Hypnobirthing & Postnatal Support
Birth Stories
The free HBAC (home birth after Caesarean) of Juno Clementine After seeing my midwife at just before 42 weeks I agreed that if I got to term I would go into hospital and have a CTG. At 42+1 I went in to be monitored. I declined a sweep and induction and agreed to another CTG the following week. I wasn’t worried about going post 42 weeks as I just knew she was fine. I was practising my Hypnobirthing daily and keeping in touch with Jennie and my Doula, Sarah and this really helped to keep me calm and focused. I made my way to a reflexology appointment I felt the familiar rumblings of the beginnings of labour. I had sporadic contractions until about 2pm where they became strong enough that I breathed  through them and were coming every ten minutes. They continued throughout the evening and night at the same regularity but not increasing much in intensity. I ate and rested, getting up and leaning into each one. The next day the same continued and although I hadn’t slept I felt content and well rested. My Doula was teaching a class that evening but only for a few hours so we agreed to risk it and my wonderful Hypnobirthing teacher was also on stand by in case I really wanted someone there and Sarah couldn’t make it. By 2pm things had picked up and I knew i was heading for active labour. I spent the afternoon at home with Chris, resting, walking and sitting on my birth ball listening to my Hypnobirthing tracks on repeat. My contractions were not painful but were growing in intensity and were quickly one on top of the other. By 6pm I called Triage to be told there were no midwives available until 9pm. I wasn’t concerned as my first labour had been very long so I thought I could potentially have hours ahead of me. I continued with my Hypnobirthing, gently doing figures of ‘8’ on my birth ball. By 7pm I knew she would be here before that, Chris had let Sarah know and rang triage back to ask again for them to find someone to send. They offered me a room on labour ward or paramedics both of which we declined. By this time the birth pool was filled in front of the roaring fire and I got in. It was total ecstasy. My contractions were coming thick and fast and although deeply intense, and requiring all my attention, it wasn’t painful. Even though I knew no one was coming it all felt very calm. It had been in the back of my mind- somewhere bubbling away deep inside, An inexplicable knowing, that I might end up Birthing unassisted. Sarah texted to say she was leaving her class early, I think she just -*knew* and said she would be with us in ten minutes. What a gorgeous surprise. Only a few minutes after she got through the door I felt the familiar sense of transition followed by lots of pressure. At this point I said ‘I can’t do it’ which I knew even as the words were leaving my mouth meant I was definitely, absolutely, doing it! Sarah asked if I could feel her head and I could! It was right there. At this point I repeated (out loud!) some of the phrases to keep me calm. With a couple of powerful contractions and gigantic roars her head was born and my waters went. The time between her head being out and the next contraction felt like forever- A peaceful psychedelic gap in time and space, as we all waited for her body to join us. With one last contraction out she came. I reached down into the water and scooped her into my arms. She was here! And it was so... easy! We sat in the pool for a while and then I got out onto the sofa. After an hour and a half her placenta still hadn’t arrived and Juno’s cord was so short it was hard to get comfortable. We called Triage to let them know we had had our baby and they said that midwives were on their way. They arrived about 10pm. After trying different positions I requested the injection to help deliver the placenta, and after 10 or so minutes it was out. We snuggled up in our bed, drank cups of tea and Sarah brought us some birthday cakes that she had baked. Bliss!
Hypnobirthing & Postnatal Support
Birth Stories
The free HBAC (home birth after Caesarean) of Juno Clementine After seeing my midwife at just before 42 weeks I agreed that if I got to term I would go into hospital and have a CTG. At 42+1 I went in to be monitored. I declined a sweep and induction and agreed to another CTG the following week. I wasn’t worried about going post 42 weeks as I just knew she was fine. I was practising my Hypnobirthing daily and keeping in touch with Jennie and my Doula, Sarah and this really helped to keep me calm and focused. I made my way to a reflexology appointment I felt the familiar rumblings of the beginnings of labour. I had sporadic contractions until about 2pm where they became strong enough that I breathed  through them and were coming every ten minutes. They continued throughout the evening and night at the same regularity but not increasing much in intensity. I ate and rested, getting up and leaning into each one. The next day the same continued and although I hadn’t slept I felt content and well rested. My Doula was teaching a class that evening but only for a few hours so we agreed to risk it and my wonderful Hypnobirthing teacher was also on stand by in case I really wanted someone there and Sarah couldn’t make it. By 2pm things had picked up and I knew i was heading for active labour. I spent the afternoon at home with Chris, resting, walking and sitting on my birth ball listening to my Hypnobirthing tracks on repeat. My contractions were not painful but were growing in intensity and were quickly one on top of the other. By 6pm I called Triage to be told there were no midwives available until 9pm. I wasn’t concerned as my first labour had been very long so I thought I could potentially have hours ahead of me. I continued with my Hypnobirthing, gently doing figures of ‘8’ on my birth ball. By 7pm I knew she would be here before that, Chris had let Sarah know and rang triage back to ask again for them to find someone to send. They offered me a room on labour ward or paramedics both of which we declined. By this time the birth pool was filled in front of the roaring fire and I got in. It was total ecstasy. My contractions were coming thick and fast and although deeply intense, and requiring all my attention, it wasn’t painful. Even though I knew no one was coming it all felt very calm. It had been in the back of my mind- somewhere bubbling away deep inside, An inexplicable knowing, that I might end up Birthing unassisted. Sarah texted to say she was leaving her class early, I think she just -*knew* and said she would be with us in ten minutes. What a gorgeous surprise. Only a few minutes after she got through the door I felt the familiar sense of transition followed by lots of pressure. At this point I said ‘I can’t do it’ which I knew even as the words were leaving my mouth meant I was definitely, absolutely, doing it! Sarah asked if I could feel her head and I could! It was right there. At this point I repeated (out loud!) some of the phrases to keep me calm. With a couple of powerful contractions and gigantic roars her head was born and my waters went. The time between her head being out and the next contraction felt like forever- A peaceful psychedelic gap in time and space, as we all waited for her body to join us. With one last contraction out she came. I reached down into the water and scooped her into my arms. She was here! And it was so... easy! We sat in the pool for a while and then I got out onto the sofa. After an hour and a half her placenta still hadn’t arrived and Juno’s cord was so short it was hard to get comfortable. We called Triage to let them know we had had our baby and they said that midwives were on their way. They arrived about 10pm. After trying different positions I requested the injection to help deliver the placenta, and after 10 or so minutes it was out. We snuggled up in our bed, drank cups of tea and Sarah brought us some birthday cakes that she had baked. Bliss!