|Thought that it was about time I shared my home birth story now that Daisy is 12 weeks old… After several frustrating false starts in the two previous weeks, at 39 weeks and a day my labour started. Early labour had actually started the day before and we had had the home birth midwife out, once at 5pm and then again at 11pm. Things weren’t progressing fast enough so they left me to it. So frustrating as I was dying to meet my baby and had thought my third birth would be really quick. By 11am the next day my surges had really become less regular although they were increasing in strength. I found myself doing what Siobhan (Positive Birth Company) refers to as mooing so I knew it wasn’t far off! |
Knowing I needed to increase their frequency but I was soooo tired so I’d been lying down (which I think had def slowed things down). I took a shower and then kept upright and active and things started moving faster. My waters broke as I sat down to lunch so we quickly got Sam and Lily dispatched to their dads and called the home birth team. I wolfed down a sandwich, knowing I would need all the energy I could get. We then set about getting the room ready between surges. Lavender oil diffuser, music on, and covered the rug with shower curtains. Bit gutted as fairy lights were not necessary as it was the middle of the day!
I wasn’t having a pool just my birthing ball and my boyfriend to cling on to. The midwife (male much to my surprise!) and student midwife arrived and he took one look at me and said I was doing great and he would just observe me. I carried on with my up breathing. My boyfriend was amazing and helped me with my breathing through it all, as well as giving me positive affirmations …surpassing all expectations! Who knew he had taken so much on board from the book!
My surges were increasing in strength and I was getting louder as they did. I felt the need to push so I told Sam the midwife and he just told me to go with it, he said I knew exactly what I was doing. I was holding onto the window sill (back of the house not front!) , moving between
that and my partner when I wanted to stand. A few more pushes and within what felt like minutes my baby girl was here. I birthed the
placenta while sitting on the sofa for a cuddle, some skin to skin and her first feed. Within half an hour we were eating carrot cake with a glass of Prosecco on the sofa cuddling Daisy and it all felt surreal!
The experience of having my baby at home (after two hospital births, one at the birth centre) was absolutely amazing. As was the care I received from the home birth team (before, during and afterwards) and I cannot recommend them highly enough. I felt totally equipped for my birth after reading Siobhan’s book, watching the videos and using the app in labour. I highly recommend considering a Home Birth and using hypnobirthing!