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Our Beautiful Birth Story
The arrival of our precious little girl finally came about! Mina was born on Wednesday evening, June 25th at 9:23 at Bethesda North Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio. “Mina” is pronounced [Mee-nah). Mina weighed 8 pounds and 10 ounces. She came in at 22 inches long! She came straight out with an impressive big cry out to the universe and to her very happy and relieved parents. “I’m here!” We were so happy to see her little toes and her little fingers and her impressive head of hair, beautiful little face. It was the most precious moment of our entire lives.
Mina went all the way up to being two weeks past her estimated due date. I spent the final two weeks getting acupuncture, massage, private hypnosis, reiki and chiropractic care to get the labor started. I bought a Baby Come Out CD from Hypnbabies and started listening to it. I played my Hypnobabies tracks all night long on my i-pod. I was very dedicated to waiting for spontaneous labor. At our 42 week appointment we had an ultrasound to confirm that we were ok to continue to wait for spontaneous labor. The ultrasound indicated that our baby was still healthy and doing well but that she was in breech position. We were very shocked as it had seemed Mina was in an ideal position for birth up to this point. After we found out that Mina was breech and that my water had already broken with the days of mild labor, we left the doctor’s office and went straight to the hospital where our wonderful doctor performed our medical miracle c-section.
Our birth story is still a beautiful one. It is a different story than we had imagined it would be but it turned out just the way it was supposed to. My husband and I had taken Sharon’s Hypnobirthing classes, Bradley Method Classes and the homestudy Hypno-Birthing course. We were planning a beautiful unmedicated birth with self hypnosis. What we got was a medical miracle in the form of a c-section. We still had our self hypnosis techniques in place and we still had our Doula and our wonderful doctor we had chosen because he is the best doc around for natural birth in this area. These were all things we STILL had even though there was a major change in the way things played out.
While we were disappointed that we didn’t get to have the natural birth story we had so desired we were very excited to see our little girl. We are now just so happy that Mina is safe and sound and that she is in our arms and we used self hypnosis to help with the c-section process. It was very helpful throughout the pregnancy, in the fearful hours before the c-section, during and after the c-section. It really helped with the spinal and with the anxiety before and during the procedure. Having a c-section was actually one of my worst fears and I had worked in the private hypnosis session to help deal with this fear. This was very helpful. It is also helping me cope with my recovery now and with breast feeding which was a bit of a struggle after the c-section but which is going really well now!
We are so happy that we had the knowledge and skills from our birth education experience. We are planning a future vbac. Our C-section was done in such a way by our request to make this possible. I will use self hypnosis and all that I learned in my wonderful classes for our next birth. I feel like I grew as a person and that this experience was made more beautiful by the fact that I had more knowledge and tools to use for an event that came up that I had never expected.
We are so very blessed and happy and in love with our little girl and happy to share with you her beautiful birth story because it was so beautiful and such a blessed event that has changed our lives forever.
Blessings and Best Wishes to all you Hypno-Moms and Dads and to your Hypno-Babies and remember the hypnosis is not to be used JUST for the ideal birth scenario. When a change of plans comes it is just as important to use your skills and to remain positive. All beautiful birth stories are not the same. That’s why we love to read them! They are all different and all beautiful just like our little babies!
Bridget, Eric and Mina Shen