“In my early birthing time I kept visualizing my Special Safe Place with my husband and baby and actually smiled and enjoyed my waves. As waves became more intense at the end I kept telling myself … Release, Relax, and Peace in my mind as I “aaahed” my way through waves.”
After going two days past the guess date, my waters broke at 1:30 pm as my husband and I were doing some Spinning Babies movements (and mainly laughing) to have baby in the best position for her birthing time that we hoped was imminent. I felt a tiny ‘pop’ and as I began to stand knew my waters had broken. Calmly, I of course had to finish the dishes, bake cookies for the nurses that would be present for her birth, and finish the laundry.
I noticed pressure waves at 3 pm and stopped tending to the house and turned on the Your Birthing Time Begins track to see what we should be doing to prepare for birth. I had already done all of the recommended tracks for that day and decided to just plug my headphones in and listen to the relaxation music. My pressure waves seemed easy and comfortable. Laying across my birth ball felt amazing – something I never enjoyed using until that moment.
We decided to go on a walk to see if we could encourage baby to come. I paused as we walked during each pressure wave. I never felt the waves were painful. I kept questioning when to make the 30 min trip to the hospital but felt confident that my body would tell me. Waves became more regular and my husband timed them at approximately 1 min long, every 3 min, which lasted an hour. We started to load up our car and 15 min later I told him we needed to leave, now.
The waves were suddenly telling me something different – but were not painful and I was not scared. We got to the hospital by 9 pm and waited in triage for a bit before someone came to check on our progress in order to determine if we could move to a birthing room with a tub. I was 6.5cm dilated and the nurses were shocked. They kept saying how calm and collected I was for the amount of progress.
They quickly let us into a birthing room and I continued to hang over a birthing ball like I did at home – enjoying the release that it offered. After an hour or so of pressure waves the nurse asked if I felt I needed to get in the tub. I told her I wasn’t sure and that I was still pretty comfortable. The nurse decided to check my progress again – most likely based on the change in sounds I was making and I was 8.5cm dilated.
The team quickly filled the tub and the warm water felt amazing. Things slowed for about 15 min as I rested in the tub and by 12:50 am our daughter was born. I never reached a point where I thought I couldn’t do it. The midwife kept telling me not to be afraid and keep pushing … I never felt afraid. The only track we used was the background music. Everything seemed to happen so quickly and calmly that we didn’t think to do anything different.
In my early birthing time I kept visualizing my Special Safe Place with my husband and baby and actually smiled and enjoyed my waves. As waves became more intense at the end I kept telling myself Release, Relax, and Peace in my mind as I “aaahed” my way through waves – opening my birth canal for baby’s departure.
I’m so thankful for the calmness that Hypnobabies offered us and felt like the whole birthing time flew by – likely from the hypno-anesthesia that I was able to create from months of preparation and maintenance. We will definitely be using Hypnobabies again if we have more children.