I followed your hypnobirthing course and by now it has almost been 6 weeks since I gave birth to our little Bhodie! Wow, such an enormous difference with our first birthing experience!
I was able to relax so wonderfully during the dilation and my husband really helped me through. I really thought it was such a special experience. I spent the last couple of weeks of my pregnancy listening regularly to the hypnoses but not so much time practicing with my husband, though we did discuss some things of course.
When the contractions started I first needed to find the position that felt right for my body, but this didn’t take a lot of time. On the bed on my side with the CD on. My husband meanwhile, was stroking my arms and legs and during a contraction he would apply some pressure to my lower back. When the midwife showed up, I was well over 5cm after 3 hours. I wanted to give birth in the tub in the birthing centre in Hardewijk but after discussing this with the midwife I decided to stay home instead as we were doing so well in being relaxed and it could possibly all go very quick. After a half hour we were over another centimetre. Still very relaxed. I did notice at this point I was less able to pay attention to the CD and more invested in the moment itself. When the contraction would be a little heavier I found myself listeing to the words from the CD and I was able to relax. The midwife actually left us to ourselves for most of the time because we were doing so well. When my mother joined us, there was only about an hour left before I was able to start pushing. I was 10 cm dilated but was able to pull through very well. I did think the transition into pushing contractions were a bit of a change in mindset, as last time I made use of the epidermal and experienced this entirely different. Yet it all still went wonderfully. After 9 minutes he was here! Afterwards I was told that the midwife and my mother didn’t think I was ready to start pushing as I was still so calm. The entire birth only took me 5 and a half hours.
They say sometimes that with hypnobirthing you didn’t experience any pain and I can see how that is true because the entire experience is so different. You don’t recognize the contractions as a pain because you are so deep within yourself. The word pain becomes a foreign concept you might say. You are totally invested in the moment and even between the contractions you don’t expect the next one to hurt. You are entirely in the now and that makes the experience totally different.
I truly had a wonderful experience and would like to sincerely thank you.
Dearest regards, Laura