Hypnobirthing our baby girl has undoubtedly been the most unbelievable, joyous, rewarding and profound experience we have ever been a part of.
Gareth and I wanted to let you know that we had our baby...a beautiful, healthy and lively baby girl named Aiya.
She came as a surprise at 37 weeks, weighing just 6 pounds on Thursday the 15th at 9.18am. She was certainly ready for this world as she knew exactly what she was doing and how to birth.
I woke with surges at 12.30am and thought they were Braxton Hicks, however they persisted so we started to get into our birthing bodies and we put the rainbow relaxation track on the ipod for me. We spent the next few hours in bed, listening to the track on repeat and breathing down the surges.
Gareth notified the hospital and then we continued on. He did some visual meditations which worked a treat and I remember running my hands through the soil beneath a tree in his meditation, it was really grounding.
The surges went from about 15 minutes apart to 6 minutes and then at 4am I felt the need to get out of bed and on hands and knees, doing hip circles and using Gareth as a prop and my waters broke. It was all clear and looking good so we continued to labour at home but things picked up quite quickly and at 5.30am the surges were consistently 1 minute apart.
We thought we might be cutting it close so Gareth called an ambulance. They came and we made the dash to Nambour where I remember looking out of the ambulance window during a surge and seeing the sun shining through the clouds and a silver lining. That was when I knew our baby was not far away.
At Nambour the surges slowed down a little but we were still on strong so we got into the bath and continued to labour there for 2.5 hours while our little lady took her time to travel down. We calm birthed her the whole way and my body told me when to push and when to breathe her down.
Gareth used the depthometer technique and in between surges I went into a really deep meditation / sleep. Aiya continued to crown and retreat as we worked together as gently as we could and when she was ready, Gareth received her and put her straight onto my chest.
The staff at Nambour were exceptional (Stephanie Nudd in particular) we couldn't have asked for any better treatment, they honoured all hypnobirthing techniques and didn't once mention pain medication or the like. In fact the only advice they gave me was to 'listen to your body Kate you are doing so well' and to offer me ice chips (which are a god send by the way).
We were so grateful that we got to birth our baby girl naturally, calmly, together, and without any interference in the natural state of being. She is a calm, alert and amazing little girl who is still leading the way and teaching us everything haha. Not to mention my recovery has been amazing at only a week out I feel fantastic.
Hypnobirthing our baby girl has undoubtedly been the most unbelievable, joyous, rewarding and profound experience we have ever been a part of. For this we are truly thankful for your role in guiding us through the hypnobirthing techniques and helping to instil confidence that birth can be a calm, connected and intuitive experience for all.
(Would it be wrong to say that we wanted to high five each other afterwards :-)
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we hope to see you around and introduce you to our darling Aiya one day