Friday, July 24, 2009

Our Awesome Hypnobabies Birth

Guess date: Wednesday, March 18, 2009, first baby
Avery Catherine, 6 lbs. 5 oz., 20 in., born Thursday, March 26 at 1:31 p.m. Active birthing time began Wednesday, March 25 around 2 a.m.

The very moment I put my headphones on and listened to the Birth Guide CD when it was time to leave for the hospital, I was SO relaxed and comfortable. The midwife checked upon arrival and I was 6 centimeters and waters still intact! YES! What a great feeling. I was so happy and this carried me through the next seven hours until I was complete. I didn’t even know I was in transition. It was just more intense but I wasn’t aware of any particular shift. Just overjoyed to hear I was complete. I felt SO great and my husband and doula worked so well to keep me hydrated and encouraged. The nurses were wonderful and respected my birth plan. It was actually our midwife, who, while she does have a great bedside manner, and was extremely encouraging when I needed her to be, was also all about the “standard of care” and bossed the nurses around too much for my liking. You just never know. But I was allowed to move around even though the midwife was making my sweet nurse follow me around with the monitor to check the baby’s heart rate. But at least she was able to follow me and I didn’t have to lie down. It was tough on the nurse, I know, but she always found a strong beat, which I have to say, was comforting even though I wanted that monitor off me.

Let me just say a word on doulas. Hire one if at all possible and if she doesn’t know Hypnobabies, train her. Find someone who is willing to learn. I relied mostly on my husband for physical support during the birthing waves, and all he had to say was “relax” or “release” to get me through, but it was my doula who I remember turning to most during transition and pushing. At that point I needed someone who had been through it and believed in her own body in order to maintain focus. My husband was getting a bit anxious and was asking a lot of questions, and our doula was incredibly supportive during this time.

BOP needed NOW. Skip these next two paragraphs if you want. It’s not important to the overall success I had with the program, and I will preface it by saying that the more intense things became, the more Hypnobabies kicked in. And I was only a C+ home study student!

** I honestly thought we’d have the baby by 10:30 a.m. or so. Boy, this little girl took patience to a whole new level. I pushed for four hours, which was certainly no one’s plan, and in the end my body was clearly giving out. Yet in the end, everything was so worth it. I can’t say why I had to push for so long. My pelvis is obviously quite small since Avery was just 6 lbs., 5 oz. and really seemed stuck, and I did have a substantial tear when she was born at 1:31 p.m. (Even though I know plenty of small women who push much larger babies right through.) But I had no idea I’d even torn, and held and loved on my baby while I got stitched up. Also, the midwife had right away guided the placenta right out and I barely felt it. I am healing so well from the tear and have had a virtually pain-free recovery.

Just two thoughts on this: DO YOUR SQUATS. If I’d been physically able to stay squatting for longer (and if the hospital had had a squat bar like they should have), I think we’d have had our baby sooner. Also, don’t delay listening to your Pushing Baby Out track. I never really had a chance to listen to it since I was saving it for Birth Day, and by the time I needed it I couldn’t get my headphones to stay in. At that point I just needed my doula to give me the cues, and she did. Chiropractic care earlier also may have helped get my pelvis in better alignment. I will definitely be going earlier next pregnancy.**

Avery was SO alert and peaceful at birth. There are no words to describe how amazing it was to see her for the first time so I won’t even try. She scored 8 out of 10 on Apgar at one minute old, and 9 out of 10 at 5 minutes.

In the days after Avery’s birth, Kerry’s sweet voice continued to echo in my ears. The voice of an angel who helped us have the very birth we dreamed of.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Feels Like Bubbles

I almost forgot another important update. Last Tuesday in the afternoon I felt the baby moving! It felt like bubbles that tickle. Different from other "bubbles" in your stomach. I definitely knew what it was when I felt it. I don't seem to perceive it as much as I did those first few times in a row that afternoon, but I'm still feeling it every now and again. On Friday night it was actually causing my belly to jump from the outside, so Jordan could feel it with his hand. There really is a little one in there!

"Do You Know What You're Having?"

Well, we think it's a baby. We're hoping human. Why is that the number-one question everyone asks? They're probably mostly just making conversation, (I'm sure I've asked it a time or two myself) but it is odd to me, the intense fascination with the gender of babies in the womb. I suppose to some degree I share the fascination, and I will be finding out the answer to the $100,000 question on Wednesday (or, at least I will find out what the ultrasound technician's interpretation of what they see is), but after all, it is my child. I had a friend tell me that her friend was actually annoyed with her that the gender would be a surprise because she "wouldn't know what to get as a shower gift." I'm sorry, but since when is giving gifts primarily about the convenience of the gift-giver? And someone else brought up the point the other day that neutral colors are more practical because if you one day have a child of the opposite gender you'll be able to reuse. And guess what else? Babies don't care whether they look ridiculous so long as they're warm.

That being said, I will be FINDING OUT on Wednesday morning and I have to say I am excited, more for the opportunity to see our baby again than anything else. But who knows, maybe I'll be unable to resist the urge to go out and buy something pink or blue.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Four Month Report

Just waiting to feel the baby's first movement. The midwife said it could be any day now. We go to the doctor again on Wed. for a regular check-up. Still one month to go until the next ultrasound. I'm still feeling good and exercising 2 or 3 times a week. Oh, and don't freak out, but I've decided to go with this form of natural childbirth. Comments I've gotten already include: "That sounds painful," and "what is the advantage of going natural when you could have an epidural?" And the answer for me is "a lot of reasons, including a possible c-section or other complications." But the nice thing about the program is that it teaches you specifically how to let those comments roll off you by affirming to yourself each time you hear something negative that you deserve a fast and comfortable birth naturally and that you will have one! The relaxation methods I've already learned have been awesome and have helped me feel a whole lot more easygoing about the whole thing. I think it's part of why this pregnancy has become so easy and comfortable for me, even though I already had genetics (or good luck) working for me with no morning sickness. Thanks for reading, Auntie Erin!

New pictures

Me at 14 weeks

Sixteen weeks

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

First Ultrasound

We actually SAW our baby today for the first time with our own eyes! It was the most incredible and joyful five minutes of my entire life! I did not want it to end. I could have watched that tiny little person on the screen for hours. He or she is 2.75 cm long and weighs less than a cotton ball, and was kicking her/his little feet around like crazy! At this point the peanut is too small for the movement to be felt. The heartbeat is strong and she said everything looks really great. We are right on schedule development-wise. On the print-out you can actually see the profile and can spot the nose. By the time we have the next ultrasound at 20 weeks, Baby Bennett will be 11 to 12 inches long and will weigh 10 to 12 oz. At that time we will know if it's a boy or a girl. At that point I will probably feel all that kicking! May be a swimmer like Daddy!