Caesarean Birth Story | The Birth of Harvey – By Maree

Giving birth always ask something of us – no matter which way it goes (caesarean or vaginal) – because it is a rite of passage. And rites of passage require change, transformation and are always challenging in one way or another.

Our unique She Births® tools and principles are applicable to all birth scenarios.  Read on to find out how Maree utilised our She Births® breathing and visualisation techniques and a positive mindset in the beautiful birth story of her son Harvey – delivered by caesarean…

In our NEW caesarean information pack for She Births® couples, we provide useful content to help every family embrace their baby on their birthing day with the greatest love and connection – because that is what it is all about! Who we are being on the day is far more important than what is happening. It is our feelings, our emotions and our love that gets transmitted and imprinted on birthing day for not only us, but our babies too.

Love and gratitude,

Nadine xxx

P.S. If you experienced a caesarean using our She Births® techniques, we would love to hear from you. Send us an email.

 

Maree’s caesarean birth was not part of the plan, but her ready acceptance of her birth journey only increased the joy of her son’s arrival.

Describe your birth experience in 3 words:

Intense, magical and so much love!

How did you prepare for birth?

My birth preparation consisted of completing She Births®, reading books, relaxing and doing anything that made me happy to release oxytocin e.g. mediation, getting the baby room ready and spending time with family and friends. Looking back, it was an awesome time despite being uncomfortable waddling around.

How did your labour start?

It was about 10pm and I woke up as my waters broke. When I first went into labour I was 36 weeks and 5 days. My obstetrician had predicted that I wouldn’t go into labour before 38 weeks, so I didn’t even have my bags packed. It would have been comical to see my husband and I running through the house frantically packing while trying not to slip with my waters gushing everywhere.

How did you bring your baby into the world?

I had a long and very intense posterior birth. I used all the breathing techniques from She Births® which helped sooo much with the pain. I definitely got in touch with my inner goddess, channelling all my focus into getting bubba out.

However, as he was posterior and I wasn’t progressing past 9cm, I ended up needing a caesarean.

The most positive aspect of my birth was I was really content about it. If it wasn’t for She Births® I would have been really disappointed by this outcome as I really wanted a natural, vaginal birth – but the course empowered me to go with the flow. It gave my husband and I the tools to make the best decisions possible given our birthing circumstances on the day.

Who supported you throughout labour and the birth?

My darling husband Paul, my amazing obstetrician Matt, and my unbelievable midwife Trish! They were phenomenal and so supportive through the whole birth.

What was the most challenging part of the birth?

Definitely when I ended up choosing to get an epidural and it didn’t work. Mentally, I think that made things so much more intense. It then led me to a crossroads and I needed to come to terms with needing a caesarean when 12 hours into labour he wasn’t coming anytime soon.

What most helped you during labour and birth?

Definitely the She Births® breathing techniques and visualisations.

What did you learn about yourself from your birth experience?

I am powerful beyond measure, I am strong, brave and so positive.