Induction Hypnobirth - July 2020
I had an amazing birth and I know it was Amy’s advice / tips and support that helped make that happen. I was definitely freaking out a little bit about having a really large baby (and the complications that may bring) as well as having an induction. I had emailed Amy to let her know I was facing an induction and she sent back a reassuring response with some really helpful insights, including some articles about big babies. I read these, listened to the “Baby Come Out” track, booked a last-minute acupuncture appointment and read lots of positive induction birth stories, all of which made me feel so much more prepared and calm. If it had not been for Amy’s hypnobirthing tips, based on her knowledge and personal experience, I don't think I would have gone in with such a positive mindset.
After pushing the induction back a week from when my obstetrician originally wanted it and trying everything to induce labour naturally, I made the informed decision to be induced on July 7th, 2020. My first baby came a week early and this one was already engaged in the pelvis so I figured that if he didn't come on his own with all that I had done (including 2 stretch and sweeps) then he might be too comfortable and in need of being coaxed out. My obstetrician thankfully agreed to give me 4 hours after my waters were broken to see if I went into labour naturally before resorting to the Syntocinon drip. My waters were broken at 9am and I got straight into all the techniques. I asked the midwife to bring me a birth ball to sit on and lean over, we used light touch massage, and I started listening to the affirmations track and some relaxing music. I didn't feel ready for the other tracks yet so listened to some love songs that have special meaning to my husband and I (like our wedding song). I also used the smell of his cologne on a t-shirt instead of essential oils to try to get the oxytocin flowing. Thankfully it worked!
After a slow first hour things started to pick up and the surges became strong and regular. I switched position, to leaning over the birth ball on all fours, listened to the tracks on repeat and used a heat pack on my upper sacrum as I breathed through the surges. My midwife and obstetrician were going to wait 4 hours to check me but checked me early as they thought things were going well. They confirmed that I had dilated to 5cm and was definitely in active labour so I didn't need any Syntocinon. I was surprised and a bit disappointed to hear that I was only 5cm, as I felt that I should have been further along based on how intense the surges were, but I didn't dwell on it and decided to just continue doing what I was doing.
Within the hour things had progressed to the point that the midwife called back my obstetrician. In an hour I had gone from 5cm to fully dilated and was ready to push. After 15 minutes of pushing our beautiful baby boy was born at 1:15pm (only 4.25 hours after my waters were broken!). Our baby boy was a healthy 4.2kg and we had a lovely "golden hour". Not only did I not need the Syntocinon drip or an epidural, but I did it without any pain relief at all!
Thank you again Amy, for everything! I don't think I could have done it without the Hypnobirthing Australia™ course, techniques and your support!