Hi Kate! Just to let you know that little Arthur arrived early hours of Friday weighing 9lbs. I birthed him at home in living room without any pain relief. I just used my breathing and positive affirmations. I was 3 days overdue and just trying to stay nice and calm and busy. Tom and I went for dinner Thursday night and when we got back I started having some cramping and lower back pain. At 10pm my contractions were about 8 minutes apart and getting very intense and I had to breathe through them using Tom as a support to lean on. At 2am I got into the birthing pool though my midwife had to encourage me to try different positions as I was getting tired and stiff from pushing. In the end I got out of the pool and delivered him in the lounge whilst standing and leaning on Tom. After he came out we waited for white and had lovely skin to skin though due to a tear and some blood loss we were transferred to hospital for suturing I totally went into the zone during birth and Tom was an excellent birthing partner. I was home a few hours later and am loving being in a newborn bubble! Baby is feeding well and I’m recovering well post-birth xxx
Thank you for all your help and encouragement, it really did make all the difference!!