I have been lurking for a while and gave birth to a beautiful baby
boy Sept 8th. Here’s my story:
I started the home lessons in my 27th week. Previously I had used the other birth hypnosis method and had some success, so I tried this one this time hoping for more success.
I found with 2 other kids at home, a full time job and other
responsibilities, I was not able to do enough of the program. I did
learn a lot from the reading, but did not even realize there was a
workbook until too late! I listened to all the tracks and tried to
practice the finger drop technique as much as possible, but I am not
sure how well I was doing it. What I did do was spend a LOT of time
on the exercise ball. I did all my computer work on it and was
sitting and bouncing and rolling around on it until the birth.
Here’s the story:
At 37 1/2 wks, my family and I went to see Mary Poppins on Broadway. That nite my husband and I were having a very intense “discussion” probably spurred on by my raging hormones which were pretty much in check until that point (the whole time I was on that ball, moving and stretching around). At about 1 am we decided we needed to rest and threw in the towel.
I went to go get for bed and my water broke. This was 1:30. My husband had just fallen asleep, so I got in to bed with my MP3 player to relax and listen to hypnobabies. I did not get a chance to do any hypnobabies because i kept looking at the clock with every pressure wave and saw that they were 2 minutes apart! This was 1:45 am. I had had some bloody show that week and more that day.
After trying a few times to relax and ride through them, I decided at
2 minutes apart I’d better get up, wake my husband, and figure out
who was going to come stay with my other kids so we could get to the
hospital ASAP. I had to concentrate on getting coverage for my kids
so I was not able to do hypnobabies. I was chewing on ice in the
kitchen, and on the phone trying to get someone to come. We finally
got someone at 2 am to come, got in the car after first riding
through a wave outside the car, leaning on my husband. I couldn’t
really sit in the car as i was pretty much sitting on the baby’s
head, so I leaned to the side and listened to the labor hypnobabies
track. I closed my eyes and was able to get into some sort of zone
but my husband was racing through NYC streets and I feared for my
When we got to the hospital my husband got me a wheelchair since I
felt if I stood up the baby would fall out. He frantically wheeled me
in. This must have been about 3:00 am. I had to push in the elevator. Then I had to push at Admitting with the nurses yelling at me to stop. Someone took the headphones off my head, threw me on a gurney and we were racing through the halls. They wanted to transfer me to a delivery bead and I just laughed and pushed the baby out on the gurney. I am lucky someone caught him! It helped that I yelled “I’M PUSHING AND IT’S COMING OUT NOW!!”.
Gotta make yourself heard. My eyes were closed pretty much the whole time, except when I told the nurse to stop yelling at me and asked for a new nurse and begged her to be nice to me. And when they asked my social and dob.
Elisha Haim was born at 3:35 am, just 2 hours after my water broke
and I had any inkling that he was coming.
Not sure if Hypnobabies or the ball had anything to do with the fast
birth or if the “discussion” with my husband did the trick, but it
was very fast, relatively pain free, and aside from trying to keep
the baby in and wishing I was having a home birth, it was really very
That’s my story!