A Truly Enjoyable Hypnobabies Hypnobirthing Experience
“I rose up to my hands and knees and not two waves later I realized I was pushing! I dropped to my side and with the next wave I felt his head crowning! When my husband and doula realized what was happening, they called the team in – I heard them scrambling behind me (everything happened so fast there was no time to switch Hypnobabies tracks). Another push and I was at full stretch but felt the need to pause and felt my midwife supporting my perineum (I credit my pause and her efforts for not having any tears!), then another push and his head was out, one more pause, one more push and his whole body followed. I pulled him up to my chest and told him how proud I was of us having made that journey together.”
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(8:15 PM) On Friday evening I felt what I thought were Braxton Hicks pressure waves (Hypnobabies hypnobirthing term for contractions), but something felt different, they seemed too frequent. So, I jumped in the shower to see if they would go away, and although I didn’t feel any in the shower as soon as I got out they resumed. Given that my last birth was 6 hours, I was 4.5 cm and 80% effaced at my appointment 1 week prior, and I lived an hour from the hospital my OB recommended I head in and get checked out (listening to Easy First Stage).
(11:00 PM) In triage, they checked me, 5.0 cm and 90% effaced, did an ultrasound to estimate the size of the baby (8 lbs 5 ounces – way off), and monitored my pressure waves and the babies heart rate. The triage midwife asked me to rate my pressure waves on a scale of 1-10 and I said 4, but really, they were more like a 2 (I just didn’t want them to send me home), she looked surprised saying that the pressure waves looked stronger than that on the machine – thank you hypnosis! They called my OB to update her on my status; she said as soon as she came in, she would break my water and if I didn’t want to do that to switch to her partner midwife. I switched to the midwife and was so glad I did.
(11:45 PM) Aside from being on the continuous monitoring machine for too long and a failed saline lock attempt at the beginning, it was the birthing experience of my dreams! I was put on the wireless monitor and was able to move around freely just listening to Easy First Stage (Hypnobabies main birthing day track) on repeat. I was checked twice during my birthing time (Hypnobabies term for labor) (which was fine with me given my water had not broken yet). Honestly, I didn’t want to be too far along, I was really enjoying the experience (my last planned birthing experience) and unlike my first I was really able to take in my surroundings, bond with my husband, and feel the exciting sensations. Perhaps I was enjoying it a little too much because eventually (~5:30 AM), my midwife asked if I would like to break my water or try Pitocin because baby was not descending. Knowing that things would ramp up with either intervention, I asked for an hour of rest and to revisit the proposed ideas. I felt so well rested after that hour, but something still didn’t feel right – he didn’t feel like he was in the optimal position, and I knew it would be harder for him to reposition after the water had been broken, so my doula suggested we try on more maneuver before breaking the water and it worked! I felt a corkscrew type feeling and knew my baby was now ready too!
(7:40 AM) My midwife broke my water (8 cm, 90-100% effaced) and the very next pressure wave caught me a little off guard in regard to intensity. My doula asked if I wanted to move around, but I said I wanted to ride out a couple more of these new pressure waves to get my control back. Then I rose up to my hands and knees and not two waves later I realized I was pushing! I dropped to my side and with the next wave I felt his head crowning! When my husband and doula realized what was happening, they called the team in – I heard them scrambling behind me (everything happened so fast there was no time to switch Hypnobabies tracks). Another push and I was at full stretch but felt the need to pause and felt my midwife supporting my perineum (I credit my pause and her efforts for not having any tears!), then another push and his head was out, one more pause, one more push and his whole body followed. I pulled him up to my chest and told him how proud I was of us having made that journey together.
(8:09 AM) He was born not even 30 minutes after my water was broken, but I’m so glad I gave my body and my son time to prepare for those 30 minutes. He latched right away and despite their concerns about my glucose levels never had sugar issues. He was a healthy baby.
(1 week postpartum) Very few people post about this part, but I think it’s worth sharing. My recovery with this second Hypnobabies hypnobirthing has been so much easier in some ways and harder in others. Easier on the downstairs recovery, but harder for my uterus (the after waves were more intense than I anticipated even days later). And balancing a 2-year-old and a newborn is an art I’m still trying to master, but I have an incredibly supportive husband and family visiting from out of town and my older son seems to be welcoming the new addition with open arms!
I can’t recommend Hypnobabies hypnobirthing enough! Birth can be a truly enjoyable experience, not just one you “get through”. If raising kids wasn’t so demanding, I’d be popping out babies left and right!