It was around 3 am on 6/29/2020, and it was thundering & raining that night. The power went off a couple of times, so both of our sleep was disturbed. Leslie got up to go to the bathroom and that's when she had bloody show. She came back to bed and had her first pressure wave. I woke up to her breathing through it, and I asked if that was what I thought it was! We remembered that we needed to get our sleep, so we tried falling back asleep but it was especially difficult for Leslie as she kept having the waves.
BOP (discomfort, intense pushing phase, almost a necessary episiotomy)
We did an in-person Hypnobabies class, and as first time parents, we are so grateful for that. We were able to complete most of the class before Covid hit. I was pretty good about getting my tracks in every day, and I was a sleeper. I feel asleep (and stayed asleep) for about 90% of all Hypnobabies tracks. They relaxed me instantly, and I just always conked out! In hindsight, I wish I would have had some more conscious experiences in hypnosis (I could have attempted some more upright positions during my tracks, which might have helped me stay awake) prior to birthing, but I know that Hypnobabies was still incredibly helpful during our birthing time.
UPDATE: Katie shared clips from her beautiful Hypnobabies birth and we made this lovely, inspirational birth video to show other hypno-families as they prepare!
Hey All! Instructor Anne Ferguson here to share a fabulous birth story of a beautiful and speedy birth I attended last weekend! I had missed this family's first birth because it had been quick also, and the Mom didn't realize how far along it she really was in time for the whole team to assemble. This time we were all motivated to make it there on time!
My birth doula career is winding down (just one more birth left on the books!) and it has been a wonderful month of two beautiful out of hospital births. It was lovely to spend these early morning hours with this family and team.
To view this story and her fabulous professional photos please visit her blog at:
To read this family's first birth story click the link below:
You may also enjoy reading this article I wrote in 2018, inspired by Katie's first birth, called "The Secret to Having a Natural Birth":
Rosalind Grace entered this world peacefully at 12:20 am on May 29, 2020, one day before her mom and dad’s 5th wedding anniversary, amidst violent unrest in Minneapolis, under COVID-19 quarantine...and born upon a throne, as a princess should (eh-hem, a toilet). (scroll down for amazing pictures!)
For this pregnancy I was excited for the opportunity to finally have my birth center birth. I had risked out and had to birth at a hospital for Isla due to hypertension. I found Willow Midwives and once I toured the beautiful facility, I was excited to give birth again. I had also decided to learn about Hypnobabies and use hypnosis for a more comfortable birth.
UPDATED 6/10/20 and AMAZING VIDEO ADDED...
I can’t tell you how grateful I am for Hypnobabies and how much of a difference it made for me. This was my 3rd baby, but first time using Hypnobabies and I came away from this birth feeling worlds of difference. During past pregnancies, I’ve been a lot more anxious, but this time, my daily hypnosis became such a comfort to me and I looked forward to it every day. This pregnancy had new challenges with COVID-19 – being quarantined, isolated from friends and family and the financial toll that came with shutting down our small business for months, but Hypnobabies helped me to stay positive and focus on what I could tangibly do. It gave me the confidence to switch to a home birth at 34 weeks and I’m so glad I did. I loved our previous midwives (my previous two births were at a free-standing birth center), but I just felt instinctually that given everything going on, home birth would be the best thing for us.
On March 16 and I spent most of the night watching movies (Bohemian Rhapsody and Bridesmaids), doing Hypnobabies, and dozing through strong and long birth waves but they were pretty spaced apart. At 6:10 am I decided to get my team together because I felt like I needed some support especially after I did a modified side-lying release for myself that was super intense and thought I should get up and move around. I texted my midwife Emme of Trillium Midwives and doula Lindsay of MamaAligned/One Strong Mama and woke my husband up.
This was my second birth and second Hypnobabies birth. From the start this pregnancy was different from my first. With my first I didn’t really have any complaints aside from SI joint pain in the third trimester. With this baby I had severe acid reflux from 6 weeks, and symphysis pubis pain from 12 weeks on. Then at our 20 week ultrasound our son was diagnosed with ventriculomegaly and hydrocephalus which is enlargement and increased fluid in the ventricles in the brain. My pregnancy went from routine to high risk and I had to start following with the perinatologists at Minnesota Perinatal Physicians. My first son was born at the Minnesota Birth Center with the nurse midwives there so that had been our plan for this baby as well. I had a fetal MRI at 28 weeks to confirm the hydrocephalus and it suggested that his hydrocephalus was due to aqueductal stenosis which is a narrowing in the duct in between the third and fourth ventricles in the brain. I now had to give birth at the hospital, but our plan was to still have the nurse midwives attend our birth.
"Longest, fastest, hardest, best, saddest, and happiest 2 days of my life": A positive Hypnobabies birth story with many big changes in plans.
In the 3 months that have passed since birthing our sweet Cora I've felt many emotions regarding her birth. Although it did not go as we planned I will say that it would NEVER have gone as well as it did and I wouldn't feel as positive about it without Hypnobabies and especially our amazing Hypnodoula, Anne. What a blessing she was to all of us in this time!
Bubble of Peace FOR CHANGE OF PLANS/OUTCOME
In the wee hours of the morning (4 am) I awoke to birthing waves! We were 40w4d, had seen the OB the day prior and praise God he was even on call this very day!
I feel incredibly blessed to have had the birthing experience of my dreams. From the moment we did a tour at Willow Birth Center, I knew it was the place. Being at Willow felt like being at home. It was so comfortable, beautiful, and tranquil. For our first child, we gave birth with a midwife team and doula at a hospital which was a good experience but I was disappointed I couldn’t use the nitrous while being in the tub. So I chose nitrous and gave birth in bed. This time I wanted something different. I wanted the entire birthing team to support the Hypnobabies birth philosophy. We had done Hypnobabies classes for our first and knew this was what we wanted to do again. I also wanted dim lights, a beautiful setting and not the sterile hospital feel. I didn’t want to be woken up by doctors and nurses every few hours to do tests and check on us. My vision this time was to experience a water birth while having nitrous oxide. At Willow I knew we could have all of this and more.
At my 37-week appointment, I was 37+1 and had not experienced being pregnant beyond this point. (I have a history of preterm labor and birth with my sons. Click here to access my previous two birth stories.) My midwife checked and my baby was in a sort of LOP/LOT position. She suggested I start some Spinning Babies moves. I started doing the 3 Sisters on a nightly basis. I also decided to see a chiropractor to help get baby in the best position.