I wasn’t perfectly in the zone the whole time and a couple of times the intensity of the surges got the better of me and I was quite vocal, but each time my husband and amazing midwife were able to bring my focus back by encouraging me to breathe.
By the time I was fully dilated I was exhausted and I did have some help and coaching from my midwife to birth baby in the final stages, but on the day that was right for me.
At 17.14 on Saturday 1 September Oakleigh Grace was born and she was brought straight up onto my chest for some amazing skin to skin.
I’m so proud of myself to have birthed my baby with just gas and air using the techniques hynobirthing had taught us. The whole labour was calm and as baby was being continually monitored I knew her heart rate stayed steady and she was calm. I think this calming environment really is a reason she’s still a really calm baby.
I truly believe that without the amazing techniques that Sarah taught us I would not of been able to of had such a perfect birth in such a unplanned situation.
Hynobirthing really is a game changer it gave me the confidence to trust that my body knew exactly what to do without the need for lots of medical intervention. I’ll be forever greatful to Sarah, Knowing that she was just a message away to answer any questions, offer advice or just to give some encouragement and reassurance is an amazing added bonus to the course.
For anyone considering a hynobirthing course I’d say definitely give it a try, it really could make a massive difference to your pregnancy and birth.