Hypnobabies Hospital Birth of Rain Noel
“My body knew what to do. I was using my hypnosis techniques and vocally breathing her out during pressure waves. Everything felt different and I felt my baby coming.”
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Saturday, March 23rd around 11:30 am I lost my mucus plug (I think). I was not really sure; I just had some pink! I figured baby girl would come in a week. Around 2:00 pm I was sitting at home eating my lunch when I felt a little pop in my stomach. Shortly after, I felt a liquid draining sensation and rushed to the toilet! Sure enough, my water broke! This was all very surprising as I was 39 weeks and 3 days! Babies really do decide when their birthdays will be.
My husband called nurse advice because he was concerned with coloring. They proceeded to encourage and caution me to come into the hospital within 2 hours. I listened to them and politely told them that I did not plan to come in until I was ready. I shared that I was aware of the precautions and things to look for. I felt confident in my decision and was calm.
I took a shower and made a list of last-minute items for my husband to get together as I wanted to prepare my mind and start listening to my Hypnobabies tracks. I would have preferred to gather everything myself, but I had amniotic fluid soaking through my clothing every time I tried to walk…so that was not really an option. I gave the list to my husband and settled into bed to listen to “Birthing Day Affirmations”. By 5:00 pm my birthing waves (Hypnobabies word for contractions) were starting to get powerful, 45 seconds long and 3 minutes apart from start to start. The time had come and my husband encouraged me to go to the hospital. Although I still felt like staying home would have been fine for a little longer, I agreed. I put my headphones on in the car and continued to listen to my affirmations.
Upon arriving at the hospital, they took me to get checked in (around 6 pm). I was so glad we went to the hospital as my waves were getting more intense. When getting checked in, we shared our birth plan (which was refusing all cervical checks). They wanted something to signify that it was actually my birthing time so they took a sample of my amniotic fluid. The sample I gave was pretty lame, but they checked me in any way!
I decided to get in the tub right away. When I got into the tub I started listening to my hypnosis track “Easy First Stage” (Hypnobabies main birthing day track). I had some difficulty finding a comfortable position. I was having birthing waves in my back and was trying different methods of relieving the pressure (which did not seem to help). I got queasy and threw up during this time. My husband suggested I get out as I was not able to relax.
We moved to my room down the hall where I found my focus and positioning laying with my arms and legs limp as a noodle in an upright position in the bed. I sat in this position for the next 6-7 hours breathing through my birthing waves and using hypnosis. This was a comfortable position for me. I only communicated with my husband and mom when I needed water, Chapstick, or broth. I had little thought beyond breathing deep and staying focused on my hypnosis.
My husband spoke with the hospital staff and advocated for my wishes the entire time. I was pretty much left to my hypnosis, unaware of these conversations. (apparently, the staff was struggling with not being able to check me and therefore not knowing my progression as I was fairly quiet, in hypnosis, and in the same position… Luckily I did not know to the extent of pressure they were putting on my husband).
Eventually, my husband came to me and brought up switching positions or moving to the tub. I decided to move to the tub. As I stood to get into the tub, they realized I had a bowel movement. They told me we were no longer going to the tub because my baby was coming soon and they could see her hair! (Mom went completely through “transition” and some of second stage comfortably, without knowing it!) I confidently told my mother to play the “Pushing Baby Out” track (Hypnobabies hypnosis track just for pushing). I stood next to the bed with my arms wrapped around my husband’s neck, swaying in between waves. This was a special time as my husband was literally carrying me and my daughter’s weight.
I had kept to myself the entire time until my pushing stage. My body knew what to do. I was using my hypnosis techniques and vocally breathing her out during pressure waves. Everything felt different and I felt my baby coming. It is difficult to describe the change that occurred with my body, my mindset and my rhythm. I was patient and confident without having any clue as to what I was actually doing. 30-45 minutes later, Rain Noel was born at 5:09 am on March 24th. She weighed 8 lbs and 1 oz and was 20 ½ inches long.
Rain Noel cleared out her own lungs quite vocally and let the world know she was here. We were not able to spend very much time together in the beginning as I had the world’s shortest umbilical cord. I also had a level 4 perineal tear that needed to be taken care of. My husband and I determined it would be okay to take a local anesthetic while being stitched. So glad I did!
Having a birth plan and supportive husband allowed me to confidently stick to my plan the entire way through, making decisions for me and my baby as I saw fit. I did not have second thoughts about my plan. I could only muster small conversation between birthing waves so I was extremely grateful for the time and preparation I put into practicing my hypnosis techniques and researching what I wanted in my birth plan. My mom told me it was like watching a warrior princess. I was able to carry out my plan and say no respectfully and without hesitancy, which I learned in Hypnobabies. Once Rain Noel was born, I felt that it was now safe to take a local anesthetic to aid in the stitching of my 4th degree perineal tear.
I feel so blessed to have used Hypnobabies throughout my pregnancy and my birthing day. The program completely changed my outlook on pregnancy and giving birth. I am so blessed by the women on the Hypnobabies Support group who shared their Hypnobabies experiences with me. It sparked my interest in researching it for myself. Prior to being pregnant, I thought there would be no way I would have a natural birth and that I would get an epidural right away.
Prior to Hypnobabies, I had envisioned giving birth as a negative experience. The program had such a positive influence on my daily thoughts and completely changed my outlook on birth. I attribute this change of heart to Hypnobabies daily positive affirmations, the techniques, and support of my husband. I feel fortunate to be able to positively discuss my entire pregnancy and birth. I thank my Heavenly Father for blessing me with the opportunity to give birth and be a mother.