Experience Description

My third child was coming fast and then something went wrong. I remembered I was really hungry and wanted to get it over with. Labor was very painful. I wished the lights they had over me were not so bright.

I came out of my body and was watching the doctors get very upset. One said, 'We are losing her' and one dropped something. I watched him seem very worried.

Then I rose up to the big windows through the lights they had on me and found my self laughing. I thought, 'Gee I can see everywhere' and then realized I had no head.

I just saw space and wondered what to do and thinking, 'I'm not hungry anymore and the pain is gone!'

I saw something far away and it was strange, like someone lying in bed and hearing Mom doing something so I would know it was her. But I knew who it was. The person was coming closer and I could see a Person in Blue with lights all around him. I knew who it was. I could not see his face but I knew it was Christ Jesus, and he held out his arms to me to come to him. I knew what he wanted and said, 'Please not now, I must stay with my children. There is no one else to care for them.' His arms went down and I began to move back to my body.

A doctor was by my side and said, 'We almost lost you. Can you remember what you saw?' I told him. He was young and had a tear in his eyes. I found out 40 years later that he became Head of the hospital and had since passed away, but was loved by many. I was not a religious person and only went to church a couple times as a small child. I was poor and my kids became all I ever had and knew I had to do what I promised I would.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 03-17-62

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Childbirth. Giving Birth to third child Doctors said I almost died; I was dead for 3 minutes.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? No

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Very good

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning It seemed it was for hours but when I went back in body I realized it was only for a few moments.

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I was thinking very clearly. Without eyes, I could see everywhere and feel free and safe.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Peace

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes Told in my story

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? I was young and open-minded. I went with the flow.

The experience included: Special Knowledge

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe I felt loved, which was rare for me at that time.

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 It happened later in life. I could see my daughter's house being flooded and called her to get Insurance and she did. A month later, the whole neighborhood flooded and she was the only one who had insurance. Many things like that happened.

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 was worried about my other children.

God, Spiritual and Religion:

What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate none

What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Christian

After the NDE:

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? No one believed me as a young 19 year old.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It helped my Mother and best friend not fear death anymore. Also, it helped a young mother keep a child from a rape.

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

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? It was real and beautiful.