I was giving birth to my first child. I had gained fifty pounds and had been in labor for two days. I was finally given a caudal anesthesia, which numbed the lower half of my body. I was moved into the delivery room. They expected the baby to be large (I am a tall woman and my husband was a football player - University of Michigan, then Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders). There were a number of doctors/interns in the delivery room - betting on how much this baby would weigh. When he was finally born, I have very clear visual pictures of the nurse carrying him past me on my left side. She was holding on to his feet with one hand and his head with the other hand - to go weigh him (11 lbs 4 oz.), I saw his testicles and it was at that point that I drifted up to the right hand corner of the delivery room and watched what went on.As he was born, there was a huge splash of water (I thought) - the doctors/interns jumped back out of the way. Just recently I was describing this experience to a nurse who was delivering my daughter's baby and when I said 'water,' she corrected me: 'That was blood, not water - you hemorrhaged!!' I am now sure that was correct, because at the time, the nurses were frantically trying to hook me up to IVs of blood. They could not find a blood vessel to insert the adrenaline (I guess) and finally they put a tourniquet on each lower arm so they could insert needles for the blood transfusions.I was up in the corner of the room, watching all this activity. What I can say is that I felt what I now describe as 'orgasmic' peace!!! I will never fear death because this feeling of peace was just bliss!!! I did not go anywhere or see anyone. I stayed floating in the corner of the ceiling.
Date NDE Occurred: 1/14/1959
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? 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 in the corner of the delivery room.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was floating in the corner of the delivery room.
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
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
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? Peace - blissful peace!
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
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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
Have your relationships changed specifically 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
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Right away and over the years, when appropriate.
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 Shortly after it happened, I saw the experience as 'definitely real.' I will never forget the feeling - orgasmic bliss.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I still see the experience as 'definitely real.'
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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