Alison’s baby almost came in the car park!
This was a second hypnobirth for Alison and Andrew.
Their first birth was very different as it took place at 36 weeks and unfolded entirely in hospital.
So Alison had some hesitations around when this birth would happen and how it would feel to labour in her home environment.
But she also knew that preparation would help.
So we did a six hour refresher to get her and Andrew ready for this birth.
And she totally rocked it!
I wanted to share Josh’s birth story with you.
Having started this pregnancy with a good deal of apprehension and fear, the classes Andrew and I did with you had such a massive impact on my mindset and without a doubt my birth.
The midwives at the RBWH Birth Centre were great too.
I’m so proud of myself – I had such a positive experience.
Josh’s birth story:
We are so happy to have welcomed you into our family. Here’s the story of how you were born.
Your big brother, Nick, was born at 36 weeks and we were unsure when you would decide to meet us. It turns out that 38 weeks and 4 days was perfect – Wednesday the 7th of April 2021.
In the few days before your birth, I didn’t feel any different, but had been getting ready – Daddy and I installed your car seat, packed the hospital bag, I treated myself to massages, and started making lots of snacks for the freezer. On the day before you were born, I had been having lots of ‘practice contractions’ (Braxton Hicks) but nothing else had changed. That night, I found it hard to fall asleep and stayed up watching a show. At about 11:00pm I tried to go to sleep, but noticed that I was getting much stronger “practice contractions”. Within 30 minutes, I thought there was a bit of a pattern and started timing them. They were lasting for one minute and happening every three to five minutes – I certainly wasn’t going to sleep!
I let Daddy know what I was feeling, we called Nanna to come over to stay the night with Nick, and I had a shower and started listening to my relaxing hypnobirthing music. Daddy called the hospital and the midwife suggested to try to go back to sleep if I could. It was about 1:00am and I lay down for a little while, but soon after felt my waters breaking! It was a strangely satisfying feeling – and there was a LOT of fluid (lucky there were lots of towels nearby)! We packed the last few things for the hospital bag and got ready to head to the hospital. I left a note to Nick to let him know that we were going to the hospital to have his little brother! I don’t think we realised how soon we would be meeting you!
We arrived to the hospital about 1.30am. By this stage, my contractions had become much stronger and as we pulled into the carpark I started to feel like I needed to PUSH! You were on your way! I climbed out of the car, but couldn’t walk. I stood next to the seat and rested my body over it. There was misty rain which felt amazing on my back and arms and I kept my eyes closed and concentrated on us.
Even though it was all happening quickly, I trusted you and my body. I was breathing long, deep breaths when I could rest and making lots of noise when I was having the surges! I was getting really strong surges that lasted for about 30 seconds, then had a ‘rest’ for a few minutes. With every surge, I could feel you moving further and further down! It was so exciting but also a little scary – it was happening so fast and I didn’t really want to have you in the carpark! Some hospital staff came out from the emergency department and our midwives (Natalie and student Georgie) arrived soon afterwards. It makes me laugh to think of what people must have been hearing coming from this lady in the carpark!
I remember an amazing feeling during one of the rest periods. I felt you give a really strong wiggle (almost like a flip), like you were getting into a new position to head on down and out! It gave me confidence that you were ready and knew what you had to do!
Luckily, I made it onto a bed that had been wheeled out (not the wheelchair that had first been brought) during one of the rest periods and was taken into a free room in the emergency department. I’m told that everyone who was in the carpark followed us into the room – it was noisy and bright, but only for a moment as our midwife told everyone to leave! Daddy was just about to do the same!
I stayed kneeling on the bed, with the head of the bed raised up high. There were rails on the side which I could grip on to and that really helped me during the contractions. I also made lots of noise – high, low, long, short…whatever felt good! With every contraction I felt you move further down – just a little each time. Daddy pushed on my lower back in the perfect spot during the surges which helped to ground and focus me (and distract me from the intense, but not unfamiliar feeling – I remember your brother’s birth too). He told me how strong I was and reminded me that we would be meeting you soon!
Just before 2.30am, I had a few really strong surges (you were so close) and after one really big one, and your head emerged!
It was quite a long rest time while your head remained there – in between worlds!
When we were ready, one more big contraction helped move your body (hand first) out into the world!
The midwife passed you between my legs and it was the best feeling to hold your warm, slippery little body in my arms.
We had done it!
You were calm and quiet, and gave just a few little cries. After a long cuddle on my chest, you had your first feed. Daddy and I stared at you and felt so happy you had arrived safely into our arms and family.
We stayed connected for a while longer until your umbilical cord stopped pulsing. After an hour, the placenta still hadn’t come away (despite lots of very intense contractions) so I had the syntocin injection to help. After about 15 minutes it was ready and the midwife (Georgie) showed me what an amazing organ it is! A few hours later, you were weighed and measured – 3.9 kg, 54cm long, 36cm head – just perfect.
About 10.30am, we left the hospital and took you home to meet your big brother. He was very proud of you and you just loved looking at him and listening to his voice. A few days later, you were named Joshua Leo Perry. We love you so much!