MUM DELIVERED OWN BABY AFTER MIDWIVES GOT LOST!
AMUM has told how she delivered her own baby after midwives got lost on the way to her house.
Donna Billson had planned a home birth but the midwives who had been due to arrive to help her got lost on the way.
But the 37-year-old from Coleshill didn't panic and instead calmly gave birth to her little girl with the help of her husband Andy.
Rejecting advice she should call for an ambulance to help, Donna delivered her daughter Laila straight into her husband Andy's arms.
"There was a bit of a comedy moment when I could see my husband running around trying to get the birthing pool up in the lounge but not being able to get the attachment to fit to any of our taps!" says Donna.
"He'd only got around an inch of water in when I said 'Stop filling the pool, the baby's coming!' "The midwife rang to say she'd got lost and couldn't find us. We're a bit off the beaten track and it was dark. Abandoning the pool, Andy was trying to direct the midwives to our house as my waters broke. They advised him we needed to phone an ambulance to which I immediately said I didn't need one!" Donna used a hypnobirthing technique during labour, which involves relaxation, breathing and self-hypnosis.
She decided to give it a go after enjoying the benefits of reiki to ease the pain of Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) a painful condition she developed at 16 weeks pregnant caused by misalignment and stiffness of the pelvis.
"All the time this was happening, I maintained my completely relaxed state, concentrating on my breathing and listening to my hypnobirthing affirmations on the CD as Andy continued to support me.
"Then there was a big moan and Andy got down on his hands and knees and caught Laila."
They sat cuddled up in towels for 20 minutes until the midwife arrived and helped them cut the cord.
"I felt like I could have taken on the world," says Donna, who is also mum to Darcie, 10.
"I had a huge rush of adrenaline. I felt such empowerment that I'd done this without any medical staff to help me, that my body had done what it was supposed to do.
"The hypnobirthing class really helped. Andy had been very involved in the classes and wanted to be part of it. In labour there was a time when he went off trying to ring people and I lost it a little bit but he came back and calmed me right down.
"It was a hugely bonding experience for both of us.
"The baby arrived within about 10 minutes of my mum getting here to look after Darcie. She still says to this day she can't believe how calm we were."
After Laila's birth, Donna felt so empowered she decided she wanted to share her story so she set up The Rose Diaries, a website all about hypnobirthing and home births.
She had already set up a business called Little Lily Pad, selling handmade family gifts after struggling to find items with Darcie's name on it.
"When Darcie was little we could never get anything with her name on it," adds Donna, whose husband Andy, 34, is a sales manager.
"I started looking for ways to personalise gifts for children who didn't have generic names.
"I began running a blog alongside it, all about what was going on in our lives and I found I really enjoyed doing it.
"Little Lily Pad was named after Darcie's middle name Lily and The Rose Diaries was named after Laila's middle name Rose.
"Everyone sees women screaming on One Born Every Minute and people talk about birth being terrible, which is why I decided to launch The Rose Diaries about homebirths and hypnobirthing because I wanted to give a different perspective."
Donna, whose daughter Laila is now three, was drawn to alternative therapies in a bid to ease her SPD, which is sometimes called pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PPGP).
"The SPD was so painful I couldn't lie down properly, my left hip was really achy and I wasn't sleeping well.
"The doctor suggested that it may have been the way I gave birth the first time - bright lights, pushing and even stirrups! - that could have affected my hip placement.
"I was told not to walk any distance or go up and down stairs which is tricky when you already have a child.
"I'm normally an active person so I found it really frustrating not being in control of what I could and couldn't do.
"I'm a real girly girl and it affected the clothes I could wear because I had to wear flat shoes all the time.
"I had been doing pregnancy yoga but I had to stop because of the pain.
"I found it affected me emotionally as much as physically. I'm a big advocate of the idea that you're pregnant, you're not ill but I couldn't do that because of my SPD. I felt like an old woman."
Donna went for weekly physiotherapy sessions and also tried reiki, a healing technique where the therapist channels energy into the patient in a bid to activate natural healing processes and restore physical and emotional well-being.
"I didn't tell the reiki practitioner about my SPD as she wasn't going to touch me," explains Donna.
"But towards the end she asked if my pain was concentrated on my left side because all my energy was going into that hip.
"It was amazing that she could tell as I hadn't said anything to her about it. I found I slept really well after reiki."
Wanting to find out more about alternative therapies, Donna decided to investigate hypnobirthing, a birth education programme that teaches self hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques for a better birth.
"Having met Lee from Amazing Births previously at networking events, I booked Andy and I to go on the hypnobirthing course with her.
"Lee sent me the book beforehand and the whole premise of hypnobirthing just made total sense to me and filled me with confidence.
"We did the four week course and, by the end of it, my lovely other half was even more enthused than I was!
"My mum is still in complete awe of how relaxed and in control we both were and instead of having any medical intervention and hospital staff telling me when I was dilated and needed to push, I could just feel baby moving downwards with every deep breath and surge.
"I suddenly felt her head bearing down and two surges later, she was delivered into Andy's waiting arms.
"The midwives arrived 20 minutes after baby did!
"The whole experience was completely natural, quiet, relaxed and totally amazing. Our little princess arrived within two hours of me waking up, without any drugs, midwife or medical intervention.
"There were times that I doubted my ability to completely relax but our amazing birth is a testament to the power of hypnobirthing.
"Even when the plan went a bit wrong we still didn't panic.
"It is a gift to any woman to be able to give birth on her terms and at her pace and this was a truly unique and unforgettable experience.
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Donna Billson and husband Andy with children Darcie and Laila, today and opposite, shortly after Laila's sudden arrival
A baby gift from Little Lily Pad