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I had my little boy on Friday, December 30th at 9:49am. My water broke at 3am that morning and got to the hospital about 4:30am. The contractions started in the car on our way there and were immediately 4 minutes apart. I used the breathing, relaxation, and visualization techniques and although I was uncomfortable I was not in any pain. I got checked in triage at about 5 am and was 3cm and 80% effaced. I walked around for almost an hour and a half stopping to breathe and focus through my contractions which were coming closer together--still not in any pain. I got checked again at 7am and was 6cm and 100% effaced. I walked over to my birthing room with my fiance and his Mom and continued to breathe and focus through contractions. My nurse was wonderful and kept telling me how proud she was of me. She dimmed the lights for me and kept the noise to an almost nonexistent level. She was all for my way of giving birth and never once asked about my pain level or if I wanted medication. She encouraged me the whole time. I got checked again at 9am and was 8cm and baby was +1. My contractions were consistently about 2 minutes apart and lasted about 60-70 seconds. About 15 minutes later I was having a lot of pressure and feeling the urge to push. I was checked again and there was a little bit of cervix left on the right side so they had me lay on my right side to get rid of it and didn't let me push. Not pushing was the hardest thing I had to do but I only had to breathe through about 4-5 contractions before I was ready to push. At 9:49am, after 14 minutes of pushing, we had our little man in our arms! My delivery was the best experience of my life and I couldn't ask for anything better. The dr. and nurses said one of the reasons I probably progressed so quickly was because I was completely relaxed and focused the whole time. Everyone was surprised that this was my first baby. I am so proud of myself for doing it and I wouldn't have it any other way. I wish all the best to anyone who wants to do it--it works! He also nurses like a champ! We're so in love with him!
Liam Edward Wolf (17 days early)
19 1/2 inches
What did you do to prepare? Classes? Books and tapes? I was going to do this with #1, but was not able to. I made it through drug-free and was able to stay calm, but I would really like to do hypnobirthing with this one if I can and I know I need plenty of time to start. I just think it would be so beneficial.
ust wanted to add a congratulations. I wrote this late last night and realized this morning I never actually congratulated you. I can be such a dope sometimes. LOL. Liam is just adorable.
Jo, mommy to Malachi, Ezekiel and Phineas
Thank You!!! I did take the classes, they were offered through my hospital which made it a little easier to get enrolled in them (they're not very common to come by around here). They gave us a relaxation cd and a book at our class too. You might be able to get some things off the website (I think its hypnobirthing.com). I also read "Childbirth Without Fear" by Grantly Dick-Read--awesome book! Good Luck!