Here is Bet’s Real Birth story of using Hypnobirthing tools and birthing her first baby during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Where and when did you birth your baby?
Monday 4th May 9.06pm, East Surrey Hospital. The beginning part was yes, I arrived 3cm dilated and they wanted to see how I progressed. Things got more painful but the up breathing, affirmations and hubby massaging my back for every contraction kept me going. After a few hours I was re examined at 7cm, I got there with no painkillers! I used the shower to help the pain in my back. Then got to 10cm with just gas and air. Started pushing but he was back to back and looking the wrong way so after 3hrs with no progress and baby getting distressed I was taken to theatre very quickly for a ventouse delivery with an epidural and episiotomy. I always said I didn’t want an epidural but I was surprisingly calm as I knew it was best for my baby.
What’s your top tip(s) for others?
When things are unexpected, remember why they are happening. For example that it’s to keep you and baby safe. Utilise your birth partner as much as possible. Be open to things changing!
What are you most proud of in your journey?
Getting through the pregnancy with hyperemesis and being very calm for my birth when I initially was very anxious. 4. I really wouldn’t, but I’d be kinder to myself! I was initially very upset that the birth ended the way it did, I felt like a failure. However I have realised it was the safest option for baby and I.
What helped you?
Honestly, hypnobirthing made it so much easier for me. Don’t get me wrong its difficult however even after the course u was sceptical about how much I’d be able to use as I doubted my own ability. I used so much and definitely would not have coped so well without hypnobirthing.
Thank you Bet for sharing your journey with us.
If you’d like to get tools for birth, our online Hypnobirthing course offers tools, information & support including birthing during the pandemic.