with susanne grant
Our ‘due date’ got changed many times, but we just knew that our little girl would be born on the 15th of May. No surprise there, I started to have surges early in the morning on the 15th of May. It was different than I always was told. You know, the surges come and go, like 20 minutes apart, and continue to go closer together. From four in the morning I had surges every 3 minutes, for the next 18 hours to come (which I didn’t know at the time). As her dad tried to get some more sleep, I was doing breathing exercises and trying to rest as much as I could in between.
We were all ready to have a nice home birth, as I really – really! – don’t like hospitals due to extreme sensitivities to all chemicals including painkillers etc. When we first starting planning our birth day I was thinking about having a nice water birth, but since we had a nice bath at home I thought that would be enough. However after 12 hours of labour an old sport injury started to play up (I know of all things!) and the position I was using to stay comfortable didn’t work for us anymore as I couldn’t hold myself anymore. With the great support of our midwives Sheila and Shauna we tried all different positions, including the bath at home. But as the injury didn’t allow me to use my arms I ended up on my back, which we all know for many women is the worst position to birth in. Including me! At that point I started to get really tired as I was in labour for over 12 hours already. One of the midwives’ asked if I ever considered having a water birth.
As I remembered my initial desires to give birth in the water, I asked her to call the hospital to see if a birthing pool was available. It was our lucky day! So, we decided to get me transported to the hospital to continue to Hypnobirthing there. I remember the pool they had just looked so pretty when we arrived, although the promised me I could take it home (no sign of it yet...), and the support of the water was amazing. I could get in the comfortable position of my choice and hold myself as well! As it turned out our little girl was born ‘compound presentation’ which is a medical term for when the baby’s hand and arm comes down to lie alongside the baby’s head during birth. In order words, I had myself a tiny superwoman coming out if me! As I kept imagining my body opening up like a flower, labour progressed slowly but steady. And after 18 hours our little superwoman Hannah was born in the water at 21.17 pm. Weighing 9lbs 2oz and 20 inches in length we were both in great condition and in no need of any stitching or medical treatment after.
Just like I wanted.
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