I always knew I wanted a baby but ever since I can remember I had always been totally petrified about the idea of giving birth. I had been brainwashed by popular culture, films and tv which portrays birth as a painful, traumatic, medical emergency. So when I fell pregnant last year I knew I needed some help to ensure I could get through the birth.
I took a hypnobirthing course and learned everything from the the science of giving birth, the different methods of pain relief available to me and a variety of techniques to use in labour. I practised these at home in the weeks and months leading up the birth with my husband. I looked at all the options for the location of my birth and despite being nervous at first, following a visit to the Blackburn Birth Centre I knew it was the place for me to achieve the birth I wanted.
I also knew it was really important to stay active and healthy throughout my pregnancy. I already did a lot of running and yoga so once I got over the worst of the morning sickness I made sure I did a lot of walking and started going to Tessa’s pregnancy yoga class. Not only was the yoga great to look after my body but it was brilliant to meet other mums to be! When it came to the birth one of the biggest things I learned during the hypnobirthing course was the importance of staying calm and relaxed during labour to allow thing to progress quickly and naturally. Therefore when my contractions (surges) started at about 7am on the day of my birth I just carried on as normal and went to work. I even ran a training session! I then went for lunch with my friend and by the time I left the restaurant my surges were around 4 mins apart. I called BBC and my husband and by the time I got there my surges were 2 minutes apart.
The midwife totally respected my birth plan knowing that I was hypnobirthing and that I didn’t want to be offered pain relief - I would ask for it if I wanted it. She even started running the water in the birth pool (despite the fact she knew it wouldn’t be ready in time!) My baby was born within 50 mins of arriving and I didn’t use any pain relief, just the breathing techniques I learned in Hypnobirthing and Yoga.
Following the birth I really wanted to breastfeed but I was finding it really difficult. The midwives were so patient with us and spent hours helping me express and encouraging my baby to latch. In fact I spent 3 nights at the birth centre following my birth with the undivided attention of the midwives. My husband could stay with me in the private room with an en-suite and double bed.
I couldn’t have asked for a better, more positive birth experience. Thank you to Tessa, Jennie (from Jentle Hypnobirthing) and Blackburn Birth Centre - they were all amazing! Blackburn Birth Centre