Our beautiful Amaya arrived into the world at 5am this morning, weighing 6lb 14.
We arrived at the hospital fully dilated – the midwife was shocked that I had only phoned once and taken two paracetamol to get to this point.
Once in the pool she retreated and my contractions slowed down. They commented my breathing was great but after 3 hours my pushes weren’t powerful enough and I needed the help of forceps. In hindsight I should have rested a lot more prior but I wasn’t anticipating her coming early.
I used a bit of gas but to be honest I don’t think it did anything and I didn’t have any other drugs or painkillers.
I do think the hypnobirthing sessions helped me enormously- whilst at home I played the ‘silent waves’ music and kept it on whilst in the pool too.
Despite the birth not going entirely to my plan, I was calm throughout and baby Amaya got a really good apgar score of 9.5.
Apart from me being a bit tender we are both doing well. Amaya breastfed straight away and has slept for most of the day, she’s been a very content baby so far.
Matt initially thought hypnobirthing, ‘what a load of mumbo jumbo’ but even he made a comment last night, well it looks like it worked!
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Alison & Matt