Nidhi’s birth story reinforced the fact that birthing is an incredible and transformational experience, indeed a rite of passage into motherhood.
Nidhi was a low-risk mother and was under midwifery care through her pregnancy. During her 40 weeks of pregnancy, she was found to have very low amniotic fluid levels and was advised an induction of labour. Nidhi and Piyush made an informed decision after discussing it with their doctor and got admitted. Nidhi went through the induction process and over the next 24 hours of waiting, she tried all the comfort measures- nutrition, plenty of warm showers, back massages, acupressure, romatherapy, movement and adopting different positions of choice. All the while she kept rhythmically breathing with her waves and listening to the birth affirmation tracks. Nidhi and Piyush kept talking to their baby in the womb. Nidhi and her baby were being carefully monitored right through the induction process.
24 hrs later she was reassessed and was found to be 1 cm open with positive cervical changes. An informed decision for reinduction was taken. Nidhi was exhausted and requested a pain relief injection after which she managed to rest for a while. The waves progressed and with the help of Piyush, Nidhi managed with position changes and warm showers. A few hours later, the waves became more intense and Nidhi was shifted to the birthing room. With her consent, she was examined and was 9 cms open. Nidhi and Piyush could hardly believe this. They were relieved and happy and looked forward to meeting their baby. Soon Nidhi started to feel a lot of pressure and instinctively adopted the all- 4’s position alternating with the squatting position. She quietly continued bearing down with her waves and ultimately squatted on the floor and breathed her baby down.
With tears in her eyes and cradling her just-born son in her arms, Nidhi could not stop admiring the little wonder she had created, carried within her and birthed in the most natural way. Piyush had his own fears around the birthing process, but he put everything aside and unconditionally supported Nidhi and his baby.
Nidhi enjoyed the uninterrupted skin-to-skin for over an hour while continuing to trust her body to provide for her baby. She then gently began breastfeeding him.
Congratulations Nidhi and Piyush for achieving the birth you wanted.