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"Birth of our child"

About: Bunbury Hospital / Maternity Narrogin Health Service

(as the patient),

Our big beautiful baby arrived into the world after 22 hours of labour 😃

My husband and I did the online positive birth program: hypnobirthing with Kasey from Bunbury hospital, via zoom. With the techniques, we had learnt with hypnobirthing techniques we were able to have a positive birth experience and safe arrival of our baby. 

My waters broke late in the evening. I went to the hospital soon after to check it was in fact my waters, the midwife was able to confirm it was, and after this, we returned home to begin our labouring process. I was able to successfully labour for 14 hours at home using hypnobirthing techniques and did the final 8 in the hospital after I hit the end of my tether and felt more comfortable with the idea of being in hospital rather than home.

We used affirmations, music, a calming environment, minimal intervention and monitoring, in the beginning, labouring pool, fit ball under hot running water, gas and air and sterile water injections for pain relief only. 

My husband and I had a signal to identify when I was having a surge, so if anyone was asking me a question he was able to tell, it was very helpful and helped to keep things calm for us both.

I was able to fully relax between surges and one of the midwives even commented on that, saying it was amazing how I could relax completely between surges. This was definitely one of the reasons I was able to go for so long without being extremely exhausted. I was able to calmly meet whatever turn my birthing took, and the affirmation I was repeating in my head and my husband was saying allowed to me was 'each surge brings my baby closer to me', with this I felt empowered to keep going.

At hour 21, the Doctor discussed with us an epidural and vacuum, then cesarean if that failed, which he said most likely would as it had been a long time now and I had been pushing close to 2 hours with mild progress. As we knew our rights (thanks to the positive birth program) my husband, being my advocate, was able to ask what the risk was in waiting a bit longer as they were continually monitoring baby and myself and we were both doing great. So with that, the doctor gave us an extra 30 minutes before we would have to leave for a trip to the theatre. That extra 30 minutes was all the extra time my baby and I needed. Within 20 minutes, our baby began to crown 👑 

Although our baby had shoulder dystocia due to their size, at the time we did not realise the extent of the emergency situation, we had complete faith in our birthing team and they were able to maneuver our baby out without any major complications and then our baby arrived safely into the world, weighing in at a whopping 9 pounds 15 Oz of pure perfection.
We want to say a huge thank you to the positive birth program and Kasey for running this course, it was one of the reasons I was able to do 22 hours of labour with just gas and air.

We especially found this course to be helpful for my husband, as he felt confident in being my advocate and birth partner during this long labour. 



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Response from Andrea Drew, A/ Clinical Midwifery Manager, Bunbury Hospital, WACHS South West 8 months ago
Andrea Drew
A/ Clinical Midwifery Manager, Bunbury Hospital,
WACHS South West
Submitted on 27/10/2020 at 23:19
Published on Care Opinion on 28/10/2020 at 09:48

Dear puppishc49,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences on Care Opinion.

I am pleased that the strategies and tools provided through the antenatal classes were of such great use to you and that the midwifery and medical team were a support during your labour. We are very fortunate to be able to run such a comprehensive birth class, and Kasey’s knowledge and passion play a large part in that. I will ensure that your kind words are passed onto her. I am especially pleased to hear that it provided a platform for your husband to confidently assist you through labour and to empower him to have a voice for you both.

I wish you and your family all the best for your future ahead and I am sure that the tools learnt during the classes will continue to be useful as you navigate the next chapter in your journey.

Take care.

Andrea Drew

Clinical Midwifery Specialist, Maternity Ward Bunbury Hospital

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Response from Jenny Menasse, Operations Manager Southern Wheatbelt, WACHS - Wheatbelt 8 months ago
Jenny Menasse
Operations Manager Southern Wheatbelt,
WACHS - Wheatbelt
Submitted on 28/10/2020 at 18:56
Published on Care Opinion on 29/10/2020 at 09:52

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Dear puppishc49,

Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

Birth of a child is an exciting time in a family’s life and I was delighted to learn your baby arrived safe and sound.

The commitment of the midwives, along with the contemporary facilities in the new Maternity unit at the Narrogin Health Service, support parents to receive such a positive birthing experience.

Thank you for taking the time to promote the Positive Birth Program to others.

I will take great pleasure in passing on your kind words to our maternity staff. I wish you and your family all the best.

Kind regards,

Jenny Menasse

Operations Manager Southern Wheatbelt

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