Tiffany and Mitch with baby Silas, Kelowna, BC
We delivered a healthy baby boy on Aug. 3 at 12:06am. His name is Silas Mitchell Wright and he weighed 7lbs 3oz. We had an amazing experience. My water broke at 9:00am on Aug. 2nd and surges began around noon. By 3:00pm my surges were only 2-3 minutes apart and by 4:00pm I decided it was time to go to the hospital. We arrived around 5:00pm, and 7 hours later our beautiful son was born. My surges continued to remain at 2-3 minute intervals throughout labour. I had high blood pressure when we arrived at the hospital, which they continued to monitor intermittently throughout labour.
By 10:00pm I was put on an IV to bring down my blood pressure, but we trusted the advice of our healthcare providers and felt comfortable with that decision. Throughout my labour I continued to focus on my breathing and though sometimes voiced myself vocally in low tones, Mitch and my mom were both there to remind me to continue to focus and breath. The doctors and nurses were all impressed with my ability to breath through my surges and breath down my baby. I did not push at all until just after Silas' head was born, when his wide shoulders got a little stuck, at which point I was told to push and with a little help from the doctors he emerged. The last push resulted in some minor tearing inside as the doctors had to shift him to allow him to emerge, but my perineum remained untorn, so only a few minor stitches were required. We are so happy and adjusting well. I am so happy that we chose hypnobirthing to help aid us in this experience. Although I did not listen to the CD's, other than in early labour, I did rely heavily on the breathing techniques and placed myself in my favourite spot in nature throughout all my surges. I also believe that our relaxed attitude and the lack of fear helped us to go with the flow through the minor complications that occurred.
Thank you so much for everything Christy.
Tiffany, Mitch and Silas