Charlotte's Birth - Induction 

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"I was pregnant with my second daughter when it was suggested to me that I should look into hypnobirthing, I was definitely sceptical but as my first daughters birth was a difficult labour I realised I wanted to make sure that this time was an improvement.

To give some context I had type 2 diabetes when I had my first daughter and this meant that I would give birth in the delivery suite rather than a midwife led unit. During my first pregnancy and birth I was not aware of the many choices  I could make and believed that I would accept every
recommendation given to me by the medical professionals. This resulted in an induction using the syntocinon drip and needing an epidural.

By taking on board all the information I got through the hypnobirthing course I had a much more detailed birth preferences and felt very prepared for the choices I could make this time round.

Birth Story

My due date was the 28th November 2016 however because I had type 2 diabetes and hypertension it was highly likely that I would be induced and that this would be any time from 37 weeks.

I was booked in for a sweep with the midwife on the 9th November however after the sweep the midwife looked at my sugar readings and I had 3 consecutive low sugar 


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recommendation given to me by the medical professionals. This resulted in an induction using the syntocinon drip and needing an epidural.

By taking on board all the information I got through the hypnobirthing course I had a much more detailed birth preferences and felt very prepared for the choices I could make this time round.

Birth Story

My due date was the 28th November 2016 however because I had type 2 diabetes and hypertension it was highly likely that I would be induced and that this would be any time from 37 weeks.

I was booked in for a sweep with the midwife on the 9th November however after the sweep the midwife looked at my sugar readings and I had 3 consecutive low sugar (hypos) readings which is unusual for someone with type 2 diabetes and unfortunately a sign that the placenta may no longer be working. Upon discussion with the consultant who I had been in close contact with we decided it would be safest for the baby if I was to be induced that day (originally we had agreed to go to 38weeks +6 days, this had reduce to 37weeks +2 days). Luckily I had been preparing by listening to my hypnobirthing tracks, had bought a pregnancy colouring book, had print outs of positive affirmations and a print out of an induction script to read. It felt that I had a lot of the tools that I had planned to use ready. The doctors allowed me to go back to work (as I had been on my way in for my last day) to return my laptop and tell them I would not be coming back. I also called my husband who was at a meeting in Oxford and he got in the car to come back stopping at the house on the way to pick up my hospital bag.

They first carried out Ctg monitoring prior to putting pessary in at 3.30pm then second ctg monitoring to check the baby was ok with this. I was then allowed to go out to mobilise, went for walk at 4.30 pm looking around the shops and even bought some chocolates for after the birth to celebrate. I then met my husband for a posh fish and chips supper which was very relaxing. We got back to the hospital at 7.30 pm and another round of ctg monitoring was carried out at 8pm, we then watched some tv shows that we had pre-loaded onto my phone. My husband left around 10pm and I decided to go to bed at 10.30pm.

I woke up at midnight, then again at 2.30am feeling intensity, at 3am the midwife puts me on a ctg and we can see surges have started but are irregular. The surges intensify but I use hypnobirthing tracks, the birthing ball and a birthing colouring in book writing in my positive birthing affirmations to get through this until 4.30am. I then have some bleeding which the midwife believes is a sign of my waters breaking, so I put on a pad and monitor the bleeding or any fluid that might be slow leaking, I’m a little panic-ed by the blood so call my husband just before 5am. Couldn’t believe I had managed so long without him - I had sent him home to get some rest as we had prepared for the pessary alone not to work (as this is what happened the first time). At 5am also a cannula was attempted to be put in (still mobile they did not make me get back in the bed) but was not possible so an SHO came to put it in along with taking blood sample to check blood group and get full blood count. By 5.30 am my husband had not arrived and surges were very strong so I asked for gas and air as I couldn't wait for him to arrive and use/position the tens machine. I continued to listen to my hypnobirthing tracks and bounce on birthing ball at same time. Just after I had asked for the gas and air my husband arrived and it felt like he was another form of pain relief! I then had to go on the bed to see how dilated I was and if waters had broken. At 6am I was 2-3cm dilated but waters had not broken at the front, membranes were bulging but they believed there was a slow leak from the back and there was a thick show noted. Cervix was now anterior from all the bouncing. Based on this information the midwife decided to take the pessary out as she believed I was in full active labour. I was very tired by now so decided to stay on the bed. Using gas and air and my breathing techniques whilst my husband read the induction script and positive affirmations I continued to labour but my membranes had still not ruptured and the midwife did not suggest we needed to ARM (which they did last time) as was having 3-4 contractions in ten minutes. At this stage they were deciding that we now needed a sliding scale for my insulin which meant another cannula. At 7am I started to feel the urge to push so the midwife checked and I was not ready....She told me not to push but to pant when I had that urge. This helped bring baby down, unfortunately the baby started being in distress but this was more likely to be from me moving ie ctg losing signal intermittently so they put a monitor on babys head as they could reach it. I had asked for epidural as I had only got to 3cm dilation and surges were very intense but then by the time epidural came at 7.50am I was fully dilated so then decided I could make it without. My midwife and husband really believed I could do it. I was then pushing but as they were worried about distress the registrar came in for emergency episiotomy and Charlotte Georgina Armstrong literally came flying out at 8.28am 5lbs 3oz. Unfortunately the episiotomy resulted in a blood vessel being cut that caused me to lose over 1.5 litres of blood. I then struggled to stay conscious so they gave me a saline drip and another fluid drip. My blood pressure was getting very low also. Most concern was for me at this stage and baby had not even been weighed.

The labour was really a positive experience in comparison to my first baby’s birth and I felt very empowered through the entire process, the complications post pregnancy were unfortunate but my ability to keep calm was also due to the hypnobirthing techniques. For those with medical issues that are likely to be induced please take from this story that it is possible to get through without an epidural and that the more relaxed you are in the days before the more likely the pessary is to work (in my opinion).


I recommend everyone to give hypnobirthing a go as it will teach you things that will help through the labor as well as positive mindfulness to use in your everyday life!"