Hi! I’m Keira and I am the founder of Mama Designs. I have two children Sam age 11 and Lily age 8. I have already written my birth story for Sam but seeing as they were so different I felt that it was important to do both, so here goes…
Where was your birth?
Lily was born in the Birth Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, 7 days before her due date (exactly the same as her brother). It was lovely there, more hotel like than hospital room, especially compared to my first birth (where I started in the birth centre but then got moved as they had to shut it due to staffing problems). I was so happy that I got to give birth in the Birth Centre as it felt a lot more relaxed and less clinical. Softer lighting and just a nicer environment.
Did you have a plan about the type of birth you wanted?
I have never really had any birth plans seeing as I know it often doesn’t go to plan! What I had done was a “hypnobirthing” course. It wasn’t a physical course but I had listened to the cd’s and found that it really relaxed me. When I went into labour I was amazed by how much the hypnobirthing helped me and kept me calm, relaxed and confident. Given the length of my first labour I had no idea that it would be so quick and easy second time around.
What type of birth did you have?
Lily was born very quickly and without any pain relief (except a little gas and air). We were literally in the Birth Centre less than 2 hours before she arrived. In fact I was amazed how quickly it all happened. I remember telling the midwife I needed to go to the toilet and she asked what for, when I told her, she said that I didn’t need a poo it was the babies head!! I used my breathing techniques, stayed active and it really didn’t feel as painful as Sam’s birth. Although that is partly due to it being second time round.
We knew we were having a girl, but I expected her to look like Sam had. She didn’t look anything like him and I remember being really shocked. My mum and dad brought Sam in to see her after a few hours (she was born in the very early morning) and that was lovely, seeing him kiss his baby sister for the first time. Then it was up to the ward to be weighed, tested etc and we were out within a few hours of that. Everything felt a lot easier. I think because I knew what I was doing. First time round no one had helped me to get him latched on but with Lil, I knew what I was doing and was able to get her feeding myself. It all felt a bit surreal and dream like as it was so quick and then she was there and I hadn’t even had to stay overnight in hospital.
Best thing you packed in your hospital bag (or used if you were at home)?
I actually don’t think I used much that was in my bag as unlike the first time we were there for a lot less time, so the earplugs and eye masks were not required. My hypnobirthing track which we had on the ipod, water, lipbalm. Enormous sanitary towels, disposable knickers and my own towel.
Anything else you would like to share?
I would highly recommend hypnobirthing, whether attending a course or doing it yourself at home. It really helped me get through the contractions easily and just get me in the right mindset for birth. It is also just a really nice relaxing thing to do. I would listen at the end of every night and would fall asleep by the end.