The actual birth was miles away from the birth I had imagined but it was the right decision on the day to get her here safely.
So I’d had a couple of baths using bath bombs containing clary sage oil. Got out of one of these baths at 9.10pm on the Thurs and suddenly felt my waters break. Went to the birth centre to be assessed and all was good so they sent us home to labour naturally.
By midnight surges were taking a steady pattern and I was using my relaxations to manage the pain. I decided to take a warm bath at around 1am and by 2.30am the surges were coming every 3 mins lasting around 60-80 seconds each.
Alex rang the birth centre who told us to come straight in. I’d been steadily losing my waters during the night but just before we left the house I lost some green water. Rang the birth centre again who told us that I needed to go to the maternity assessment unit and would have to deliver on the labour word if they confirmed that baby had passed meconium.
Arrived at the assessment unit, surges were coming every 2 mins and were very intense. I used my waves of relaxation to help breathe through the pain. Midwife felt my tummy and wanted me transferred straight to labour ward as she thought I was close to delivery.
Arrived on the labour ward. Midwife examined me and confirmed that I was fully dilated! Yep all the way to 10cm with ZERO pain relief!! (That part of my birth story makes me extremely proud of myself ????????). She also confirmed that baby was breech and in a very difficult position to be delivered naturally. I’d already begun to get the urge to push at this stage.
What followed was a very panicked 5-10 mins of midwives and doctors flying into the room to prepare me for an emergency section. I was then rushed to theatre and little Amelie was pulled into the world rather swiftly at 4.48am. I ended up losing a litre and a half of blood in theatre so then needed a transfusion after everything else!
We are now home and loving life as a little family. It’s hard, tiring, emotional but the best feeling in the world ????We can’t thank you enough for giving us the tools to deal with such a whirlwind birthing experience. If it wasn’t for the wise hippo hypnobirthing techniques I don’t think I would have remained as calm as I did.
Thank you so much from me, Alex and Amelie xxx’