I felt a bit off in the morning and realised I was having proper contractions. About 2pm we laboured at home for a while using Calmbirth strategies especially breathing techniques, using movement (fitball) and massage. Adam was confident and knew what to expect and how he could help and support me, which was invaluable.
I called my midwife and she said it all sounded like early labour. By about 6pm I was feeling the urge to push so we decided to go the hospital even through she had said we could probably say at home longer. When we got to hospital I was fully dilated and ready to push!
Sophia Iris was born via natural delivery on the 12th of December at 8.47pm, weighing 7lb 2oz with no pain relief other than panadol early in the day.
Thank you for your help and knowledge – I feel like Calmbirth really gave me an understanding of what was happening and helped me to stay calm for a birth experience I wanted.
Best wishes, Lisa & Adam
We wanted to let you know that Mabel Ruby Dunlop was born on the 1 Nov at 138am, 4kg, natural birth- 2.5 hours!! It was a positive experience!! We know that calm birth training was vital, at times I was a bit too calm and the midwives didn’t think I was in active labour. Thank you very much for providing such important guidance in our community for expecting mothers. We will recommend it to anyone.
Leah and Jim
We certainly are settling well into life with our beautiful son, Connor Alexander James. In the blink of an eye our long awaited bump has been earth-side for 14 weeks. Connor was born at 1 pm on the 1st of February. Our birthing experience started three days before Connor finally entered the world. I was excited when early labour kicked in at 1 am on a Monday morning, knowing that I was getting closer to meeting my baby. Despite the excitement I tried hard to remain patient and distracted myself over the next couple of days with meditations, baths, resting and walking. We were able to remain at home throughout most of the first stage of labour, eventually going to the hospital around 7 am on the morning of the 1st. Daniel remained with me throughout the entire birth and was fantastic, he was certainly more than just a ‘glorified water boy’. Daniel was able to massage my back when needed, assisted with my breathing, advocated on my behalf and encouraged me to repeat mantras. I also had two fabulous midwives who were aware of my birthing intentions and supported my calm birthing techniques. My intention was to have a drug free birth, the midwives were aware of this and I asked that drugs not be offered, I would ask if I felt it was something I needed. Not once did I consider needing drugs. Despite not having any drugs there was no unmanageable pain and no screaming, I was in a completely natural high which helped me to remain centered and calm throughout the 4.5 hours of active labour. Connor was born into my arms and remained with me for the next couple of hours.The birth of Connor was truly the most wonderful experience in my life. Whilst holding Connor I can recall telling Daniel and the midwives that I could not wait to do it all over again just minutes after his birth and I truly meant it.
I know that without the calm birthing classes I would have went into labour feeling anxious, instead I was able to exchange those feelings for confidence. Thank you for giving Daniel and I the resources, tools and confidence to bring Connor into this world with total calmness.
Louise & Daniel
“William arrived safely on March 25. It was a much better experience this time. I found the Calmbirth® techniques helpful, especially at the beginning stages. They were also helpful after the birth when I was a bit unwell, it helped me to not panic. Thanks very much!”
Little Jack arrived Saturday morning around 1:40am weighing 7lb2oz.
Quite a short labour, around 5 hours of intense contractions/pushing. We managed to get through using only a little bit of gas at the lowest dose, yoga breathing, Calm Birth techniques & the most fantastic support team of Dan & my mum.
We came home a few hours later & have been learning how to be a family – I love it! We’re so in love with our perfect little man.
Born 1st April 2016
My labour did not begin as I had hoped or expected. I wanted as little medical intervention as possible, however at the advice of my midwife I was induced at 10 days over. I had the cervidil overnight at the hospital, and then my waters broken at 8am the following morning.
Labour then seemed to progress well, albeit a little slow. Contractions were becoming increasingly harder, but found I was able to manage well with the breathing techniques we learnt in Calmbirth. However things weren’t moving quick enough for the doctors so I was put on an IV of syntocinon to speed things up. Soon after, the contractions escalated to a whole new intensity which, without the Calmbirth breathing and visualisation techniques we learnt, I would not have managed very well. At 3pm, after a six hour labour Jed was born, healthy and absolutely perfect.
In circumstances that were not ideal I know that the techniques and knowledge I gained in Calmbirth were more important than ever to getting me through labour in a calm(ish) manner.