I just wanted to let you know that our GentleBirth baby arrived on 12th April (2 days after due date given to me by hosp)! It was a really wonderful experience, I went into labour Monday night around 9.30pm and did some ironing, watched a movie, listened to my tracks and used the TENs machine. We went to the Rotunda at 7am Tuesday morning (my surges were pretty strong and every 3 mins at this stage and I felt I needed a bit of help).
Got to the hospital and was 3cm so went to the labour ward, we had a wonderful midwife Shauna who left me alone but was there if I needed her, I just breathed my way through the next few hours and used my affirmations (My body can do this/My baby is the right size for my body etc) and my husband was a star- reaffirming same and putting cold facecloth on my head! My waters broke spontaneously around 11am and at 1.05pm with no intervention, not even gas and air, little James entered our world and took our breath away!! All 7lb 13oz of him! I honestly don’t think I would have had such a positive birthing experience if it hadn’t been for the Gentlebirth workshop and tracks. Even now as I try and establish breastfeeding and how to look after a newborn I find myself calm and using the gentlebirth mantra! My husband agrees that it was such a worth while exercise doing it too!
Elaine and Michael
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