Sometimes individual circumstances mean that we have to make choices that we were hoping that we wouldn’t have to make.
And with GDM and persistent hypertension, Nicole made the informed decision to go ahead with an induction.
She spoke with her caregivers about how her induction was likely to proceed and ensured she was clear on all the details.
We spoke about how to ensure her body as a ready as possible and how to apply her hypnobirthing tools to best support her throughout the induction.
While her birth looked different than the ideal birth she had been visualising, Nicole still had the positive birth that she prepared for!
Positive birth is all about feeling informed, feeling supported, and feeling safe.
Positive birth allows you to start motherhood on that high – feeling connected to your partner, feeling bonded with your baby, and feeling proud of yourself!
We welcomed our baby boy August to the world on Monday 15 at 5.22pm – 3.4kg and 55cm long.
In the end, due to GDM and persistent high blood pressure, I was induced at 37+6 gestation.
My induction started with a balloon catheter overnight and I had my waters broken the next morning at 9:00am. I starting having regular contractions but they weren’t lasting long enough and after three and a half hours I started syntocinon.
I spent a lot of time in the shower and was singing through contractions which helped me to keep breathing, stay relaxed, and it was good in terms of distraction.
At 7cm I got out of the shower and started changing positions a lot…I was moving from the bed back to the floor. The contractions started coming harder and faster.
While I was in transition, I tried using the gas to take the edge of the contractions. It made me feels really groggy and I hated it. They turned it right down to 10% with 90% oxygen and I used this throughout transition. I don’t know if it did much beyond helping me focusing on deep breathing, but even that’s all it was a positive thing.
Baby started to crown and suddenly his heart rate dropped. They pushed the button that resulted in the room filling with people. My midwife encouraged me to try to push him out but I didn’t have enough time to stretch and he was getting distressed so I needed an episiotomy. After that he, was out in two or three pushes and up on my chest for immediate skin to skin.
Although it was definitely not the birth I had fantasized about, I feel so positive about it all.
My Kindred midwife was amazing and so supportive throughout the whole thing.
Matt and I felt informed and prepared and so much of that is because of you.
We are so glad that we did your course and would absolutely recommend it to anyone!