My labor started around 3pm on April 13, 2008, and all I felt was tightening and relaxing (surges from the beginning were 5 minutes apart). I had my Hypnobirthing session that day, and after that I had many errands to do (return items, buy things, get gas, and make dinner). After a large spaghetti dinner, I was ready to go up stairs to relax. I went to the bathroom and my mucous plug came out, as I stood up my water released (9:15pm). I became consumed with keeping dry, not aware of how quickly I was progressing. I showered and shaved my legs, and surges became 2 minutes apart. Still trying to stay dry, finish laundry and talk to friends ad family I missed the call from my OB. Finally I was packed, now with headphones on listening to Marie Mongan, and my husband demanding we leave, I remember him telling me he would know when I was ready. Now on the way to the hospital, shortly after 11 pm. We arrive (11:56pm), my husband parks the car, I walk myself in, and check in. I tell the nurse " I am ready to have my baby", since I am calm and relaxed, the nurse tells me " you are a first time mom, not possible". I let out a little sigh, after I told her " I have to have the biggest bowel movement ever", she knew what that meant, and said " go ahead". After my sigh, she moved me to the room and examined me. She then found that Ava was coming, I was complete with at 3+ station. I gave birth to my first baby 6 minutes after we arrived. It was amazing, no tearing, no need for meds, and minimal bleeding. I quickly nursed her and gave her a bath.
I began my hypnobirthing class in my 35 week, and delivered at 38 weeks. Ava was born on April 14, 2008 @1202am, 6#3oz, 18 3/4 in. long. My surges were never painful, they did not last for more than 20 seconds to my knowledge. All I felt was a sensation during my labor and pressure when I was ready to birth.
I know that HypnoBirthing made all the difference for me. My birth was just the way I designed it. Just a sensation, calm, serene and Joyful
"When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change."
Sarah Crumbley, HBCE - Affiliate of the HypnoBirthing® Institute
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