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Thanks to Leigh Anne from Confessions of a Misplaced Alaskan for allowing us to share her birth story from her blog onto the Hypnobabies Blog. 

As many of you noticed, I did not share my due date with most people because I hate the, “you haven’t had that baby?” comment. However, now that the baby has arrived, I’m happy to tell you my guess date. It was July 20, 2012, but I expected to go late like I did with my other two children. I hoped that the baby would be born on my husband’s birthday, July 30th. This baby had other plans though.

I’ve had multiple hemorrhoid flare ups this pregnancy. For me hemorrhoids have happened about two weeks before I have a baby in previous pregnancy, but with the every two week frequency of hemorrhoids in the past month, I was thoroughly confused. I kept figuring this would be a big baby because of how much pressure I had down low and for the frequency of the hemorrhoids. I even sometimes wondered if I was having twins even though we had only ever heard one heart beat.

My husband has been working out of town at least three days a week, in Nashville, since before the baby was conceived. He planned to be home next week for the fourth of July holiday. I had no worries about him being out of town as I approached thirty-seven weeks because I expected to go until at least forty weeks. He even was in Oklahoma all last week for work.

I had been doing little things to prepare for the baby this week. I had done some crazy nesting, getting down and scrubbing the kitchen cabinet doors, making sure the kitchen was clean, laundry was washed and put away, etc. My hemorrhoids were still there, but no longer painful, so I was feeling pretty good this week. On Wednesday, I had talked to one of my bosses about my work plans. I had the need to tell him that day…for some reason.

We all went to bed normally on Wednesday night. I listened to three Hypnobabies hypnosis tracks, deepening, creating anesthesia and fear clearing. Around 2 am, Thursday morning, I woke up needing to use the restroom, feeling a little off. I laid down on the couch in the living room, watched a little television and tried to distract myself. Around three, I went back into the bedroom and laid down next to my four year old and two year old but couldn’t get the idea out of my head that I needed to call my husband. I kept saying to myself, my female intuition was telling me that I really needed to call him and I would be kicking myself if I did not. I grabbed my cell phone and thought about texting him, but decided instead to just call him. Good thing I did. His phone went right to voicemail. I went and sat on the toilet, peed, then wiped. Bright red spotting. I dialed my husband again, even though I knew it was pointless. I was only 37 weeks, that day. I couldn’t be spotting. I panicked. I called my Dad, hoping that he was staying in the duplex in Nashville with Damon, my husband. He picked up after about three rings. I said in a very urgent voice, “Dad, it’s Leigh Anne, go get Damon please.” He asked what was wrong. I said in a stern voice, “go get my husband, now.”

My dad, went and woke Damon up. He told me that Damon would call me back. I found out later, that my Dad had walked into Damon’s room. Damon was splayed out on his bed, with the lights on, completely out. Damon called me back a few minutes later, which seemed like so much time as I kept wiping bright red blood from myself. He called me and with a panicked voice, I said, ” I’m bleeding, please come home.” Damon, tried to ask a few questions, but I was a little too freaked. He called me back a little while later, once he was on the road and I told him that it wasn’t a ton of blood, it looked like bloody show, but I’m only thirty-seven weeks. He remained calm, and drove home. It was about 3:30 am. He told me that the reason why his phone was off was that he had purchased a new phone from Verizon and he thought he had plugged it in to charge, but it appears that it powered off instead.

I called my friend, Amy Poarch, a local doula, and asked if she could come over. I didn’t want to be by myself. Nick’s birth had went so quickly, I was nervous that this one might go fast too. I also needed her help setting up the hose attachment to possibly fill the birth tub. I had tried to use the tools to attach, but my nerves was so shot, I was afraid I would bust the water faucet.

The other, very important thing in my brain was, my midwife was across the country on vacation until July 1st, her apprentice was in Kentucky for a wedding. I called my midwife friend Michelle because I thought she was my backup midwife. I was mistaken or misinformed. Michelle helped calm me and gave me Debi Church’s phone number, she was to be my backup midwife. I had only ever met Debi once at the recent birth fair. I had heard good things about her, but it was unnerving for me to be prepared to use a midwife that I did not know.

My Dad called me to see how I was doing. He knew I was scared because of the tone when I had first talked with him. He made me laugh when he said he had googled, “bloody show.” I just couldn’t imagine what he was finding, but he knew that meant the baby would be coming soon. He asked me to please go to a doctor if I felt the need. I reassured him that at 37 weeks, I was good to have a home birth. He said he understood, but as my Dad, he was still concerned for me. He asked if he could do anything, but I told him no, I would be okay.

Amy came over and helped me get the hose attached. I was all over the house, gathering supplies and trying to keep my adrenaline up, invoking the fight or flight response so that this baby would not come quickly. I was so thankful that Amy came over. She helped keep me calm. I was having pressure waves, but nothing I could not handle. She asked if i wanted to listen to fear clearing, but I said no, not until Damon got home. I laid on the couch watching Netflix, Amy sat nearby reading. Nick woke up and asked me to go lay down with him. I did but didn’t want to stay in there. He ended up coming into the living room with us for a little while. I finally did get him back down. He would not go to Amy. I went and took a shower, figuring it might be awhile until I could. Damon arrived home around 6:30 am. I was so thankful he was home. I continued to lay on the couch, using my finger drop technique any time a wave came. Damon went and laid down with the boys.I sent a message to the babysitter that the boys would be staying home. I texted my boss saying I wouldn’t be in to work that day. I was not going to repeat Nick’s birth and have to drive home in labor. I decided to try and sleep, as it was 7 am or so. I told Amy she could go home if she wanted, nothing was really happening. I put on the deepening track, put my wet towel over my face and tried to relax. When the hypnosis track was over, I took the towel off my head and saw Amy had left me a card saying to call whenever I needed her.

Nick woke up and was banging on the bedroom door, wanting out. I hoped Damon would get up and let him out but he was asleep. I made pancakes for Nick and I to eat. I was starving. Then I called Michelle to thank her for talking to me in the middle of the night. We had a really nice chat. Around 10 am, Damon took over caring for the boys and I laid down to rest, finally listening to fear clearing again, for the second time in about thirteen hours. I slept until 12:30 pm.

To be continued…..

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Kizoa slideshow: Isaiah BirthSlideshow

I haven’t figured out how to embed this video, but it is worth clicking over to watch it!

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After a somewhat challenging first birth Laura and her Husband used Hypnobabies to prepare for their second baby.  They birthed in the Netherlands.

We ordered the Hypnobabies home-study course (in some places you can receive instructor taught courses) and got started.  Each week both Laura and I were responsible for reading and studying reading assignments that taught us the fundamentals of self-hypnosis, positive affirmation, natural childbirth and other related subjects.  In addition to this, Laura needed to listen to a series of hypnosis audio tracks each day that helped her go into a state of self-hypnosis.  The majority of the work was on her shoulders since she would need to be the one to put herself into hypnosis, though I was responsible for helping the process along with certain cues and keywords.  Laura was more than diligent, and after 5-6 weeks we had completed the course.

Even after completing the course, though, I was uncertain of what to expect – how would things really happen, and would I be able to help Laura?  I think that’s what I feared the most after the first birth – not knowing if I could help her during the delivery, being a passive observer as she “walked through the valley of the shadow of death”.  Gratefully, Hypnobabies empowered me, despite my doubts and fears, to be an active participant in the birth gave me responsibility, which was exactly what I personally needed.

The birth went really well and I loved reading Dad’s perspective on the whole thing.

When we first arrived, Laura’s contractions and the baby’s heart rate were monitored.  To our dismay, the midwife on shift said that Laura seemed too relaxed to be in true labour, but that she would check the cervix before drawing a conclusion about whether we should go home.  I nearly laughed out loud when her eyebrows raised as she announced that Laura was 7 cm dilated, and there would be no going home!  This was a huge morale booster, and a testimony builder of the effectiveness of Hypnobabies to that point.

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I loved reading reading these posts as both Mom and Dad talk about their birth of Cooper.

Part 1 – How Hypnobabies Helped me Prepare

Part 2 – Birthing Time at Home

Part 3 – Video Clips

Part 4 – Get to the Hospital at 9 cm and have a baby!

 

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In November of 2011 I found out I was 2 month pregnant and Due June 12th 2012 with the experience I had before was determined for a natural childbirth but wanted something to help me relax a little more, So this time I did a little more research and I fell upon a Hypnobabies childbirth story and decided that was something that I felt could work for me I did lots of research read lots of stories and asked the local instructor millions of questions and bought the home study packet in February and was ecstatic to start it the day it arrived and we did.

I want to add my personality is sort of high temp I don’t calm easily at all so that’s also why I picked hypnosis, and I had a very supportive Husband and my mother who were the greatest support team I also picked a hospital birth because A. cost B. because of medical problems that did arise in my last birth.

On May 31th 10am ish I lost my mucus plug and a few hours later the pressure waves started I was in the Hypnobabies mode so ready to do this but I knew it would be awhile so I decided to still go to work that night a 3-11pm shift. I was listening to my affirmations this whole time because it was very early stage labor well around 8ish they were getting strong enough I couldn’t concentrate and talk to guest ( I work at a hotel) through pressure waves so clocked out, my boss had let me borrow the Jacuzzi suite for free to labor in till the hospital. That night they kept getting longer and stronger and I was staying so very relaxed around midnight I was exhausted though so I decided to lie down even though pressure waves were uncomfortable I could sleep in-between well I fell asleep. I Woke up the next morning around 8am and jumped out of bed and realized they had gone away!! well it only took 20 min and they were back about 20 min apart but very very strong that lasted all day but instead of trying to get them going I decided to distract myself and keep life as it would be If they stuck they stuck if they leave baby just isn’t ready yet and that was okay, I was a little discouraged but I felt it was important baby come when he is ready. That night I went to sleep again but I would wake up for pressure waves and go on all fours and for about a minute and half but I was able to sleep very well. I woke up the next morning and they were about 10 min apart I hopped in the shower and all of a sudden they jumped to much much stronger I felt a wave of emotion go all over me and I knew this was it, I got out of the shower and my mom must have noticed my change in mood because she also said that this baby was coming today!

I had my head phones around 2ish I needed to concentrate a little more so what felt good was actually an assisted squatting position lying against my hubby so I could completely relax during pressure waves I personal liked to stay in center the majority of the timed because that’s just what felt most comfortable to me, I felt very relaxed and loved how I was so in tune to my body during pressure waves I honestly loved the experience of going inward and feeling my baby come to me understanding the tightening it was actually very beautiful

Around 5 I believe my pressure waved changed completely towards the end it would go longer but change to where it felt good to move from all 4s to squatting and I knew it was preparing me for transformation I could feel Aabel moving into position for this transformation stage and I knew he would be with me soon about 6pm transformation was in full swing and swaying on all 4s and aaahhing felt amazing but it was time to go to the hospital my mom felt it would be very soon and I did not have time to take a shower so I said a prayer and changed to the fear releasing track because I did a get a little anxiety but soon cleared ( my mom served as a doula of sorts and a wonderful mommy) going outside it was bright and it felt good to have a cool hand over my eyes and the cool wind on my face I would ahhh and umm during pressure waves and it was beautiful. We got in the car and it felt best to still have someone’s hand either on my cheek or over my eyes I sat in the front seat in an assisted squat with my feet on the dash felt best. Pressure waves were very very strong and close at this point I felt very relaxed in control.

Some of the pressure waves would be a lot stronger and intense then other and I would hum and sing amazing grace and the low tones helped keep me relaxed and the vibration eased my waved I would pray and thank god for giving me the strength and giving and such a wonderful blessing and holding my hand through this amazing experience.

We got to the hospital and after many stops and many hums and prayers we got to the elevator an extremely intense wave hit and this amazing nurse pops out and hold my hips together and says your here for a natural birth right and we said yes and she helped us to our rooms and was completely excited and supportive out our birth plans (later we found out my midwife had taught her techniques to help with waves).

we got to the room and she gave me time to find a comfortable position to monitor and we did she was so patient with me and gentle it was amazing after monitoring my midwife came and said how well relaxed I was and started the bath because I did want a waterbirth also.

First before the bath I had to use the potty, my water broke and at the same instance I was pushing, I said umm I’m pushing, midwife then said I’m not delivering this baby on the toilet can you try to get off well I tried to move and then I was pushing again and could not move so they moved me off the toilet and into a standing position which didn’t feel right ( the tub was not even close to half I went too fast for that.) so then I moved to all fours and that instantly didn’t feel good so then we moved to the bed and like all 4s side lying felt very wrong so then my midwife said to try an assisted squat because of how the baby was position she felt the baby would be out fast and most comfortable we found out that was right I had my mom and a nurse help hold my legs while my midwife did perineal massage and I held onto the top bars of the bed while I pushed and baby and in 3 pushed my beautiful He was born screaming breathing healthy boy 6lbs 6oz @ 8:25 pm 19.5 inches most amazing feeling in this world so beautiful so much love and it was an experience. I loved enjoyed and will always cherish it was my own

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A few months ago we posted the first part of Bridget’s video, here is the 2nd part.

Pushing out a 11 pound baby – challenging but not traumatizing.

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This video shows Natalie and her support team working together, as well as the hospital staff watching the process with fascination.

 

You see Natalie using different positions;

  • standing
  • walking the hospital halls
  • remaining relaxed and comfortable during her Birthing Time
  • Giving birth kneeling, in a birthing skirt, baby born into her own hands

What a wonderful example of how our hospital moms can birth in the way that is best for them.

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Just wanted to share my story.  I was due July 10th with our 4th baby (3rd Hypnobaby).  We were planning a home birth and while I’ve always had premature labor that caused me to efface and dilate, each of my babies has come progessively later (3 days+, 7 days+ and 10 days+).  And yes judging by the pruniness and lack of vernix with our last two they really were post dates.  Not sure why I carried that way but I did so it wasn’t too much of a worry when I started to have my premature pressure waves with this one.  However I did notice that on days that I shouldn’t have had any (ie I wasn’t overdoing it) that I would get them but with relaxation and hypnosis and hydration they would slow down and stop.

This last Saturday (35 weeks gestation) I wasn’t having any more particularly than before but when I bent over to do some weeding I noticed a little extra leaking down below.  I went to the bathroom but was still squirting a tiny bit of fluid out.  Stood up and drip, drip, drip.  I have to say that I ate eggs literally almost daily and was taking vit c daily so I’m not sure why my bag was weakened but it was.  I called my midwife who came by to check and confirmed that it was amniotic fluid.  Very odd for me whose bag stays intact until the baby’s crowning.  I was *devestated* b/c I knew in my gut that this was not a high leak that would reseal.  I spent the next 45 min.s sobbing.

We went to the hospital (one of the few “baby friendly” certified hospitals in the country) and they confirmed it as well.  I was very nervous about how I would be treated as a homebirth transfer but they were respectful from beginning to end with only one exception.

The oncall OB came in and explained that at 35 weeks they feel that it’s better for baby to go ahead and come out vs trying to stop it due to infection and how well late-term babies do.  He suggested starting pitocin however he was respectful of my wishes and let me know that I was in charge and they would honor my choice.  His recommendation was to start it immediately but the next best would be to wait 4-6 hrs or possibly to the morning but his opinion was that the longer I waited that the higher the rate of c/s.  I told him that I would like to get things going naturally that I use hypnosis for childbirth and felt confident that I could get things started on my own naturally.  He was kind about it but let me know that studies “have shown that walking the halls didn’t increase birth time just helped with pain management.”  That’s when I just smiled and nodded and  said thanks.  Then he left me alone.  The nurse pretty much left me alone as well other than to periodically monitor handheld without any belts thank goodness (gotta love being in CO, they’re so used to us natural mamas). Incidentally my midwife said that she was so impressed at the way I advocated for myself and that I did it in such a “nice” way. :)  That was nice to hear b/c it worked.  We discussed each thing and everyone from the OB to the nurses were on board with my impromptu birth plan.

I spent the next few hours wrapping my head around the situation and adapting to the new plans.  I had my dh run home and grab all of my Hypnobabies CDs including Baby Come Out, an impromptu birthing skirt and sports bra and some FOOD.  I hadn’t eaten that much that a.m..  I snuck his burger and a subway sandwich later when the nurse wasn’t in the room :), you’ve gotta have some energy to birth a baby for heavens sake!  After the NICU nurse came in and explained that only 10% of 35 week old babies need to go to the NICU I felt so much better.  I knew I could totally release myself to have this baby.  I told dh that my goal was to have the baby between 2-3 am.  I had set a mental goal of a 5 hour birthing time and I was getting 4 hr doses of antibiotics for potential GBS/broken bag which I was fine with but I didn’t want too much of it in my system for the baby and I knew I was on the clock for pitocin which I didn’t want.

I began listening to my CDs, everything from Fear Release to Come Out Baby to Visualize Your Birth and Deepening and Affirmations.  By 9 pm I began to have some more consistent pressure waves.  I sent my midwife home for awhile before that so I could do my thing and told her I would call her when I needed her.  I walked the halls and as soon as I stepped out my pressure waves increased with intensity.  I only had 4 when I walked back into the room.  Apparently for me just leaving the room brought them on ;).

They slowed down for the 10 pm hour and it was a nice rest and then by 11 pm I decided to do some active belly lifts which helped to bring things back into regulation.  By 11:30 pm I decided to call my midwife who wonderfully was waiting in the lobby, good woman.  She and my dh did the hand on shoulder cue for a little while alternately.  I never time my pressure wave b/c by #4 I know what each stage feels like and I knew I was in active birthing time.  By 2:15 am I knew I was heading into transformation.  Admittedly I had not been practicing my scripts as consistently as I should have been so while I was able to completely relax I was definitely feeling more than pressure but having the words on the Visualize Your Birth CD were *invaluable*.  I believe that there’s something on there about you and your baby being healthy that I hung onto every word and truly made such a positive difference so thank you thank you Kerry!!

I knew I had a couple more intense pressure waves before I would start to feel like pushing.  So I told the nurse to call the Dr and assemble the team (there needed to be the NICU nurse and some other folks for his preterm state which I was more than fine with).  It took her awhile so I held off and after about 5-6 pushes baby Nate was out at 2:48 am.

The next day the first OB on call who I think, thought I was a bit crazy for thinking I could start “labor” without pitocin but he humored me came over to the Recovery wing just to congratulate me.  The OB who was there for the birth briefed him and he was genuinely surprised and happy.  I think my story circulated around the floor both on the L&D side as well as recovery.  I was the “doula/childbirth educator” who had her baby.

I even used my hypnosis and relaxation to help Nate afterwards when they were wanting to supplement him as an automatic protocol b/c he was 35 weeks.  His blood sugar was initially low and then I nursed him and it came back up but my first 12 hours there was spent arguing and delaying supplementation.  The first time I pumped just hours after birth I pumped 8 oz of colostrum! (that shut them up for awhile).  He never needed any supplementing.  I did need to pump and feed him with an SNS tube or syringe a couple of times b/c of his preemie nursing pattern but it only lasted a day and then he’s been off and running ever since.

Thanks Hypnobabies for a wonderful program.  While this birth was not pain-free it was *wonderful*.  I knew that working with my body to relax and visualize my cervix opening really made things go quickly.  The information that is provided helps couple navigate the hospital route so beautifully.

Kristen Jorgensen, HCHI
Denver, CO

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On April 5th I started having consistent and different pressure waves beginning in the morning, which is not the usual for me.  My body likes to prepare ALOT so I had pressure waves every evening 3-5min apart and lasting a min to 1.30 for about a week and a half now…..talk about teasers!  So this time I thought it must be it.  I just went about my day and would time them every now and then to see that they were still very consistent.  Well, that night I couldn’t sleep.  They were stronger and it didn’t feel comfortable to lay down through them anymore.  I popped in my easy first stage and tried to sleep through them, but was excited about what was coming :) I finally decided around 1am to call my midwife and tell her that I thought I was in my early birthing time, but that I could still manage the pressure waves pretty good so she didn’t need to come yet just giving her a heads up.  An hour later I felt like I needed to call her and see if she wanted to come set up.  So Mary Anne ended up arriving around 2:15am and checking my vitals and asking questions.  The minute she walked in the door everything sllllooowwed down!  I was so confused….she said that I was normal when they show up for things to stop progressing as much for a little bit almost like my body was nervous to perform, lol.  She talked me into to going back to bed and if this was it my pressure waves would wake me.  4 hours later…….I woke up completely fine and pressure waves gone!  Sooo embarrassing! Lol Poor Mary Anne stayed up all night at my house but assured me that this wasn’t her first rodeo with false alarms :) which brings me to April 6th.

I was pretty bummed about last night since I was a week over my guess date and was starting to get anxious about if I would get to have a home birth or not (you can’t have baby at home past two weeks).  Around 2pm I started feeling the same kind of pressure waves that I did the night before.  I described them as more “firery”….I know that is not a word, but it’s the only thing that came to mind.  A slight warming sensation when they would come on. (Editor’s note: “like a big warm hug for you and your baby?!”) So I decided to go about my day and just see what happens.  I even had an out of town friend that I hadn’t seen in a couple years come by around 2:30pm to hang out for a few and catch up.  I warned her that I was probably in my birthing time but it was no biggie and I would let her know if she needed to head out ha.  So about an hour of talking and walking around with her I calmly told her that it was time for me to call my midwife that this was happening tonight….needless to say she jetted out of here!  Mary Anne showed up about an hour later and my mom, husband, and her quickly started preparing the birthing tub and getting set up while I listened to my early birthing tracks, rolled on the birth ball, and swayed around the house breathing through waves.
The timeline of everything is still pretty fuzzy to me, but after what seemed like an hour the tub was finally ready!  Ohhhh was it soooo worth every penny!  The birthing tub was amazing and was just what I needed.  I stayed it the tub for a while skipping around through birthing day tracks and positive affirmations on my iPod.  Things started getting more intense and I felt the need to low moan and have pressure on my back.  I was drinking lots of water so I had to get out of the tub about three times to use the restroom.  I didn’t mind this even though it was awkward at times because I was determined to not feel “stuck” this time and I knew the more I moved the better chance of Cole moving down and out.  I could tell when I hit transition because the pressure waves were closer together and I started feeling like I was getting the break I needed between them.  I quickly realized I needed to just stay in the present and focus on getting through one pressure wave at a time and using low moan and ooooopen.  Finally my body started pushing which felt so good! I wish I could have pushed through transition lol.  My water quickly broke and I just went with it and pushed as my body allowed.
I didn’t know it at the time, but I felt a sense of urgency fill the room to get the baby out.  Later I found out that Cole’s heart rate had dropped and they didn’t want him in there long.  So I flipped to my back and pushed like it was my job until Mary Anne said okay we are getting you out are next push and on to the bed! I was like whaaaat, lol.  You want me to move? Lol. So of course I did and a few pushes later he was out!  Bright eyed and bushy tailed and 9pounds 23 inches :)
I am so happy that I did hypnobabies……it really helped me become mentally prepared for everything :) my techniques worked amazingly.  The tracks and finger drop were my savior in this birth for sure.  So happy how it all turned out and I would do it all again in a heart beat!

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Baby Annaleah Nancy was born Thursday May 10th, 2012 at 5:38am. She is
absolutely perfect, weighing 7lbs 10oz at birth, and  20in  long. Our
doctor even called her, “the perfect specimen”. She is a truly beautiful
baby, with dark brown hair and blue eyes, and was totally worth the 25
hours of birthing time it took for her to arrive.

My pressure waves started Wednesday May 9th at 4:30am. They started out
strong and fast, 2-3 minutes apart, at a minute long! They did slow down
after the first few, but stayed mostly at 2-5minutes apart the entire
time. I had very few that were a bit longer. So it was definitely
tiring.

The first 12 hours were amazing. I used the Hypnobabies techniques, and
they worked. I went into my doctor’s appointment at 11:30am Wednesday,
smiled and said, “I think baby is on the way.” She checked and I was 3cm
and 80% effaced. She suggested we go home, have lunch, and go to the
hospital. I’d wanted to wait to be further along, but with testing gbs
positive, also wanted to be sure I had enough time for antibiotics.

We got to the hospital at 2:30pm. So far, I still felt great. I was
talking and smiling through every pressure wave. The nurses kept looking
at the monitor, and asking, “Don’t you feel that?” They also told me
that when my doctor called to tell them we were coming in, she told
them, I’d probably seem like nothing was happening because I’m usually
pretty calm and quiet.

Shortly after we arrived, one of the nurses checked my progress. She
estimated me to be at 7cm already!  It felt amazing to hear I’d gone so
far, and had not even the slightest bit of discomfort. Unfortunately, my
doctor arrived shortly after, and a bit later, had to reluctantly tell
us I was not at 7cm, but at 4cm.

That set me back a bit. I’d been really calm and relaxed, and feeling
positive about everything. Suddenly I felt how slow things were going. I
started feeling more of the waves now too. I did manage to get
refocused, but it was hard after that to be as positive as I had been.

(editors note – this is a good example of why sometimes it is better not to find out how dilated you are.)

I was comfortable most of the night, though I had to spend way too much
time on the monitor, because baby girl kept moving. We walked the halls
some, slow danced, and I spent some time on the ball to try to get
things moving. Sometime in the night I started having some back
pressure. At that point I started using the shower. It actually helped a
lot. I wish our shower at home was that nice!  Mostly I tried to stay
relaxed and patient. I knew baby would come in her own time.

Around 3:30am Thursday, I lost my mucus plug. I was now at 7cm. Starting
at this point, my waves became very powerful and intense. I also started
having uncontrollable shaking, which lasted until after baby’s birth. I
kept repeating to myself that, “the stronger and more powerful my
pressure waves feel, the closer I am to holding our baby girl.” It
worked, as despite the intensity I managed to be able to sleep through
some waves right up until it was time for baby to be born.

About an hour later, maybe a bit less, my water broke. I was still at 7,
but progressed very quickly. I had a sudden intense urge to push in less
than half an hour. In fact, my body started trying to push on it’s own.
So they checked me again, and I was between 8 and 9 cm, but still had a
water bag.  My water had definitely broken, so this was strange. They
called for my doctor because regardless, things were going quick now!

A few minutes later, my doctor got to the room. She checked, and there
was a second bag of completely intact waters. She asked if I felt like I
could push with my next pressure wave. I told her, “I’ve been trying not
to push for the last half hour!” So on the next one, I pushed and my
second bag of waters broke with an explosive gush.

I felt baby’s head drop immediately, and was told to keep pushing.  I
used the ah breathing techniques in the Hypnobabies course to push. I
could hear one nurse telling me to hold my breath and push, but I just
stayed in my bubble of peace and kept doing what I knew was right for me
and baby. Our doctor never once gave me “how to” instructions. She
patiently sat on the edge of the bed, and stayed positive and
encouraging for us.  I did make some yelling sounds with pushing, which
surprised me. I’m usually very quiet, but it felt good to make a bit of
noise. After a few pushes, I tearfully declared I couldn’t do it because
I was too tired and wanted to sleep. My doctor knew just how to motivate
me though. She suggested I reach down and feel baby’s head, which was
crowning. So I did, and that was enough to give me that last bit of
energy needed. I said, “Come on out now baby girl”, then  I moved from
my side to a more upright, not quite a full squat position. I wanted to
be able to see her be born, and have gravity working for us as well. In
just a few pushes more her head was out. I moved one leg the slightest bit, and out slid our baby
girl.  She had a perfect shaped head, and wasn’t the least bit wrinkled.
Along with two bags of waters, she’d had a larger than normal placenta
to work with.

I will never forget what it was like to both feel and see her being
born, or how it felt to first hold her in my arms. The way she looked at
me and her Daddy so lovingly, is permanently etched in my mind. She
didn’t cry at all. She just looked around the room and smiled. Her Daddy
touched her hand, and she immediately grabbed onto his finger. It was
the most intense, most powerful, most beautiful experience of our lives.

I experienced so many powerful feelings and emotions during my birthing
time. I laughed, I cried, I sang, I even yelled a bit. Each one felt
good. By the end, I was exhausted. I’d had 25 hours of frequent, fairly
intense pressure waves. I am so thankful we decided to take the
Hypnobabies course. It really did help me to get through such a long
birthing time in an overall easy and comfortable way.

I remember telling Jeff, as I pushed her out, that this might be our
only baby. Truth is, I changed my mind about that the minute she was
born. I will never forget the way she looked at me, so happy, loving,
and peaceful. That alone made it all worth while. If we do have another,
we will be using Hypnobabies for that birth as well.

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