First Time Mom’s Calm, Quick Hypnobabies Home Waterbirth
“Still with my earbuds in and not fully connecting what she said, I asked if I was close to transformation (Hypnobabies word for transition) and she said I was long past it, which I found so surprising! I was in the Hypnobabies zone, focused on relaxing my whole body and what I thought was my tight pelvic floor, but then I realized that pressure was baby’s head in my birth canal!”
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I just welcomed my first baby in a remarkably calm 4.5 hours at 42+5! Hypnobabies was worth it alone for 3rd trimester and I was blown away by what a dream home birth it enabled us to have.
I think the last week of pregnancy may have been more challenging than the actual birth. Before she came that last week, “Come out Baby (Hypnobabies track to encourage baby to be born),” “Fear Clearing (Hypnobabies track to release fear),” “Deepening your Hypnosis (Hypnobabies track to deepen the level of hypnosis),” and “Birthing Day Affirmations” were particularly helpful in staying calm in the face of pressure from being post-term with a healthy baby and helped me stay rested when the temptation to wear myself out was so high (miles circuit, spinning babies, pressure points, ball, food, etc).
Bubble of Peace (Hypnobabies special tool to keep negativity away) also really helped for everything from conversations with OBs to Covid concerns. From the beginning, I have had parallel care with a team of home birth midwives and testing done with a local hospital in case I risked out of home birth. Hypnobabies was worth it alone for 3rd trimester and I was blown away by what a dream home birth it enabled us to have.
On Sunday I tried a small dose of castor oil to encourage her to come and I didn’t think it had worked. I was trying to stay calm and accept that I would likely be going to the hospital the next day for an induction and would have time for extra “Fear Clearing” in the morning, as the policies at the hospital kept changing for Covid. I got ready for a restful night’s sleep and was about to play “Peaceful Sleep Now” (Hypnobabies track for getting a good night sleep) when suddenly I had a stronger, more coordinated wave (Hypnobabies word for contraction) than the frequent Braxton hugs I experienced so regularly for the last months. Five minutes later, another one came, and I switched straight to “Easy First Stage” (Hypnobabies main birthing time track) on repeat and asked my husband to fill the bathtub since she may be coming.
While my whole body would shake on these first waves, my Hypnobabies tools helped me snap into a calm head space looking forward to meeting our baby. I moved into the bathtub and the waves kept coming every 5 minutes. With each wave, I would slowly say “Peace….” (Hypnobabies cue for instant physical comfort) And my hubby would try to time them, although he was running around getting everything ready. Time evaporated and the waves felt less overwhelming the deeper into my hypnosis I went.
My husband says they sped up to every 2 minutes, although I didn’t notice and found them easier to manage on my own as time went by. He would lovingly bring me labor aide and food between waves, which felt so good, although I sometimes spat them back up when too close to the next wave. I switched positions a few times in our tiny bathtub and found a small semi-deflated exercise ball a great support when on my side. Also, a towel helped me regulate my body temperature since the water couldn’t cover my whole body.
2.5 hours after the waves began, I was in a kneeling position when I heard a pop and suddenly felt the urge to defecate. I climbed out onto the toilet for the next wave and realized my bowels were empty (from the castor oil) and maybe this was the baby coming down. It felt so good since a few days before baby’s head had been pretty high. My focus remained on breathing and I kept listening to my “Easy First Stage” track on repeat, although the sensations changed to a new pressure and I began faintly moaning “peace” at a lower pitch.
The honey pouch and chia pudding gave me amazing energy at this point, and I could keep my fluids down again. The midwives finally arrived almost 3 hours after birthing time (Hypnobabies word for labor) began (they thought it’d go slower) and looking with a flash light, one said she saw my baby’s head already! Still with my earbuds in and not fully connecting what she said, I asked if I was close to transformation (Hypnobabies word for transition) and she said I was long past it, which I found so surprising! I was in the Hypnobabies zone, focused on relaxing my whole body and what I thought was my tight pelvic floor, but then I realized that pressure was baby’s head in my birth canal!
I had my husband switch the track to “Pushing Baby Out” (Hypnobabies track just for pushing) and once the birthing tub was ready, I slipped in with him. It felt so good and productive to let baby slide back and forth, as she inched her way into the world. With my headphones still in (and the same track on speakers for the others), my husband also used the pressure on the forehead cue (Relax Cue to deepen hypnosis) and counted down. Then on one wave, I felt pressure wider and more forward than before and she slipped out head and then body. It felt so surreal to pull her forward and up into the air with my husband’s help and meet our healthy, happy little one after such a speedy 4 hours, 34 minutes.