Nice to hear from you, I’ve been meaning to write. It’s going well! Our beautiful little girl, Tahnee Belle Clementson was born on the 9th of April. I went into labour on the 8th, which was my due date, who does that!? She’s clearly more punctual than her mother 😉
The birth was pretty great, 4 hours, water birth, no pain relief or intervention other than syntocin to expel the placenta because the midwife was worried I had lost too much blood, but by that stage, I didn’t care what they did as I had my lovely baby in my arms and she was healthy and gorgeous and perfect.
Unfortunately, I can’t say it didn’t hurt…..aaaand… I must admit most of my breathing was out the window once I was in the midst of the intense contractions, but I definitely relaxed deeply in between every contraction and was able to use a lot of visualisation and harnassing of beautiful energy to get her down and out.
The midwife was pretty surprised and impressed at how well we did which is a nice feeling.
I strongly believe that all the visualisation and prep we did leading up to the birth was the reason I only had four-hour labour. I was actually in ‘false’ labour for 2 weeks leading up to the birth and I really believe that if someone had of checked my cervix during that time they would have found I was dilated well in advance, as I had spent so much time visualising softening and opening and preparing myself physically and mentally.
It was all pretty funny really, we had this hospital bag choc-full of aromatherapy and homeopathy and music, massage tools, yoga mats, coconut water and my 2 pages typed birth plan, all of which Paul carried up & downstairs all night, to the hospital, home for 30 mins then back to the hospital, the poor guy looked like a camel carting around everything I had prepared & I don’t think any of it came out of the bag! Haha,
We’re actually disappointed we didn’t get to do our dancing and kissing and hip-swaying, it was pretty much straight to transition phase and pushing! But I must say all of my friends are very jealous, you really can’t ask for much more than that! (well ok, an orgasm would have been nice….;)
Thanks so much for all of your advice and tips. I still tell everyone that the money I spent on that course was by far the best investment of our whole pregnancy.
I plan on writing down an account of the birth sometime soon as I want to make sure I don’t forget the details (we were going to film it – the video camera was something else that didn’t come out of the bag 😉 so let me know if you’d like me to send it to you. I’m more than happy to share my story with others if you think it’s helpful.