“Birthing can bring many unexpected turns, and Hypnobabies helped me stay present and composed when I otherwise probably would have been a ball of anxiety wanting to run away. It was a huge blessing for both myself and my baby. It is a tool I will use for every birth here on out.”
Hypnobabies® – Natural Childbirth at its best!
Prior to getting pregnant, I had so much fear around pregnancy and birthing, but I can honestly say that by the time I was 33 weeks, all my fear had vanished and I was feeling very calm and ready to go. This had a large part to do with Hypnobabies.
I remember constantly thinking to myself how grateful I was for my Hypnobabies tracks, especially the affirmations. The affirmations kept me grounded and excited about my birthing experience, and I really enjoyed my time listening to them in the bath each night.
Around 36 weeks, my doula and I sat down and discussed birthing scenarios, and she mentioned that having my water break would not be ideal since I was GBS+ and that could potentially mean the possibility of induction. I was not fearful of this scenario, but like her, I did not want my birthing experience to begin this way nor did I think it would.
A curveball was thrown, and at 38.5 weeks my water broke while I was getting out of bed from a late morning nap! I could feel all of my panic and fear hit me as my thoughts raced around the idea of induction and all of the possible undesirable scenarios that could unfold. After getting over the initial shock that this was actually happening, and calling my doula and discussing options, I got on my yoga ball and turned on the Birthing Day CD. Right then and there, I knew that it would take my mental energy to get this birthing time started. I listened to Hypnobabies tracks and affirmations all afternoon to keep my emotions calm and my mind in the game.
I felt some strong pressure waves around 7:30 that night—hooray! They began to come faster and lasting shorter amounts of time, so we decided it was time to head to the hospital around 9 PM. I really felt like my body would not progress until I was in the location where I would be giving birth, so I listened to my intuition on this and chose to go even sooner than I typically probably would have.
Once there, we got to our room, dimmed the lights, turned on my salt lamp and Hypnobabies tracks, and I began using the finger-drop technique to ride out my pressure waves. I began to feel nauseous and it definitely threw a wrench in things, as it was hard to focus on my hypnosis while feeling so sick. I told my husband to call my doula so that I could get some extra support through it. I would be lying if I didn’t say that I was thinking about an epidural at this point.
My doula walked in and I immediately told her that I was thinking about an epidural, but she reminded me of all the dedication I had put into my birthing experience and my desires for mine and my baby’s birth. My thoughts immediately remembered all of the days I practiced Hypnobabies in bed and in the bath—I could do this! Then she asked if I wanted to get into the tub to take the edge off, and I thought to myself, “Of course! That is exactly what I need!”
I spent so much of my time practicing Hypnobabies in water that it was much easier for me to focus and feel “at home” while I was in warm bath water. It was here that I started my transformation and it was extremely powerful, spiritual, empowering, and all of the wonderful emotions you can feel during a birth. I can say, whole-heartedly, that this was not easy work, but it was very doable and I felt extremely capable. I was relaxed and calm (as you can see in the photo), and nowhere in my body did I feel fear. I will forever cherish the memory of this moment.
Once I felt my body’s signal to push, I moved to the bed where I slowly breathed and pushed my baby out for about an hour. It felt more like ten minutes. I finally met my sweet baby boy, Rowan Andrew, at 2:01 AM and my world hasn’t been the same ever since. He is so loved!
Birthing can bring many unexpected turns, and Hypnobabies helped me stay present and composed when I otherwise probably would have been a ball of anxiety wanting to run away. It was a huge blessing for both myself and my baby. It is a tool I will use for every birth here on out. Even after having my baby, I practice meditation and self-hypnosis because it has changed my life that much.