That morning was the beginnings of what was suppose to be one of the biggest snowstorms of the year. I started getting worried about the roads so at 8 am I called Lindsay and told her she should probably come before the snow got too heavy. She arrived at 10 am. Once she arrived I was able to relax more and did some small cleaning around the house and put last minute items in my hospital bag. We ate some lunch and then decided to go for a walk, trudging through almost six inches on the ground already. Lance stayed and shoveled the driveway. It felt good to walk and I was able to walk through the waves. At 2 pm Lindsay rebozo sifted my belly and we all listened to Birthing Day Affirmations while sitting around in the living room. As things progressed we gently and calmly eased into more active birthing time. Lindsay started doing Hypnobabies birth prompts as well as massaging my back. We decided to call the clinic and let them know we would be birthing today. By 3 pm the waves were becoming stronger so we decided to time a few, they were now regularly 3 minutes apart. We decided we should probably leave soon since we were unsure of the road conditions. Lance packed up the car and I got set up in the passenger seat with pillows and “Visualize Your Birth” playing in my ear buds.
The nurse checked me and I was at 3 cm. She wrote it down and showed Lance and Lindsay. I decided I did not want to know because I didn’t want the number to discourage me, I knew I was progressing just as my body needed too. It was about 5 pm when we were shown into our birthing room. I was feeling a bit tired so I laid down and was so peaceful the nurses came in and asked if I was even having waves still. We assured her that yes I was I was just very calm because of my hypnosis. Things were pretty quiet because of the snowstorm and the nurses mostly left us to ourselves, which was nice.
A bit later our nurse told us my family had arrived so we went to say hello and walked around the unit. During waves I would stop and lean on Lance for support. At 7 pm my waves were two minutes apart and I said very calmly and matter of factly “These are really strong”. I peacefully listened as Lindsay recited birth prompts. An hour later we decide to fill the Jacuzzi tub. I was checked before going in and the nurse was very surprised to see I was at 8 cm since I was so calm.
I was lying comfortably on my side when the doctor came in. My doctor had called in sick at the last minute and I could tell by this doctor's attitude he was not thrilled to be there. Lindsay reminded me to keep up my bubble of peace even as he was demanding I moved to my back. I was so relaxed and calm I just moved to my back, not saying anything to the doctor but knowing I was close and I could do this! I kept my bubble of peace so strong Lindsay said it was like she could see it. The room was bustling with activity and staff but the only voices I heard were Lance and Lindsay. Only ten minutes after the doctor arrived, I heard my sweet baby’s first cry.