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“For me it was just mind-over-matter and I knew that I could accomplish anything once I had set my mind to it. So for the past 5 months I have been doing my Hypnobabies home play (homework) and scripts everyday so that I could prepare my body to become completely relaxed with just the drop of a finger. All of this preparation wasn’t really work because it was a way I could relax and take a nap every day!”
To start off, the birth of my first child, Kylia, was great, but I just felt like there was something missing for me. I didn’t enjoy the feeling of being strapped to a hospital bed with an epidural in my back just sitting and waiting for the doctors and nurses to do whatever they wanted to do with my limp body. I remember sitting there with my husband watching The Price is Right on the hospital television thinking to myself “this is so weird… I’m going to have a baby in a couple of hours and I feel so awkward just sitting here waiting.” After she was born I felt overwhelming joy and still feel like I fell in love with her at first sight. She wasn’t placed directly on my chest after she was born and it was heartbreaking for me to see her across the room with the nurse cleaning her and doing her procedures while this precious baby that had been inside of me for 9 long months screamed. I just wanted to hold and comfort her, but I was obviously not going anywhere anytime soon since I had absolutely no feeling from the waist down. I ended up needing 17 stitches and the recovery from my first birth was a long, painful journey. I remember thinking to myself that I was never going to feel “normal” again!
After having this experience I knew that I wanted something different when my husband and I got pregnant again. I started looking into natural childbirth and reading research and journal articles about the outcomes and satisfaction of mothers having babies in hospitals vs. birth centers vs. home births. After studying and reading lots of information about childbirth in the United States I decided that having a baby with a midwife would be the best option for me since I was low-risk and was wanting to have my baby naturally. At first I was going to have the baby in a hospital with a nurse midwife, but after taking the Hypnobabies childbirth class and moving to Louisana when I was 7 months pregnant (that is a whole other story!) I decided that I wanted to have my baby in a birth center. The Hypnobabies class changed my whole perspective on childbirth! I began to see childbirth as something that could be seen as a beautiful and fulfilling experience. After taking the class I made up my mind that I was going to have a pain free birth time (delivery) and that it really could be an enjoyable experience although our culture and media would have us believe otherwise. For me it was just mind-over-matter and I knew that I could accomplish anything once I had set my mind to it. So for the past 5 months I have been doing my Hypnobabies home play (homework) and scripts everyday so that I could prepare my body to become completely relaxed with just the drop of a finger. All of this preparation wasn’t really work because it was a way I could relax and take a nap every day! The rest of this wonderful story may be read HERE.