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Isla’s Hypnobabies Birth – Change of Plans Cesarean
Mom was getting induced for pre-eclampsia. Things went well and Hypnobabies helped her stay calm and comfortable. At some point her blood pressure really shot up and they decided to do a cesarean. Hypnobabies really helped her stay calm during the surgery and helped with recovery afterwards.
I went in on the 15th of March to be induced. Something I fought SO HARD not to happen. I was so upset, but my blood pressure sky rocketed and it was the right thing to do. I am glad I didn’t do it sooner when they wanted me too just b/c she was big. Instead of pitocin I opted for a cervical ripening balloon.
I was a bit upset going in b/c my DH had to go into the ER b/c he got food poisoning the night before. So I spent my first 4 hours by myself praying he’d make it before our DD did!
The insertion of the balloon was a bit uncomfortable but I used my hypnobabies and it made it so much easier. Once in place and blown up, I began to have pressure waves immediately … only I didn’t even know it b/c I was so far in hypnosis. The hospital honored all my wishes on my birth plan so I only realized about a half hour later when they hooked me up to the monitor. The nurse was shocked to see how strong they were. I didn’t like laying down (it just didn’t feel right) so I spent most of my labor in center switch, walking or on my birth ball (if you don’t have one I recommend getting one). I did go into off while on the birth ball by laying my head on the bed.
Thankfully DH came on up a few hours in and felt much better and was very helpful. He put counter pressure on my back and it was heavenly. A few times a PW snuck up on me and I couldn’t go to off. So I stayed in center, used my peace cue, and rolled my hips in circles while on the ball (it helped, I don’t know why). There was nothing I couldn’t handle as long as I BREATHED deeply while I stayed in hypnosis.
That evening I started to get really tired, since we were up most of the night before w/ DH’s food poisoning. I laid down to get some sleep. After I fell asleep my PWs stalled out and completely stopped. I spent most of the morning trying to get it started up again. My doctor came in, took the balloon out, and we discussed other options. I still didn’t want pitocin yet so he was on his way back over to break my water. I don’t know if that’s what did it or not but the next thing I know my blood pressure was through the roof.
So I had to have a c section. I was pretty upset at first with this change of plans. I felt like I worked really hard for nothing. My DH was really helpful and told me that the end result is worth it no matter how you get there. That my blood pressure would have been much worse if I didn’t have hypnobabies to keep me calm. I could still use my hypnobabies to get through this.
So we all got prepped and went to the OR (very quickly). I did tear up right before the spinal block b/c I got a bit scared. Mostly b/c they made DH stay out in the hallway for that part. My doctor, who was not supposed to be on then, actually stayed to assist the doctor on call. He held my hand and calmed me down. Once the block was done DH came in. They got the baby out really quickly. The first thing they said was, “Look at all that hair!
”She didn’t cry right away and no one had explained to me that c section babies don’t. Something about when they are born vaginally it squeezes out a lot of the fluids in their chests. So c section babies need a little more suctioning out. When she did cry only 30 seconds (felt like a half hour) later I cried. DH went over to cut her cord and guard her from them giving her the shots we said we didn’t want (we’re doing delayed and selective vaccs). He did come back around the curtain at one point to tell me he saw my insides. My husband is special like that.
They brought her around a minute later. She was all wrapped up and had a hat on. So all I saw were these chubby fat cheeks. She didn’t cry after that first cry. She’s very calm. I cried again. They took some pictures. Then they sent her down to the nursery, as they do with all c sect babies. I sent DH with her. I was a bit emotional to see them go so I opted to go into off and into my special place, even though I was numbed and felt no p***.
I was luckier then most b/c they brought her back early when I was in recovery b/c she was hungry. It wasn’t until then I really got to see her and find out all her stats. Isla (pronounced eye-la) was 9lbs 5oz, 20 inches, and had a head diameter of 14.5 cms. So she’s a good sized little girl. She latched right on and nursed like a champ. I had a nurse try to tell me that I wouldn’t have been able to birth her vaginally. I did set her straight. I fully believe if it wasn’t for the blood pressure I would have had her just fine on my own.
As for my hypnobabies training I thought I didn’t and wouldn’t get to fully use … boy was I wrong! Recovery from c sections is rough, especially for nursing moms. Hypnobabies was a huge part of recovering comfortably for me. I don’t know how I would have gotten through it with out it. Not only did I get through it but I got through with minimal amounts of pain meds. I didn’t like how the meds made me feel and how tired they made me. The nurses were very impressed with how calm I was and how quickly I was up and walking around. I don’t regret going through the program at all.
So even if your birth doesn’t go as planned, like mine, hypnobabies is totally worth it. I’m not disappointed anymore with how my birth went. It went how it was meant to. I was only disappointed for a few minutes anyway. Although, I’m not sorry I planned for a perfect birth either. Could you imagine how my blood pressure would have been if I had worried about everything going wrong? Any birth where you and baby come out healthy and happy is a success.
As for Isla, she is calm and sweet as is true hypnobaby form. I’m so happy to have her and am completely in love with my DD! Her pediatrician can’t get over how alert, strong, and healthy she is.
Good luck to all the rest of you hypno-moms! It’s so worth it.
Originally posted on July 15, 2008