After giving birth to my first child, I hemorrhaged losing eight pints of blood. The placenta had stuck. I could not be put to sleep because I had eaten just before labor. Delivery was uneventful until the afterbirth problem. I remember being cold and asking for blanket.....
I felt the doctor scraping me and trying to stop bleeding. I asked the nurse if I was dying.
Then I was floating above my body that I saw was lying on the table. I could describe equipment and conversations of nurses and doctor. I was not scared, but was emotionally detached from the scene. I thought, 'HMMMM I must be dying.' Then I remembered my new baby and prayed, 'Please let me stay. I have a new baby.'
I remember feeling the transfusion in my veins and the blood was very cold, like ice water. Then I was back.
The doctor said that he almost lost me. My baby was born at 11:35pm. The doctor finished working on me at 3am. He never gave up.
I had no anesthesia during this time.
Date NDE Occurred: 05/09/1973
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Childbirth Life threatening event, but not clinical death How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I felt calm and aware.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning No 'time'.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Calm
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 I didn't want to ‘go’ yet.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The worst part is not being able to feel the serenity without dying.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No