I have never seen a birth as peaceful as this one! I couldn't take my eyes away as baby Oliver's arrival gets nearer but still Claire is quiet and calm. It's so different to what people imagine or are told about childbirth, and to what many of us experience!
Claire shares her birth video and story today. She runs Auckland HypnoBirthing, for more information on this philosophy check out her website. We'll also be featuring a guest post from Claire about HypnoBirth so if you have any questions you'd like to ask her, post them below and we'll pass them on! I'm so curious myself, the term "hypno" just makes me think of a magic show... but as you'll see in Claire's video, it's far from an embarrassing spectacle like those performances.
Oliver's Water / HypnoBirth
My ‘due date’ came and went, I felt like a little girl waiting for Christmas. Finally, 13 days past the day that he was due, Oliver was born. Here is his birth story.
I had been experiencing pre-labour warm-ups (Braxton Hicks) for several days, I knew that this was my body warming up for the birth and this gave me a sense of confidence that my body knew exactly what to do to let my baby out. On this particular night, I went to bed feeling just the same as I did any other night. However at 2am I awoke with a strong tightening in my pelvic and abdominal area, which was much stronger than I had been previously experiencing. To be honest I didn’t really believe at first that I was in labour so I just put my breathing and relaxation techniques to practice as I had been doing during the pre- labour warm-ups. After about an hour of these tighenings I realised that this must be it, so I woke Jeremy up. We thought that we better time them and to my delight they were coming at fairly regular intervals, this was definitely it! I continued to go within my birthing body and handed the process over to my body and baby. The only thing I consciously thought about was remaining deeply relaxed and breathing. I was aware of everything that was going on and I felt very in touch with my body, I loved feeling my baby kicking around between surges. We called the midwife and made the trip into Birthcare so we could beat the rush hour traffic. I thought that I actually still had a long time to go and wondered if we would even be sent home, as the surges were so easy to manage and I was actually quite enjoying them. I listened to Jeremy’s recording of the Rainbow Relaxation on my iPod on the way there and made sure my body stayed loose and limp. I was amazed by how easy the surges were to breath through during our trip in the car, as it certainly wasn’t that easy making the transition in the car during the birth of my first baby.
At 7am we arrived at Birthcare and walked into the birthing room I felt very emotional and wanted to cry, tears rolled down my cheeks, but I reminded myself to remain relaxed. I wasn’t sure why I wanted to cry at the time, but in hindsight I realise it was because Oliver was not far away. I got in the pool and continued to relax, breathing deeply through each surge. Jeremy was right by my side, to totally support me every step of the way, and helping me go deeper into relaxation, I felt so safe and loved. The surges were very strong and powerful, however I took complete trust in my body and just let it do what it needed to do. After only being in the pool for about 45 minutes Oliver was born at 8am. He had the cord wrapped tightly around his body and his neck twice. Our midwife was amazing and moved quickly to untangle it. She said that if it wasn’t such a fast birth then things would have gone quite differently as Oliver would have become very distressed. I am so grateful that I was so relaxed and able to allow Oliver to descend as quickly as he needed to.
Thanks to a drug free birth, I was able to enjoy being fully alert and clear headed, able to walk and move around easily. I believe that the time spent doing massage was well worth it, as my perineum remained intact. After the birth I did not need any pain meds, as I was able to continue to put the HypnoBirthing tools to practice.
As soon as Oliver was born, the tight bond and love that Jeremy and I built with him throughout my pregnancy, by doing various HypnoBirthing exercises, was very present and it grows stronger every day. Oliver’s birth was everything I visualised and imagined. It couldn't have been more perfect. I am left with amazing memories and feelings of elation and joy whenever I think about it.
Oliver is so chilled out, he feeds and sleeps very well and from very early on we got the most beautiful smiles, which continue to get bigger and brighter everyday. For me, the adjustment to life with a toddler and newborn has been so much easier than I anticipated and I find myself able to remain calm when things are all go. HypnoBirthing has given me confidence in the power of my mind. I now feel like I can achieve anything that I desire! I am very passionate about HypnoBirthing and I am dedicated to share my knowledge and experience with as many parents as I can, so that they too may be able to experience birth in a calm and peaceful state as nature intends.