Tasha’s Calm Hypnobabies Home Waterbirth
“I would not only listen to my tracks but during waves out loud wild use my “‘Peace” cue word (Hypnobabies cue for instant physical comfort), picture my bright orange anesthesia, and would say open and baby come out. Visualizing and saying it out loud was a huge help for me.”
My hypno-baby boy was born Sunday at 12:59 am. This is baby #3 but first hypno-baby.
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Friday the 5th was my last day of work (I am a massage therapist and had 1 in home and 2 at my office that day). That morning I was experiencing what I thought was Braxton Hicks but throughout my services they kept coming on and I also lost my plug, but no bloody show yet. I was able to fulfill my workday although my clients knew what might have been happening. I told my husband, midwife and doula and they told me to keep them posted.
That night I took a bath and listed to my tracks. Fear Clearing (Hypnobabies track to release fear), Easy Comfortable Childbirth, and Birthing Day Affirmations. Through the night I was able to sleep except when I would have a birthing wave (Hypnobabies term for contractions) and would wake me up enough to hear my tracks which played on a loop so I could focus through them. Not bad! It didn’t feel real until Saturday afternoon. Hubby focused on the kids while I rested, losing more and more plug and took about 3 more baths and a shower. Hubby would check on me but left me alone for the day.
Throughout the day I would walk around with my headphones on with my tracks playing in while in center switch (Hypnobabies technique for eyes-open hypnosis) and trying to eat and drink a bit. Mostly my favorite was Easy First Stage (Hypnobabies main birthing day track). But I did change to Special Safe Place and Easy Comfortable Childbirth a few times. I tried Deepening Your Hypnosis (Hypnobabies track to deepen the level of hypnosis) again and it was hard for me to get into during my waves, so I stuck with Easy First Stage. I would not only listen to my tracks but during waves out loud wild use my “‘Peace” cue word (Hypnobabies cue for instant physical comfort), picture my bright orange anesthesia, and would say open and baby come out. Visualizing and saying it out loud was a huge help for me.
By 7:30 pm Saturday night they were getting stronger. I needed to add the word relax and do more breathing. My Easy First Stage seemed to be always right on cue with the talking of breathing, peace and focusing on orange. It was like I had someone there to guide me through my waves at the right time. At 7:30 is when I told my hubby get kids to bed, I need you. He did and came to work pressure points on my back as I worked through them till 10 am when I said we should call the midwife. He said it was too early yet and I said even if she came to check me would be great. We also had an awesome hypno app that directed us when to call and it kept popping up. I also told him to call the hypno-doula and said I was ready to have her. I got her because I was worried about losing my focus and although my hubby is very helpful and hands on, I wanted someone not new to Hypnobabies to keep me on track.
Breathing got deeper through my nose and my picture words and affirmations got louder, longer and more intense but I worked through them all with an open heart and mind reminding myself this is what my body is good at and meant to do. My midwife came at 11 and checked me. I didn’t want to know but I did… I was 8cm and nicely thinned and ready to go. Soulja and second midwife came shortly after. I wanted my water to break naturally and I have wanted a water birth with all my children and have yet to have one. So, I borrowed a pool from a friend and as soon as it was set up, they got me in it. A word I added at this time was “Relax” it helped me get through the stronger waves as I also focused on my doula and watched her say affirmations with me. While hubby stroked my back, my doula touched my shoulder and stroked my arm as I worked through them.
Finally, after a couple more waves my water burst, and I was so overjoyed. My body was ready to celebrate right now and wanted me to finish out this longer wave. All I wanted to do was catch my breath. Right when that happened, I looked at my doula and she knew right away to get my tablet and out loud play my “Pushing Baby Out” track (Hypnobabies track just for pushing). Honestly, I didn’t hear it. I was leaning over the pool for all this when all the sudden I needed to change positions. I went in the water on all 4s and needed to push 3-4 pushes and baby boy entered the world (the whole time while pushing asking if I was going too fast). Which was what I was always told with my other 2 side lying. But this water birth was different, and they told me do what my body wants me to do. And I did. And my sweet little boy came out into my hands through the water. I had such a different experience and loved my birth it was everything I wanted it to be. His estimated date was Friday the 12th. I will recommend Hypnobabies to anyone. I loved the focus and how it kept me calm.