Mama G ” My contractions ramped up and around 15mins later I felt the urge to push. We had planned a home birth but didn’t have time to inflate the birth pool so I jumped in the bath instead. Despite the craziness it was a very positive birth experience. ”
Hi Claire, I would like to introduce our little boy, born 2 weeks before his expected due date.
I didn’t make it to as many of the yoga sessions as I would have liked this time around but I always enjoyed listening to birth stories, so I thought I would share mine.
I had been having mild braxton hicks contractions on and off all week. On Wednesday night these seemed to get closer together but then they would tail off again, my mum even joked that I didn’t look like someone in labour.
That night around 1.45 am I woke with mild contractions again, I decided to go downstairs and time them, they were coming roughly every 2mins but weren’t particularly painful.
At 2.45 they ramped up a little so I woke my husband. Around 15mins later I felt the urge to push. We had planned a home birth but didn’t have time to inflate the birth pool so I jumped in the bath instead. This part feels surreal even as I write it now. Whilst my husband tried to find the number for the midwife and just as I can feel the baby’s head crown, all the lights went out in the house due to a powercut. My husband was holding the baby’s head, he then ran down to let my mum in and decided to ring 999. He came back upstairs just in time to catch the baby – we think around 3.12am. We then got out of the bath and waited for the midwife to arrive. She came around half an hour later and checked us both over by torch light. We were both fine and allowed to stay at home.
Although it wasn’t exactly the birth we planned (I’m not sure they ever are). I found that using the breathing techniques we practiced in yoga and listening to my body really helped me. Despite the craziness it was overall a very positive birth experience. Thank you for your wonderful classes. Hope to see you soon