I was very adamant about having a drug free natural birth since I suffered so much with my fertility and IVF and the pandemic made it impossible for my mama to come from Canada to be with me. My pregnancy was a dream. I was team green - I didn't want to know the sex of my baby until birth. Doctor suggested because I am an older mama and the pregnancy was as a result of IVF that I get induced but I waited for baby to decide because I was trying to avoid the cascade of interventions. I am grateful to Carla and Moran who taught me how to take charge of my birthing experience and learn how to make it a positive one.
I went to the hospital at 5 pm on Wednesday and the OB said he was okay with waiting if I let him do a cervical check and monitor the baby's heartbeat for a short time. Baby was fine so he did a cervical check (my first the whole pregnancy) and my cervix was tight and closed. I went home. At 10 pm my contractions started. I laboured for 14 hours at home with mild to medium contractions supported by my husband who did amazing. I used breathing techniques and positive affirmations and let my body do the work. I trusted my body. 7 am we called my Doula who stayed with us until 12:30 pm (Thursday) when went to the hospital because the contractions became so intense. I had strong contractions for another 2 hours. I did not have any drugs just breathed through it. I started pushing around 2:30 pm but her head just wouldn't come out. My husband was so helpful in the pushing stage holding my hand and leg. My water broke while I pushing. Doctor gave me an episiotomy to help after a little over and hour and she was born 1 minute later. I looked at my husband wanting to know if it was a boy or girl.
She came out screaming eyes wide open and hungry. We had delayed cord clamping until I birthed the placenta and then her dad cut it. We had 2 hours of skin to skin. I am very thankful for such a positive pregnancy and birth experience. It has helped me handle the newborn phase and the ‘fourth trimester’.
I recommend Carla & Moran's Birth Boot Camp for anyone and everyone who is going to give birth (first baby or not).
Zeina, first time mum, Brisbane.