Alexander was born on May 18. It was an easy birth, and I am so grateful for Hypnobabies to help me stay relaxed and calm even though things didn’t go exactly as I had planned.
I went to see my OB on Monday the 17th, 6 days past my guess date of May 11. I had an ultrasound and an exam, and my OB told me that my amniotic fluid level was very low and that I needed to go into the hospital that night to be induced. I was dilated to a 3, but not fully effaced. She knew of my desire for a natural birth and use of Hypnobabies, so she said that she would start me on a low dose of pitocin and then come into the hospital in the morning to check me and break my water. I was really disappointed to have to be induced again (this was my 3rd birth, first hypnobabies, second time going natural), and I cried on the way home from the doctor’s office. I had all afternoon to calm myself down and just accept that this was my situation and to make the best of it that I could.
I went into the hospital around 9:30 pm that night. The nurses already had a copy of my birth plan that I had included with my preadmission paperwork, but we had to make some adjustments with the induction (mainly I would need an IV and have to be put on continous monitoring since I was being induced and due to the low amniotic fluid).
They hooked me up to the pitocin around 11:30 pm or so. They offered me Ambien to help me sleep, which I took, especially since my DH forgot his headphones and “borrowed” mine. I slept soundly and woke up refreshed around 6 am. The nurse told me baby was doing great and that my OB would be in around 8 am to break my water. I was still completely comfortable and the pressure waves were barely noticeable.
After a breakfast of broth and jello, my OB came in to check me and break my water. She said I was dilated to 5 cm and my cervix was nice and soft. She then broke my water, and barely anything came out. They weren’t kidding when they said my fluid was low.
Shortly after, my pressure waves started to increase in intensity, so I got on the birth ball and started listening to “easy first stage” on my ipod. I got about halfway through, when I could hear my DH and nurse behind me talking. I tried to focus and block them out, but after hearing them debate whether or not I was asleep, I turned my switch to center, sat up and asked, “is there something you need?”, and the nurse told me when I leaned forward on the bed, the monitor slipped off and she needed to adjust it. So, I sat up through the next wave while she held the monitor in place to check baby’s heartbeat.
Then I felt like I needed to use the bathroom, so I got up and went in and started to feel sick and started to sweat and shake at the same time. I was in there what felt like forever leaning over the sink resting on my arms. Finally, the sensation of feeling ill passed, and I got back up and went and sat on the birth ball.
After a few more pressure waves, I told the nurse that I would need to push soon and to call my OB. She asked if I wanted her to check me first and I agreed, so she checked me and said I was at an 8 and had a small lip left. Once I got on the bed, I had an overwhelming urge to push. The nurse told me not to, but I couldn’t help it, so I ignored her and pushed anyway.
At this point, I remember I lost focus a bit and couldn’t relax. I remember lying on my side clutching the bed rail and was very tense. I regained my focus, though, and even though I wasn’t relaxed, I concentrated very hard on visualizing the baby moving down the birth canal. After about 2 or 3 more pressure waves, my OB arrived and said the baby’s head was right there and I could push him out with the next wave. So during the next wave, I really focused and pushed him out in 3 pushes. I was trying to concentrate so hard that even after he was out, my OB finally said, “um…you can open your eyes now!”
Alexander was born at 10:03 am, about 2 hours after my OB broke my water. I was completely comfortable until I hit transformation, and even then I felt that things were totally manageable. I had some clots that they had to push out after the baby was born, and what I remember as being excruciating with my second birth was no more than mild discomfort this time around.
It was such an amazing birth, and went much more smoothly than my last birth without Hypnobabies. The nurses and staff were really impressed, and before I was transferred to the postpartum room, my nurse came in to thank me for letting her be a part of it, which I thought was kind of funny, since she was such a great help to us. If we decide to have any more babies, I will definitely use Hypnobabies again. Not only did I have a great birth experience, this was by far my most comfortable pregnancy, and I feel that is because of all the relaxation techniques and positive affirmations used in the program. My entire pregnancy and birth experience was better than I thought possible.