Third time is the charm!
While this US-based mama has birthed before, she felt in those experiences that her knowledge of her body and of her labour was undermined (posterior position and early pushing leading to intervention the first time, induction the second time).
As she said, she felt like she “gotten through” the births.
She wanted to use hypnobirthing to help cope with fears of labour that developed from her previous births and to have a birth with less intervention than her first two experiences.
She opted for the online course with the extra practice bundle.
And she did it!
She had the powerful, intervention free birth that she wanted! One where she trusted herself and worked with her body.
We met our baby this morning and I wanted to share this story.
As you know I was 40+6, and was looking at a scheduled induction at 41+1.
At 40+4 I did opt for a membrane sweep. I was 1-2 centimetres dilated and 50% effaced. Later that day I began to feel a lot of low pressure, cramping, and I noticed the loss of some of my mucous plug. I was having intermittent contractions but nothing regular.
The next day I went for a walk and noticed similar sensations, I rested a bit in the afternoon, and my husband came home early to help with our two boys. We went for a family walk, played at the playground, and had a nice evening with my parents. Everyone was in a great mood.
Around 9:00pm I noticed a series of about 3 contractions, 15 to 18 minutes apart, that were more intense. I sat on my birth ball, my husband gave me a neck massage, we finished watching Olympic trials, and decided to get in bed around 10:30pm. I played the hypnobirthing tracks and imagined a wave letting the surge rush over me and relaxing my whole body.
After about 45 minutes I was uncomfortable and decided to draw a bath. Contractions were now about 8 minutes apart. My husband wanted to get a little bit of sleep so encouraged me to give it more time despite me telling him I was worried this was moving quickly!
Over the course of the next half hour surges went from 8 minutes to 5 minutes to 2 minutes apart. I started yelling for my husband but he had headphones in so I got out of the tub grabbed a bed pillow and threw it at him to wake him up!
I told him we had to leave NOW (it was around midnight). Knowing the drive to the hospital was about 35 minutes, I actually started to get worried. I had about 6 contractions in the amount of time it took to wake my parents, grab our bags, and find my wallet.
I put the seat down on the passenger side, grabbing the handle with my right arm, on my left side, with my knees spread like a clam. The surges were intense. I still had the hypnobirthing tracks playing and I was counting my breaths trying not to tense up.
My husband went close to 100mph and cut the drive down to 24 minutes. We drove straight into the ambulance entrance and he jumped out and banged on the locked glass doors.
A team of people came with a wheelchair – as they helped move me from the car to the chair, I felt leaking down my legs. I wasn’t sure if I was peeing and I sure didn’t care! As they raced me to the elevators I felt a pop and huge gush as my bag of waters broke in the wheelchair. The attendant ran through two double doors with security to the nurses station where a team of about 10 people jumped up and started racing me in to triage. The midwife on call was amazing – calm, cool, and collected.
They moved me from the stretcher to the bed in the delivery room. I was still on my side. I pushed 2 times and her head was out, the umbilical cord unwrapped from her neck, another single push and she was out entirely. She cried immediately. We had immediate skin to skin and we delayed clamping long enough to watch the cord change colour to white. She latched within the hour. No tearing!
I can NOT believe that just happened!
We arrived at hospital at 12:29am and she was born at 12:40 am!
I am overjoyed she is here and healthy and honestly that the labor, while intense, was quick (slightly insanely quick)!
I can’t thank you enough for your support and guidance. I don’t think I would have made it through the labour, especially that car ride, without the confidence I’ve built through this process. It was truly empowering!