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Hello Hypnobabies!

Thought I’d share a quick birth story of our fabulous Hypnobabies water birth. Early Thursday morning at 6:40 am on November 3rd, 2011 our little girl, Maysie, glided out into a pool of warm water and up into our arms all while sleeping peacefully.

 It all began when noticeable regular pressure waves started (after much walking and spicy food) on Wednesday, November 2 around 4:30 pm. I had been out all day Christmas shopping, but upon returning home I started to notice what seemed to be regular waves about 1hr apart. I continued with my normal evening activities like dinner and putting my 3 year old to bed, but I did notice I didn’t feel much like eating dinner. I had hopes that these waves were the real thing, and after bouncing on my birth ball awhile and watching TV with the in-laws, around 10pm I decided I had best try to …

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Kerry -  I want to thank you so much for developing Hypnobabies.  I loved every part of it and am so happy that I discovered it during my second pregnancy (wish I had known about it earlier!)  Now that my beautiful baby boy, Hudson, is a month old I wanted to share his birth story with you.


My first son’s birth had been a rough – his birthing time was about 21 hours and it was a painful birth.  My husband and doula were amazing, but my OB was not very natural birth supportive and I felt overwhelmed trying to navigate everything I was feeling at the time.  This time around I felt like I had an amazing tool that not only had a positive impact on Hudson’s birth, but a positive impact on me throughout pregnancy.


A week before my guess date (Valentine’s Day!)  I woke up around 5:30 having pressure waves about 4-5 min. apart and lasting about 45 sec each--although some of them were shorter.  I had been having pressure waves on and off for the past week so I wasn’t sure if it was really “the day.”  I lay in bed timing the waves for a little bit and then called Jeff, my husband, since he was two and a half hours away for work.  I let him know that he should come up, but told him to take his time since I figured (based on my first son’s birth) we were in for a long day.


Next I called my doula and found out that she was at another birth; amazingly I didn’t panic about this, thinking that by the time I needed her she would be on her way.  When I called my midwife she told me I should probably head over to the hospital soon, but judging from my voice she didn’t think I should rush over immediately.  My doula had said the same thing – that it sounded like I had a while to go.


I listened to my birth day affirmations track, ate some toast with jam, and took a nice relaxing shower. My mom was over, the plan was for her to watch Gavin, my two year old, while we went to the hospital.  I could tell she wanted to push for me to go to the hospital as soon as possible, but she let me do my thing. I give her a lot of credit for that! When she had me she barely made it to the hospital and she kept thinking the same would happen to me. The waves were gaining in intensity, but they were not overwhelming and I continued to easily handle them.  We made arrangements to drop Gavin off at a friend’s house and got in the car.  I had my headphones on the whole time – mainly listening to the affirmations and creating anesthesia tracks.


On the way to the hospital the waves started getting much stronger and I started vomiting (thank God I had something to catch it in so it didn’t get all over my mom’s car!) – That’s when I started realizing that I was further along then I had originally thought.  I couldn’t wait to get to the hospital so I could get in the tub.  I had planned on spending much of my birthing time in the water and hoped for a water birth.


Right when I walked in the hospital lobby I had a huge wave and dropped to all fours—that position just felt right and helped me get through that wave.  Everyone in the lobby surrounded me and kept asking if I was ok and trying to get me up, I was just holding up my hand saying, “give me one second I’m fine – just about to have a baby.”  When I got up they had a wheelchair and wheeled me right up to the room – I could hardly sit on that chair just wanted to get in the room and be by myself.


The nurses were great – they left me alone at first.  They started filling up the tub and I just sat in the bathroom in the dark to gather my thoughts and be alone for a few minutes.


My doctor came in the room to check me, and I was positive she was going to say I was only 3 cm and she says “yes, you are at 8.”  I must have asked her to repeat that two more times, I was in shock. Whenever I did my Visuaizing Your Birth CD during my pregnancy I had always imagined getting to the hospital at 7 or 8 cm.  But, consciously I never really thought it could really happen! I didn’t even have time to get in the tub.  Ten minutes later it was time to push.  At first I couldn’t quite wrap my head around the fact that it was already time; my husband wasn’t even there yet!  I knew he was going to miss the birth, but Hudson was ready to come.  During Gavin’s birth I had pushed for over two hours; Hudson came in about 5 pushes.  I remember my mom holding my leg during one of the first pushes with this huge smile on her face, “I can see his head!”  My mom was such an amazing support (even after my water broke all over her feet!) especially since she had not planned on being there. But, I can’t imagine Hudson’s birth having happened without her.


Actually being able to feel the urge to push this time was amazing– everything actually made sense.  After having an epidural the first time I felt like I never understood how to push.  But this time my body told me what to do.  We didn’t have time to put on the Pushing Baby Out track and I never went over the Hypnobabies cues with my mom, but I had the cues in my head and just kept trying to go back to them.  Everything went so fast; I can’t even explain the wondrous sensations I felt physically and mentally feeling Hudson be born.  His face was all bruised and blue at first, but soon he started making his first sounds and looking all around with his big brown eyes.  Hudson was born at 8:53 a.m. A little under 3 ½ hours from when I woke up and less than an hour from arriving at the hospital!  What a difference from twenty-one hours the first time! About 20 min. later my husband walked in the room and did a complete double take seeing his baby boy already here!


I think I must have been having birthing waves in my sleep that night and just slept through them.  I credit Hypnobabies with the fact that I was so relaxed when I woke up; I know that it helped my body to relax and work quickly. I was so confident in myself this time.


Hudson was a healthy 9 lbs, 1oz!  A big baby born naturally :)
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Lizzie was born on January 28 at 6:34 a.m.  This is her birth story: I was having pws for a long time before I actually gave birth. I did things a little bit different this pregnancy because I really wanted to go natural. So I really focused on increasing my protein (which is really hard for me) to strengthen the placenta I also rubbed basil (DoTerra Essential oil) on my right ankle every night to help strengthen the placenta. Both of my previous pregnancies have ended with me being induced because of placenta problems. About 3 weeks before my due date (so when I was 37 weeks) I started listening to birthing day affirmations. I also had a massage where my massage therapist focused on pressure points that encourage labor and she used clary sage, which is a labor inducing oil. About that time I would get pws, but they weren't anything big.  At 38 1/2 weeks I started drinking raspberry tea and started rubbing clary sage on my ankles (both sides) and my little toes. I also started listening to my "Come out Baby" track.

On the 26 (Thursday night) I was having pretty strong pws and I thought this might be it, but nothing. On Friday (27) I went for my weekly checkup with my midwife and I had her strip my membranes. That was about 11 that morning and I was dilated to a 3 and 80% effaced. I came home and was feeling pretty good, I was having pws, but nothing major. My doula texted me and told me that I needed to get into hypnosis early and that she was going to Las Vegas for her daughter's gymnastics meet, so if she didn't make it to the birth, then that was how it was meant to be. After lunch I listened to my deepening track and started having some really good pws. My husband put the girls down for nap/quiet time and I told him we needed to start getting things ready and that I thought the girls should go over to a neighbor's house when they got up. I started walking up and down the stairs, listening to my birthing day affirmations and my pws stopped. So we didn't end up taking the girls to a neighbor's house. We played a game and then the girls got up. We made dinner and while we were making dinner my pws started up again, so this time I listened to my fear clearing session while dinner was in the oven. I had several pws during dinner and we started timing them, I think they were 5-7 minutes apart.
After dinner I listened to another track (I think it was come out baby). My husband started putting the girls to bed and my pws stopped again. I called my mom and gave her an update and then checked the news and then took a shower. While I was in the shower I was doing belly lifts to encourage the pws and help the baby turn if she was posterior. After my shower I decided we should probably go to bed, so we went to bed about 9:30 (normally we don't go to bed until around 11). Both of us had a hard time falling asleep, but I think my husband finally fell asleep around 10:30. Usually listening to my tracks helps me fall asleep, and I was drifting in and out, but the pws started up again and they were getting more intense, so around midnight I asked for my husband's help and I went out to our living room, he got the Easy First stage cd out and put that on and I was leaning against the ball and rolling it around etc. I think this was also helpful in getting Lizzie into the right position. They seemed to stop again, so we went back to bed. For the next hour I was having really intense pws, but they were only like 15 minutes apart. At the end of the hour I had 4 in about 24 minutes so about 6 minutes apart. So I woke up my husband and I told him, "these pws are as intense as right before I got the epidural with Jenna." During her labor I was at about a 6 or 7 when they gave me the epidural (and I only got it because they were telling me I would need pitocin, and I didn't think I could handle the contractions with pitocin, however, she was born 1/2 hour after they gave me the epidural!). So my husband decides that we should go in and calls our neighbor down the street and my midwife. I hop into the shower and continue to do belly lifts. I get out of the shower and talk to my midwife who tells me she has had another long night (she was inducing a patient that night and had been up the night before delivering a baby) and so she is going to lie down to rest and wait until I am all checked in to come.
Our neighbor gets there and my husband has all the stuff in the car, so we go out to the car. We drove to the hospital. I had a couple of pws on the way in. They decide to put me in a triage room (first time that's ever happened:) and check me. They knew that my midwife liked to check her own patients, but I told them that she was sleeping and not to bother her, so they checked me. I was at a 4 1/2 and that really discouraged me. They told me that I could walk around for an hour and they would recheck and if I had progressed they would definitely keep me. So my husband and I walked around, I was walking using wide hips and was listening to easy, first stage. I also put some clary sage on my belly and ankles and made plenty of trips to the bathroom. Right before they checked me again I told my husband that I didn't think that I could go home at this point. When they checked me I was at a 6, so they got me all checked in and into a room.
My midwife comes along and checks to see how I am doing. She left for a little bit and I started to feel pushy. When she came back I told her this and so she checked me. I was at an 8 1/2 and my bag of waters was in front of the head. She told me that my waters would probably break soon and I would feel a big pop. At this point I was definitely "ahing" during my contractions. I had to go to the bathroom and she told me if I felt the baby coming we would have to go back to the bed, however I made it back to bed before anything happened. However my "ahing" changed to a much deeper gutteral sound. At this point my midwife is telling the nurses, she's having this baby. My nurse was actually helping with another delivery and so I guess the nurses weren't really around, my midwife said this was great because then she didn't have to check me etc. She was constantly telling me to listen to my body and if I felt like pushing to push (even when she checked me and I was only an 8 1/2)! She was also rubbing my shoulders and neck and my head. My husband was putting counter pressure on my back. I was leaning against the bed on my knees with my hands over it -- kind of like a chair. However, I switched to my hands and knees as I started pushing. At one point I was kind of kneeling down so that the baby wouldn't be able to come out, and my midwife said that I would have to open up more so they could get the baby. I know I had the pushing baby out track playing, but I wasn't listening to it. Interestingly enough, my pws still weren't regular. I remember having like a 5 minute pause between one and then the next one was like 90 seconds. My midwife asked if I wanted her to break my waters so the baby would just come out, and I agreed, so she broke my water. At this point I just felt a constant need to push. I know I took breaks, but I just felt like I had to keep pushing to get her out. It seemed like it took a really long time, but I'm sure that it didn't. She finally came out and my husband announced, "it's a girl" and I got to hold her.  I definitely feel like this birth left me so empowered and I am so glad that I finally got my all natural birth!!!:)
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Thanks to Brenda from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group for sharing her birth story with us.




Here is the full birth story for Eric. I included some things that happened leading up to when my labor started. I am not sure if I needed to or not, but since they played into the birth story - I included them.


Last Monday, I ended up getting a stomach bug that completely wiped me out. I was in bed from Sunday night, until Tuesday morning. I felt better when I woke up Tuesday morning and spent the day eating small meals and resting and trying to get back my energy level back up. Wednesday morning, I decided we were all going to follow the schedule and get some work done! The week before I thought I was in labor, and so we hadn't really done any homeschool, thinking that I was having the baby 'any day' now. Anyways, I got the kids all up and working on thier school. As the morning progressed I noticed I was having some pressure waves. Just for fun, like I always do, we started writing them down on the white board in the kitchen. I would let the kids know, and they would write them down for me. They were averaging about an hour apart, and were very mild.


As the day wore on, they got a little closer together, but still mild. My husband took the older kids to their Church Activities on Wed night, but left his cell phone at home by accident, so he kept calling me to check on me. (I think he had a 'feeling'). By the time he called around 830, I told him that he didnt need to rush home, but that he should delay any errands on the way home, just in case - as he didnt have his cell phone with him. They were averaging about 20 minutes at that point, but still mild. (I keep pointing out that the waves were 'averaging' a certain time, as I would have one, then another one would be ten, then another one would be a half hour, then a few would actually be 20. This is how it went all day, I would have a few spaced evenly mixed in with some half the time and some double the time - which led to the perpetual question "is this it?")


My husband got home around 9:30, and we stayed up and chatted for awhile, eventually going to sleep around 1130. I fell asleep, but think I was worried about waking up so far into labor that we would have another 'almost parking lot" baby, so I woke up around 1:30 am. It took about 15 minutes to have one wave, but then they were averaging about 9 minutes apart. I chatted online with a doula friend of mine, and as we chatted they dropped down to about 6 minutes. They were getting a little stronger, so as we chatted we decided that it would be good to call my midwife and let her know that something might be up. I still wasnt sure that it was it, but I called. The week before I had been sick, I had had about an hours worth of 5 minutes apart, called my hubby home from work, and then they stopped - so I was nervous about another false alarm. I talked with the midwife, and let her know that we might be coming in. She said to call her back when we decided to head in, and she would meet us there. After I hung up the phone, they increased in intensity, and I needed to stop and focus. At this point, I decided it really was time, and called the midwife back less than twenty minutes later, and said we were heading in.


As we got ready to leave, they were getting stronger so I grabbed my ipod and turned on the tracks. I am not sure if this is how you are supposed to do it or not, but I would pop the ear buds in my ear during the contraction to help me focus, and then when it was over, I would pull them out, and resume getting ready to leave. We woke up the older kids to let them know we were leaving. We headed out to the hospital which was about a 12 minute drive. I had a few on the way, but they were completely manageable. It was a much more relaxing ride than last time. Not wanting the walk into the hospital to get things going faster like last time, my hubby parked right outside the ER ( where you check in) and brought me right in. A nurse met us and said the midwife had called ahead, and due to my last delivery being so fast when I got there, I was not allowed to walk anywhere, that they had strict instructions to put me in a wheelchair and bring me right up to maternity!! LOL!!! :-)


So they brought me up, while my hubby parked the car, and got me a room. I got hooked up to the monitors for about 15 minutes while they did all thier questions. The waves were getting more intense, so I would answer in between, but then, as I had at home, I would pop the ear bud in, and listen to the Birthing affirmations while I was in the middle of the waves, and then when they ended, I would go back to answering questions. It didn't bother me to switch back and forth, or I could have had hubby answer them for me. At that point I think I was at about 4 to 5 minutes apart. The midwife came in, and took the monitors off, and then checked me. I was curious, as I am familiar with how I usually progress so I wanted to know, about where I was. I was dilated to about a 6. (I usually go from 7 to 10 in one fell 5 minute swoop, so a 6 meant it would not be long!!!!


The tub had been filled for me, and was waiting. It was a tad bit on the warm side, but it was SO relaxing. I turned the jets on, and angled myself so that they hit right where I needed them too. As I sat in the tub, I put on the easy first stage, and at that point kept it on. I no longer took them out, but fully turned myself over to it. I would grab my hubbys hand when I had a wave, but other than that, there was no sign that I was even in labor! I just laid in the tub, listening and focusing on the words in the track. As the easy first stage track ended, I felt prompted to put on the Creating Anesthesia track. This helped immensely!! As the waves progressed, I was starting to feel more pressure, than I was comfortable with, but after putting the Creating Anesthesia on, I was able to handle it no problem. I noticed while listening to the track that my waves were now a couple of minutes apart, lasting a minute and a half or so. Toward the end of the track, I started getting  to the point, that although I was handiling it, I was getting nervous if I would be able to continue to handle it. I switched over to the Pushing Track  (or whatever the name is of the one that comes after First Stage). and started listening to that. It helped, but I was still feeling slightly edgy, and I did not want that negativity to enter into what so far was an amazing experience, so I diffused it by talking back to the track. I know this is probably not the ideal thing to do, but it helped me, and the humor it created as my hubby laughed at me talking back to the track, was enough to help me refocus. At this point, my husband recommended me getting out of the tub so I could get to the bed. (At the hospital we go to, the tubs are only for labor, not for birthing), I told him okay, and that I would get out, I just needed to get through one more wave.


All of a sudden, in the middle of that contraction, my water exploded. Not just broke, exploded. I was in the tub, and this forceful wave of water shot out!! The next thing I knew, I had sat all the way up, and turned around, and was on my knees. My hubby pulled the red cord that they have in case you need them, and the midwife and like 5 nurses all came running in, The midwife tried to tell me to breath through it, and we would get to the bed, but the head had already started coming out. Realizing this, she said, "You are not breathing through it!!" Then I pushed again, and he was born!!! Since I was on my knees, he was kind of born behind me, so they had to spin me around, and hold him while I walked to the bed, where he was laid on top of me. Then we were left alone for the next hour, before they even asked if we wanted to weigh him and measure him. My hospital stay was great, as they changed everything to in room, rather than half in the room, and half in the nursery. They also would come back if the baby, or I were sleeping, so they didnt bother us. This is all 'policy' too, so I didnt have to argue for any of this!!!!


I also want to add, that I bought this course to try to get through the last few minutes of labor without 'losing it' like I usually do - yelling I cant do this anymore, etc.  I really was worried it wouldn't work. But you know what?? It did.


With the Hypnobabies, I was able to relax enough and to tell the difference between pain and pressure. In past births, I would get the two confused, so I had no idea where in labor I was. I would get near the end, and not knowing it was, I would get freaked out and think there was no way I could make it much longer. This time though, there was no pain. I knew what the pressure was. I knew it was the baby moving down. I knew that labor was near the end, and that when the pressure got to a certain point, I would be pushing. I welcomed it, and I imagined opening like it said. The water jets helped soften up the area, along with the water being really warm. I think I needed the Creating Anesthesia track since I hadn't practiced enough, but just listening to it, reminded me enough that it worked for me!!!  When my water broke, and the pressure following was really intense, my body instinctively took over and knew it was time to push - I did not need to be told!!!



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Thanks to RaeAnna from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group for sharing her birth story with us.


I am sitting here with my precious baby girl on my chest and I'm
giving thanks again to a God who answers prayer! I was hoping to go
into spontaneous labor with Eva Mae but as 41 weeks came closer and
closer I began to lose hope and knew that I would be heading to the

hospital on Monday night, Dec 5. I prayed that if I had to go in at a
certain time, the Lord would make a way for the birth to go the same
as my son's 2 years ago.

 

At 9:00am on December 5th I drank a mixture of castor oil/juice/almond
butter and champagne to try to stimulate my uterus into contracting

and labor. It started working around 3pm and we enjoyed a relaxing day
at home getting ready to head to the hospital. My mom came over around
5:30 and we went to dinner and shopping before heading up to the

hospital for the induction. I was having contractions but they were
really easy to work through. Just pressure and a tightening sensation.

At 9:00pm we checked into Vanderbilt and met our nurse, Sylvia. She is
a wonderful lady and I'm really glad we were put in her care!!!

Melissa (the midwife) came in to check me and talk about our options.

I had done a lot of progressing over the past few days and was at a

good 6cm and -1 station. Effacement was only 50% but she said that
subsequent pregnancies are typical to not efface as quickly as first

pregnancies. She allowed us to spend a few hours walking around and
using the breast pump to stimulate stronger contractions and I could

tell that they were getting stronger! Whenever I was hooked up to the
contraction monitor they saw some great progress - Melissa even
mentioned that with the progress of the contractions there was no need

to worry at all about having pitocin. My body was doing what it needed
to do!!! Yay! (In fact, I was also allowed to decline a Heplock IV so
I had NOTHING in my arms!!!!! I was so glad to have that freedom to
move around without distraction!!!)

At around 11:30 or 12:00 Melissa came in again and asked if I wanted

to be checked. I am so glad that she continued to let me labor on my
own without the constant "hovering" and checking that I know some

women have experienced in labor situations. I knew it wasn't time to
push so I asked if we could just keep doing what we were doing and

check on dilation later on. She was happy to work with me and my
wishes! Throughout all this time I was in such a great place mentally.
I had my CD playing my Hypnobaby tracks and when we were walking

outside the room I played my tracks on my iPod. The most helpful
tracks to listen to were "Easy First Stage," "Birthing Day
Affirmations," and "Visualize Your Birth." I love the relaxing
background music and the soothing voice of Terri, the founder of
Hypnobabies!


At 2:00am Melissa came back in and between a contraction she checked

on progress. I had a very bulging bag of water and progressed to a 7
but I was still 50% effaced. She asked if I wanted her to break my
water and ever since I arrived at the hospital I was open to having my
water broken as long as the baby's head was engaged low enough to

eliminate a risk of cord prolapse. I think I was a -2 station at the
time and Melissa was confident labor would be quick after breaking my

water so I agreed. It was a weird sensation to feel all the water gush
- Nick said Melissa's face was priceless when she saw how much water

there was!!! I was really happy to hear that there was so much
amniotic fluid because low fluid is a side effect of gestational
diabetes at 40-41 weeks gestation.

The contractions were a lot stronger after my water broke and I had to

really concentrate through them. Fortunately not many were right on
top of each other so I was able to walk around and keep my mind off of

the discomfort. I also spent time in and out of the shower with the
hot water spraying on my back and that helped a lot! Throughout the
contractions I kept myself in a deep state of hypnosis using the words
"Peace" "Relax" "Release" and "Open" - all those reminders helped me
keep my body loose and limp throughout a contraction so that Eva Mae
could descend quicker and I would dialate faster.

At 3:30ish I had several really hard contractions that were more

intense but not as long. I could also tell that they were a little
different - like they were lower than the others. All of a sudden
during one of the contractions I knew it was time to push!!!! Sylvia
and Nick were the only ones in the room and Sylvia called her team of
helpers to the room while Nick tried to find Melissa.

I jumped up on the bed and yelled "She's coming!!!" and started

pushing! I couldn't wait and my body knew exactly what to do! Sylvia
told Nick to put on his gloves and they were still waiting for Melissa

but Eva Mae's head started coming out before Melissa got there! When
she came in the room I could hear her laugh and say "I thought I was

just coming in to check her!!!" She came over and guided Eva Mae's
head and shoulders out and right then Eva Mae started crying and shot

out! She came out so quickly that she completely slid past Sylvia's
hands into Nick's hands! From the time I got on the bed to push to the
time she was out was 4 minutes!!!!

Melissa helped me position myself on the bed to hold Eva Mae and I was
able to bond with her for 45min to an hour before they took her to

weigh and get her footprints! She latched on to breast feed quickly
and has been a champion feeder ever since!!! When they took her to
weigh I couldn't believe she was 10 pounds! She seemed so much lighter
than Christian but she ended up being longer and only a half a pound

lighter!!! (10lb 1oz, 22in)

We were able to go home after 24 hours and we've been so blessed with

her sweet nature and easy disposition!!! I am so in love with my baby
girl and so thankful that the Lord answered my prayer for an easy,

safe and comfortable childbirth!!! Just like Christian's birth in
2009, I can't thank the Hypnobaby program enough for the education and

support of natural childbirth! Nick says I'm the "poster child" for
Hypnobabies!!! The Vanderbilt Midwives are so supportive and
encouraging and I'm thankful that the opportunity is here in Nashville

to have a hospital birth with a midwife! Melissa was amazing and my
primary care under Linda was such a wonderful experience!!! I pray

that the Lord will allow us to have more children in the future with
awesome birth stories!

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Thanks to Barb from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group for sharing her birth story with us.


She lives in Brazil so it was interesting to hear how her birth went!


It's long, but it was beautiful and completely amazing. I am so confident in myself and my body. Even the way I see my body has changed through this birth. I am completely blown away and grateful for the experience. It has been almost two weeks and I still squeel like a little girl when I think about how exciting and wonderful it was. SHE IS HERE!!! My Julie is so adorable. We couldn't have asked for more :)

Go to her blog to read the whole story!
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Thanks to Amanda from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group for sharing her birth story with us.


During my 39th week of pregnancy, I began having rhythmic Braxton hicks. I started eating pineapple, spicy foods, walking, pregnancy tea (with red raspberry leaves), and taking evening primrose oil to induce labor. Since July, I've practiced Hypnobabies hypnosis to prepare for Nolan's birthing day. At 12:20am on Saturday, October 22 (my edd) I began having mild, real pressure waves. I had about 2-3 per hour, but nothing rhythmic. At 11am I had my bloody show. I went about my daily chores, enjoyed time with my husband and went on a late night walk. I didn't realize how soon my life would change as I kissed my husband goodnight shortly after midnight on the morning of the 23rd.

I woke up at 2am to pressure waves that I had to breathe my anesthesia to manage, but tried to go back to sleep. At 3:30am I started timing the pressure waves and they varied in length from 4 to 7 minutes apart. At this point I could no longer sleep, I could only focus on getting through each pressure wave. My husband awoke at 4am to my loud breathing. We laid in bed timing pressure waves wondering if this was it. At 5 am I moved from the bed to the couch. My husband made coffee; I ate a banana as I contemplated calling the midwife. At 5:30am I called the midwife, I told her my pressure waves were 4-7 minutes apart. My midwife was at the hospital assisting another woman push, she seemed distracted while on the phone with me. After listening to a pressure wave of mine, she thought I should get in the tub and relax until my pressure waves became more regular. My midwife thought I was in early, not active labor. My husband decided it was time to gather last minute odds and ends for the hospital bag.

Shortly after the call, my pressure waves came 1-2 minutes apart. I felt pressure waves come on top of one another not offering any relief.  I started loudly vocalizing during the pressure waves.  At 6am I had my husband call the midwife back and let her know how soon my pressure waves were apart. She decided it was time to head to the hospital. My husband finished packing and I decided to go the bathroom before the 45 minute ride to New Orleans. I had my second bloody show. I wondered if I was in transition and started feeling pushing sensations.

My husband attempted to put my shoes on my feet, but my pressure waves were so intense I couldn't focus long enough to put them on, so I left the house with just my socks. I hopped into the car and I had a hard time getting comfortable. I could only lean on my left side, any pressure on my bottom was too intense to handle.

The trip to the hospital felt like it was out of a movie; my husband drove 95mph on the interstate. Once in the city, he ran several red lights to expedite the trip. My pressure waves eased up on during the ride, I thought my labor was stalling. We arrived at the hospital at 6:45am. My husband parked in the parking garage with his hazard lights on and assisted me to the labor ward. On the way to the unit, I had to stop several times in the hallway, lean up against a wall, and breathe through pressure waves. Hospital staff offered to get me a wheelchair, I tried to sit in the chair, but the pressure on my bottom was too great.

I got checked in and walked myself to the labor room. I changed into a gown and received my first cervical check. I was told I was fully dilated and ready to push! I couldn't believe what the nurse said; I had her repeat herself thinking I was only 4cm or so. I wanted a water birth, I even had a birth tub rented, but I was so far along I didn't have time to use the tub.

My midwife told me I could start pushing at any time. However, My husband had to park the car and my mom was not at the hospital yet, so I continued ignoring the push sensation. At 7:30am my husband finished parking the car and my mom arrived shortly after, I then felt ready to start pushing. The midwife told me she would break my water and realized it recently broke on its own. She noticed some meconium in the water and informed me that I'd have to have the cord cut right away. I began pushing and attempted first on my left side; the midwife offered to hold my leg up. I felt so much pressure all over my body I could not stand to be touched, anytime someone offered, I'd snap back at them, "No!"

I ended up pushing in a position with my back reclined and my knees bent. It took me a while to feel comfortable pushing. I ignored the feeling for so long, it took some time for my body to release into the sensation. My midwife offered me perineum support as the head was crowning.  At 9:48am, Nolan Blaze entered the world crying and flailing. Nolan was placed on my chest and his cord was cut by my husband immediately afterward. Whenever I visualized the birth I imagined I would cry when I first saw Nolan, however, I had a different response. I felt very proud and accomplished when he came into this world.

I was brought a roasted chicken lunch and slowly ate as my family held Nolan. In the middle of eating, I was moved to a recovery room where I finished my lunch and began breastfeeding. Nolan latched well and ate for 25 minutes during my first attempt. The rest of the day was spent holding and feeding Nolan.

The next morning my midwife who delivered Nolan called and asked how I was doing. She let me know she was really impressed with how I handled the situation and that I had the type of birth most of her clients desired and wanted to know my secret. I let her know that the hypnosis relaxation techniques helped me cope with the discomfort. She informed me that the other midwife would stop by and if I looked good, I could go home! The baby and I were checked out and we only had to spend one night in the hospital.

What worked most for me were the relaxation techniques, positive thoughts, and breathing my anesthesia to where I needed it most. I highly recommend the Hypnobabies program.

Nolan
October 23, 2011 at 9:48am
8lbs 3.5oz
20-1/4" long
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Thanks to Megan from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group for sharing her birth story with us.


Emily Jean's Birth Story

*BOP* I had a very traditional hospital birth with my first daughter back in '09.  I had wanted a natural birth, but aside from reading some birth stories and crossing my fingers and hoping for the best, I was really unprepared. I went into it thinking "I sure hope it happens this way, but if not, there's always the epidural!" I had had some "well meaning" friends laugh at me when I told them I was going for a natural birth. Thanks a lot. Anyway, the whole thing was 54 hours. I went to the hospital too early and was sent home. My water broke the next day after lots of what I now know were not real contractions. It got really intense really fast and I totally panicked. We raced to the hospital, begged for drugs, stayed there for another 24 hours with pitocin, heart decels, C-section threats, and finally 2 and a half hours of "purple pushing" and several tears. Not ideal, but I think ultimately it was because of fear and unpreparedness on my part. *End BOP*

This time, I started the Hypnobabies Home Study course at around 20 weeks at the recommendation of two friends, one of whom used it twice for her 2 kids with great success. Right away I appreciated how relaxed the tracks made me when I listened to them. I looked forward to that time every day! I did fall asleep almost every time, but I'm a believer in the subconscious mind that works when you sleep, so I wasn't terribly worried about that. At one point, I did have pretty bad sciatica, and I was able to erase the pain while listening to the tracks. Cool!! I'll use that in the future.

Birthing Time Begins, 1 week before guess date


I accidentally played the entire Hypnobabies playlist on Saturday night, so instead of just playing the Fear Clearing Session like I intended, I fell asleep and listened to all 3 Birthing Time tracks. I woke up at the end of Pushing Baby Out! Oops. I don't know if my birthing time would have started anyway, but I got up to pee right at that moment and had blood tinged mucous. I had been having pretty steady Braxton Hicks for a long time that I had been practicing my finger drop technique with, with varying success. These intensified on Sunday. Then, I think early Monday morning, I began to have real pressure waves that kept waking me up. I had kicked my husband out of the bedroom for snoring, so I went into the other room around 6 AM to tell him I thought this was it! I took a shower and puked all over the bathroom, projectile style.  I've learned this is an early labor sign for me, as I did the same thing with DD1.

My Pressure Waves


The pressure waves I felt stayed the exact same from beginning to end, only varying in intensity. I felt a number of things: Cramping right around the bikini line, vaginal pressure, rectal  pain and back pain. I had learned from working on my Braxton Hicks, that were actually pretty painful all the way through my pregnancy, that if I caught a PW early enough, I could bypass the pain and literally turn it into pressure, by using my  Hypnobabies tools. I did that with my actual PWs, focusing on the pressure I was feeling in my vagina. I felt the pressure go downward and imagined it opening my cervix. Some waves I really could feel my cervix dilating! It felt like a cervical exam. I learned to welcome that sensation.   I just imagined "pressure" and "open".

The whole time I was in my birthing time I was chanting "whoooooohh". I sounded like a very slow owl! I made different noises too, but I found it really helpful to make the "whhh" and "hhh" sounds.  I didn't use as many positions as I thought I would. I loved the tub at home and stayed there for hours!   The birth ball was somewhat useful, but I found out after the birth that my dad and DD1 had been bouncing on it the day before, so that might expain why it was suddenly so low to the ground. :/  So the way I dealt with the PWs was: low vocalizations with every out-breath, visualizing my cervix opening (and later, baby descending), focusing on the pressure feeling, relaxing my pelvic floor (like an anti-Kegel), and staying as close to "off" as possible between waves. I wasn't always successful, but it really worked.

Possibly the coolest thing I noticed, something I haven't read anywhere before, and certainly something I did not notice in my previous labor, is that after a particularly intense PW I would experience this euphoric feeling. It was like I had endorphins flooding my body. This I noticed more towards the end, but it was amazing.

I was really apprehensive about when to leave to go to the hospital. On one hand, I really didn't want to show up too early and stay at the hospital, and I was envisioning being stuck with all kinds of  interventions if I did end up going too early. But at the same time, I've read enough Hypnobabies stories where the mom barely knew she was in labor before the baby started coming that I was afraid of waiting too long. Finally, I decided that even though my PWs were totally manageable, we would go in anyway, and I just made peace with the idea that I would go home if I wasn't far enough along. The trip to the hospital in the car….what a difference from the first time!! The car ride for my first birth was excruciating! But this one was quite pleasant!! At this point we had long since stopped listening to my tracks and instead were listening to this incredible a capella singing group called The King's Singers. They have this amazing Christmas album. I recommend it. It was the perfect accompaniment to my tracks when I didn't want to listen to them. I barely wanted to get out of the car! But my husband dropped me off in the lobby so he could park the car and I just sat there "whoohh"ing and listening to my music. It was quite pleasant.

Then we went up to triage and even though it took forever, I was totally fine with it. I had it in my head that it didn't matter where I was, I was going to do the same thing, so they could take as long as they wanted. My husband was an angel and did all the talking for me. When he got some piece of information wrong, I would just wait until the PW was over and then talk to the nurse.  When they finally checked me, I was a 6! I was hoping for 8, but that was much better than the 3 I was the first birth! So, yay! They admitted me around 10:30 PM.

I really lucked out with the people attending the birth with me. Everyone I encountered had read my birth plan and was on board with it. They really tried their best to follow it!

At that point, we got situated in our room. I had brought Christmas lights (which I found out much later on, after the birth, that they weren't allowed…but the nurses and midwives that night didn't know it!!) and an oil warmer for a pine-y essential oil blend. We put on the Christmas music, put on the scents, turned the lights off and zoned out. I didn't use the ball or the tub, but just sat in this chair the whole time.  I did have to have an IV for fluids because the baby's heart rate was getting a little high. I was not a good girl about drinking because I still felt pretty nauseous. They did delay that as long as they felt comfortable.  After a long while, I felt like getting into the bed.  I stayed there for a while, and again, time seemed to be suspended.

After who knows how long, I started to feel like pushing felt good.  I told the nurse the next time she came in, and she said "yeah, we could tell by your chart which ones were pushy ones!" The midwife checked me and I was an 8. I wasn't thrilled about this, but they were. She said she was starting to really want to break my waters because baby's heart rate was still high.  They were worried that I had an infection. They kept taking my temperature after PWs and it was always high, but I believe this is because I would have hot flashes right after intense PWs.

I was very afraid of having my water broken, especially only being 8. *BOP* My first birth, my water broke at 4 cm.  It was another 18 hours after that that my daughter was finally born, so my water breaking didn't speed things up in that particular birth. I was worried that if my water broke before I was complete that I would lose control. I also found myself oddly afraid of the pushing phase, which really surprised me because during pregnancy I wasn't afraid at all and was looking forward to it! I don't know where that came from. *End BOP*

My midwife said she would leave the room so my husband and I could discuss the water breaking. They also started some more fluids. We decided that even though I was afraid, we should probably go ahead and do it. My wonderful husband at this point said that I should start listening to my Hypnobabies recordings again. He, of course, was right. Then the midwife came in and, bless her heart, she checked the baby one last time before breaking my water. She declared that baby looked OK after all and she was comfortable letting me continue laboring on my own. I love her.

Not very many PWs later, I felt a huge POP and even though nothing came out, I knew my bag of water had broken.  A few PWs later and I had confirmation with some gushes of fluid. Things did indeed get more intense at this point, but I kept my focus and kept saying "whoooohh".  Some of the vocalizations were pretty loud, but I had read enough ladies' birth stories to know that if I kept my voice low in pitch it would keep me relaxed. That was awesome.  I started to feel very pushy a few PWs later, so the next time the nurse came in I told her about the water breaking. The midwife checked me and said I was complete and could push anytime I liked. Not that I could stop if I wanted to!!

Pushing


Maybe the next contraction after they told me I could push, the urge to push became completely overwhelming .  It seemed at this point that my PWs joined together to become one big PW and one long push. I really tried to "Aaaah" baby out, but in reality it was more a primal animal growl/scream. If I had to spell it, it would probably be "aaaah", but it was incredibly intense. Baby did not just "slide out", but was expelled by this uncontrollable force inside me that I was powerless against. The urge to push did diminish when she crowned, so I had some more dignified pushes to get her out from that point.  I only pushed for 4 minutes!!

After birth


They put my baby on my chest right away and the cord stopped pulsing almost immediately. My husband cut it. The midwife tried to convince me to have a shot of pitocin as a preventative measure to control bleeding, but I declined. I'm glad I did,  because I hardly bled at all! The placenta came out easily. I got the shakes really badly, but they eventually went away.

They did have to take Emily to the warmer (in the same room) because even though she cried right away, she wasn't pinking up like they wanted and she was making these grunting cries. They gave her oxygen and suctioned out a ton of fluid and then she was fine. They laid her back down on my chest and said I should wait a few minutes before nursing her to get her oxygen levels up. The poor thing kept trying to latch onto my non-breast skin! Finally we tried nursing and she caught on after a few tries, unlike my first daughter who struggled with it for a good month (before continuing to nurse for 2 more years!)

The after pains were not fun at first. They gave me ibuprofen, which did nothing, and brought me a "heating pad" which was this ridiculously complicated machine that pumped hot water into channels into a pad, except the water never heated up at all. Useless.  Silly me, it didn't even occur to me to use my Hypnobabies techniques until many hours later. Then I had an "a-ha" moment and breathed through them, visualizing my uterus as a blue rubber ball and imagining it shrinking, thinking "smaller, smaller."  It worked!  Fortunately, these after pains became hardly noticeable by the time I left the hospital.

My birth partner


I was concerned that my husband wasn't going to get around to reading the scripts or practicing with me. He was very supportive and positive, and I knew he wanted to, but he was seriously procrastinating. In the end, he really stepped up to the plate. We practiced every other night from 37 weeks on. He kept telling me he knew I could do it.

During my birthing time, he would do the shoulder cue (I preferred that to the forehead) and "relax" cue until I found it to be more distracting than helpful. He kept telling me how great I was doing. He was right there the whole time, getting me things, arranging the room, whatever I needed. At the end, when the back labor got really intense, he tried to massage my lower back, but it broke my concentration, so after a few PWs I asked him to stop. The best part was when he pushed me to listen to my Hypnobabies tracks at the end.
He was awesome, and I don't know if I could have done it as easily without him. I feel closer to him than ever as a result.

My whole experience


While I don't think I was totally successful in doing all the techniques perfectly, this birth was incredibly empowering. I can't truthfully say it was pain-free, but I never felt out of control and it never got to the point where I even considered asking for drugs. I really never needed them! Some things I wish I had done differently are:

Really mastered the finger drop technique
Really mastered the anesthesia
Done much more fear-clearing sessions, particularly about my water breaking.  I would add a fear clearing session about pushing, but I didn't know I was afraid of that!

Other than that, though, Hypnobabies worked beautifully for me! The memory gets rosier the more time passes…I'm sure that's mainly post-partum hormones! But if I were going to have more children (probably not) I would certainly do it again! Bonding with baby was easier, recovery was a breeze, and because I was so relaxed, I felt rested all day!  Thank you!

Emily Jean, born November 29, 2011
24 hours birthing time, 4 minutes of pushing
7 pounds 1.1 oz, 19 inches long

Thanks for reading if you made it this far!

Megan
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Thanks to Maggie from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group for sharing her birth story with us.


Hello everyone!

Thought I'd share a quick birth story of our fabulous Hypnobabies water birth. Early Thursday morning at 6:40 am on November 3rd, 2011 our little girl, Maysie, glided out into a pool of warm water and up into our arms all while sleeping peacefully.

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It all began when noticeable regular pressure waves started (after much walking and spicy food) on Wednesday, November 2 around 4:30 pm. I had been out all day Christmas shopping, but upon returning home I started to notice what seemed to be regular waves about 1hr apart. I continued with my normal evening activities like dinner and putting my 3 year old to bed, but I did notice I didn't feel much like eating dinner. I had hopes that these waves were the real thing, and after bouncing on my birth ball awhile and watching TV with the in-laws, around 10pm I decided I had best try to get some sleep. Ha! I might have dosed on and off for an hour or so.

The waves were starting to grow progressively closer and while I did continue to listen to the tracks, I found myself struggling to fall deep into hypnosis or the off position. No worries though. Everything was manageable in "center" especially the frequent bathroom trips that accompanied each pressure wave. By 2:00 am the waves were roughly 15min apart and I was cuddled on the bed with my husband using the "relax/release" command and debating going to the hospital so we could set up the pool. I didn't want to go too early but we did need time to set up the birthing pool and this was our second baby.

Finally when my legs started shaking I decided it was time to go. We were out of the house and on our way to the hospital by 3:00 am. I listened to easy first stage on the way to the hospital and had a couple of mild pressure waves along the way, but really I wasn't sure I was that far along. I even told my husband that anything under 5 cm we were going back home.

The middle of the night proved the opportune time to drive to the hospital and we were in the ER checking in within 15 min. of leaving the house. The hospital was quite and no one thought I was actually in labor as I was walking around and joking with my doula as my hubby did the paperwork. Even when we finally got a room the nurses were all very relaxed about getting things started which made my relaxing easy. No one was in a hurry and they were all very receptive of our birth plan.

When they finally got around to checking me... I was 7 cm ( thank you birth visualizations) You see, 7 cm had been my goal all along when visualizing my hospital arrival. After that shock for my delivery nurse, the birth pool went up in a flash (15 min really did feel like 5 to me). All the while I was managing each pressure wave with the "release cue" and some counter pressure on my lower back and chatting away with my doula. I was surprised I didn't want to listen to my hypno tracks at that time as that had been my plan all along, but I guess things change. I was soaking in the nice warm waters in no time.

Warm water is absolutely fabulous during labor, and once I was in the pool I was nearly 9 cm in no time. The nurses even joked that they had best call my midwife again to make sure she was on her way and wouldn't miss the big event. (She missed my first child's birth a few years ago.) Once she arrived she just told me to relax and that she'd be back in to check on me in a bit.  I must have just look ready cause she didn't bother to check me again, but instead told me to let her know when I felt like pushing. We listened to quite music and I floated, changing position with each wave, now very close together. At some point she did come back and everyone else did too, but I barely noticed.

They were getting everything ready for the baby's arrival, and again she told me to push whenever I thought it was time. Yeah. Well even though this was my second baby I had no clue. I remembering asking "really?" over and over between waves. The last cm was a bit intense but manageable. This was nothing like my first birth, and I'll spare you all that story as it needs a BOP. (*)

I knew my little girl would be swimming into my arms very soon. I pushed whenever I thought I should (though really I thought I just needed to go to the restroom). The pushing the baby out track was playing out loud in the room and while I could only really hear it between the ahhs I know my subconscious was listening. My body did what it needed to do since I was relaxed and I owe that relaxation to Hypnobabies. With gentle continual encouragement and reassurance that everything was OK and "yes you can do this" from my doula, my husband, and my midwives, I AAHHHH'ed her out. The midwives passed her to me and she lay sleeping on my chest for a few moments before we woke her up while drying off.

Hypnobabies helped me have a great birthing experience. I had amazing support from my husband, my doula, the midwives and nurses. All involved were really impressed with the Hypnobabies techniques we used even me. And before we checked out of the hospital even the nurse who teaches the typical hospital childbirth classes came to talk with me about the program  in hopes of sharing it with others. Hypnobabies is great if you choose to use it!
Best wishes to all,

Maggie
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Liam's birth was planned to be a waterbirth, but as it turned out there wasn't even enough time to fill the tub! Throughout my birthing time, we made the choice to "proceed with caution," knowing that as long as the answers to "is mom doing well?" and "is baby doing well?" were "yes," we could proceed with our birth plan.

For those of you wondering, waterbirth really isn't as mysterious as it sounds. It's simply natural childbirth's version of an epidural, and I saw it as one more tool available to me to help aid the process. Especially because I'd had a prolonged pushing phase with our daughter (also a Hypnobaby), I was looking forward to the soothing nature of the water which would help Liam to be born more gently. I did a lot of research about what happens in a waterbirth, making sure that it would be safe for him. Essentially he is unable to take his first breath until he is gently lifted above the water. It's quite fascinating to read about the way it works.

Liam's "guess date" was Friday, October 8th. I had started having a few pressure waves Monday, October 3rd indicating he might be thinking about making his arrival, but then they stopped. The next time I remember noticing some mild pressure waves was Friday, October 13th. They stopped again.

Liam scored an 8 out of a possible 8 on the biophysical profile at my visit on Monday, October 10th. It was also revealed that he was facing out (posterior) but at the time I didn't think much of it. Looking back I realized that using a wait and see approach was not the way to go.

It was clear by the time the following week had nearly come and gone that Liam wasn't planning on exiting any time soon. I was doing kick counts and knew he was happy as a clam in there, which generally means he needs a bit more time to cook. We even walked around the entire zoo Sunday the 9th, and it felt awesome to be out in the sunshine.
Friday, October 14th, things finally started happening! We were so excited to meet Liam, but he was going to make us wait a little longer still.I awoke at 7 AM to a small gush of fluid, which quickly turned into more gushes and lots of trickling. At my 10:30 AM appointment the midwife used a speculum to see that my water had indeed broken.


Since I wasn't yet having any consistent pressure waves (the ones I'd had throughout the night had barely been enough to keep me awake), we decided we'd request to go home, relax, and try getting things going naturally with brief walks, bouncing on the yoga ball, and just resting up. The midwife was cool with that, and said to call her that afternoon to check in, but indicated without saying it outright that we might be admitted that night if nothing had changed.

The good thing about her role in my birth is that she used her experience regarding infection to guide her advice to us. Knowing me as a patient told her that it wasn't very likely that I would get an infection, especially if I was declining cervical checks, which I did have to do once with the nurse upon arriving at the hospital, not having sex, etc. Sure, infections are still possible, however the good thing is the baby's head had created a seal which eventually stopped the fluid from leaking and created a protective barrier. I was still leaking some fluid though, which was causing me anxiety.
Our decision to go the hospital was the right one. But it could have very easily taken another direction if the waterbirth midwife had not been on call at the time. As I review the details of everything that happened, I truly believe she was a God-send.

We called the on-call staff at the hospital on Saturday night, approaching 24 hours since my water had broken. I spoke to the doctor who was on duty, who explained that typical hospital policy calls for induction 18 hours after the water breaks. She knew having spoken with my regular midwife, that as someone who wanted a natural childbirth, this wouldn't be my preference, but she informed me of the policy which gave me more anxiety. She also said, "you should talk to the midwife on call."
Although I would have appreciated a little more reassurance from her over the phone, I am grateful to the doctor for respecting our plan and not pressuring us to come in for an induction right away. This is an example of doctors and midwives working well together. Job well done.We knew that the decision to be admitted probably meant the dreaded Pitocin.


However, entering the scene is now our wonderful care provider who I had never met before because she sees patients in the other office. She has a wonderful, supportive philosophy which is completely no-pressure. The patient's body is their own, and she is just there to advise. She is highly skilled and competent in her job, and immediately we know we're in good hands. When the doctor handed over the phone, the midwife said, "Darn! I wish they had sent you to me earlier!" She started me on a breast pumping regimen, once every hour for 15 minutes. This was 10 PM. Our doula reminded us to REST in between. The pump allows your body to produce more oxytocin naturally, as opposed to Pitocin which is the synthetic form.

Pressure waves are still sporadic and not intense. We rested some until 6 AM, but not well. Trying to stay aware of Liam's movements kept me pretty anxious and awake.

October 15, 2011 at 8 AM we arrived at hospital with Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits. I was in tears, feeling like we were walking into prison. But when we got admitted, I knew that things were going to be alright. Much to our delight and surprise, the midwife recommended continuing on the pumping regimen for awhile, and if it didn't work, then we could talk about starting a low dose of Pitocin with the goal of getting my body in a pattern and then turning the Pitocin back off. She also recommended an antibiotic as a precaution. I felt good about the decision to have that administered, and it was given every 6 hours and didn't take very long so that I could be up and about as I wished in between. (I have a suspicion it might be causing us a case of thrush right now though, since an antibiotic can upset your natural balance.)

Even though I hadn't slept well the night before, I had gotten fantastic sleep the week before being off work, so I was really ready for this with plenty of sleep in my "bank." Really grateful for that.
We also ate (peanut butter sandwiches) much to the surprise of our nurse (who would later play a crucial role in this story). She was supportive, but I sensed not very used to patients breaking the rules so brazenly. :-)

Our doula and I walked the L&D floor for about 30-40 minutes and it was way boring. We actually thought about checking ourselves back out. (Basically signing a form saying "against medical advice," we're outta here.) Looking back, I'm glad that we didn't do that. Really glad. The midwife checked in again at 1:30 PM and suggested more breast pump stimulation. With intermittent monitoring we were still confident Liam was doing great.

Our nurse had been watching us from afar, and must have seen me gazing longingly at the sunshine outside. Bless her soul, she suggested to the midwife that we be released for a walk outside. (YAY!!!!) Best news EVER. I honestly didn't believe they were serious when they came in to tell us. And I gave her the biggest hug and was nearly in tears. We had a great time on our walk, went across the street for a milkshake and walked until it got REALLY warm out. I felt like a freak in my PJ pants and IV lock, but whatever. We were outside enjoying the day!

We came back to the hospital for an afternoon nap. Liam still looks great on the monitor. His heartrate dipped momentarily as I was on the breast pump, because I'd started having pressure waves one on top of the other, which we attributed to the calzones we ate for dinner. The body's natural response to fuel and yet another reason to eat.

As our doula and I discussed the events of the week, it dawned on me that the biophysical profile had shown that Liam was posterior. Thankfully she had some tricks up her sleeve to try to turn him. We did "figure 8s" on the yoga ball, pelvic rocks, and Rebozo sifting which is a gentle scarf shimmy under the belly while the mother is on all fours (which felt great)! I felt a little ridiculous during all of this but I'll try anything at this point to get this party started! I just want to meet him! It's things like this that make a doula worth her weight in gold!

Also worth noting that a nurse shift change occurred at 7 PM. Time to bid farewell to our heroine nurse and little sad that we could not yet introduce her to our new baby. Enter nurse 2, who immediately said she had read our birth plan and had a very positive, "let's do this" attitude. Honestly I think these nurses were excited to be seeing something a little different. The midwife would later thank me for doing a birth plan and giving them the chance to support it. That made me feel so good!

When my pressure waves stopped yet AGAIN, I knew it was my body telling me to rest. So we talked with the midwife and I was about to fall asleep as she was saying that she would check in again at 5 AM and that we'd get serious about the low-dose Pit at that point, approaching 48 hours since my water had broken! In another hospital, this scenario would NEVER have happened. Major props to the care providers for their confidence and knowledge in what the body can do. She was completely trusting that since I had no fever, Liam was getting antibiotics and was looking great on the monitor, that there wasn't a need to rush it. Again, cannot stress enough what a blessing this was!
I went to sleep with the thought in my mind that Pitocin was probably not going to be necessary, but that if it did, I would be fine with the decision. Boy was I right! Enough already.

At 1 AM I got up to pee, and was feeling intense pressure in my back and saw some bloody show. I relied on our doula for counter pressure and double hip squeeze which felt awesome, and rocked on the ball which was bringing the baby down very quickly. I could now feel him making direct contact with my pubic bone. This baby was finally coming and coming fast!  When your baby says it's "go time," there is very little that can be done to slow it down. And heck, we'd been waiting ALL weekend for this moment, so most of what I felt was joy and excitement!

Our doula suggested side lying as a way that I could start to use my tools. That worked for about 2.5 seconds when I began vocalizing loudly. "Ahhhhh" nd blowing air out my lips like a horse. I was completely surprised by my involuntary ability to make these sounds and how awesome they felt.

However I was so excited that with Liam's birth, I was really able to tune into my body in a way that I hadn't with my first birth. I used hypnosis very successfully with our first birth. Almost so much, that at times I wasn't listening to my body because I was so relaxed and felt as though I was in a dream-like state.

With Liam's birth, I experienced it to the fullest, knowing the whole time that my body was doing what it needed to do, and that gave me so much confidence and was so empowering! And I was able to choose my own positions which helped not only to relieve discomfort, but to give me even more confidence that I was doing this correctly.

At 1:50 AM after a brief time lying on my side, I exclaimed "I have to poop!" And truly I did. To the potty I go. TMI, sorry. Our doula reminded me while I was on the potty that I should use my uterine muscles to push Liam out rather than go with the pressure I was feeling in my bottom. Babies don't come out of bottoms, in case you hadn't noticed. :-)

Miraculously I was able to achieve both efforts nearly simultaneously. LOL. But the important thing is that I immediately felt a difference when she reminded me to push Liam out by pretending to "push the seat belt" away from me. When I said "do you think I could get in the tub?" I needed some relief. I thought surely I'm at least at 6 cm. They want you at a 6 before you can get in the tub. I believe that is to avoid having to get in and out, if it relaxes you so much that your birthing time stops, which has been known to happen. Kinda silly if you ask me.

The nurse came in to check me on the potty (how rockin' is that?!) and said I was NINE centimeters! I cannot tell you what a moment this was and how grateful we were to her for not requiring me to get on the bed for the exam. I knew that Liamwould be here soon!
After getting cleaned up I moved to the foot of the bed, desiring to get up on all fours. The nurses were hurriedly changing the sheets and getting the bed set up for me to get into, while the other folks in the room were scrambling to fill up the tub. The hot water was BROKEN!

I swayed and rocked through the next several pressure waves which was a nice little break from the inevitable, while the nurse came and checked Liam's heartbeat. Still perfect. The midwife was still not here; she had been resting at home and had just gotten the call. She was rushing into the parking deck by about 2:20 AM.

As soon as they finished changing the sheets I moved up on the bed on all fours which felt so great, and Baby Liam was beginning to crown! My doula whispered to me to remember the pushing technique (push as though you are pushing away your seat belt. Do NOT bear down like you are having to poop) and that it was not important to 'resist' or wait for the midwife or the nurses to deliver Liam, but to relax into it and gently guide Liam out. His head was gently born at 2:35, so quietly that we hardly knew what had happened. But we heard his first cry and that was an AWESOME moment, especially for me because I couldn't see him yet. But I could hear him! At 2:36, just as the midwife ran in the door, Liam was born into Daddy's arms!!! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

He weighed 6.74 oz, 19 inches long and his head was 13 inches. He was born anterior, facing my back, with his hand up by his face.
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I started having close and strongish pressure waves that woke me up at about 4am on my baby's guess date. Not really anything before that. I decided to start timing them and see if they continued. During the weekend I was having a lot of what I thought were early birthing waves about every 10 minutes, but they kept going away. But these didn't stop and were a bit more intense. I started listening to by birthing day tracks and trying to relax and use my peace cues through the PWs. They were intense enough that it was sorta difficult to do. During every PW while I was sitting/reclining the pressure on my ribs bothered me the most. After about 4 PWs in 15 minutes I woke up my husband to get him to help time them so I could still relax. They were about 2 minutes apart at this point and I had been awake for about 30 minutes.

So we started getting ready to go. I was anxious to not jump the gun too early. I didn't want to hang around triage too long if I hadn't progressed much. Also thinking, that since they just started and they were strong but not terribly I felt that we had some time. So I took a shower and got ready, he packed up. By the end of the shower I was needing to stop what I was doing more and bend over and lean against a counter or wall to relax and breathe through the pressure waves. So I started feeling a little more anxious to get on our way. We got out the of the house eventually at about 5ish. Luckily my Mother was there already and to watch the other kids.

The hospital is only about 5 minutes away, luckily. So we got there a little after 5 and they put me in the triage room to get checked and monitor me. At about 5:30 I was at a 6 and they didn't take took long after that to put me in a room, while we were getting settled the pressure waves started getting stronger where I felt like I needed my husband for support. I liked to bend over a lean into him with my arms around him while he supported me by my arms.

I started needing to make noises as I breathed and soon I started having little pushy urges once or twice.  I asked the girl helping us (not a RN, but really helpful as a few times she pressed in on my hips during a wave and that felt nice) to have our nurse come and check me again since I was feeling a little pushy. She finally made it back in (I guess a lot of other women showed up around the same time) and checked me and I was at an 8. This was about 6:30. She tried to put in a saline lock, but I wouldn't hold still for long as I didn't want to be on the bed during a pressure wave. A PW or two later, my water broke while I was standing. Then the next one I really started pushing and felt like she was going to come out very soon. The nurse really urged me to get on the bed at this time and I did, the next one I pushed out her head and the next the rest of her. It felt so good to get her out. It was very intense and I know I was fairly vocal and cried out when she crowned.

Cara was born straight out onto the bed at 6:37. It was basically just the nurse and my husband who helped me deliver her, the doctor was on his way.  He showed up about 10 minutes later. She was a healthy 8 lbs 3 oz and 20 inches long with a full head of hair.

It was an interesting/cool experience and I'm really glad I planned to go natural/unmedicated. If I hadn't I wouldn't have had time anyways to have an epidural and I would have probably had a much harder time dealing with the pressure waves.

I wouldn't say it was pain-free or comfortable, but I wouldn't say that it was painful either. It was "intense". I felt prepared to deal with the PWs knowing that they'd come and go and eventually end.   I had expected to be more sedate and of course having more time to relax and turn off my lightswitch like I'd seen in a lot of videos. I am really glad I used the Hynobabies home study course to prepare myself.
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Jenna and Chris contacted me while they were still living in Boston. They were planning the move to Birmingham (for Chris’ residency at UAB) and were wanting to go ahead and interview a doula for their upcoming birth. Thankfully, they hired me and the waiting began. Jenna also decided that she wanted to do aHypnobabies birth. I went to their last class (taught by fellow doula, Kaleigh Naylor) so that I could learn how support them in that effort (since I was new to Hypnobabies). It all seemed pretty interesting and I was excited to see it in action. **there is a lot of "reframing" in Hypnobabies, so in honor of that, I will refer to contractions as pressure waves (pw's) for this birth story** ;-)

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I had an OB appointment the day before my due date at 10am.  I was 3 cm and 70% effaced.  After, I had some spotting that never went away.

Around 4pm, I began having some pressure waves.  They weren’t that uncomfortable, like mild menstrual cramps.  But they were different than the Braxton Hicks I had been having non-stop.  They were every 5-10 minutes.  I was able to go about my daily business (pick up DD from daycare, make dinner, play with DD, etc.)

I put DD down for bed around 9:30PM.  The pressure waves were beginning to get a bit stronger by 10PM.  However, I didn’t have to concentrate through them.  I thought my birthing time was near, but I wasn’t sure since I had prodromal labor several nights the past week.

Around 10:30PM, I told DH I was going to try to get some sleep.  I put on my Early First Stage track and tried to sleep.  I got through the whole track and then did Fear Release.  By then it was almost midnight and I could tell it was definitely my birthing time.  I told DH I was going to the living room (where we have a computer) to time the pressure waves.  I continued to listen to more tracks, although I can’t remember which ones.

At first the waves were 6-7 min apart, and by 12:45, they were 5 min apart.  We decided we should head to the hospital soon.  I was feeling pretty good because the pressure waves were completely manageable.  We did some last minute packing and woke up MIL to come upstairs to be close to DD.  In the car, I listened to Birthing Day Affirmations, but I chatted with DH between pressure waves.

We got to the hospital around 1:45.  They couldn’t find my paperwork, so we had to give them all of our information, which was kind of annoying to do between pressure waves.  The pressure waves were more intense, but completely manageable.  I requested to use the Jacuzzi, but I had to be hooked up to a monitor for 15-20 minutes first (then she said I could get in.)

She checked me a little after 2 am and said I was 7-8 cm!  I was shocked I was so far along considering how “easy” things were.  I put on Easy First Stage and zoned out.  I ended up on my hands and knees on the bed with a birth ball (while they monitored me.)  After a bit, I felt like I had to pee, so she unhooked me and I went to the bathroom.  I wasn’t able to pee but I felt like I had to poop.

Suddenly the pressure waves got really intense, and nothing seemed to help me get through them.  The nurse checked me and I was a 9+.  My OB still wasn’t there.  Each pressure wave was really intense, and soon I felt the desire to push.  I was still on my hands and knees.

I began pushing, and the nurses were yelling at me not to push (since my OB wasn’t there.)  I yelled back at them that I couldn’t not push.  On one of the pushes, my water broke.  I kept pushing with each pressure wave and DH said he could see hair.  Eventually my OB arrived, and I pushed the head out maybe 2 or 3 pressure waves later.

On the next pressure wave, I pushed the rest of the body out.  My OB instructed DH to catch the baby and put him on my tummy.  Baby Clive was born at 2:51am…about an hour after we got to the hospital and about 10 minutes after my OB arrived.  (I never even got around to listening to the Pushing Baby Out track…since I was still listening to Easy First Stage when he was born.)

Clive was 7 lbs. 1 oz. and 20” long.  I was shocked his birth was so quick and easy.  (DD’s birth was really long and difficult.)  Although his birth was not pain-free, I would say only 30 minutes was really intense, and the rest was completely manageable thanks to Hypnobabies.
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Thanks to Kari from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group for sharing her story with us!

Wow...I can't believe the time has come for me to post my very own birth story!  I wasn't sure I was going to have a very exciting birth story to tell... it was!!!

 

This was my third baby girl, but my very first all natural hypnobabies birth!  I'm so happy to be apart of the elite woman who have a natural birth, it's very empowering!!

 

Chloe's ETA was September 22nd, but I had anticipated her arrival to be the weekend before, sometime between the 17th and the 19th.  I even told my best friend the month before to make her trip out from Utah that weekend... so she did. We usually have our babies on weekends and I couldn't imagine her coming the weekend AFTER her guess date so it had to be this weekend!

 

I kept myself SUPER busy all week walking with friends,doing pre-school stuff with my 4 yr old, and making hair-bows for my THREE girls!  I decided to make the last days nice and fun! I'm SO glad I did.

 

I had a Dr. appt. on Friday the 17th, where the doctor checked me and I was 60% effaced and 2 cm (nothing different for me during the last weeks of pregnancy).  I ran some errands with my mom, Home Depot, health food store, etc. (We live in the SanBernardino Mountains in California, so trips up and down the mountain take about 45 minutes,  so we do major shopping when we're down there). I had been experiencing lots of Braxton Hicks all week (as well as other changes in my body that told me she was coming soon) nothing to complain about, but they were starting to change a bit while walking around with my mom.  I didn't think much of it though, didn't want to get my hopes up. I wanted Chloe to come when she was ready...even though I had felt readyfor a while!  We got home about 7 pm. On the drive up I felt the PW's had more of a pattern and they felt a bit more like real PWs, but still didn't think this was it. I picked up my two girls from my dad and took them home to get ready for bed.

 

Once home I just did all the normal stuff, feeling the wavesbut not really giving them much thought. After my girls were in bed, my husband and I watched TV and I told him that maybe we should get some stuff packed because I was having waves about every10 minutes.  So I started getting my things ready.  I decided that I should try to sleep a little and listen to Hypnobabies. I did for a bit, but I had to keep going to the bathroom.  I was also more uncomfortable.  So, I decided I should get my kids bag packed.  As I was walking around getting things together for them I started feeling them very close together, but thought it was just because I was walking a lot (they felt like a side ache from running, just in the front lower part of my abdomen.)

I still was unsure if this was it! I told my husband I was going to call his mom, he told me to wait because he didn't think it was time yet either.  But, I called her anyway around midnight  she is a Labor and Delivery Nurse and I told her I wasn't sure if I should go down to the hospital or not.  She asked how close together they were and I told her they felt about  1-2 minutes apart.  I was starting to have to focus now.  She told me she would come to sleep with my babies and that we shouldn't wait around any longer.  She lives 5 minutes away, but in the meantimeI decided I should try to make the nurses some brownies to keep my mind off of the PWs.  She arrived and told me she would finish the brownies for me and we needed to go. I called my sister and parents and told them we were going down, that my waves were about 1-2 minutes apart and I'd call once I knew if this was it or not.

 

My husband and I left about 1 am.  The car ride down was a little rough with all the turns, but I listened to Hypnobabies and held my lavender and chamomile pillows to my face. I remember feeling SO good once a wave had passed and making sure my body was nice and loose during them. I told myself to "open".

 

We arrived at the hospital about 1:45, they checked me and I was 5 cm!  "What,really??"  I still couldn't believe this was it!  My parents and sister arrived about 10 minutes after us, then soon after them my brother and his wife showed up. (Even though I told them all we'd call them... oh well, it was good they got there when they did!)  My PWs were starting to come one after the other.  I was so proud of how I was handling them. I felt a little agitated with my family just sitting there starring at me I really only wanted my sister and husband in there but I felt bad because I didn't want to hurt my mom's feelings (she'd been there for my other two, so just put the pillow over my face and stayed inside myself.

At one point my mom said, "You can always change your mind and get the epidural!" Annoyed, I told her to "Shush or get out!"  I wasn't in that kind of pain, I was just focused and occasionally moaned and whispered "relax, peace, peace, peace,peace".  I told my mom that the moaning was helping me feel better.  I could feel my body trembling a bit and knew that my body was entering transition. I was looking forward to it, but not sure what to expect. The nurse came to check again, I was a 6 with a bulging bag.  She asked how I felt about having my water broken because sometimes things can slow down because the baby's head can't get into the birth canal with the bag in the way. I was starting to feel like I wanted this to be over very soon so I said sure.

 

The Doctor came in and checked me about 5 minutes later, I was a 7 and the water broke, *BOP* Right when that happened my body went from having PWs to a HUGE pushing feeling which was extremely intense.  I had never felt what it was like to feel the pushing waves and I got a little scared. Right after the 1st pushing wave the doctor still had her hand in there and said, "Whoa, this baby wants out NOW!" She said I was now a 9 and she was stretching things out...it was VERY uncomfortable and I told her to get her hand out of there!  She apologized and began getting ready for the birth. 

With each pushing wave my body just pushed on its own.  With the first one I lost my focus and never really got it back because everything was happening so fast.  (editor's note:Since her second stage went so quickly they didn't have time to play "Push Your Baby Out" out loud in the room for her...and it sounds like next time she'll know to have it cued and ready to go sooner!) My husband, sister and mom had never seen me birth this way so they didn't really know what to do or say so I had no one to bring me back and try to relax me more. The sensations were very intense and I definitely was not able to stay quiet throughout them, I have to admit I let out a few choice words (and I'm not a "truck driver" kind of person)and about 3-4 pushes later Chloe was out! 

I was very happy it was over, and VERY happy that I had her naturally.  Actually even though it was quick and intense I was happy it was quick rather than LONG and intense.  MY husband joked that he'd stood in longer lines at Disneyland!!

 

Chloe was born at 3:36 am on September 18th,just two hours after we arrived at the hospital!  She weighed 8 lbs and was 21 inches.  She's the perfect mix of her older sisters Madison(4) and Riley (2).  She's the sweetest little baby...  We're all obsessed with her! Everyone was amazed that I predicted her birth so well,especially my friend who drove all the way out from Utah!

 

I loved Hypnobabies! Everything happened almost EXACTLY how I had visualized it.  Funny enough the only thing I had trouble visualizing throughout my pregnancy was the pushing phase, which ended up being the part where I lost focus.  Even though I couldn't think and get myself back once pushing it was a godsend during my pressure waves and made my entire pregnancy much more enjoyable.  I couldn't believe how relaxed I was, which made everything move so quickly. For my next birth I NOW know what it's like to FEEL the baby coming out and I can focus more on making that experience a little less intense using my hypnosis.  I still feel it was a WONDERFUL experience and a GREAT birth!




I loved being a part of this group and hearing all of your wonderful birth stories!  If I could offer any advice it would be to really practice your visualizations and know that they make all the difference. 

Love, Kari











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Thanks to this mom from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group for sharing her birth story!

I have only lurked here (on the Yahoo Group) previously looking for inspiration, but I had a wonderful birth with my second child and wanted to share my story with others!

I had a rough first birth with what I now know were some unnecessary interventions, so I decided to have an unmedicated birth this time around! I happened upon Hypnobabies late in my pregnancy (35 weeks), but was able to get an accelerated schedule to ensure I would complete the program in time.

I was still a bit nervous... I had a doula, but she'd only worked with 2 clients who used Hypnobabies, and my husband didn't make the time to familiarize himself with the birth partner info or run through scripts with me... (I don't recommend doing things the way I did, but I do want to reassure people who can't do things exactly like you are supposed to that the program may still work, anyway!). Although, I had a fast, easy birth, not sure what might have happened with a longer labor.

The day before my daughter was born, I saw my midwife, who asked if I wanted my membranes stripped. I was going to decline, but it was 5 days after my guess date and they said they would have to induce at 42 weeks, so I decided this was preferable to being given any drugs. It worked!

After cramping all night, I had bloody show and pressure waves began at 8:30 the next morning. They were 4-6 minutes apart. We called our doula, who said it sounded like early labor and asked me to call back if they intensified. My husband and I went for a walk, pressure waves intensified and we called the doula again at noon. She advised me to eat some fruit( I also had miso soup) and she arrived at 12:45. She still said it was early labor, so I put on my birthing day affirmations and kept walking up and down stairs and around the house.

I needed to lie down, so I listened to the easy first stage track and tried to relax. Pressure waves were 1 1/2 to 3 minutes apart. Our doula agreed it was time to go. My midwife said we could come to her office first. The car ride was hard, but I was listening to the easy first stage track during the half hour drive, which helped. The midwife said I was 7 cm dilated and we went to the hospital. Our nurse was great, dimming the lights, avoiding any mention of pain and at no point was I offered an epidural. Absolutely everything went according to my birth plan -- I even skipped the IV and got to drink an electolyte drink -- although I threw up as soon as I got in the room, so I didn't want that much of it.

They had to monitor the baby for 20 minutes when I got there. My water broke, they said I was 10cm. I only had a few moments of panic( then I realized it was because everything was happening so fast, I forgot to listen to Hypnobabies!). Once we put it on, I literally felt all of the tension disappear and was very relaxed! I never needed to use eyes open hypnosis because I didn't have the time to get out of bed! The midwife showed up, I needed to push, and after an hour total in the hospital, my daughter was born!

It was the best experience of my life! I keep reliving it and I feel really lucky!  We were all doing so well that we left the hospital after just 24 hours!
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Thanks to RaeAnna from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group for sharing her inspirational birth story with us. 

I hope it's an encouragement to anyone who has a disbelieving midwife or OB.  YOUR BIRTHING TIME CAN AND WILL HAPPEN!!!

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Nicholas “Christian”
Hypnobabies Birth
July 14th, 2009 2:50am

To start this story, here is a brief explanation of some “red flags” in my health during the last trimester of my pregnancy.  I put “red flags” in parentheses because those were the words from a midwife concerning my risks of a natural birth.  I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and although I always controlled it well and had wonderful NSTs (measuring the baby’s heartrate) and BPPs (ultrasounds to make sure everything was ok) they still had to be on the cautious side of the risks in my pregnancy.

The midwives in the Vanderbilt practice are required to work under a board of doctors who usually recommend gestational diabetes patients to be induced at 38 weeks.  My midwife was able to approve a hold on any induction until 40 weeks since everything was well controlled and looked great.  I hoped all through my last  trimester that my baby would come early and we would never have to consider an induction. However, my due date of July 6th came and I felt it was the safest to oblige their recommendations and go in for an induction 2 days later.

(July 8th at 7:30pm.)

Induction Attempt #1


We arrived at the hospital that night and I was given an IV of Pitocin.  I had to spend several days preparing myself and   my fears of an induction because it really was going against everything I wanted for a natural childbirth.  After months of  preparing for a natural childbirth with Hypnobabies, I felt that I was letting myself down by going through with the  induction – but I also knew I needed to be responsible to my baby and listen to the advice of the midwives.

My Bishop’s score was between an 8 and 9 so I felt like I had a lot going for me and we would be able to work everything  out for a great birth – even if it meant I had to have Pitocin.  I was a good 5cm dilated and 70% effaced when we started the drugs.  For 10 hours I was hooked up to the medicine and the nurses were increasing the dosage every 30 minutes.

At 5:00am I was maxed out at 20mL and nothing was working. I was not in active labor although I was having a few  pressure waves (contractions.)  The advice from the midwife was to basically start from scratch and give me the Pitocin at smaller dosages again to see if something would happen.

Fast forward to 7:30am.  There was a shift change in midwives and my new midwife came in to talk about what we needed to do since NOTHING was working!!!  I never felt any strong pressure waves (contractions) the WHOLE NIGHT!  The midwife began talking about how sometimes this is common.  She recommended that we stay and continue to try other methods – breaking my water, continuing the Pitocin – but that realistically that would probably lead to a C-section since I was no more dilated or effaced.  She also talked about how she had a patient try an induction 3 times before the Pitocin worked.

When she mentioned that patient I perked up and said “so you let her go home all those times?????”  I knew right then I would NOT stay at the hospital and that we would all go home and wait for my little man to come on his own time!!!!

Heading Home To Wait


We were discharged from the hospital as a “failed induction” against
the board of doctor’s recommendations to stay.  I just knew I was not
putting my baby at any high risk by waiting a few days to see what
would happen.  To please the doctor’s and midwives, I scheduled follow
up appointments to keep monitoring the baby’s well being.  This was
Thursday morning, July 9th – my next appointment would be Monday, July
13th to check on the baby.  I did kick counts every day to make sure
the baby was still active.  (Of course he was!!!)

Now it’s Monday afternoon – I’m 41 weeks pregnant.  I went to my
ultrasound to check on the baby.  The ultrasound did pick up some
calcification of the placenta and low amniotic fluid.  These are
pretty big concerns in the health of the baby.  The technician also
said my baby was weighing in at 9lbs 14oz although measurements can be
off a pound or so.  The midwife that discharged me from the hospital
last week called several hours later very concerned about the reports
on the ultrasound so I decided that it would be best to go back in
that night for another induction.

We left our house at 8:00pm Monday, July 13th – this time we would
come back home with a baby……..but in my mind I felt that it probably
would be by a C-section.  My heart was broken.  The only consolation I
had was that my pressure waves were getting stronger over the weekend.
I was taking a homeopathic to help bring the pressure waves on
stronger and I also took a dose of castor oil earlier in the day to
try to help things along on their own.  I thought maybe there was a
chance I could still have a natural childbirth – I just felt like I
was running out of time! :)

Refusing a Cesarean - Trying Induction 1 More Time


The midwife on call that night was pretty doubtful that I would go
into labor on my own – or even that I could have my baby naturally.
She highly recommended we go ahead and schedule the C-section but I
refused.  She agreed to let us wait a little while before starting
Pitocin and allowed me to try nipple stimulation while hooked up to an
NST since I was having pressure waves at 6-7 minutes apart.

Awesome Hypno-Doula Heather



Fortunately, there was another couple in their birthing time down the hall that needed the midwives more than I did so we didn’t see the midwife for 4 hours!!!  The nurse with us was wonderful at keeping track of my pressure waves and allowing me just to focus on my own.  I had my mom, husband and doula in the room with me and everything was very quiet and peaceful.  I was able to remain mostly “off” (a hypnosis term) during those 4 hours.  Since things were progressing, no one ever came in to start Pitocin!  I was finally in my birthing time on my own!!!!

The last part of those 4 hours were the most intense.  The pressure waves were coming one right after the other.  I didn’t realize, but I was actually in the transformation stage (transition) at that  time!
The nurse helped me into the shower to let the hot water help relax
and calm me.  The only position that allowed me to remain “off” was on
the toilet, in the shower or walking around.  At one point, my doula
came into the bathroom when she heard me grunt.  I thought I was
pooping from the castor oil, but she could tell it was more than just
a bowel movement!  She called the midwife in to check me.

Having to lay on the bed was very difficult – laying down was NOT comfortable!
When she checked me, my husband said she had a very puzzled look on
her face!  She didn’t say anything until my doula called out “what is
she??????”

The midwife looked around and said, “well, she’s complete!  She’s
dilated to 10, all the way effaced and thin, the baby is at a +3
position and I can feel the bag of waters!”

That’s all I needed to hear – I immediately said “I need to turn
around!!!”  I got on all 4s to be comfortable and the pushing urges
started!  It took only 40 minutes to push my baby out!  All the while
we had the Pushing Your Baby Out CD track playing.

Everyone was ASTOUNDED!!!


My mom said it became like a circus in the room.
Several different nurses and doctors were standing at the back of the
room watching everything happen.  They were very respectful and quiet
– I never heard a sound.  I think my mom was able to help keep the
atmosphere calm and relaxed to match the music and talking on the CD.

I loved being able to listen to the cues while I was pushing out my
baby.  I never felt any pain or discomfort.  It was actually a feeling
of relief to push out my baby!!!  I was the first to touch his head as
it came out!  The student midwife kept warm compresses on my perineum
and the midwife helped coach me if I was pushing too hard.  They never
had to tell me to push because my body knew instinctively when it
needed to happen.

To the astonishment of the whole room (and later to find out – pretty much the whole hospital) was that my baby boy was 10lbs, 10oz and 21 and ½ inches long!!!

I credit Hypnobabies to the incredible success of my birthing story!!!

The best part was being able to relax myself during the difficult
transformation stage and allow my body to go limp and loose.  When I
did, I could feel him drop down farther into my birthing canal.  It
was not a pleasant feeling, but it was empowering!  

I just can’t believe I was able to have the birth I’ve dreamed of when there was so
much stacked against me with the gestational diabetes complications
and previous failed induction!

This was the best experience of my whole life!!!  I truly believe that
the Lord answered the many prayers that we prayed over the past week.
I also think my little boy’s guardian angel must have been working
extra hours to make sure the doctor’s didn’t mess up his entrance into
this world!!! :-)

The student midwife that was attending my birth came to me the next
day to check how everything was going.  She told me that the she and
the midwife thought the other couple they were attending to would
certainly have their baby a lot sooner than I would – which is why
they never came back into my room until my doula called on them!!!  I
think this experience was great for her as she enters her field of
midwifery practice.  Now she can recommend the program after seeing
such a successful Hypnobabies experience!

THANK YOU HYPNOBABIES for the education and empowerment to have an easy, comfortable, safe and fast childbirth!  I can’t wait to do it again!

We now have a beautiful, healthy little boy!

Nicholas “Christian”
10lbs, 10oz, 21 ½ inches long
Born: 2:50am at Vanderbilt Hospital
NO DRUGS OF ANY KIND!!!!!  PRAISE GOD!

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RaeAnna
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Well, things didn't go quite as planned but thanks to Hypnobabies and a bit of concentration and focus, my new baby and I had a wonderful birth experience.
I came into hospital 12 days overdue on Tuesday evening and my birthing time began almost as soon as the first dose of prostaglandin gel went in (about 8pm) with birthing waves coming every 7 mins. I put on easy first stage and deepening and slept between waves  until 1am when i woke to the pop of my waters breaking and waves at 2 mins apart, lasting 40-50 seconds each.

 

The midwife came and checked me and I had gone from nothing to 4cm in 4 hours so I thought he was going to arrive soon! Waves stayed close together, increasing in intensity from then on.

At 6am I was up to 6cm, OB came in at 10am and I was 8cm.   Still completely in control although i was experiencing quite manageable discomfort, no worse than diarrhea type cramps i didn't think, although much more intense. My 2 midwives (and 2 medical students) were amazed that I was laughing and joking in between waves and even asked for a copy of my birth video to show "how it can be done" and if I could speak to their antenatal classes! They were all very interested in Hypnobabies all of a sudden and said I was so focused and in the zone and 98% of women they've seen could not do what I was doing. All of this was making me even more confident.

I managed 22 hours active labour without medication very well, ahh-ing through contractions and leaning on my husband, but when I had stayed at 8cm for 7 hours we knew something was wrong and a quick ultrasound showed his 36cm head was flexed backwards and posterior and not going to come out of my pelvis the way it was. I'd been feeling intense downwards pressure with my waves which it turns out was his head pressing down on my ishcial spines but he would then go back up and couldn't engage even with my 7 hours of powerful pressure waves. So it was decided after all this that a c-section was necessary to save both our lives.

I had previously been quite worried about a cesarian but when it all happened I was completely at peace that that was the way my birthing had to go for us and it was ok. I had a pressure wave while they were putting the spinal block in and the anesthesiologist could not believe I had been at 8cm for 7 hours and could just breathe the pressure out. I had also essentially been in transition for alot of that time too (shaking/shivering and vomiting) because my body was trying so hard to push baby down.

When he was born, he cried straight away, they bought him right over for skin to skin after they let my husband cut the cord and he latched onto the breast straight away. His name is Charlie and was born 8 pound 10 ounces at 6.40pm

Thanks to Hypnobabies, Charlie and I had a wonderful birth. I can almost guarantee that if we hadn't done Hypnobabies, we both would have got distressed during the labour and I would not have been able to make such calm, informed decisions even in the event of an emergency.
Thanks Hypnobabies! Our birth video will be on YouTube in the next weeks and I'll post the link here. I think I'll be the only first-baby, induction, cesarian birth video on the web! :)

Thanks to Cindy from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group for sharing her story with us!
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I have not posted here since my first pregnancy when my 1st daughter was born in 2009 and I was using Hypnobabies but wanted to share the birth story of my second daughter because I found the power of Hypnobabies so helpful both times and especially with this birth.  And hope that it encourages all of you mamas in waiting to stick with the Hypnobabies program.

I was due on February 26th but towards the end of my pregnancy I was feeling like this baby might be coming sooner than that- I was having regular contractions during the night most nights from 37 weeks on- nothing painful or even very uncomfortable but definately noticeable.

 

This inspired me to focus on my Hypnobabies scripts even more.  I started listening to at least two per day and also listening to all the affirmations.  I even listened to the "Easy First Stage"  and "Birthing Day Affirmations" from 38 weeks on so that I had those ideas in my head.  I might say that I became a little obsessed with having a easy, fast and comfortable birthing.  I am thinking that this is my last pregnancy and birth and while the first hypnobirth with my older daughter was a really wonderful, fairly comfortable and natural, I knew I could be even MORE comfortable, relaxed etc.

One thing about my first birth was that when I had pressure waves I HAD TO be on my hands and knees.  My body just wanted to be in that position.  This was fine and I think it helped me dilate faster but I couldn't be limp and loose as the scripts recommend so I had a harder time fully relaxing at the beginning of my birthing time.  Therefore this time I really focused on telling myself that when I felt pressure sensations I would turn my light switch off and go limp.  This ended up being a HUGE help.

On the night on Feb. 21st my husband had a cold and I suggested he take some nighttime cold medicine to help him sleep.  He wasn't sure if he should because he didn't want to be out of it if I went into labor.  I told him it was fine- I wasn't really feeling anything and I had been swimming and walking that day in hopes of encouraging baby to make an appearance but really wasn't feeling anything.  So he made the medicine, drank it and as soon as the last drop went down I felt my first pressure wave.  NOT painful or intense at all but just enough to let me know that this might be real- oops.

It was about 9 pm so I thought he should just go right to sleep and I would try to as well.  We both laid down and I started listening to the Hypnotic Childbirth Script #1 and #2, then I put on the "Easy First Stage"  My pressure waves were at least ten minutes apart but they were definately real.  I focused on Kerry's suggestion that each wave was like a big warm hug and I pictured my 18 month old daughter hugging my belly tight with each one and I was actually smiling through these because it did feel loving and exciting.

Sometime around midnight I fell asleep- truly a testament to how relaxed I felt while listening to the scripts.  I woke up sometime around 4 am and had to go to the bathroom several times in between pressure waves that was a strange feeling because I thought about pushing later.  By now I knew this was real but I kept listening to the "Easy First Satge" and waiting to wake up my husband because I figured we still had a long time.  I wasn't timing the pressure waves but thought they were fairly short despite being intense.  Eventually the pressure waves were only very low in my abdomen and started feeling strong in my lower back as well- but I still thought they were short- maybe too short for me to far along but I decided to use an online contraction calculator.  I was surprised to see that it was already after 6am at this point and after timing four pressure waves in a row I realized that they were lasting 1 minutes and 30 seconds at least and were consistently three minutes apart.

I woke up my husband to say that we needed to go the hospital.  He immediately started getting everything ready.  Including calling our friend to babysit our daughter and calling the doctors answering service to say we were on the way.  I made him call back and tell them to page my doctor specifically because the baby was coming soon- I suddenly felt- and we wouldn't have time for them to page her once we got there.  By the time we got everything together and our friend showed up I was getting a little worried about actually getting down the stairs and into the car- the pressure waves were very low in my pelvis and back and I thought that I might be in transition already.

We made it into the car with me stopping four times along the way to lay on the floor on the pillow I brought from my bed.  The ride to the hospital was about ten minutes and by the time we got there I was already feeling like I wanted to push.  We got into labor and delivery- I was already 7cm and they started setting up the table for delivery.  My doctor got there and I told her how much I wanted to push.  She suggested that they break my water bag, so I agreed.  She did and within a minute or so I was complete.

4 contractions/pushes later I was holding my baby girl!!!  Less than an hour after arriving at the hospital.  Two days later I feel great- I haven't been very sore at all and I still can't believe how wonderfully that went.  The last hour was intense but to think I slept through half of my labor is amazing!

Thank you Hypnobabies and best of luck to all you mamas.

Thanks to Meghan from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group for sharing her birth story with us.
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I have loved reading the birth stories of other Hypnomoms as I prepared for the birth of my daughter, Miranda, who arrived January 9th.  Thanks to everyone on this list who posted questions, encouragement and birth stories.  At last, it is my turn to share my Hypnobabies birth story.

She was born at 39 weeks, 5 days on a Sunday night during a snowstorm.  For the previous two nights I felt what I thought were PW’s in the evening but they always stopped when I laid down for bed at night.  So, on Sunday when I felt the sensations again, I did not think it was my birthing time yet and just continued cleaning up the dinner dishes.  However, the waves continued to come so around 7 PM I started timing them with an app on my iPad.   I laid down to turn my lightswitch off and immediately moved to center position so that I could track the waves.

I handled them beautifully for the first hour and a half—while listening to Birthing Day Affirmations I played with my son, folded laundry, sat on my birth ball and rocked side to side, and logged each PW into my iPad.   I also used the “open, open, open” cue a lot.

There was no consistency to the length or interval between waves so I assumed I had a long way to go even though they were getting stronger. I contacted my doula at 7:40 PM and she said to keep watching them until they were consistently one minute in length.  I didn’t call the doctor yet. I switched to Easy First Stage when they got stronger.

Around 8:30 I couldn’t play with my son any longer—all I wanted to do was lay on the bed in the dark.   I also longed for the support of my doula—my DH did not learn any of the Hypnobabies cues and I wanted some help from someone who knew how to help me stay relaxed.

Since things were happening so fast, we couldn’t wait for my mom to come get my 3 year-old son.  All three of us got in the car and stopped to pick up our doula on the way to the hospital because of the snowstorm.  (My husband had to put my son's boots and coat on since I was focusing only on myself by that time.  I was so calm during my early PW's that I had gathered and laid out all of my son's winter gear--which my husband never would have found since it was scattered all over the place!)

We must have left our apartment around 9:30 or so.  I couldn’t walk to the car without stopping for each PW—I would get down on my hands and knees and sway with the wave, I also used “open, open, open” and “peace” cues.  I was so proud of myself for handling it on my own and knowing to just do whatever my body needed to get through the wave.   My doula called my doctor in the car and she said she was on her way.

It was a tough ride to the hospital because the waves were so strong and I was kind of scrunched up in the front seat in an uncomfortable position.  My water broke in the car and then again in the wheelchair they used to bring me inside.  My doula escorted me to a delivery room and protected me from questions and monitoring devices while I finished getting through a PW.

Then, she helped me into a gown and as I sat on the bed I told them the baby was about to come out.  They didn’t believe me and my doula had to literally show them that the baby’s head was crowning.  (Afterwards, one of the nurses said “you were so calm!”).   Obviously, my doctor was not going to make it in time due to the weather and the speed of my birthing.

A second year resident ended up catching the baby.  The pressure was incredibly strong, but I was OK.  I felt each part of her come out of me and it truly was like she was sliding out.  The entire time I knew I was safe and had no fears.  Positive thoughts were in my mind, even at the most intense moments I could hear positive messages comforting me and giving me everything I needed to deliver my baby.  My doula was amazing—there was no time for scripts but she helped me with the peace cue and also encouraged me to blow out during the strongest pressure waves so that I wouldn’t have the baby in the car.  She was born at 10:01 PM, just five minutes after we arrived at the hospital.

Another awesome thing was that I was able to say everything I wanted when I got to the hospital.  I told them I only wanted a hep-lock and not IV fluids; I told them I wanted to wear my hospital gown open in the front so that I could hold the baby right away when she was born on my bare abdomen.  The number one thing I wanted, if nothing else, was to hold her immediately, and I was able to express that and it happened!

It was the most incredible feeling and I have Kerry  and Hypnobabies to thank for this most precious moment.

Miranda breastfed within 20 minutes or so and did it twice on both breasts before we left the delivery room.  It was magical.  Thank you Hypnobabies for a beautiful birth!

Thanks to Kate, a mom from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group for sharing her story with us!
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