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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Birth Story of Henry James

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Part 1 - How Hypnobabies Helped me Prepare

Part 2 - Birthing Time at Home

Part 3 - Video Clips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
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You see Natalie using different positions;

  • standing

  • walking the hospital halls

  • remaining relaxed and comfortable during her Birthing Time

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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