Hypnobabies Home Birth of Parker James
“There were some very tender moments during my birthing time (Hypnobabies word for labor) that I will never forget: chatting with my doula while we strolled through the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights, swaying with my husband in our candle lit bathroom while he did abdominal tucks during pressure waves (Hypnobabies word for contraction), my doula doing rebozo sifting for half an hour though I know she must have been tired, and so much laughter and cutting up with my birthing team between waves.”
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I had never heard of a prodromal birthing pattern until I asked about my symptoms on the Hypnobabies FB support group. I wonder how many women go into the hospital and are treated for a stalled birthing time (Hypnobabies word for labor) with Pitocin or breaking waters when really this is what they are experiencing. I started having waves at night around 1 am Dec 6th. That morning they spaced and went away until driving to the Midwife for my appointment. When I got there they checked me and I was 6 cm and was having waves every 18-20 minutes. They went ahead and gave me my antibiotic for GBS and sent me home saying they’d see me soon.
That evening the waves stopped completely. For the next week I would have waves every night that would stop every morning. I slept listening to my Hypnobabies tracks (Deepening (Hypnobabies track to deepen hypnosis), Birthing Day Affirmations, and Special Safe Place (Hypnobabies hypnosis track to create and be in a special place with baby)) but the waves would wake me and I would ride them out comfortably. I was very tired from lack of sleep but determined to enter my birthing time naturally. Finally, on the 14th, just before 41 weeks my waves continued coming in the morning.
My doula had me use a belly binder and start curb walks outside to keep them coming. My midwife came right when I called her (around 2 pm) sensing that my birthing time may be very short. I continued listening to my hypnosis tracks for the rest of the day and continued to move and change positions to make waves stronger and put baby’s head in a better position. (He was asynclitic which may explain the prodromal pattern)
There were some very tender moments during my birthing time that I will never forget: chatting with my doula while we strolled through the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights, swaying with my husband in our candle lit bathroom while he did abdominal tucks during pressure waves, my doula doing rebozo sifting for half an hour though I know she must have been tired, and so much laughter and cutting up with my birthing team between waves.
At 8 pm, I allowed my midwife to break my bag of waters and reach in and turn his head. This was very intense and right before this my headphones and back up headphones had died. We put the tracks on in the room, but I admit that I stopped listening to my hypnosis and lost control. But my little boy was born 24 minutes after this. I got into my birthing pool and after 5 intense pushing waves my body pushed him out with no direction from anyone. My husband and I caught him.