Tori’s Hypnobabies Home Water Birth
“After just a few pushes, they told me to reach down and feel the head. I could feel the very top part of the head just starting to come out. After I felt this, I was so amazed that it was already happening, I let out a huge laugh and couldn’t stop smiling. I couldn’t believe it was all happening so easily since my first birth had been 18 hours of birthing time and 3 hours of pushing!!”
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8:30 am- 41 weeks pregnant and SO over it. My midwife had done a membrane sweep the day before and told me to pump the next day. As soon as I woke up on Saturday morning, I began to pump as I bounced on my birthing ball. I was ready to get this baby OUT! After just 30 minutes of pumping, I began feeling regular pressure waves (Hypnobabies term for contractions) every 7 minutes for 30 seconds. Shortly after this I lost my mucus plug! I was so excited it was actually happening, and I’d get to meet my baby soon!
11:00 am- My pressure waves started getting a little more intense where I had to pause during them and get into a forward leaning position. My parents, husband and 2-year-old son were at home, so I decided to go into my room and lay down while listening to my Birthing Day Affirmations. After listening to this, my nervous energy dissipated, and I felt a sense of calm and confidence. I felt SO ready to birth my baby!
12:00 pm- Pressure waves continued to progress and were now 5 minutes apart lasting for 1 minute. I was on our bed on my hands and knees and with each pressure wave I would sink my face into the pillow and embrace each one as it came. I had my sleep headphones in with a steady stream of hypnosis playing in my ears, from Your Special Place (Hypnobabies track to create and be in a special place), to Easy Comfortable Childbirth to Deepening Your Hypnosis (Hypnobabies track to deepen the level of hypnosis). I had these three tracks playing on repeat and they helped SO much. My husband said I looked so calm and peaceful.
3:30 pm- My midwives arrived! They checked me and said I was 6 cm dilated. I was so happy to hear this and from there things progressed really quickly!
My husband began getting the tub ready while I kneeled on my yoga mat and birthing ball, still listening to my Hypnobabies tracks. There were a few pressure waves where I began to lose focus, so I said my hypnosis cue “Peace” (Hypnobabies cue for instant physical comfort) and focused back in on the track I was listening to, while breathing deeply.
4:30 pm- When the tub was ready, I climbed in and felt instant relief. I sunk into the warm water and as my body relaxed, I felt my water break under the water, shooting out with such force.
5:00 pm- Suddenly, I felt the urge to push, and I felt myself involuntarily making a low grunting noise. I grabbed my phone to change the track to Pushing Baby Out (Hypnobabies track just for pushing) as I knew it was go time.
The midwives came over and got me more set up for serious pushing time. I was side lying with one of them holding my right leg up. My husband was behind me outside of the tub supporting my arms. After just a few pushes, they told me to reach down and feel the head. I could feel the very top part of the head just starting to come out. After I felt this, I was so amazed that it was already happening, I let out a huge laugh and couldn’t stop smiling. I couldn’t believe it was all happening so easily since my first birth had been 18 hours of birthing time and 3 hours of pushing!! I was so excited and with each pressure wave, felt my body pushing the baby down. It was about 20 minutes of pushing before my baby came fully out and was placed right on my chest.
The feeling I had when they gave me my baby was beyond euphoric and it was a high like I’ve never experienced. Everything was blurry but so clear all at once. I was sobbing but laughing at the same time and looking all around, from my husband’s face to our baby’s face, shocked at what I had just done. The midwives and my husband helped me get out of the tub and straight onto our bed. It felt so good being at home and in my own space.
I couldn’t stop smiling. I felt so elated and proud of what I’d just achieved. All of my preparation during pregnancy finally paid off and I definitely have Hypnobabies to thank for that. I couldn’t believe that everything had gone pretty much just as I had imagined it during pregnancy when listening to Visualize Your Birth (Hypnobabies track for visualizing the birth you want), from how I would handle the pressure waves to getting my peaceful home water birth that I had dreamt of for 9 months.
Thank you Hypnobabies for helping me have the home water birth of my dreams!!