Nora’s Birth – Pushing Minutes after getting to hospital
May 6, 2011 by enjoybirth
I wanted to thank you sincerely for such a wonderful site and offer my Hypnobabies story. I love hearing birth stories but once I started my Hypnobabies self study course, I found myself steering clear of all birth stories. I was worried I would hear something negative and my bubble of peace wouldn’t do it’s job. I came across your website when I was about 30 weeks pregnant and it was a breath of fresh air. I needed to hear those positive and beautiful stories. Thank you for sharing them!
If you are still collecting stories for your website, here is mine. It was not an entirely painfree childbirth but it was very close to it. This was my 2nd birth and my first hypnobaby. With my first child, I was in labor for close to 11 hours and it was not a very good experience (except for the beautiful outcome – my son!). My birthing time with this birth was the complete opposite.
I woke up on my due date about 2:30 in the morning
and just didn’t feel right. My stomach hurt and I was uncomfortable so I got up and started walking around my living room a bit. I realized I was having pressure waves and they weren’t very consistent but I could really feel them. About 3, I decided to get together my things and take a shower before I woke up my husband. When I woke him up at 3:30, he wanted to know how far apart my ctx were and I had no idea. He started timing them for me while playing in an online poker tournament. I would say, ‘write down the time’ when I felt one start. And he’d write it down and go back to his game. (BTW, he finished 7th in the tournament. lol)I walked around my living room and when I would feel a pressure wave, I would kneel over my birthing ball and rock back and forth, concentrating my mental anesthesia where I needed it. At 4, my husband told me my pressure waves were really inconsistent. I said, I’d rather them be inconsistent here than at the hospital! I decided to listen to my Easy First Stage cd from Hypnobabies to regulate them.
I flipped my light switch to the center and continued leaning over my birthing ball. I would say to myself, open open open and I really could feel my cervix opening. At 4:30 when my pressure waves were consistently 4 min apart, I had my husband call his mom to come watch our son. He said Why? I said because I don’t wanna have this baby here! I was kind of hungry and trying to listen to my body so I ate a couple bites of toast. Not as delicious as I had hoped. His mom got there about 5:15 and my pressure waves were 2 min apart at that point. I was ready to go!
We left for the hospital and I put on my birthing day affirmations cd. It was relaxing and positive but being in the car for 20 min was tough. I just closed my eyes and focused on the cd. My husband actually asked me if I was still having contractions! He then went by mcd’s but they were closed so we stopped for a few minutes at the gas station while he bought a paper, donuts, and a breakfast sandwich.
We arrived at the hospital at 6:00. I walked in and they said yes? I said yeh I’m in labor. They got me back into a triage room and the tech guy was getting me hooked up to the ctx and fetal monitor. I was getting really pissy about having to lay down. My husband was just bsing with the guy while they tried to get the monitor in the right spot. The baby was freaking out about the monitor being on her and all of a sudden she kicked REAL hard and then I heard POP! And my water broke everywhere.
I said “oooh. My water broke”…And that was the end of my pleasantness! I don’t know if I suddenly lost my focus or what but my pws went from being completely manageable to being very intense. I started to feel really pushy and they wanted me to lift up to put a pad under my butt. NO! They wanted me to lay on my back to be checked. NO! I started to puke up my couple bites of toast, yum.
The nurse agreed to check me on my side while I was still in triage and I was complete and +2. No wonder I was feeling pushy! They rolled me down the hall to a delivery room and asked me to move beds. I said NO once again. But I had to….so I finally just sucked it up and moved. Right away the dr came in and they set everything up for delivery.
The dr insisted that I push the traditional way and I was trying to tell him no, my dr had said it was ok to push how I wanted but he didn’t care and I just wanted the baby out. I used the Hypnobabies suggestion and ‘talked’ to my baby, assuring her that we could do this and that she was just fine. Out loud, I was saying “I can do this I can do this I can do this.” So I put my legs in the stirrups and they said push when you feel like it. I used the Ah technique suggested by Hypnobabies and it was incredibly effective!
3 pressure waves later at 6:57am, Nora Christine was born. She weight 8lb 3oz and was 21 inches long.
The nurses and my husband were astonished! The nurses kept telling me, you make this look so easy. My husband is a bit ornery so he wasn’t quite as vocal about his surprise at the ease of my birthing time. He did tell me he was disappointed he hadn’t gotten to read the paper! He had misjudged how my birthing time was progressing because he expected it to be similar to my first child’s birth.
In addition to having such a wonderful birth experience, I fully credit Hypnobabies for the length of my birthing time and the timing itself. I had used imagery to picture my birthing time from beginning to end during my last few weeks. In my mind, my husband would be home (he often works out of town), I would comfortably “labor” at home, arrive at the hospital at least 8cm dilated, and have my baby within 4 and a half hours from my first pressure wave.
The mind is an incredible thing! And Hypnobabies truly works. Once my children are older, I’m very interested in becoming a hypnodoula myself. In the mean time, I just want to share my story and let women know that childbirth does not need to be a terrifying and painful event.
You are certainly welcome to share my birth story if you so choose. Otherwise, thank you again for you website. I hope other women find it as positive and inspiring as I did.