Lety’s Hypnobabies Birth Center Birth – Faster than Imagined!
“I had about 3 more waves before we arrived at the center but I was so focused on my Peace cue and relaxing my bottom that when we pulled into the center’s lot my husband said “Wake up, we’re here”. I popped my head up and said “I’m not asleep. Get me inside, I need to push!”
I’d like to introduce you all to my fuzzy little Hypno-baby Erik and share his birth story. This little guy made his VERY speedy entrance into the world the morning of February 4th.
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Throughout the last few weeks of my pregnancy I’d been experiencing strong Braxton-Hicks waves and I’d joke around that hopefully it meant the baby would come quickly. In fact every time I did my Hypnobabies practice and listened to my Visualize Your Birth track I always imagined my birth going like this: first, my water would break in the middle of the night, I’d hang out at home for a little while until things picked up, we’d head to the birth center and baby would come a few hours later. Pretty standard. Well, I wasn’t that far off.
I was having a few irregular and light waves at dinner the night before so when we got home I told my husband I wanted to see if I could keep them going. So, when we got home I sat on my birth ball for about an hour while listening to my Hypnobabies Easy First Stage track but by the time the track was over the waves fizzled out so I decided to go to bed.
At 3 am I woke up thinking I wet the bed but when I stood up I realized my water broke. Woohoo!! I was instantly overcome with excitement! This was it! I told my husband the news but since I wasn’t having any pressure waves yet I told him we should try to get some sleep until things picked up. I got cozy in bed and started listening to my Hypnobabies Birthing Day Affirmations track.
About an hour later I started having short and irregular pressure waves. I sat at the edge of my bed questioning whether these were in fact “real” pressure waves. I decided to wake my husband and asked him to call one of the grandmas to come over to stay with our three older kids just in case we decided to leave. Hubby was getting dressed and I was getting my last minute things together when I realized my waves were about 2 minutes apart. It seemed strange to me because the breaks in between seemed to last a really long time when in reality it was only about 45 second breaks. I started thinking about my doula client’s births to look for clues as to how far into my birthing I may have been. I was convinced I was in early stage but hopeful that I was potentially progressing.
I started feeling a little restless and shaky so I convinced myself I was finally in my active birthing time. Looking back now, I realize I was actually creeping in on transformation! I told my husband we needed to leave soon because I was feeling a lot of pressure in my bottom. We started getting ready to walk out to the car when I got an urge to push with my next wave.
We jumped in the car and flew to the birth center. I had a few intense and vocal waves as we made our way but I told myself it wasn’t time (I was still convincing myself I wasn’t as far as I actually was) and I was pushing too soon. So I decided to really focus on my Peace cue. I had about 3 more waves before we arrived at the center but I was so focused on my Peace cue and relaxing my bottom that when we pulled into the center’s lot my husband said “Wake up, we’re here”. I popped my head up and said “I’m not asleep. Get me inside, I need to push!”
One of my midwives was waiting on the back porch of the birth center and quickly came to help me into the center. As we walked up the steps I got another wave and my body started pushing. After that wave I made my way into the living room where I got another wave and pushed again. I didn’t want to push standing up so we hurried to the bed where I have to admit I lost myself a little. I didn’t know what position to get into. It was at this point that I’d finally accepted my baby was actually on his way out! I decided to lay on my side to push.
I remember thinking about my Peace cue and saying “there, there, there” as if I was picturing my hypno-anesthesia going to where I needed it. I gave another push and his head was out. I thought to myself I need to ease up so I don’t tear so I repeated “there, there, there” to myself before I pushed again.
It felt completely out-of-body. I don’t really remember anyone’s faces or voices except for a few words. The room was a blur. The only people that existed to me in those few short moments were myself and my baby. Slowly my husband came back into view as did my wonderful midwife and amazing doula. I was surrounded by people who have supported me wonderfully throughout my pregnancy and beyond.
My sweet little boy arrived and was on my chest at 5:32 am. It was faster than I could’ve imagined it would be but it was the most incredible experience I’ve had. Erik is my fourth baby and my first out of hospital birth and definitely the most empowering. I remember thinking how good each pressure wave felt and imagining how easily I was dilating. I was comfortable and confident throughout the entire process.
At the start of my pregnancy I was feeling a tremendous amount of fear and anxiety. Erik is my rainbow baby. The fear of losing this pregnancy was suffocating. I remember praying every day that the fear would let up just a little. I decided to stop taking doula clients in November so I could focus on myself and my pregnancy and I’m so glad I did. It was from then on that my confidence started to grow and I started to really look forward to my baby’s birth.
I’m so fortunate to be able to call my support team more than just my doula and midwives. They’re my dear friends and people that will hold a place in my heart all my life. This experience was everything I could’ve imagined it to be and so much more. I truly felt surrounded by love in the safest place for me and my baby. My rock throughout this entire experience was definitely my husband. He played mom and dad without skipping a beat on days that physically and emotionally I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.
As a doula and childbirth educator I’ve had the honor of meeting and supporting many growing families on their journey through parenthood. It was such a heartwarming experience to be on the other side of that. I’m so thankful for all the love and support I received from clients. I hope to have shown them the love and support they’ve all shown me. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude and look forward to every new day with our growing family.