Helene & Matt

“Awesome experience, fantastic midwives!”

First Baby, October 2014 workshops

Nina Marie Pritchard was born at 27.11.14 at 18.44pm at St Thomas' Hospital in the 
"Home away from Home" Ward- 7th floor.
 
I had lots of Pregnancy Yoga classes before my due date with Sue Stockwell & also 
did a Natal Hypnotherapy weekend for couples with Ruth Sabrosa.
All this mental preparation & knowledge definitely had a very positive outcome.
I had a fantastic Pool birth with no tearing or stitches.
 
Woke up early morning with my 1st Contractions. 
Yes- had to do the Camel walk (Yoga) for hours. Up & down the stairs. Started with 
my controlled yoga breathing then I did a few "Figures of Eight" at various points.

When I arrived (after being assessed) in my Hospital room at 2pm, I was 4cm dilated.
I had regular contractions and had to keep moving.
Couldn't sit still at all.

I used the Camel walk to walk through the contractions & used the Humming Bird 
sounds throughout. I sometimes leaned on tables & kept "smiling with my hips" or 
various other ways to breathe through the contractions. I didn't even consider 
asking for pain killers. Just needed back massages & chocolates from the husband. 
It was all monitored by the yoga breaths & Humming Bird sound. That's all that I 
used. Tried the ball, but wasn't comfortable for me. 

Before I went in the pool, the midwife suggested taking Gas & Air.
I didn't feel it was necessary, but my husband says it will take the "edge off".
So I took gas I air when I went to the pool at 5pm & combined it with my Humming 
bird breath with each contraction.

I was 7 dilated when I entered the pool.
With the Gas & Air, it accentuated the sound of the Humming and made me totally 
concentrated on my breathing.
 
My waters never broke until I got in the pool, but it was in such a diluted state 
that only the midwives noted it. There must have been some leaking before as I 
didn't notice anything. Just had to wee a lot before going into pool. 
 
I just listened to my body and kept pushing when my body said I should. 
When I heard "Stop stop stop"!!!!, I was so much in my zone that I couldn't 
understand what I did wrong. I just kept thinking that "each contraction will bring
me closer to meeting my baby". The midwife said the baby's head is out and I should
rest till the next contraction. I felt my Nina's fine hair on her head and couldn't
believe that she was almost out. The last push was easy.

No gas & air needed at this point. Just focused deep yoga breaths.
She was wrapped all around her body & neck with the umbilical cord, so they rushed 
to get her out of the pool and give her a run down. Skin to skin followed imminently 
after.She started searching for my breast immediately.
The contractions started again and I pushed the (in tact) Placenta out.
 
It was an awesome experience!
Midwives at St Thomas's were fantastic!
Good luck to other mothers on their journey!
 
Regards,
Helene Pritchard

Helene and Nina

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