My baby girl was born last week and I had an amazing and positive birth experience which I really think the book, my VBP and the support of the PBM contributed to. Bess Alicia Lawrence was born at 8:27pm on 23rd May weighing 7lbs 14oz after a 12 hour labour from the first twinge (5 hours established) to birthing her in the pool, guiding her out and pulling her out of the water myself, at our local MLU. I had no pain relief, just breathing, positioning I had learned through my Hypnobirthing course, and lots of noises!
I zoned out at one point in the pool and didn't open my eyes or say anything for about an hour and they thought I was falling asleep as my arms kept slipping off the side into the water! It felt like ages to get her head out, as I didn't do any forced pushing, but it was worth it as I had no tears! She even found my nipple on her own whilst we were still in the pool and had a little feed before I got out to deliver the placenta naturally whilst leaving the cord pulsating.
She was covered in vernix but she wasn't washed or wiped and it soaked in really quickly and now she has super soft skin! The Midwives were amazing and were impressed with my VBP and they supported me to have everything I wanted from my birth plan. I had to spend the night on the ward so we just laid there, her just in a nappy, doing skin to skin all night, which was amazing and I'm sure that together with the relaxed birth contributed to the fact she is feeding really well and a very calm and content baby.
You can download the Visual Birth Plan icons for free from www.pinterandmartin.com/vbp and create your own VBP. Full explanations of all of the choices that the icons represent and a guide to building a birth plan for every eventuality (not just Plan A!) can be found in The Positive Birth Book, which you can buy on Amazon and from all good book sellers.