Emily’s Comfortable, Enjoyable Hypnobabies Hospital Birth
“I quickly sat crisscrossed on the bed, put my headphones on and continued welcoming my birthing waves while in center position. Oddly enough, sitting with my legs crisscrossed felt wonderful and I had no desire to move from that position. I can truly say for the next almost 2 hours I felt very comfortable and basically discomfort free. I was calm, relaxed, and actually enjoying my time.”
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This was my 3rd birth, but 1st unmedicated birth! My first two births were spontaneous births with epidurals, but I truly felt ready to fully experience the strength and intensity of birth. That is why I chose to have an unmedicated birth. I am SO thankful I found Hypnobabies and know for a fact that I had the birth of my dreams because of a good God and the techniques and practices I learned from Hypnobabies.
I began noticing small birthing waves (Hypnobabies term for contractions) around 10:00 am on July 5th. They were spaced about 8-10 minutes apart lasting 40 seconds and were very comfortable. I truly didn’t believe they were real birthing waves, so I went about my day cleaning house with my other kiddos, working in the garden, chasing our chickens… etc. It was a perfect final day with my just my big kids! What a blessing.
Around 1:30 pm I decided to lay down and really focus on the sensations and timing to decide if what I was feeling was indeed true birthing waves with a pattern. Lo and behold, after monitoring them for 40 minutes I realized they were coming steadily every 4-5 minutes lasting 45 seconds and were growing in strength. I was so excited and still very comfortable. I began listening to Birthing Day Affirmations while calling family to drive in and prepare our kids for the babysitter later on. I laid down with my daughter for her nap and cuddled her while I retold her birth story to her. Cue the lovely Oxytocin feelings already 😍 I felt the strength of my birthing waves picking up and decided to shower and pack my hospital bag. From 2:30-4:00 I listened to my affirmations while I happily and calmly prepared for our hospital stay and tidied up the house.
4:00 pm I decided it was time to enter hypnosis. I laid down in my cozy bed surrounded and supported by all the pillows and listened to Deepening Your Hypnosis (Hypnobabies track to deepen the level of hypnosis). I felt so relaxed and comfortable. I did my best to welcome each wave instead of resisting them. This small but significant thought helped greatly.
Around 5:00 pm I asked my husband to take our 2 kids to our friend’s house because I felt like I needed more of his support, physically and emotionally. Waves were coming strong every 3 minutes. They were gaining in intensity, but I was not perceiving them as anything other than a strong, intense sensation. With every wave, I reminded myself that I was feeling the sensation of a big, strong hug and the tightness of a pressure cuff. This mindset was huge and truly kept me comfortable until 30 minutes before my son was born!
We arrived at the hospital around 7 pm and I was placed in triage alone because of Covid restrictions. I kept one ear bud in (I listened to Easy First Stage (Hypnobabies main birthing track) on repeat the entire birthing time (Hypnobabies term for labor).) I found this stage to be difficult because of being restricted to the bed while laying down for 20 minutes of monitoring but I knew soon it would be over and we would be settled into our room. I also learned my midwife was not rotating that night and that I would be seeing the OB on call. *Deep breath… smile… all will be the way it should! * I let myself be disappointed for a few seconds and then quickly got back to work mentally!
8 pm I was reunited by husband and doula in our beautiful birthing room! I was so happy to be back with them. I quickly sat crisscrossed on the bed, put my headphones on and continued welcoming my birthing waves while in center position. Oddly enough, sitting with my legs crisscrossed felt wonderful and I had no desire to move from that position. I can truly say for the next almost 2 hours I felt very comfortable and basically discomfort free. I was calm, relaxed, and actually enjoying my time.
Around 9:45 they asked if they could check me before getting in the Jetted tub. I agreed because I was genuinely curious as well. I was a 7 and I felt a quick feeling of disappointment, but then snapped back to center and kept moving forward. At 10:00 pm it was time to get in the tub. Getting in the hot water felt heavenly. However, I realized after my first wave in the water that they felt different. Another wave later and I was deeply crying out the word Peace (Hypnobabies cue for instant physical comfort) and feeling my baby boy move deeper and deeper down.
This is the point I realized I was entering Transformation (Hypnobabies term for transition) because I started sweating and the waves were long and stronger than they had been before. My water broke while in the water and then my body started to push. My doula ran to get my nurse and the resident doctor (as the attending doctor wasn’t even at the hospital.) I was complete and my body was doing all the work of pushing. I couldn’t help it if I tried.
My hospital doesn’t allow birthing in the water so at a small moment of peace, my husband hoisted me out of the water and I knew I had approximately 10 second to get to the bed to birth, which is what I found to be most comfortable. I literally jumped out of the tub and ran to the bed and dove on my side. 4 minutes later at 10:17 pm my beautiful son was in my arms. I never actively pushed which was exactly what I had hoped for. The last 20-30 minutes of my birthing was intense, and I had a moment of fear where I vocalized to my husband and doula that I was afraid, but they immediately started to encourage and motivate me. I’m so thankful for their support especially at that mountain top moment.
My birth was everything I desired and pictured and even more. Hypnobabies worked and kept my birthing time comfortable and enjoyable!! My husband who was the biggest skeptic said that he is now a believer! 😂🙌🏻
If you made it to the end, thank you for reading my son’s birth story! I’m just so thankful I could experience birth in this way. It was remarkable ❤️