Milo’s feet are free!

For 12 hours a day, at least.

Yesterday, we had our most exciting hospital appointment to date. The moment we have been waiting for since we found out about Milo’s talipes a whole year ago.

A visit to Birmingham Children’s Hospital to see the consultant to check on Milo’s progress turned into a bit of a celebration. His feet have been progressing well, which means he is following the standard timeline in his treatment. This means no more boots and bar during the day!

In truth, we knew this was going to happen at around this time, it’s just very nice to hear it from the professionals. I did spend the journey doubting Milo’s progress and a lot of ‘what if’ scenarios were drifting in and out of my thoughts. It’s the worrying mum in me.

I never knew how much I wanted this boots and bar phase to pass until we were told the good news. Milo has taken full advantage of his new found freedom too. He’s tapping his feet together, alternating his leg swings and chewing his toes! It’s like we are discovering so many more developmental milestones with this extra freedom; it’s going to be a fun few months.

I’ve been looking through old photos and I think now is a good time to reflect on Milo’s progress and I want to proudly show off the fantastic work of all of the professionals involved in his treatment, so far!

Milo’s feet, before treatment.

first casts at 2 weeks old (above)

Feet after 3 casts (below) Milo is 6 weeks old here!Milo’s feet (below) after all 8 weekly casts and before his operation Milo’s operation day (above) and recovery in casts (below)feet post operation (above)

First day in boots and bar (below)sleeping skills above!

Standings skills below!

Finally, above two photos show Milo’s straight feet! The use of boots and bar are now to prevent regression.

Let’s Talk About Birth…

Almost every pregnant woman will have gone through scenarios in their heads – good and bad – about how they are going to release their little human into the world. For some, they live in fear of that day arriving with all of those ‘what if’ ideas circling their already racing minds (that was me) and for others it’s how they are going to completely boss the situation and have the perfect birthing image (that was also me). I was only the latter after I discovered hypnobirthing.

I embraced pregnancy, the highs and the lows and all that graces you on the way. I invested so much time in Doctor Google and seeking advice from mums that got shit done that it’s no wonder I came across hypnobirthing – marketed as pain free birth! YES PLEASE! Anything to make that final hurdle to meeting my baby a little easier. I then researched the fudge out of it! I’m glad I did.

The whole concept makes sense – the fear, pain, tension cycle. Breathing slowly in and out to relieve painful contractions. Positive thoughts. You’ve probably heard of how to release oxytocin and endorphins and techniques in hypnobirthing help you to do this during childbirth! This seemed impossible to me to begin with but being educated on these methods made it all seem so simple and straightforward.

In all honesty, I probably wouldn’t have booked a course due to the cost of it. But, the proprietor of Cotswold Birthing – through facebook – broke down the cost of her one to one, tailor built package. It was so personal to my husband and I, we were sold instantly!  Cotswold Birthing are very reasonably priced at first glance, and when you look at what your course includes and hear of the success rate (it worked for me) then it is well worth the money!

Oli, proprietor and your hypno midwife is a wealth of knowledge and her experience and passion reflect on what you will learn. I picked up so much, and retained a lot of information just from her stories and I was fascinated.

As well as running Cotswold Birthing, Oli is a full time Midwife in a Gloucestershire hospital wanting to start a masters degree, she is actively involved in a midwifery charity, The African Maternity Link and is a mum herself. She is Super Mum!

Now, hypnobirthing… Prepare to get hippy and spiritual, you and your birthing partner, it’s great! You are taught relaxation skills that you can apply to all aspects of your personal and professional life too. This helps you gain the mindset of a more easy going version of yourself. You will begin to ooze positivity and day to day mundane errands don’t seem pointless anymore, everything has purpose. It doesn’t change your life’s dynamics, it changes the way you see things.

You learn about your body and what you go through during pregnancy and labour and this is vital to eliminate any fear surrounding your birthing journey. The whole concept of hypnobirthing is amazing and it works. In my journey, I had to be induced which was not what I had wished for and then I ended up having an emergency cesarean section which I also did not want, but I asked appropriate questions throughout, had knowledge of what was going to happen to me and dealt with pain from my contractions, drug free, and with breathing techniques I had been taught and that experience did give me the birth that I wanted.

And then, hello to our Milo Jack. 25th June 2017 and our whole world was made.

For those of you in the Cotswolds, and interested in hypnobirthing: https://www.facebook.com/cotswoldbirthing/

And for information on this charity: http://www.theafricanmaternitylink.co.uk/