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What an awesome birth – yes, thanks to Hypnobabies! I have had 4 other natural childbirth experiences and I have to say that this one was THE BEST!

I had been having some issues with my blood pressure going up. I went to my appointment with my midwife on Tuesday April 8 at 9:30 a.m. and my blood pressure was 156/94 – still creeping up. My guess date was Thursday April 10, and I was really trying to avoid an induction. We discussed our options and decided to strip my membranes (something I was also wanting to avoid) and decided that we would talk about inducing on Monday morning if I hadn’t had the baby by then. Note that we didn’t actually schedule the induction, my midwife was really trying to help me have the birth I wanted! I agreed to go on bed rest as well until Monday to see if that would bring my BP back down.
 
After my membranes were stripped, I had a lot of pressure which didn’t really bother me too much. DH and I stopped at a couple of stores on the way home, and I walked around without too much trouble at all. When we got home around noon, I soaked in a nice warm bath and relaxed and deepened my state of hypnosis with the Deepening CD. 

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Mom was getting induced for pre-eclampsia. Things went well and Hypnobabies helped her stay calm and comfortable. At some point her blood pressure really shot up and they decided to do a cesarean.  Hypnobabies really helped her stay calm during the surgery and helped with recovery afterwards. 

I went in on the 15th of March to be induced. Something I fought SO HARD not to happen. I was so upset, but my blood pressure sky rocketed and it was the right thing to do. I am glad I didn’t do it sooner when they wanted me too just b/c she was big. Instead of pitocin I opted for a cervical ripening balloon.

I was a bit upset going in b/c my DH had to go into the ER b/c he got food poisoning the night before. So I spent my first 4 hours by myself praying he’d make it before our DD did!

The insertion of the balloon was a bit uncomfortable but I used my hypnobabies and it made it so much easier. Once in place and blown up, I began to have pressure waves immediately … only I didn’t even know it b/c I was so far in hypnosis. The hospital honored all my wishes on my birth plan so I only realized about a half hour later when they hooked me up to the monitor. The nurse was shocked to see how strong they were. I didn’t like laying down (it just didn’t feel right) so I spent most of my labor in center switch, walking or on my birth ball (if you don’t have one I recommend getting one). I did go into off while on the birth ball by laying my head on the bed. 

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Elsa’s Birth Bullet Points:

-Hospital birth with MW
-First baby, did not find out sex before birth
-5’8″ 120 lbs. pre-pregnancy, gained 35 pounds
-Used BabyPlus machine starting at 18 weeks, less regimented towards end of pregnancy
-Faithfully practiced Hypnobabies home study course daily from week 25 to birth
-GBS + (had saline lock and was given 2 rounds of antibiotics)
-Baby arrived at 38 1/2 weeks
-From 5 cm to Baby’s birth: 5 1/2 hours
-Had chiropractic treatment (massage and adjustment) for sciatica every other week from
weeks 24-32
-Did acupuncture treatment starting at 30 weeks (2 treatments total)
-Success thanks to Hypnobabies resulted in drug-free, discomfort free, GLORIOUS birth! 

Pre-Birth Sensations
I awoke the morning of April 30 at around 1:30 a.m. with menstrual-type cramps that continued throughout the night at the rate of roughly four per hour. My DH and mom headed off to yoga around 9 a.m. later that morning, and I emailed the Hypnobabies groups my “real thing” question, as I really didn’t have any idea how long these would or could go on.The cramps were lasting from :45 to 1:50 and seemed pretty consistent, coming about every ten minutes. They were fairly strong and a good chance to practice my “off” switch and other Hypno-tools.We had a standing appointment with our MW at 1:45 but I put a call in anyway to let them know what was happening. 

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Well, he is here now and we are glad! Although things didn't go as planned, I am so pleased with how things turned out! NOTE: This is long, you have been warned! Ha!

To start, he came early, about 3 weeks early. That's a first with me. My babies don't come early. To refresh you. We have 6 kids, Max is our 7th. First baby was a hospital birth (not a good experience) and the other 5 were all homebirths with wonderful experiences. I usually go right up to 40 weeks, so I was surprised. 

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My beautiful Jacob was born at 6:48 pm last Friday. Talk about a crazy day and an amazing birth. Remember the parts about having a “fast” birth in the scripts? My first hint birthing might be starting was around 1 pm. I was at the hospital dilated to a 3-4 cm at 4:40 pm. I had a bulging bag of waters and dilated to a 7-8 cm at 6:20 pm. My waters broke at 6:23 pm, and he was born at 6:48 pm.
 
He was born posterior, despite two weeks of spinningbabies efforts and even two visits to the chiropractor. But, I have to say the belly lift SAVED me!! I spent the two hours in the hospital with my earphones on and switch in center. I walked around the room, pausing every minute to lift my belly during a surge. The lift took 2 – 4 notches off of the intensity of my surges and made it possible for me to stay completely in control up to the very end. When I tried any other position, the surges jumped in intensity and I had more difficulty staying relaxed.The belly lift definitely took some of the pressure off the back of my pelvis, and if the speed of his birth is any indication, it helped his head engage my cervix better and kept my birth progressing quickly. 
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I was rather skeptical at first that I could really change my view of natural and normal childbirth, but I figured, what I have I got to lose? I ordered my Hypnobabies around 30 weeks and was able to start before 31 weeks. I really took every word of the Hypnosis suggestions to heart that this will work for me and my baby just how it is meant to. I dismissed every thought of negativity from my mind, ignored my husband’s reservations of the program, and blew off any pesimism (sp?) from anyone else. 

I really got into my Affirmations and focused on listening and relaxing through my scripts. I made sure that I didn’t focus on *whether or not this was working* just told myself it was! 

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I haven’t posted at all on the Moms Forum, but I did the home study Hypnobabies course and had a great birthing experience that I thought others might find helpful. I should probably say that I am about the least likely person in the world to do natural childbirth. I have a degree in clinical pharmacy and am usually all about adequate pain relief! But after the birth of my first 2 children with epidurals that really didn’t help, I knew there must be a better way. So here goes…..

Pressure waves started at 12:45 a.m. after I’d been asleep for about 2 hours. They were approximately 10 min. apart. I stayed very comfortable and relaxed. Sat on my birth ball, listened to birthing day affirmations. Got up about an hour or so later and started to pick up the family room and kitchen (I wanted the house to be clean since I was pretty sure this was the real deal, and my husband had had football party the night before leaving out dirty dishes, etc.:) I’d turn my light switch to off when I had a wave, but felt totally fine and comfortable in between. Around 3:30 I had my husband call our babysitter who came right over. I laid on the bed giving her the final instructions on getting our daughter on the bus, what to feed the kids for breakfast, etc. while my husband finished packing the hospital bag. I would stop talking during a wave, focus, enter hypnosis and breathe very deeply. She was amazed to watch how relaxed I could go!

We arrived at the hospital around 4:30 a.m. I was dilated to 6-7 and still remaining quite comfortable in between waves. We gave the staff our birthing plan and they were very respectful. I put in the Early First Stage CD and it was extremely helpful! I spent another half hour or so with the waves intensifying and then my doctor came in and I was an 8-9 cm. 

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I just wanted to say what an awesome program Hypnobabies is – and encourage anyone trying it for the first time.  I haven’t posted on the Mom's forum really, though I enjoy reading.  So I thought I could share my Hypnobabies journey and maybe help others like you’ve all helped me.

My first, ds, was a typical hospital birth.  We took a generic relax and breath type course which did very little to help me during birth.  Then a 3 1/2 week early leaking of amniotic fluid sent the doctors into a tizzy.  They tried to give me pitocin at the hospital but the rest of my water came out and my birthing waves were suddenly regular and steady.  I convinced them to give me an hour to see how I progressed.  I went from a 1 to a 4 cm dilation when the nurse came in saying “The Doctor” (a resident I never met) said I needed Pitocin.  They bullied me into it, hooked up the IV over my protests, and the next 3 hours were horrible with intense surges that would overlap and continue without any release.  The birth went way too fast and I tore severely.  I vowed to not be intimidated by a doctor again, and to find some other way to give birth because there had to be a better way.

With dd, I found Marie Mongan’s book and tape and practiced with them.  I found the techniques helped, and the first parts of birthing were immensely better than the first time around.  But everything sort of “went out the window” when transition hit and I lost control.  I was the typical screaming mom you see in the shows.

I decided I was on the right track, but I needed something more specific and directed.  The one Mongan script was too generic for me with vague relaxation cues and different colors of mist.  I needed something for my mind to focus on – specific details of what I was supposed to be concentrating on during birthing waves.

I searched further and finally found Hypnobabies.  I joined the Hypnobabies Moms Forum with all the moms looking for the same thing I was, and found a bunch of script documents.  I read those and knew this was exactly what I was looking for.  I had my husband read them onto the computer.  I listened to them and practiced the last few months of pregnancy.

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On January 30th, I went to work and for the first time in a couple of months I was actually given something to do. I was thrilled. So, I worked all day and had things partially finished when it was time for me to go home. I stopped by my supervisor's office to tell him where I was leaving things because he was concerned I wouldn't be back. I laughed and said, of course I'll be here tomorrow, but here's where I left things. Turns out he was right and I was wrong, but I wouldn't realize that for almost 12 more hours.

So, our evening was normal. We had dinner and Tom and I got our girls down to bed. I did my usual bedtime ritual of putting on my iPod and listening to my scripts and affirmations at bedtime. I even did my usual false start trips to the bathroom, in center for practice, once my scripts started. Then I fell asleep very easily. Much easier than I had in many weeks.

At 3 AM, I woke up experiencing a much stronger pressure wave than I had so far in this pregnancy. I thought wow that one was pretty serious and then I realized I needed to use the bathroom, so I got up and did that. I came back to bed got comfy and had another pressure wave. I checked the clock it was 3:05. I thought, hmm, 5 minutes since the last one I wonder if this is it. At 3:10, I had another one and using the rudimentary timing that I could do with a digital alarm clock I figured that the waves were approximately a minute long. Since, this was my third baby and baby number two came fairly quickly my doula and I had discussed that I should probably be headed to the hospital when the waves were 5 minutes apart, lasting a minute, for an hour. So, I watched the clock for another 15 minutes and continued in that same pattern so I finally woke up Tom. I told him that I thought today would be a good day to have a baby, and after a second where he registered what I was saying he jumped up and started putting on clothes and making phone calls. In the meantime, I put on my Birthing Day affirmations and got dressed. 

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I was scheduled for an induction on Friday, December 28th, primarily because I tested + for strep, and since I am allergic to penicillin, I needed 2 doses of antibiotics 8 hours apart. We went to the hospital and started the first dose around 11:30 a.m. They were nice enough to do the IV as a hep-lock so that I was able to wander around after the initial dose. We spent the afternoon eating lunch at the cafeteria (the lady there didn’t believe I was a patient at first, since I was walking around in my normal clothes!), browsing the gift shop, playing cards, and watching TV. I also listened to the Easy First Stage track during the afternoon, hoping to make my contractions a little more consistant.

My MW arrived late in the afternoon, and she checked me for the first time at about 5:30 p.m. I was only dialated to 2 (from one the previous week), so she started a quarter of a pill of cytotec by mouth. That, along with walking, helped start some contractions, but nothing too exciting. At 7:30 p.m. I was due for my second dose of antibiotics, and my MW started pitocin when they re-started my IV. She upped the pit several times over the next couple hours…I was able to stay very relaxed for the first part by watching old episodes of the Office (I love that show!), and I think laughing during labor is a great thing! … 

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I haven’t posted much before but have enjoyed reading the posts. The following story is that of the birth of my 3rd child but 1st Hypnobaby. My first was born vaginally after induction at 42 weeks. I was not aware at the time of the risk of multiple medical interventions and ended up with a terrible spinal headache after a bad epidural. My second was a natural childbirth using the Bradley method. This was a beautiful natural birth but I felt a little left in the dark in regard to relaxation. This time I used Hypnobabies….

Our baby boy was born Sat Oct 20 at 1:42 pm. He weighed 8lb15oz and is 21 in long. He is perfect and I can’t stop staring at him. His name is Noah.

I started having pressure waves Thurs night but nicely spaced (20 min apart) and this lasted all night Thurs (not much sleep) and all day Fri. I basically went about my day with my other dds. Fri night, just when I was about to try to rest again, they picked up to 10 min apart then 7 etc.. I labored all night by myself, listening to my Hypnobabies scripts and sitting on my ball. It was very peaceful and exactly how I imagined this stage. At 8:00 am I called my mw to tell her I had been begun my birthing time. I was not sure I wanted to …

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The Birth Story of Henry James

Well, after almost eight weeks, I can finally post Henry's birth story! Our computer died on us, and we have spent weeks without online access. His story is a long one- be warned. I was in my early birthing time for about two days, so I included those details. If you want to read just about the birth, skim down about half way. After an epidural with my first birth experience, this was the absolute perfect birth and I couldn't have asked for a better Hypnobabies experience!

When I found out I was expecting baby number two, I immediately knew that I wanted to try again for a completely natural birth experience. Olivia's birth had been wonderful, and I had no complications from the epidural or the birth itself, other than lots of pain after we came home, but nothing I couldn't live with. So, upon the return of the positive pregnancy test, the search began for the best natural childbirth method I could find. I had gone into Olivia's birth with a stubborn mindset that "I can do this," and not much else. I had practiced some Lamaze breathing techniques that they showed us in childbirth preparation class, but didn't really have anything else in place. So, after laboring at home for almost 24 hours, and arriving at the hospital still at 2 cm dilated, I was more than discouraged. When my doctor decided to break my water at 4 cm four hours later, I was certainly not prepared for the overwhelming pain that would consume me. 

I knew I didn't want to experience that again, so in my research, I was drawn to two natural childbirth methods. The first was the Bradley husband-coached childbirth method which stressed deep relaxation and "pain with a purpose." I knew how painful Olivia's birth had been, so this appealed to me. I liked how logical it all seemed- yes, it would hurt, but there's an end in sight and you will reach your goal if you push through the pain. However, I continued my internet searching, and stumbled across a program that touted, "easier and more comfortable childbirth." "Yeah, right," I thought. …

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After a somewhat challenging first birth Laura and her Husband used Hypnobabies to prepare for their second baby.  They birthed in the Netherlands.
We ordered the Hypnobabies home-study course (in some places you can receive instructor taught courses) and got started.  Each week both Laura and I were responsible for reading and studying reading assignments that taught us the fundamentals of self-hypnosis, positive affirmation, natural childbirth and other related subjects.  In addition to this, Laura needed to listen to a series of hypnosis audio tracks each day that helped her go into a state of self-hypnosis.  The majority of the work was on her shoulders since she would need to be the one to put herself into hypnosis, though I was responsible for helping the process along with certain cues and keywords.  Laura was more than diligent, and after 5-6 weeks we had completed the course.

Even after completing the course, though, I was uncertain of what to expect - how would things really happen, and would I be able to help Laura?  I think that's what I feared the most after the first birth - not knowing if I could help her during the delivery, being a passive observer as she "walked through the valley of the shadow of death".  Gratefully, Hypnobabies empowered me, despite my doubts and fears, to be an active participant in the birth gave me responsibility, which was exactly what I personally needed.

The birth went really well and I loved reading Dad's perspective on the whole thing.
When we first arrived, Laura's contractions and the baby's heart rate were monitored.  To our dismay, the midwife on shift said that Laura seemed too relaxed to be in true labour, but that she would check the cervix before drawing a conclusion about whether we should go home.  I nearly laughed out loud when her eyebrows raised as she announced that Laura was 7 cm dilated, and there would be no going home!  This was a huge morale booster, and a testimony builder of the effectiveness of Hypnobabies to that point.

Click on over to read the rest and see the pictures.
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I loved reading reading these posts as both Mom and Dad talk about their birth of Cooper.

Part 1 - How Hypnobabies Helped me Prepare

Part 2 - Birthing Time at Home

Part 3 - Video Clips

Part 4 - Get to the Hospital at 9 cm and have a baby!

 
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In November of 2011 I found out I was 2 month pregnant and Due June 12th 2012 with the experience I had before was determined for a natural childbirth but wanted something to help me relax a little more, So this time I did a little more research and I fell upon a Hypnobabies childbirth story and decided that was something that I felt could work for me I did lots of research read lots of stories and asked the local instructor millions of questions and bought the home study packet in February and was ecstatic to start it the day it arrived and we did.

I want to add my personality is sort of high temp I don’t calm easily at all so that’s also why I picked hypnosis, and I had a very supportive Husband and my mother who were the greatest support team I also picked a hospital birth because A. cost B. because of medical problems that did arise in my last birth.

On May 31th 10am ish I lost my mucus plug and a few hours later the pressure waves started I was in the Hypnobabies mode so ready to do this but I knew it would be awhile so I decided to still go to work that night a 3-11pm shift. I was listening to my affirmations this whole time because it was very early stage labor well around 8ish they were getting strong enough I couldn’t concentrate and talk to guest ( I work at a hotel) through pressure waves so clocked out, my boss had let me borrow the Jacuzzi suite for free to labor in till the hospital. That night they kept getting longer and stronger and I was staying so very relaxed around midnight I was exhausted though so I decided to lie down even though pressure waves were uncomfortable I could sleep in-between well I fell asleep. I Woke up the next morning around 8am and jumped out of bed and realized they had gone away!! well it only took 20 min and they were back about 20 min apart but very very strong that lasted all day but instead of trying to get them going I decided to distract myself and keep life as it would be If they stuck they stuck if they leave baby just isn’t ready yet and that was okay, I was a little discouraged but I felt it was important baby come when he is ready. That night I went to sleep again but I would wake up for pressure waves and go on all fours and for about a minute and half but I was able to sleep very well. I woke up the next morning and they were about 10 min apart I hopped in the shower and all of a sudden they jumped to much much stronger I felt a wave of emotion go all over me and I knew this was it, I got out of the shower and my mom must have noticed my change in mood because she also said that this baby was coming today!

I had my head phones around 2ish I needed to concentrate a little more so what felt good was actually an assisted squatting position lying against my hubby so I could completely relax during pressure waves I personal liked to stay in center the majority of the timed because that’s just what felt most comfortable to me, I felt very relaxed and loved how I was so in tune to my body during pressure waves I honestly loved the experience of going inward and feeling my baby come to me understanding the tightening it was actually very beautiful

Around 5 I believe my pressure waved changed completely towards the end it would go longer but change to where it felt good to move from all 4s to squatting and I knew it was preparing me for transformation I could feel Aabel moving into position for this transformation stage and I knew he would be with me soon about 6pm transformation was in full swing and swaying on all 4s and aaahhing felt amazing but it was time to go to the hospital my mom felt it would be very soon and I did not have time to take a shower so I said a prayer and changed to the fear releasing track because I did a get a little anxiety but soon cleared ( my mom served as a doula of sorts and a wonderful mommy) going outside it was bright and it felt good to have a cool hand over my eyes and the cool wind on my face I would ahhh and umm during pressure waves and it was beautiful. We got in the car and it felt best to still have someone’s hand either on my cheek or over my eyes I sat in the front seat in an assisted squat with my feet on the dash felt best. Pressure waves were very very strong and close at this point I felt very relaxed in control.

Some of the pressure waves would be a lot stronger and intense then other and I would hum and sing amazing grace and the low tones helped keep me relaxed and the vibration eased my waved I would pray and thank god for giving me the strength and giving and such a wonderful blessing and holding my hand through this amazing experience.

We got to the hospital and after many stops and many hums and prayers we got to the elevator an extremely intense wave hit and this amazing nurse pops out and hold my hips together and says your here for a natural birth right and we said yes and she helped us to our rooms and was completely excited and supportive out our birth plans (later we found out my midwife had taught her techniques to help with waves).

we got to the room and she gave me time to find a comfortable position to monitor and we did she was so patient with me and gentle it was amazing after monitoring my midwife came and said how well relaxed I was and started the bath because I did want a waterbirth also.

First before the bath I had to use the potty, my water broke and at the same instance I was pushing, I said umm I’m pushing, midwife then said I’m not delivering this baby on the toilet can you try to get off well I tried to move and then I was pushing again and could not move so they moved me off the toilet and into a standing position which didn’t feel right ( the tub was not even close to half I went too fast for that.) so then I moved to all fours and that instantly didn’t feel good so then we moved to the bed and like all 4s side lying felt very wrong so then my midwife said to try an assisted squat because of how the baby was position she felt the baby would be out fast and most comfortable we found out that was right I had my mom and a nurse help hold my legs while my midwife did perineal massage and I held onto the top bars of the bed while I pushed and baby and in 3 pushed my beautiful He was born screaming breathing healthy boy 6lbs 6oz @ 8:25 pm 19.5 inches most amazing feeling in this world so beautiful so much love and it was an experience. I loved enjoyed and will always cherish it was my own

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A few months ago we posted the first part of Bridget's video, here is the 2nd part.

Pushing out a 11 pound baby - challenging but not traumatizing.

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This video shows Natalie and her support team working together, as well as the hospital staff watching the process with fascination.

 
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You see Natalie using different positions;

  • standing

  • walking the hospital halls

  • remaining relaxed and comfortable during her Birthing Time

  • Giving birth kneeling, in a birthing skirt, baby born into her own hands


What a wonderful example of how our hospital moms can birth in the way that is best for them.
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Just wanted to share my story.  I was due July 10th with our 4th baby (3rd Hypnobaby).  We were planning a home birth and while I've always had premature labor that caused me to efface and dilate, each of my babies has come progessively later (3 days+, 7 days+ and 10 days+).  And yes judging by the pruniness and lack of vernix with our last two they really were post dates.  Not sure why I carried that way but I did so it wasn't too much of a worry when I started to have my premature pressure waves with this one.  However I did notice that on days that I shouldn't have had any (ie I wasn't overdoing it) that I would get them but with relaxation and hypnosis and hydration they would slow down and stop.

This last Saturday (35 weeks gestation) I wasn't having any more particularly than before but when I bent over to do some weeding I noticed a little extra leaking down below.  I went to the bathroom but was still squirting a tiny bit of fluid out.  Stood up and drip, drip, drip.  I have to say that I ate eggs literally almost daily and was taking vit c daily so I'm not sure why my bag was weakened but it was.  I called my midwife who came by to check and confirmed that it was amniotic fluid.  Very odd for me whose bag stays intact until the baby's crowning.  I was *devestated* b/c I knew in my gut that this was not a high leak that would reseal.  I spent the next 45 min.s sobbing.

We went to the hospital (one of the few "baby friendly" certified hospitals in the country) and they confirmed it as well.  I was very nervous about how I would be treated as a homebirth transfer but they were respectful from beginning to end with only one exception.

The oncall OB came in and explained that at 35 weeks they feel that it's better for baby to go ahead and come out vs trying to stop it due to infection and how well late-term babies do.  He suggested starting pitocin however he was respectful of my wishes and let me know that I was in charge and they would honor my choice.  His recommendation was to start it immediately but the next best would be to wait 4-6 hrs or possibly to the morning but his opinion was that the longer I waited that the higher the rate of c/s.  I told him that I would like to get things going naturally that I use hypnosis for childbirth and felt confident that I could get things started on my own naturally.  He was kind about it but let me know that studies "have shown that walking the halls didn't increase birth time just helped with pain management."  That's when I just smiled and nodded and  said thanks.  Then he left me alone.  The nurse pretty much left me alone as well other than to periodically monitor handheld without any belts thank goodness (gotta love being in CO, they're so used to us natural mamas). Incidentally my midwife said that she was so impressed at the way I advocated for myself and that I did it in such a "nice" way. :)  That was nice to hear b/c it worked.  We discussed each thing and everyone from the OB to the nurses were on board with my impromptu birth plan.

I spent the next few hours wrapping my head around the situation and adapting to the new plans.  I had my dh run home and grab all of my Hypnobabies CDs including Baby Come Out, an impromptu birthing skirt and sports bra and some FOOD.  I hadn't eaten that much that a.m..  I snuck his burger and a subway sandwich later when the nurse wasn't in the room :), you've gotta have some energy to birth a baby for heavens sake!  After the NICU nurse came in and explained that only 10% of 35 week old babies need to go to the NICU I felt so much better.  I knew I could totally release myself to have this baby.  I told dh that my goal was to have the baby between 2-3 am.  I had set a mental goal of a 5 hour birthing time and I was getting 4 hr doses of antibiotics for potential GBS/broken bag which I was fine with but I didn't want too much of it in my system for the baby and I knew I was on the clock for pitocin which I didn't want.

I began listening to my CDs, everything from Fear Release to Come Out Baby to Visualize Your Birth and Deepening and Affirmations.  By 9 pm I began to have some more consistent pressure waves.  I sent my midwife home for awhile before that so I could do my thing and told her I would call her when I needed her.  I walked the halls and as soon as I stepped out my pressure waves increased with intensity.  I only had 4 when I walked back into the room.  Apparently for me just leaving the room brought them on ;).

They slowed down for the 10 pm hour and it was a nice rest and then by 11 pm I decided to do some active belly lifts which helped to bring things back into regulation.  By 11:30 pm I decided to call my midwife who wonderfully was waiting in the lobby, good woman.  She and my dh did the hand on shoulder cue for a little while alternately.  I never time my pressure wave b/c by #4 I know what each stage feels like and I knew I was in active birthing time.  By 2:15 am I knew I was heading into transformation.  Admittedly I had not been practicing my scripts as consistently as I should have been so while I was able to completely relax I was definitely feeling more than pressure but having the words on the Visualize Your Birth CD were *invaluable*.  I believe that there's something on there about you and your baby being healthy that I hung onto every word and truly made such a positive difference so thank you thank you Kerry!!

I knew I had a couple more intense pressure waves before I would start to feel like pushing.  So I told the nurse to call the Dr and assemble the team (there needed to be the NICU nurse and some other folks for his preterm state which I was more than fine with).  It took her awhile so I held off and after about 5-6 pushes baby Nate was out at 2:48 am.

The next day the first OB on call who I think, thought I was a bit crazy for thinking I could start "labor" without pitocin but he humored me came over to the Recovery wing just to congratulate me.  The OB who was there for the birth briefed him and he was genuinely surprised and happy.  I think my story circulated around the floor both on the L&D side as well as recovery.  I was the "doula/childbirth educator" who had her baby.

I even used my hypnosis and relaxation to help Nate afterwards when they were wanting to supplement him as an automatic protocol b/c he was 35 weeks.  His blood sugar was initially low and then I nursed him and it came back up but my first 12 hours there was spent arguing and delaying supplementation.  The first time I pumped just hours after birth I pumped 8 oz of colostrum! (that shut them up for awhile).  He never needed any supplementing.  I did need to pump and feed him with an SNS tube or syringe a couple of times b/c of his preemie nursing pattern but it only lasted a day and then he's been off and running ever since.

Thanks Hypnobabies for a wonderful program.  While this birth was not pain-free it was *wonderful*.  I knew that working with my body to relax and visualize my cervix opening really made things go quickly.  The information that is provided helps couple navigate the hospital route so beautifully.

Kristen Jorgensen, HCHI
Denver, CO
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We just got home with our two beautiful twin girls…Kylie and Peyton. Their birth was everything I hoped it would be. It wasn’t perfect but the outcome was…two naturally birthed twins with very little p**n!

I though that I was going into labor on Saturday, June 2 because my pressure waves were 5 minutes apart and 45 seconds long. But they just didn’t seem strong enough to rush to the hospital. So I ate breakfast and drank a liter of water and the waves completely disappeared. I knew they were coming soon though because I had lost my mucus plug the night before and was having bloody show. So we stayed close and finished my nesting activities.

The next morning (Sunday) at 7:30 I was lying in bed thinking about what to make for breakfast when my waters started gushing! Luckily I had laid towels under me. I sat up and told my husband to …

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Okay…here it is.  I realize that it came out pretty long for such an “uneventful” birth (aside from the beautiful baby, of course!), and parts of it feel all over the place, as I tried to remember everything in the right order, etc…but it is what it is, I guess.

Late Friday night/Saturday morning I woke up and made my way to the bathroom, thinking that I literally didn’t think that my body could  handle getting any “more” pregnant.  At a couple of days short of 39 weeks (also the time that I had my son), I felt like I was stretched to capacity.  Hoping it wouldn’t be too much longer, I went back to bed.

A little later on (still during the night), I noticed pressure waves that finally felt like waves, cramps that would come on, increase slightly in intensity, and then …

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