Sofia Bernardin’s Birth Experience from Paris – December 2012

Dear Dr Motha,

I would like to thank you for giving me the strength and confidence to have a beautiful and natural childbirth.

I am based in Paris and followed your method from afar via The Gentle Birth Method book. I thoroughly enjoyed following the birth method throughout my pregnancy, I was light on my feet, fit and incredibly active until the very last day. However, I felt incredibly insecure when I learned that the hospital in Paris where I was due to give birth (though extremely well-reputed) administered epidurals to 95% of its patients. I was certain that when the day arrived I would not find sufficient support for a natural birth and would eventually give-in to an epidural. Never-the-less, I followed your birth method with great enthusiasm because it made me feel great and because I had never felt so alive, alert, calm and prepared for something in my entire life.

I woke up on November 11th, 2012 knowing that this was the day. I spent my entire day calm and relaxed, even as the contractions strengthened by evening, coming every 3 minutes. At 2.30am I decided that it was time to leave to the hospital and when we arrived I was 7cm dialated. I checked-in and by the time I was installed in the labour room I was at 9cm. My midwife told me that there was still time to administer an epidural if I wanted one. I realised that I felt incredibly prepared and in remarkably little pain and if I made it this far, I was ready to see my baby.

The pushing stage of the labor process took longer than expected, as my contractions slowed down to five minutes apart thus making it very difficult to keep the momentum. I felt myself losing confidence as I saw the midwifes exchanging mildly concerned glances. At this point exhaustion took over; I was convinced that I would never make it and regretted not having taken the epidural. Just as this sense of defeat started to shadow over me, I thought of everything I had learned through the gentle birth method and re-focused my energy positively. Shortly there-after I delivered a beautiful baby boy weighing 3.3 kilos with no need for episiotomy or no tearing.
My son is incredibly zen and calm, reflecting how I feel as a mother and I would like to thank you immensely for this experience.

Best wishes,
Sofia Bernardin
4th December 2012, Paris, France

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