I managed to have the water birth I wanted with just some gas and air! It was pretty long (43 hours) but I’m so happy with how it went. I’m not going to lie I was shocked at how intense the surges were and there were a couple of points where I was so tired and I thought I might not be able to do it.
I know I never would have made it through without the hypnobirthing techniques and also just the actual mindset that hypnobirthing taught me. At the most challenging times I was able to completely focus and go into my self. There was a stretch at home that I thought was half an hour but Mikey tells me was actually 4 hours and then at the birth centre I lost track of time altogether…
Being able to be calm in between surges meant I have some lovely memories of being in the pool just feeling so much love for Mikey and so much excitement for the baby I was about to meet. On that note, I also feel like the hypnobirthing sessions really made Mikey and I a team and consolidated exactly what we both needed and expected from the birth so that every time I think about how supportive Mikey was during every single surge and how focused and present he was it makes me feel tearful.
It was without a doubt the most difficult experience I’ve ever been through, but like running a marathon, it feels like something I trained for, mentally prepared for and managed to complete exactly as I had hoped. I felt completely calm and like I understood what was happening and why.
I feel triumphant and proud of myself but also grateful for having received training that made me feel so empowered and in control. I feel very lucky.Thank you very much for all your help and support!
Sophie Poulton and Michael, London