Experience Description

I was having a baby and the doctor could not stop the bleeding. I left my body. I watched them working on me. Then there was a bright light around me and I heard my great aunt's voice. (She has been dead since I was ten.) She asked me if I really trusted my husband to raise my son.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 'November 2,1986'

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes ChildbirthAllergic reaction Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) . I was having a baby. Doctor could not stop the bleeding.

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
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 my aunt talked to me.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When my aunt talked to me.

Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual

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 your vision differ in any way from normal? Everything was very bright and sharp I am legally blind without my glasses but the nurse took my glasses before they took me to the delivery room but I could see clearly what the doctor was doing.

Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? The stuff in the delivery room was hard to hear like it was far away but aunt Bibbie's voice was 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

The experience included: Presence of deceased persons

Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain Only my great aunt.

The experience included: Light

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? Yes

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Very calm, matter of fact peaceful.

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

The experience included: Special Knowledge

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 Wiccan/Priestess of Freya

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Liberal Wiccan/Priestess of Freya

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? Yes When the things were proven to me I later got divorced.

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? Yes. My aunt was telling me not to die because my husband would not be a good father. She also told me that he would not be faithful. She was right even though I did not believe her at the time.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Twelve years, they beloved me. I told my friend about it when we were talking about kids and child birth.

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 thought it was a bad dream but the doctor said he had thought that he had lost me.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. Well the things my aunt warned me of were true.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No