When I had LP and Little Man I always knew I’d want home births. From the moment I heard that there was such a thing as a homebirth, before Hubby and I had even got married, let alone thought of having children, I knew it would be something I’d want to seriously consider in the future.
Up until finding out about home births I had seen birth as something awful that you just had to endure to have a baby, the big negative with a great big positive at the end. I had never heard talk of a positive birth experience and never thought it could be a beautiful experience – how wrong could I have been!?
You see, growing up I only heard talk of the negative experiences and no-one really shared the positive which is why when I started hearing positive stories I thought it all sounded too good to be true until I had LP at home in our lounge. It wasn’t clinical at all and was far from a negative birth experience. It couldn’t have gone better and was a pretty text book home birth with Hubby, LP and I at home as a family by ourselves within a couple of hours of birth.
Little Man’s birth was just as straight forward, and again pretty text book until we had to transfer to hospital after his birth but as far as the actual labour and birth went it couldn’t have been a better experience – he was born in the birth pool, labour lasted just four hours and LP watched the whole thing.
It was only after I had LP and Little Man that I found out about HypnoBirthing and looking back I feel that I dealt with labour quite well by myself, with just gas and air in the later stages but I think that HypnoBirthing could have been great for me if I’d been aware of it.
Companies like Breathing Love offer services and support to help everyone try and achieve a safe and comfortable birth. They help you to create a calm and serene birthing environment and help you to use your natural birthing instincts to make birth as natural as possible. Breathing Love are passionate about empowering women and their partners to take back their birthing experience and do that by teaching a range of techniques such as self hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques. If I were having my first baby all over again, or even having another baby now, I would love to have support like this in the lead up to birth. From the moment you find out you are pregnant it is so important to think of birth as something that can be a positive, amazing experience.
I really wish that I had something like this to break down my negative thoughts on birth prior to finding out about home births – birth really doesn’t have to be something to be feared and should be something we look forward to, embrace and savour. It really can be a wonderful experience.