Lindsay’s Hypnobabies Birth Center Waterbirth
“My doula arrived shortly after we got there, and she, my husband, and the midwife took turns giving me counter pressure while I kneeled over my birthing ball on the bed. With almost every wave I could feel Lucas moving and descending. It was so cool to be able to be so present and aware of how the birth was progressing.”
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My hypno-baby Lucas arrived October 25! He was my second baby, but first time using Hypnobabies. I am so glad I used the program to prepare for my birthing time (Hypnobabies term for labor). I truly think it helped me progress quickly and stay calm and present for the birth.
My first baby didn’t arrive until 42 weeks exactly, so I was anxious that the same would happen with this little guy. I started listening to the Come Out Baby track (Hypnobabies track to encourage baby to be born) pretty regularly starting at 39 weeks. I had my midwives do a membrane sweep at 40 weeks and at 40+2. The next evening, I lost my mucus plug, which I had not experienced before. I was eager but tried not to get my hopes up too much.
At 2 am Sunday morning (at 40+4), I woke up to a mild pressure wave (Hypnobabies term for contractions). I waited, and another one came about 10 minutes later. I decided to start listening to Your Birthing Time Begins (Hypnobabies reminder of all of the tools for birthing time). I grabbed a snack around 3 am, and then went back to bed and continued to listen to my Hypnobabies tracks. They helped me remain calm, and I even got a bit of sleep (maybe?) between pressure waves.
My husband and I got out of bed around 7 am to make some breakfast and spend time with our 2-year-old. My parents were staying with us, so we didn’t have to worry about childcare. By 8 am I decided it was time to call the midwife on call at our birth center and let her know today was the day. My pressure waves were increasing in intensity, but I was still able to talk to the midwife myself. She said she would call us back in 2 hours to check in, or we should call back sooner if I felt the need.
My husband and I retreated to our bedroom, and I listened to the tracks while on hands and knees over my birthing ball. By 9:30 am I told my husband to call the midwife and tell her I wanted to come in. Pressure waves were coming every 3 – 5 minutes, and I wanted to be in the place where I was going to give birth.
Once I got into the car, my pressure waves reached a new level of intensity. The seated position was not comfortable for baby and me, but we made it through the 25-minute drive in the snow to our birthing center.
We got settled into our room just before 10:30 am, and the midwife listened to the baby, but didn’t check me. She later said she could tell I was in my active birthing time and didn’t need to know my dilation. My doula arrived shortly after we got there, and she, my husband, and the midwife took turns giving me counter pressure while I kneeled over my birthing ball on the bed. With almost every wave I could feel Lucas moving and descending. It was so cool to be able to be so present and aware of how the birth was progressing.
My doula encouraged me to move to the toilet to pee at around 11am. Once again, facing forward was very uncomfortable, but I switched to facing the back of the toilet which was a lot better. I was vocalizing through the pressure waves, which were coming every 2-3 minutes or so. My water broke over the toilet during a pressure wave at 11:14 am, and after that I moved to the tub.
I wasn’t in the tub for long. We didn’t even have time to think about putting on the Pushing Baby Out track (Hypnobabies track just for pushing)! On my hands and knees, I pushed out my baby at 11:24 am. We had a snuggle in the tub, and then moved to the bed for more snuggles.
The atmosphere at the birth center was so calm and serene, and snow was falling and accumulating outside. We were able to leave the center about 5 hours after I birthed Lucas, and we brought him home to meet his big brother and grandparents.