Just wanted to let you know that our beautiful baby boy arrived safely!Hugo was born on Friday 29/7/22 at 13.03 weighing 8lbs 1oz. We are both doing amazingly well. We had a wonderful labour. It was perfect. It honestly was one of the best days of our lives. A final year student midwife reported that she ‘had never seen anything quite like it’ and the junior Sister Midwife thanked me for a wonderful shift! I had a wonderful water birth and I delivered Hugo myself with him still in his membrane. We used our hypnobirthing scripts & breathing, clary sage, frankincense & lavender oils, and the whole experience was very calming. I got into the pool about an hour before he was born & that was so soothing. After initial crying from Hugo we had the magical first hour together just feeding & Hugo continues to be a very chilled placid baby! As the birthing centre was quiet, they actually gave us about 4 hours of time together in total. Active labour only lasted 2 hours, but I was pretty uncomfortable from late the evening before – still slept – and managed to bake chocolate brownies (I’d promised my Son!) whilst in labour in the morning! This was all after a really really sad traumatic event last Wednesday. Sadly, our cat – she really was more than a cat to us, she meant everything to us – suddenly developed a blood clot causing irreversible paralysis from the waist down on Wednesday morning. Her prognosis was not good & she was in a great deal of pain so we had to quickly make the decision to put her to rest. We are devastated. However, remarkably I was still able to sink into deep relaxation during the labour. Honestly, this experience really tested hypnobirthing for me & it is remarkable. Labour would have been an entirely different story for us I think with the trauma we endured before hand. We did have to change the scripts slightly & replace the word ‘baby’ with ‘him’ & also ask the midwives to refrain from saying baby – I used to call our cat ‘baby girl’ & hearing baby just broke the relaxation for me. But your sessions & teaching gave me the confidence to recognise that & request that in our birth plan. Thank you so much for the classes & all of the advice you gave us. It would be lovely to visit you for baby cuddles & a cuppa if that would be ok with you.