I’d had my heart set on a home birth since pretty early on in my pregnancy, due to a number of reasons I was having extra monitoring and regular scans and appointments and so always felt trips to the hospital were very clinical and created a certain level of stress which I was keen to avoid when I went into labour.
I had planned a water birth in my local birth centre. As he was back to back and I wasn’t dilating quickly they transferred me to Treliske Hospital. The Dr decided I needed an episiotomy and forceps delivery as he was so big - he said there was no way I’d of delivered naturally due to his size.
I was obviously disappointed as I so wanted my water birth, but I persevered for 14 hours before the transfer. The hypnobirthing really helped up until that point, I was breathing through contractions and only used gas and air once the pain ramped up.