Emily’s Incredible Hypnobabies Home Waterbirth
“You got this mamas. This was such an incredible birth and not once did I think “I can’t,” which I did with my first. Because we can. Our bodies and minds are incredible, especially when we give in to how they work together.”
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We welcomed our little guy into the world last night at 10:41. Hypnobabies did something real and amazing for me.
Two nights over the last 4, I woke up with waves 7 minutes apart. I thought it was time both times. I listened to Birthing Day Affirmations and timed everything but they fizzled out after 4ish hours.
These waves started again Sunday at 5 PM, yet again 7 minutes apart. I was in denial, but I updated my birth team. Even after they creeped up to 5ish minutes apart by 8, I was not processing that it was time. Nonetheless, I listed to the Birthing Day Affirmations as I put my 2 year old to bed and just tried to relax.
By 8:30-9, I was 4 minutes apart, and my birth team, needing to drive an hour to get to me, decided to make their way over. I was listening to my Easy First Stage track at this point and leaning on our kitchen counter for support. My husband did some massages through each wave and said Peace regularly.
Funny enough, about 30 minutes through the track, my audio player switched the music over to my child’s music class songs (think Old McDonald). Had I not been using Hypnobabies, I truly believe this would have frustrated me, but we laughed every time. I just restarted the track every time it happened. I wasn’t ever in a fully supported position when the track said to release, so I just put myself in the center position. I needed to move through each wave.
My birth team arrived between 9:30-10, at which point I was chatting, laughing, enjoying the scene between each wave. During each wave, my husband did the abdominal lift and tuck because the most intense part was the gravitational pull downward as I leaned over. Each wave felt like a few seconds.
About 10:15, I got pretty hot and needed some cool rags. I was still walking and talking and letting people know what I needed. I was somewhat shaky but felt so in control and like I was just riding those waves. I always had a hard time picturing my orange hypno-anesthesia, but whatever I did picture or direct toward my abdomen was working well.
At 10:30ish, I needed to go sit on the toilet. I thought I was needing to use the restroom. Sitting there was a little discomforting, but something was telling me to be there. Waves were now pretty on top of each other, but I could hear my tracks pushing me deeper relaxed. I was starting to get a little more antsy and taken over by the intensity, but then I suddenly asked my doula if it was crazy to feel the need to push. She told me to relax through this and open up to it. Well, when your body wants to push, it pushes. ?With a first pushing wave at 10:39, my water broke. I actually tried to look in the toilet because I thought baby fell out. ??
They asked if I wanted to move to the pool, and I expressed that I didn’t know I could. After a pushing wave, my team got me up and I waddled out to the pool. My husband was frantically putting on the Pushing Baby Out track when he heard I was pushing I was a little unsure of how to get in the pool, but I did. I crouched down and someone told me to feel down to see what was going on. His head was half out, and with another push, fully out, and one more, fully born. I was immediately in shock and then all I could do was laugh and smile. ?
You got this mamas. This was such an incredible birth and not once did I think “I can’t,” which I did with my first. Because we can. Our bodies and minds are incredible, especially when we give in to how they work together.