Experience Description

When I was nineteen years old, I gave birth to my daughter Khrysta after seven hours of excruciating labor. The doctor kept telling me not to push but I could not help it. The urge to push was too intense. After I pushed her out, I heard the nurse tell the doctor that ‘she is bottoming out’. I didn't know then but I now know that my blood pressure was dropping quickly. I then heard the Doc say ‘she tore her cervix and she is hemorrhaging’. Then I heard the nurse say ‘she is going into shock and she is unconscious’. This is where it gets weird.

I felt a complete calm come over me and I felt no pain whatsoever. I never felt myself leave my body; I was just standing at the head of my bed looking at myself and the nurse and Doctor. I heard them talking about stopping the bleeding by stitching up my cervix. I felt no discomfort from being out of my body. It was very peaceful. I heard the Doctor tell the nurse ‘try to wake her up’. I then watched her walk over and pick up a little packet off a standing silver tray. I tried to say ‘I am awake, I am awake’. But my lips weren't moving. So the nurse walked up, tore the packet open, and put this horrible smelling stuff under my nose. What's weird is that I smelt it before my body smelt it. All of a sudden, I was back in my body slapping her hand away and telling her 'I Am Awake, I've been awake the whole time, leave me alone!’ Apparently, they stitched me up, the hemorrhaging had stopped, and I was stable. It wasn't until the next day when the doctor came into my room to see me on his rounds did I have the chance to tell him what had happened. All he said was ‘Sometimes that happens.’ Not to me it doesn't, I thought. This was a remarkable thing and it has never happened to me since. I wish it would because then I would know that I am not crazy!

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 3/01/1993

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Childbirth 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' Hemorrhage-shock. Hemorrhage and shock.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I was just out of my body but never felt it happen.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Extremely clear and serene.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No

Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? Just the doctor and nurse talking.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No

Did you see an unearthly light? No

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm My vision was clear and hearing was clearer but I had no sense of touch.

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace and calm. No fear at all.

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No

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? No

Did you come to a border or point of no return? No

God, Spiritual and Religion:

What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I now believe that we have a spirit or soul.

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 peace and calm were the best part. Having to go back in my body was the worst part.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes They think I am crazy. They give me that look.

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