Baby Octavia’s Fast, Comfortable Hypnobabies Waterbirth
“I was listening to my Easy First Stage track (Hypnobabies main birthing time (labor) hypnosis track). My mom was with me in the back of van and hubby was driving us. During my pressure waves (Hypnobabies word for contraction) I could feel my cervix opening and could tell the baby was moving down.”
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When I woke up the morning of 3/10/18 I had some fresh blood when using the restroom. It continued to come out throughout the morning with some mucus. No other clues at until around early afternoon when it was accompanied by a very dull ache. By 1 to 1:30 pm I felt like I was having Braxton Hicks but they were very close and patterned about 3 min apart. I let my midwives know about all as I went but wasn’t sure if it was my actual birthing day or just getting much closer.
About 2 pm (I was actually at a lake fishing about 1-1/2 hours away from the birth center and 30-40 min away from home. We decided to call grandparents for my older 2 and head to birth center. During that drive, which was longer than planned, I was in the back seat of the van listening to my Birthing Day Affirmations at first. About when we got to my house to drop off kiddos with my in-laws and pick up my mom to head to birth center the pressure waves (Hypnobabies word for contraction) were strong enough to feel like I wanted a different position during them, also made me realize I wouldn’t have time to shower before leaving to birth center.
Back on the road, I was listening to my Easy First Stage track (Hypnobabies main birthing time (labor) hypnosis track). My mom was with me in the back of van and hubby was driving us. During my pressure waves, I could feel my cervix opening and could tell the baby was moving down. The pressure waves grew in strength but were still not overwhelming. When we arrived at the birth center at 4:16 pm I was checked. My waters hadn’t broken but the bag was bulging. I was 100% effaced and fully dilated. I quickly changed into clothes for the birth pool and after a pressure wave or 2 got into the pool. One or 2 waves later and my waters broke.
Soon I felt the urge to push. Once I got the head out they flipped me on all fours, the cord was wrapped around babies neck. They got the cord after a little bit of nerves in the atmosphere. They had to stimulate baby for a while but soon she was crying and perfect. Daddy got to catch the baby. I felt the head when it was half out and when it was in the birth canal still.
With a few unplanned bumps along the way, everything went well and smoothly. Baby Octavia was born just 30 min after arriving at the birth center at 4:46 pm. This was the fastest and by far the most comfortable birthing day experience I have ever had. It was so beautiful compared to some very not so beautiful ones I’d been through. Hypnobabies helped me stay calm and focus on the positive side of all the sensations and things I experienced during my birthing time (Hypnobabies word for labor). I will definitely be using Hypnobabies for any future babies and letting others know how well it worked for me!