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 favorite 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 coheisive 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
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.