I should have sent this email earlier but Greg and I have been exhausted. Our son, Nathan, was born on his due date, Friday, July 9th. He weighed 6 lb 10 oz and was 20″ in length. He had perfect apgar score and was 100% healthy. We couldn’t be any prouder with our new bundle of joy. Attached are a few pictures we took when he was born.
As far as the birthing process, Hypnobabies worked great for us and it was a very positive experience. I am somewhat disappointed that due to circumstances out of our control that we didn’t get the birth we have envisioned for so long. I am putting my birth story in this email but please don’t read if you think that stories about not having the exact birth you envisioned would have negative impact on you. I just wanted to share my experience and I wish the best of luck to everyone.
It all started on Wednesday, July 7th when I woke up around midnight to use the bathroom and saw some blood. I didn’t think much of it and went back to bed. I woke up a few times that night which wasn’t unusual, especially during the last few weeks of my pregnancy. I got up in the morning and decided to work from home instead of going in. I felt the pressure waves coming and going but I thought those aren’t real pressure waves since I didn’t have problems talking through them. Greg and I decided to do some last minute shopping for the baby and went out for lunch. I continued to have pressure waves but they were so manageable that I didn’t think they were the real thing. I put in a full day of work in between pressure waves and that night the pressure waves came so much closer together than Greg decided we should time them. They were about 3.5-5 minutes apart and we decided to go to the hospital.
***SPOILER*** This is the part where our plan deviated. The progress of my pressure waves slowed down when we were at the hospital. After my water broke, somehow the umbilical cord was in a sticky position where it got pinched and the baby’s heart rate dropped dangerously low. In order to ensure the baby was ok, we went through an emergency C-section. I didn’t get the birth I had envisioned but I must say that I wouldn’t have done anything differently. My ultimate goal was to have my baby in my arm all safe and healthy and I accomplished that.
Hypnobabies techniques worked great during the time I was having the pressure waves and if not for the problem with the baby’s heart rate, I am convinced that we would have a very successful birth.
I am proud of what we have done during the time we were in the hospital. I am actually surprised how easy and manageable the whole process was and both Greg and I were amazed with the new found strength I have in me considering I was not able to stay awake for any single sessions we have had.
I would have written the email a lot sooner if we are not struggling with breastfeeding. For some reasons I am having problems producing enough for our baby and we ended up hiring a lactating consultant. Things have improved but still not quite where I could successfully breastfeed without the need for supplement.
Anyway, we are still getting into the groove of being new parents and so far we learned a lot about ourselves and our baby. We hope you guys have the best of luck and have the birth of your dreams.
Julie and Greg