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Water Birth/Natural Birth of Samuel

Our little one, Samuel Quinn Anderson was born 12th May 2016 The birth went brilliantly. We had a long early labour with some contractions on the Monday night that built to a pattern by the Tuesday night. By Wednesday morning we had gotten to the stage where we had 3 in ten minutes each lasting a minute long so we headed to the hospital. We arrived at about 8am and my surges pretty much stopped when we got there so we headed back home a little frustrated to wait until there was some kind of pattern again. During the daytime my surges were pretty much non existent and I was starting to get a little impatient for them to start up again. Luckily I read an article on the hypnobirthing Facebook page that very afternoon that reminded me to relax and get myself into a comfortable, dimly lit surroundings. I took to my room to relax and sure enough as evening came they started up again. We went back to hospital at 11pm and Samuel was born at 1:56am. We were very lucky and managed to use the birth pool for a water birth - my weight was just shy of the 100kg cut off so we just made it! It was a really positive labour and birth experience with no pain medication. I did cave and take some gas and air when the doctor did my stitches at the end, probably mainly because I wasn't expecting to need or be offered anything at this stage as we hadn't thought it through properly. The small amount I had made me feel pretty rubbish so I was so glad I managed to avoid using any during birth. And this just proved to me how being prepared and using the hypnobirthing techniques really paid off.

Many, many thanks Laura, Kevin & Samuel

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