"I went in to early labour on Monday night (13th Nov) and was able to sleep on and off until my contractions started to get stronger late Tuesday morning. They became more strong and regular so Ben called my mum to come over whilst I was in the bath listening to my TCBS tracks, we went of to hospital shortly after to find my contractions had slowed right down and I was told to come back at 3pm as I was only 3cm dilated I didn’t like being in the car so we popped round to a close friends house near the hospital where I managed to have a light lunch and then carried on labouring in her bath with my tracks and breathing techniques. I loved the line ‘my surges cannot be stronger than me, because they are me’ that one really stuck in my head. When we went back in a was told things hadn’t progressed much but I didn’t have to go back home. I asked to be examined again as couldn’t believe there was no progression as the contractions were 3 minutes apart and around a minute long... I was in fact 6cm which meant I could go to my room and get in the pool! I laboured in the pool for a further 4/5 hours with a little help from gas and air but had to get out and move around as things were going so slowly... a few hours later I had a huge urge to push, it was at this point I was told my baby was back to back but I could still have a vaginal delivery, I was 10cm and pushed for 2 hours... babies heartbeat was monitored every 15 minutes and remained the same pace the whole time! My mum and Ben were amazingly patient and supportive of me, especially as I insisted on pure silence the whole time. When it got to over 2 hours I had to have a doctor examine me as I should have given birth by this point. I was then told baby Oliver had turned sideways and I wouldn’t be able to push him out, they told me I needed to have an epidural and that they’d try an instrumental delivery but failing that it would be emergency c section. By this point I just wanted to meet my baby and remained calm. I even consoled my mum as I was wheeled out the room assuring her I’d be ok! Frustratingly I did end up having the caesarean which had its complications due to be having pushed for so long. After 2 and a half hours under the knife I finally got to hold my beautiful baby boy against my chest. Then the problems arose with excessive bleeding etc... I won’t go into the aftermath as I still don’t know myself what happened and am awaiting a meeting with a midwife counsellor to set things straight for me. I’m not worried about it right now as I have the most gorgeous, content and healthy baby in the world. We still now listen to our tracks as a lullaby to get both me and Oliver to sleep! I would recommend hypnobirthing to any pregnant lady. Whilst pregnant I said that even if all I took from the course was that I didn’t fear labour and birth and felt totally confident that I was happy enough, but my god did I take SO much more from it. Thank you so so much. Lots of love from Emma, Ben, Kate and baby Oliver xxx"