It was 6:50 am on Sunday May 24, 2015 when my waters broke. Myself and my partner, Ryan, were lying in bed when I felt a cramp in my stomach and then a gush of fluid. I ran to the bathroom all excited and informed my family of the news. A few minutes later I started having pressure waves so I started playing my Birthing Day Affirmations track and got ready for the day. I had just enough time for a quick bath and get dressed before I felt my pressure waves getting strong enough to stop what I was doing and focus. Poor Ryan was trying to cook eggs and bacon for breakfast but my waves were coming so frequently that he needed to call my mother and doula for extra support.
I spent the remainder of my time at home on my birth ball, listening to my favourite hypno-tracks to keep me relaxed. I felt calm, collected but also surprised that my pressure waves were coming so close together. I thought I’d have all day to bake cookies, finish a few projects and maybe go for a walk. Boy was I wrong! They were four minutes apart by 11:00 am so we decided to head to the hospital.
When we arrived at the Health Science, we gathered all my gear and made our way to the triage. I used my off switch and leaned against the wall during pressure waves while we waiting to be assigned to our room. I was 3 cm.
Once we were settled away, my birth team was very hands-on. My mother would read me scripts while my partner and doula would take turns applying pressure on my hips during a pressure wave. There were many times I cried during this phase because I was so happy with the development of my birthing experience and how beautiful it was. My body just knew what to do and my mind was focused on relaxation.
Around 3:30 pm I was 5-6 cm and found vocalizing with low “ahhhs” really helped release energy. My pressure waves were getting stronger and I was feeling very confident and peaceful.
At 7:00 pm I was 10 cm dilated. I would feel the urge to push in the middle of a contraction and it felt so good to get to this stage. Although my back was sore from all the squeezing, I felt absolutely no pain. The urge to push was so strong and satisfying. I had long breaks in between urges, which allowed me to rest. I visualized my pelvis and birth canal opening wider and wider so I could finally meet my baby. I had so much encouragement from my birth team. The room was full of love and support as I crowned my baby's head and pushed him out. At 8:48 pm I looked up and saw this beautiful, wet little baby. He was so wide-eyed and alert and I instantly fell in love with him as he lay quietly on my chest. I’m here writing this all teary eyed… It was the perfect birth and I couldn’t have done it without Hypnobabies and my incredible birthing trio. I strongly recommend this course to anyone who is focused on having a peaceful and calm birthing experience.
Thank you Fiona!
I was induced with Cervidil at 3:30 pm, spent an hour on the monitor as per protocol, walked the halls of the hospital including doing all the stairs in the Janeway twice for an hour, and then was put on the monitor again for 30 minutes to monitor the baby. At this point, the nurse said she expected to see me later tonight as my pressure waves were already getting more regular on the monitor. I didn't feel much and was just looking forward to going home. I arrived home at 6:30 pm, ate dinner, and managed to get a shower in before my pressure waves really started. In retrospect, I think I was having some pressure waves in the shower but I managed to blow dry my hair and get dressed afterwards. Around 9 pm I told my husband I was going to go lie in bed. He was shocked to hear that I was having pressure waves as I guess I was still functioning. I lay in bed and tried to time some of the waves but my phone kept timing out. I glanced at the clock and they seemed to be coming every 4 minutes and lasting about 30 seconds (my guess). This was around 9:30 pm. I was focusing on my breathing, completely disengaging from any surrounding noise or distractions and breathing my anaesthesia down to my lower abdomen and thighs. I put on the Early Stage CD before I lay in bed but was too focused on my breathing to really pay attention to the cues on the CD. At 10 pm, my husband called back our doula and my older son's babysitter and told them that instead of the presumed hour, we needed to go to the hospital now. At 10:15pm we left for the hospital and arrived at 10:30pm, and I was 8cm dilated. They tried to get me into the hospital gown at which point I used my bubble of peace and proceeded to take off my pants, leaving me in my own dress. I started walking to my room but didn't get far as my waters broke, I lost my mucous plug and the urge to push began. They wheeled me into my room where I was 9 cm dilated. I was already starting to push. My doula arrived, propped up the bed for me and I pushed for about an hour while semi-squating on my knees. My doula and hubby were gently promoting relaxation of my hands, shoulders and face in-between pressure waves. I was shutting completely off and disengaging every time I had a wave. It felt incredible to finally feel the so called "burning" sensation in my perineum when Liam's head finally came out. He was born at 11:30 pm.
I smile every time I think of the experience. It was incredible and exactly what I wanted; no IV's and no medications unlike my first birth. Thank you Hypnobabies and Fiona!
Thursday morning, November 14th, I started to have some pressure waves that died down and stopped again Thursday afternoon. After going to bed I started to feel them again around midnight and began timing. Almost immediately they were consistently 5 minutes, lasting a minute, for about an hour. I woke Fred up and we messaged our Doula. Stayed home until 2:30 and used all my Hypnobabies techniques to really focus on my cervix opening and feeling pressure not pain. At 2:30 we made the call to head to the hospital and our Doula and my mom met us there. When we arrived the nurse did not even check me because it was my "first baby and these things can take a lot longer than you think" but went ahead and called in my doc, Dr. Miller. When Dr. Miller arrived shortly after I told him felt like I needed to push. He checked me and said, “Um...you feel like you need to push because you are fully dilated!” In just 3 hrs! At that point I was more determined than ever to focus on my hypno-training and do the entire thing drug free. They brought us to the birthing room and I put on my hypnosis tracks and went Into zen delivery mode! All the nurses and Dr. Miller were very respectful of our unique requests and birth plan. It was awesome! Dr. Miller was absolutely fabulous. He never left my side. He was in the delivery room with me the entire time and answered all my questions, gave me the support and encouragement I needed when I needed it most. I honestly cannot say enough about this wonderful Doctor. His energy was a big part of our amazing experience. Fred, my mom, and our doula were such amazing support during my active birthing time. I don't know what I would have done without them. I was able to have my dream birthing experience drug free! The nurses said they could not believe how quiet I was and that this was my first baby. They said it was like I was in a trance! Apparently word spread around the hospital about the first time hypno-mom and a few other nurses mentioned they had heard about our birth and made a point to congratulate me when I was in recovery! The only small bump in the road was our boys big head! At the very last minute Doctor Miller needed to use the vacuum to get our boys head all the way out as he was in distress and his heartbeat was a concern. His head was 38 cm! Dr. Miller said if his head was smaller, Reed would have been born a few hrs earlier. Seven hours total birthing time start to finish drug free. Yay Hypnobabies! At 6:46 am, Nov 15th, Reed Abram Sweetland French, 8 lbs 14.5 ounces, was born and has been a pure joy ever since.
Thank you so much Fiona. Fred and I enjoyed Hypnobabies so much and have been telling everyone about our experience.
Edward was born on August 24th, 2012 at 9:44 pm weighing 7 lbs and 12 ounces.
At 4:45pm my water broke. I texted my friends and got a shower. We boarded the Jeep and I comfortably sat on rolled up towels on the way to the hospital. I realized in rushhour traffic that I forgot my prenatal records and insist we go back to get them. I then had a comfortable ride to the hospital arriving at 5:45pm.
I let the nurses know at the case room that my water broke and they brought me to triage to be assessed. I still felt very comfortable. The resident checked to see how dilated I was and I was at 4 cms. The resident suggested I be sent upstairs to labour and to let the nurse know when I can’t handle it anymore at which point they will put me in a birthing room. I asked to stay in triage and told the resident I was content there. I then laid back and listened to my Birthing Day Affirmations which were successful at relaxing me.
I had an idea that things were moving fast as I suddenly didn’t want to be touched or talked to as I found it distracting. I got up to use the washroom. The counter in the washroom was hip height so used it to rest my belly on which mimicked the movement of the belly lift. I could feel myself dilate so I told the resident I wished to be checked again. I was at 6 cms. At this time they brought me to a birthing room.
My pressure waves became pretty powerful and I had the sense that things were progressing quickly. I got in the shower and Colin put the water on my back as I swayed to move the baby down. Just prior to this, while they were getting the shower ready, I did the belly lift technique on the counter a second time. I was in the shower for about 30 seconds when I realized that something was happening! I knew that I was experiencing signs of a woman in transformation so they checked me again and I was at 8 cms. I began to unravel a little at this point I believe out of fear more so than pain as things are going so fast and I didn’t know what to expect. I asked the nurse if it was too late for an epidural. Nurse says no... the real answer is yes because things were moving so quickly but they don’t want me to know. I say to the nurse how I’m so close and it would be a sin to give up now on the natural birth I want and I go ahead and decline the imaginary epidural. They bring me to the bed and check me again and I am at 9 and a half cms. I am feeling powerful pressure waves and I use horselips to get to 10cms and it works! (Horselips is by far one of my favourite things I learned in Hypnobabies class!!! Thanks Fiona!!!) They offered me laughing gas and put the mask to my face. I declined it 3 times before the nurses took me seriously. This may be something one would want to add to birthing preferences, that they first get your consent to administer anything, as I just had this tank wheeled up to me and a mask put to my face that I really strongly didn’t care for. Outside of this I had a great experience with the nurse assigned to me.
I was informed it was time to push. I began pushing with the pressure waves. While it very well may feel natural for you guys, it didn’t feel natural for me to breathe the baby out. I beared down with the pressure waves when they came. After an hour the nurse tells me she wants to put me on the pitocin drip to make my pressure waves longer to help with the pushing. I felt a "hell no" rising up in me and informed the nurse I would try harder. At this point I prayed and let go of fear that was holding me back. When I let go of the fear pushing felt amazing. I also decided when I needed to push and would inform the nurse and my wonderful birth partners (Karen, my sister, and Colin, my partner).
Between pushes Colin would wet a cloth for my forehead and Karen would fetch more ice chips. We became a cohesive team all working together.
I began to feel the progress I was making. When my birth partners and the nurse all start getting excited around me, I knew my baby was near entering the world and for me it was a precious and powerful space of time.
The nurse warns me of how painful it is going to be when the baby crowns. I have to tell you I experienced no pain when the baby crowned and when his head came out, rather, I felt pleasure. It really, truly felt amazing and satisfying and powerful.
Edward came into the world and was placed on my chest. I spoke to him and his head turned to me and his eyes searched for me. I put him to my breast and he latched on like he already knew what to do. Seeing the love and pride in daddy's eyes was also a beautiful moment. Something I will never forget.
All in all I found I felt very much in control until I went into transformation and I credit Hypnobabies for that. Transformation didn’t last long and looking back I can really say it was more a feeling of powerful sensations than painful sensations. Looking back it amazes me how your body knows exactly what it is doing and is made to do it!
Ryleigh Claire Barron came into the world November 9th, 2012 at 2 am.
I do not know where to even begin because everything about the birth was such a great experience. I don't think I would have gotten through the whole pregnancy without Hypnobabies.
I went to see Joanne (ob/gyn) at 38 weeks and when she checked I was 4 cms. I wasn't feeling any different so I went with my regular schedule and when I got home I got lunch, went to the gym, visited a friend and when I got in my car to drive home I knew something was different. I got home, cooked supper, took your advice in baking and just tried to " chill out". Nick came home from work and all I could do was laugh because they were 5 mins apart and I was so excited. All this time having no pain just pressure:) I listened to pretty well all the tracks, got a warm bath, and read up on the birthing info from Hypnobabies. At 11 pm the pressure waves were 3 mins apart and 60 secs long. We decided to head on in to the hospital. I didn't go earlier because I was almost waiting for the intensity to increase. We got to the hospital but not before Nick played "disk 4 track 1". Checked in thinking they were going to send me home and the Dr. said I was 8 cm! By the time I got to the birthing room I was 9! Time was flying by. I kept playing any track and I was able to listen to our nurse and handle the pressure with Nick’s help. I tried the laughing gas but that sucked! I didn't need anything else because she was born at 2 am! It was the most amazing experience we have ever been through. Did I mention I did not need one stitch! Other nurses were coming in not believing it and Nick just explained it was our hypnosis.
We cannot get over the effect that Hypnobabies has had not only on our pregnancy but the way we view life. It has truly changed our lives and we are forever grateful. I would recommend Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis to anyone who is pregnant.