Our Sunday back in July 2016 started like any other, carefree and chilled out. We went about our usual day of odd jobs around the house, I did some food shopping – Kimberly didn’t feel she wanted to come which was an early indicator of her labour being on its way. Instead she stayed at home and baked a labour cake, we even had a roast dinner right before things really got going!
This was my third baby, my first had been a calm experience in the Portland. I had a mobile epidural which I refused my second dose of as I didn’t enjoy the feeling of the medicine, I felt itchy and spaced out. The nurse encouraged me to have half my dose and I agreed, I was 25 at the time. I had a boy 7lbs 3oz I felt no tummy contractions but all of the down below area. I was stitched with no pain relief as my doctor forgot!
30.01.17 - our guess date. We had our final midwife appointment and talked about 'signs' that might mean our little boy would make an appearance soon. I'd spent the day cleaning the kitchen, packing my hospital bag (just in case) and finished preparing the nursery. We laughed about my emotional outburst when my Husband (Tom) 'threw' his drink all over the kitchen I had just cleaned ... although if you ask him or any other rational being he had only really spilt a small amount on the side.
I have told me birth story to quite a few people and some Mum's-to-be have said that it has inspired them! One of my friends even said that she thought of it when she was in labour and it kept her going to have the natural, home birth that she wanted. I wish there were more of these positive stories out there!
My name is Annaliese and I am a mother to two beautiful children. My Hypnobirthing journey began in 2013 when pregnant with my first child. I attended pregnancy relaxation with Emily and Jo and although it helped me a lot I didn’t have the necessary knowledge or tools to naturally birth with confidence. My daughter is an amazing 4-year-old but the memory of her birth is not a positive one!
My labour started on Remembrance Sunday at 7am. I had woken up and felt that my waters had probably broken. My first birth has started in exactly the same way. I was planning a home birth and so as my waters seemed clear we just went about the morning as normally as possible. My son was 3 at the time so we played and I rested just trying to relax into each surge that I could feel. By lunchtime my surges were requiring some focus and concentration so at this point my son went to his nanny’s so that I could start to use my Hypnobirthing breathing and visualisation techniques.
My birth with my biggest little one was amazing...I stumbled across 'hypnobirthing' at 35 weeks pregnant, realised how it made sense, got on board (quickly!) and practiced all the techniques with my hubby and we had a beautiful birth. I felt euphoric that we had done it! And then....I was told by lots of people that our birth was a fluke. "You were just lucky you had a good birth"! I knew deep down that it wasn't down to luck; it was understanding what my body was doing and realising that fear could affect something that was normal, natural and healthy for my body to do.
Five years ago today, my second beautiful baby boy was born.
It started very slowly on a Saturday afternoon. I was several days past my guess date & teaching a lovely group Hypnobirthing. I wanted to carry on as normal and I thoroughly enjoy my job.
What better way to show other pregnant couples that even if you are 41 weeks pregnant, normality continues.