Story by Lori Killen
Despite some challenges and medical intervention during her birth, it’s great to know that Lori still felt that Calmbirth really helped her and still remembers her birth positively.
“Overall, it wasn’t the labour and delivery I hoped for but it resulted in a healthy baby, I truly credit Calmbirth with how easy I have found it to accept the many curve balls we were thrown on the day, and despite everything I have come away with a positive mindset on the experience. It might not have been what we planned but it was what was needed at the time and that’s ok”.
I was due on the 3rd of March however had our baby boy on the 26th of February by emergency C-section.
My experience with the Calmbirth course was really positive and although the actual birth of Ezra didn’t go to plan I really think it helped. I had a lot of anxiety about the pregnancy and labour which we identified when I first met you, the two days we spent with Lanziz really helped me understand the process and I was left feeling really comfortable, confident and ready to go into labour and have my baby.
Of course the universe had other plans, in the last few weeks of my pregnancy we began to notice that my baby was measuring ahead and then my glucose results began to come back high, my obstetrician suspected late onset gestational diabetes. I had an ultrasound to confirm his size and they advised that his head was measuring further ahead then their machine could accurately measure at 38 weeks. Two days later we decided that I would be induced on the 25th of Feb when I reached 39weeks.
For the next few days I practiced my breathing and did everything I could to prepare myself for birth. This included preparing myself mentally for anything that may happen that wasn’t to plan, this is where I really credit Calmbirth for making Ezras birth so positive.
My labour started at midnight with gel being applied- this was quickly followed by a lot of vomiting. I had been very sick and vomiting throughout my entire pregnancy, so unfortunately this wasn’t surprising. I was still vomiting the next morning when my obstetrician broke my waters at 9am. Contractions followed and the vomiting continued. Unfortunately, because I was so weak I was put on a drip, this led to two doses of maxolon, three doses of zofran, pain killers and eventually an epidural. After the epidural I felt like I was in and out of consciousness, when awake, if I wasn’t vomiting I was concentrating on my breathing and remembering what my body needed to be doing.
I did get to try to birth my baby naturally, I was fully dilated by 7pm and spent over an hour pushing, including with the help of suction. Unfortunately, he just wasn’t coming and I was sent for a C-section. Baby boy was born healthy at 10pm with me still vomiting on the operating table as they sewed me back up, I actually had to have my partner take the baby off my chest because I thought I was going to vomit on him.
Overall, it wasn’t the labour and delivery I hoped for but it resulted in a healthy baby, I truly credit Calmbirth with how easy I have found it to accept the many curve balls we were thrown on the day,and despite everything I have come away with a positive mindset on the experience. It might not have been what we planned but it was what was needed at the time and that’s ok.
I learnt a lot during the Calmbirth course – a lot of the labour techniques we weren’t able to utilise but for me I really valued the information given to understand the birth process as well as the positive mindset I felt it instilled.