At 37 weeks and 2 days I woke up with a bad calf cramp on around 5:30 am and woke Darby up to help me try to stop the cramp! Since I was up, I just went to the bathroom and there was nothing out of the ordinary. But when I went to stand up I felt a little tiny pop low in my uterus. I thought, that’s strange but oh well. So I went to the kitchen to get some water and planned to go back to bed. As I was drinking water I felt a little leaking and thought, well this is strange because I just went to the bathroom. So I went back to the bathroom and realized my water broke and was slowly trickling out. There was a little light pink blood. This was around 5:50 am and I made Darby get up and come into the bathroom. I had no waves and no discomfort. I was a little nervous because I’d hoped my water wouldn’t break until later in the birth process and of course, did not want to worry about induction.
I had some pressure waves at 1:30 in the AM on Sunday, but was able to sleep through them for about 3 hours until I realized they weren’t going away. They still felt more menstrual crampy, but they were wave-like. Then I got very excited and started to get the house ready from 3:30 am-4:30 am. I went back to bed to try and rest and listened to some different tracks (don’t remember exactly which at this point, but I used the cheat sheet and the guide to pick which ones). I was able to go back to sleep for a few more hours. I reached out to my birth team in the morning to give them a heads up. For the next few hours, we just got the house ready. I tried to rest, eat, drink water, pee, etc. I listened to tracks and worked on getting my hypnosis going.
by Anne Ferguson
I'm sharing this birth story from my own doula perspective with permission of my client. This story is not your "typical" Hypnobabies story. You might want to use your Bubble of Peace to read this story because this mom had to change her plans. But, this story is important. It shows us that even when birth goes differently than we planned, we can still have a positive and empowering story. Even faced with some really challenging circumstances.
My entire life I imagined my birthing time would be at a hospital using an epidural or receiving a C-section. If you would have told me that I pulled a 180 I would not have believed you. I first heard of Hypnobabies from my older sister who birthed two healthy boys using her hypnosis. For her first, I thought she was on drugs. Who in their right mind would willingly birth naturally and at a birth center nonetheless! That's not how they show it on the movies so it can't be right. For her second, I was more open to the idea of birthing naturally and was intrigued by this whole hypnosis idea. She encouraged us to look at all the options and to educate ourselves.
We had our baby boy, Rowan, at home on 1/7. We are thrilled to have experienced birthing at home and the combination of our midwife and Hypnobabies helped make our dream a reality.
I can’t point to one tool in particular because I used all of them!
My water broke at 10:40 am while making bread with my daughter and we met our baby at 7:50 pm. He weighed 9lbs 4oz.
Nick and our daughter, Ella, caught Rowan as our midwife was driving to our home. They were the best support team. Ella sang to me during my waves, held the flashlight while I pushed, and helped to cut the umbilical cord. It was a very connecting experience and we could not have wished for a better birth. Our midwife arrived a few minutes after and helped with delivering the placenta, etc.
Iris is our third daughter, which made us think we knew what to expect this time around. Well, she certainly wanted to prove us wrong!
Our older girls were each born about a week before their guess dates, so we were preparing for the same with this baby. The 39 week point came and went, still no baby. Then 40 weeks, and even 41 weeks passed! Waiting is HARD, but all of our post date evaluations were coming back fine. She was in a great position (LOA, nice and low), her movements and heart rate were healthy, I had plenty of fluid, my cervix was ripening (3-4cm, 80% effaced), and she didn’t seem to be unusually large. She was healthy and very cozy so we were prepared to wait. However, I was getting more uncomfortable each day. My hips and pelvis were so sore I was having trouble caring for my other children. So, at 41 weeks and 1 day we went in for an induction.
Tuesday night 12/4 Robert and I were out to dinner for our anniversary and I went to the bathroom to discover I had my “bloody show.” I had not had a single pressure wave at this point so I decided that it could still be a while before the baby arrived.
Wednesday morning around 3:30 AM I woke up with my first pressure wave. Unsure if the waves were going to be consistent I got up and moved to the couch and began listening to Special Safe Place. My waves were consistently between 7-10 minutes apart as soon as they began. All lasting between 45-90 seconds.
While everyone was sleeping in Saturday morning, I texted my hypno-doula, Anne, because I finally had one sign of my birthing time beginning—bloody show. I decided to listen to the Your Birthing Time Begins track and Birthing Day Affirmations (love this track) in hopes of feeling some consistent waves soon.
I went about my day as I normally would, and felt some minor pressure waves...
When I was about 20ish weeks pregnant I had a dream I was going to have my baby 8/27/18 at 3:00pm. If only it could have been a bit more specific!! I had been having strong BH waves since around 20 weeks, but I started having real practice waves a few weeks before my guess date.
With my first I had some practice waves for about 10 days before I had him so I just assumed it would be similar this time around. During all the practice waves I just knew my baby wasn’t coming until the 27th because of a dream 🤣 and these were just prepping my body for an easy and comfortable birthing time!
In the early morning of July 18th, I woke up to a trickle, and when I got out of bed I felt a gush! PROM! I ran to the bathroom and then came back in the bedroom to wake up Ryan and tell him, "Something that wasn't supposed to happen, just happened!" It was 2:30 am. I called the midwife, our doula, and my mom to tell them the news. They all said, try to get some more rest. Needless to say, we didn't get anymore sleep that night. I began listening to my Hypnobabies tracks immediately, but the anticipation of baby coming had me too excited and I just couldn't get back to sleep.
Ryan went to work at 7 am, because I was not having birthing waves yet, and he wanted to get everything done that he could before taking baby leave. I tried to rest, and continued to listen to Hypnobabies tracks.