Alyssa’s Beautiful Hypnobabies Home Birth
“These moments are just so indescribable, so magical. It was surreal that I was finally meeting this person that was growing inside of my body for the past forty weeks. I felt nothing but bliss, and strength.”
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My guess date was April 3rd and the day had come and gone. This was my third baby and I had wrongfully assumed that she would come early like my second baby did. Feeling a little defeated, I listened to *Come Out Baby” (Hypnobabies track to encourage baby to be born) got back into bed. As I got settled in bed, I started feeling some uncomfortable pressure waves (Hypnobabies term for contractions), I was in denial that it was the start of birthing time (Hypnobabies term for labor) so I tried to get back to sleep. Instead, I tossed and turned as the waves started to become stronger and more uncomfortable.
After a while I thought I should start timing them to see how often they were happening. An hour passed and the waves were happening every six minutes. I decided to wake up Charlie. He jolted awake, looked at me with excitement and asked, “is it happening?” I replied with a skeptical “I think so!” Immediately following this short conversation things started to move quickly. I turned on my Hypnobabies tracks and tried moving around, attempting anything and everything to get comfortable. I rolled on the birthing ball, I sat on the toilet, laid on my bed, paced in our bedroom. Eventually I ended up laying on our closet floor in fetal position. I don’t know why, but I felt so relaxed right there. Whenever a pressure wave started I would tense up, unsure of myself, but then as myself or Charlie cued “Peace” (Hypnobabies track for instant physical comfort) I would immediately calm down and could feel a wave of peace wash over me.
After a while of riding the waves I realized that they were four or less minutes apart, and thought it might be time to call my Midwife and Birth Photographer. It was three o’clock in the morning and my Midwife texted me saying that they were about thirty minutes away. Our birth photographer, Dallas, arrived and in between pressure waves I moved from the closet floor to our bed. At this point I was not tracking my pressure waves; they were coming quick and strong and my sole focus was on getting through them. Every time I did felt like a huge victory, a step closer to the finish line. At three-thirty our Midwife, Maya, arrived and started doing vitals. Next, she said that she was going to check to see where we were at. I didn’t hear her say anything and I just assumed that we still had a way to go.
Shortly after that our other midwife Sam and my sister arrived. I was laying on my side on our bed and I felt so much pressure in my bottom. I had no idea what was happening, this was my first natural birth, and all of this was uncharted territory for me. My body just took over and was doing what it was made to do. As my body continued to open and stretch, I suddenly felt a huge gush which turned out to be my water breaking. Next, I felt pressure and burning and everyone in the room started to get excited, I realized that her head was out and that I was so close to meeting my baby. I heard her let out a loud cry and then I heard “grab your baby!” So, I pulled her out and up onto my chest.
These moments are just so indescribable, so magical. It was surreal that I was finally meeting this person that was growing inside of my body for the past forty weeks. I felt nothing but bliss, and strength. The next few hours were so joyous, I held my brand-new baby, soaking her in, in my own bed as the midwives cleaned up. Charlie woke up our two other children and they met their new baby sister. Our photographer captured all of these precious moments. My sister brought me food, water, and kept the two older kids happy. I had never felt more at peace. Pure bliss was just radiating throughout our home.
Marigold Rae was born at 3:50 am (only about 20 minutes after the midwives arrived). She was 7 lbs 1 oz. She was such a light to our family during such a strange time in the world. Our hearts are truly bursting with gratitude and love.
“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers- strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.” – Barbara Katz Rothman. I am so grateful that I felt called to choose a home birth for this birth. Having two previous medicated births in a hospital this was a completely different experience. But my body did it and I believe there is no greater high. This birth has given me so much confidence in my choices, my body, and in motherhood. The Hypnobabies program fostered that confidence in me every day with the affirmations track. I am forever grateful to finding the program and fully trusting in it and in turn getting a beautiful birthing experience!