I 1st read Hypnobirthing, then came across Hypnobabies. I found Hypnobabies was much more in depth, so my husband and I took the Hypnobabies class AND we had a Hypnodoula (our class instructor).
Our birth (1st baby) could NOT have been any better! I found the Affirmations cd to be wonderful in erasing ALL FEAR, I would listen to that cd ever day to/from work. Having a doula was a great help to us especially being our 1st birth experience and not know exactly what to expect.
I went into labor at 35 wks, went to the hospital bcs I just felt really horrible and everything ached badly….. Come to find out I was having contractions, so I got an iv, later a shot to stop labor. I was 3 cm & 80-90% effaced for the next 3 wks.
At 38 wks, my Dr. asked if I wanted her to “strip my membranes” (allows the bag of water to put more pressure on the cervix). After some questions I decided to go for it….. 3 days later Owen was born 🙂
I started having stronger pressure waves around 9pm…..waited until 11pm to tell my husband (since I had PW’s for over 3 wks…) Then he timed, they would go from 5 min apart to 1 to 7 etc. Never established a “pattern”. Around 1am I started bleeding so I called our doula, she said that was normal/ok. So I stayed at home a few more hours. We went to the hospital at 3:15 am – I was 6 cm. After admission/1,000 questions we were checked into our room around 5:15 am.
I put on my ipod/headphones and was able to really “zone out” very well with the support of my husband/brother & doula. They were a great SUPPORT. The lights stayed off, the nurses never bothered me, they would quietly enter the room and quietly leave. It was SO PEACEFUL !
The next thing I remember was my Dr. saying “OK you are at 10, you can push when YOU are ready”. I pushed for only 10-15 minutes! Owen was born 6-30-08 at 7:53 am, 7 lbs 10 oz. It was the best experience of my life. Total labor was 9 hours for our 1st child! The hospital staff was great & so supportive of our wishes to have no interventions.
I had to have 3 stitches, as soon as that was done, the nurse cleaned me up and I was up going to the restroom. I felt WONDERFUL. I’m ready for Hypnobaby #2 but DH isn’t quite there yet.
Anyway – we absolutely LOVED Hypnobabies – the class, our instructor, the CD’s the other couples we met in class and online……fantastic experience.
Owen is so happy and peaceful.
Debbie, Jeff & Owen – now 6 months old 🙂