Birth Story | The birth of Aiden – by Kim Campbell

This week’s beautiful birth story comes from Kim Campbell who completed our Online Course.

Our Online Course is becoming more and more popular, reaching more and more couples around the world, which is super exciting. Next week, we will have a special announcement about our brand NEW Online Course – stay tuned!

I came across She Births® through a recommendation from Chiropractor Dr. Zoe James and was instantly intrigued. As it was the first out of four pregnancies that managed to reach the third trimester, 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 that were brought up by the previous miscarriages I had experienced.

I was worried the online course would not be sufficient enough, but the amount of resources that were offered, as well as being able to check into the classes at a time that was convenient to me, made the online option the perfect choice. 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.

My birth was everything that I visualised it to be and I could not have asked for it any other way. 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”! There was not a single point during the labour that I wished I had some pain relief, not even a Panadol – I was completely drug-free. We arrived at the hospital at midday, our little boy Aiden arrived at 4:10pm, and as we wished we were home by 10pm the same day.

I had no problems breastfeeding and Aiden latched on and began suckling while the placenta was still intact. The placenta itself was delivered naturally and whisked away with my doula Anna-Maria to get encapsulated.  Five weeks postpartum and breastfeeding continues to be a pleasure, and I’ve had enough energy to be venturing out and about since week one, showing the world our healthy little boy.

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!”

 

How did you prepare for birth? 

With plenty of raspberry leaf tea, fresh dates, as well as walking and gentle yoga daily.

How did your labour start? 

I was 40.5 weeks when the nurse who did the “stretch & sweep” told me I 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.

How did you bring your baby into the world? 

Drug-free and in a squatting position just as I had envisioned. 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.

Who supported you throughout labour and the birth? 

My husband & Doula – the perfect team!

What was the most challenging part of the birth?

The stage right before transition 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.

What most helped you through the birth experience?

Breathing. 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.

Describe your birth experience in 3 words:

Empowering, phenomenal journey.

 

Love and gratitude,
Nadine xxx