I first met Orsi and Rob at my Introduction to Hypnobirthing Workshop and I was immediately struck by how warm and loving they were, both to me and each other. I was very pleased when they booked onto my full course as I would get to spend more time with this lovely pair!
They were so supportive of each other throughout the course which was a pleasure to witness. I could see that Orsi would have strong support when she was birthing and so this is an emotional read for me. This is a beautiful testament to both Orsi and Rob at their strength and support and love they have for each other. It is just wonderful to read.
Yes their birth went very far from the birth they planned and hoped for but it was still such an empowering and positive experience. I am so happy for them both and thank you for sharing your story Orsi and Rob. These stories are so important to share and inspire other women. That birth can be powerful, positive, empowering and wonderful whatever path birth may take.
Welcome to the world baby Yasmin! And now over to you Orsi! (Sophie):
We had our baby daughter 2 weeks ago and I thought I`d share our birth story with you!
So here is baby Yasmin, who was born on 24th August, at 4:11am.
The story starts on the 22nd though.
I was 11 days overdue and had another midwife appointment at the GP where I have been offered a sweep and did accept it, considering I have nothing to lose as I was 3 days away from my 42 week deadline of giving birth still in the birth centre.
After that appointment my mucus plug started flushing away and overnight I had mild period pains. I used the breathing techniqes I learned from you at the hypnobirthing class and it did work, I had a good night.
At 4:30am on Wednesday morning (23rd) I had stomach cramps (at least I thought they were) which started becoming stronger and stronger throughout the morning.
We called the birth centre late morning for advice as in when to come in etc. They assesed me over the phone and left the decision for me. At that point I felt more comfy to stay at home. My partner, Rob ran me a bath and that helped a lot, with candles and watched our favourite movie together, Mamma Mia to try to distract me a bit at least.
At 1pm I decided to go over to the birth centre as I was struggling quite a bit by that time.
They examined me and said I was not in labour yet! As I did not want to know numbers about my progress I had no idea how close or far we were but we went home still as there was nothing they could do ( I could not get gas at that stage). After birth I found out from Rob (he knew the details) that I was only 3cm dilated!
Between 2 and 6pm we were at home, by that stage I was in a lot of pain and at 6pm we went back to the birth centre, still did not get gas as I was not in full labour! (again, found out after birth I was still 3cm dilated!)
So, we stayed there for the next few hours, used the pool and the tens pads (the latter one did do nothing to me). Meanwhile, I was examined only a couple of times as I requested.
At 10pm the midwife examined me and was not happy with my excessive blood loss so I hada transfer to Pembury at 22:30 just to be on the safe side. (even after birth they could not tell where the blood was coming from...)
At this point I was at breaking point from the pain and disappointment as we were heading towards birth plan B. Here, Rob asked me to think in the ambulance about the island where I would love to marry him! :) For us it was always a bare feet in the sand option, but not a priority to get married so we kept putting it off...
He wanted to generate more oxytocin for me.. Bless him. :)
At 22:50 we got to the hospital and had gas from that point onwards and that was a gigantic relief. That gas pump became my best friend there and then :)
Started monitoring me and the baby and an baby`s heartbeat became very inconsistent, also had an epidural about an hour later as I was struggling. In an hour I dilated from 3 to 6cm!!! So I could have had her naturally but because of the heartbeat fluctuation the doctors decided they would apply C section rather than risking it any longer.
So at 4:11am on the 24th August we heard her crying voice and we just could not stop crying. The assistants in the theatre brought us tissues as we must have been flooding their sheets on that bed lol
Rob was amazing throughout those 2days, the birth centre and hospital staff just could not have done more for us. Absolute gems!
Thank you for all the mindset and techniques you have given us. I keep praising your course and the positive experience, as even though it did not go by the ideal plan, it is still a miracle and we could not be happier. I would not give this life for the world.
Orsi, Robert and Baby Yasmin Susanna