So I'm finally writing out the birth story of our beautiful #rainbowbaby 🌈 daughter Lyra Joy born 7-12-17 at 42 weeks in hope of encouraging some mamas who are feeling pressured when they are past their guess date.
No BOP needed this is a joyful story of how well hypnobabies worked even when passed a guess date. Give yourself some space and grace and maybe a nice bubble bath. You got this mama!
My guess date was June 28, 2017 that was the day I had my membranes swept in hopes of having my birthing time start......
I woke up at 3:30am with pressure waves four minutes apart lasting a minute for an hour. My midwife Katherine and Doula Laura told me that's great but many moms stay at 411 for a while so try to go back to sleep and call us if anything changes. An hour later at 4:30am I had progressed to 3-1-1 and called both my midwife and my Doula who said get to the birth center as soon as possible because today was my baby's birthing day!!!!
When I arrived at Health Foundations Birth Center at 5:30am I was 6 cm dilated and directed to get into the tub which felt amazing. After some back pressure and some intense pressure waves we use some spinning babies techniques to get our daughter in the best position possible. My favorite position was the "empowered mama" yoga pose which opened my hips for each wave. I had 6 sterile water injections in my back to help with the back pressure. They helped for what seemed like 5 minutes. ( I wouldn't recommend them). My A-mazing birthing partner/husband then proceeded to apply constant counter pressure on my back for 2.5 hours while I went through transformation. This made the back pressure much more bearable, and I hardly noticed the pressure waves with my hypnobabies music tracks playing out loud in the room. Our doula also prompted us to tell the story of how my husband and I first met. My birth partner/husband did most of the talking but I reminded him of how i was bribed with the promise of quesadillas after a rugby social when I was super hungry. I got a huge rush of endorphins and energy after hearing him recall why he first fell in love with me that night😍. Once I was complete and our daughter was aligned it was easy to push her out naturally on my timing from an open lunge position. I was able to catch her, bring her to my stomach (short cord) and hold her in my arms at 9:08am on July 12 (5.5 hours of pressure waves in all)
That's where this video picks up. She was birthed peacefully, joyfully and at the perfect time 42 weeks just before we would have needed to transfer out of the birth center and change our birth plans/preferences. I have never felt more empowered, joyful and hungry all at the same time. I felt like my hypno-anesthesia was always enough and went to a really primal and athletic special safe place. I kept picturing having so much orange hypno-aesthesia that I was like Michael Jordan on the Gatorade commercials- dripping orange sweat😂. I told myself each pressure wave was only really intense for 10 seconds at the peak and I could do ANYTHING for 10 seconds.
After Lyra Joy was birthed, because of all of the vernix, my birthing team determined that her guess date was WAY OFF by a couple of weeks (I have 40 day cycles not 28 day). I hope this inspires you that you can have the birthing of your dreams and that the timing for you and your baby will be perfect! You got this mama