Kayla’s Hypnobabies Hospital Birth

“For some reason being at the hospital calmed me and I regained my focus. I continued listening to Easy First Stage (Hypnobabies main birthing day track) over and over and switched to Deepening Your Hypnosis. While the discomfort in my back was intense, I still felt ok and just moved through my waves one at a time reminding myself my baby would be there soon.”

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We had a very long journey, and in the moment, I felt at times like I was failing, but looking back I am so proud of myself, my body, and my baby.

Hypnobabies Student Skin to Skin with newborn baby smiling and wearing glasses with a blood pressure cuff around arm.I woke up Friday morning at 12 am to pressure waves (Hypnobabies term for contractions). I went to the bathroom and noticed my bloody show. The waves were mild, and my Peace cue (Hypnobabies cue for instant physical comfort) was very helpful, but it was enough pressure to keep me awake. I decided to listen to my Birthing Day Affirmations followed by Deepening Your Hypnosis (Hypnobabies track to deepen level of hypnosis) and Special Safe Place, alternating for the rest of the morning.

At 4 am my husband (birth partner) woke up for work and I let him know we’d probably have a baby that day. He went to work, and I decided to listen to Birthing Day Affirmations in the bath. His work sent him home and he joined me. I continued using my Peace cue and listening to tracks, but eventually noticed we were approaching night. I felt slightly discouraged when we reached 24 hours and my pressure waves were still 7ish minutes apart. I could sleep that night and continued listening to tracks and doing belly breaths through waves.

The next morning my pressure waves were very intense in my back because baby had moved posterior two days prior. I lost my focus from being tired and in discomfort and didn’t know what to do. It had been 36 hours with my waves being no closer together. We decided to go to the hospital and see what they had to say. My waves were about 6 minutes apart, but I was only 3 cm dilated, so they sent us home. I took a few walks and around 2 pm decided I had to go back in because I started losing my focus on Hypnobabies again. They admitted us and I thought I wanted an epidural but immediately changed my mind.

For some reason being at the hospital calmed me and I regained my focus. I continued listening to Easy First Stage (Hypnobabies main birthing day track) over and over and switched to Deepening Your Hypnosis. While the discomfort in my back was intense, I still felt ok and just moved through my waves one at a time reminding myself my baby would be there soon. Around 2 am (now we are into Sunday) my midwife offered to break my bag of waters in order to better engage the baby because I was stalled at 6 cm for a few hours. I agreed. My pressure waves ramped up and became more intense, but I took a shower and felt calm. During my next monitoring session (I was doing 40 off and 20 on) I broke down. I was so tired from 50 hours of pressure waves and not being able to sleep through it.Newborn baby is hospital bassinet swaddled and wearing a big bow.

After talking it through with my birth partner and midwife, I decided an epidural was best for me so I could get rest before the pushing stage (I was still stalled at 6 cm with baby not very engaged). After the epidural I immediately fell asleep and felt so much calmer. I continued to practice my Hypnobabies by listening to my tracks in the background. I ended up getting Pitocin later that morning because my pressure waves moved to 7 minutes apart for a couple of hours. At around 7 am I was checked again and was almost fully dilated. At 7:30 the nurse said they’d come back in 30 minutes and I’d start pushing (I was having a little trouble feeling how engaged she was). I started pushing at 8:06 and at 8:30 I met my baby. I felt so calm and relaxed while pushing and trusted my birth partner and midwife to walk me through it.

While I was visualizing a completely unmedicated birth, I’m still so proud I made it 50 hours with no intervention. When trying to decide on the epidural I felt like I would be failing myself but looking back I know it was the right choice and I have no regrets. I wouldn’t have been this strong without Hypnobabies. My advice: commit to it because when I fell out of hypnosis I could tell the difference.

If you enjoyed Kayla’s story you may also enjoy Nicole’s story HERE

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