The Birth of Darcie - A Natural Birth of a Big Baby

Kim attended my prenatal yoga classes in Dartford every week in preparation of her first baby. A keen horse rider she had been told that she might struggle with a natural birth, as horse riding strengthens the pelvic floor. She went on to have a natural birth at Darent Valley birth centre, with a very big baby!

I went with no expectations or plan for birth, as then I wouldn’t be worried if anything changed. This worked for me as I did not know how I would cope with labour or birth. The only birth prep that I really did was my weekly pregnancy yoga classes with Colleen at Harmony Hypnobirthing, and using an Aniball from 36 weeks. (The Aniball is a pelvic floor trainer that can reduce the risk of tearing or episiotomy and speeds up your postpartum pelvic floor recovery.) I believe the Aniball made giving birth a lot easier than I thought it would – I am a massive fan and would advise any mum who wants a vaginal birth to give it a go!

I also found that attending pregnancy yoga really helped me keep supple and active. When I couldn’t attend I noticed a difference with stiffness and my flexibility.

I was horse riding up until two weeks before birth of my daughter Darcie who made an appearance on the 9/7/23. I had a sweep on the Wednesday (two days before my due date) as I was hot and fed up by then. I started getting twinges early Saturday morning at 4am, then again 5.30am and at 7am. I proceeded to go to the yard and muck out My horse 🙈 Back home I had a hot bath and then put on the tens machine. This really worked for me, as the contractions got stronger I upped the frequency and finally went into hospital at 9pm.

After a few hours I felt I could not take the pain any more and asked to be examined. I was told I was only 2cm! I was about to despair so I had pethidine for some relief. For me the pethidine worked and allowed me to sleep in-between the contractions, even if for only 30 seconds. A few hours later I asked to be examined again but was only 4cm dilated. At this point I started on the gas and air. 

After a few more hours the contractions started to feel different, my body was just taking over. I asked to have more pethidine, but another vaginal examination proved I was now 10cm dilated. A quick dash to put the birthing pool on and the tens machine off, I then jumped in (literally, the sides of these things are soo high). Twenty minutes later my beautiful Darcie was born. She was scooped up and laid on me for cuddles, I then opted for the injection to get the placenta out quicker. A whole 9lb 11 and no rips tears or grazes. At no point in my pregnancy was it suggested that she might be a bigger than average baby. I still stand to this day the Aniball helped me with a smoother birth and actually for me the contractions were the more painful part. Also I could not fault the midwifes at Darenth Valley, they were absolutely amazing.

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Baby Darcie - A natural birth at Darent Valley hospital, weighing 9 pounds 11

If you’d like to prepare for your baby using hypnobirthing, you can find out more about my courses here. If you would like to find out more about pregnancy yoga classes in Dartford, you can click here. To find out more about mum and baby yoga classes in Dartford click here.

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