Lily was born Monday at 8:24am. All natural, a healthy Hypno-Baby! Kendra was absolutely amazing!!!
3am, Sunday night – Kendra felt some pressure. More of a “menstrual cramp” type of pressure. I timed her waves and they were 2 mins. apart! But she was so relaxed. We went to the hospital. She had her headphones on : ) and the nurse looked her over and said Kendra was 2.5 cm and (you are not going to believe this) “If you were really in labor, you would not be so relaxed.” I laughed when I heard it. She was going to send us home!
Because her waves were so close together and Kendra’s explaining that they were pretty intense actually, she asked us to walk the halls for an hour. So we did. 6am…About 35 mins. into the walking Kendra’s waves got pretty intense. She’d stop and hang on me and I’d say, open…open…open…Release. And then after a few times it happened. Kendra vomited (is that a word?) and her water released simultaneously. Wow! Then I ran and got the nurse and into the room we went.
I put on the CDs and Kendra listened to the “Fear Release” and “Deepening” CDs and waited. She was very relaxed and quiet. The waves would come and I’d relax her more. At about 8am she felt what we thought was an intense wave and the nurse came in. I told her that they were getting pretty intense and that she felt a little “pushy.” This same nurse that almost sent us home said “Don’t worry, she’s got a while to go.”
A new nurse came in about a minute after and began to examine Kendra. She said “You’re at 10 cm and I can see the head! Kendra pushed for 5min-10min and there Lily was! Kendra went from 2.5cm to 10cm in an HOUR! Lily had the cord around her neck and her heart rate went down to 60, but she was fine, Kendra was healthy and I was in shock : ) It happened so fast that I didn’t even get the on-call doctor’s name until after. We didn’t even get a chance to use the birthing ball (I carried that thing in with pride!).
We are home now and Lily and Kendra are doing fine. The Hypnobabies birthing was a success! We are so grateful that we found your class.
Thanks again Carole. We’ll keep in touch. Trevor
Lily’s birth as told by her mama, Kendra…a few days later
I just wanted to give you an update and thank you for helping us through such an amazing event. I am so glad we were able to take your class. I felt so prepared and calm. The things that really helped were:
*Understanding the natural process my body was doing to prepare before and during labor: The baby dropping down, the birthing waves, the baby pushing herself out with her feet, positioning.
*Practicing the “finger drop” to enter hypnosis instantly, and having Trevor tell me “relax” and “open”. The “open” really worked since I went from 2 cm to 10 in an hour. : )
* The idea of a birthing “wave” was perfect for me. My stomach was actually moving like a wave. Also, I grew up swimming in the ocean. When a big set would come I would just dive down deep under each wave and relax, knowing it would pass over me. I’d come up and do the same for the next wave. Fighting the wave would only make things bad.
*Because I had the attitude that everything was going to be fine and my wonderful baby was coming helped me stay totally calm and focused even when things got crazy (cord around the neck, lowered heart rate). *I can’t say I didn’t feel some discomfort but it was totally manageable. I was concerned when I thought “Okay, a centimeter an hour. I have 8 more hours!” The words Epidural Express went through my head; that’s too catchy of a phrase. That’s when they checked me and said “There’s the head and you’re ten centimeters” So 8 hours was only 5 minutes. The pushing was actually more comfortable than the waves. I think that’s what everyone is afraid of and it’s really not a big deal.
Anyway I am so grateful to you. There is no way to thank you enough. Everyone says I was so lucky to have such a quick and easy birth. I was, but it wasn’t luck alone. They were all so skeptical of Hypnobabies, but now they’re not.