I prayed for a supernatural childbirth without birth pain and that’s what happened. So come on over here and sit down with me and I’ll tell you all about it.
We’ve talked about this in an earlier post, but I want to go through the specifics of how it happened with our first daughter. In the very beginning, when I found out I was pregnant, it was like, “Yay, we’re going to have a baby.” And then it was like, “Oh my gosh, we’re going to have a baby, which means I’m probably going to have to push that baby out.”
It’s Going to Hurt, Right?
And that’s scary. It’s going to hurt, right? I’ve seen the movies. I’m going to scream and cuss. I don’t know. I might tell my husband I hate him. It’s going to be the most horrible thing ever, right? Isn’t that what the movies tell you? I didn’t want that to be my story, but I didn’t really know anything different.
“Okay, so what am I going to do?” A really close and trusted friend told me about a book that she had been reading titled Supernatural Childbirth (affiliate link) by Jackie Mize. So, I ordered and read it. It’s a pretty quick read and I loved what it said! It was revolutionary for me at that point. This book actually changed my way of thinking completely!
There are plenty of child birth methods that you can read about on the Internet. There are breathing techniques, there’s yoga, stretching and so forth. None of these are wrong. In fact, the more you know, the better. Knowledge is power! The more you know about what you’re going to go through the better off you’re going to be. However, this is what worked for me, so I’ll explain why and what the book is about.
The first thing that’s most important in all of this is, “What does God say?”
That’s the foundation. I’m going to read out of the book a passage from Genesis. If you have some biblical knowledge, this passage might sound familiar. It says, “Unto the woman He said, ‘I will greatly multiple your sorrow in your conception. In sorrow you shall bring forth children. ‘” Okay, so basically in the Old Testament book of Genesis, it’s saying childbirth is going to be lame. After the initial excitement of my pregnancy when we found out, that’s what settled into my head, “It’s going to be lame.”
When I got this book I wasn’t really expecting see what I would read next, and that is a verse out of Galatians. Now Galatians is in the New Testament, so we’re talking New Covenant here. It says, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law.” He has redeemed us. That means that we have redemption in all areas when we have a personal relationship with him. Therefore, we can ask for things like a pain-free childbirth.
I’ll tell you a little bit more about this later, but I had a list of, I don’t want to call them demands, but I definitely had a list of things that I was hopeful for, and he gave me every single one of them. We are redeemed, that’s the important part. We are in the New Covenant now, we’re not under the law or the Old Covenant. Now the Old Testament is important, but in this case the New Testament is where it’s at. This is the most important thing, this is our foundation, is we are redeemed because Jesus paid the price.
Second important part is, “How does it work?”
One thing the author said in the book that absolutely blew my mind is, “I refuse to call them labor pains. Instead,” she said, “I’m going to call them muscle contractions.” The author gave an example which impacted me and that was for me to make a muscle. So flex, right? Okay, if you sit there and flex a muscle for a long time doing it over and over and over again, how are you going to feel? You’re going to get fatigued and a little bit sore? Maybe. But is it going to be painful? No. She said that was how she was going to view her muscle contractions – her labor contractions. Here’s my foundation, I’ve been redeemed. My labor is going to be contractions, not pain.
The third part: “What should I say?”
There’s more to it than this but this is important stuff in my opinion, This basically occurs when you have well-meaning friends that come to you with their stories of being in labor for 77 hours or they may say that it was the most horrible experience they’ve ever had. If you are comfortable enough, that’s when you either politely interrupt and say, “I’m just focusing on the positive”, Or you just kind of whoosh, whoosh, and just not listen, smile and nod. Remember your New Covenant foundation and the promise that Christ has given us.
Now, I know several moms who have prayed into a pain-free childbirth and they didn’t get it. I don’t know why. That’s one of the mysteries we’re going to want to talk to God about when we get to heaven.
However, I will tell you this. I went into labor knowing there was a possibility that it might not work, but I would rather go into labor with the promises of God on my lips than go into it with fear, anxiety and believing, “Oh my gosh, this is going to horrible.” What do you have to lose? I had nothing to lose except maybe having a really lame delivery, or having it hurt really bad. Mine didn’t hurt at all. That’s not to say that it wasn’t intense, but I did not have pain and for that I’m super grateful for what I learn from this book.
Play-by-play for my oldest daughter’s supernatural birth
It was 6:00 in the morning and my husband was working nights. He had just gotten home and I had just woken up. I was having contractions. They weren’t anything yet, but they felt different than the Braxton Hicks contractions I had experienced. They were deeper, like a period cramp. They were really rather light but annoying just the same like a mosquito buzzing in the room.
When my husband went to bed I didn’t say anything to him. I wanted him to get some sleep, because if I was in labor, I was going to need him to be awake and rested.
I took a short walk. I took a bath and I tried a couple different things the midwife had suggested. She said, “If it’s false labor, these things should make it stop.” Well, nothing was working so I tried to lay back down and get some sleep. No dice. So I got up, walked and prayed. As I thought about what was coming, I prayed a lot. About 2:00 p.m. when Steve woke up, I told him to call his boss, and tell him, “You’re not going to work.” His eyes were as big as saucers. He’s like, “Is it time to go?”
About 3:30 p.m. we called our doula and asked her to come over. Since my contractions were starting to get more intense my husband and I had started timing them. When I say “intense,” I mean a pressure that started in the back and moved forward and felt like it was squeezing my uterus. Our doula showed up about 3:45 p.m. and we timed contractions until about 5:30. At that time I decided I wanted to go to the birth center. I didn’t want to be in the car dealing with contractions. I wanted our daughter to be born at the birth center.
I had a friend from high school whose baby was born on the side of the road. I thought, “Let’s not have that.” So we got in the car about 5:45 and arrived at the birth center around 6:00 to discover the hot water heater was out.
I had wanted to get into the birthing tub immediately after arriving and was a little bummed that I couldn’t. Okay. So I just paced and prayed and paced and prayed. Meanwhile, the midwives boiled water and both midwives and doula went to the office next door to get hot water to fill the birthing tub. All the while my contractions were getting more intense. When I say “intense,” it was just a squeezing but probably the most intense thing that I’ve ever felt, especially towards the very end.
Contractions continued until around 8:15 p.m. When I went to use the restroom, I noticed there was a little bulb poking out so I asked, “What is that?” The midwife said, “Oh, that’s your bag of water.” I said, “What do I do with it?” And she replied, “You can pinch it or you can let it do its thing.” I thought, “This is just one more thing.” So I ignored it.
Two or three minutes later my water broke. It was about 8:15 and from there – it was on. My contractions sped up… started coming really fast and she was born at 9:32 p.m. in a tub of warm water, which was amazing. I did have a condition called shoulder dystocia which means my baby’s shoulder got hung up on my pubic bone so the midwives actually had to help move her and pull her out.
How Did It Turn Out?
You know what? Despite that, through all of this, I didn’t feel birth pain. I definitely felt the intensity, but there wasn’t any pain. God is amazing when He…when you think that He created us to be able to handle these things. I didn’t feel any pain, but there was pressure, definitely pressure. Lots and lots of pressure. So she was born at 9:32 p.m. and it was good as we settled in with her.
Earlier, I wrote I had a list of, you might say, “demands.” They weren’t really demands, but were things I was definitely praying for. One of them was that I wanted to labor and deliver in one day. I wanted her to be born on a weekend and I didn’t want to tear. That was my list, don’t ask why. There were particular reasons I wanted these things and I know exactly why I wanted them.
It’s just like God to honor me as his daughter and give me the desires of my heart. He didn’t have to but I really feel like praying into it with the knowledge gained from this book helped. The only request that didn’t happen was that I tore due to the shoulder dystocia. The midwives actually had to pull on her to free her shoulder. I honestly believe if that had not happened I would not have torn as much.
This is my story. It was absolutely amazing, more than I could have hoped for. Afterwards I realized, “Oh my gosh, I just gave birth and it didn’t hurt.” Now don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t like a walk in the park, it wasn’t pleasurable, but it was not what everybody was making it out to be. It wasn’t horrible, it was the most beautiful thing.
If there had ever been any question in my mind about the existence of God before the labor and birth of my first daughter, it would have been completely resolved because this birth was phenomenal. It was unlike anything I’d ever experienced. After all of this when the buzz started to die down and I came back into reality, it was like, “Wow!” That’s my experience with my first daughter and our first supernatural childbirth. If any of this resonates in your heart, I hope you will read Jackie Mize’s book and contend for your own supernatural childbirth!
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