The birth of Albie

First time mum / Homebirth / Hypnobirthing / Water birth

 

Written by Amy

 

11.15pm – After a relaxing day pottering, I got ready for bed and told baby that I was ready when he was! I couldn’t believe it, but I immediately felt a popping sensation, followed by a sharp pain. It was like he had been waiting for the signal!

 

I tried to go to sleep, thinking things would take a while to get going. 3 minutes later I had another contraction and started timing them. From my first contraction they were 3-4 minutes apart. My husband got back from work at around 11.30pm and my MIL who was living with us was in bed, so I asked them to start setting up the living room and get the pool inflated while I laboured in the bedroom upstairs. I used the Freya hypnobirthing app and upbreathing techniques for the first hour. The surges were getting quite intense so I asked my husband to call the midwives. It initially went through to voicemail (!) so he called the hospital who referred us to an MLU that was further away, and they were able to get a midwife on the way.

 

Once that was confirmed, I really relaxed into the surges, and things quickly escalated. I used a TENS machine when I started to feel overwhelmed and that felt AMAZING. I was on all fours in the kitchen, then felt the need to hang off my poor husband as my breathing started to change. There were no breaks between my contractions at this point and I started to get the sensation of needing to bear down.

 

My husband and MIL had the pool set up just in time. My MIL ran away upstairs with the dog and my husband took his position next to the pool. I didn’t want to be touched at all, and my body took over from this point. I felt my transition and my breathing changed without me even thinking about it, into big downward breaths. I kept my black nightdress on and hopped in the pool. The relief from the warm water was immediate and gave me a break before the second stage began.

 

 

At this point the midwife finally arrived! She was able to check baby’s heartbeat, and I could see that each time she checked it it was further and further down which was really reassuring. After 20 minutes of pushing (which I didn’t find painful at all – it was so satisfying feeling the head come down!) my beautiful baby boy was born in the water. The ring of fire is real, but other than that I found the second stage of labour incredible and pain free. I felt like superwoman.

 

 

I delivered the placenta outside the pool because I was getting it encapsulated, and needed some stitches afterwards. The second midwife arrived 20 minutes after baby did! Other than a slight setback of fainting due to labour being so quick, I had the most perfect birth I could have hoped for, and I was riding high on the oxytocin for days afterwards!

Thank you Mollie – I would never have had the confidence to go for a home birth if it wasn’t for you.

 

Baby Albie, 8lbs 8oz at 39+1 weeks. Born at home on 16th September 2021.
Posted in

The birth of Indiana

By Mollie | 15 May 2024

Planned Cesarean Birth / IVF Pregnancy / First time mum / Hypnobirthing   Written by Lydia. It turned out my plan Z was exactly the right decision for us at that time, and sometimes intervention is necessary. However, I never underestimated the power of my body, or my decision making, and I surrounded myself with …

The birth of Indiana Read More »

The birth of Ivy

By Mollie | 16 April 2024

  First time mum / Spontaneous Labour / Bracken Birth Centre / Water birth   Written by Lucy.   I felt empowered and knowledgable about the whole experience which, even in my darkest moments, made all the difference and enabled me to have a very gentle, quiet and intervention free birth. I have no doubt …

The birth of Ivy Read More »

The birth of Bertie

By Mollie | 24 March 2024

First time mum / Spontaneous labour / Labour ward birth / Water birth   Written by Theresa. “Labour for me whilst a lot quicker than expected, with the right preparation both physically and mentally meant the whole experience was so positive and whilst I don’t intend on doing it again, if I did I would …

The birth of Bertie Read More »

The birth of Luna

By Mollie | 23 February 2024

First time mum / Spontaneous labour / Planned home birth / Birth centre birth / Water birth   Written by Hailey I’m so excited to be able to share my story as I feel so positive about Luna’s birth thanks to all the hypnobirthing and relaxation preparation we did.    Overall, we had a fairly …

The birth of Luna Read More »

2024 Motherhood Relaxation Sessions

By Mollie | 16 January 2024

I am excited to be bringing Motherhood Relaxation Sessions back in 2024! These beautiful sessions are held at the wonderful space at Pure Yoga, Wellington (The Local Folk).   If you are a mum and you are feeling tired, emotionally drained and touched out – you are not alone. I know that feeling of stretching myself too …

2024 Motherhood Relaxation Sessions Read More »

The birth of Lola

By Mollie | 9 December 2023

First time mum / Spontaneous Labour / Water birth / Online Hypnobirthing Sessions   Written by Alice The final hour of labour and pushing was the most challenging part for me but I am really proud of myself for getting through it and having the confidence to listen to my body and move in ways …

The birth of Lola Read More »

Taunton Pregnancy and Postnatal Wellness Morning – 25th Nov 2023

By Mollie | 13 November 2023

  I am so excited to be part of this again! Our second wellbeing morning is coming… 🌟 If you’re curious about Hypnobirthing, catch my Introduction to Hypnobirthing first thing!  COME & JOIN US… Would you like to meet your fabulous local birth workers & service providers? Drop into our FREE well-being morning 💛 🗓️ Saturday …

Taunton Pregnancy and Postnatal Wellness Morning – 25th Nov 2023 Read More »

How does Hypnobirthing actually work?!

By Mollie | 14 July 2023

So what is the deal with Hypnobirthing? And how does it actually work to help improve women’s birth experiences?   Hypnobirthing has been gaining more and more popularity with birthing mothers in recent years. With celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, Fearne Cotton and Giovanna Fletcher all being huge fans. Even the Duchess Kate …

How does Hypnobirthing actually work?! Read More »

5 game-changing reasons why Hypnobirthing is worth your investment!

By Mollie | 27 May 2023

5 game-changing reasons why Hypnobirthing is worth your investment   1. IT INVOLVES HYPNOSIS   This is the stand-out difference between doing a Hypnobirthing course and a standard antenatal course. Nothing against those other courses (I did one first time round too), but learning self-hypnosis for birth is completely game-changing. This isn’t the weird-funky-chicken Hypnosis …

5 game-changing reasons why Hypnobirthing is worth your investment! Read More »

The birth of Maximus

By Mollie | 10 May 2023

First time mum / Spontaneous Birth on Labour Ward / Hypnobirthing     Written by Lizzie     Going to bed on Christmas Eve, 6 days past my “due date” and having had no signs of labour yet, I was confident that baby wouldn’t make an appearance on Christmas Day.  We’d made plans to see …

The birth of Maximus Read More »

Mollie

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *