All I can say is wow.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I had an induced labour (waters being broke and then an artificial drip) and for 12 hours it was marvellous. No need for pain killers (and I wasn't being heroic). My dad was my birth partner and our practice together made us the perfect team. I totally zoned out, and felt very empowered and happy. Your positive birth statements were always in my head.
The most important thing for me was not knowing how much I was dilated.
This was proven at 11 hours when the doctor (who completely supported hynoborthing as his wife had carried it out) had to tell me that I was still only 4 cm dilated and they were concerned for the baby's health.
Eventually I had an emergency c section and although a few tears when I found out and I then had some gas and air as my zone collapsed.
But it was still perfect.
As soon as I accepted that a c section was our way and it was best for my daughter, dad and I went into hynobirthing again and did breathing and calm positive thoughts.
It was totally perfect and I am awe of its power.
Having a few problem breast feeding (v sore nipple) so have ordered your breastfeeding cd and have been to see an NCT counsellor.
But I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you.
A few photos of my beautiful daughter below.
The marvellous Ailsa (born on the 5th June, 4pm, weighing 9Ibs 10ozs and was 55cms long). She is just perfect.