Madeleine got in touch with me when her labour started as her baby had decided to turn posterior.
She wanted “tips” on turning her baby during labour.
I replied by telling her not to stress as babies will turn if we give them time, use gravity and listen to our bodies.
I did remind her of some of the Rebozo techniques, acupressure points and positioning she had learnt in class but reiterated not to let it worry her too much.
This is a bit of a soapbox of mine and I usually send clients an excellent article by Rachel Reed celebrating the posterior baby if there is time for them to read it. It really is just a variation on normal.
There wasn’t time for Madeleine but she did just fine. In fact better than fine!
Madeleine’s Posterior Hypnobirth Story
We ended up having a very quick labour!
All up about 4.5 hours including the breathing downstage which was only about twenty minutes!!
We didn’t use any of the scripts as it was so quick but Matt helped me with prompts, breathing and positive affirmations! And having the lights dim, l.e.d candles and my own clothing on instead of a gown made such a difference when we got to the hospital.
I think I opened up so quickly as I was soo relaxed!
The bub never ended up turning anterior but turns out the posterior didn’t cause any issues anyway.
It was still a really quick labour and didn’t take longer like I had heard.
My obstetrician (who was so lovely and supportive of our birth preferences) jokingly said are you sure this is your first baby as she said I was so good at the second stage/pushing.
The course really helped us understand anatomically what happens with the human body during labour which allowed me to understand what was going on and let it happen, and open up naturally and quickly with the help of my calm breathing providing oxygen to the muscles and our baby!
Matt also really enjoyed the course as it helped him know what to do during the labour and he was able to comfort me with light touch massage, prompts and positive affirmations.
Here are some photos of Annelise Grace
The first thing she did when she was born was reach up and touch my face! It was so beautiful! I think because I was so calm she was too 🙂
The whole birth experience was completely elating and it’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever had. Thanks much for your help in the course Pip. It would’ve been a completely different experience if I hadn’t done it! We learnt so many skills which made it such an easy and enjoyable day!
Here is Rachel Reed’s article: In Celebration of the OP Baby