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Sarah and Matilda

Hi Nikkibabydenyer
Just wanted to pass on our news, share my (positive) birth story and say a huge thank you for everything you taught me at pregnancy yoga – I loved the classes and they definitely helped me adapt to my changing shape and prepare for the birth.

Matilda Madlyn was born on Saturday 10.49am weighing 7.5lbs.

I started early labour on Friday morning 10am, the contractions were like period pain braxton hicks lower in my pelvis (I’d been having braxtons for 2-3 weeks) every 3-5 minutes but only lasting 30 seconds at a time. I found I could potter around the house doing things to distract myself quite happily (made a cake, prepped and ate a birthday dinner for husband including a cheeky glass of wine (!) last minute washing etc). Bouncing on the ball, massage, breathing techniques (golden ribbon), a warm shower on my lower back all really helped and the contractions stayed consistent but manageable all day. We got an early night, put tens machine on low and I felt relaxed enough to try and get some rest, I read a book and dozed lightly, confident that I was still in early latent phase.

I woke at 3.30am with a distinct change in contractions – much more intense but still manageable with bouncing, circling hips or leaning on ball, tens machine on a strong boost and the trusty golden ribbon breath (I had followed your advice and made some visualisation photo cards of a golden ribbon, waves to remind me that the contractions ebbed and flowed, and a rose from our garden that was ‘opening up’). Contractions were now 2-4 minutes apart and lasting 50 seconds. I focused during each one and found it easier to stay quiet, calm and in the zone by leaning forwards with arms across eyes so was in darkness and not talking.

Some music, Yoga & dance moves in between contractions helped loosen my pelvis and stay calm/relaxed, I was able to talk to and hug my husband. It is amazing how you can go from intense pain to almost nothing and back again so quickly – knowing each one would be over soon really helped.

We stayed at home for as long as possible and headed to hospital at 7.30am when I really felt I needed additional pain relief. Things ramped up again in the car and I got less gap between contractions so we really hurried from this point (we actually left it a bit too long at home as had 40 min drive).
On arriving at the labour ward (Royal Surrey) they examined me and I was fully dilated and ready to push – the urges had started and I was up on all fours over the back of the bed on a temporary ward, circling hips before they got me into our room!

There was just enough time for them to half fill a pool and get gas and air – I couldn’t get on either quick enough – the pool felt amazing!!
The pushing stage lasted quite a while for me (2 hours), I actually found it harder to focus the push with gas and air and was a bit too relaxed and hot in the pool, so got out and delivered on the bed.
I did tire after nearly 2 hours and although they could see the babies head I just couldn’t quite get her round the last corner to crown. So they put the suction cup on her head (which was uncomfortable but welcome as I was really flagging at this point and despite a lot of pushing ,changing positions, she just wasn’t moving the last bit) and after one pull and big push from me, she was out.
The most overwhelming feeling and completely indescribable when she was put on my chest!
We’re both doing really well and are over the moon.
Thanks for all your help and advice and books! I will be bringing Matilda to baby massage when we are ready.
Love from
Sarah
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Tamsins Homebirth, Baby Harriet

Hi Nikkiharriet

Just writing to let you know we had our 3rd delight yesterday morning. Harriet Emily entered the world in a beautifully calm home birth just as we had planned!

As well as the birth pool (which I can’t recommend highly enough having had two “dry” labours previously), I used the breathing techniques from yoga, as well as various active birthing positions.

Everything was perfect, including the two big girls who watched their sister being born and spontaneously sang her “happy birthday”!

See you soon.

Tamsin xx

 

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Krissy’s Story – a calm and positive caesarean birth

Our baby boy is here! Arrived 3.30pm on Monday by c section in the end.

After successfully turning him so he was head down, they tried to break my waters but couldn’t as they were still too high so were going to go down the pesary route instead. However, his head then bobbed back to being transverse! All the extra fluid from the polyhydramnios¬†meant they couldn’t get his head to safely settle downwards to start induction and a section became safest route.

It was all quite calm and planned. I was allowed your lovely smelling oil on my hanky, your wonderful Devi Prayer music playing to relax me and I did plenty of Ujjayi breaths to get me through the rather different, medical experience of a c section birth compared to my last two! The staff were great, did delayed cord clamping and let me have lots of skin to skin time straight away – rather than doing all the weighing, vitamin k etc in the theatre they did it in the recovery room much later which was so fabulous. They put the monitoring probes on my back instead of chest which made it easier. Definitely shows it’s worth asking for these things.

So he’s here and safe, weighed 8.15oz and is still awaiting a name!

Thanks so much for all your tips the last few weeks. I’m due to leave today after 13 days in, (phew!) and can’t wait! Not quite the homebirth we hoped for but these things can’t be planned as we know! It’s definitely made me realise how lucky I was to have such normal natural pregnancy and birthing experiences with my previous two!

Thanks also for the wonderful classes, the breathing helped so very much and the oil and music too.

Big hugs to you and your family Nikki

Loads of love and thanks

Krissy

 

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Neene’s Story – an Active Birth

BABY JOSHUA

BABY JOSHUA

Just to let you know that after a 36 hour very active labour we welcomed baby Joshua into the world! He weighs 7lb 11.

Thanks to your Active Birth Workshop and Yoga classes I coped really well with just gas and air and water!

John was absolutely amazing with massage and breathing techniques, so thank you so much for teaching us how to have such a positive birth!

I also have to say that I was lucky enough to have the brand new water birth suite at Frimley which is truly amazing, it was like walking into a spa, it even has mood lighting! The midwives were fantastic too, so although it was long, it was a great experience and I feel very proud!

Thanks again!
Loads if love

Neene

Frimley Park Hospital

Frimley Park Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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