Hi Emma, As you know Eric arrived at 5.20pm weighing 9lbs 6oz. I woke at 2am with period type pains but didn’t think too much of it. I couldn’t seem to settle so decided to watch some TV on my ball and do some yoga. At 3.45 some of my waters went, as contractions got more frequent we left home and got to the birth unit about 7am. They said I was very calm and contractions didn’t appear regular so they would watch me for 1-2 hours then assess where we were. I kept very active doing Charlie Chaplins & lots of hip circling (standing and on all fours). By 9am I really felt things were moving so she offered an examination. She was very surprised to find I was already 6cm!
I then used the pool which was lovely, lots of space to move & I was finding the whole experience very manageable and calm, especially with gas & air. By 1.45pm the midwife decided I could start pushing with each contraction. We then spent the next 2 hours trying all sorts of positions but it seemed my contractions had slowed and didn’t have much power behind them, even the clary sage didn’t do much. Again though, this all felt manageable I’m sure all the breathing helped.
I was getting tired and they don’t like the second stage to go on much past two hours, so by 3.45pm she started talking about moving downstairs and ventouse. The midwife was brilliant giving me as much time as possible, she said he was so close but by 4.25pm she said we better move downstairs.
I continued on gas & air, luckily for me the doctor was with someone else and as Eric wasn’t in distress they weren’t in a rush to get to me. With lots of encouragement, Eric was born naturally at 5.20pm.
I feel so positive about the birth and in a funny sort of way even enjoyed it. I am sure this is all down to the Pregnancy Yoga classes and the Birthlight Together, which was brilliant for preparing both of us.
We have enjoyed an amazing first few days at home, I absolutely love being a new mummy! I have even used yoga breathing when I’m holding Eric to comfort him.
We can’t thank you enough for all of your support. Eric and I are very much looking forward to starting Mum & Baby Yoga in the New Year!
Jade, Gavin & Baby Eric xxx”
Hi Emma, I hope you’re ok. Just to let you know I won’t be needing pregnancy yoga anymore as little Cambrian rocked up at 12.06 on Sunday. Weighing 5lb 13ozs.
Had a really good water birth in Chelt with just my yoga breathing, Charlie chaplins…. Sharpening a pencil on all fours action & Gas & air 😀 the yoga breathing & exercises helped me through the first 7 hrs at home before I went to Chelt & got in the birthing pool. All I learnt kept me calm & delivered baby really well. I even did the hacker grunting & leg by my ear!! It really does work 😀 thank you! 😀 I was v pleased how it went. Midwife even complemented the yoga saying could tell I had done it and was amazed I did so much at home with just it. Opening that pelvis right up works 😉 I will come and visit soon, Naomi X”
Hi Emma, Toby was born on 19th March at 10.35am. He was three weeks early so was a tiny boy, weighing 5lbs 9oz. My waters broke at 1am and then the contractions started at 2.30am and 8hrs later he was here.
Everything happened so fast and I can’t remember much of it; it’s all a bit of a blur. According to the other half, my breathing techniques helped me through the first couple of hours and I didn’t have any pain relief until I got gas and air in the delivery suite. The contractions came thick and fast and the pain was pretty bad, but all totally worth it to meet our amazing baby boy.
The pelvic floor exercises that we did in yoga have helped me massively since having the baby and continue to do them everyday.
I’m glad I started doing pregnancy yoga. It helped me prepare mentally and physically for the birth. Looking forward to starting baby massage with the little man soon!
Love Sarah x”
“Hello lovely yoga group. I am sat with my new beautiful baby Reuben Joseph Knight Lammiman, who arrived on Saturday morning at 5.12am weighing a whopping 9lbs and 5oz. It’s been a bit of a crazy few days but oh my goodness ladies, I am so so in love with our beautiful boy. Labour was just incredible……I had contractions from 3am Friday morning, they were absolutely fine for the majority of the day, I did some housework and walked my friends dog with her. My hubby went off to work as usual and with some nice music and my yoga ball I managed to get to 7pm and contraction 3-4 minutes apart before going in. Straight to delivery and had the most beautiful Midwife who completely respected the quiet I wanted and talked me through my contractions perfectly. I had the tens machine on at that moment and it did help lots. Was examined at 8.30pm and was only 3cms so had to go to the maternity ward which I would say was the worst bit as the prospect of Jay going home at 9pm and leaving me to do it on my own was do daunting as I do needed him although was completely in my own bubble and managing fine. It all started ramping up and they kept saying they wouldn’t examine me and my hub had to go home but ladies you will know your body and everyone’s labour can progress at such different rates so I insisted she looked at me before Jay was sent home. Anyway luckily I did as I was 5cms…… but had to wait for 2 hours to be moved back down again to our same room on delivery. On the gas and air which was amazing!!! Got completely in the zone, used all the chants and breathing techniques and it just felt like time flew by!!! Next thing I knew I was 8 cms and I wanted to push but managed to restrain with the breathing techniques and puffing on gas and air. Seemed like minutes and I was 10 cms and finally could push which was such a relief and I mooed like a cow. Unfortunately not long into pushing baby got distressed and it was found that his oxygen levels were low – I was taken into theatre for an emergency c-section….I coped so well because I completely trusted my body and used all the techniques we practiced. I want the other girls from our class to see that birth is still an amazing, life changing experience even if things don’t go to plan. I am very proud of myself and hubby was blown away at how I did it – he said by the end when I was pushing he’d of still thought I was the 3 cms like when I went in because of how calm I was. I know your classes were a huge factor Emma. Thank goodness for people like you.
Lots of love to you all, see you soon xxx “
Hi Emma! I’m delighted to tell you that Thomas Dyer was born late on Sunday. I went into spontaneous labour an hour before we were due to call the hospital to get our admission time for an induction later that day! I’m convinced the visualisation techniques did the trick. I had a ‘great’ labour (wanted to stand and used your suggestion of leaning against a wall rocking my hips which was fab). Did lots of breathing techniques. Had some gas and air which was fab. We got stuck at the very end – he was back to back so they used a Vontouse to try to turn him, didn’t work, he became distressed, so ended up with forceps, an episiotomy and a tear for good measure which was disappointing at the time but worth it for the end result. Thank you for your encouragement during my final days of pregnancy. Best wishes, Emma xxx”
Hi Emma, Baby no. 2 finally arrived on the 19th at 2:40 in the morning. Poppy Elizabeth McNeil.. She was 10 days late but still had lots of vernix so I think she was about on time…
She weighed 8lbs 11oz and is healthy and happy…
I felt like this time around I really took the yoga on board. The early phase went quite quickly, I did ribbon breathing and did circles on all fours. When the midwife arrived I was fully dilated and ready to get into the pool, so felt very proud of myself for lasting on my own for so long.. I also did gap breathing and really felt the benefit of breathing out through a contractions until I had nothing left, it really helped with the pain… Thank you for all the support you offered -you really have been amazing Emma and I’m so glad I’ve been able to come to you with both my pregnancies. I shall be joining you soon for baby massage and very excited to have a go at your baby yoga classes…
Lots of love Georgie xx”