My little peach was born on July 20th so nearly two months ago (why oh why is time flying so fast these days?!) and ever since I wanted to share my birth story with you.
Many times I mentioned on this blog that I was practicing hipnobirthing and listening to GentleBirth tracks. For some reason I really wanted a natural birth, and ideally unmedicated, and these two seemed like a perfect combination to achieve that. And it worked for me! I felt really confident throughout my pregnancy that I could do this; I could bring my baby girl earth side naturally. I was calm and relaxed when my water went and remained that way until I saw her beautiful face!
Here’s my birth story in a nutshell.
On Tuesday morning (July 19th) I felt like cleaning, and I mean CLEANING! I even hoovered the ceiling! At around 2pm I was done and went to take a shower. I was standing in a shower, listening to one of the GentleBirth tracks when suddenly I saw something yellow coming down my legs. First thought: I peed myself! 😉 And totally ignored it. But then it happened again, and again. At this stage I knew it had to be “it”. Although no surges as of yet. Because I tested positive for GBS, I knew I had to go to the hospital to start getting antibiotics and I would be induced if things didn’t progress naturally. So I rang Kuba who was at work and asked him to come home. I was very calm. Kuba arrived, he walked our doggie, took a shower and around 4pm we headed to the hospital.
By the time I checked in and received first dose of antibiotics it was 6pm. Still no surges. I sent Kuba home. At 10pm I received second round of antibiotics and waited for a bed in delivery ward to be induced. At around 11pm as I laid in bed, I felt pain, like a period pain. I ignored it at first. But then, few minutes later, it happened again and then again. I thought these pains could be surges. I downloaded an app and started counting them. They were 50 seconds long every 3 minutes. I rang Kuba and asked him to come to the hospital. Then I talked to my midwife and asked her to call off the induction, there was no need for that now that I was in labour naturally.
I was walking up and down the corridor with the GentleBirth tracks in my headphones and a TENs machine on my lower back. At around 2am I was examined. I was 4cm dilated.
Kuba was a wonderful support; he was massaging me, keeping me hydrated, counter-pressing on my lower back and making sure I was comfortable. Just after 4am midwife wanted to examine me again but I refused, it would be too painful for me to get on a bed, I was squatting on the floor for most of the time. At around 4:40am I started feeling this massive urge to push. My midwife sensed it and decided to take me to delivery ward. When I got there I was already 8cm dilated. I was over the moon to get so far without any medication; gas or epidural. From then on, things did speed up and my beautiful baby girl was born at 5:19am.
Of course I couldn’t have done this without the quiet supporters of my labour; my husband Kuba and a wonderful staff at NMH on Holles Street! They respected my birth preferences (to maintain a calm, peaceful and relatively quiet environment during labour, words referring to “pain”,“discomfort” and “contractions” to be avoided, dimmed lighting, skin-to-skin contact with my baby directly after birth, cutting of the umbilical cord to be delayed etc) and let me birth instinctively.
When people ask me about my labour I say that it was amazing! And then they look at me like at a crazy person 😉 But I genuinely feel blessed with my labour! Of course it was insanely painful but it was totally manageable. GentleBirth and hipnobirthing gave me confidence that I could do this, that I was born to birth, that my body and my baby knew exactly what to do and all I had to do was to follow them!
📷 by my lovely brother.
If you are pregnant or simply have questions about hipnoborthing, GentleBirth or labour please feel free to get in touch!