I’m sorry but there is no room available in the Birth Centre
It was Anna’s second pregnancy.
Her first baby was born in water at a Birth Centre. It was a calm and gentle birthing experience.
As the words NO ROOM AVAILABLE filtered through the phone, Anna felt quite shocked. It was 10p.m. She knew what labour felt like AND she knew birth was close.
The Birth Centre midwife had called in sick. There was no staff available. The Birth Centre was closed! Anna was asked to come in to the Delivery Suite, but this was definitely not the environment where she wanted to birth.
She hung up and phoned me. She did the Hypno-Pregnancy program so I had seen her regularly throughout pregnancy. I was her doula as I had been for her first pregnancy/birth.
Anna was naturally upset.
“So when will the Birth Centre open again?” Apparently tomorrow at 7a.m.
The regular Hypno-Pregnancy sessions throughout pregnancy had kept Anna balanced, and free from all the negativity that invades a pregnant woman. She was very skilled at bringing herself into hypnosis and releasing fear and anxiety. She understood how to harness the power of the mind.
I guided her into a deep hypnotic trance and suggested she stop labour for now. Tell baby you are both going to have a nice rest and sleep overnight and you will wake up at 7a.m. in labour.
This is exactly what unfolded.
At precisely 7a.m. the following morning she phoned the Birth Centre to check they were open and midwife had arrived and advised she was on her way in to have her baby.
I met them at the Birth Centre.
All Smiles. Beautifully centred with a focussed inward attention on working with her baby. A beautiful thing to observe. DO NOT EVER break this connection.
I ran the bath. Anna eased her small frame and magnificent pendulous belly into the relaxing warmth, slipping into another world. About 45 minutes later she quietly advised her partner, midwife and me that baby’s head had emerged. And shortly after the whole body was out and gently floating. The stillness at that moment was breathtaking. No talking. Just being guided by Mum as she reached down and held her baby in her arms. Mum, Dad, Baby connecting on the outside.
How you are during pregnancy and how you give birth are totally controlled by your unconscious mind.