Gretchen’s 2nd Hypnobabies Birthing
“I would picture meeting my baby, specifically that sweet newborn scrunch, and visualizing that helped me stay focused on all of the wonderful things that my birthing time (Hypnobabies term for labor) was bringing me towards.”
Welcomed my second hypno-baby on December 4th! It was such an incredible experience and I felt so in control of every second! My midwife, the nurse and my husband could never tell when I was in a birthing wave (Hypnobabies term for contraction) or in between because of how serene and focused I was. I just feel so proud of myself and so powerful – thank you Hypnobabies for equipping me!
I didn’t do this with my previous hypno-baby, but this time around I selected several affirmations that I really connected with and used those as my anchors throughout the whole process – I found that to be hugely beneficial and am so glad that I did that! The ones I remember leaning into were about my birthing waves feeling like a warm hug or like an inflating blood pressure cuff, I literally repeated these ones during every single wave, and it felt so true!
I also thought about all of the women who were birthing with me around the world, having that connection and camaraderie made me feel so supported and bonded to birthing women, and also gave me so much strength and encouragement to know and believe that our bodies are built to do this.
I felt a lot of heavy, downward pressure towards the end of each wave during active birthing, and when those moments would happen I would remind myself that each wave was bringing my baby closer and closer (and I would visualize my baby descending lower and lower during those moments of deep pressure) – this reminded me of how productive this pressure was and it helped me to allow, welcome, and melt into the sensation instead of trying to resist it.
I also would picture meeting my baby, specifically that sweet newborn scrunch, and visualizing that helped me stay focused on all of the wonderful things that my birthing time (Hypnobabies term for labor) was bringing me towards. I kept wondering if I’d have moment of doubt, discouragement, wanting to quit, or waiting for it to seem unbearable – but because of my confidence and experiencing again how well Hypnobabies works, the doubts never happened! I am so thankful for this program for giving me another magical birth that I will cherish forever!