Leo's Home Birth 

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During the last trimester, I'd been having lots of Braxton hicks and they'd become pretty regular in the evenings. In the last few weeks they felt more like surges and would last for hours, becoming regular and then fading. Even though I was getting uncomfortable, my daughter (E) kept getting sick so I didn't want the baby to come just yet. I had also planned lovely things for the weeks ahead, like massages, reflexology and subjecting Scott to lots of rom-coms, so I was very happy to keep the baby in for a bit longer.
​​By 41 weeks E was feeling a lot better. I'd lost my mucus plug but surges were still fading, particularly when E appeared, so I eventually asked my mum if she could have her for the day. Scott and I wanted to make the most of the sunshine and some quality time together so we went for a walk along the canal. I took it slowly, enjoying the views and fresh air. We stopped to eat at the canal side cafe, bumping into

friends and even one of my hypnobirthing couples with their baby. When we got home, I had a sleep, then spent the rest of the day in the garden. My mum called and offered to have E overnight for us, I cried feeling so guilty I wasn't with her but Scott convinced me it was a good idea so I could relax and have a good night's sleep. 

Before I went to sleep that night, I chose a fear release (hypnobirthing) script for Scott to read me; I wanted my body to know I was ready and to let go of anything that might be holding me back. I felt so calm and fell asleep to surges. I woke about 2.50am and they were feeling strong but I stayed lying on my side for about 45 mins listening to  hypnobirthing audios. I felt bubbling like my waters were releasing so I carefully got up and walked to the bathroom. It was a slow release but I knew it was happening so I called my midwife and doula and contemplated letting Scott sleep but he heard me on the phone. He was surprisingly chipper and excited things seemed to be happening so set to work tidying and preparing the lounge. 


​​​My doula (Lucy) arrived as Scott was filling the pool and I was bouncing on the ball using my up breathing. I was reminding myself how amazing it was that my body was so powerful as the surges were strong and getting closer together. Lucy asked if I wanted a back massage, which was very well recieved, as I was feeling the surges in my back as well as my front!  My midwife (Jess) arrived about 15 mins later and by 
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then I was fully in my birth zone and took a lot of effort to briefly say hello and then go back to my breathing, smelling my lavendar and repeating the affirmation "relaxed and calm" to myself. Jess asked me to lie down so she could do the initial assessment. We attempted numerous times before saying I couldn't as the surges were coming thick and fast and lying down was uncomfortable (leaning back during the whole last trimester had been incredibly hard). Jess eventually ended up listening to the baby's heart beat, taking my blood pressure and temperature whilst I was on the ball. 

I was holding my husband's arms as he said positive affirmations which I repeated as the surges peaked. Time went by so fast as I must have been in that position for a couple of hours before asking when the pool would be ready as I was starting to feel a downward pressure. Luckily it almost was and as I got up to get in, I felt more of my waters go and the baby move down. I started to make a very primal noise! Jess took down my pants and said afterwards she knew immediately the baby was coming from the shape of my pelvis, his head was right there.


I really wasn't sure if I'd make it to the pool but Scott seemed to effortlessly lift me in. The water was shallower than it should have been as we'd decided to put a duvet underneath for padding which we hadn't realise would affect the water level, doh, but I felt I was exactly where I needed to be. I wasn't sure there was time for Scott to get in so he decided to lean over the side behind me with Jess, ready to guide the baby through my legs when he arrived. 

On the next surge the baby's head emerged down as far as his eyebrows. The surge was incredibly powerful and I focused on opening, softening and the baby moving down. I then had an amazing 5 min rest where I felt very alert, which was strange as during the surge I felt fully in my birth zone. During the next surge the second midwife, Sian, arrived and the head moved down so Scott could now see Leo's nose. After another 5 mins his entire head was born and the following surge I felt him rotate, which was incredibly surreal. At 7.04am he was suddenly there, looking up at me under the water. I instinctively reached down and took him to my chest, holding him tightly. He just quietly looked at me and time slowed down, I couldn't believe he was here! 

I made good use of the pool after as I stayed in to deliver the placenta, which took about 55 mins. Nearing the end, I asked Scott to hold the baby by bobbing him in the water, whilst I focused on my down breathing as the surges became stronger. We were all a bit shocked when we finally weighed him as he was a whopping 11lbs 1oz!! He was on 99th percentile when my daughter had been on the 9th...not sure how that happened?! This may explain why I was struggling to lean back, among other things, in the last trimester.

A few hours later I was tucked up in my own bed, eating a bacon sandwich and introducing my daughter to her new little brother, Leo. 🤗😍

Complete and utter bliss!