Enjoy this beautiful birth story with Esther, a first time mum who unexpectedly had a home birth, and a positive experience.
Esther talks us through her pregnancy journey, how she prepared for birth, and her after birth experience.
Giving birth is one of the most profound experiences that a woman can go through. Every birth story is unique, and Esther’s story is no different. Esther is a first-time mom who had an unexpected home birth. In this episode of the FitNest Mama podcast, Esther shares her positive and heartwarming experience of childbirth.
Esther’s journey to motherhood began when she found out she was pregnant. She did not experience much morning sickness or complications during her pregnancy. However, she and her husband faced a significant challenge when they moved from Darwin to Victoria in her third trimester. The move made it challenging for Esther to prepare for birth. She started preparing for birth mentally and physically, participating in one of the FitNest Mama program’s free workshops.
Initially, Esther considered having a home birth but decided to go to the hospital due to a late move and cost factors in Victoria. However, Esther went into labor two days past her due date and felt some leakage before her water broke at around 1:30 am. She immediately went to the lounge room, put on some dimmed lighting, and started doing visualisation exercises, breathing exercises, and positive affirmations using Hypnobirthing tracks and stickers.
The contractions ramped up quickly, and Esther’s husband called the midwife at around 3 am. Esther tried water immersion in the shower but opted for a TENS machine instead. Soon after, her husband realized that the head was coming down, and instead of going to the hospital, he called an ambulance. Throughout the delivery, Esther remained calm and focused, relying on her preparation for medication-free childbirth. She focused on breathing and tuning in to her body’s signals during the delivery.
Esther’s story shows that birth can be an empowering and positive experience, even when it does not go as planned. To prepare for birth, the podcast host invites listeners to download a free checklist to prepare the pelvic floor for birth. It is essential to remember that every birth story is unique, and no matter how your baby comes into the world, what matters most is that they are here, and you are a mother.
Preparing for birth Pelvic health checklist
**All information is general in nature and doesn’t substitute individualised assessment, treatment and diagnosis. If you have any questions or concerns please consult your healthcare provider.