We are so pleased to announce the arrival of Theodore Andre Kriel, 2850gm, born 2/3/17 (37w)...... 4 hours after my calmbirth refresher!
My second pregnancy was quite different to the first. I was a busy fulltime working mum with an almost 2 year old. I struggled with morning sickness, fatigue and some episodes of low blood pressure. So this time I'd been relaxed (lazy) with my birth prep.
By 30w I'd done the occasional calmbirth meditation, a couple of Osteopath appointments (for optimal baby positioning and joint/muscle prep) and I'd just started my Accupuncture (recharge, positioning and plan for gradual induction Accupuncture at 37 w- as I did with my first baby). I became increasingly anxious about my lack of prep and phoned Tracey to organise a refresher. My anxiety about labour 2 crept up on me...... But as Tracey had pointed out- even though I'd had a beautiful 12 hr waterbirth first round- I'd been exposed to negative labour stories over the last 2 years which had worked their way into my subconscious.
I'd arrived at Tracey's on the morning of the 2/3 at 8am with what I described as 'warm up' surges. I explained that I was sure it was.just warming up and we began the course. Tracey was able to tailor the session to address my specific needs - labour stages, positioning, breathing and transition. I loved revisiting the breathing, the meditation and refreshing my knowledge of the hormones and the reminding myself of the deeply primal ("I can totally do this")experience of labour.
After the meditation practice I realised my warm up surges were getting longer and stronger. We had some lunch (although I couldn't really eat) and I felt the familiar 'space cadet' beautiful labour haze come over me. I decided I should head home and bath at 2pm.
By 330pm I'd arrived at hospital and had multiple offers of wheelchair when walking down the hospital corridor. Coincidentally the midwifery educator walked by and kindly insisted offered to walk us to birth suites saying "you're a woman who looks like she's going to have a baby any minute". This was this first time I realised that this really was about to happen ASAP- I felt a bit excited .... like I was in an episode of ER!
The midwife assessed me- 9cm dilated! I high fived myself and realised that nausea I felt in the car- was transition! I was feeling really positive.... we went to the bath where I laboured for a further 3 hours.
The 3 hours was hard work- I won't lie.... I had to squat, pelvic tilt, figure of 8 - in the bath. My membranes hadn't ruptured which was causing the delay. I found the breathing invaluable. I took myself to another place in my mind- visualising a holiday and relived details. I also repeated my mantra in my mind "my body knows how to calmly and safely deliver this perfectly healthy baby". I also began to talk out loud to the baby - which I hadn't done first time. It was so powerful. This time- the surges were intense but very manageable, I could keep my focus and picture my baby in my arms.
My wonderful midwife with my consent ruptured my membranes while I was in the bath and Theodore was born 9 mins later. He was alert, wide eyed and a fabulous 6lb.
I'd highly recommend a refresher to everyone- but don't leave it to the last minute like me. I'm so thankful to Tracey for 'getting me on the right page', reminding me that I can absolutely do this, and equipping me with the knowledge and beliefs to support me through now two beautiful waterbirths!
I've had a lot of people say to me "you're so lucky to have had 2 waterbirths". I have reflected a lot on this and I feel like it wasn't luck- my body took control and new just what to do.....