I am so pleased to be writing this post. I haven’t posted anything since my introduction but the Hypnobabies Home Study Course and all of you have been my daily support system. I am writing this story in complete gratitude and love for all of you. I now know that your babies can and will be birthed in peace and love, as my Maya was.
My Maya Isadora chose last Sunday, May 30th, as her birthday. My birthing time started exactly at the time I had imagined during my HB work. I felt a gush of water while I was lounging in bed around 7 AM. In the latter part of my pregnancy, I had taken to listening for birds. I could swear that all of the birds around our house had somehow come to see Maya into the world and this gush occurred while I was doing that.
When I stood more water gushed out and I walked to the toilet to see what was going on. More water was coming out and I wasn’t able to control it, so I knew that this was likely my birthing time. The water was clear, as I had imagined, and I was so pleased to see that. I told my husband and we both were remarkably calm. I expected to be calm but my husband had initially concerned me. While he read all of the materials and practiced scripts with me , he didn’t do any of the fear clearing sessions but in the end, he was a remarkable birthing partner and didn’t need them. I was GBS positive and we suspected my water had broken so we didn’t choose to labor at home. We did, however, take our time packing and I had breakfast. I talked to my doula and she gave us great advice on how to handle checking in at the hospital so we could get the midwife we wanted to deliver our baby.
I listened to positive affirmations on our way to the hospital in the “off” position and I even knew when we had arrived and opened my eyes perfectly as we turned in. We arrived at the birthing suites and a sweet nurse named Stephanie helped us out that first hour. This was another good omen as my sister’s name is Stephanie and I have several other important women in my life with that name. Stephanie was again another element I had visualized during my HB sessions. I was told that it was indeed my birthing time so we called my doula. Before she arrived, we were shown into our room.
I kept listening to affirmations and enjoying my husband’s company until my doula arrived. The early hours of my birthing time were very special and sweet. My doula knew that I wanted to move as much as possible and we combined her methodologies with whatever HB I wanted to incorporate. We walked a lot and I sat in the rocking chair. At some point, I wanted to listen to “Easy First Stage” so I did that. My husband has a great video of me doing that–I was so proud when I saw it. I truly looked like the fantastic UTube Hypnomoms I had been watching all these months. My doula and husband thought I was asleep–I am pretty sure my husband still thinks I was asleep.
*BOP Warning* I was at 1.5 cm around this time so it was recommended that we try a low dose of Pitocin. I asked the nurse to leave the room and talked it over with my doula and husband. Something inside of me told me I could handle the Pit, that my body would combine with it to get my baby into my arms, and that this was the right route for me. So, I elected to start on a low dose. *BOP Off*
I still moved a lot up until transformation: birthing ball, dancing with my husband, rocking chair, etc. My pressure waves were becoming more regular and strong. My doula talked me through most of my pressure waves but I also heard lots of affirmations like “good strong pressure waves help my baby come into the world” in my head. After a while with the strong pressure waves, I was checked. Everyone expected me to be around 4 cm because of the way I was acting–but no, I was 7 cm! A classic HB moment! We all agreed that Maya would be here soon.
I knew when I was entering transformation and I do remember being remarkably calm. I had done a lot of fear clearing about this phase and it truly paid off. I was happy to start pushing although I chose at that point to go with my midwife’s instructions. In the end, my favorite midwife had come to help me birth my baby (as I had visualized), and I leaned on her knowledge. In between pushes, the room was happy and calm and I ate ice chips. I even laughed at some point at something funny the doula said to my husband. In between pushes, I was able to completely surrender and rest and I completely credit HB for this.
At 8:06 PM, my body took over and I pushed so hard that Maya came into the world in one push (from head to toes). It was very intense but the feeling of relief and joy I immediately felt was overwhelming. I said to everyone “That was crazy! That was crazy!” and everyone started laughing. You have to know me to know that wasn’t a bad thing–I was wondering if everyone else noticed the natural wonder that had just occurred and I couldn’t even believe it myself. Maya was placed on my stomach immediately and she remained skin to skin with mom and dad for her first couple hours of life.
Maya is truly a Hypnobaby. From the beginning, she was sweet and calm far beyond what I imagined. She even looks exactly like the baby I had imagined in my special place. I truly believe that her entry into the world is part of why she is so sweet and calm. We (baby, husband, and I) chose how she would enter the world–even in a hospital setting, with GBS issues, and Pitocin. Oh, and did I mention that my OB had mentioned induction during my previous visit (?) but I believed that in the end, Maya would choose her birthday. HB helped me remain confident and calm and those little hospital concerns literally melted away. My doula told my husband that this was one of the most amazing births she had ever witnessed.
And by the way, I now hear birds chirping at night when I feed Maya. I have never heard them at night before.
Love and peace to you Hypnomoms–you need only to visualize, believe, and surrender.