in to comment on how much they loved our birth plan and that Brigid and Kirsten had raved about how beautiful and calm the birth had been and that could we call them for our next one so they could be a part of it.
Thank you again Tracey for enabling us to let go of the fear and let ourselves have a wonderful birth.
Love Kellie, Dan, Levi and Inara
On the Wednesday (3 days late) I had a 'stretch and sweep' and my midwife told me I was 1cm dilated and almost completely effaced. My mucus plug came out later that day. On Thursday evening I started having contractions and my husband Daniel and I were really excited, I called our midwife and she suggested I go to bed and try to get some rest. I slept through the whole night and when I woke up there were no contractions. Friday morning I already had an accupuncture appt booked so I went to that and he did some labour inducing techniques. Throughout that day I had a few strong contractions and these fizzled out too.
Sunday morning (3rd Dec) at 6am I woke up with a contraction, and I just thought they would fizzle out so I ignored it, I was very emotional by this stage due to all the false starts. I slept on and off between 6am and 10am and my contractions were stronger and about 15 mins apart so I could no longer sleep through it. I told Daniel I just felt like I had to be alone. I stayed in bed in the dark, there was a really strong storm and really heavy rain, I just concentrated on my breathing and the sound of the rain. At midday I suddenly felt like I needed Daniel with me, and my contractions suddenly became very intense! I tried the gym ball and leaning over the couch in the loungeroom. Daniel did some light touch massage on my back and put on some music and aromatherapy and I tried to eat something.
By 1 or 2pm we decided it was time to call our midwife. I had 4 contractions in 10 mins. She came over within 30 mins, by the time she arrived I had a constant pain in the right side of my belly, it didn't go away after each contraction and felt like a sharp stabbing feeling. It was so painful I couldn't talk and I could hardly breathe through it. We both agreed it was time to go to hospital (SCUH). The car ride was very intense and I was very noisy, I was still having 3 or 4 contractions in 10 mins and the constant pain. When we arrived I said I could walk, but I couldn't! I was wheeled straight into birth suite and had the monitors put on, and soon after arriving the sharp pain went away! We never worked out what it was. Our midwife checked me and I was 4cm. After the sharp pain had subsided I became a lot calmer and more relaxed.
I got straight into the shower and both shower heads were angled onto my lower back and I was on my hands and knees. When that wasn't enough anymore I got into the bath. I then had a surprise visit from the beautiful Tracey! Tracey was working in birth suite that night. It was so good to see her and a familiar face. Thanks to Tracey and my private midwife our wishes for a calmbirth were respected and encouraged.
By now I felt a lot of the contraction in my lower back. I started using the gas during my contractions. My midwife checked me in the bath and I was 7cm. The pressure in my lower back was becoming overwhelming and I could not find a good position so Tracey and my midwife gave me the sterile water injections and my back felt so much better instantly. And they weren't that bad! I had the injections again later too.
After spending what felt like a few hours in the bath, I felt like I needed to try different positions. I sat on the toilet, I stood up, I think I was on my knees for a bit (I don't remember all the positions!). The whole time I just kept concentrating on my breathing, counting the in breath and the out breath so I would focus more on that instead of focusing on the intensity of the contractions.
Our midwife checked me again and I was 10cm and was told I could push! This becomes a bit of a blur, I didn't use the gas while I was pushing, cause it was taking away the power of my pushes because I was concentrating on the gas instead of the push. After a long time pushing (maybe an hour?) in different positions (birth stool, squating, standing) there was no sign of baby's head. I was encouraged to try rebozo and shaking my hips etc to encourage baby to come down, but I had no energy and I could barely stand up. I was so dissapointed that there was still no sign of his head. It was probably about 11pm by this stage. I'd had such a long day and I was so tired in every way, when I realised he still wasn't coming out I felt very disheartened and wanted to give up. I got up and crawled into bed and said 'I just need to have a rest'. By then I had 3 beautiful midwives encouraging me, telling me it won't be long, and tried to encourage me not to get into bed. Despite their encouragement, I had no energy and kept telling everyone to just 'pull him out of me' and kept asking 'how many more pushes do I have to do', 'why haven't you pulled him out yet' and I stayed in bed and pulled the covers over me! At this point the midwives kept saying I'm so close!
I asked to have the gas back and I lay on my back on the bed and kept pushing with every bit of strength I had. Our beautiful little man was born on Sunday 3rd December at 11:53pm.
Your Calmbirth class has seriously changed our lives, from when we first started talking about having babies years ago I always said to Daniel how scared I was to give birth and I'd only do it if I could have a planned C section... and look how far we've come since then! I still think about Archer's birth and how proud and amazed I am at myself for doing what I did! What an incredible experience! And the crazy thing is I'd do it again haha. I can't believe how in love we are with our little man.
At 3am on Friday I woke up knowing that contractions were starting, however they were still 10-15mins apart and knowing that this was still too far apart I left my hubby (daddy) sleeping and got some much needed sleep myself. At 7am I let Dal know and timed them again, they were still about 10-12mins apart. Knowing that we might get to see our Bub today, Dal just ducked into work to finish off a few things and then was back home at 10:30am.
I just rested and pottered around at home and by that stage contractions were then 7mins apart. I was due to get a scan as Bub hadn't grown much for the last 3 weeks so they wanted to check on his size. After talking to my midwife, we cancelled the appointment as there was not much point in getting the scan if we were going to see our man the same day. At 11:30am my waters broke, only showing as a small trickle. We waited a half an hour to confirm that it was in fact my waters, which it was☺️
After calling my midwife again we then finished packing the hospital bags. My second midwife (through the midwifery group practice program) was going to see me when I got there and Nic would come into take over at 6pm. By this stage the contractions were getting quite uncomfortable and I was really needing to focus on my breathing which made a big difference, along with my hubby massaging my lower back. At 1:15pm we left the house to travel the 30mins to the hospital. I was so keen to keep the contractions going so I keep focusing on my breathing, and made light of the situation by turning up the fun radio music.
Once arriving at the hospital carpark we took our time to walk the halls to the birthing suite. A beautiful volunteer offered to get me a wheelchair when she spotted me leaning on my hubby and focusing on breathing as we paused at each contraction, which were now 5mins apart. However knowing that walking helped to progress labour I was happy to take our time to get across the hospital.
Arriving at the birth suite we were met by my midwife Laura and got settled in our room... leaning on the bed during each contraction. Unfortunately the food that I had earlier that morning didn't stay in my tummy, so I needed to make several dashes to the toilet. I swapped between leaning on the bed, sitting on the birth ball and leaning on my hubby or Laura during each contraction.
Due to not having the last scan earlier that day meant that the doctors were keen for me to have the heart monitors on to keep an eye on bub's heart rate. This did make each contraction more uncomfortable as I had the straps wrapped around belly however shifting positions helped. We found when I was leaning forward that the monitors recorded both mine and Bubs heart rate together making it hard to tell if Bubs heart rate was low. Laura made more adjustments to make sure the monitors were sitting right.
When those positions didn't seem to be helping as much I tried sitting on the toilet for a bit, the change of position was good however each contraction was now very intense. Concentrating on breathing was all I could focus on. I jumped in the shower for a bit, however the contractions were definitely becoming closer together. After coming back into the room, my midwife checked me between the next contraction to find that I was fully dilated with I was thrilled about. It was only the first time she had checked me and with how intense the contractions had become, part of me was bracing myself to hear that I was only semi dilated...
The next part seem to go so quick. We tried a few different positions including rebozo in between the contractions. However no position that I had previously tried felt comfortable at this stage, I struggled to express anything at that point. It seemed like a short time after that when I feel a strong urge to push. Laura had started to fill the bath while I had been in the shower however it didn't fill up quick enough😉
Instinctively I got to my knees, concentrating all my focus on breathing and after a few more contractions Bub was almost out, after only 3 hours of active labour. As the monitors were recording our heart rate together again in the position I was in Laura let me know we might need to get Bub out soon incase his heart rate was low. The mummy instincts in me kicked in with a stronger push, instead of breathing him out more. However within seconds Liam had arrived and we were overwhelmed with joy as I held his tiny body to my chest. It was the most amazing experience of our lives.
Thanks so much again ☺️
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