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Birthing with Confidence:
Kavya and Eshwar’s experience with an induced labour

Kavya had a waterbirth with us a year and a half ago and was very motivated to have another one this time too. With her pregnancy being low risk, she was put under midwifery care. During her routine antenatal check with the midwife at 37 weeks, the fundal height seemed lesser than the period of gestation, so a scan was suggested which revealed a low fluid level. Kavya was advised to get admitted for induction of labour. She was a little apprehensive as she was not mentally prepared for this. After a lot of counselling and reassurance, Kavya and Eshwar understood the need to get induced but they wished to go home and return in a few hours. Kavya got admitted later in the day and was induced. Within half an hour she started with her waves. She had a shower, caught up on some rest, had her dinner and did her exercises. She was quietly breathing with each wave. The baby was carefully monitored throughout, and both Kavya and her baby were doing well.

6 hours later, Kavya was assessed and she was already 3 cms open. With her permission, her waters were released. Just like the first time around, Kavya was calm and relaxed, surrendering to the experience, just breathing for herself and her baby… slowly and steadily one wave at a time. The calmness of the dimly lit room filled with the fragrance of lavender added to Kavya’s relaxation.

The midwife was keeping a close watch on the baby’s heart rate and they waited patiently. All that Eshwar had to do was gently hold her hand. She sat on the birth ball and kept having lots of juices. Kavya soon started bearing down and declared that she could feel the baby coming and in the gentlest of ways, she breathed her baby down. Congratulations Kavya and Eshwar for achieving the birth you wanted, the birth you so dedicatedly worked towards.

What a beautiful birth…a baby boy, 3.06 kgs with an intact perineum. Six minutes later, after the cord pulsations ceased, Eshwar cut the cord and Kavya hugged her baby tight. She indulged in lots of skin-to-skin with her baby and the first breastfeeding was initiated.

Birth has always empowered you Kavya. You always believed that you could do it, and you did it. You rock!!

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    Birthing with Calm and Gentility:
    Stuti and Ankit’s Hypnobirthing story

    During the first half of their pregnancy, Stuti and Ankit were booked at another hospital where they felt the care they were receiving was medicalised and that was not what they were looking for. Believing that pregnancy and childbirth are the most natural events in a woman’s life, they felt they were being unnecessarily overloaded with medication and decided to register for care with us.

    Stuti was a healthy woman with an uncomplicated pregnancy. She was therefore referred for midwifery care from 34 weeks of her pregnancy. They were looking for a quiet, peaceful and a ‘no-intervention’ birth and having gathered all the information from the team of midwives, they started preparing for the birth.

    They enrolled for the hypnobirthing classes with us and diligently did their reading and practiced all the techniques. They also decided to have a Doula support them during the birth. At 38 weeks, Stuti spontaneously went into labour. She remained calm and in control while she breathed through her waves. She also dozed in between her waves. The dimly lit birthing room with candles, fairy lights, birth affirmations hung on the wall, soothing music in the background and the sweet fragrance of lavender in the room further added to Stuti’s relaxation. The midwife intermittently kept monitoring the baby’s heart rate and her Doula ensured Stuti’s basic needs were taken care of. Together her birth team helped her with massages, movement, mobility, and other comfort measures.

    Stuti got into the pool for hydrotherapy. She progressed quickly in the pool. She was completely in-charge, following her body and very instinctively changed positions — All 4’s, side-lying and forward leaning on Ankit. She tried them all while keeping her focus on her breath. She absolutely looked like a Goddess with such calm and peace on her face. The midwife carefully checked the baby’s heart rate after each wave. With a little bit of encouragement and a lot of tender, loving care from her loving husband, the midwives, and her Doula, Stuti adopted the right lateral position and brought a new life into this world. A beautiful baby boy who was immediately placed on his mother’s bosom, the safest place for him in the entire world. A few minutes later, when the cord pulsations stopped, the umbilical cord was cut by a proud daddy. Ankit and Stuti were lost in admiring the beautiful creation they had made together. What a priceless moment this was!

    Congratulations Ankit and Stuti.

    Birth is powerful and women are indeed the strongest species created by God.

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      Welcoming A New Life:
      Alekhya and Vivek’s journey into parenthood

      The pregnancy journey-

      Alekhya and Vivek booked with us early in their pregnancy. The pregnancy was uneventful except for a few apprehensions in the early weeks of her pregnancy. They attended all the childbirth classes and booked the Doula services at 34 weeks of gestation. Alekhya was very motivated to have a natural, unmedicated birth. She was already doing everything on her part — eating right, exercising right, doing the perineal massages, and staying relaxed and positive.

      The labour journey-

      At 38.5 weeks, Alekhya felt her water had started to go. After checking with her Doula, she was reassured, had her breakfast, took a shower, and started for the hospital. On reaching the hospital, she was examined (with her consent) and was already 8 cms open.

      Alekhya was shifted to the birthing room and soon her Doula joined her. All through, she was quiet and calm just focussing on her breath. She was already bearing down and instinctively shifted between the all-4’s and the side-lying positions on the bed. The Midwives were carefully monitoring the baby’s heartbeat. Vivek was a strong support to Alekhya, maintaining eye contact with her while quietly giving her the strength and reassuring her she could do it. Her birth team ensured Alekhya was having sips of water and juices in between her waves and kept wiping her face with a cool cloth. And they waited…

      Soon Alekhya felt a lot of pressure and she instinctively began bearing down, slowly, and gently, wave after wave. 15 minutes later, they warmly welcomed their little baby boy into this world. Alekhya and Vivek tenderly hugged their baby and for the next 1 hour, their little boy enjoyed skin-to-skin with his Momma. Once the cord pulsations stopped, Vivek cut the cord and together they all joined in the celebration of life. Congratulations Alekhya and Vivek for achieving the birth you wanted, the birth you so dedicatedly worked towards.

      The way a baby is welcomed into this world goes a long way in reinforcing their positive feelings of security. For a mother, birthing her baby can be an empowering and an enlightening journey that impacts her physical and emotional health for a lifetime. When a woman’s birth preferences have been respected and supported, even bonding with her baby is strengthened.

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