April’s Overwhelmingly Successful Hypnobabies Birth
“After about an hour of pushing our baby girl was here!!! We were team green, so it was the best when they slid her underneath me (I birthed on all fours) and I was able to tell my husband we just welcomed our second daughter!! All in all, Hypnobabies was an amazing tool and I felt so in control and powerful!”
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On March 15th I awoke with my 3 year old at 5:30 am I was lying in bed trying to fall back asleep when I started to feel some very mild pressure waves (Hypnobabies word for contractions)(more along the line of practice waves) so I didn’t pay too much attention to them. After a couple of those I felt a sharp sensation then felt a pop! I started to feel liquid, so I got up to go to the bathroom and knew my water had broken! Luckily, I was wearing some depends type under wear over my regular underwear, so my mattress was spared! I then woke up my husband to let him know it was time!
At 6:30 am I called the doctor and they wanted me to come in right away, but I commented to them that my doctor and I discussed that I could stay home for up to 4 hours if my water broke. The doctor on call agreed and said I could stay at home for a few hours as long as baby was moving ok. At 6:56 I called our doula to let her know my water broke but that I was going to wait at home for a while to see if pressure waves got started on their own. I then took a shower, ate breakfast and got the rest of my hospital bag packed. I had some more pressure waves at home, but baby wasn’t moving great, so we decided to head for the hospital.
We dropped our daughter off at the neighbors until the grandparents could get there. We got to the hospital around 9 am and triaged. I was tested to see if my water actually broke and it definitely did. They then wanted to do a cervical check, but I denied since I didn’t want to introduce any unnecessary bacteria (I guess this triggered the nurse to call the on-call doctor). The on-call doctor came in to discuss the risks and the research regarding active vs passive management when it comes to birthing time (Hypnobabies word for labor) starting with water breaking. I had already done this research and was familiar with the studies she quoted, and I decided I was comfortable waiting 12 hour for birthing waves to start and if they didn’t then I was open to getting Pitocin.
The doctor was amazing and probably sat with us for 30 minutes discussing everything and she was super supportive. At this point I was hooked up to the monitor and was listening to my tracks and using my light switch (Hypnobabies tool to enter hypnosis) to get in and out of hypnosis between talking to doctors or nurses. This was the most uncomfortable stage for me since I had to be on my back for monitoring and there seemed to always be someone to talk to in triage so it was difficult to stay in Hypnosis with the constant interruption but my husband was awesome and knew to tell someone to wait until my wave was over. It also helped my waves weren’t too intense at the time.
Once in our room my doula arrived and while I did have to be on the monitor for the first 20 minutes, I was then able to get up and get on the birthing ball. (I required no other monitoring of the baby other than that first 20 minutes). I think I spent the majority of my time on the ball and it was great! At first I used my light switch to come in and out of hypnosis but as things progressed I spent most my time with my light switch off. My doula then recommended to do some waves on the toilet. At first, I was a little apprehensive since I was feeling a little modest and felt kind of weird having my husband seeing me straddle a toilet, but I got over it real quick! In hindsight I think this is where transformation (Hypnobabies word for transition) occurred.
Things got more intense and I started to use sounds and my Peace cue (Hypnobabies tool for instant physical comfort) during waves to disperse energy the waves also got intense to the point I had involuntary body movements. Part of my brain was questioning if my hypnosis was working since you are not supposed to move when in off, but I trusted in the process and decided that this is what my body needed to do. I have no idea how long I was on the toilet, but my tub was finally ready, so I got up to get in. However, hospital policy mandated that I have a cervical check before I get in the tub and at this point, I was probably about 6 hours into my birthing time, so I agreed. I really was mentally prepared for them to tell me I was at 5 or 6 and while they were checking I heard them say something, but it didn’t register lol. I then asked my husband what they said, and he said 9!!! Holy cow I was almost there!!
At this point I was overwhelmed with the fact I was going to do this and all my Hypnobabies practice was paying off! They still allowed me in the tub, and it felt amazing. Almost immediately though I started feeling pushy, but my doula instructed me not to since I was only at 9 and to breathe through the urge. That helped to a point but I then got to a point where I couldn’t resist the urge and so I had to get out of the tub so I could start pushing. As soon as I got out of the tub my second bag of waters broke and I was so ready to push!
I turned on the Pushing Baby Out track (Hypnobabies special track just for pushing) and started to push. The hardest part was learning to push down and through the discomfort to help get baby out. After about an hour of pushing our baby girl was here!!! We were team green, so it was the best when they slid her underneath me (I birthed on all fours) and I was able to tell my husband we just welcomed our second daughter!! All in all, Hypnobabies was an amazing tool and I felt so in control and powerful! The tracks kept me focused and my Peace cue was my go-to tool. My husband and doula were amazing partners and repeated the Peace cue with me during each wave!
My doula was not a hypno-doula but I gave her the cheat sheet of what the difference cues meant and the language that should be used (like waves). She even went so far as to correct a nurse who used the other word for waves! I am so thankful for Hypnobabies and have already recommended it to others. Thank you for this amazing tool!!