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I got a bit of a shock when baby boy arrived on Friday 2 weeks early. Went into labour on Friday am at 3 woke up with contractions about 5 mins apart so yoga must have really relaxed me that afternoon! Waited at home as long as possible and slightly overcooked this part of the process getting to hospital with contractions about 2-3 minutes apart at 9.15. Was able to get into the birthing pool which was amazingly lucky and helped so much being in the water. I am so grateful to have come to your yoga classes and benefited from your experience and advice much of which I used during my labour, I was busy squatting, breathing ribbons and positioning to open the pelvis up, maintaining as upright a position as possible - all things you had taught me and became natural throughout Friday. He was born at 11.45 in the water which felt really natural and without the need for pain relief or intervention, a positive experience which both my husband and I felt couldn't have gone any better. He was 5lb 7 and although little we were allowed home the same day and have now settled into a pattern of no sleep and even less sleep! As yet he is without name but sure will be very soon.

 

Water Birth after Caesarean

I just wanted to let you and the rest of the class know that I had a little boy in the early hours of Friday morning. He was 8lbs 14ozs and all went smoothly. My waters broke while we were having dinner at a friend's house at about 11pm and he was born just after 3am. We were in hospital by 11.30am having taken our toddler home to bed and called my mum. I called our 1-1 midwife and she met us there having started filling the pool. My surges were about 10mins apart when I went in but both the midwife and the consultant were keen for me to go in straight away as they were convinced I was going to labour quickly and they didn't want me labouring at home having had a previous section. The midwife did a 30min trace on the CTG to check the scar from my section was ok and baby was happy. I had my ipod on with positive birth affirmations and sat on my ball while they did the trace. I then walked around afterwards and breathed through the contractions until the Midwife encouraged me to get in the pool. She didn't do one vaginal examination!I then put my birth affirmation CD on speakers and we listened to that on repeat (it must have been slightly annoying for them!!) and I breathed through them as they came thick and fast. The water was lovely and I felt relaxed and in safe hands. Not to say that it didn't feel intense!

I dilated quickly and felt sick as I was in transition and briefly fainted. My bolld pressure is on the low side anyway normally and I think my body was feeling hot and overwhelmed. I went to this lovely green field and all sensation and intensity went away for a few seconds but to me it felt longer and really nice and I didn't want to be back in the room when I came round!!! My husband and Midwife got me out of the pool and I said "I don't think I can do this" and they said "you can and you are!" and I felt back on track and knew I'd soon be meeting my baby and I could do it. The surges changed as I got out of the pool and my Midwife helped me onto the bed and put the back upright. I knelt upright and lent on the upright end of the bed. The Midwife wanted the CTG on again just to check he was OK. He was but not quite as happy as he was before. She was calm and relaxed but said we were going to need to work to get him to move down as quickly as possible. She put the bed verticaly up at the end and after about 20 mins of pushing he arrived. I had hoped to breathe him down rather than actively push but it didn't feel like I had any option my body took over and the Midwife said I had no choice but to do what it said as we couldn't hang around. It felt right and satisfying and less intense than the final openng surges. I used some gas and air at this point. I think the Midwife wanted me to feel on top of things after the faint. I think it helped. I tore slightly but didn't mind a bit. I didn't feel it and she did a great job at repairing it quickly and painlessly after. She then topped the pool up with warm water and baby & I got in and bobbed about for an hour feeding in the warm water celebrating his arrival. 

 

First baby

My due date was 9th November and by 41 weeks there was still no sign. I had a sweep where the midwife told me I was 2cm dilated and 'favourable'. I also had my induction booked for the Tuesday the following week.

I had been trying everything to bring on labour and although I had been getting very strong tightenings and niggles nothing progressed beyond that. By the Sunday before my induction I had more or less resigned myself to being induced, however at about 1pm Sunday afternoon I started getting pains )all in my back and down towards my bottom). I timed them and they were very irregular, bouncing round from 12mins to 7mins. In my head it wasn't the real thing as I'd never read anything about irregular contractions and even told my partner to go to the gym. I had a bath and by the time I got out the contractions had increased to every 3-4 mins (still not regular) and I put my tens machine on. We rang triage who told me I could come in but to stay at home if I felt I could cope with the pain. Scarily enough I still wasn't convinced I was in real labour and wondered if they'd send me home if I went in, I was coping with the pain reasonably well so we stayed home a bit longer. When the contractions got down to every 2.5mins I decided it was getting a bit close for comfort and we went to hospital.

I was admitted straight to a room to be examined and was told I was 4-5cm dilated. I had high blood pressure which meant baby had to be monitored the whole time, this is quite limiting as you have to stay by the bed however I was quite lucky as my 'labour' position seemed to be leaning over whatever was in front of me. I think subconsciously I was trying to turn baby although I didn't think about this at the time. a couple of hours after being admitted I asked for gas and air, which I actually left on the bed for a while before touching (I was worried it would make me sick), when I did finally use thie it was the biggest relief - I felt tipsy and was even smiling, it really did ease the contractions and made the in between time even enjoyable!?

4 hours after being admitted I was examined again and told I was 9cm dilated, I asked about baby's position and he had turned the right way (so all my meaning and rocking had worked). They told me to get ready to push so I got onto all fours and leant over the back of the bed and pushed for 16 mins before he popped (literally) out.

I ended up with a third degree tear which is worth it now I have my boy but one thing I wanted to say here is that during all of my research I had read about women being hollered at to push by midwives rather than listening to their bodies. I was adamant that I was going to listen to my body when it came to the second stage however when you are in the moment and there is a professional telling you to do something your reaction is to do it. With hindsight rather than just pushing when I felt my contraction coming on I would have waited for that urge to push, you have more time than you think to push baby out and if I hadn't been in such a rush I wonder whether the tear would have been prevented.

Tips/advice

- I didn't realise that in the second stage contractions can be made up more or less completely of an urge to push rather than pain, this is how it was for me towards the end

- I wonder if my labour/birth was relatively straight forward because mentally I was very prepared. I was so desperate not to be induced that when the pain did start and I thought I could be in labour I welcomed it completely.

Thank you so much for your classes, Olivia, they really did help me both physically & mentally.

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Water Birth

I got a bit of a shock when baby boy arrived on Friday 2 weeks early. Went into labour on Friday am at 3 woke up with contractions about 5 mins apart so yoga must have really relaxed me that afternoon! Waited at home as long as possible and slightly overcooked this part of the process getting to hospital with contractions about 2-3 minutes apart at 9.15. Was able to get into the birthing pool which was amazingly lucky and helped so much being in the water. I am so grateful to have come to your yoga classes and benefited from your experience and advice much of which I used during my labour, I was busy squatting, breathing ribbons and positioning to open the pelvis up, maintaining as upright a position as possible - all things you had taught me and became natural throughout Friday. He was born at 11.45 in the water which felt really natural and without the need for pain relief or intervention, a positive experience which both my husband and I felt couldn't have gone any better. He was 5lb 7 and although little we were allowed home the same day and have now settled into a pattern of no sleep and even less sleep! As yet he is without name but sure will be very soon.

 

Water Birth after Caesarean

I just wanted to let you and the rest of the class know that I had a little boy in the early hours of Friday morning. He was 8lbs 14ozs and all went smoothly. My waters broke while we were having dinner at a friend's house at about 11pm and he was born just after 3am. We were in hospital by 11.30am having taken our toddler home to bed and called my mum. I called our 1-1 midwife and she met us there having started filling the pool. My surges were about 10mins apart when I went in but both the midwife and the consultant were keen for me to go in straight away as they were convinced I was going to labour quickly and they didn't want me labouring at home having had a previous section. The midwife did a 30min trace on the CTG to check the scar from my section was ok and baby was happy. I had my ipod on with positive birth affirmations and sat on my ball while they did the trace. I then walked around afterwards and breathed through the contractions until the Midwife encouraged me to get in the pool. She didn't do one vaginal examination!I then put my birth affirmation CD on speakers and we listened to that on repeat (it must have been slightly annoying for them!!) and I breathed through them as they came thick and fast. The water was lovely and I felt relaxed and in safe hands. Not to say that it didn't feel intense!

I dilated quickly and felt sick as I was in transition and briefly fainted. My bolld pressure is on the low side anyway normally and I think my body was feeling hot and overwhelmed. I went to this lovely green field and all sensation and intensity went away for a few seconds but to me it felt longer and really nice and I didn't want to be back in the room when I came round!!! My husband and Midwife got me out of the pool and I said "I don't think I can do this" and they said "you can and you are!" and I felt back on track and knew I'd soon be meeting my baby and I could do it. The surges changed as I got out of the pool and my Midwife helped me onto the bed and put the back upright. I knelt upright and lent on the upright end of the bed. The Midwife wanted the CTG on again just to check he was OK. He was but not quite as happy as he was before. She was calm and relaxed but said we were going to need to work to get him to move down as quickly as possible. She put the bed verticaly up at the end and after about 20 mins of pushing he arrived. I had hoped to breathe him down rather than actively push but it didn't feel like I had any option my body took over and the Midwife said I had no choice but to do what it said as we couldn't hang around. It felt right and satisfying and less intense than the final openng surges. I used some gas and air at this point. I think the Midwife wanted me to feel on top of things after the faint. I think it helped. I tore slightly but didn't mind a bit. I didn't feel it and she did a great job at repairing it quickly and painlessly after. She then topped the pool up with warm water and baby & I got in and bobbed about for an hour feeding in the warm water celebrating his arrival. 

 

First baby

My due date was 9th November and by 41 weeks there was still no sign. I had a sweep where the midwife told me I was 2cm dilated and 'favourable'. I also had my induction booked for the Tuesday the following week.

I had been trying everything to bring on labour and although I had been getting very strong tightenings and niggles nothing progressed beyond that. By the Sunday before my induction I had more or less resigned myself to being induced, however at about 1pm Sunday afternoon I started getting pains )all in my back and down towards my bottom). I timed them and they were very irregular, bouncing round from 12mins to 7mins. In my head it wasn't the real thing as I'd never read anything about irregular contractions and even told my partner to go to the gym. I had a bath and by the time I got out the contractions had increased to every 3-4 mins (still not regular) and I put my tens machine on. We rang triage who told me I could come in but to stay at home if I felt I could cope with the pain. Scarily enough I still wasn't convinced I was in real labour and wondered if they'd send me home if I went in, I was coping with the pain reasonably well so we stayed home a bit longer. When the contractions got down to every 2.5mins I decided it was getting a bit close for comfort and we went to hospital.

I was admitted straight to a room to be examined and was told I was 4-5cm dilated. I had high blood pressure which meant baby had to be monitored the whole time, this is quite limiting as you have to stay by the bed however I was quite lucky as my 'labour' position seemed to be leaning over whatever was in front of me. I think subconsciously I was trying to turn baby although I didn't think about this at the time. a couple of hours after being admitted I asked for gas and air, which I actually left on the bed for a while before touching (I was worried it would make me sick), when I did finally use thie it was the biggest relief - I felt tipsy and was even smiling, it really did ease the contractions and made the in between time even enjoyable!?

4 hours after being admitted I was examined again and told I was 9cm dilated, I asked about baby's position and he had turned the right way (so all my meaning and rocking had worked). They told me to get ready to push so I got onto all fours and leant over the back of the bed and pushed for 16 mins before he popped (literally) out.

I ended up with a third degree tear which is worth it now I have my boy but one thing I wanted to say here is that during all of my research I had read about women being hollered at to push by midwives rather than listening to their bodies. I was adamant that I was going to listen to my body when it came to the second stage however when you are in the moment and there is a professional telling you to do something your reaction is to do it. With hindsight rather than just pushing when I felt my contraction coming on I would have waited for that urge to push, you have more time than you think to push baby out and if I hadn't been in such a rush I wonder whether the tear would have been prevented.

Tips/advice

- I didn't realise that in the second stage contractions can be made up more or less completely of an urge to push rather than pain, this is how it was for me towards the end

- I wonder if my labour/birth was relatively straight forward because mentally I was very prepared. I was so desperate not to be induced that when the pain did start and I thought I could be in labour I welcomed it completely.

Thank you so much for your classes, Olivia, they really did help me both physically & mentally.

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