I was bleeding profusely, and the time went very slowly. My blood pressure was being taken often and going down, and I thought when it hits zero I'm dead. I had to wait for blood to be matched before going in for emergency surgery.
They wheeled me out of the birth suite and to the operating theatre, and it was then I left my body and started to float. The ceiling disappeared and I was looking at myself being wheeled along on a trolley from a great height down what seemed to be an endless corridor. I felt extremely calm, and found the whole experience wonderful and life changing. I plopped back into my body when the anesthetist started giving me an injection.
Date NDE Occurred: 3 July 1984
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Childbirth Post partum hemorrhage 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
Post partum hemorrhage.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
I clearly left my body and existed outside it
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal When I was floating, it was magical.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was floating, it was magical.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Time seemed to very slowly.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Even now many years after the experience I can remember it as if it happened yesterday.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Sound was very clear.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? None as far as I can remember except wonder.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal None
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Started searching for a spiritual explanation.
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Started searching for a spiritual explanation.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No Although afterwards I started a spiritual search which continues.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I think I became more tolerant.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain I have accepted that there is a great unknown that I want to know more about.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I now accept the possibility that a soul that can survive death.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told my husband straight away, and he seemed to expect and to encourage my searching.
I found my father had a very similar experience and it was a wonderful bond between us, while he was alive.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I have never doubted that it was real and would love to experience an out of body experience again.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real As above.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No