First Time Mom Brooke’s Quick, Comfortable Hypnobabies Birth
“I birthed her on my hands and knees on the hospital bed with only 4 pushes. Our sweet baby girl was born at 4:25, just 2 hours and 25 minutes after getting to the hospital.”
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On August 7th I woke up at 3:30 am having light pressure waves (Hypnobabies word for contractions) as I had for the 2 weeks prior. My guess date (Hypnobabies word for due date) wasn’t until the 11th so I was sure it was just my body practicing as it had been. This time though they were coming about every 30 minutes. I had a prenatal massage at 10 am. During my 50-minute massage, I had 3 pressure waves. So, I thought to myself that’s really irregular, it’s for sure Braxton Hicks and if it was really time I would just know. Right?
I went to lunch with my mom and husband around noon. During lunch, the waves started to get stronger. They were around 12 minutes apart at that time. After lunch, my husband and I went to get gas and I had a stronger pressure wave on the way. He was getting nervous after that one and decided he’d cancel his afternoon plans and just stay with me and we could relax. I told him not to and I was sure they’d go away. He canceled anyway. On the way home from the gas station I had 2 more waves. They were now about 5 minutes apart and it had only been an hour since they got stronger. My husband said, “Are we going to have a baby today?” I said I didn’t think so but maybe he should pack his bag just in case. He told me to call the doctor to see what they say. I called as he’s running around the house tossing clothes in a bag 😂
They said if they were 5 minutes apart for the last hour to come on in. At that point, they were somewhere around 3-4 minutes. On the way, I started listening to my tracks. We got to the hospital at 2:00 pm but didn’t bother with letting our families (except my mom) know because I thought they would check me and tell me to go home because it wasn’t time.
We got checked in and up to L&D with the waves about 2-3 minutes and I was dilated 5-6 cm so it was definitely my birthing time (Hypnobabies word for labor)! I just really didn’t think it was time because I was so relaxed and the pressure waves weren’t uncomfortable like I expected.
After that, it was kind of a blur because it went so quickly. I spent most of the time on the floor on my hands and knees because that was most comfortable. At some point, the nurse had asked me if I was wanting anything for pain because she hadn’t brought it up when I got there. I told her that I hadn’t planned on anything but I’d let her know if I needed it later on. My husband and my mom were very supportive and read me some of their birthing prompts. When I would start to lose focus and control, my mom would remind me to go to my Special Safe Place, describing it, and asking if I could see it. That helped me relax deeper and regain focus. I birthed her on my hands and knees on the hospital bed with only 4 pushes. Our sweet baby girl was born at 4:25, just 2 hours and 25 minutes after getting to the hospital.
I never did get my light switch to turn off but I still felt incredibly relaxed and calm. I know that was because of my Hypnobabies training. I’m still surprised at how different it was than I expected. I kept thinking it would be uncomfortable but it wasn’t. I would say it was very intense pressure and a tight squeezing sensation. Waiting to find out her gender until she was born just added to the excitement of the day too! I am so happy that I got to have the all-natural birth that I wanted!