Hi Hannah, We have some news to share with you: Our little boy was born on 24 February, right on the due date! The birth itself was a wonderful experience, I never felt stronger and somehow 'in touch' with myself. Early labour started at around midnight, but I was able to get some sleep until early morning. From there, things progressed gradually. Jim read out the Opening Lotus Flower script a number of times and I listened to the affirmations. During surges, I focused on my
I loved that the hypnobirthing course kept us informed about all of our options during pregnancy, labour & birth. It armed me with all the tools I needed in order to have the birthing experience I wanted - and that was, a positive birthing experience with minimal drugs and medical interventions. An induction of labour was decided by my healthcare team to be the most optimal path of care, due to gestational diabetes, despite her being small. That threw a challenge my way, as I
A few weeks ago I was after a new book to read and was recommended Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love). I didn’t really know what the book was about but had heard from many friends that it was an absolute must-read. The tag line of the book is Creative Living Beyond Fear. Interesting. I can honestly say that fear is an emotion that I hadn’t given a lot of thought to before I started reading this book. I have always considered myself pretty average when is
Alright, this post is for all the husbands, partners, mums, sisters, friends, or anyone who may have been chosen for the very important job of birth support partner. Support is so important in labour, and many people would say that it is actually the MOST important aspect in a positive birth experience. Labour is like running a marathon, and it can be really intense! Seeing someone that you love experiencing labour can be tough, and without a clear plan you can sometimes feel
Have you created a birth plan for your labour and birth? Or have you not considered it, and just plan to ‘go with the flow?’ As a Midwife I have seen many birth plans. Some that are many, many pages long. Others that are generic and not actually relevant to our maternity care in Adelaide. Or more often than not, I see birth plans that only outline what the expecting couple wish for, without taking into consideration their preferences if their labour takes a different course.