When we fell pregnant for the first time I did a bit of research and was choosing between two courses however after my phone conversation with Alana I felt a connection with her and I just knew she was the person who would help bring our baby into the world. She was so down to earth and having had 2 kids before, I could actually hear them in the background while on the phone which was so nice, and pregnant with her third at the time, her knowledge and understanding of birth and how the body works was incredible. It felt right and exactly what I wanted!
Then when I met her in person that connection was still there she was so open and welcoming and not only was the course so very helpful it was inspiring and empowering and Alana help made the energy in the room feel so comfortable and relaxed.
My partner as well gained so much information from doing this course it really was so beneficial for him and we had so many tools to use together to prepare ourselves before and during labour.
Leading up to my labour Alana stayed in touch and still talked me through a few things especially having had her third baby by this time.
The labour – WOW I don’t think we could have done it with Alana’s help! I had a 36 hour labour (8 hours active) without any drugs and at times yes it was one of the hardest things I have ever done, I always very quickly and easily brought myself back into a relaxed state of mind through my breathing. There were so many little tools and techniques that stuck in my head that I remembered and tried throughout the entire labour. At times I felt like giving up but my husband was the BEST birthing partner thanks to Alana and her course. Having him and my tools to stay calm I made it through. It was truly the most empowering, incredible, amazing experience of my life!
Jimbo put the affirmations up he really was amazing so were all the staff at Mareeba! I could write so much more. Like I think my labour was so long because of the fear of Jimbo not making it home in time for it… I went into labour 8am Sunday and he arrived 9.30pm Sunday night :/
I also think the fear of me not being able to birth in the bath didn’t help as every time I got out to do some lunges or something I would freak out that I might have it on land… I did in the end anyway haha because I finally let go of the ‘idea’ of having her in the bath!
Also OMG make sure you pee during labour people!!! I didn’t go to the toilet for at least 8 hours so bubba wouldn’t descend and I was constantly drinking coconut water! I couldn’t pee and I was 9cm (my first check from my midwife that I allowed) and she could feel my full bladder so they had relieve it for me in the end! Still so in awe of the whole experience though it was the most empowering moment of my life!
I can not thank Alana enough for helping us to have such a positive beautiful birth we are so grateful and can’t wait to do a refresher for the next one!