Look around the eyes… final bit
A while ago I wrote the first two parts of this blog concerning hypnobirthing. Well, at 11.15pm Friday our daughter was born. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding.
Throughout the course and in discussions over the past several weeks we’d been imagining what the birth would be like; calm, quiet, peaceful. Reality often gets in the way of plans. On the day of the birth my wife went into labour at such a rapid pace all thoughts of ‘setting the mood’ seemed to fly out of the window. The birthing pool was rapidly filled and the Mrs jumped into it as soon as possible.
There was no time to go through the long (and sometimes giggle-inducing) hypnosis scripts. No time to prepare the ‘deepening triggers’ which focus the mind on things other than pain/discomfort. Basically, no time to do much that was planned.
I can’t speak for the level of discomfort encountered during the contractions but I can comment on the lack of Holby city-like theatrical screaming. No nails dug into flesh. No swearing and telling me to keep away. The sounds were lower, quieter, more controlled than TV leads you to believe.
The midwives arrived and came into the birthing room (or kitchen, as we call it the rest of the time). At this stage the contractions were rapid and strong.
All of a sudden, the baby’s head appeared, in the next push she was out. Medical interventions -nil. Doing it nature’s way -one. Incredible. Amazing. From the rapid, controlled labour, to the self-delivered baby quite an experience.
How much was to do with Hypnosis, and the focus on relaxed breathing, I can’t say. It would be unscientific to declare this a victory for Hypnosis and alternative techniques. It is, however, a victory for doing your own research and finding out that accepted medical practice is often better for the Doctors than it is for the mothers. -Lying on your back is, short of a hand-stand, about the worst position to deliver a baby. -Useful for the medics who wish to intervene, but anatomically awkward to deliver a baby. The birthing pool allows the mother to be more upright and thus have gravity on side and the pressure of the water as a support.