Before I even fell pregnant with my second child, I knew I wanted it to be a different birth experience to the birth of my first. This is what led my husband and I to try hypnobirthing…
We were planning a home birth, however we were told at 27 weeks pregnant that I wasn’t eligible due to the path my first birth took. This was disappointing, but the positive attitude I developed during our hypnobirthing classes and practice helped me focus on what I could control, and make the best out of the siutation!
On the day that Florence was born, I woke around 6am to some gentle cramps and laid waiting for more while Mitch snored next to me. They were only short and a bit all over the place, so after a while Mitch, Jack and I took our dog for a walk to try get things more regular which definitely worked.
We got home from the walk and Mum came over and was an amazing distraction while I was pacing the house (surges were a lot nicer when I was moving!). Meanwhile, Mitch was playing in the shed killing some time.
The surges started coming stronger and closer together, so I cooked banana bread to keep myself occupied until we decided to call our Doula, Kylie, around 1.30pm as she had an hour drive to get to us. By the time Kylie arrived things were getting a lot more intense and my body started bearing down automatically as we got into the car to make our way to the hospital. The drive to the hospital was the longest 11 minutes ever, contractions are a whole lot more intense in the car!!
My midwife did a quick check when we arrived and said I was 8cm with the head ‘right there’. Kylie was surprised I was that far along, and commented that the hypnobirthing techniques must have helped me remain calm and in control. My midwife laughed when I asked for the pool to be set up and said “there’s no time”. We jumped in the shower instead, and only a few minutes later I called out “she’s coming!” and the midwife and Kylie came into the bathroom too. My waters broke as Florence’s head was born. Once her head was out everything seemed to stop and things were so calm, I jokingly asked what I should do next because I couldn’t just leave the head there and the rest in me! My midwife told me to just wait and listen to my body. She was so hands off and let everything take its own course which I am so grateful for. Not long after that my body moved the rest of Florence out and my midwife passed her to us between my legs. I made my way back to the bed where Florence had her first breastfeed.
We had arrived at the hospital at 4.15pm, Florence was born at 4.47pm!
Hypnobirthing was the absolute best decision I made during my pregnancy. I was happy, calm, and really enjoyed the entire labour. Florence’s birth left me feeling so empowered and capable. I didn’t get the home birth I planned on having, but I wouldn’t change a single thing about how things went.
My name is Fiona Rogerson and I am an ACA accredited counsellor, and Hypnobirthing (Mongan Method) Practitioner. I work with women and men to overcome emotional and psychological hurdles surrounding conception, pregnancy, postpartum, parenting and identity. I am also available to provide professional development training and workshops to various organisations. I am based south of the river in Perth and can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0402 017 425 or via my contact page. Find me on Facebook and Instagram.