“Isaac made me laugh so hard at one point by trying to remind me of one of my Hypnobabies birth affirmations that says “every time a pressure wave ends, I smile and feel very happy” but he instead said: “remember, honey, that your uterus is smiling!” I kept picturing that during labor and cracked up every time!”
Calah’s birth was not at all what we were expecting, but it was amazing, miraculous, and wonderful. I was now 42+5 and totally stressing about it. It was the longest week of my life. I had originally planned another home birth, but now that I was post term, we were planning a hospital birth and I was going to be induced in two days. I went to the hospital’s L&D unit for my fourth BPP/NST. The nurse there was like “Is your due date a joke?” LOL. We got another 10/10, meaning the baby and the placenta still looked healthy, considering how prolonged this pregnancy was. While there, the attending checked my cervix and stripped my membranes. I had been having wimpy contractions through the day and I was hoping this would help them pick up. We left, got some dinner, and then got home around 7:20.
The contractions increased a bit in strength, but not in length or frequency, and I really didn’t think they were doing much of anything. I thought maybe it was early labor and I could have a baby by morning. I was so happy that my body was finally doing something! I put my Hypnobabies birthing day affirmations track on to listen to and went into self-hypnosis, while Isaac filled up the birth pool that was still set up in our bedroom so I could have a relaxing bath. I got in the pool around 8:20ish. I was comfortable and relaxed and totally quiet. I was in denial about being in active labor and Isaac didn’t even know I was still regularly contracting, let alone close to birth. At around 9:15, told Isaac to call everyone (our midwives, doula, and photographer) to tell them we would try to get to the hospital in 30-40 minutes. I wanted to make the 25 minute drive before things got intense and would be harder to manage in the car. I got out of the pool to use the bathroom quick before getting dressed to leave. When I went to pee, my water broke and I immediately began involuntarily pushing. I told Isaac to grab a towel and then he helped me stand up as I could feel her crowning. As soon as I stood, her head was born. I told Isaac “ok, be ready to catch her, and then just hand her to me.” Her shoulders hurt a bit but then she just slipped right out into Isaac’s hands with the towel. I sat back down as he handed her to me and I turned into “newborn nurse mode” (I am a neonatal RN) as I rubbed her with the towel and asked for a bulb syringe to suction her mouth. Isaac called our wonderful midwives right after and they arrived half hour later (as soon as possible) to take care of us. It was definitely not the most glamorous birth (haha), but it was quick, “easy,” and even kind of fun! An accidental unassisted home birth. I am so grateful we didn’t leave any sooner or she would have been born in the car on the thruway!!
The moral of the story: God is GOOD, faithful, and loving! He provided us with so much supernatural peace during the labor and the birth. As my sister in law encouraged me to do, I just kept “breathing in His grace and breathing out His praise” during the contractions. I never once felt out of control or in pain… just uncomfortable (and my previous births were not this easy, so I thought we had way more time). I guess third time is the charm … my hypnosis was SO extremely effective this time and I was just so happy that my pregnancy was almost over! Isaac made me laugh so hard at one point by trying to remind me of one of my Hypnobabies birth affirmations that says “every time a pressure wave ends, I smile and feel very happy” but he instead said: “remember, honey, that your uterus is smiling!” I kept picturing that during labor and cracked up every time! Praise God for his protection and grace!!!! And for a beautiful, alert, healthy baby girl! 12/27/14, 8 lb. 10 oz., 20.5″