From the second I heard about hypnobirthing, I knew it was right for me and our family. The thought of having a water birth sounded so natural and soothing to me, I was all about it. So my husband ordered up a birthing pool and we prepared for a home hypno-water birth! Having our baby at home was something I always wanted. You just can’t beat the comforts of home, amongst your own things and germs.
Thankfully we live in one of 3 states that ‘allow’ unassisted home births. I put the ‘quotes’ around allow because obviously you can’t stop Baby from being born if the baby is ready and mother is not at the hospital (we’ve all heard the taxi cab birth stories!) but only 3 states actually allow you to plan it out that way. We considered having a midwife present, then decided we could handle anything she can. If there is a special circumstance (or emergency) 911 is called, midwife or no midwife.
So with my incredible husband’s support, our new home birthing pool, and my Hypnobirthing The Mongan Method:The breakthrough natural approach to safer, easier, more comfortable birthing book, we decided to embark on one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. I wouldn’t have had the guts or confidence for a home birth without the knowledge gained from hypnobirthing, without a doubt. It helped me to remain calm, collected, relaxed and gave me the skills to experience a pain-free, natural childbirth. Just as I wanted.
So here is my life-changing childbirth story:
It starts with the night before our beautiful gal entered this world. When we went to bed I told my hubby that Baby was going to be here tomorrow. He just chuckled at me, since my actual due date wasn’t for another 2 weeks, but I was still considered ‘full term’ and so ready to meet our new addition. We had everything we needed: a birthing pool & accessories, umbilical clamps, Shepards Purse (incase of excessive bleeding), towels (lots of towels, this is a water birth after all), chux pads, and more. All the important stuff, and probably some we never even needed.
[floated align=”right”]There was no pain, no tearing, no stitches needed, no drugs taken.[/floated]
The next morning I woke up at 4am to go to the bathroom, as usual, but this time was a little different. As soon as I got out of bed, water trickled down my leg. That had never happened before, but this being my first baby, I wasn’t entirely sure I was actually in labor. Afterall, it was just a trickle, not a gush or burst with a puddle at my feet like I had nievely expected. I woke my husband to let him know I might be in labor and tried to lay back down and sleep. That didn’t happen. I felt the surges (contractions) starting, which felt like cramps to me. I spent most of the morning in the bathroom.
My hubby kept asking me if he should get the pool ready. We finally decided he should probably set it up, but to hold off on the water for a little while. Around 8:30-9am, he began filling the birthing pool with lukewarm water and stoked up a fire in our wood burning stove (the pool was in the same room with the fire, it was very relaxing). I didn’t get in the pool right away, as I was still making frequent trips to the bathroom.
On my last trip to the bathroom, I noticed some blood on the toilet tissue and knew that Baby was on the way. The surges were coming really close together, so close I couldn’t really ‘time’ them. My Husband suggested that I get in the water and I made my way to the pool, sort of squatting on my knees once I got in.
With a 3″ inflatable floor, it was surprisingly comfortable. As I leaned over the side of the birthing pool, squatting/on my knees, my hubby performed the light touch massage on my arm and back, which we learned from hypnobirthing. It’s a great way to help your body release it’s own pain killing endorphins. We used it throughout most of my pregnancy.
With every surge, I would breathe, not push. I could feel the baby making her (we didn’t yet know that she was a she) way into this world, closer and closer with each surge. I felt the baby moving down the birth canal and when each surge would stop, she would move back up a little bit. Hypnobirthing explains this as your body’s way of allowing your skin time to stretch, which can greatly help prevent or minimize tearing. Perineal massage can also help in avoiding tears.
[floated align=”left”]It’s a great way to help your body release it’s own pain killing endorphins. We used it throughout most of my pregnancy.[/floated]
My husband was still in the process of filling the pool, adding a little more warm water at my request. I wanted the water warmer, but I also knew I needed him there, as I could feel the baby moving and knew she would arrive at any moment.
After a few surges, Baby’s head was crowning and visible. But as I said before, she moved back up the birth canal a little, so at first it was like her head came out some, then back in. With the next surge though, her entire head was out.
My husband exclaimed in excitement “There’s a head, I see a head. What do I do?”
“Nothing, just wait.” I replied between surges.
And with the last surge, our precious water baby came swimming out into her daddy’s loving arms. I heard a small cry as he pulled her out of the water, announced that she was a she and handed her up to me through my legs. Her color was perfect, not blue at all. I (and everyone else) couldn’t believe how perfect her complexion was at birth and shortly after!
[floated align=”right”]My husband exclaimed in excitement “There’s a head, I see a head. What do I do?”[/floated]
There was no pain, no tearing, no stitches needed, no drugs taken.
The baby and I stayed in the water for awhile afterwards, nursing and still in awe of how perfect everything went. After the cord was done pulsing (about 20 mins.) Dad cut it and clamped the end on Baby’s belly.
The after birth (placenta) took a couple hours before I delivered it. That was more difficult than delivering the baby for me. With the baby, all I had to do was remain relaxed. My body and the baby did all the work, really. With the after birth however, I had bear down to deliver it, which seemed like more of a chore and required more energy than with the baby.
Our beautiful water baby weighed in at 8lbs, 18” long and couldn’t be more perfect.
I am so grateful I was able to experienced how truly awesome our bodies can be, if only we allow them to do their job.