The birth story of my little Daisy
"At 10pm, whilst my other daughter slept, Daisy started to make a move into the world. I think the raspberry leaf tea I was drinking and the comedy show I was watching helped entice her….
I remember doing a lot of birth ball sitting and standing, determined for gravity to help Daisy move down. It felt very soon after it all began that I moved downstairs in to the birth pool - I had lost all perspective of time whilst in my relaxation bubble. Weirdly (or not?) our cat Tina lovingly appeared in the lounge and slept nearby as a way of guarding me as I gave birth. Rob was amazing support throughout.
Daisy appeared just 5 hours after the first contraction. It still makes me beam as I remember sitting in the pool after, cuddling Daisy. I will also always cherish the memory of our 3 year old, Nelly, wandering into the lounge with her bed head and being stunned that finally her little sister had arrived.
Soon after, I realised that I needed to help spread the word about hypnobirthing!"
The birth story of my little Nelly
"I went to bed convinced I was just having Braxton Hicks contractions, and used them as an opportunity to practice my hypnobirthing breathing techniques. It was only at 8am the next day that I started to wonder… “hhhmmm maybe this is labour after all???”. It turned out it was – I was grateful that I had been able to get some sleep over night and rest in the comfort of my bedroom. That afternoon my midwife arrived. She said that she could tell just by looking at me that the baby was nowhere near ready but she would check me anyway. She had never witnessed a hypnobirth before and was amazed to see that I was 8cm dilated. My relaxation practice was really paying off – I confidently gave birth. With an amazingly supportive birth partner (Rob) by my side, Nelly arrived, 24hours after that first surge, in the birth pool in our bedroom. Magic. It feels like a dream." Clare
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