Birth of River- positive unplanned induction!

31 Jan, 2024

Natalie – We wanted to let you know that baby River arrived safely into the world on 8th January. My waters broke on 7th January and contractions started but did not progress. The hospital was anxious to induce because of the risk of infection and unfortunately this also meant our desired water birth was no longer considered a safe option. After weighing up the risks and benefits of leaving it a few more days we decided to go ahead with an induction. I was already 2cm dilated when we arrived at the hospital so we went straight in with the hormone drip and I laboured naturally using gas and air and TENS machine. I couldn’t have done it without the breathing techniques and the guided relaxation tracks from our course. Despite the change of plans we were still able to dim the lights, use calming lavender room spray, battery tealights and borrow the Birth Centre’s atmospheric frog sound tracks and mood lighting. Rob was a fantastic birth partner who kept me hydrated and calm and advocated for me when we needed to make tough decisions, just like we discussed during the course.


Thank you so much for all your help and guidance in the run up to River’s birth. We couldn’t have done it without you and feel so lucky to have had such a positive experience despite the unplanned intervention. 

Posted by Little Birth Company Trained Instructor: Natalie Stoker