Positive GentleBirth Caesarean - CUMH

It is always so great to receive positive birth stories from former clients and this one is no exception. I often have couples contacting me nervous about having to have a Caesarean - so being able to share stories like these is such a help. Great to see such support from the staff in CUMH for this family - helping them to create a lovely atmosphere for their baby entering the world.

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I just wanted to update you on how everything went for us. Our baby joined us in June by planned Caesarean. We did everything we could to try to turn him back around but no joy. Everything went great with the section.

Before we left the house we listened to one of the GentleBirth tracks to get us in the zone! We arrived at the hospital in the morning and spent the time waiting making a playlist for when we went down to theatre. We arrived down with phone and speaker ready to go. I never thought I'd feel that excited to be having an operation! The only little hiccup was that the spinal block had to be repeated because it didn't work properly on first go. The staff were amazing and continued explaining to me what was going on. And as importantly went outside to keep my partner informed as well. My breath became really important at this point to keep me focused. When we were ready we got our music playing. The staff were really curious as to why we were arriving with a speaker in hand. Apparently people don't really do that but they were more than accommodating and it created an almost party atmosphere in the room. Out little baby was born within a few minutes and he was asleep! Once they woke him to make sure he was ok we had our skin to skin. Our baby was born on Wednesday and we came home on Saturday.

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Lots of people have asked if I felt disappointed that I ended up having a section. I hadn't planned on having a section but I don't feel disappointed in the slightest. I have a healthy baby and I'm recovering well so I have nothing to feel disappointed about. I just wanted to share that thought because when I've spoken to others it seems like they feel they failed or haven't fully experienced childbirth (or something) if they had a section.

...the GentleBirth weekend and app really supported us both. I think it gave us both great perspective and helped be both prepared but also ready for changes.

I just wanted to say that the GentleBirth weekend and app really supported us both. I think it gave us both great perspective and helped be both prepared but also ready for changes. Thanks for everything!




Positive GentleBirth Induction with Epidural for First Time Mum in CUMH

Just to let you know our baby boy was born in April weighing 7 pound 10 ounces. 

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I was scheduled to be induced on Wednesday due to Gestational Diabetes.  I had gel at 4pm, did a good bit of walking and mild cramps started. Started TENS which subsequently packed up! Typical!  Had second gel at 10pm and had fairly regular pains after that. Although was manageable. Used yoga poses and lavender/Vicks stick and breathing techniques. 

It sounds on paper probably very medically managed but funnily enough it didn’t feel like that at all. I really enjoyed the whole process. I felt I was listened to and treated with the utmost respect.

The consultant came in at 7am and broke my waters at 1cm. This put me into true labour pretty much straight away. They wanted to start me on drip but I advised that I felt that 1. I didn't need it as was progressing really fast and 2. I would need to be provided with epidural before. By the time my husband got in at 9.30am I was using the gas and air and was having very regular surges. Each surge was over a minute with less than 50 seconds between them. I requested epidural then which I had previously indicated I would more than likely be having due to being induced. I think they were a little wary of whether I was really that far gone as baby very relaxed and they were finding it difficult to pick up contractions on CTG. However, staff were great and I got a delivery ward really quickly. 

I had to wait a small while for epidural but in fairness consultant and midwife were fine for me to have that and then be examined and then decision on drip to be made. I think I got the epidural at about 12pm. I was then examined and was 7cm. Baby was down but it was felt that drip would help with descent.  Drip was put on at very low level and not increased. Fully dilated an hour later and an hour for passive descent was given. I hadn't needed top up so was really able to feel the need to push which was great. At 3pm it was agreed that vacuum delivery would take place. While baby was anterior, there was some swelling to his head which was making it difficult to get him to crown. I had an episiotomy and vacuum delivery. 

We had delayed cord clamping and both Mom and Dad had skin to skin. 

It sounds on paper probably very medically managed but funnily enough it didn't feel like that at all. I really enjoyed the whole process. I felt I was listened to and treated with the utmost respect.

I found the actual course with you invaluable. It really got us to start the conversation about birth and baby between ourselves as a couple. It also taught us to be inquisitive and to plan what we would like to have happen. It really geared my husband up for the delivery and he really was an excellent support on the day! 

The advice on feeding and caring for a little baby was second to none during my stay at CUMH. Home now and settling down. I am exclusively breast feeding and that is going really well. 

In terms of GentleBirth I would say I was very lazy listening to the tracks. However, I found the actual course with you invaluable. It really got us to start the conversation about birth and baby between ourselves as a couple. It also taught us to be inquisitive and to plan what we would like to have happen. It really geared my husband up for the delivery and he really was an excellent support on the day!