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.
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