Second Time Mom’s Calm, Confident Hypnobabies Hospital Birth
“As my waves got more intense and closer together I remember saying I want to get on my hands and knees and did. The next thing I know is I’m feeling pushy and asking where my midwife was. Then I noticed that the track was different I was listening to so I look at my phone and noticed that I’m now listening to the Pushing Baby Out track somehow which happened to be the perfect time because my midwife is now checking me and as she did my water broke and then she’s trying to see if I’m a full 10 but then a birthing wave comes and I push the baby’s head out with one push.”
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On the afternoon of 8/9 I was running errands for my first born’s 2nd birthday. I noticed while I was out that my Braxton-Hicks were coming a lot more and I wondered if I would be going into my birthing time on my son’s birthday. Their guess dates were 1 day apart. I woke a few times during the night and noticed a little discomfort with my Braxton-Hicks mainly in my back.
The afternoon of 8/10 I started to feel minimal discomfort with my birthing waves and noticed that I was losing bits of my mucus plug. The birthing waves seemed to be around 20 mins apart. That night we had family over and celebrated my son’s birthday my birthing waves were coming 20 mins apart still but very little discomfort. That night I got my little man to sleep and around 10:30 laid on the couch with a heating pad and started listening to birthing day tracks. I think I fell asleep a couple of times and then at 12:40am on 8/11 I started timing my birthing waves after 30 mins of them being 5-7 mins apart I called my midwife and told her. She suggested I go to the hospital since I had an hour drive.
At 2 am we left to the hospital I listened to Easy First Stage the whole way and had birthing waves every 5-7 mins with some discomfort. We got to the hospital and were checked in the birthing room by 3 am. I took one last pic of my belly at 3:07am when I was changing into my birthing outfit. I came out laid in the bed and they checked my progress for the first time. I was 6 centimeters the nurses commented they thought I was like a 3 since I was so calm. As the time progressed my birthing waves became faster and more intense I was feeling discomfort in my thighs mainly and had my husband and my girlfriend both rubbing my thighs and fanning me with every birthing wave.
My friend would remind me to go to my Special Safe Place and ask me questions about it and remind me to say my Peace cue and Relax cue. It definitely helped in the moment. This went on for a little while I remember thinking that I didn’t want to know how close my birthing waves were coming because I remembered knowing with my first and it didn’t do me any good to know when they were 2 mins apart it was worse to know so I didn’t ask.
I kept my eyes shut majority of the time and had a wet rag over my eyes and forehead as I was hot the whole time. I had the heart monitor in for the baby but nothing else I opted out of getting the IV and was so happy I did. They would just remind me to drink water throughout my birthing time. The nurses were also so accepting of my birth plan, but I think my midwife had a lot to do with that regardless it was amazing to be in a hospital setting and to be left alone for the most part. Also, this whole time I have had my cozy phones on listening to Easy First Stage which was so nice to have.
As waves got more intense and closer together I remember saying I want to get on my hands and knees and did. The next thing I know is I’m feeling pushy and asking where my midwife was. Then I noticed that the track was different I was listening to so I look at my phone and noticed that I’m now listening to the Pushing Baby Out track somehow which happened to be the perfect time because my midwife is now checking me and as she did my water broke and then she’s trying to see if I’m a full 10 but then a birthing wave comes and I push the baby’s head out with one push which I totally felt the ring of fire with this one. Then I waited for the next birthing wave and pushed her body out. My pushing time was literally 2 mins how amazing is that!!!
She waited until her cord stopped pulsating and then my husband cut it. I got back into a laying down position and they handed me my little girl 😍 I immediately did skin to skin and then nursed her. I held and nursed her for over an hour and a half. We sat around the room telling stories, sharing pics and videos of our babies and laughing. It was such an amazing morning.
Btw she came at 5:12am so I was just at the hospital for a little over 2 hours before she was born. My first also came pretty fast as my water broke with him at 10pm also got to the hospital at 3am and he was born at 7:58am. My babies are 2 years and 1 day apart. We had infertility with him and then naturally conceived him after almost 4 years of trying.
With our daughter we weren’t trying and conceived in two months’ time. Their guess dates were 8/18/16 and 8/19/18 he came 8 days early on 8/10/16 and she came 8 days early on 8/11/18 pretty amazing and I birthed them both in the same birthing room!
The difference between a non-Hypnobabies natural birth and a Hypnobabies birth was the confidence I got to speak my mind and do what I wanted this second time around and having tools to use to calm myself when I started letting the discomfort get to me. I remembered with my first birth feeling out of control and I remembered wanting to be in a different position then on my back, but I never spoke up or just changed positions like I did this time. It felt amazing to get the birth I desired for me and my baby this time and would highly recommend Hypnobabies to any mother wanting a natural birth.
The tracks were also great during my pregnancy for the times I did feel anxious or insomnia.