Hi Aisling,

  • We would like to share the labour process and timeline for the birth of our beautiful baby boy, Garry. Also just to reiterate, both myself and particularly Bernie would have listened to all the affirmations, read the books and did perineal massage 3 weeks prior to the birth. Bernie woke at 3am on Saturday 10th September with a feeling of pressure on my back/rectum
  • Bernie woke at 3am on Saturday 10th September with a feeling of pressure on my back/rectumI went to sit on the loo for comfort but when the pressure went, I got back into bed.
  • I went to sit on the loo for comfort but when the pressure went, I got back into bed.
  • More pressure came and I got back up at 3.15am, went into the toilet and when I wiped myself I saw what I thought was “show”, which was a peachy colour
  • I woke Anthony at 3.20am and we did the breathing (4, 8, 4, 8) and checked the time between pressure.
  • The times between feelings of pressure was 2 minutes, and the pressure lasted 24 seconds (4, 8, 4, 8)We rang the midwife led
  • We rang the midwife led unit in Cavan at 3.25am and they asked was there any pain – Bernie said she just had a feeling of pressure. They said to ring back in an hour.
  • We continued to do the breathing exercises and check the time between feelings of pressure, which was a consistent 2 minutes and lasting about 24 seconds. We didn’t think they were contractions for a few reasons – at the classes (hypnobirthing /ante natal class) the contractions would last approx. 90 seconds, start more than 10 minutes apart and also the midwife said “Some women ask will they know if they’re experiencing contractions or not? You will definitely know when you’re having contractions!)
  • At 3.55am, there was a gush (waters) and some blood. We rang the MLU again and they said to come in.The bag was in the car already but I got all the snacks, coconut water, clothes, music etc. together expecting a 5-10 hour labour
  • The bag was in the car already but I got all the snacks, coconut water, clothes, music etc. together expecting a 5-10 hour labour
  • We left at 4.20am and Brid was in the back seats on all fours.
  • From the start of the journey,Bernie focused on her breathing and I put on her music playlist and also repeated affirmations for the whole journey
  • We arrived at Cavan hospital about 4.57am and parked right outside the main doors, I led Bernie into the foyer to bring her up to the MLU and would return to the car to park it and bring in the bags, snacks, music etc.
  • Bernie stopped twice to breath heavily on the way to the MLU ward, when we got there, the midwife put Bernie up on the bed only to see that the baby had crowned! On hindsight, Bernie was doing what she felt was natural – pushing in the car on the way over and on the walk up to the MLUThe midwife called another midwife and asked Bernie would she prefer to have the baby in the bed or on the mat beside the birthing pool
  • The midwife called another midwife and asked Bernie would she prefer to have the baby in the bed or on the mat beside the birthing pool.
  • Bernie chose the mat and was on all fours with her head positioned on a bean bag.
  • Bernie continued to focus on her breathing and I massaged her back and repeated affirmations
  • Bernie had 3 pushes and out Garry came at 5.12am to delighted parents weighing 7lb 4 ounces.
  • Bernie never screamed or yelled or gave out and mentioned anything negative, just focused on breathing and during the last 3 pushes, heaving breathing
  • There followed about an hour of skin to skin and Garry was very placid and has been placid since!
  • There’s no doubt that the quick and very satisfactory birth was down to hypnobirthing and a focused mammy, so thanks for all your help!   

 

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