Imogen Frances was born in August 2013, two weeks early, weighing 6lbs 8oz. Due to having a low-lying placenta, ‘placenta praevia’, her birth was by planned caesarean.
The birth was the most amazing experience of our lives. We met the lady that performed the caesarean a few days beforehand and she was totally bought in on the ‘natural caesarean’ idea! I ran my birth plan past her and she was really positive about everything I requested.
We played the Natal Hypnotherapy Relaxing Birth Music CD in the operating theatre and I concentrated hard on my breathing which worked wonders as I was totally calm and happy and not at all apprehensive. I also had all the monitoring equipment on my legs, toes and shoulders, rather than on my arms, hands or chest – leaving them free to hold my baby as soon as she was born.
When Imogen was born they lowered the screen and lifted her for us to discover for ourselves that she was a baby girl. They cut the cord and put her straight onto my bare chest, without cleaning her, wrapping her or weighing etc. She snuggled in and started feeding straight away – it was love at first sight for us and totally magical!
Unfortunately there were some complications as I had a major haemorrhage and I lost a lot more blood than anticipated. However, I clung onto her for dear life and they let her stay on me whilst they sorted out the issues and then for hours afterwards whilst I was on the high dependency unit. We didn’t end up weighing her and putting a nappy on etc until about 1500 and she was born at 0949!
All in all it was the best experience I could have wished for under the circumstances and I am so grateful to you for recommending the natural caesarean and for your guidance and advice on Natal Hypnotherapy which, without a doubt, helped me to embrace the positives and stay calm and relaxed so I could focus on Imogen.
It is worth noting that all the staff at the hospital that were involved in our procedure mentioned to us separately how calm and inspiring it was and how they hadn’t done anything like that before. Our midwife said she would be pushing for it to be done in this way as standard! Other midwives during my stay said to me that they had heard about our caesarean on the grapevine and it sounded amazing!
Thanks for everything. I will continue to spread the word about Natal Hypnotherapy and will no doubt be in touch if we are blessed with a second pregnancy and maybe next time I can do it the way nature intended!