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LeAnn overcomes many challenges to have a peaceful birth!

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You may think you will be pregnant forever. However, there will be your moment of baby bliss.  When your baby is cradled close and your heart is overflowing. Then whatever road brought you to that moment will be the right one.

Whatever route you choose to reach your moment of baby bliss, I highly recommend the Hypnobabies Program. Hypnobabies has invaluable tools for parents choosing from anywhere between a home birth to a hospital birth. I also believe that Hypnobabies is particularly valuable to maintaining peace of mind if the circumstances of the birth turn out to be nothing like you planned.

First, using Hypnobabies creates a positive outlook. In our culture, negative images and stories abound about the birth experience. Hypnobabies helps to unravel it all and replace it with happy expectations about one of the most important days of your family's life. These new positive expectations are rooted deeply in at subconscious level. It takes the fear away and creates confidence in your body's natural abilities. It let's you focus on the wonderful experience of being pregnant and having a little baby growing and squiggling around inside you.

Second, Hypnobabies gives mom and her birth partner practical tools to use. You will have a "tool box" of hypnotic suggestions and techniques to use. These self-directed mind control techniques can be used even after your babyis born. First time moms will be experiencing new physical sensations in their bodies. It helps to have a positive framework with which to understand these sensations. Every mom will be experiencing warm-up birthing waves and some part of her birthing time without pain medication. Hypnobabies' teaches
your body to relax and use hypo-anesthesia for those times.

I am confident in my ability to learn things on my own, but I decided to take the Hypnobabies class. If you have a class near you, it is a wonderful gift to give yourself. I had been attending the Lamaze class at the hospital and hearing "humorous" stories about all the pain involved in child birth.What a relief to drop that class and come to the Hypnobabies class with Carole Thorpe! First, the other couples in the class were there because they already knew people who had used Hypnobabies successfully. It is wonderful to be surrounded in an atmosphere of success and happy expectation. The people in my class were so nice. We all really looked forward to each class
session which included actual hypnosis practice. The class is a complete course that gives you information about having a healthy pregnancy and all the birthing options. During my pregnancy, I was careful to avoid hearing scary birth stories. As a result, I really enjoyed those 9 months with my little guy inside me. Just be prepared that the class does take effort and commitment. Your investment will be richly rewarded.

If you live in Southern California, I know there are a number of excellent Hynobabies doulas in the area. Asking Carole Thorpe to be my doula was truly one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Carole has attended over 500 births! I was so fortunate to have found someone who has not only experience and knowledge, but also a has "gift" for working with mothers giving birth. I read that women who have doulas have a lower incidence of cesarean section. As you can see in the story that follows, I believe that using Hypnobabies and having Carole as my doula saved me from needing a c-section. Carole teaches Hynobabies classes, is a Hynobabies doula, and a lactation counselor. I highly recommend contacting Carole if you are in the Orange County, CA area. Here is her contact info:  hypnosis4birth.com

In my case, I had a wonderfully easy pregnancy. Easy until the last few weeks which were like an army boot-camp obstacle course before I could cross the finish line. There were physical and emotional challenges. I had my Hypnobabies CDs playing almost constantly to stay relaxed and use the hypo-anesthesia. Let me just say that where the rubber hits the road - the techniques I learned in Hynobabies really came through for me.

I had carefully planned out my birthing day. It turned out nothing like I had planned for. I had taken a little castor oil as a laxative. It triggered my water breaking and birthing waves that were immediately five minutes apart and strong. My hospital was over 2 hours away (and probably longer in Friday evening, rush-hour traffic), so I had to go to a local emergency room instead. My husband had recently asked for a divorce, so he was not there. My mom ended up at the admitting desk going over paperwork. My dad was racing back in the car to get my insurance card that was left in my purse at home. In the car were my birth preferences sheets, my carefully packed hospital bag, birthing ball, specially purchased birth skirt, aromatherapy -- you name it -- all in the car.

So there I was alone in the birthing room with the nurse who was interviewing me on my pregnancy history in between birthing waves. I can tell you a woman with a laxative having birthing waves is not a pretty sight. I gave up trying to keep the hospital gown out of the bed pan and was naked. Yet that moment of clinging naked to the back of my hospital bed, hovering over a bed pan was one of my finest moments. Birthing wave after birthing wave, I kept counting myself down and turning my light-switch to off. I kept going to my special place and using the peace cue. I kept my cool thanks to Hypnobabies. I am a real chicken when it comes to pain. My entire life I have always assumedthat I would use some type of pain medication for childbirth. However, there I was using the power of my own mind for a natural childbirth!

If you attend an open house or Hypnobabies class, you hear plenty of success stories of people who were amazed at how easy and comfortable their birth experience was. I am a testimonial from someone who can say that Hypnobabies works even when the circumstances are not so easy.

Soon after Carole Thorpe, my doula arrived. She beamed a confident smile and kept reassuring me that my body knew exactly what it was doing. One of the memories I will always have is of Carole's eyes focused on mine, imparting strength and peace as she counted me down into hypnosis. She guided me on which muscles to contract and which ones to relax as I went through the first period of birthing waves. I had an unusually long period of pushing to get my brainy child through my tiny pelvis. After several hours, the nurse said I had to find it within me and push that baby out, or they were going to take it out through the sun-roof (c-section). Exhausted as I was, Carole kept cheering me on and helped me to find that extra bit of energy to sustain my pushes and give it one more push. She taught me in the moment how to focus my energy to get the maximum results for each push. Because I had not taken pain medication, I could feel exactly how the muscles were working. Carole was there to guide me on how to use those muscles to the most benefit. That is why I believe that using Hypnobabies and having Carole as my doula saved me from needing a c-section.

What a joy it was to see my baby's head emerge and then his perfect little body! He was alert and healthy. He started to breast feed soon after being born. The nurses taking care of us afterward all remarked on what a peaceful and contented child he was. He has continued to breast feed like a champ and has gained a healthy amount of weight. We love hanging out together heart to heart in beautiful moments of baby bliss. Here's to one more happy mom and Hypnobaby!
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