** Navannah Rose Schulze-Slob - 18th September 2015 - - Armadale Health Service **
At 10.30 on the night before my estimated due date I went to the toilet before bed and while sitting there I felt a pop and a small trickle. We headed to the maternity ward to get checked out. When we got there they confirmed my waters had broken and I was 2-3cm dilated.
We got back home about midnight and as soon as we got there my surges started and were intense. I was feeling them through my back and my most comfortable position was on all fours or leaning over with Scott putting pressure on my lower back. We tried to time my surges however they were irregular, anywhere from 45 seconds to 2 minutes apart and in length. It was relentless so we called the labour ward who said to stay at home as long as possible but I wasn’t comfortable so we headed in about 4am.
Upon examination I was 7cm dilated so they called my midwife and filled the birth pool. By the time it was ready, Jodie was there. After a bit in the pool I felt my body start pushing. It was the strangest feeling to have no control over such an intense action but with Scott reminding me to relax and breathe deeply, I went with it, though did make some really weird noises !! At one point I decided I couldn’t do it… I wanted it to stop and I wanted out !! Scott made me focus on him, told me what I needed to hear and the next thing I knew she was crowning. I told Jodie I could feel her hair and continued to try to breathe my baby down. She remained in the same position for about 10 minutes and the midwives were concerned she’d become distressed so they got me out of the pool and onto the bed. I had been pushing slowly however when they told me they’d need to give me an episiotomy if she didn’t come out in the next push, I knew I’d rather tear so pushed with everything I had. 2 pushes and her head was out. Another and she was on my chest, Calm and perfect! I had no tearing and felt on top of the world! We went home that afternoon.
I feel so lucky to have had such amazing support which allowed me to have an amazing birth.
Laura from True Focus Hypnobirthing gave me the tools to have such a positive experience. The knowledge, breathing techniques, visualisations and affirmations were absolutely invaluable. It was never about everything going perfectly to plan and I truly was prepared for any direction my birth took thanks to Laura and Hypnobirthing! Also, And maybe even more importantly, for giving Scott the knowledge to best support me. The awesome midwife who took care of us on the day – Jodie, who supported and advocated for us and our wishes without jeopardising bubs or my health. And most importantly Scott – I couldn’t have done it without his support and focus! I am one lucky girl to have such an amazing husband and now a beautiful daughter!