Lucy’s Quick Hypnobabies Hospital Birth
“I guess I was waiting for the transformation like with my first, but I was still talking and smiling! I seriously thought “these people are wasting their time this baby isn’t coming now”.
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Let’s start with my first born. It was not a traumatic birth; I gave natural birth with a Benadryl/narcotic injection. But being pregnant the second time I could not stop the fear of what was to come, transformation😫 (Hypnobabies term for transition)
So, I at 30 weeks I decided to try Hypnobabies online course. My reasons: I had high blood pressure, I wasn’t sleeping, I was overly stressed at work, and I feared giving birth terribly, tears every night. I wanted something that can help me get threw transformation fear.
I finished all my classes, slept through 90% of my courses and to be honest was not perfect with my finger drop technique (Hypnobabies technique to enter hypnosis) at all!
On Friday May 8th I thought I was going to have the baby, 38weeks. It was the birthing I imagined, in hypnosis, had my salt lamp. I had pressure waves (Hypnobabies term for contraction) that were about a minute long and 3-5 min apart. I put on my Birthing Day Affirmations and then Deepening Your Hypnosis (Hypnobabies track for deepening the level of hypnosis) only to wake up 2 hours later with the waves GONE! Yes GONE! I did some natural baby come out activities, raspberry leaf tea, sexy time, long walks but Nothing just a Silent weekend.
Yesterday, Monday 5/11, I was working from home and around 2-3pm I was getting menstrual like discomfort. I ended up having diarrhea and vomited. At 4 pm I, put on birthing affirmations and I told my husband I couldn’t watch our son because I felt like was dehydrated and I didn’t feel well. Our first is 3 and hadn’t napped all day so he was a lot. I texted my husband around 5 pm saying, I don’t think they are practice waves and that it might be the real thing. I began to feel some confusion with the discomfort I had, whether it that It was dehydrated due to the vomiting and diarrhea and that making me feet was uncomfortable. I was hydrating with coconut water, but you know how it is when you have diarrhea.
While we waited for my mom to arrive to take our first , I got in the tub and put on Fear Clearing (Hypnobabies special track to release fear) , I was getting uncomfortable and my husband used the “p” word and I burst out crying feeling helpless. I wasn’t in hypnosis and really worried I couldn’t do it. The tub helped me relax and my mom came, and we rushed to the hospital around 6:30 pm.
Due to Covid, my husband had to wait in the car until I was checked to be given the ok that I was going to stay. So, I went in by myself (no headphone, forgotten). The security guard sent me to the wrong place, and I was in hypnosis I couldn’t quite talk. At a different floor a woman guided me back down and the security guard finally helped wheel me to L&D.
I was in the front desk getting waves back to back and the ladies didn’t take me serious, kind of rude saying “did you call ahead” “she just came in” “can’t find her in the system” “how many waves have I even had” at this point I was sharp saying “I’ve been here for about 5 min and I’ve had 2, this is my second, let’s move this along”. I just keep thinking “big warm hugs, and like a blood pressure cuff”
I was sent to a room, and I just put on my music track, I had no concentration, no husband, I was losing a little hope. What felt like hours, the nurses got themselves ready to check me and they said I was 4-5cm and super stretchy, acknowledged my hypnobirthing and their mood/attitude changed. The we’re loving the music, and we’re helping me focus. At 7:15 I was given the ok to have my husband come in but apparently he needed to be tested for Covid (after much run around he didn’t, it was just me).
When my husband arrived, it was 7:30-8. For me, I was with my light switch off maybe in center (I wasn’t Easy First Stage (Hypnobabies main birthing day track). He was great, telling me to “Relax” (Hypnobabies cue for deepening hypnosis) and telling me to “breathe”. I was not feeling uncomfortable at this point and was actually talking. I also thought about the epidural but couldn’t help to think about having to move into a different position and then the nurse said that I would probably have the baby in 30 min to hour but I thought she was joking.
Around 8:40 pm they asked if I needed to push and I said that I wasn’t sure, but it felt better when I did. So, they started getting ready. I was checked and was told I was 8-9 cm, but I could get ready to start pushing. I seriously thought they were joking and at this point I was in hypnosis, center even calling them crazy like “haha ok sure we are ready to push” … but I kept baring down and told my husband to put on Pushing Baby Out (Hypnobabies track just for pushing) out loud. They told me to do the 8 second hold and I found it silly because it didn’t feel like I needed to push but they said the baby was there. I guess I was waiting for the transformation like with my first, but I was still talking and smiling! I seriously thought “these people are wasting their time this baby isn’t coming now” but I keep baring down and I felt like I needed to poo, and I apologized afraid I would explode. I then gave a great push and just yelled, here comes the shoulders!
Our son was born at 9:15 pm, just over 2 1/2 -3 hours from getting to the hospital. Although the beginning was a little shakey, I did ultimately get into hypnosis and the peaceful birth I imagined. The birthing time (Hypnobabies word for labor) was faster than I realized, and I didn’t get the transformation sensation which was my goal! I kind of always knew I would get the shot; it really helps take the edge off for me.
I didn’t tear and I did bleed a lot after, but it was managed well.
I wish I had birthing photos, but it was all so quick.
Welcome Jayson Bruce at 8lb 11oz , 38.3weeks