In the last few weeks of my pregnancy I got diagnosed with gestational diabetes and was devastated!! I thought it was going to mean c-section or at least lots of intervention. I had a wonderful obstetrician who managed it so well with me and because I was so well controlled by diet he just treated me as a 'normal' pregnancy.
About 10 days before I was due I started having early labour signs. I had an examination on the 12/1 at 1pm and by 8:30pm I was having contractions about 3 mins apart. Was at the hospital by 9:30pm, 5cm dilated. I used lots of the things we talked about; tens machine, gym balls, breathing, positions, the shower etc. I got to 9cm within a couple of hours, had a shower and was then ready to have my baby! I used some gas for a few contractions then pushed for an hour (needed a little help from the obs) and we had our little man, Leo James Hasted. He was 9pd 1oz, and 56cm. Our obstetrician supported us to delay the cord clamping for a number of minutes while Leo and I had a cuddle and he started his crawl to find milk!
I don't think there is really anything that can fully prepare you for the marathon of childbirth but I now know what I did do through Calmbirth was the best preparation I could have done. I was able to control my mind, my breathing and find a deep state of focus, at times holding onto nothing more than the knowledge that my body knew what to do and I just had to trust it. So, thank you for your knowledge and support to have our baby just the way we wanted!!
-Chelsea & Owen