This week’s beautiful birth story comes from Kim Campbell who completed our Online Course.
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When preparing for birth it’s important to understand that we never really know where our journey will take us.
But every now and then, things unfold exactly as we had imagined.
Kim Campbell had one of these experiences and her “empowering, phenomenal birth journey” is something to behold.
As she describes, the much-anticipated arrival of son, Aiden was just about perfect and exactly as she had envisioned.
‘I wanted to feel confident about birth’
After suffering four consecutive miscarriages, Kim said falling pregnant with Aiden was a time of great joy and anxiety in equal measure.
“I wanted to do whatever I could to ensure the birth was not only successful, but also an empowering experience. With no family in Sydney and a husband that was working 16 hour days, 7 days a week, I felt the need to reach out and gather as much information and support as I could. I wanted to feel confident about the birth and be able to let go of any anxious thoughts,” said Kim.
Kim’s research led her to She Births online course, and held most appeal because she could fit the modules around her work and life.
“What I found most useful was the information on the specific hormones that were involved in the birthing journey. Knowing what was happening within by body during the last days of pregnancy, the birth, and postpartum helped me to understand and accept the mental, emotional and physical changes that I experienced,” said Kim.
The labour journey
Kim’s birth preparation involved lots of walking and daily yoga as well as plenty of fresh dates and raspberry leaf tea.
She carried Aiden for 40.5 weeks when after a stretch and sweep the nurse told her she was “already 3cm dilated.”
“The following day I started to feel light contractions that continued throughout the night and into the morning, which I was able to managed with the TENS machine supplied by my Doula,” said Kim.
The power of breath
Kim and her husband arrived at the hospital at midday, she found the breathing techniques the most empowering of all her birth tools.
“Not the shallow breaths you see in the movies, but long deep breaths. Counting the length of each contraction, knowing that by the 8th or 9th second it will all be over – I had my husband repeat the words “This too shall pass” which reassured me that it’s only temporary,” said Kim.
“Even the midwives were amazed at how I handled it and commented that I basically “breathed him out” and that I should “start teaching the hospital birthing classes”!”
A drug-free and very efficient labour
Once at the hospital, Kim’s labour lasted approximately four hours and was completely drug-free. She found the stage before transition the most challenging part.
“I started to feel very weak and thoughts of possible complications came to mind. This was terrifying for me and I knew I had to change that train of thought. This was then followed by a rush of energy and the strength to push through,” she said.
‘It was just as I had envisioned’
Kim described her husband and doula as the “perfect team”when it came to labour support.
And when she was ready to push, Kim brought Aiden into the world in the squatting position.
“It was just as I had envisioned,” said Kim. “We arrived at the RPA hospital at midday, he arrived at 4pm, and we were home in our own beds by 10pm the same day!”
A seamless recovery
Little Aiden had no problems breastfeeding and “latched on and started sucking” while the placenta was still intact.
Five weeks postpartum, buoyed by her wonderful birth experience Kim remains delighted by her new life as a mum.
“I’ve had enough energy to be venturing out and about since week one, showing the world our healthy little boy,” said Kim.
“I’ve been recommending She Births® to everyone who has asked about my birth, and will continue to recommend it to any new mama’s to be!”