My daughter Lia was brought to my husband and I on March 21 at 5:00 pm. I had an amazing pregnancy and stayed active throughout as I worked in a physically demanding job. I was due March 20 so was exactly 40 weeks pregnant when I delivered her. I had no signs that Lia was ready to come as I was still very comfortable and had not experienced any contractions or Braxton Hicks throughout my pregnancy. At my doctors appointment that morning I was 2 cm dilated. That evening our basement had finally been completed so my husband and I wanted to get some furniture down there before Lia arrived. Together we moved down a bed as well as some other things that I found when cleaning the closets. I had to stop for quite a few breaks as my back was killing me because I had been cleaning and organizing all day- it was my first day of maternity leave.
On March 21 I woke up at 7:00 am having a minor contraction. I thought it might be a contraction but wanted to wait a few more before waking my husband. So I had 3 more contractions which were 10 minutes apart lasting anywhere from 30 -50 seconds. At this point I woke my husband informing him that I was pretty sure I was in labour. We decided to get everything organized to go to the hospital and then try to lay down and get some rest before heading to the hospital. My contractions progressively got stronger and closer together. By 11:30 am we went to the hospital because my contractions were 3 – 4 mins apart.
Once at the hospital the nurse completed a cervical exam and I was only 3 cm dilated. I was not impressed as I thought I would have been further along. If I knew I was only 3 cms I would have stayed home longer. In the mean time my sister (who has two children of her own) met my husband and I at the hospital so she could be in the delivery room with us. Once I was settled in my room I put on the hypnobirthing recordings to keep me relaxed. I walked around the room a lot and when a contraction came I would rest my elbows and head on the bed for the duration of the contraction then continue walking and talking after the contraction. I had imaged myself using the birthing ball and a squatting position during labour but I found both of these positions very uncomfortable. Once the contractions intensified I went on the bed on elbows and knees and became much less interactive. At this point I was in my own little world, not responding to anything going on around me.
Once I felt the urge to push there was no stopping me. The nurse advised me to roll over to my back so I did which is the position I delivered in. The nurse and myself did everything we could to break my water but it was not budging. Once the doctor arrived, she broke my water and I delivered Lia within 5 minutes. I did push a little too hard, too quick, causing me to tear. The entire labour was ten hours long from the first contraction till delivery, which I felt was quite quick for a first child.
Hypnobirthing helped me achieve the things that were most important to me during delivery; which was a natural, calm, quick, uneventful delivery. It kept me relaxed and breathing throughout the contractions. I think the contractions would have been much more painful otherwise. I would highly recommend Hypnobirthing as it gives a very positive approach to delivery. I feel that you get what you want from Hypnobirthing depending on what is important to you and how much time and effort you put into it. I honestly did not put in a lot of effort. The only thing I did the months before the birth of my child was listen to the Hypnobirthing cds just about everyday before going to bed or taking a nap and continually reviewing the book. Thank you Marie for helping me achieve my goals.
– written by Lindsay Irwin