There are aspects of birth that we are NEVER going to be able to control…no matter how much planning or preparation we do!
This mother experienced prelabour prolonged rupture of membranes leading to an induction.
But there are aspects of birth that we are ALWAYS going to be able to control.
Our mindset, our decision making process, how we work with our body.
This birth story is a great example of how to apply the hypnobirthing framework to an induction.
This mother didn’t want an induction, but this is how her labour unfolded and she was able to navigate her changed circumstances with grace and confidence because she was informed and prepared.
She put all she learned during pregnancy to use, leaned on her supportive partner and midwife, and had an amazing birth!
Overall my birth experience felt very positive and empowering.
In saying this, I didn’t have too many expectations but was aiming for a water birth and to use as many hypnobirthing tools I could before using medical pain relief.
It all started when I woke up early one morning with a small trickle feeling. I went to the bathroom and noticed a little blood. I went back to bed and thought I’d reassess in the morning (I was 38 weeks at this stage). In the morning I woke up and noticed some more blood.
I went into the hospital to be checked and to my surprise my waters had broken. They suspected it was hind waters – I didn’t have anymore waters after that initial trickle.
They monitored me for a while and said it was ok to go home and that I should check back in the next morning. We were all hoping I’d go into spontaneous labour.
Funnily, my friends had organised a surprise day spa treat that same day. My obstetrician encouraged me to go and get my massage and relax hopefully bringing on the labour (much to my friends shock to hear that my waters had broken and there I was getting a massage)!
I went home and did more relaxing. I used oils, dim lighting, cuddles with our cat, and ate a nourishing dinner to get that oxytocin flowing.
The next morning there was still no progress so I went into the hospital for a checkup. I noticed more blood but my baby was fine. Since so much time had passed, the obstetrician explained that there was a risk of infection. We decided to proceed with an induction (which was one thing I was very hesitant about leading up to birth).
I was monitored most of the day and was finally moved into a labour suite at 3:00pm. That wait was long and hard but I was able to just rest and do some meditations and pressure points in that time.
The induction process wasn’t bad at all. The syntocinon dose was delivered slowly. I gave the shower a go at one stage but unfortunately the wireless monitors made it difficult. I was checked after some time and was “only” 3 centimetres dilated (I wasn’t aware of how dilated I was – I asked not to know, I wanted to keep on labouring and not worry about the number). At this point, my membranes were ruptured.
The main tool I used was the tens machine, along with oils, breath, spikey ball, and fit ball. Aside from all these things, my partner setup a beautiful space with music, fairy lights, and oils. He was 100% the most helpful thing during labour and he (along with the midwife) were a great team and seemed to know what I needed at the right time. I really zoned out and got into a rhythm of riding the surge wave as they became more intense (all without pain relief).
Suddenly (it was actually 10 hours later) I hit transition and started demanding pain relief!
The midwife turned to my partner after checking my progress (10 centimetres dilated) and said there is no time for that – the baby is on its way!
They encouraged me to get on all fours on the bed, started me on the gas, and at this point the tens machine was controlled by my partner during every contraction.
Twenty minutes of active unassisted pushing, and our baby girl arrived earth side.
Your course was invaluable in helping us to have such a positive experience. I had so many tools I could use and found having watched the birth videos gave me a real visual of how a calm and positive birth could go.
More than anything, the course empowered my partner to be the best birth partner and be involved in the experience too.
I felt immense pride and exhilaration after the birth – what an incredible experience.