Courtney’s Quick Hypnobabies Hospital Birth
“On the way to the hospital, I started to feel pushy and was glad I trusted in my instincts that it was time to go. I got there ready to push.”
So excited to share my wonderful, beautiful birthing story!
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I woke up around 3:30am in the morning because my pants were wet, and I thought I was losing more of my mucus plug. After getting cleaned up, I noticed another trickle. Since I’d just gone pee, I was pretty sure it was my water.
I wasn’t having any strong birthing waves (Hypnobabies term for contractions) yet, so I decided to let my husband sleep and went down to make some breakfast, anticipating I might not feel like eating later but would need the energy. I started listening to Your Birthing Time Begins (Hypnobabies reminder of what tools for birthing) while eating and then went to lay down on the couch while listening to Special Safe Place. My birthing waves became stronger while listening and I decided it was time for listening to Fear Clearing (Hypnobabies track to release fear). I also decided it was time to wake up my husband and contact grandparents for childcare.
My husband handled arranging for childcare and taking care of some things around the house while I got in the tub and listened to Easier First Stage (Hypnobabies main birthing time track). I had been timing my birthing waves to know when I should call triage/head to the hospital. They were not very consistent but seemed to be getting closer together. I decided it was time to leave despite them not being evenly spaced.
On the way to the hospital, I started to feel pushy and was glad I trusted in my instincts that it was time to go. I got there ready to push. They quickly moved me into my room, and I began squatting and pushing on the bed. I asked my husband to play Pushing Baby Out (Hypnobabies track just for pushing) out loud in the room.
I found making low, guttural noises really helpful. I felt like I needed to pee and moved to the toilet. I couldn’t release my bladder, but this seemed to be the perfect position for baby to turn (he wasn’t quite facing back). I pushed and felt him drop enough that I decided I better get off the toilet if I didn’t want to have him there! I got back in bed and my husband and midwife each pushed on a hip while I worked on pushing him out. They also applied a warm compress (without my even needing to ask!). I could feel him coming back and forth, gently stretching my perineum out. I was so thankful for my Hypnobabies training that left me feeling happy that the pushing process was slow instead of discouraged.
After some strong focused pushing, my midwife told me I could reach down and feel his head. It was so neat to feel his soft head starting to come out of me. When he came, it felt like he was gently sliding out of me. I apparently have a very small tear in the front and back- but I didn’t feel any tearing at all, and I’m shocked at how much better everything feels postpartum than with my non-Hypnobabies birth.
My midwife had helped me out of my bra right before he came, so I was able to pull him right up to my chest. They wrapped us up in warm blankets while I held him. My husband, who isn’t a fan of blood had told me he wouldn’t cut the cord (he had previously had a bad experience with my step son/cutting it too soon). However, our birthing team was so respectful of all our wishes that he was confident it had stopped pulsing and was safe to cut.
Grayson Isaac came at 9:40a on January 6th. He was 7lb 13oz and 21 inches long. I am so in love and proud of both of us!