It all started on November 6th 2012 at about 4:30 pm. We were 41 weeks along & going to have a biophysical profile done. While we were at the ultrasound the technician said my fluid was low & that I needed to go have a non-stress test done to monitor myself & the baby. We went up to the hospital (which I thought was just because the clinic was closed) & the nurse hooked me up the monitor & said the midwife would be in shortly to see me. When the midwife came in she said everything looked good on the monitor but it looked like we were staying & going to have a baby the next day. I was VERY caught off guard because this was NOT how it was supposed to go, even though I was 41 weeks along I was just shocked! We had plans to stay at home as long as possible & to have our doula come to our house & go with us to the hospital.
BUBBLE OF PEACE: At about 5:30am on November 7th, I woke up to having a lot of lower back pressure & at first I thought it was because I had slept on such a hard bed. I then began to realize they were pressure waves & they would last about 1-2 minutes..I didn't really pay attention to how often they came...This is when things started getting really frustrating for me. At about 6 am or so a nurse came in & was checking my vitals. The midwife then came in & said they needed to take my blood so we did that. I was trying to keep an open mind, but I wasn't really a fan of the midwife we had that morning. After about a half hour the midwife came back & told me I had HEELP syndrome & that she would be transferring my care over to a Dr. At this point she didn't explain much, she just told me my blood pressure was high & my platelets were low & we needed to get things going asap, BUT she said I could order breakfast & take a shower & just hang tight..So to me it wasn't that big of a deal. I decided I would feel better if I took a shower because I was still having the lower back pressure waves. I asked for a birth ball so I could sit on it in the shower & that's when I began freaking out...The nurse started freaking out saying I couldn't have a birth ball & that I needed to hurry up because we needed to get the baby out & I became very confused...I started crying & freaking out & told my husband "If its such a hurry why don't they just cut me open to get him out, all I want is a birth ball." My husband reminded me that we were not doing that & that it was ok & that everything was fine. Keep in mind none of the nurses were really explaining anything to me. So I got out of the shower & was going to order food & the same nurse began freaking out saying I couldn't eat because I was going to have an IV with Magnesium Sulfate for my high blood pressure. She said the IV makes people really drowsy/dizzy & possibly sick so they didn't want me to eat & once I got the IV I would have to stay in bed. I became very very frustrated at this point & I asked the nurse if there was a time limit on getting the baby out & if it was 12 hrs then what my options were. The nurse said yes we have 12 hrs & we would talk about options then. I was in bed getting my IV & I called my doula, she said she was on her way asap. She told me to put on my Hypnobabies tracks so I told my husband to get that going. END BUBBLE OF PEACE
Once my doula arrived, she began setting the room up to make it a little more Hypnobabies friendly. She dimmed the lights, set out some flameless candles. She also gave me a cotton ball with the lavender scent. She began reading me some scripts & my husband applied counter pressure on my lower back during my pressure waves. At 9:15 am they checked me & I continued to use my Hypnobabies techniques. I came to later find out I was dilated to 2-3 cm, 90% effaced & at a -1 station. For the next few hours, my husband & doula kept me well hydrated, comfortable & made sure I got up & used the bathroom. They did a great job at keeping me comfortable with cool rags on my forehead & also keeping my legs warm. My body temperature was all over the place. Our doula also asked the nurse for a peanut ball to help keep my pelvis open while keeping me comfortably laying on my side at the same time.
At 11:30am I was checked again & I was 100% effaced and fully dilated. (Editor's Note: That's two hours to go from 3 cm to 10 cm people!) My doula then put on the Hypnobabies "pushing baby out" track & she said I "ahhed" my baby down for about an hour. I listened to my body throughout my entire birthing time.