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Charlotte's Snow Storm Hypnobabies Birth on Super Bowl Sunday

"I really enjoyed practicing all the Hypnobabies techniques and I started to feel more and more confident about how our birth would go."

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Melanas husbandMy husband and I decided soon after we got pregnant that we wanted to have a natural birth with little interventions. After some research, we found a midwife and she suggested we use Hypnobabies! We started the courses at 34 weeks. I really enjoyed practicing all the Hypnobabies techniques and I started to feel more and more confident about how our birth would go.

I woke up at midnight on February 1, 2015 to use the bathroom. I noticed that my water seemed to be leaking slowly. I called my midwife after sitting around anxiously for hours while having very mild pressure waves. I finally called my midwife around 4:30 am and told her that I thought my water was leaking and I was having small pressure waves. We knew a snow storm was coming our way so she said she would leave soon. She lived an hour away, so she left as soon as possible and arrived finally just before 8am. My husband and I live with my parents, but we had all planned that once I would go into labor, my parents would get a hotel for the day and give us some privacy. Well the snow storm that was coming snowed them in, along with my older brother, his girl friend, and my younger brother. My sister called around 5am to ask if her and her husband could come up for the birth (they live two hours away). I told her, "why not", and they came up as soon as they could in the snow. So, our plan for an empty house didn't happen, my entire immediate family was present!
New FamilyWhile waiting for my midwife and her assistant to arrive, I labored on the birthing ball and my husband blew up the birthing tub. I listened to my Birthing Day Affirmations CD as well as my Hypno Anestesia CD. I was able to relax and breathe through each pressure wave easily. My husband held my hand as the pressure waves grew more intense. I kept picturing my special safe place and felt very calm. Soon after my midwife arrived, the power went out and the house got cold quickly- especially since we live downstairs. So, with the power out and the tub not filled, my dad started calling around for a generator. We live in the country so we had a farmer family friend that had one and a large truck to get through the snow to us. Again, I remained calmed and focused on each pressure wave instead of focusing on the chaos of trying to get the generator hooked up. My dad and husband got the hot water heater going with the generator and started filling up the birthing tub. By this time, my pressure waves were strong enough that the heat of the birthing tub sounded nice. After filling the tub up once, it was only 85 degrees and my midwife then told my dad it had to be 102 degrees. So he attempted to empty the tub with a water transfer that would suction the water out quickly so we could add more hot water. The transfer pump was broken, so he and my husband started to take the water out with a saucepan and 5 gallon bucket. I still remained calm and just watched them as I labored on the birthing ball- craving the heat of the water!! After a second fill up of the tub, the water still wasn't warm enough and they had to repeat the process again. Third time was the charm and the water was finally warm enough to get in! By this time it was around 1pm and I had been waiting for the tub for a few hours. The heat felt good and I sat back and held my husband's hand as I labored. I started to have that "bear down" feeling, so I started to push. I stared making the "OHHH-AHHH" sound to help my cervix open. My midwife then checked me and informed me that I wasn't ready to push, so I had to get on all fours in the tub to stop my body from wanting to push. I was in the tub for about an hour when the water got too cold (because the power was still out) and I got out. Since we were in the basement, with no bathroom, I had to take many trips upstairs where my whole family was- watching the Superbowl! My midwife had me labor on the toilet for a while, then back downstairs to walk around and labor standing up. My birthing waves were 5 minutes apart the whole day! I did some lunges and then was moved to the upstairs shower when the power came back on. I had a few birthing waves in the shower under the hot water. I then moved back downstairs to our bedroom and got in bed. I laid on my side and the pressure waves intensified, I still remained saying "OHHH-AHHH" through each wave. After some time on my side, I felt like I needed to push really hard, so I bared down and WHOOOOSH! My water broke, finally! It was 8pm by now. I now started to imagine my baby moving down the birth canal and out. My midwife had me move to all fours on our bed and I continued to push with each birthing wave. Each wave reminded me that I was that much closer to meeting our baby! I was getting so excited because we didn't know what we were having. With each wave I told myself to let my body do it's thing and naturally my body was baring down so hard. The last pressure wave I had, had started to end and I told myself that that was the last one and willed my body back into a contraction and there she was!! My sister had come in just minutes before Charlotte was born and had gotten a video of her crowning and being born! I was still on all fours so they slipped our baby under me so I could see. I frantically started looking to see what we had. Once I saw, I didn't say a thing but smiled and laid down. They placed our girl on my chest and I looked around to see my sister and husband both crying. I was so in shock and excitement! Charlotte latched on quickly and nursed easily. She was 7lbs 14 oz, and 20 inches long! She was born at 9:18pm, just after the Superbowl ended! My whole family was waiting outside the room once they heard Charlotte's first cry and they all got to meet her right away. It was so special to have everyone there, and it honestly didn't bother me one bit while I labored! It was an amazing experience, even with all the hiccups!

Hypnobabies was such an awesome tool during my pregnancy and birth. During my pregnancy, Hypnobabies built up my confidence about how the birth would go. During the birth, I was able to remain calm and relaxed during the chaos of the day. Not once did I feel afraid or worried. I took advantage of the CDs to stay calm and they really put me at ease.


PS. I attached a picture of my husband's face while I labored, as well a picture of my husband and I right after she was born, two skin to skin pictures of Charlotte and I and a professional picture of Charlotte.
Melana skin to skin


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Kevin's version of Violet's Birth

Thank you to Rachel McNamara of Lowcountry Hypnobabies for sharing this with us.

It's great to hear a dad's perspective!

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RachelThe Origin

My wife had our first son the standard way, lying in a hospital bed with an epidural, as expected. We'd attended and paid close attention during birthing class, and even memorized and rehearsed the breathing exercises. That was a fortunate decision on our part, as the epidural didn't work. Those breathing exercises provided the only slim relief during the very long process. Throw in a large regimen of pitocin, serious back labor, and many many hours of misery and you have our wonderful baby boy exiting his wrecked mother after 34 hours. Clearly, medicine was not the way forward. We decided to find a structured alternative to what was both expensive and miserably ineffective.

The Decision

My wife is a researcher tried and true, and after weighing all the options she could find, we came down to Bradley versus HypnoBabies. My mother had seven kids using Bradley, so we didn't doubt its efficacy. However, the schedule for the instruction programs available were probably the primary thing pushing us towards the latter, as my wife worked an odd schedule. How fortunate. Hypnobabies is designed based on clinically-developed therapeutic methods for people with allergies to anesthesia, and the program in general seem quite well presented and structured. So we ordered the packet.

The Preparations

The course was remarkably straightforward, with reading assignments for both mom and me. While I procrastinated both due to some skepticism and a lingering aversion to homework (what, I'm an Engineer, I've done my time), it really was a quick read. We slowly worked hypnosis rehearsals into her daily schedule and also before bed for both of us. We learned that even if you don't hypnotize yourself like me, lying in bed with the CDs playing knocked me right out. Do figure out how to play the tracks singly, otherwise you'll be waking up every thirty minutes. Over time I really began to appreciate the calming effects it was having on my wife, both in general and when I read the scripts for her. She even tried to hypnotize me and several other family members. I'm glad that it worked better on her than others, but I kept my faith in her.

The Version

Our daughter decided that she wasn't about to turn head down in the last month before birth, and we decided that she was wrong. The obstetrician recommended an "external version" in which he would basically crank on that belly until baby flipped, a procedure normally done with an epidural due to the significant pain involved. The very experienced and skilled doctor was skeptical of this hypnosis mumbo-jumbo, but recognized that an epidural was just a waste of good drugs and tubing on my wife. He brought all the student nurses he could find so that they could see both this somewhat rare procedure and whether Hypnobabies was worth its weight.

1. This procedure was ridiculous to watch and left my wife with one very beaten-up belly
2. She was perfectly calm and comfortable the whole time
3. The medical staff was dumbfounded. I'm not exaggerating. Our doctor was sold on Hypnobabies.

The Baby

Our daughter came on her own damn time, which was clearly foreshadowing, but regardless we spent the first nine hours of birthing waves at home, doing a lot of walking. Since my wife is very short-waisted, I would apply pressure to the top of her tailbone/hips if the intensity was significant. Learn how to do this. Once the timing got down to below five minutes, we headed to the hospital so that we could walk around some more for three hours waiting for a room with a tub. The ONLY time there was any pain is when the hospital insisted that she lie on her back for fetal monitoring. Learn how to say "no" to this, make them do it in a comfortable position for MOM, not the tech.
I held a briefing for the staff that was to be assigned to us, describing our comfort management plan. "Oh, she's the hypnosis lady... I heard about her!" That was nice to hear. Once in the room we spent a while on the birthing ball, about 90 minutes in the tub, and then the OB showed up for a pelvic. To our surprise, it was time to push! 20 minutes or so later, the water finally broke and out came baby with a lot of noise from mom's super-omming but again, no pain. Again, a very impressed medical staff and a healthy baby after a mere 16 hours of basically completely comfortable labor.

The Recovery

What recovery? My wife was up moving about on her own, packing up to move to an overnight room within 30 minutes. She had basically no ill effects that a few ibuprofen couldn't handle. Bring your own, as it is far cheaper.

Lessons Learned

1. There is no reason to be skeptical or daunted. This program is very straightforward but genuinely rooted in sound practice.
2. Be a man and take charge of the room. Mom has her business, everything else needs to revolve around her plan, and that's your job. Keep the negativity out of the room, keep the noise out of the room, keep the lights low.
3. Eat ahead of time. Mom can do the same. The only reason they push that fasting nonsense is in preparation for general anesthesia during surgery, and even that is a ridiculously small risk. But seriously: eat.
4. Learn about back-labor relief if your wife is short waisted. Do it.
5. Really learn and memorize your cues for her. Let everyone know that they don't need to assume that she's in pain, because she'll tell you if she is. Noise =/= pain.
6. Bring your own ibuprofen.
7. Have some way of playing the birthing day tracks on hand... speakers are good but an iPod in a ziploc baggie is as well.
8. Be prepared to be amazed.


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Everyday Attachment
Lauren Porter, PhD on Peggyomara.com

"The fear that responding to a baby’s every need will reinforce needy behavior and produce dependence is a myth; in fact, the opposite is true"

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The hallmarks of attachment security are availability, responsiveness, and sensitivity; hence, it is not just the presence of the parent, but the quality of the parental response—the parent’s emotional availability and sensitivity—that form the heart of a child’s security. When a baby is cared for in a wholly sensitive way, a secure relationship will likely develop and form a foundation of health to underpin the child’s entire life.

Babies who have an attuned, sensitive, and responsive caregiver more skillfully and joyfully negotiate the world. They are happier, less stressed, more engaged; they recover more quickly from fearful or upsetting experiences; and they are more confident and relaxed in social situations.

The fear that responding to a baby’s every need will reinforce needy behavior and produce dependence is a myth; in fact, the opposite is true. Research shows that children who are consistently soothed and comforted and whose emotional needs are dependably met are the ones who emerge with the stability and independence we seek to promote. The remainder of this informative artilce can be read HERE.
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Estimating the Estimated Due Date
By Trina Hampton for Pathways to Family Wellness

“I’m due on May 27th!” I was told enthusiastically by a friend who just found out she was pregnant. It took more than a little effort to mask my cringe and share her joy.

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Little did she know that within hours of her positive pregnancy test, she had already given in to one of the biggest misnomers of pregnancy—the “due date,” also referred to as the EDD, for estimated due date. This is the very first thing to be determined once a pregnancy has been confirmed. On the outset, this seems like a reasonable practice. Parents want to know when to expect their baby, and healthcare providers need to have a time line with which to measure the baby’s growth and well-being. Please read the entire article HERE.
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Thank you to Hypno-Mom Michelle for sharing her beautiful birth story with us!

"Hypnobabies was a huge help throughout my pregnancy and definitely helped me through my birthing time."

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Lux skin to skin
"I can’t even count the number of birth stories I read in order to prepare myself for my own. I am writing this not only for my own memory but for others who are interested in natural child birth."

I was really fortunate to have a comfortable pregnancy but on Monday, March 23rd I had a horrible night of sleep. I kept tossing and turning, and I remember saying to Mike “it took me long enough but I finally feel uncomfortable”. Moments later (5:30 am) I went to the bathroom and something came out of me that I could only describe as a jelly fish (sorry for the detail, but this is a birth story after all).

I did what I did throughout the rest of my pregnancy when I had a question… I googled it. Turns out I had lost my mucous plug. I texted my mom to confirm Dr.Google’s answer and then waited. Soon my pressure waves started (pressure waves are contractions). I started listening to my hypnobabies birth day affirmations to prepare myself for what I was about to experience. After that Mike began to time my pressure waves and when they were 5 minutes apart for 1 minute long and getting stronger by the hour we called (7:30am). My midwife had been on holidays the week before and I had originally visualized my birth to happen over the March Break but when I found out she wouldn’t be available I immediately told our child not to come out until after Sunday, March 22nd. Turns out her timing couldn’t have been more perfect. One of the midwives came out to assess me and then we just waited for the pressure waves to get stronger and closer together. When that happened (they were 3:1:1) we met my midwife at the hospital (she had just came back on call) and continued to labour there (11 am).

I got into the tub but it slowed down my birthing time, which got me a little frustrated, but it quickly picked back up. I had practiced hypnobabies throughout my pregnancy but when I got to the hospital I just kind of went with the flow and did whatever I felt like my body needed to do. I spent every pressure wave with my face buried into pillows and my butt in the air, kind of like an ostrich with it’s head stuck in the ground. I tried switching my position throughout my pressure waves but I always went back to this one.

I can’t remember what time it was but I remember puking and thinking yes, finally! Because I knew puking was a good sign, it meant I was close to transition or maybe that I was in transition (entering the next birthing stage). My pressure waves grew quite strong and Mike (my husband & birth coach) was amazing at getting me through them. He just kept telling me I was doing great, he loved me, and that I could do this.
Lux sleeping
My membranes had still not ruptured (my water was not breaking) and my midwife asked if I wanted her to break them. I said no. I wanted everything to happen naturally. My goal for this birth was to have as natural of a birth as possible and that was what I was going to do. Except 7:30pm rolled around, I had been labouring for roughly 15 hours, and at that point I was 9.5 cm dilated.   At this point she asked me again, and told me it could either be another 3 hours of strong pressure waves or she could rupture my membranes and it could be an hour. I gave in and told her to go for it. The minute my water broke I felt a huge sensation to push.  I began pushing immediately and pushed for 30 minutes, drinking and eating apple sauce in between pushes. Mike held my leg up for what probably felt like hours to him and I am so thankful he was right there with me. I had tried different positions for pushing in and I had originally said that I did NOT want to push on my back but after trying all fours, side lying, squatting, the only position I liked was sitting up right but on my back. As soon as I heard them say we can see her hair, look at that head of hair, that gave me all the motivation I needed and I pushed and pushed until she finally came out. There was a moment of silence after the birth and the midwives worked quickly as the cord was around her neck so they had to cut it immediately and assess her. Mike kept asking is it a girl? Is it a boy? But they didn’t answer, they wanted him to be the one to say it’s a…. GIRL! What an amazing moment. Not knowing for 9 months made that three-worded sentence the most memorable moment of my life. It only took about a minute or two and she was back on my chest skin to skin breastfeeding 5 minutes after birthing her.

My midwife was patient as I had requested to birth my placenta naturally. I was just so happy to have our little girl happy and healthy laying on my chest. After giving me that time they weighed her in at 7lbs 15 ounces, just an ounce shy of 8 lbs! They checked her out to make sure everything was okay, they checked me out to make sure I was okay, and even though I birthed on my back, I didn’t tear (woohoo!).

We spent the night in the hospital because I had a bit of a fever and it was late, we were exhausted. We kept Lux, our new daughter, in the room with us for the night even though the nurse offered to take her so we could get some sleep. The last thing I wanted was to be away from her. We went home the following day after lunch.

I will admit, the experience itself was quite intense, but I would do it all over again in a heart beat because the reward you get at the end is better than winning millions of dollars. Nothing can compare to it. It is absolutely incredible what our bodies are capable of. I have my husband to thank for being so supportive and encouraging, he helped me stay positive throughout my whole pregnancy and birthing time. I also couldn’t imagine going through a natural childbirth without my midwife. She was amazing, understanding and knew exactly what to say and do to help me get the experience I wanted. Hypnobabies was a huge help throughout my pregnancy and definitely helped me through my birthing time. I do wish I would have used the CDs a bit more while at the hospital but I don’t regret anything about Lux’s birth.
Lux and mom
“Just as a woman’s heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when & how to give birth.”  – Virginia Di Orio
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You’re Not Allowed to Not Allow Me
By Cristen Pascucci

For most women, pregnancy and childbirth are one of the few times we let other adults tell us what we are “allowed” and “not allowed” to do with our own bodies. It’s time to change our language around this to reflect the legal and ethical reality that it is the patient who chooses to allow the provider to do something—not the other way around—and to eliminate a word that has no place between true partners in care.

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The truth is that women, like all other U.S. citizens, have the right to make decisions about their bodies based on informed consent—a legal, ethical standard which requires the provider to convey all of the information around a suggested procedure or course of treatment, and the person receiving the procedure or treatments gets to decide whether or not to take that advice.  ACOG states clearly about informed consent in maternity care: “The freedom to accept or refuse recommended medical treatment has legal as well as ethical foundations. . . . In the obstetric setting, recognize that a competent pregnant woman is the appropriate decision maker for the fetus that she is carrying” (ACOG Committee on Ethics Committee Opinion No. 390 Ethical Decision Making in Obstetrics and Gynecology; Dec 2007, reaffirmed 2013). Please read the entire article HERE.
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When I mention my work as a birth doula and Kansas City Hypnobabies instructor, often women respond, “I wouldn’t choose a birth without medication! I want an epidural – I’m such a wimp!” I never thought of it that way! I’m not really much of a tough cookie myself. I recently asked Kansas City Hypno-mom, birth doula, and self proclaimed Wimp, Sunny Schaffer, about her own experience giving birth unmedicated. ~Lauren

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Unmedicated Birth Is For Wimps by Sunny Schaffer

I sat sobbing on my floor, unable to tolerate the pain, tears rolling down my rounded belly.

But I wasn’t in labor. I glanced down at my throbbing foot, certain it was broken (it never even bruised), wishing I could take something stronger than a Tylenol. As my husband dropped a bag of frozen peas in my lap, he snorted. “And you think you’re going to have a natural birth.”

My name is Sunny, and I’m a wimp. I don’t handle pain, at all. This was problematic, because I was determined to give birth without any pain medication.

While expecting my first daughter, I browsed various labor techniques and picked and chose what I liked and figured I’d try to labor naturally as long as I could. Her labor overwhelmed me. I was unprepared for the sensations I was feeling and I eventually got an epidural.

My second pregnancy, I knew I wanted a different birth experience. I decided to dig deeper into hypnosis since those techniques seemed to work best. I found Hypnobabies and signed up for a 6 week course.

Each week, we dove in depth about various education topics related to pregnancy and childbirth, and practiced our self hypnosis techniques. I practiced faithfully, and became more and more confident of my ability to comfortably birth my baby. I loved that Hypnobabies did not promise my birth would be painless, but that by using the techniques, could be comfortable. My mindset changed from “I’d like to try to…” to “I can do this!”.

My birthing time began on a warm Sunday afternoon. I had taken a bath earlier that day with my Relaxation track playing in the background, then settled in for a nap. I woke with painless waves coming exactly every 3 minutes. I thought nothing of it until I realized they were coming closer, every 2 minutes now. I could walk and talk effortlessly through them, but suddenly I knew it was go time. I called my midwife, who remarked I could come in if I wanted, but I hadn’t had any contractions during our 10 minute conversation. She was surprised when I said I’d been having them regularly, I was just comfortable. We checked into the hospital, apologizing to everyone I came across that I wasn’t sure if I was “really” in my birthing time. To my surprise, I was dilated significantly! I began using my peace cues during waves- they felt like a big, tight, warm squeeze, just as suggested in my hypnobabies scripts. Everyone who came into the room remarked that I didn’t “act” like I was in labor. I’d pause occasionally to breathe and make gentle sounds thru the increasing waves, then go right back to conversations. Looking at my doula and husband I kept asking “Is this real? Am I really doing this?!”

I napped in bed with my husband until my nurse announced I was 8cm, so I decided to hop in the tub. Suddenly, something broke my concentration and I panicked, but my husband reminded me to use my cues as an intense pressure came over me. They scrambled to turn on my Pushing Baby Out track, and just like that, my 8lb 13oz baby girl was born- quickly, peacefully, and comfortably!

I felt every sensation, I was aware and present in every moment, an active participant in my birth. I, the wimp, had enjoyed a comfortable birthing time!

Since then, my Hypnobabies techniques have seen me through injuries, dental work, doctors appointments,  2 surgeries, and even stressful days at home. The techniques I learned gave me the tools to not only enjoy a comfortable birth, but a more comfortable life.
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Hypnobabies Footling Breech Hospital Birth with Stunning Photos!
Photography by Monet Nicole, http://monetnicole.com, http://facebook.com/monetnicolebirths

"The nurse asked me to lie on my side for the anesthesia and I said “Dr. Johnson said I could try this naturally!” Her response, a defiant proclamation, “Well Dr. Johnson is not here!” My response …  I beared down and pushed with all I had ... "

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Treanna hands on belly
Treanna is a wonderful doula in Fort Collins and was planning for another home birth for her second baby. We talked about her birth with excitement and anticipation.  I think we all knew that her birth story would be a beautiful one. But little did we know how special her birth would end up being.

Instead of telling my version of the story, I'll share the photographs I took of her birth and Treanna's own words. I hope you find inspiration in her strength, beauty and determination. I know I did. 

34 weeks into my second pregnancy, we had an appointment with our midwife. We were planning a home water birth using Hypnobabies, just like we had with our son. Our midwife, Carol, told us she thought baby was presenting with head near my fundus and butt closer to my cervix, with nothing presenting at my cervix. This was frustrating news, as she does not deliver breech babies. She requested I get an ultrasound to confirm what she knew. This was disappointing, because I had not wanted any ultrasounds during this pregnancy. So after requesting we put it off a week, and spending the week trying little tricks to flip baby, I went in for that ultrasound. Sure enough, baby was breech. For the next three weeks I spent every moment I could either upside down, going to acupuncture or chiropractic appointments or lying semi-prone. We tried every rebozo trick multiple times and our little angel would treat us to a transverse moment here and there, only to settle back in happily breech. 

38 weeks rolled around and Carol helped us find a doctor in Denver who would deliver breech vaginally. We met with Dr. Johnson and just loved his warm, encouraging demeanor! A vaginal breech delivery was looking like Plan A. We were advised that breech labors can be unpredictable and fast, and with my history (3.5 hour labor with my son), we decided to stay in Denver come 39 weeks.

Thankfully, an old family friend, Bonnie, caught wind of our story and offered her spare bedroom, only ten blocks from the hospital, such a blessing!

Driving to Denver at 39 weeks, we met with Dr. Johnson again who said we should start doing what we could to get labor going. He emphasized to us the power of prayer as well. So, with every intention set of our baby’s arrival, we went out for spicy Thai food, walked around a lot and prayed. Sure enough, that evening labor began. Pressure waves were 10-15 minutes apart and a couple minutes long. This felt like it could be the day, so we went back to Bonnie’s and I hopped in the bath to try and relax so I could get some sleep. Soon, everything stopped. Needless to say, this happened five more times over the course of two weeks. We had another appointment at 40.5 weeks and we were told we only had until 41 and 2 days before baby would be coming into the world via cesarean.
Treanna and husbandThat week we had two acupuncture inductions, and my personal mantra became, “keep faith.” We were surrounded by prayer warriors throughout our church, family, and friends; and come 41 weeks and a day we decided to pull out all the stops. I put clary sage in the diffuser, ate a big breakfast, and drank 4 ounces of castor oil mixed with orange juice/baking soda over a 2-hour time span. We called Monet, birth photographer, and she drove up from Colorado Springs. All attempts at getting my doula/back up doula to Denver failed and so Monet happily took on that role as well.

Lunchtime rolled around and we ate another big meal while doing hip circles on the birth ball and Monet was rubbing my acupressure induction points. Pressure waves were now starting to become noticeable again! Just a few later and I was ready to start playing my Hypnobabies hypnosis CDs. It wasn’t long before they were 2-3 minutes apart and 45 seconds long and intense enough I was using hypnosis constantly. We waited for them to lengthen to a minute, but by 3:30pm they had not changed at all. So, before Dr. Johnson was going to go home for the day, we decided to head into the office to check my progress.
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We were informed that baby was not presenting well and back was mostly posterior, causing a band to form across my uterus during each pressure wave, resulting in “unproductive labor.” We were told to call in for a cesarean whenever we were ready.

Meanwhile, I had the idea that if we could get baby out of posterior, even if just for a few pressure waves, maybe things would become productive.  We got back to Bonnie’s by 4:30, and immediately Monet tried rebozo sifting with me on all fours. Monet’s first rebozo experience was well received, because after only three times, my pressure waves intensified and I immediately puked. This felt like transition! But that was not possible, because just 20 minutes ago when I had been checked I measured at 2-3 centimeters with a very high cervix.  So, did I just create a very irritated uterus? My husband, Jeffry, drew me a bath, we decided to see if the bath would help calm things down. Well, the bath felt great, especially with my little Levi (21 month old son) rubbing my back, but things stayed intense.  6:30 came and I decided that if this was not a means to an end, it had to be.
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Tears of defeat and failure came harshly as I asked Jeff to call in for that cesarean. I was countered by a fountain of encouragement from both him and Monet, and then I remembered my mantra, “keep faith.” I picked myself up, got dressed, and headed for the hospital, knowing I was in God’s hands and accepting this child has a plan and it is out of my control. Thankful for a short drive (as those 3 contractions were by far the toughest) we arrived at the ER, I had another pressure wave in the entryway as I hung over Jeffry swaying and moaning.  I left Jeff to fill out the intake paperwork and I went to the bathroom. Monet parked the car fast and waited for me outside the restroom. One more pressure wave on the toilet and then the next one came with the urge to push!

Sitting on the toilet, God revealed this child’s plan to me. Monet heard that tell-tale grunt, and I announced, “I’m pushy!” I thought I was announcing everything going on in my head, “I did not need that cesarean anymore, baby was on their way!” Well the entourage of 20 people and the gurney escort racing down the hallway as I am being yelled at to not push, reminded me that I had come in for a cesarean and that was still everyone else’s plan for this baby.
treanna pushing on way to orNeedless to say, I did not listen to the orders being screamed in my ear and I kept pushing. By the time they had me on the OR table, I could tell baby was presenting. The nurse asked me to lie on my side for the anesthesia and I said “Dr. Johnson said I could try this naturally!” Her response, a defiant proclamation, “Well Dr. Johnson is not here!” My response… I beared down and pushed with all I had. Apparently this convinced someone to check baby’s station. Lifting my dress, a different nurse yells, “Baby’s here! Feet first!” I said “Oh crap!,” as I knew a footling breech was dangerous, turns out that’s only true if one foot presents without the other. (My little ballet dancer knew to send both feet out together.) Then they spent a couple contractions trying to convince me to get on my back. (Everything I had read about breach birth had said it is best on all fours) I fought them on this until baby’s feet were out and this is when Monet and Jeffry finally made it into the OR, still expecting a cesarean themselves. They had been stuck outside the door waiting for scrubs and getting help putting them on.
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Treanna birthWith my husband by my side and a baby on their way out I rolled (mostly) onto my back, grabbed my legs and pushed baby’s body out. “It’s a girl, She’s a girl!” shouts one of the 30 observers and it brings me to tears. “Did someone just say SHE?!” I shout! So happy to get the news! And then I am being yelled at to push the head out, so I take a deep breath, and without a contraction to help, bear down and push her head out with an arm above her head.

The obstetrician on call, Dr. Kelley Jensen, caught her and set her below me as Dr. Johnson walked into the room all scrubbed in and ready to operate. Everyone was in shock and still acting in “emergency mode,” except the one nurse who thought of me, and grabbed my daughter and put her to my chest. Dr. Johnson showed his astonishment and I starred at my daughter. During that perfect moment of realizing what had just happened and seeing my daughter for the first time they had my placenta delivered without my assistance and as I looked up they cut her cord almost immediately without offering the privilege to Jeffry. She still had not let out a good cry and was a little blue, so they whisked her away to the warmer with Jeffry following. Six people with towels rubbed her down and Jeffry tried to save some vernix by blocking the action when he could. Jeffry kindly declined newborn procedures, and they returned a bundled up package to me on the OR table. I had Jeffry undress us both and we finally got our skin-to-skin. Phew! With the “emergency” over, she breastfed within ten minutes and has shown her determined, poised spirit ever since.
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My darling girl went unnamed for 24 hours, until her name stuck when I realized how similar to her namesake she really is. My sweet Opal Anastasia Wade is just as determined and poised as her great, great grandmother Opal Roderick was.

Born at 7:23pm, 41 weeks and a day, 7 pounds 10 ounces, 19 inches, 14 inch head circumference.  Total labor: 8 hours +/- 2 weeks ;)

P.S. Momma did not tear at all and Opal’s hips, lungs and shoulders are all in perfect condition.

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"With hypnosis, as much effort you put in directly relates to how much compensation you will reap."

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Let's say you have a friend who has hired a personal trainer/fitness or health coach because they want to make certain changes; whether it's fitting into a certain outfit, getting to a particular dress size, weight, fitness level determined by their personal goal. The coach tells them they can get the results they seek by a certain date IF they follow a specific regimen that includes exercising 4 days a week, cutting out sugar completely and not eating past 8pm. IF they do this, they will get where they want to be.

Now, let's say you talk to your friend later and ask how it's going and they respond with "well, I'm certainly not where I was told I would be" so you ask them how their practice is going and they tell you that because they've been so busy they've only been able to work out once or twice a week max and hectic schedules mean that they just can't eat before 8:30pm 3-4 nights a week and since life has been so busy they've really needed the sugar to keep going "but I've definitely cut down and hey, at least I'm eating before 8pm a few days a week and working out more than I used to right?" ... or something to that effect.

And then I ask my students "would you be surprised they weren't getting the results?" They always say "no" and I say "Exactly." And then I repeat "with hypnosis, as much effort you put in directly relates to how much compensation you will reap. I WILL be asking you every week to share how your practice is going and I welcome you to contact me anytime if there are any challenges so that we can get you where you NEED to be. We are all busy these days, but I KNOW you'll find once you get into a routine you'll enjoy practicing so much that many of my students contact me AFTER their babies come looking to continue using hypnosis in their everyday life."
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Hypnobabies Birth of Waylon Nash

"As for Hypnobabies, I am so glad I went through that course. Not only did the time pass quickly, but all I felt was intense pressure in my pelvis region and lower back. Also, since you have to visualize your birth over and over again, mine went EXACTLY like I had envisioned. It was a beautiful and wonderful experience that I would not trade for anything, and that I would do again in a heartbeat."

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"I had been feeling Braxton Hicks for the past three months, so I thought that was what I was experiencing around 5 PM, and I got up to go to the bathroom. My husband was still in the office down the hall, and I almost called him to the bathroom, because something felt different. At this point, we were only four days past our guess date, and I was expecting to wait a little longer. But I thought, why not, we'll time these pressure waves and see what happens."

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Hypnobabies Gave Me Confidence Throughout My Pregnancy - A Testimonial

By Michelle Kobzik, a pregnant woman excited for birth!

"Creating my bubble of peace was the most important thing I could have done for my pregnancy."

Thanks Michelle for sharing your Hypnobabies experience with us.

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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
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Why are Medical Professionals who Deliver Babies in Hospitals Choosing to have their Own Babies at Home?
By Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D

“I know all about hospitals and all the things that go on there,” says Dr. Lang. “The more you look critically, the more nonsense you see.”

“I’m among the most educated on this issue; I’ve done three years of extra surgical training on top of four years of delivering babies,” Lang says. “For me I felt home was the safest place to have my children."

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“Yes, birth can have complications, birth can go wrong, C-sections are needed, moms do hemorrhage,” Dr. Elrod, who has attended over 2000 births and nearly a hundred out-of-hospital births, concedes. “But if doctors could step back they would see that the vast majority of these complications happen because of things that are done to the mothers in the process of giving birth in the hospital. When you take away medicinal pain relief, epidurals, restriction of food and water, staff coming in and out of the room, and routine vaginal exams while women are in active labor, you can significantly reduce the complications that are caused by the interventions themselves. Moms do better without unnecessary interventions than they do when they’re overly managed.” - See this entire article HERE.
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Look at the Baby, Not the Scale
By Jay Gordon, MD FAAP

"In the first 24 to 72 hours after birth babies tend to lose about 3-10% of their birth weight and then regain that weight over the next 2 to 3 weeks."

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If a mother receives lots of IV fluids during labor, the baby could be born “heavier” because of the increased water. The somewhat higher weight could be measured if a baby were weighed right before it peed for the first time. The difference of this extra fluid retention might only be a few ounces, but some parents are told to be concerned when, at their baby’s two week checkup, the baby is a few ounces under birth weight.

Another common problem at early checkups is a baby that is not gaining what the practitioner considers to be “normal weight gain.” There is not general agreement on normal weight gain and the range in texts are from 4 to 8 ounces a week. Some babies are genetically destined to be a lot smaller or larger than others. Please read the rest of this informative article HERE.
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The First Hour After Birth: A Baby’s 9 Instinctive Stages
By Healthy Children Project

"The first hours after birth are a developmentally distinct time for a baby and there are well documented short and long term physical and psychological advantages when a baby is held skin to skin during this time."

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Stage 1: The Birth Cry
The first stage is the birth cry. This distinctive cry occurs immediately after birth as the baby’s lungs expand.

Stage 2: Relaxation
The second stage is the relaxation stage. During the relaxation stage, the newborn exhibits no mouth movements and the hands are relaxed. This stage usually begins when the birth cry has stopped. The baby is skin to skin with the mother and covered with a warm, dry towel or blanket. See all 9 stages HERE.
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Hypnobabies Birth Story: Sage Corinne

"I was so grateful for Hypnobabies. We had been visualizing an easy, uncomplicated and fast birth and that's exactly what we got!"

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"Sage Corinne was born on March 30 at 12:30pm! It was such an incredible experience for both me and Craig. I was so grateful for Hypnobabies. We had been visualizing an easy, uncomplicated and fast birth and that's exactly what we got! My water had broken Saturday afternoon, although I wasn't really sure that's what had happened because it was such a
slow trickle. But by 8 pm, the practice waves I had been having all week started to take on a more consistent pattern that felt different. I listened to the deepening track and the fear clearing track that night before going to bed early at 9:30. I slept great! The pressure waves woke me up once or twice, but I was never too uncomfortable.

By 5 am I started to think the waves were slightly more intense and close to 5 minutes apart, but I still waited until 6:30 to call the doctor. When I called, she thought it would be a good idea to come in. So we woke the kids up, made a big breakfast of eggs and waffles, and got everyone showered and ready to go. By the time everyone was brushing their teeth, I knew I needed to get into a state of hypnosis pretty quickly! We left the house at 8:30 and I dropped my finger in the car as we listened to the birthing day affirmations all the way to the kids' mother's house and then to the hospital.

We got to the hospital around 9:30 and I Craig held me as I rocked back and forth in the hall waiting for our room. When we got to our room, I spent most of the time kneeling on a couch rocking side to side while Craig gently stroked my lower back and reminded me about the hypnoanesthesia running through me. My doctor came to check on me at 11:30, told me I had dilated to 7 cm, and that she would be back in 2 hours, but I knew it wouldn't be that long.

At noon I told Craig, "it's soon!" And he ran to get the doctors. I felt the urge to push almost as soon as she came in, and I pushed for a little while on my hands and knees. Craig kept giving me sips of water and stroking my lower back. Then, my doctor asked if I would like to try pushing on my side because my arms were shaking. So I tried it, and pushed one more set of pushes and Sage was born! It was so awesome! I had no tearing and no desire for an epidural at any point. It was picture perfect. Thank you so much!"
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Will I be Awake & Aware During my baby's Birth?

Q)I am wondering what being in hypnosis will be like when I'm giving birth. My midwife also says she is concerned that I won't be fully present and able to feel or know what's going on; that I'll be like a zombie or something. I understand that relaxation is deep but how much do you know of what's going on around you? I would like to really experience childbirth, just without the pain!

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Tanya Midwife Doula HubbyA) Then you've come to the right place! No zombies allowed. You are as aware as you want to be while in hypnosis. The hypnosis experience is different for each person using it, but it is simply focused concentration, like when you're deeply engrossed in a book or driving your car and thinking about something else at the same time. Both are states of hypnosis and you can see, hear and feel everything that you *want to* while doing them.

Here are some other perspectives about childbirth hypnosis awareness from Hypnobabies moms who have been there:

1) You notice as much as you want to notice :-) For me kind of like when I'm really into a good movie - I hear things going on, but don't really care to give them notice most of the time.
~ Angelia

2)You are as present as you want to be. It's not like you're asleep or a zombie or drugged up, you're making the choices; I did completely with my last hypno-birth. You can always bring yourself back out instantly if you ever need to. I'm enjoying preparing for this birth with Hypnobabies even more than I enjoyed hypnobirthing -- I'm really looking forward to using it!!
~ Julia

Regarding the midwife's concerns, from a 2 time Hypno-mom:

That is a common concern among caregivers who are not familiar with self-hypnosis. The fact is that being in hypnosis heightens your senses and makes you more aware of what is going on in your body and around you. But it also gives you additional control over your decisions about what you want to pay attention to. Women using hypnosis tend to know more about what their body is doing and how the baby is moving down. I consider that to be one of the biggest gifts I received from using hypnosis for my births. Not only did I get through the births comfortably, but I will always remember the remarkable and completely unexpected sensation of my children moving down and out of my body. I never expected the warmth or the smoothness of their little bodies as they slid through the birth canal. It was wonderfully beautiful, and I remember more details about every moment of those birthdays than my husband does. I can still picture who was in the room, where everyone stood, the expression on their faces, much of what they said, etc. I have never been more present than I was during my births.

Hypnosis doesn't "manage pain" at all. It allows you to make a decision about how you will experience the sensations of birth. Very little, if any of the things that happen during birth have to "hurt". By programming your mind to accept that, most women can choose to experience only pressure, and there are hypnotic suggestions to help you remain comfortable even if the baby does pinch a nerve or cause some other potentially painful thing to happen while descending.

Hypnosis is also not about "completely leaving yourself". On the contrary, hypnosis helps you bridge the gap between your mind and your body so you can play a more active role in the physical aspect of your birthing. Have you ever been in a stressful situation, such as a person almost stepping in front of your car as you drive along, or tripping and nearly falling down some stairs, or something like that? Where you weren't injured or really effected in any way, but it scared you? Even though you weren't physically hurt, you probably felt your heart speed up, and adrenaline rush through you and may have begun to sweat and shake. That is your mind realizing how catastrophic an event that could have been, which causes anoverwhelming response from your body. Hypnosis allows you to harness that control you mind has over your body and influence how you experience your birth to a large extent.
-Susan

Regarding choosing what to be aware of:

If you are using Hypnobabies, you will most experience some level of hypnotic anesthesia during some or most of your hypnosis practice. But during your birthing time, your hypnosis will actually make you hyper-aware of what is going on within your body and around you. You'll be extremely in-tune with your birthing. And I found myself very aware of what was going on in the room and easily interactive with others (to the point that they weren't really sure if I was in hypnosis or not, unless I purposely relaxed to the point of appearing to nap). But the hypnosis gave me extraordinary control over what I wanted to "let in". For instance, I found nothing useful to be gained by hearing a woman down the hall screaming her head off (despite an epidural, I'm told), so I didn't even acknowledge the sound and completely forgot about it. I am still amazed by the level of detail I recall from throughout my birthing time. My recall for the goings-on of the day are far more vivid than a "normal" day. I can picture where people were standing, see expressions and remember what they were saying to me, how I was feeling, my thought processes, etc.

I really didn't know what to expect, but am very glad that I didn't have to give up any of the day's memories to achieve a gentle, enjoyable birth. I hope that helps!

-Susan


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Cord Blood Collection: Confessions of a Vampire-Midwife
By Rachel Reed

"Cord blood contains magical stem cells, and the idea is that if your baby becomes ill in the future you may be able to use these cells as treatment. My concern with cord blood banking is the inadequate and misleading information given to parents."

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"Even the term ‘cord blood’ is misleading – blood is merely collected via the cord. In addition the promotional materials talk about collecting ‘blood from the placenta’ without acknowledging that the baby/placenta are one blood circulation unit. After birth the blood from the placenta transfers to the baby, assisting transition to breathing. Knowledge about the short term and long term health benefits of allowing placental circulation to complete the job is becoming widespread."

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Advice to Expectant Mothers from a Labor and Delivery Nurse
By Carrie Halsey

"Taking a prenatal class is an excellent way to prepare for childbirth. I personally recommend the Hypnobabies course, but there are many other programs available."

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"Your perinatal team has varied knowledge, training, experience, bias, fear, and motivation. They are experts, but they are not perfect! They have seen a lot, but they haven’t seen everything. Some have not read a new research article in years, some haven’t slept in 2 days, and some had a maternal death patient with similar risk factors as yours. Sometimes they just want to go home on time and your labor is taking too long. Some of them are biased towards low intervention; others have never met a patient they didn’t want to take to the operating room."  Read the entire article HERE.
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Self-Hypnosis for Labour and Birth
by Amy Semple, and Mary Newburn, head of research/NCT Journal

"Self-hypnosis refers to a person being able to alter their own state of consciousness so that normally perceived experiences, such as pain, do not reach awareness or do so with less force [or are transformed by suggestions of hypno-anesthesia]. Hypnosis uses focused attention and relaxation, to develop increased receptivity to verbal and non-verbal communications which are commonly referred to as ‘suggestions’. These are positive [encouraging] statements used in order to achieve specific therapeutic goals.”

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In labour and childbirth the goal is to alleviate or reduce fear, tension and pain so the physiological act of birth can progress in away that is comfortable for the mother. Dr Grantly Dick Read introduced the idea of a pain-tension-fear cycle of childbirth. He argued that ‘a tense mind means a tense cervix’ and that when we are afraid during childbirth the body draws blood away from non-vital
organs, such as the uterus, to the extremities, which results in pain. By removing fear and its physiological consequence the uterus can function as intended, eliminating extreme pain. Breaking this pain cycle is a central concept in hypnosis with Dick Read’s work often cited as the theoretical link between hypnotherapy and childbirth. The hypothesis that pain is aggravated through fear and emotional tension is well supported by the literature. Please see the entire review HERE.
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Evidence-based Birth
By Maureen Whitman

Have you ever felt that some of the restrictions that were in place during the birth of your child did not work in your favor? Did you ever wonder if they had truly been essential? Was that cesarean section medically necessary or planned to fit someone else’s schedule? Are you currently pregnant and uneasy about being told you have limited options because of policies already in place that don’t have clear evidence to support them? If so, read on.

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LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE

Many birthing women are now taking a greater role in researching, making decisions, and managing their care options. Rather than simply taking their care provider’s word for it, pregnant women are insisting on scientific proof to back up claims that an intervention or procedure is truly necessary.

Organizations that advocate for pregnant women and individuals who are taking more responsibility for their maternity care are actively seeking to identify hospitals and care givers who utilize an evidence-based model.

As more comes to light about how standard maternity care in many places in the US (and internationally) is not always supported by the evidence from best outcomes, consumers are pushing for answers and demanding change. You can read the entire article HERE at peggyomara.com.

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