Updated: Sep 27, 2019
#Repost@deliciouslyella ・・・ It’s really hard to put our birth experience into words. I hadn’t considered a home-birth before, it wasn’t something I really knew you could do. A friend sent me Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth when we got pregnant, which first got me thinking about it, we then heard so many phenomenally powerful experiences from you guys before meeting @kghypnobirthing and our independent midwife, who helped us understand a little more about hypnobirthing, water births and home-births and it just felt so right for us. I’d heard so many horror stories and had a lot of fear around the process, so I was really interested in exploring something a bit different if I could. It goes without saying that there’s no right or wrong way to bring a child into this world, all that matters is that they come into it safely, and we feel so lucky to have had a healthy pregnancy and been able to chose what we wanted to do. It was incredible though. The birth was intense, it’s certainly a physical experience, and I’ve never felt more powerful. I had a sense that she was coming on Friday and woke up to my waters breaking early on Saturday morning. We pottered around at home for a few hours, went to the farmers market, made breakfast, watched Notting Hill and then as it started to pick up we put our fave calming music on, lit candles, closed the curtains and filled the birth pool. About five hours later she shot into the world like a rocket, came out the water straight on to my chest where she fed for about an hour and a half while we waited for the placenta and our midwife checked we were both ok. I went totally into my own space during the birth, focusing on every sensation and visualising what was happening during it, thinking of each one as a wave. It’s a whole other level of surrendering and trusting your body totally, and we spent months focusing on letting go of fear, learning everything we could about birth, so that we felt as educated and informed about every step of the process and every decision along the way. Our doula took this and I saw it for the first time this morning, it says everything about that moment perfectly. It wasn’t easy but it was so powerful.