L&D Nurse Lindsey’s Quick Hypnobabies Hospital Birth
“Two waves after I was checked, I felt myself bearing down at the peak of the wave. My friend was in disbelief and tried to tell me not to push as I wasn’t ready, but I trusted my body and knew I wouldn’t have those feelings without being ready.”
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I woke up early on 11/13 at 1 am to my first noticeable birthing wave (Hypnobabies word for contraction) and I started to time them, but nothing was regular, so instead of getting too excited about anything, I was able to sleep on and off until 5:45. They still were very comfortable and so we just went about our morning, as usual. I already had my 40-week appt scheduled that morning, so we went to that and I decided to be checked for dilation. I was 3/75/+1. We went to the grocery and walked around, picking up last minute things and still, my waves were only around 5 minutes apart, but very regular and lasting around a minute.
We got home and called our birth photographer and she got to our house around 12:00. I started to feel a little pressured, like a watched pot. I was still so comfortable that I was worried it maybe wasn’t the real thing. My husband and I decided to do some curb walking and my waves got around 3 minutes apart, but still extremely comfortable. I continued to listen to my Birthing Day Affirmations and Easy First Stage (Hypnobabies main birthing time track), but honestly wasn’t all of the way into it.
I continued to get through very comfortable waves until around 2 pm when I impatiently felt I needed to do something to help my waves become more intense, so at around 2:45 I got my breast pump out and used it on one side for a few minutes. I immediately had a more intense wave. I thought it may be more comfortable to lay down. When I lifted my leg to lay down, I felt a pop and a small gush of fluid, and I knew my water bag released.
My friend and coworker (who was to be my acting doula) lives in our neighborhood and came over (BOP: we both work in L&D in the hospital I was to birth in, so she would also be my nurse). She recommended we head into the hospital since my last hypno-baby was born very quickly after my waters released.
We live around 15-20 minutes away from the hospital and I knew I would really need my tracks on my Air Pods for the drive. My husband actually said later that he was nervous that I wasn’t very far along because I was so controlled and quiet in the car. We got to the Emergency Room entrance and I was actually more uncomfortable walking into the hospital because of the audience we would have to walk through, than the waves themselves. My photographer came with me while my husband and doula parked their cars.
We walked to L&D and got into our room at 3:45. They quickly did a heart rate check on the baby (team green) and I moved into a standing position by the bed. Admittedly, I had a hard time maintaining hypnosis while in the room and actually really lost my control a few times. My friend asked if I wanted to be checked and I did. Her response wasn’t what I had anticipated, because I felt very much as I did when I was in transformation (Hypnobabies word for transition) with my third baby. She said I was 4-5 cm. Again, I did lose some mental control, as this was disappointing. But I got myself together and actually what was most comfortable was sitting crisscross style in the bed listening to my tracks.
Two waves after I was checked, I felt myself bearing down at the peak of the wave. My friend was in disbelief and tried to tell me not to push as I wasn’t ready, but I trusted my body and knew I wouldn’t have those feelings without being ready. At 4:15, I asked to be checked again because I KNEW the baby was coming and I only had a small lip. They called my doctor to the room and she arrived at 4:25 pm. I didn’t even think to put my Pushing Baby Out track (Hypnobabies track just for pushing) on, as our DAUGHTER was born at 4:28 pm!