Wistful Waiting

A few months ago, I described to a client how that period of time when you are ready to birth, but your baby isn’t quite ready as ‘Wistfully Waiting’  or Wistful Waiting.  Since coming up with the term back in October, I’ve had a bit more time to think about it.

Wistful waiting

So What is ‘Wistful Waiting’?  It’s that time when you are really waiting for your baby to arrive and your baby is waiting for you.  It’s those last few weeks of pregnancy that seem to go on forever, when you are heavy, and fed up, everything is such an effort and you just want your baby to come!

Wistfully waiting is my way of saying, spend time with yourself and time with your baby. Build up your happiness hormones, feel as safe and as grounded as you can. Enjoy time laughing with your partner and family, before this new person comes earthside to join you.   Before your world as it is now is rocked to its core, by round the clock needs, and recovery time.

Babies really do come when they are ready if you are patient.  Some will come before 37 week, but statistically most will arrive after their guess date.  Some are really comfy in there and will wait till well after we expect them to put in an appearance.

Babies are built for survival and they know when their best time is.  So ‘Wistful Waiting’ is the time when your baby is making its final preparations for birth.  Relaxation is the key thing to do here.  Rest, Relaxation and most importantly giving it time.

Published by Medway Hypnobirth

My name is Gill and I am the founder of Medway Hypnobirth. I am a former Midwife with over 15 years experience in antenatal, labour and postnatal care. I have a passion for birth and hope to share my passion for birth with you. I have 3 grown up children (the first of whom followed a long journey of infertility and IVF) who were all born in hospital. I followed my birthing plan which literally stated that I wanted a 'homebirth in hospital'. Throughout my Midwifery journey, I have been present at a fair few homebirths and seen many more babies birthed in hospital and in theatre. Birth follows its own course and I have seen hypnobirth techniques helping many women stay in control of their birth however it happens. I absolutely love teaching hypnobirth, as I can see how it positively affects my clients birthing experiences. The personal support that I can give you at your birth is another key service that I provide. My doula clients get to appreciate that extra level of emotional support that having a doula give you. If you want to find out more about any of the services I provide. Do not hesitate to contact me.

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