My baby was not due until December, but my water broke and I went to the hospital. The baby was born at 1:19am on October 15th. My doctor pushed down on my abdomen to help expel the afterbirth. I remember blood shot all over the nurse and her uniform. I heard her tell the doctor that she didn't have a clean uniform and would have to go home to get one. The doctor was yelling 'Go get the oxygen'. All of this time I was thinking 'Just leave me alone'. There was the most brilliant light I had ever seen. I felt so warm and loved. There was a golden ladder going into the heavens and you couldn't see the top of it as it disappeared into fluffy clouds up so high. Around the bottom of the ladder there were several Angels flitting about. I felt at peace and happy, and wanted to stay there.I was then taken to a room so I could get some rest. When I woke up, a nurse was sitting by my bed. She tried to take my blood pressure but couldn't get a reading on my left arm, so tried on my right arm. Nothing. She went and got a different pressure cuff, and just could not get a good reading on me. The doctor came and they gave me several shots. I did not have one drop of blood on my pad. The doctor asked the nurse if anyone had changed my pad, she said 'no'. The last I heard, he was living in Oregon somewhere.
Date NDE Occurred: 10/15/60
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Childbirth Other premature child birth
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
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? Normal consciousness and alertness
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was very alert during the birth, and while I was experiencing seeing the ladder and the Angels I could hear the doctor and the nurse talking.
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? Yes They were Angels. There was no communication.
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 The whole room was filled with brilliant light.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Warmth, love and 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? Conservative/fundamentalist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No I have always believed in a higher power.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist southern Baptist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No I have always believed in a higher power.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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? Uncertain I thought no one would believe me
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It was maybe a couple of months. I only told a couple of people. I was afraid they wouldn't believe me. I really don't know if they were influenced or not.
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 kept thinking about it. I couldn't get it out of my mind. 48 years later I can still see it just as if it happened yesterday.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I can remember hearing the doctor and nurse talking, while I was seeing the Angels, the ladder and the light.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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