Heather’s Hypnobabies VBAC Birth Center Birth
“I was totally relaxed and comfortable. I was smiling, joking around and laughing with everyone between birth waves. TOTALLY comfortable! Looking back, THIS was transformation (Hypnobabies word for transition)! My doula even said, “this is probably the most peaceful birth I’ve ever been to!”
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I woke up at 4 am with some light pressure waves (Hypnobabies word for contractions). I put on some Birthing Day affirmations and tried to get more sleep. I wasn’t able to really fall back asleep until a couple hours later when I played the Deepening Your Hypnosis track (Hypnobabies track to deepen the level of hypnosis). When I awoke, the pressure waves were still really spaced out, not gaining any intensity or pattern and was not convinced this wasn’t anything more than ‘practice’. I went to see the chiropractor at 9 am, then returned home.
We ate breakfast, took the boys outside to play, went for a very short walk and ate lunch. My mom, who had come to stay with us since my ‘guess date’ (Hypnobabies word for due date) took our 1 year old to nap and I went upstairs to listen to a Hypnobabies birthing track (cannot remember which one) in hopes the waves would gain intensity and some sort of pattern. This was about 2 pm and when things really began to pick up.
Laying on my side and listening to hypnosis really allowed me to be in touch with my body and feel the waves. They were still inconstant until about 4ish when I started to time them – average 6 minutes apart lasting for 1 minute.
We decided to call the midwives and let them know what was going on. I was still very comfortable and not convinced this was real. (I want to add this is my third birth and with the other two I KNEW it was time after just a couple waves. They both started very consistent waves and at midnight! So, a birthing time (Hypnobabies word for labor) starting during the day with inconsistent waves just seemed off to me.) Our midwife asked me all the questions and said to come in whenever I felt ready or things started progressing more. Not long after the phone call, I was ready to head to the birthing center. I was still very comfortable but just wanted to get in my birthing space, set everything up and stop having to time my birth waves.
We headed out to the birth center and arrived about 6 pm. During our 20-minute drive I had three, very manageable, birth waves. At this point I was still listening to birthday affirmations. Once we arrived at the birth center, we were greeted by our doula and birth team. Baby and I had our vitals checked; everything was perfect. At this point my birth waves completely stopped. It made me very nervous that things had stopped but I think it was just the change of environment and distractions of people. My husband and doula got quick to work setting up tea light candles (which were orange and amazing -from Amazon), birth affirmations, pillows and all the other things. Our doula set up the tub before we got there so it was ready to go whenever I was – full of warm water and a little lavender oil.
I asked for everyone to leave the room so I could really focus on getting things to pick back up. I laid on the bed, changed the hypnosis track to “Easy First Stage” (Hypnobabies main birthing day track), tried to relax and it wasn’t long before thing started kicking back up. I wasn’t timing waves at this point, but they started to feel more powerful and consistent. I moved from the bed to my ball, leaning on the bed during waves. Then I walked around a bit. Then back to the ball. Before I knew it was ready to get into the tub. I feared it would slow my progression, but I felt like it was time for my Hypnobabies VBAC Birth
The warm water felt so good and really helped with the pressure waves. I was totally relaxed and comfortable. I was smiling, joking around and laughing with everyone between birth waves. TOTALLY comfortable! Looking back, THIS was transformation (Hypnobabies word for transition)! My doula even said, “this is probably the most peaceful birth I’ve ever been to!”
Eventually I asked my husband to join me to give counter pressure. This was the very end of transformation and when I started to feel a lot of pressure. It was time to push. I pushed through a few waves in the tub and then decided to follow my body and get out. I used the “cub” (type of birthing stool) – while it was fully inflated for a pushy wave and then asked husband to drop it down by deflating the bottom half. This allowed me to get in more of a comfortable squatting position.
With my doula behind me, giving me full support and counter pressure, I pushed my baby out into my husband’s arms at 8:53 PM. His head graciously came out in one push, I took a breath and easily pushed out his body. I mentally directed my warm hypno-anesthesia downwards and was completely comfortable the entire time. No dreaded “ring of fire” and no tears! My husband placed our baby on my belly, his cord was too short to reach my chest. I cried and couldn’t believe he was here. Very shortly after, I easily birthed the placenta with one push. We got all cleaned up and dry, moved to the bed and enjoyed our ‘golden hour’. He started nursing almost immediately after with no issues. After our ‘golden hour’, we cut the cord and midwifes weighed him at 7lbs and 8 oz. and were home snuggling in bed by midnight.
I thank Hypnobabies, my supportive birth team and husband for my dream birth. We are five days postpartum and I’ve been listening to “after baby comes” and “breastfeeding success” tracks every day. Hypnobabies is still helping me postpartum and I recommend to all my expectant moms. 🤍
Below are some beautiful photos from Heather’s first VBAC birth using Hypnobabies for you to enjoy!