Liz’s Very Fast Hypnobabies Hospital Birth

“I expected to maybe be dilated to a 7. We were taken to triage, and I was checked and told I’d already progressed to 9cm. I was in complete shock.”

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My birthing time (Hypnobabies word for labor) progressed very rapidly and not in a “standard” pattern. My birthing waves (Hypnobabies word for contraction) began about 8-10 minutes apart at noon and stayed that way for several hours until about 4 pm. My husband left for work around 5:30. I’d had a round of practice waves the weekend before that and I thought it might have been real and I didn’t want him to stay home only for them to stop again.

From 5:30 to 6:45 my birthing waves went from 6 minutes apart to 2-3 minutes apart. The 5-1-1 rule my doctor told me about for when it was time to head to the hospital was not applicable for me. My pressure waves only stayed 4-5 minutes apart for 20ish minutes then dropped to 3 minutes apart to 2 minutes apart. I called my husband to come home from work around 6:45 and we arrived at the hospital around 8:15 I walked in and answered questions while listening to my Deepening track (Hypnobabies special track to deepen hypnosis) while my husband parked and grabbed our bags.

I expected to maybe be dilated to a 7. We were taken to triage and I was checked and told I’d already progressed to 9cm. I was in complete shock. It had not been pain-free, but I was walking and talking during transformation (Hypnobabies word for transition) and had no idea I’d progressed so far. I attribute that to the calm and relaxed state that Hypnobabies prepared me for. I had so little time between moving to a labor room and when pushing started that I was unable to listen to my Pushing Baby Out track (Hypnobabies special hypnosis track for pushing) to keep me more comfortable.

I would not say pushing was pain-free, it was intense, and I felt all of it but it was something my body and mind were able to handle. I only pushed for about 40 minutes. He was born waving to the world, arm folded up in front of his face. I do have a second-degree tear, but these are apparently very common in first-time moms. The Nuchal arm presentation is apparently supposed to slow birthing and pushing and increase the intensity but that was not the case with me. I’m so happy with my birth and Hypnobabies journey.

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