I just wanted to get in touch with you to share the news of the birth of our perfect little son, Eli, who was born on Thursday at Pembury Hospital.
Following the hypnobirthing class we attended, my husband, Royden and I felt so much more assured and positive towards approaching this labour, however I still felt that the best thing to combat the long-term affects from my traumatic first labour was to go down the elective caesarean route. I followed your tracks designed for c-sections and found them to be reassuring and calming in both the lead up to the operation and during the event itself – particularly when receiving the spinal injection where I needed to be most calm and collected. Thank you so much for providing the skills that I needed to feel in-control and empowered in an environment where I could have actually been quite vulnerable.
Regarding the operation, I cannot speak more highly of the staff I encountered at Tunbridge Wells hospital. The theatre team were absolutely amazing – so informative, reassuring, well-humoured and accommodating. They knew what they were doing and worked with precision and confidence whilst making Royden and I feel very valued, and our experience special. We were told what was happening at every step and very much felt like our consent was of prime importance to them the whole way.
The actual birth of Eli was beautiful to me. At my request the screen was lowered so I could see him at the earliest opportunity- and although I heard him first (he has a big pair of lungs!) seeing him and being able to determine his sex ourselves was such a perfect moment for myself and Royden.
Unfortunately due to a litre of blood loss, I had to be monitored quite closely after labour and I suffered a few dizzy episodes- however I found the labour and postnatal team to be excellent with me and so patient. At no point did I feel rushed for a quick recovery and exit from hospital – I was given time and many opportunities to find my independence and confidence before making my way home. What an amazing midwifery team/obstetrics Tunbridge Wells has. We are so lucky.
Although I know c-section recovery is not a barrel of laughs and that I am only at the beginning of a fairly long journey back to normality, I truly feel that my positive experience has made the start of our life with Eli that little more manageable and enjoyable and that a family of four we are ready to take on the world!
Thank you Louise for helping me to think more positively and feel more self confidence. I would highly recommend anyone to take the time to really assess their options and prepare themselves for the most positive outcome- whatever path they may go down. It has certainly made a huge difference to us this time round!”