This a great hospital (barely!) birth story from local Hypnobabies mom Sarah. When her birthing time began at 38 weeks, she wasn’t even sure it was her baby’s Birth Day! Hypnomamas, you may want to read with your Bubble of Peace – Sarah’s transformation was intense!
Friday night, we sent my two year old Tavin to my parent’s house so my husband Matthew and I could go on a date. We went to dinner and stopped for dessert, then on the way home my back started to hurt pretty badly. I figured it was because my chiropractor’s appointment was cancelled the day before. After we got home, we popped a movie in the Xbox, and I sat on the couch with a heating pad on my back through the entire movie, moving it around every 5-10 min to different spots. After the movie we went to bed.
Saturday morning, I woke up with no back pain around 8:15am. I went to the restroom and noticed that I was having my bloody show. I jumped in the shower wondering if she was going to come that day. We were expecting friends from out of town and I still needed to pick up Tavin. On my way to get Tavin I stopped at LaMar’s Donuts. The first birthing wave hit me as I was pulling into the parking lot. It lasted about 30 sec. After it ended I went in and got our donuts then headed to my parents. I arrived at my parents, got inside and had to stop on the staircase for another birthing wave. The two were 10 minutes apart.
When we got home, our friends were waiting for us, and at about 9:30am I decided to call my doula Kathleen to let her know my birthing waves were consistently about 10 min apart and 30 sec long. I continued my birthing time comfortably, , using my light switch and release cues. It was a nice distraction being surrounded by great friends and college football. I didn’t think I was actually in my birthing time, because there was this little voice on my phone telling me that it could be practice labor, but at around 1pm, I realized I should probably get a bag together. We were not prepared for me to go into my birthing time quite yet so we hadn’t packed! As the waves continued to get closer together we decided it was time for lunch. The boys had headed out to pick up Zarda’s. While the boys were out getting lunch, my friend was talking about visiting another pregnant friend later that evening and how she was hoping that she would go into labor that night while they were visiting. Little did we know that I was in my birthing time and going to have a baby in a couple short hours!
When the boys got back with lunch, my husband was telling me that our friend was freaking out and he didn’t understand how Matthew could be so calm when I was clearly very uncomfortable. But we all sat down and had a nice lunch together. After a couple helpings of spicy baked beans and ham, I decided it was time I went upstairs and laid down for about an hour.
At 2:30pm, I finally took the advice of the little voice on my phone and decided to get into the bathtub. I was burning up to begin with, so I turned a fan on me while I sat in the warm water. After I got settled in the water I called my doula and told her to head my way. I turned on my Early First Stages Hypnobabies track, turned off my lightswitch and tried to relax. At this point, the waves were 3-5 min apart. I finally realized that the back pain from the night before was back labor and not from missing my adjustment the day before.
Around 3pm, I got out of the bath and I laid back down in bed. My husband had turned on the Fear Clearing Hypnobabies track, but by this point the waves were pretty much right on top of each other. After about 5 min of trying to turn my lightswitch off, I was pretty much bawling and I told my husband it was time to go to the hospital and that I wanted the epidural. Tavin was taking his nap, so Matthew got him up and packed in the car and I made my way very slowly downstairs to the garage. I stopped to text my doula and let her know that we were going to the hospital and to meet us there.
When we were on our way, I called my mother and told her she needed to meet us at the hospital to pick up Tavin. In my head, I was begging my husband to run every red light we came to. I felt extremely bad for my son because I was vocalizing so loud that he was freaking out! He would start to bawl every time I became vocal. We got to the hospital around 3:30pm. I waited in the car for a good 10-15 min while my husband wandered around the birthing center entrance trying to find someone to get me a wheelchair.
Finally, Matthew found someone and Nurse Phyllis got me into a wheelchair and I begged her for the epidural. She told me everything that had to be done before I could have one and I was not happy! We finally made it to the birthing suite with me pleading for the epidural and tears streaming down my face. After using the restroom, I got myself onto the bed about 3:45pm and continued my birthing time. My doula Kathleen arrived about 5 min later. Nurse Shannon checked my progress and proceeded to tell me that I was complete. I was complete! Being in a birthing time haze, I asked my doula what that meant. Kathleen looked at me and said “It means you stayed home a very long time”.
The nurses told me I could bear down if my body was telling me to. Of course, at this point I was nervous because there was no doctor in the room yet. Matthew had been fumbling with the Hypnobabies tracks and had started playing one. He wasn’t sure where we were in my birthing time so he picked one. Then he picked another, and then another… but hearing the tracks helped me to center and concentrate. I listened to what my body was telling me and I pushed. After about 3 or 4 good pushes, Nurse Shannon held up my beautiful baby girl and put her on my chest.
Madison Ann Marie was welcomed naturally into the world at 4:05pm.