Hypnobabies rocks! Keep practicing and I know you all will be amazed on your baby’s beautiful birth day. I’ll post Danielle’s complete birth story soon but here are the highlights in a nutshell:
Danielle Nicole was born on January 12 at 8:39 pm (guess date was Jan 21st). She was 6 pounds 15 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long at birth.
She is doing very well – eating like a champ and her mom, dad and brother are just in awe. I was able to convince the doctors to discharge us just shy of 24 hours after she was born and we have been much more comfortable getting to know each other at home!
I was able to use all my Hypnobabies skills to “labor” at home for most of Monday. We arrived at the hospital just in time on Monday evening – around 6 pm – and she was born about 2 1/2 hours later.
That is not to say that it was a short labor. I had prodromal labor that began on Saturday. The regular 5 minutes apart pressure waves began on Monday morning and I was able to stay at home for most of Monday until my water broke around 5 pm and the pressure waves were about 2 minutes apart.
We packed up the car and headed off to the hospital at around 5:30 or so. Before we knew it the baby was on her way and nothing could have stopped her ;-). The doctor didn’t get there in time and it was the nurse and Daddy who “caught” her. I’ll save the details for later.
The humorous part is that when the nurse realized she was coming RIGHT THEN she ran out to get some help. My poor husband could see that she was coming out and he was all by himself. I heard him yell “She’s coming NOW!” and then say “Where is the call button?”. For a brief moment I thought he might be leaving to go find the nurse and I begged him not to leave. Five seconds later three nurses rushed in just as she was born – one nurse helped to guide her out as my husband caught her while the other nurses started frantically grabbing supplies. My husband said it looked like a comedy routine down to the baby just about flying across the room.
It was everything I had hoped Hypnobabies would help me with –
- the ability to stay at home as long as possible
- a quick birth once we arrived at the hospital
- an alert, healthy, beautiful baby
- who was able to nurse immediately.