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I Felt In Control, I was Not Afraid...

I also had a TENS machine which I wanted to use to help manage the pain. My plan then was to have an epidural in the hospital. None of this went according to plan but I still had a positive birth experience!!
At 37 weeks pregnant, I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and was admitted to the hospital. My pregnancy went from being low risk to high risk. I felt fine but my blood pressure had skyrocketed and there was a large amount of protein in my urine. I was admitted to the 14 bed antenatal ward in Holles St for monitoring for several days. This was a very scary experience for me as I have a fear of hospitals and the sounds around me of women in labour were quite frightening at first. I listened to my hypnobirthing audio tracks when things were getting a bit stressful, this calmed me down.

After 5 days in the antenatal ward being monitored, the decision was made to induce me. I was happy to agree to this I felt ready to have my baby at that point. I was given gel two days in a row. I started having surges after the second dose. My waters were then broken which was a very strange sensation, not painful but definitely unpleasant. Almost immediately I felt much stronger surges which were coming very frequently and regularly.

I was able to manage them using my breathing exercises while sitting on my exercise ball,

I felt in control of these surges and was not afraid of them as I knew they would pass and that each surge brought me closer to my baby being born. I told the midwife that my surges were very strong but she said it was too early to examine me as I could still (just about) talk through the pain and was only feeling pain in my back. I was offered Pethidine which I refused as I felt the pain was manageable for me. I also used a TENS machine (but on its lowest setting as the midwife told me that labour hadn't really started yet!!).

After being told by the senior midwife that labour was probably only starting, a very supportive student midwife stayed by my side and urged me to request an examination as she thought I might be in active labour as my contractions were so frequent and regular. When I was examined I was told I was 4cm dilated, the student midwife was right. I was then rushed off to the delivery ward by wheelchair, where I was told I was actually 10cm and the baby was on its way and it would be too late for an epidural. At that point I screamed, not out of pain but because I had lost control of the situation. I was offered gas and air and used it to steady my breathing, taking deep breaths as we learned in class.
I again felt in control of the situation and after only 10 minutes in the delivery ward, my baby was born.

Hypnobirthing & Breathing Techniques Worked! 

Hypnobirthing and the breathing techniques you thought us definitely helped me manage my perception of pain. While it was painful, it was very manageable and I'm so glad that I didn't have the epidural in the end. I hardly had any postpartum pain but was kept a further two nights for monitoring because of the pre-eclampsia. I had barely any postpartum pain and have had no incontinence issues so far.Doing my pelvic floor exercises religiously definitely paid off!! I only ended up with one small internal stitch which never caused me any pain. The midwives were very surprised by this as he was born so quickly and because I was a first time mum. 

I never did perineal massage as I found it too difficult, Instead, I used a device similar to the Epi-No (called Aniball) which I think helped me avoid tears. It helps you to practice pushing and breathing while using it and I'm certain it helped make the pushing stage very easy for me. While I'd definitely recommend the Aniball, a small word of warning! I would advise women not to inflate it beyond 20cm as it caused a tiny amount of spotting on one occasion after I used it. I then visited Holles St A&E who said it had caused a small bruise so they recommended not to inflate it too much.

Although it had its ups and downs due to my pre-eclampsia diagnosis, I had a positive birth experience and would be happy for you to share my story with any mums to be. Sue & Pete and baby Ross

You Too, Can Have A POSITIVE Birth Experience! 


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