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2nd time Hypno-Mom's husband says , she's the “poster child” for Hypnobabies!!!

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Thanks to RaeAnna from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group for sharing her birth story with us.


I am sitting here with my precious baby girl on my chest and I'm
giving thanks again to a God who answers prayer! I was hoping to go
into spontaneous labor with Eva Mae but as 41 weeks came closer and
closer I began to lose hope and knew that I would be heading to the

hospital on Monday night, Dec 5. I prayed that if I had to go in at a
certain time, the Lord would make a way for the birth to go the same
as my son's 2 years ago.

 

At 9:00am on December 5th I drank a mixture of castor oil/juice/almond
butter and champagne to try to stimulate my uterus into contracting

and labor. It started working around 3pm and we enjoyed a relaxing day
at home getting ready to head to the hospital. My mom came over around
5:30 and we went to dinner and shopping before heading up to the

hospital for the induction. I was having contractions but they were
really easy to work through. Just pressure and a tightening sensation.

At 9:00pm we checked into Vanderbilt and met our nurse, Sylvia. She is
a wonderful lady and I'm really glad we were put in her care!!!

Melissa (the midwife) came in to check me and talk about our options.

I had done a lot of progressing over the past few days and was at a

good 6cm and -1 station. Effacement was only 50% but she said that
subsequent pregnancies are typical to not efface as quickly as first

pregnancies. She allowed us to spend a few hours walking around and
using the breast pump to stimulate stronger contractions and I could

tell that they were getting stronger! Whenever I was hooked up to the
contraction monitor they saw some great progress - Melissa even
mentioned that with the progress of the contractions there was no need

to worry at all about having pitocin. My body was doing what it needed
to do!!! Yay! (In fact, I was also allowed to decline a Heplock IV so
I had NOTHING in my arms!!!!! I was so glad to have that freedom to
move around without distraction!!!)

At around 11:30 or 12:00 Melissa came in again and asked if I wanted

to be checked. I am so glad that she continued to let me labor on my
own without the constant "hovering" and checking that I know some

women have experienced in labor situations. I knew it wasn't time to
push so I asked if we could just keep doing what we were doing and

check on dilation later on. She was happy to work with me and my
wishes! Throughout all this time I was in such a great place mentally.
I had my CD playing my Hypnobaby tracks and when we were walking

outside the room I played my tracks on my iPod. The most helpful
tracks to listen to were "Easy First Stage," "Birthing Day
Affirmations," and "Visualize Your Birth." I love the relaxing
background music and the soothing voice of Terri, the founder of
Hypnobabies!


At 2:00am Melissa came back in and between a contraction she checked

on progress. I had a very bulging bag of water and progressed to a 7
but I was still 50% effaced. She asked if I wanted her to break my
water and ever since I arrived at the hospital I was open to having my
water broken as long as the baby's head was engaged low enough to

eliminate a risk of cord prolapse. I think I was a -2 station at the
time and Melissa was confident labor would be quick after breaking my

water so I agreed. It was a weird sensation to feel all the water gush
- Nick said Melissa's face was priceless when she saw how much water

there was!!! I was really happy to hear that there was so much
amniotic fluid because low fluid is a side effect of gestational
diabetes at 40-41 weeks gestation.

The contractions were a lot stronger after my water broke and I had to

really concentrate through them. Fortunately not many were right on
top of each other so I was able to walk around and keep my mind off of

the discomfort. I also spent time in and out of the shower with the
hot water spraying on my back and that helped a lot! Throughout the
contractions I kept myself in a deep state of hypnosis using the words
"Peace" "Relax" "Release" and "Open" - all those reminders helped me
keep my body loose and limp throughout a contraction so that Eva Mae
could descend quicker and I would dialate faster.

At 3:30ish I had several really hard contractions that were more

intense but not as long. I could also tell that they were a little
different - like they were lower than the others. All of a sudden
during one of the contractions I knew it was time to push!!!! Sylvia
and Nick were the only ones in the room and Sylvia called her team of
helpers to the room while Nick tried to find Melissa.

I jumped up on the bed and yelled "She's coming!!!" and started

pushing! I couldn't wait and my body knew exactly what to do! Sylvia
told Nick to put on his gloves and they were still waiting for Melissa

but Eva Mae's head started coming out before Melissa got there! When
she came in the room I could hear her laugh and say "I thought I was

just coming in to check her!!!" She came over and guided Eva Mae's
head and shoulders out and right then Eva Mae started crying and shot

out! She came out so quickly that she completely slid past Sylvia's
hands into Nick's hands! From the time I got on the bed to push to the
time she was out was 4 minutes!!!!

Melissa helped me position myself on the bed to hold Eva Mae and I was
able to bond with her for 45min to an hour before they took her to

weigh and get her footprints! She latched on to breast feed quickly
and has been a champion feeder ever since!!! When they took her to
weigh I couldn't believe she was 10 pounds! She seemed so much lighter
than Christian but she ended up being longer and only a half a pound

lighter!!! (10lb 1oz, 22in)

We were able to go home after 24 hours and we've been so blessed with

her sweet nature and easy disposition!!! I am so in love with my baby
girl and so thankful that the Lord answered my prayer for an easy,

safe and comfortable childbirth!!! Just like Christian's birth in
2009, I can't thank the Hypnobaby program enough for the education and

support of natural childbirth! Nick says I'm the "poster child" for
Hypnobabies!!! The Vanderbilt Midwives are so supportive and
encouraging and I'm thankful that the opportunity is here in Nashville

to have a hospital birth with a midwife! Melissa was amazing and my
primary care under Linda was such a wonderful experience!!! I pray

that the Lord will allow us to have more children in the future with
awesome birth stories!

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