Dear Hypnobabies, I just want to say thank you. I am 36 weeks pregnant and have been doing your course ever since I was 20 weeks. Even though my birthing time is still weeks away, I couldn’t have gotten this far without you.
When I first found out we were pregnant I cried with tears of joy… Not long after I began crying tears of fear. I had started researching pregnancy and childbirth and came across blog after blog, link after link of horrible experiences and stories. I was terrified. It didn’t help that I work with a staff full of women who have all had children and (bless their hearts) thought it would be a good idea to share their birthing stories with me. Words like epidural and c-section seemed to be the most common. At least that’s what stuck in my head. So I started searching for positive birth experiences and even those were tough to find. Until, I found a link to Hypnobabies. After reading one women’s birthing story about it being comfortable, I was sold. I purchased the course and started studying right away. I did each section for 2 weeks instead of 1 since I started so early. I am so thankful I started when I did.
Creating my Bubble of Peace was the most important thing I could have done for my pregnancy. I find the worst part of pregnancy is not the “morning sickness” or being “uncomfortable” (I hate always being asked if I’m uncomfortable… I’m not. If anything it’s just awkward at times), but people’s comments. The stories and the comments are the hardest for me and my Bubble of Peace has helped me so much. I have continued to stay active while pregnant and I have actually had people express their concern about me losing my baby (when I was 28 weeks). I have also had people go into detail about their birthing day without being asked. And it isn’t the type of birthing story I want to hear. But I have a hard time saying how I feel, so instead I just let it bounce off my bubble and it actually helps strengthen it. These people have made my bubble so strong that I am determined to have the birth I want. And if I don’t, then at least I know I did everything possible to try.
Hypnobabies also helped me choose the right type of care I needed during my pregnancy. I was seeing an OB until I started my course, which is when I realized I needed to switch my care. When I spoke to my doctor about my birth plan, she wasn’t on board for most of my wishes. Saying that it wasn’t part of their protocol, or that she wasn’t comfortable with me birthing in that position, she also told me that she would definitely ask me if I needed anything for the pain, it’s just part of her routine. I feel like if I am in that much pain, I will ask for it… no? I don’t need to be reminded; I know that those options are there. I also told her about my prenatal course, Hypnobabies, and she said it seemed “weird”.
I went online again (I’ve never used google so much in my life) and found the phone number to my local midwife group. I was put on a list since I had called late in my pregnancy but was able to get seen and now I have a wonderful midwife who fully understands and supports my plan. I am not naive, I know that my birth plan may not go the way I want, but I want someone to support my wishes and to try.
I will write about my birth experience but I just wanted to let you know that Hypnobabies works. Regardless of what my birthing experience ends up like, it helped me get to the day with confidence. I was terrified of this day and now I couldn’t be more excited. I am so interested to go through this amazing process of bringing a tiny little human being into the world. I look forward to my pressure waves and birthing day. Our bodies were made to do this.
Thank you Hypnobabies.
Sincerely, Michelle Kobzik, a pregnant woman excited for birth