Breathe in love, breathe out fear

I woke up at 2am on Sunday morning to the feeling of strong period-like cramps.  This must be Braxton Hicks, I thought.  I dosed off but was roused every twenty to thirty minutes with another tightening feeling. It was two days after my official due date and my family was visiting from the US, for…

I wanted to give birth again to feel that high once more

Birth of my first baby had been wonderful experience so I was really excited about going into labour again. The anticipation increased as due date got closer all the while knowing very well that baby might not come at 40 weeks exactly. A week before the due date, every night strong period cramps would kick…

My labour did not follow a chart

I had been having intense Braxton Hicks or training contractions for the past few days. On the day around 7.30am I felt contractions and when they were consistent I knew they weren’t Braxton Hicks, but the real ones. So I made my way to the Barking Birth Centre. My body works really different in each…

Hypnobirthing made us strong during birth preparation

We had an interesting start to proceedings… a power cut kicked things off on the eve of our due date…. but Dave, my partner, got it all sorted and we hopped into bed just after midnight, on what was then the 4th March. At quarter past midnight, I felt a strange sensation and immediately realised that…

Mind and body marathon

I was not expecting birth. The entire pregnancy I tried to go on with my life as usual, in the first two trimesters, I often forgot I was carrying a baby. Then on a Sunday morning I woke up in the early hours to find out my waters had started to leak. To get the…

Not a walk in the Jurassic park

The week before I gave birth to our beautiful daughter, Bess, I read an article in a baby magazine entitled, ‘I Had an Orgasm During Labour’. Needless to say this had sealed the deal; my childbirth was going to be easy; orgasmically easy. I had been doing pregnancy yoga every week since I was 16…

Between supermarket and magical land

My birth story starts in quite a boring way actually. It was 11 am and I was lying in bed relaxing and watching YouTube videos when I felt a small gush of fluid making a little patch on the bed. I quickly jumped up and hobbled to the bathroom with my knees squeezed together. Could…