At 34 weeks my second baby was diagnosed breech (not ideal for a hypno birthing Mama) but worse things could happen, I know! My first son was breech at this time and I managed to turn him with moxibustion and have a lovely natural water birth. However, following attempts via moxibustion, hypnosis, spinning babies techniques, head stands not to mention a clinical ECV, this bubba was having none of it and wanted to stay bum down with legs round his head (known as frank breech).
After the unsuccessful ECV, they gave me options – another ECV, c-section or vaginal breech birth. I immediately opted for the latter, even though they weren’t happy with it. Infact, they went ahead and booked c-sections for me. It wasn’t until I refused to attend 2 scheduled caesareans and had several consultations with medical staff before they took me seriously, and gave me the support for a natural vaginal breech birth.
It took four contractions to get him out, first his bum, then a leg flopped with it, the following contraction came his other leg and arms, and then I really went for it and pushed him out with all my mama might so his head didn’t get trapped (a risk with breech babies). I pushed with such force that his cord snapped and bounced out, passed the midwife who had her hands poised and ready, and landed on a cushion on the floor. Phew! He had pretty much bungee jumped out of me and snapped his cord while at it. He arrived at 4.24am on Monday morning, just three hours before my scheduled c-section. What a touch of fate.
In hindsight, I now realise that he was probably breech due to his short cord. You often find there’s a reason for these things. I was so happy to have gone into spontaneous labour and felt so blessed. Thanks to my hypnobirthing course, I was able to find gratitude and felt excited all through my labour, smiling at the end of surges and feeling so positive. As a result, I’m now a birth coach and qualified hypnobirthing instructor. I want to help other women find strength, feel positive and have an empowering experience like I did. If I can do it, anyone can. It’s just a state of mind. You wouldn’t run a marathon without training and going into labour is much the same.
And so it is, I’m mad enough to want a third. And if the next one is breech then bring it on. This labour was better than my first, even though my first was a lovely natural head down water birth. People think I’m something special but I’m not. We are all wonder women. If you train your mind and practice hypnobirthing techniques, your body is capable of wonderful things.