The Birth Story of Hunter
Our son arrived on Saturday 22nd of October at 5:07am. He weighed 7lb 8 and we have named him Hunter Logan Denholm. Hunter finally arrived 17 days overdue but we were not worried as we knew he would arrive when he was ready. The staff at the hospital did everything they could for us to have an induction. However, Lianne stood her ground and we opted for CTG scans every other day and a general scan every other day to make sure the fluid and placenta were OK. Lianne had been very uncomfortable from the Tuesday onwards and during each night she couldn't settle as she was having contractions every 10 minutes lasting 30 seconds or so. On Thursday she become so uncomfortable that she had to call the hospital and we were told that she was not experiencing braxton hicks but she was more into the latent phase of labour. On Friday we went into East Surrey for our regular CTG to see if everything was OK and we also had a scan to check the fluid. Everything came back perfect and, on discussion with the midwife, Lianne opted for a sweep. She didn't really want the sweep but she knew that if she didn't take one, then when we went into the hospital on the Sunday she would probably have to be induced as she would have been 18 days over and we felt we would have no real argument to decline. During the sweep the midwife said she was unable to complete the procedure as Lianne was already 5cm dilated, we were both shocked by this but excited. It seems like Lianne was probably in labour all week but she tolerated the pain so well. The hospital team did ask/suggest that we stayed in the hospital for the birth of the baby but we deceived to stick to our guns & went home for our home birth. Once home I started prepping the pool while Lianne freshened up. The home birth team arrived about an hour later and then it was all systems go. Lianne made full use of the pool and I made sure everything was just right for her with candle light, relaxing music, affirmations everywhere and a constant supply of drinks & snacks. After a few hours Lianne was informed that she was fully dilated and it was time to start pushing. I did what I could for Lianne and constantly read upbreathing and downbreathing readings to her when she needed them. I also read nearly every KG Hypnobirthing relaxation script to help her relax. After two hours of pushing Lianne was asked to change things up a little and we moved upstairs where she tried many different positions to birth our baby. She tried for another hour but after three hours of pushing she was completely worn out and the home birth team said it was the safest option for all involved that the birth was moved to East Surrey. Lianne was transferred to East Surrey at approximately 3:30am on Saturday via ambulance, I followed in my car and Anne Fawcett (Doula) followed in hers. She arrived at the hospital just after 4am and was taken straight into the delivery suite. Once she was ready the Dr arrived to examine her and decided that a ventouse delivery was the best way to proceed. This was decided as the baby was all ready to come out but needed a little assistance. Hunter was delivered safely at 5:07am and the placenta followed at 5:08am. Lianne did have to have an episiotomy as Hunters head was slightly to one side, this may have been the reason why she couldn't push him out on her own at home.
All the time Lianne was in labour and all the way through the birth, Lianne did everything naturally. She didn't have any gas or air, epidural or drugs of any kind. The only thing she had to have was an injection to numb her lady parts so they could make the episiotomy. We had assurances that no drugs would be entering the babies bloodstream with this so we were both happy.
After the delivery of the baby Lianne did have to have a little gas and air while she had stitches for her episiotomy but by this time the baby was safely out. Straight away Lianne had two hours skin to skin with Hunter after the delivery and I had approximately 40 minutes. The placenta was safely packed up on ice ready for her smoothie, tablets and cream (I took this home a few hours later & Michaela made the smoothie for me to take back to Lianne the same day).
Hunter did have an injection for vitamin K as he did have a ventouse delivery and, from the size of the ventouse bump, we thought it would be best to cover him just incase. One thing I have to say is that he didn't cry when he had the injection, in fact he hasn't cried on any injection yet.
All in all we are extremely happy with the birth of Hunter. It is a shame that we could not have completed our home birth but the main thing is that he arrived safely. Hypnobirthing definitely helped us through the pregnancy and more importantly the labour & birth of Hunter. We can't thank Miriam enough for all the support she has given us.