Samuel, born 22 April 2014

Melissa, I’m so grateful for all you’ve taught us and for encouraging me to find the strength of nature within me. My hypnobirthing story below.

40 weeks and 4 days, and I was a bit worried, I was feeling better and better every day, no signs of labour. Monday 21st of April early in the morning I had 3 strong period like cramps. But that was it. When we woke up I told my husband and we happily thought the process was kicking in and the moment to meet our baby was coming.

It was 1 p.m. I had 2 or 3 more mild cramps. I thought it was still a long way. Around 4 p.m. I felt a pressure going towards my lower back, it was beautiful! I was so prepare to birth my baby. We waited for a repetition and it came soon enough to start our relaxations. Dim lights, birth affirmations and clary sage helped me to enter into my zone. The urges started to come closer and closer and I was calm, welcoming the pressure in my lower back. At 7:30 urges were 3 min apart and I was in control of my breathing thinking about blossoming roses. We called our midwives and it was time to go to the hospital. 15 minutes later, when we were driving out of the neighbourhood my water broke, I felt excitement and a bit of fear of the unknown, I felt strong but most of all I felt love and loved.

We arrived at the Birth Centre at 8:30 pm and everything was ready for us. I took a shower to build more strength and later went into the bath, as it was not far now. My husband was fantastic, he took the lead and answered everything for me, he helped me to relaxed, and his light massage was just what I needed. Midwives and my family helped me with silence whilst I was in my zone. Can’t remember much, time was nothing as the different sensations made me realize it was coming closer and closer. All was good and controlled the birth that I wanted.

Samuel crowned, it was 11:30 p.m. and I felt excited and remember all that is said about the short step from crowning to birth. But it was meant to be different. His head was in and out for 1 hr and 15 minutes. I remained in my zone and remembered the birth affirmation that always got my attention: I am prepared to calmly meet whatever turns my birthing takes. It was real and now I was focusing on meeting in a calm and lovely way the unexpected stuck. Finally at 12:47 Samuel was born, he was perfect, he was clam and I was pleased and proud, I did it! I was exhausted but feeling the mom’s love that has been described for centuries and that now was given to me. Samuel was wide-awake for a long time taking in everything he could from his new Life? Place? World?. Surrounding? He was always awake, calmed and relaxed.

It was my dreamed birth, it was perfect, I was strong and Samuel worked in perfect harmony with my body and me.

We are doing well, we are very happy. I’m thinking about my next baby, I want to go through it again, it was a blessing.

Carolina and Gilberto, Brisbane


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