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Birth Hypnosis: Hypnobabies and Birthing Without Fear
by Darlene MacAuley

"It may seem unbelievable that women could experience childbirth without fear and with little discomfort. Hypnobabies moms have peaceful, satisfying births at hospitals, in birth centers, and at home."

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aladyoncouchBirth hypnosis sounds a little new age and strange, but we live in a society where childbirth is an event to be feared. It is wrought with deep concern about danger and pain. This view is perpetuated by sensational news stories and TV shows; it’s shared and gossiped about at baby showers and playdates. Labor and birth is largely viewed as a process to be managed and timed, monitored and moved along by those deemed to have the credentials to do so. In an effort to feel more informed about labor and birth, many women turn to childbirth classes to help them through this scary, unknown rite of passage.

Hypnobabies – A Different Approach to Childbirth Education

Hypnobabies is a complete childbirth education course that is offered in a classroom setting by certified instructors, or through a self-study course. During the six-week course, students learn about staying healthy during pregnancy, changes in the body during pregnancy and labor, choices about medical procedures and medications, creating a birth plan, early days with baby, and more. What sets Hypnobabies apart from any other childbirth method, however, is how it mentally prepares mothers for birth.

It may seem unbelievable that women could experience childbirth without fear and with little discomfort. Hypnobabies moms have peaceful, satisfying births at hospitals, in birth centers, and at home. The course also helps to prepare birth partners to learn how to support moms through their birthing time (Hypnobabies’ term for “labor”), though women are able to learn and use their self-hypnosis techniques on their own. Through Hypnobabies’ thorough study materials, students are informed about the choices that are available to them and can make decisions that are right for them and their babies, no matter what curves are thrown their way. And whether Hypnobabies students take a live class or do the self-study course, they have immediate and continuous access to a worldwide network of current and past students as well as certified Hypnobabies instructors, via social media and private forums. Please read the rest of Darlene's article HERE.
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Home Birth After Hospital Birth: Women’s Choices and Reflections – A Research Review by Jessica English
By Jessica English, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)

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The number of US women choosing home birth is increasing. Little is known about women who choose home birth after having experienced hospital birth; therefore, the purpose of this research was to explore reasons why these women choose home birth and their perceptions regarding their birth experiences.
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Some Key Findings: Women’s Choices and Reflections

To summarize, five recurring themes were identified from the women’s reflections on both their hospital and home births: choices and empowerment; intervention and interruptions; disrespect and dismissal; birth space; and connection.

Choices and empowerment. The women in our groups reported that with their hospital births they felt they did not actually have much choice in the direction of their care. Although a few women in the study had generally positive hospital experiences, most reported feelings of disempowerment and limited choices associated with their hospital birth and more meaningful choices and feelings of empowerment with their home births. Read the rest of this article HERE.
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What is the Evidence for Induction or C-section for a Big Baby?

by Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN
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"Researchers have consistently found that induction for suspected big babies does not improve the health of moms or babies."

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What is a big baby?

The medical term for big baby is macrosomia, which literally means “big body.” Some experts consider a baby to be big when it weighs more than 4,000 grams (8 pounds 13 ounces) at birth, and others say a baby is big if it weighs more than 4,500 grams (9 pounds, 15 ounces). A baby is also called “large for gestational age” if its weight is greater than the 90th percentile at birth (Rouse et al. 1996).

How common are big babies?

Big babies are born to about 1 out of 10 women in the U.S. Overall, 8.7% of all babies born at 39 weeks or later weigh between 8 lbs 13 oz and 9 lbs 15 oz, and 1.7% are born weighing 9 lbs 15 oz or more (U.S. Vital Statistics).

What is routine care for suspected big babies in the U.S.?

Although big babies are only born to 1 out of 10 women, the 2013 Listening to Mothers Survey found that 2 out of 3 American women had an ultrasound at the end of pregnancy to determine the baby’s size, and 1 out of 3 were told that their babies were too big. In the end, the average birth weight of these suspected “big babies” was only 7 lbs 13 oz (Declercq, Sakala et al. 2013).  Read the rest of Rebecca's informative article HERE.
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Bringing Birth Back The Rise of Cesareans And The Movement To Safely Prevent Them

Thank you to Linda Harris for allowing us to share this informative infographic.

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We love this! - VIDEO of overdue mom dancing to evict her twin boys! Hypnobabies® - Natural Childbirth at its best! www.Hypnobabies.com
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Ever wonder exactly what a midwife does?  Here is a great video explaining it all!

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The Natural Hypnobabies Hospital Birth of Layton Francis

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"We got to the hospital around 7PM and I was 7cm dilated. The nurses were surprised at how far along I was and how calm I was. They read through my Birth preferences, turned down the lights and whispered. They used all of the Hypnobabies lingo and were absolutely awesome."
BOHI worked with fear clearing to allow myself to be ok with an induction if it was necessary and it really helped. When I wasn’t doing that, I was bouncing on my ball, taking walks, eating pineapple, etc. etc. etc.

I’m happy to say that our baby has arrived safe and sound, and we had a beautiful birthing experience.

I was due on January 25th and went late. I was scheduled to be induced on Feb. 3. On Saturday, 2/1, I went for a walk in the morning at a nearby convent. They have a nature trail with the Stations of the Cross. I walked and prayed and sort of just talked to my baby and told him that I was ready for him to come. He and God both must have been listening because around 10:30PM that night, I had my bloody show and started having pressure waves about 15 minutes apart. I let Patrick know that things were starting, but told him to sleep, because I would need him awake and strong for me on Sunday. I timed the pressure waves throughout the night, practiced my hypnosis, and snacked on jello and miso soup.

The next morning, Patrick and I hung out; continued with practicing the hypnosis. Things were down to about 7 minutes apart, so we took a walk up the street, stopping when pressure waves came…I was probably scaring my neighbors! We got back to the house, and I said I wanted to watch a movie to distract myself. So we watched Escape from LA…which is a ridiculous movie to watch while you are in your birthing time! Once we were at about 5 minutes apart, I called my doctor; she told me to wait as long as I could if I planned on doing this naturally. I took a shower, Patrick read some scripts to me. I tried listening to the relaxation music, but for some reason it was getting on my nerves. Patrick came up to the bedroom and I was on my ball, listening to Zepelin and Pink Floyd…for some reason classic rock was working better to relax me. The pressure waves were about 3 minutes apart around 6:30PM and Patrick said that he didn’t want to wait any longer. So we called the doctor and headed to the hospital; I listened to the Birth Guide on the way there and Patrick said I was very quiet the whole way.

We got to the hospital around 7PM and I was 7cm dilated. The nurses were surprised at how far along I was and how calm I was. They read through my Birth preferences, turned down the lights and whispered. They used all of the Hypnobabies lingo and were absolutely awesome. When the doctor arrived, she came in rather loudly (she is a military lady) and the nurses rushed her out to tell her that she needed to be quiet. The doctor, after that, was really great and completely respectful of my wishes. I ended up asking for my mom to come in; she didn’t really say much. She just sat quietly…I needed her presence for some reason; I think it helped Patrick to have someone there too. Around 8PM, the doctor asked if she could break my water, because it was bulging and she said it would help move things along for me…I gave her permission and around 8:30PM, things started getting more uncomfortable. I was about 9.5cm dilated. I told the nurse that I had to push NOW! She asked me to hold off (didn’t want my cervix to tear), and she called the doc in. The doctor checked me and said I was at 10, and that I could start pushing…which was a huge relief. I wouldn’t say that things were “pain-free,” but they were definitely manageable. The nurses helped me change positions and relax. They allowed me to push when I wanted to and just gave me instruction when they thought certain positions/techniques would help me. I pushed for about 1.5 hours and he was out at 9:52PM. Layton Francis was 8 lbs 7 oz., 22.25 inches long. His head was 14.5 inches around (which is about an inch larger than most newborns), and he was in posterior position. After the birthing, the nurse told me I did amazingly well for him being so large and being face up. After 23 hours of pressure waves/pushing without meds, I felt like superwoman!

They put him on my chest immediately, and if I could bottle up that emotion and sell it…I would be a rich lady. I think that must be what people on Ecstacy feel like. It was the most amazing, joyful moment of my entire life. We did skin to skin for about 2 hours and he was so alert. We tried to establish breastfeeding right away; he latched for a split second, but we couldn’t get him to feed. Afterward, the nurses cleaned him up and sent us to recovery. The doctors and nurses told me that this was one of the best births they ever did. Several nurses asked me for more information about hypnosis for childbirth and one nurse in particular was telling everyone who came along about what an amazing birth it was. I felt very proud of myself and my baby. I have already recommended the course to several pregnant friends.

Breastfeeding has been going great. It was hard at first, but once my milk came in, he was eating like a champ. At his one week appt., he gained all of his weight back, plus 3 oz.! So proud of him.

Love, Rebekah
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New Studies Confirm Safety of Home Birth With Midwives in the U.S.
by Geradine Simkins, CNM, MSN, Executive Director, Midwives Alliance of North America

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Home Birth is a safe option for low-risk mothers.

"Of particular note is a cesarean rate of 5.2%, a remarkably low rate when compared to the U.S. national average of 31% for full-term pregnancies. When we consider the well-known health consequences of a cesarean -- not to mention the exponentially higher costs -- this study brings a fresh reminder of the benefits of midwife-led care outside of our overburdened hospital system."
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This study, which examines nearly 17,000 courses of midwife-led care, is the largest analysis of planned home birth in the U.S. ever published.

The results of this study, and those of its companion article about the development of the MANA Stats registry, confirm the safety and overwhelmingly positive health benefits for low-risk mothers and babies who choose to birth at home with a midwife.  Read the rest of this article HERE.
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Hypnobabies helped keep this mom calm and relaxed even when there was a change of plans!
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My last minute c-section with Hypnobabies

"Once we were back in our room, my doula told me the anesthesiologist told her our surgery was the most peaceful c-section she had witnesses in 27 years. A few minutes later the anesthesiologist herself came in to tell us how it was the calmest operating room she had ever been in and told us "more people should know about this!"

For the last month of pregnancy I had to go in for twice weekly NST monitoring. My doctor was worried that Elijah's growth seem to be stagnating due to a quickly aging placenta and wanted to make sure his heart rate was staying consistent.

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At week 38 I went in for an ultrasound to check growth, during my doctor's appointment the next morning, she told me and my husband that he wasn't growing and we needed to be induced immediately, especially if we wanted a chance at the natural birth we planned and prepared for. His heart rate was still steady in the 140s so we were extremely apprehensive about starting the birthing process early but our doctor made it clear that if we waited we were putting him at increased risk. We said a prayer in the doctor's office and felt like it was time so we went home, got my hospital bag and the car seat and headed back to the hospital around 4:00 pm.

Once we arrived they started me on Cytotec right away which was my first opportunity to use the hypnoanesthesia for an actual part of my birthing time. The nurse we had at the time was a student so we also had a more seasoned nurse to supervise. Knowing that I was the first person the student nurse would do this procedure on made me a little nervous so I immediately turned "off" and then to "center" in case I needed to talk, thankfully I did because as soon as she started the procedure I asked my husband to give me the "peace" and "relax" cues over and over, I felt completely loose and limp and didn't feel any pain or even much pressure, before I knew it she was done!
The veteran nurse said, "wow", and told the student nurse she was lucky to have us as her first couple. She told us she was looking forward to seeing our natural birth and that we were "obviously very prepared". I didn't know until later that the administration of Cytotec was supposed to be painful and was SO grateful all the nurses followed our wishes and never told me what I would feel and never used the word "pain".
As part of the Hypnobabies training, I wasn't made aware of the time or my progress during my birthing time, but afterward I found out that the Cytotec only dilated my cervix 1 cm and didn't start pressure waves (contractions), unfortunately Elijah's heart rate did decelerate 4 times throughout the night during the treatment and in the morning the doctor rushed in to tell me she wanted to break my water. Since Cytotec was already an intervention we didn't want we really questioned our doctor on if it was necessary. Our doctor was very patient with us and explained that because of the heart rate decelerations we needed to get birthing time started right away to avoid an emergency c-section. At that point we didn't realize how serious the situation was, and my doula, nurse and husband were all asking the doctor if I could walk around or try other things to get birthing started naturally. That's when I found out that our doctor had been so worried that before she came into my room that morning she had Elijah's heart rate monitor displayed in her own office and was planning on rushing over for an emergency c-section if she saw another heart rate deceleration. When we realized we were one heart rate deceleration away from an emergency c-section (did I mention I was hooked up to constant monitoring and oxygen at this point?) I asked what the difference would be from and emergency c-section to planning to do one right then which turns out was HUGE. 
Our doctor hadn't suggested a planned c-section since she knew our desire to have Elijah naturally, but once we brought it up she explained that by planning to do one right then, I could have my husband and doula with me the entire time and that if we tried to birth naturally and had any problems at all, I would be rushed back to surgery alone and neither my husband or my doula could come with me. We asked for a minute to discuss our options and prayed again about what to do. We felt that a planned c-section would be the safest path and my wonderful doula did the "Change of Plans" Hypnobabies script with me which I HIGHLY suggest if you're in the same situation. I should add that the first time we mentioned a "planned c-section" I burst into tears as I realized the birth we planned was nothing like the birth that was going to happen, but the "Change of Plans" script was essential for helping me clear my fears and focus on getting Elijah here safely. It also reminded me to be happy and excited that I was about to meet my son!
Once we told the doctor we agreed to the planned c-section, everything moved really quickly. During our decision making process his heart rate actually decelerated again but because we had told our doctor we would do the planned c-section they let us stick to the non-emergency plan. Our nurse at the time was on the phone with the operating room to plan a time and our doctor said, "No, we're going NOW". Thankfully my doula was already by my side helping me stay in "center" and focused on being calm and peaceful. I walked to the OR and the first thing I heard the other doctor/surgeon say was "I thought she'd be in a wheel chair!", my awesome nurse said, "Why? She can walk!" (I had a very encouraging birthing team). 
They had to give me an epidural and the anesthesiologist gave me a brief summary of what to expect but I was so focused on staying calm and peaceful I didn't hear much of what she said. My doula helped me focus on going to my "Special Place" (side note: when I started the Hypnobabies class, I thought the "Special Place" script was the cheesiest thing ever and couldn't figure out how it would be helpful but I loved practicing it because mine is in the countryside of France). I completely blocked out all the staff in scrubs and masks and saw in perfect detail the peaceful countryside I had practiced imagining and relaxing in so many times. I immediately felt even more calm and finally realized why that script was so valuable. 
While the anesthesiologist was giving me the three shots in my back for the epidural I heard her tell my doula that she needed me to be able to talk and my doula answer back, "She can talk." I had been so quite and calm the anesthesiologist assumed I wasn't able to make a sound. The anesthesiologist asked me to tell her where I felt the anesthesia and when I told her hearing the calmness in my own voice surprised even me! I didn't feel any pain from the shots and was still visualizing myself in my "Special Place." 
They helped me on the operating table and allowed me to play the Hypnobabies relaxation music the entire time which really helped me stay in my "Special Place". Once they started the process, my doula stood beside me and gave me constant "relax" and "peace" cues since those always helped me relax the most. The time went by very fast and before I knew it I could hear Elijah's cries and burst into tears of joy myself. They had to do his newborn procedures right away and I was so grateful that my husband was able to stay with him while my doula was comforting me. Once they were done they placed him on my chest and he immediately latched and started to nurse which amazed me. Once we were back in our room, my doula told me the anesthesiologist told her our surgery was the most peaceful c-section she had witnesses in 27 years. A few minutes later the anesthesiologist herself came in to tell us how it was the calmest operating room she had ever been in and told us "more people should know about this!"
Seeing my son and holding him in my arms filled me with so much love I thought I'd never stop crying tears of joy. 
All in all, it was not the birth we were expecting but it was a wonderful experience and despite having to do the one operation I truly wanted to avoid, I can say that because of Hypnobabies, during the majority of my birthing time I was completely happy, calm and peaceful. While I can't say I wouldn't change a thing, I will say that having a joyful birthing experience has made me much more confident and excited for future pregnancies than I think I would be had we not used Hypnobabies.
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How Attachment Parenting Produces Independent Kids
by Zoe Claire

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baby and mom 6-2"Children are in our care for a limited amount of time generally spanning two decades. During that time, their needs change drastically, yet gradually from year to year. I’ve always found it odd that the principles of attachment parenting are criticized as promoting dependence in children when, if you analyze the proper development of independence in childhood, the attachment style would be considered the ideal method for raising competent adults."

Find out more about the benefits of attachment parenting HERE.
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"They ask me to pee in a cup and put on a gown I decline both and ask if they can just get me to a room. Of course, they have to check me here first. I think they all about fell on the floor when they found out I just had an anterior lip and was +1. That got them moving a little faster."

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himandherbellyI was told 19 years ago that I could never have a vaginal birth. This was told to me when I was pregnant with my first child by my doctor. Everyone told me I was just too little and I was just not made to birth a baby. She was a c-section and I had 3 more c-sections after that. Laboring with all of them. One, failure to wait. Two, frank breech. Three, breech. Four, because I didn't know any different. I knew in my heart I could be normal. I believed this. I just needed someone to believe in me.

I was pregnant with my fifth child. There was only one physician said he would let me try. That's all I needed to hear. I even scared the midwives and they wouldn't take me. I finally was going to have a vaginal birth. Well, shortly after that I was devastated to find out I had suffered a miscarriage.

After I got the o.k. we tried again. After trying for one month we were pregnant. I did every thing I could to stay and keep healthy. I took my vitamins, ate healthy, walked 3-5 miles a day and started to see my chiropractor. I also started with Hypnobabies at 13 weeks. (I listened while sleeping at night & used the VBAC cd) Nothing and no one was going to stop me. Thanks to Hypnobabies and my big 'bubble of peace' I fought everyone off including my husband.

Here's my story: …

The baby was very low and had been for a couple of weeks. I knew she was going to come early. I didn't think it would be quite this early though. It was September 5 and I was 36 weeks and 5 days. I woke up at 7:00 a.m. with my water broken. Not a gush, but not a trickle either. I hadn't had any pressure waves yet. I knew if this was like my last birth they would start soon, even though the last one was a planned section. I woke up my DH and told him today is the day.

At 8:15 my DH called my mom and told her she would need to come and take our DD soon. She is just shy of her third b-day. We got the kids off to school. Of course, they all wanted to stay home. I started to pack up my things.

9:30 My pressure waves were barely starting.

9:45 They had picked up enough to start timing them. They were 9-10 minutes apart and 30-45 seconds long. I couldn't feel anything except for tightening. No pain yet. At this point I was getting the car seat put together. I also spent a few minutes cleaning the kitchen.

At 10 a.m. I called my doula to give her heads up. I told her I thought it might be a while so don't be in any big rush. I was just getting started. She said it was funny I called because she was just thinking of me and how I was. I finished up the kitchen.

10:30 a.m. I went up stairs to get the rest of my things together. I started to time my pressure waves again. To my surprise they were 2 minutes apart 45 seconds long. I knew they were a little closer. I didn't they were that close because I had NO pain! I called my doula back to let her know. We talked about what I should do, wait it out, her come over, or go to the hospital. I didn't want to go to soon so I decided to stay at home. Since I wasn't in any pain I didn't think she needed to come yet. I went on and put in my birthing day affirmations.

11:30 My mom came over to see how I was doing. She couldn't believe I was in labor. Finally, I had to ask her to leave so I could stay focused (all she wanted to do was talk). Still no pain, only pressure.

12:00 Mom left. I got in the shower. My pressure waves are 2 minutes apart and 45 seconds long.

12:20 I got out of the shower and laid down. I put in easy first stage. At this point my two year old kept hitting the cd player and turning it off. I told my DH since I couldn't stay focused because of DD to call my doula and mom and tell them to come. My pressure waves seemed to slow down but were more in tense.

12:25 My doula and mom were called.

12:30 My mom came. I called my doula and told her I was sweating and shaking. I had also gone to the bathroom and there was bright red blood in the toilet. She was still surprised to see how calm and in control I was. She knew because of my symptoms I was in transformation. We both agreed to meet at the hospital. I didn't want to get there to early but now I thought I wish we had left sooner. No pain, only tightening.

1:00 We were off to the hospital. I still wasn't in pain but the pressure waves were very intense. My DH was going 55 mph I told him he might want to go a little faster. That was a very long half hour drive.

1:30 We get to the hospital not before DH tries to go to the doctors office first. I get out of the car with no shoes on. We get buzzed in and I have a pressure wave at the door and this LOUD buzzer goes off. My ipod couldn't drown this out. With the help of Hypnobabies and my doula I make it through. I opt out of using the wheelchair and choose to walk to triage. They ask me to pee in a cup and put on a gown I decline both and ask if they can just get me to a room.

Of course, they have to check me here first. I think they all about fell on the floor when they found out I just had an anterior lip and was +1. That got them moving a little faster.

The rest of this I am blurry on times. I remember getting to LDR and my doula tells my DH that I was pushing. I didn't even know I was until she pointed it out. I was vocalizing at this point. Things were so intense I don't know what I would of done without Hypnobabies or my doula.

The next thing I knew this doctor walks in that wasn't my OB. My OB catches his own. I ask who he was. He was filling in for my OB. This was not in my plans. From the start he was rude and wanted to intervene in every way he could. My BOP was tested tremendously. I fought him for two hours. Love that BOP.

The hospital was NOT Hypnobabies or naturally birth friendly at all. He said I should be glad he was there because no one else would take me after so many c-sections. He asked if I wanted him to leave. I said yes, then he wouldn't go! He said no one else would take as a patient. Whatever!

He also kept saying he was only giving me 15 more minutes then he was using forceps or the vacuum, this would speed things up and ease up any pain. One of the nurses said he had somewhere to be. They turned the lights on, I was center stage for people to came watch, I was told I was only thinking about me not my baby because I wouldn't use interventions, and they told me as the baby was crowning that if I didn't use an internal monitor I would have a dead baby! Her strip was fine. He just wanted to be in control.

I still say my BOP protected me, if only my DH knew how to use it. I was doing MUCH better than him. Also, I did get to reach down and touch my babies head, that was AWESOME!

3:28 My baby was born. The mean doctor did two episiotomies without consent! As he was sewing me up from my 2nd degree laceration when my doctor walks in. He drove in from two hours away driving 80-100 mph to catch the baby only to miss it by 10 minutes at the most. The mean doctor was giving my doctor some big spiel about how I had ruptured and I needed an IV. Yes, I won with the IV and hep-lock, I didn't have one. I even got to wear my own clothes-no gown. I think the way I was all over the bed it would have been the way.

So, my doctor checked me and said 'no, I hadn't ruptured and there was no need for it'. I think he was really bummed he missed it.

I had done it. A 100% natural VBA4C. No meds at all. This gives me the courage to do it again!

In the end, it was a very bittersweet day. It was a year ago today that I found out that I had miscarried. And today I was blessed with a perfect baby girl and a natural vaginal birth that everyone doubted I could have. God is good!

Miley Reyce

5 lbs. 13 ozs.

19" long

Apgars: 9 and 9. Pretty good considering 'I was self centered and the jerk was threatening me with the internal monitor with the baby not doing well'.

4 hour pain free labor-2 hours of BOP pushing. Thank You Hypnobabies!

I couldn't have done it without my doctor, Hypnobabies, my chiropractor,and my doula.
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Group B Strep in Pregnancy: Evidence for Antibiotics and Alternatives

This article was published on April 9, 2013 by Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, and updated June 6, 2014
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What is Group B Strep?

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacteria that can cause illness in people of all ages. In newborns, GBS is a major cause of meningitis (infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord), pneumonia (infection of the lungs), and sepsis (infection of the blood) (CDC 1996; CDC 2005; CDC 2009).

Group B strep lives in the intestines and migrates down to the rectum, vagina, and urinary tract. All around the world, anywhere from 10-30% of pregnant women are “colonized” with or carry GBS in their bodies (Johri et al. 2006). Using a swab of the rectum and vagina, women can test positive for GBS temporarily, on-and-off, or persistently (CDC 2010).

Being colonized with GBS does not mean that a woman will develop a GBS infection. Most women with GBS do not have any GBS infections or symptoms. However, GBS can cause urinary tract infections and GBS infections in the newborn (CDC 2010), and women who have preterm births are 1.7 times more likely to be colonized with GBS during labor than women who do not have preterm births (Valkenburg-van den Berg et al. 2009).  Read the rest of this very informative article HERE.

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Symphysis Pubis Discomfort ... More Common in Supine Position

Dorsal Lithotomy Position vs. Non-supine Positions During 2nd Stage of Labor: Quadriped
by Amanda Blaz DPT

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The position of the pelvis when in dorsal lithotomy places the birth canal at an angle that actually makes the baby travel upward. There are many texts and articles that cite this position as the “gold standard,” suggesting that it is the most widely used and, therefore, the most satisfactory position for second stage. However, the reason dorsal lithotomy has long-been considered “most satisfactory” is never delineated. In fact, many well-known books, such as Human Labor and Birth by Dr. Harry Oxorn, suggest that second stage dorsal lithotomy positioning is the favored position because it is easier for the attendant to access the birth canal and perineum, and take care of any complications that may arise. This doesn’t necessarily prove the position as the most satisfactory for maternal outcomes.

The Benefits of All-Fours
When a woman in is the quadruped (hands-and-knees) position, she has many advantages on her side: For one, the birth canal curve is in a downward orientation, allowing gravity to aid in descent of the baby—promoting a gentler passage rather than a forced upward journey that involves significantly greater pressures and level of effort for the mother. Secondly, the woman is able to sway side to side as well as flex and extend her spine to aid in pain/discomfort during and between contractions. Similarly, quadriped is a favorable position when sacroiliac joint dysfunction, pubic symphysis dysfunction, coccydynia, spondylolisthesis, discogenic pain, or spinal stenosis is present. This is due to the fact that joints are not placed in a position that places a large amount of compression or stress on them and can be easily adjusted by the mother to increase her comfort level. Also, when in this position, a woman is more amenable to manual prompting by birth attendants to contract abdominal musculature and relax/contract the pelvic floor to aid with pushing. Lastly, Soong (2002) showed that when giving birth in the quadruped position, a woman may have less need for perineal suturing when compared to the dorsal lithotomy position. With a sample size of 3,756 women who had a spontaneous vaginal delivery, 61% of those giving birth in the hands and knees position had intact perineums. Read the full article HERE.
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Successful Version at 39 Weeks

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See how this mom successfully uses her Hypnobabies techniques for something other than her birthing time.
123 Headphones Mom 8 Head BackI am very happy to report that after our baby being breech since they'd started checking at about 33 weeks, that we finally decided to try for the version at 39 weeks and it worked! We have ourselves a head down baby and are ready to await her arrival! So it CAN be done even this late in the game. Yesterday's ultrasound showed nothing was blocking her way, butt was not wedged in the pelvis, etc. She was really sort of transverse but because her butt was down on my left side they called her a true breech.

Normally they don't wait this long to try it (about 36 or 37 weeks is optimal), but we just kept thinking she'd turn on her own and so we didn't push the issue.

My OB was willing to try it even though different midwives had already mentioned a couple of times scheduling me for a c-section at 39 weeks, but we just politely held our ground and let anyone who mentioned this know that we were not interested. Our doctor was thankfully never pushy in the least! I have really gained a respect for her, especially after today.

She was extremely gentle and here comes the good part with Hypnobabies! The whole process from check-in, to celebrate baby head-down, took under two hours. They put me in a gown and put the hep lock in and chastised me gently for having eaten and drank that morning. I knew I was not supposed to but also knew it would be harder to relax if I was hungry and thirsty! They asked me 20 (more like 50) questions while I had my Deepening track on and husband tried to answer some but I ended up just using my Center switch so I could answer. It was easier. They took heart rate and blood pressure and hooked up the fetal monitor. My blood pressure was a little high and my heart rate was elevated although I assured them my heart rate is always fast. That's normal for me. But I was in fact having trouble relaxing to Deepening, which is weird because it always puts me out like a light when I'm at home. (This experience turned out to be excellent practice for my birthing time!)

So I listened to Deepening again while we waited for the doctor. In between the beeping and people coming in and out, it was still hard to relax. My wonderful Hypnobabies-doula arrived and it was so comforting to have her there with my husband as he held my hand, and they chatted and laughed quietly and that was really comforting. She is a licensed massage therapist! Boy that was a God-send. I decided to lie on my side and was instantly able to become more relaxed, and she worked wonders on my back and shoulders. Then my heart rate and blood pressure were back down for sure! I was definitely much deeper then, and went in Center as they had me flip back on my back to do the ultrasound.

When she was performing the version, I put on the Turn Your Breech Baby track and it was perfect, helping me remember to relax all the muscles around the baby. And I just kept talking to baby and telling her that she was a good girl and we could do this together! And my doula was encouraging me and telling me how great I was doing, and my husband was holding my hand, and it was all so comforting. And 2 minutes later they confirmed with ultrasound that she was head down! What an amazing feeling of relief! My doula had not yet seen a successful version before, but also said that she had not seen a mom this relaxed! I am so proud of us and Hypnobabies.

Just goes to show that it CAN work, even at 39 weeks! Here are some things about the situation that would make many people doubtful, and that Hypnobabies helped me overcome:

-I am a first-time mom (45% success rate when tried at 36-37 weeks for first-time moms. Not sure how far this drops when tried later. 65% for subsequent pregnancies)
-Told by negative midwife that "we don't recommend them for first-time moms because they don't work"
-Told by another negative midwife, just before the procedure this morning, that she's thought all along that the baby was "stuck" and she didn't think this would work, and told my husband later that she'd probably flip right back! Gee, thanks!

I hope this story encourages other moms who may be going through something similar. Mamas with breech babies do not have to rush to schedule a c-section!
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Amniotic Fluid Volume: too much, too little, or who knows?

By MidwifeThinking

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Is low amniotic fluid volume a valid reason for induction and is Ultrasound a reliable test to determine this?

pregnant beauty flower compressedAccurate Measurement?

"Here is the first problem… there is no accurate method for measuring AFV." The two ultrasound tests aimed at assessing AFV are:

Amniotic Fluid Index: four ‘pockets’ of fluid are measured by ultrasound and added up resulting in an Amniotic Fluid Index (AFI) eg. AFI = 10cm.
Maximum Pool: The ‘single deepest vertical pocket’ of fluid is identified by ultrasound and measured in centimetres.
Neither of these methods are supported by research (that I can find). However, studies comparing the two conclude that the ‘maximum pool’ measurement is the ‘better choice’ (Nebhan & Abdelmoula 2008; Magann et al. 2011). The reasoning for this is interesting… AFI increases the detection of oligohydramnios resulting in increased rates of induction without improving outcomes for babies. So the best method is the one that does not detect the ‘problem’ you are looking for?

Please read the rest of this informative article HERE.
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What Not To Say To Someone Who Wants A Natural Birth
by Gabrielle Volkmer
ICEA Birth Educator, Blogger and Community Organizer. See more of her writing on TheBirthingSite.com and her blog, BirthBeyondBias.com

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We here at Hypnobabies always wonder why it is that people feel the need to say negative things or share horrible birth stories with pregnant women.
iStock MomandDoulaSofa1-300x225"You won't be able to do it, so just save yourself the disappointment and stop trying to be a superhero."

"Yeah, tell me how that goes."

"All first time moms say that."

"What? Why? Are you stupid or something?"

"If you think having a natural birth makes you a better parent you need to get over yourself."

"Why would anyone want to do that when you could just have a C-section and be in and out?"

"So why do people think it's ok to criticize and viciously attack women who choose to pursue a natural birth? Why are women who choose natural birth seen as crazy, reckless, or "hippies"? This has to stop. Judgment needs to disappear from the birth world. Attacking others for their choices, natural or medical, will never change their minds. Rather, it will breed anger and resentment. It's high time people everywhere began to realize that. It's time women started supporting each other. It's time to open a dialogue about issues that people don't see eye to eye on." Read the rest of this article HERE.
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"I have no doubt that I have experienced the most miraculous and perfect thing that I ever will in my entire life! My twin's birth was amazing on so many levels and I want to share my story.  I chose to use the Hypnobabies method to be able to birth my twins naturally."
TwinsThrough my dear friend Rachel and some spiritual promptings, I stumbled upon a Hypnobabies class taught by Talya Matheson. Hypnobabies teaches self hypnosis to re-wire the way we view birthing to a very positive thing and it teaches deep relaxation and how to use hyono-anesthesia. It also teaches very detailed and accurate information on the birth process and what our bodies can do! I soaked up every ounce of information like a sponge...it was exactly what I wanted to hear and it felt good! By the end of the course, I was craving a natural birth and had so much confidence in myself and my body! Thank you Talya!
I finished the classes and had about a month to practice my techniques and get my birth team together. I hired Talya as my Doula and Jordan stayed by my side with all of my decisions. I was so excited to see what my birth story would be like! So without further ado..
Thursday started off as a normal day... Sleepy, uncomfortable, and excited that I was one day further. I was 35 weeks and a few days. I had a doctors appointment to go to that I went to with my mom. The doctor said that the babies looked really good! Both head down and cooperating completely. He even made the comment, "they could be born tomorrow and probably be just fine!" Heh heh... We went to lunch right after and while we were eating I noticed I felt a little crampy. I had had these feelings before and they didn't hurt at all and they didn't seem to be coming and going... Just kind of a general feeling. I usually felt that way when the babies were growing and my uterus was stretching so I just figured they were getting bigger.
That night I had a huge dinner packed with protein and carbs and I had the thought, "this would be a good meal to eat right before I went into my birthing time" heh heh... Please see the rest of this fantastic birth story HERE.
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We love this incredible video portrayal of our Hypno-Families!
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Honora Vivian’s Birth Story

My back story was that I had a really difficult birth with my first baby, and when I was pregnant again about a year later, I was determined to find a different way…enter Hypnobabies!  This is my 4th birth, and my 3rd Hypnobaby, and I am thankful for that first bad experience, because otherwise I would probably never have known the subsequent births. J  My first baby was born at 41 weeks, my second at 41 weeks 2 days, and my third, on his due date!  This time around I have a close friend, Melissa, who is a doula and birth photographer, and I was so excited to have her onboard my birthing team, along with my husband, who is always so great during birthing, my midwife, and the nurses.  I was going in for my 39 week appointment, 5 days before my due date, and my friend said that she was teaching Lamaze during the days on the weekend that would be easier not to have to schedule around, and then I looked at my family’s calendar, and this week was so open, but the next was not, and I started to think it would be a good time to have a baby!  So, when my midwife asked if I’d like her to sweep my membranes, I thought, why not?  I’d had it done after 40 weeks with my others and it had really never started much up, but I thought I’d go for it anyway.

My appointment ended around 11 am, and I went to lunch with Melissa and had a few “means business” pressure waves, but I kind of thought it would fizzle out.  Instead, they started establishing a pattern.  About 8-10 minutes apart by the time I was home around 3pm.  We went to a business dinner at 6pm and I think they were about 6-8 minutes apart then, but I wasn’t timing.  We walked around a bit so that we could come home after the babysitter had our other little ones in bed for the night. J  We decided to watch a movie while I chilled on my birth ball.  I texted my midwife around 10 pm when my waves were 4-6 minutes apart, but relatively intense, and we agreed that I could probably try to finish my movie for the next hour and make a decision.  So in an hour, I decided I wanted to get on the road, because our drive was about an hour long and I wanted to have freedom to move as things progressed.  My doula said she’d meet us at the hospital, and we got there sometime around 1 am.  I got all checked in and hooked up to an IV, b/c I was Group B Strep Positive, I was at 4cm and 90% effaced at check in.  When they were finished with all that jazz, I started walking with my IV pole.  I was pretty sleepy and wanted to have my tracks onboard, and they were in my room, so I headed back after about 30 minutes and hopped on the birth ball for the next while.  I settled in with Early First Stage playing in the background, and I think I got some sleep in between waves.  I started to vocalize a bit, and my doula reminded me that lowering my pitch would help keep things loose, and it was such a good bit of advice for me to focus on.  I recognized that my midwife, Anne, arrived, and Melissa said that she was pretty confident that I was further than I appeared.  She had asked earlier if I might want to labor in the tub for a bit, an I started to think that the warm water would feel nice.  Before I went to the bathroom, my midwife checked me and said I was at an 8.5 to a 9 with a bulging bag of waters.  I started for the tub, and I heard Melissa and Anne talking, and they asked me to sit on the toilet for my next wave.  They told me they thought I was pretty close and maybe getting in the tub might not be a great idea if I didn’t want to birth there, which I didn’t—it is a nice jetted tub, but no birthing pool for sure!  So I made my way back to the bed. *BOP Warning* I think by this time I had vomited about 5 times.  I had some more vomiting, which I learned was my body trying to rupture my bag of waters.  I was pretty tired of puking, so I asked if it might be a good idea to rupture my waters.  My birth team was very supportive of what I wanted to do without telling me to go for it, but I was really over throwing up and wanted to get the show on the road. ;)  My midwife ruptured the bag for me and said it was a “bag of steel.”  I got settled in on my side with a few pillows between my knees and had 2 or 3 more productive waves, and then I told them I was starting to feel pushy.  I guess I was so calm that they didn’t think much of it.  But, bless my husband, he started up my *Pushing Baby Out* track.  I focused on what Kerry was saying and on keeping my pitch low and my mouth round, because of what Melissa said, and because I think I recall Ina May saying something about that helping things open as well.  I was feeling pushy more and more often, and I looked to my side and saw my midwife sitting on the floor cross-legged watching me progress, and my friend nearby.  My husband was providing the best counter pressure on my back with each strong wave.  My sweet L&D nurse Shana came up and asked if she could listen to the baby’s heart with the stethoscope on my belly, and I declined.  Everyone thought I was just having a particularly strong wave, and they started to think about getting up and ready for Pushing Stage, but in reality I was confused at why she asked, because I was actively birthing my baby.  I had two more pushing waves and Shana came back to see if she could check baby’s heartrate again just as I felt her body birth, and I told her, “Sure, she’s in the bed.” And my husband simultaneously said, “The baby popped out!”

My doula, midwife, and nurse all hopped up and said, “What did you say?!”  Anne, came over, lifted up the sheet and saw that Baby Honora had a nuchal cord once around, and undid that and passed her up to me.  They were completely shocked and awed.  Anne didn’t even have her gloves on!  She said that in over a thousand births this was the first one that she completely missed from about 2 feet away.  Melissa, said, “Well, I’ve never seen it before, and I may never again, but you really just breathed that baby out!”  They were so sweet and supportive.  My nurse said she groaned when she saw that I had a doula, and my birthplan, but she was a believer and felt so privileged to be there to witness everything.  I got to cut the cord (my first time ever), and Honora had vernix all over—another first for me!  She had apgars of 9 and 9 and she was my tiniest little peanut at 7lbs 14.8 ounces.  Blessed again to be a Mama!  She nursed immediately and has been an effective little nurser ever since.  Each new person who came in asked how all of this worked, the lactation consultants listened to some of the tracks, and one of the pediatricians on call told me I should teach “my method,” because people would drive for something like that! 

It was a crack up, but I am seriously so thankful for the Hypnobabies curriculum.  I always feel so empowered in my decision making leading up to and during labor.  I know that I make educated and informed decisions for me and my baby, not necessarily what everyone else would do for themselves or their births, but it has so helped me to heal from my first birthing to take ownership of the process of bringing life into the world.  We are confident that our family is now complete, and I will miss Hypnobabies and childbirthing.  I am in awe of the Lord’s design for the process and so thrilled to have been able to be an active participant. 


Melissa is putting together a birth slide show that I’ll probably post for you all when it’s finished too, but I wanted to get this written up while Honora is still in her sleepy newborn stage! J

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Research and article by Hypnobabies mom, Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, who is a medical researcher and the author of Evidence Based Birth!

“Failure to progress” is the number one reason for unplanned C-sections in the U.S.
istock 000005418037small-11Most women in labor are held to a standard called the “Friedman’s Curve.” Friedman’s curve is a graph that obstetric care providers have traditionally used to define a “normal” length and pace of labor. If a woman’s cervix does not dilate according to this schedule, she may be assigned a diagnosis of “failure to progress” and taken to the operating room for a Cesarean.

So what is this Friedman’s curve? When was it invented? Does it apply to women today?

In 1955, Dr. Friedman of Columbia University published a study describing the average amount of time it took women to dilate during labor (Friedman 1955). Until then, doctors had simply published research studies that described the total length of labor. Dr. Friedman went one step further by plotting women’s labors on a graph, and then figuring out the average length of time it took to a woman to dilate each centimeter. This graph became known as the famous “Friedman’s Curve.”Although it was published nearly 60 years ago, Friedman’s curve still serves as the basis of how most physicians define normal labor (Gabbe, Niebyl et al. 2012). In fact, as recently as 2010, researchers claimed that Friedman’s curve continues to “govern labor management.” In other words, most care providers use this graph to dictate how they manage a woman’s labor (Zhang, Troendle et al. 2010).You can see the rest of Rebeccca's informative article HERE.

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