Now we are getting somewhat settled with our little man I thought I’d sent through the details of our Hypnobirthing.
Luca was due on the 26th January. On the 19th January, about 3pm whilst I was listening to my Hypnobirthing tracks on the couch I started to feel surges. I assumed they were practice surges but they started coming pretty thick and fast.
I ended up bouncing on my exercise ball for a good 3 hours before I decided to text Joe to ask if he was on his way home from work. He got home about 6.30pm and thought I was joking as he walked through the door and I said “I don’t think you’ll be going to work tomorrow, I think we will be having a baby”
For the next 2-3 hours we walked around and breathed through the surges. At about 9.00pm I got into the bath with my hypnobirthing tracks and lasted about an hour in the bath very relaxed, calm and really in the moment.
We both got into bed about 11pm as we knew this could be a very long labour but didn’t feel the need for any medical assistance at the moment.
By 12.00am (this was now Friday 20th Jan) I had to get out of bed as the pressure was becoming quite overwhelming and lying down was not helping. At this stage we put the TENS machine on my back which was amazing and really took away the worst of the pressure during the surges.
We called the hospital at about 2.30am and told them my surges were 3 minutes apart and lasting roughly 30 seconds and it had now been about 12 hours of labour. The hospital suggested we come on in and get checked out.
We arrived at the hospital and by this stage I wasn’t really able to talk or walk through the surges. The whole time I had my hypnobirthing tracks on my iphone and my headphones in. They asked if they wanted me to get checked and I said no, so they left us to labour and only came in once or twice.
During this time we set up the room with our own music, candles and asked everyone who came in to be calm, not much talking and kept most of the lights off so we could keep our calm environment. Everyone was so respectful of our wishes and our midwife had worked with Hypnobirths in the past so was very supportive.
By 5am everything was starting to get a bit more full on so the midwife decided to check my progress. To my horror I was only 3cms dilated. I tried to not let it dishearten me and they agreed to let me keep going. At this point I was offered an epidural which I declined. Obviously my body and baby needed more time.
By 9.30am I was checked again and we had moved to 5cms! Joe and I were both getting tired but just tried to stay calm, lots of gentle massage.
By 11.30am I was starting to feel like I was loosing control, the pressure through my back was intense and I was having the need to bear down. I was checked again and still stalled at 5cms. By this stage, Luca was starting to show signs of tiring so they suggested the drip to really ramp up my contractions. It went against everything I had wanted to do but I knew it was the best decision. At this stage, I was also so exhausted and they suggested an epidural to assist me to relax which I agreed. The next 3.5 hours were bliss. I was completely aware of my surroundings, still about to move (albiet limited) very relaxed and was still hypnobirthing in my calm environment and progressed to 10cms.
At about 3.30pm, I was ready to bring this baby out. With a bit of suction assistance, I bared down my beautiful baby in about 5 pushes, and he was born into a beautiful calm environment. We enjoyed a beautiful 2 hour skin to skin time where he fed and never cried.
Luca Robert was born at 4.03pm on Friday 20th January 2017 and is our own little piece of perfection.
Although I didn’t really think I would go for an epidural, I had the most perfect birth. The entire time I felt empowered and knew my body was doing what it needed to do.
My recovery was fantastic. I did get my placenta encapsulated and I think this has been a driving force in my post birth recovery. My milk supply is great, I’ve heeled perfectly and my energy levels are above what I imaged living off broken sleep for the last almost 6 weeks! I highly recommend!
Thank you so much for introducing us to Hypnobirthing, I really believe it assisted me with a fantastic birth without any fear and I look forward to doing it all again when we gear up for Baby #2 (we will wait a while for that!) 🙂
Ellen, Joe and Luca Amato