Our Birth Story
(Nicole and David were taught by Mae’t Pearson from My Best Birth, Brisbane)
This is one of the most incredible experiences we have ever had in our life. It all began when I found out I was pregnant with my second baby due on the 3rd of March 2014. We had thoroughly researched this time round to find out the ins and outs of how to make a birth experience a great one. Even though all my research had clearly shown me that a home birth was the ideal way to have a wonderful experience David and I had decided to go ahead very reluctantly with having our baby at the Northwest Private Hospital. Due to not having a very good experience at the hospital with our first baby we decided to try hypnobirthing to conquer any fears. This involved an amazing two day course run by a very knowledgeable and inspiring lady called Maet and cds which I tried to listen to on a daily basis. We also had a lovely doula named Deborah who was there to support us along the way.
On the 5th of March 2014 I was two days over my due date and was very ready to have our baby. Surges first started in the morning at 3am, we decided to stay in bed I did deep breathing and went back to sleep after each surge. After an hour the surges became more intense. I told David that I would need to go into the shower and the hot water on my back helped ease the surges. After an hour of being in the shower David decided to fill the blow up pool that was set up in our ensuite to help releave the intensity of the surges. The pool was filled a quarter of the way when surges began to come more frequently and this is when we knew we would have to quickly get into the car or we were not going to make it to the hospital. I told David to call the hospital and let them know we were on our way. After David had done this he came to the shower I wrapped my arms around his shoulders and found the surges very bareable with his presence and support.
Our daughter who was 2 years and 8 months was in her bedroom sleeping, just before the birth took place she came to the shower looking for mummy and daddy to find mummy in the shower putting on a very brave smile and assuring Ella that she was absolutely fine. Daddy took Ella back to her bedroom and put on some music for her and told her to stay on the bed until Grandma arrived. Surges started to get closer together and every time I had jumped out of the shower to get dressed and get into the car another surge came and I quickly raced back into the shower at least 3 times for the relief of the hot water. I told my husband that he better call the paramedics just in case we didn’t make it to the hospital. Once David was on the phone the lady on the other end asked questions to see how far along I was. After asking a few questions that paramedic told David to get a blanket ready and to get me to lie on the bed. I told David no way I would much prefer to stay in the shower standing up. With my arms still around my husband’s neck he told me to be calm and relaxed and to picture the beach and the sand and to breath, I remember thinking that I was totally there and that I felt quite relaxed knowing David was by my side.
Just as the baby’s head was being born two paramedics arrived. They stood back and told David he was doing such a great job to just keep going. At 5:58am our baby was born and caught by his Daddy’s bare hands. I was so excited to meet our beautiful little baby. David passed Lachlan straight to me and I carried him over to our bed, after holding him for a moment with great joy and exclaimed that it was a boy! My Mum had just arrived and was so happy and emotional that she was there to see the birth of her second grandchild. The parmedics asked what was his name? I looked at David and said is it ok if we call him Lachlan? With a big grin he said of course. Lachlan David born at 3.3kg arrived within 3hours, it was the most beautiful, joyful experience that we will never forget. Lachlan is now 11 weeks old he is loved and adored by everyone in his family and he is the cuddliest little baby and loves to coo and smile. He is our little miracle.
by Nicole and David from Brisbane