Hi Barbara & the rest of the team,
I just wanted to send a quick email to say a big THANK YOU for the course. It gave us the confidence we needed for our fantastic birth experience. Jasper Edward Newton arrived at home in the birth pool on Saturday (5 days “early”).
You may remember that we were having concerns about my mum being with us at home due to her scepticism and concerns of home births, but I managed to get her to read the book beforehand and got her on board with the idea. She has since said it was the most perfect birth she could have imagined and Dan and I have to agree. I would say that I only had about 2 or 3 contractions that I can describe as properly painful, which I now know to have been during transition. Before that, a TENS machine was sufficient and during delivery gas & air, the water and concentrating on trying to relax my body and go with it meant my body just did what it needed to do. I did no conscious pushing and as promised, my body just did it.
Jasper was certainly in a hurry though-he showed up just an hour after the first midwife arrived, and beat the second one! He’s been pretty chilled out ever since though :-).
Thanks again, we had a better experience than I ever allowed myself to really believe would happen.
Kate (& Dan!) x