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.