Jo and David’s Story

It was just the most magical day, we have a lovely birth story, especially for first timers, a few hairy moments, but hey that’s child birth for you.

I went into labour at about 1.30am Thursday morning, just a few contractions, we thought they were Braxton Hicks.

Anyway a few hours later we realised I was in labour and I instantly said to David, “I don’t want a home birth today” (as previously planned), so we came to the birthing unit about 6am when contractions were two minutes apart.

I was already 6cm dilated when we got there, wasn’t in any pain, just breathed, bounced and danced through contractions. Midwives were shocked that I was 6cm and so calm.

Then we laboured in the pool until I was fully dilated. Hypnobirthing worked a treat, we had our tracks playing throughout. David was amazing support and helped me to remain calm and breath through any discomfort and then would tickle me inbetween contraction so that I went into a really deep relaxation.

We had a wonderful midwife who fully supported all our wishes and was amazed by our partnership. She said we were her couple of the year and couldnt believe we got to fully dilated so calmly. She said she had never seen anything quite like it. I didn’t manage to deliver in the water and had to get onto a bed to deliver him as his little head was getting stuck.

This was fine by me as I still felt really comfortable and dignified. Head took a little more effort then expected to get out. Midwives considered performing an episiotomy as I had a small blackout/seizure whilst on the bed just as I was trying to get the head out (they panicked a bit), but I soon came round, focused and he just plopped out.

I’ve got some nasty tears, so have quite a few stitches, but they couldn’t have been avoided, even if I got cut I still would have torn as tears are at the top. They wanted to take me to theatre for my tears but then my amazing  midwife found a lovely doctor who said if I was happy to just “get on with it and be stitched out of theatre” then she was happy to do it, so avoided needing an epidural.

We stayed the night in the birthing unit as he came out with his poo (we don’t think he swallowed any) and he’s also below the 10th centile for weight on the personalised grow chart, so they just wanted to monitor blood sugar overnight.

We were so happy to be in the birthing unit overnight as we had no idea how amazing it would be to get so much support with breast feeding and just general parenting. The staff on the birthing unit were phenomenal. We met with the director of midwifery for Queens the next day to re-tell the story and give the much needed praise for the incredible care that we received and she became really emotional.

Absolutely, feel free to share. We are both so proud of our birth story. We know there were a few hairy moments, but they were so well managed, and only make up a very small part of the entire journey we have been on.

For David, hypnobirthing helped him to understand what to expect from labour and childbirth and made him more relaxed and prepared for the big event. The script help the first 4 hours at home. He was helping me through surges as if he was reading the script again.

For me, hypnobirthing kept the fear of childbirth away. I now have amazing meditation skills which I can apply throughout general life and it’s bought me and David even closer together. We used hypnobirthing in such an intimate way. David became my protector. I remember him asking the midwife not to cut me, they listened, and he was right, because I got the head out very soon later with no complications.

We made a really good team!

2 thoughts on “Jo and David’s Story

  • 08/06/2018 at 8:53 am

    The men’s prostate is the central portion of a male’s reproductive :. It secretes fluids that assisted in the transportation and activation of sperm. The prostate related is situated just before the rectum, below the bladder and surrounding the urethra. When there is prostate problem, it is usually very uncomfortable and inconvenient for the patient as his urinary product is directly affected.

    The common prostate health conditions are prostate infection, enlarged prostate and prostate type of cancer.

    Prostate infection, often known as prostatitis, is among the most common prostate-related symptom in men younger than 55 yrs . old. Infections of the men’s prostate are classified into four types – acute bacterial prostatitis, chronic bacterial prostatitis, chronic abacterial prostatitis and prosttodynia.

    Acute bacterial prostatitis may be the least common of most varieties of prostate infection. It is a result of bacteria based in the large intestines or urinary tract. Patients may feel fever, chills, body aches, back pains and urination problems. This condition is treated by using antibiotics or non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve the swelling.

    Chronic bacterial prostatitis can be a condition of the particular defect within the gland and also the persistence presence of bacteria within the urinary tract. It can be caused by trauma on the urinary tract or by infections via the rest from the body. A patient may experience testicular pain, small of the back pains and urination problems. Although it is uncommon, it could be treated by removal with the prostate defect then making use antibiotics and NSAIDs to help remedy the redness.

    Non-bacterial prostatitis is the reason approximately 90% of all prostatitis cases; however, researchers have not to establish the sources of these conditions. Some researchers think that chronic non-bacterial prostatitis occur due to unknown infectious agents while other think that intensive exercise and heavy lifting can cause these infections.

    Maintaining a Healthy Prostate

    To prevent prostate diseases, a suitable meals are important. These are some from the steps you can take to maintain your prostate healthy.

    1. Drink sufficient water. Proper hydration is important for our health and wellbeing and it’ll also keep your urinary track clean.

    2. Some studies claim that a few ejaculations per week will help to prevent prostate type of cancer.

    3. Eat steak without excess. It has been shown that consuming greater than four meals of beef every week will increase the likelihood of prostate diseases and cancer.

    4. Maintain an appropriate diet with cereals, vegetable and fruits to make sure sufficient intake of nutrients needed for prostate health.

    The most critical measure to take to be sure a normal prostate would be to go for regular prostate health screening. If you are forty years and above, you must choose prostate examination at least one time a year.

  • 30/05/2019 at 6:47 am

    Hello, beautiful story! So scary and so beautiful. I’m pregnant but very early days,. How are you both getting on? Xx


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