On Saturday April 23rd 2016, I was 6 days passed my guess date. I was so ready for my baby to be on my arms. This was my second VBAC hypnobabies birth and first home birth. While my husband was getting a night snack ready for himself, I started to walk around in circles on our family room. Bryce thought I was being silly, but I just had a feeling that I didn't want to be on the treadmill if my birthing waves suddenly started. Thinking back, I am so glad I followed my instinct. We started to watch a movie at about 8:30 pm. We watched "Here Comes the Boom" which was very suiting to what was coming that night.
At about 9:45 pm, I started to feel pressure waves which were strong in intensity. I didn’t feel pressure waves like that until the last 2 hours before my last baby was born. I texted my midwife and she told me she was coming to see how I was doing. The pressure waves continued, and I told my husband to prepare the birthing pool. I went to the bathroom and noticed I had some blood show. This was a sign for me that this was indeed my birthing time.
When my midwife came, she was so surprised to see me so calm and making jokes like always. Thus, she didn’t think it was my birthing time. My midwife asked if she could check my cervix and I consented. This was the first time she ever checked my cervix during the whole pregnancy. I had told her before that I am always a zero until the very last moment. That was the case with my previous 3 births. After she checked me she said: "Now I see what you mean, I can't even find your cervix." The fact that I was so relaxed (like we were just visiting) and a zero in dilation, made my midwife think I still had a long night ahead of me. She asked me if I wanted her to stay. She lives 15 minutes from me, so she promised to come back if I wanted her to check on me again later that night. Bryce wasn’t very keen on the idea. He kept asking me “are you sure they should go?” I was thinking that maybe I would have a long night ahead of me. After all, my last birth lasted 18 hours from the time of the first birthing wave until baby out. Thus, I told her it was fine if she wanted to go. My mom, who was already at my house, told her that I am always very calm during my births (yay Hypnobabies!), but it didn’t mean this wasn’t "it." She said I was just fooling all of us. We all laughed at her comment and said good bye to our midwife and her assistant.
After they left, I went to bed and did some nipple stimulation to get things going. Also, I visualized my cervix opening with each birthing wave and kept looking at all the birth empowering affirmations I had hung up throughout the house. Soon after that, my pressure waves increased in intensity and duration. I tried relaxing my jaw and repeating the Hypnobabies prompts. This helped me to stay relaxed. At that time, I was progressing very rapidly, and I didn’t realize I was already in transition. But, how could I? It was only 10 mins after my midwife left my home and 30 mins after being checked at zero dilation. I went to the bathroom, and it was again very intense. At the time, I was still thinking I had a lot of time to get my cervix to open up. I know...Silly me.
Bryce came to our room to check on me. I leaned on him for two contractions and did something I had never done before-vocalizing! I got on a kneeling position next to my bed and felt my water breaking. Bryce asked me if he should call the midwife and I nodded. After about 10 more minutes, I was passed the transition stage and my Hypno-anesthesia took over.
Bryce really did an amazing job for the birth. When I went to the living room where the pool was at, I was pleasingly surprised that he had the hypnobabies tracks going on and the video camera all set up and running. Listening to the tracks really helped me stayed focus and relaxed-Thank you babe! I rested on the birthing ball next to the pool. Bryce started to boil water since the pool wasn’t close to be full at all. With my previous birthing time, he admitted he did not think I was really having the baby that day because of how calmed I looked. This time around, because of how calmed I was, he took me seriously! He was so on top of things, making sure I was comfortable, boiling water for the tub, putting the relaxation tracks on, giving me water, and so much more. He did more in 2 hours this time around than in the 18 hours my previous birth took.
My mom was very nervous because she had very traumatic births and this was her first time witnessing a homebirth. As she came out of the bedroom, I proceeded to reassure her that I was doing great. It was funny how she was all nervous, and I was making sure she was okay. I kept telling her I was doing just fine. At this point I was resting on the birthing ball and letting my body do the rest. My mom proceeded to gently rub my back, which felt so good and soothing.
My midwife arrived at 12:00 am. She was really surprised to find me resting on the ball, and the baby already crowning. She later admitted that she didn’t expect to see me that advanced in my birthing time. She thought I was going to be a 7 at the most. I got into the pool even though it was only 1/3 of the way full. I pushed several times. Then, I tried to move to a different position. As I was getting up, his head came out and a second after he was born! At exactly 12:10 am, He entered this Earth. It was only 2 hours and 30 mins from my first birthing wave. He weighed 8lbs 9oz and 20.5 inches long. I had a small tear that needed stitches. I made sure to use my hypnobabies technique to stay relaxed. I used the finger drop technique and went to “Center.” And, it was not painful at all! But what I loved the most was the pushing stage. It was like having a walking epidural. I didn’t feel a thing, which is amazing and all thanks to the Hypnobabies techniques I learned. It gave me the tools to have a wonderful, peaceful, and powerful birth.