Hannah’s Calm Hypnobabies Hospital Induction
“Even when the audio wasn’t there Hypnobabies was with me! I felt so focused and in tune with my baby and my body. We were working together to bring my baby out.”
Hypnobabies® – Natural Childbirth at its best!
I started the self-study course with Hypnobabies around 33 weeks. I enjoyed listening to the birth affirmations most days on the way to work and I listened to an audio track each afternoon in place of a nap. I found the tracks very relaxing and restorative. I reached maintenance around 39 weeks and followed the maintenance schedule with a little flexibility for listening to whichever track I felt I needed that day. My husband was an active participant throughout my studies!
My guess date (Hypnobabies word for due date) of July 6th came and went and I knew my daughter would choose her own birthday. I had to use my Bubble of Peace (Hypnobabies tool to keep negativity away) when talking to a lot of people who did not believe that. Luckily my hospital midwife was on board with waiting, and so we did until 41+6 when I was booked for a medical induction. The biggest change this caused for me was that I would need an IV. To some, it’s no big deal but I feel everything in my body strongly and I was dead set on not having any IV at all. My husband and I utilized the Change of Plans script just before my IV was placed, which helped us face the change united and ready.
I alternated playing The Easy First Stage track (Hypnobabies main birthing day track) with the Birthing Day Affirmations out loud in the room for many hours before things really got going. Many hours of Pitocin did not help my birthing time begin. Some nurses mentioned that they felt calmed by the tracks, and I believe the tracks helped set the mood early on.
The next day at 42 weeks my midwife ruptured my membranes and things happened quickly after that. As things progressed I used my headband headphones to listen and really tune in to the Easy First Stage track. I was able to easily flip one side of the headband up to speak with medical staff as needed. My favorite birthing time tools besides the tracks were peppermint oil under my nose for nausea, a cool washcloth behind my neck and one to wipe my face, a huge fan directly on me, and my Camelback tube for drinking water.
When it was time to push my husband played the Pushing Baby Out track (Hypnobabies track just for pushing) out loud to the room again using a Bluetooth speaker. I remember hearing bits and pieces of the track and really appreciating the calming presence. After about 2.5 hours of pushing the medical staff asked for the track to be turned off to be able to hear baby’s heartbeat better. Even when the audio wasn’t there Hypnobabies was with me! I felt so focused and in tune with my baby and my body. We were working together to bring my baby out.
On July 20th after 2.5 hours of birthing time (Hypnobabies word for labor) and 3 hours of pushing my daughter Maple joined us earthside. She was born at 4:02 pm weighing 8lb 1oz and measuring 21 inches ☺️.
One-piece I wanted to highlight how much Hypnobabies has helped me so far in my postpartum period. At times I have felt like resting but was unable to settle. The Hypnobabies bonus tracks about breastfeeding and peaceful sleep now have both helped me make use of my relaxation time.