Before starting this birth story, I feel the need to mention my 1st and 2nd births. They are the beginning of my journey and very much affected how I gave birth to my 3rd child. My first came a couple weeks early with my water breaking in the middle of the night. I went to the hospital before contractions started and after walking around a bit, they started me on Pitocin. It took the whole day for contractions to get strong, and after 2 hours of strong contractions, an epidural and a cervical check resulting in little progress, the OB recommended a cesarean. Besides asking if we could wait, I didn’t know enough to fight this recommendation, so my first baby came to me via an unplanned, and what I have come to realize, an unnecessary cesarean. The reasoning was “failure to progress,” or maybe we could call it “failure to wait.”
The cesarean wasn’t easy for me to accept. I was happy I had a healthy baby, but not happy with how things went. Breastfeeding started off rocky and recovering from major abdominal surgery was not what I had planned for. I knew I wanted something different for my second birth. I started asking about VBACs (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) at my 6-week postpartum visit. And then two and a half years later when I got pregnant, I read more books, watched the essential movies, attended some parent topic nights, became a regular at Blooma, switched to a midwife, and hired a doula. I felt prepared and knew that I could accomplish a safe and rewarding VBAC. My labor started at 41 weeks, again with my water breaking in the middle of the night. I stayed home and waited for contractions to get intense, and then went to the hospital. There were a few hiccups of back labor, stalled progress and an epidural, but eventually I welcomed my 2nd baby into the world via a VBAC!
After that experience, I fell in love with the role of the doula, because I knew my first birth would have been different if a doula had been with me. I decided becoming a doula was the right path for me and dove in headfirst. After 2.5 years of witnessing strong mamas welcome their babies into the world, I decided it was time for me to do it again. But again, from all that I had learned and witnessed, I knew this time would be different. I decided to have a homebirth. I hired 2 midwives and 2 doulas. I focused on eating healthy, working out and doing yoga. I also went to the chiropractor regularly to make sure my pelvis was balanced and my body was in alignment. After hearing amazing reviews, I decided to give Hypnobabies a try as well. I was very committed to doing all of the homework and listening to the tracks daily. I was a believer but wasn’t sure if it would work for me until my birthing time came.