What an absolute privilege and honour it has been for me to be able to work with my lovely couple Ally and Andy since little Storm was the size of a jelly bean!
Right from the beginning Ally truely believed in her body’s ability to give birth naturally.
She had no fear of the natural process of giving birth and her partner Andy supported her entirely throughout her pregnancy and birth. My Calmbirth classes taught them about how fear leads to tension, and how tension leads to pain, and some breathing techniques to help Ally stay calm and relaxed through her labour and birth (and Andy too)!
Ally was faced with the challenge of a long pre labour, about 3 days worth of mild to moderate irregular contractions. Most women become exhausted in this situation, but Ally just realised that this was how her labour was meant to be. Her attitude was inspirational. Ally’s baby did the long rotation from being on Ally’s right side to being on her left throughout this time. She was reassured by Storms regular movements, Andy offered her regular food and drink, love and encouragement, I encouraged rest.
I visited the afternoon of 11th June just to check that both Ally and her baby girl were well. Labour was still in the early stages, so it was decided I should go home for some sleep
Labour started to intensify in the night time. Ally was so strong, so calm and Andy just so supportive and blissfully unaware of just how quickly Ally was progressing once labour had established!
Still remaining so calm, Ally knows how important this is. She feels her baby’s movements, relaxes in the warm pool. although the picture looks bright, the room was very dark and warm, enabling further relaxation. Andy called me at about 1am and said Ally was doing really well, her thighs were shaking. Is this transition I was thinking to myself, I had better
I arrive to this! Ally pushing involuntarily and guess who can be seen in the mirror? The top of little Storms head was clearly visible. No time to do anything really except to have a listen to baby’s heart beat. Ally looked me straight in the eye and said “She’s been moving around the whole time”.
Then all at once, little Storm arrived into Ally’s arms, she was reaching out to her Mother under water with her eyes looking directly at Ally.
Ally brings her own baby to her chest and holds her close to her heart, warm, calm and safely in her Mothers arms
Little storm knows exactly what to do! Breast feeding within minutes of being born
Time for the birth of the placenta. Little Storm still feeding, helping Ally’s oxytocin supply. The room is still dark, and Andy as always offering encouraging words, and the magic touch from his hands.
Time to weigh little Storm, she weighs 3220g
Time for some skin to skin with Daddy!
The birth of little Storm is over, but the memories of her birth will last with me for my lifetime. Ally, Andy and baby Storm, once again it is a privilege and an honour to have been invited to be your midwife. Be proud of your achievements. Your physical and emotional preparation during your pregnancy really paid off. With love and admiration for your beautiful family – Juliana xxoo