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The Birth of Valerie Lynn
 

Summary:
Thurs 3/6 @ 9:15PM notice first pressure waves 10 mins apart, got to
bed around 11:30PM
Friday 3/7 @ 7:20AM, can’t sleep through it anymore.
At 8:49AM I called the midwife to give heads up.
At 11:38AM I called again with no change.
By 1:13PM we decided this was it.
Donna arrived by 5PM, first vaginal check was 5-6cm.
Around 7:45PM second vaginal check was 8-9.75cm
Waters broke on the toilet before 8PM.
Baby born at 8:12PM.

Thinking back after being asked if I was in pain at anytime, I can honestly say, “No I wasn’t in pain!” This was the most intense activity I have ever done and even though there might have been a TON of pressure in my hips and mild discomfort as my baby crowned, none of it *hurt* and none of it was un-manageable. I can honestly say my daughter’s birth was pain-free!

To read Kristi’s complete story you can go here.  

This birth story was shared by a mom from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group.  Come join us if you want to learn more about Hypnobabies!  (You must send an introduction to be approved to the group) 

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I enjoyed reading Painless Childbirth by Giuditta Tornetta, she is a birth doula and also uses hypnosis with her clients.   It was a positive, uplifting book about pregnancy and birth.   It is always wonderful to have a book showing that birth can be comfortable and enjoyable.

Reasons I liked this book: 

It shows that birth can be comfortable and enjoyable.  There are some good birth stories included, under many different circumstances, home birth, hospital births, induced births, etc.  These stories demonstrate how mom’s beliefs can create their reality. 

The book helps moms see how they can be empowered by educating themselves and making choices that are best for them and their baby!  Birth is not a one size fits all kind of situation.  Learn what your choices are, trust your body and baby and you can be empowered. 

The only thing that would make me hesitant to say every mom should read the book, is that it is fairly “new-agey”.  Personally, I am pretty open minded, so this didn’t bother me.   I just took what I liked and dismissed what didn’t fit into my beliefs.  For instance, Giuditta divided the book into 10 months, and connected the chakras to the different months of pregnancy.   I found that interesting, but others might be turned off by that.  

Some moms are very hesitant to try hypnosis for childbirth, because they worry it won’t fit into their belief structure.  One thing I like about Hypnobabies is that it is very main stream and can fit into anyone’s beliefs.  It isn’t new-agey at all.  I would worry that some of these moms, if they started to read this book would straight away assume that hypnosis is only for new-agey people. 

In conclusion I would let moms know if they are open to new and different ideas, then this is a great book for them to read in preparation for birth.    It will give them some tools and ideas to help them prepare for birth and parenting.  I would add that they most likely will need more than just this book for preparation.  If they want more tools, scripts, childbirth information, etc. Hypnobabies would give them these things. 

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I have broken it down into a few different categories. 

Basic Information - Most were first time moms, had their babies in the hospital and had birthing times

Comfort and Satisfaction - The majority of moms were comfortable or had manageable discomfort during parts of their birth.  98% felt their hypnosis tools helped during their births.

Unmedicated - 100% of the moms used hypnosis to try and go unmedicated.  80% did go unmedicated.

VBAC Moms - I was disappointed I only had 4 moms respond to this section, BUT they all did acheive their VBAC and felt hypnosis was helpful in this. 

Cesarean - 15% of the moms had cesareans.  They felt that hypnosis was still helpful. 

Reasons for Using and Helpfulness of Hypnosis - Pretty self explanatory.  :) 

I wish that I had the advanced survey monkey account, so everyone could go read all the comments, etc.  But here are the responses.   They don’t look very pretty, it was hard to get it formatted right in the blog. 

The percentages are the percentage results, the number next to it is the number that responded to that question. 

Overall I thought the responses were positive.  Even moms who ended up with a cesarean birth, still felt their hypnosis training was beneficial.  96% of the moms said they would recommend hypnosis for childbirth to their friends! 

So, if you are pregnant, do some research on the different options out there for hypnosis for childbirth and find the best one for you!  The majority of the moms who responded to this survey either used Hypnobabies or HypnoBirthing. 

*****This is not a scientific study.  I had 60 results.  These results are from moms using a few different types of Childbirth for Hypnosis classes. ****** 

 

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1. What number baby did you use hypnosis for birth and this survey is in response to? Response Percent Response Count
1 51.70% 31  
2
26.70%
16  
3
13.30%
8  
4
5.00%
3  
5
1.70%
1  
6
1.70%
1  
2. Where did you have this birth?
Hospital – with OB
50.00%
29  
Hospital – with midwife
27.60%
16  
Birth center – with midwife
12.10%
7  
Home – with midwife
10.30%
6  
Home – unassisted 0.00% 0  
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3. How long was your birthing time?
4 hours and less
16.70%
10  
4-6 hours
18.30%
11  
6-8 hours
10.00%
6  
8-10 hours
8.30%
5  
10-12 hours
11.70%
7  
12-18 hours
6.70%
4  
18-24 hours
11.70%
7  
24 hours and over
16.70%
10  
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4. Did you get induced to start your birthing time?
yes
20.00%
12  
no
80.00%
48  
5. Did you get any augmentation during your birth? (for example: pitocin for “moving things along”)
yes
27.10%
16  
no
72.90%
43  
1. Which program did you use?
Hypnobabies – Live Class
8.80%
5  
Hypnobabies Home Study
64.90%
37  
HypnoBirthing – Live Class
22.80%
13  
HypnoBirthing – read book on my own
3.50%
2  
HypBirth 0.00% 0  
LeClaire 0.00% 0  
Natal Hypnotherapy 0.00% 0  
2. What was your motivation to take a Hypnosis for Childbirth Class?
Recommendation of a friend
28.30%
13  
Learned about it online
69.60%
32  
Recommended by my care provider
10.90%
5  

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What was your MAIN goal in taking this class?
Feel more confident about Birth before it starts
5.30%
3  
Learn about different choices that come up during birth 0.00% 0  
Sleep better during pregnancy 0.00% 0  
Pain-free birth
19.30%
11  
Most comfortable birth possible
21.10%
12  
Tools to have un-medicated birth
36.80%
21  
Stay Relaxed and Calm during birth
12.30%
7  
To help achieve a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean)
5.30%
3  
Did you find your hypnosis “tools” useful during your pregnancy?
yes
98.30%
57  
no
1.70%
1  
Did you find the information you learned useful in your pregnancy?
yes
93.10%
54  
no
1.70%
1  
unsure
5.20%
3  

 

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Did this birth end in a cesarean?
yes
15.30%
9  
no
84.70%
50  
Page: Cesarean Information
1. What was the reason for this cesarean?
Emergency (mom or baby’s life at immediate risk, baby out within minutes)
12.50%
1  
Urgent
25.00%
2  
Exahaustion of mother 0.00% 0  
Failure to Progress
37.50%
3  
CPD (baby to big)
12.50%
1  
Breech
12.50%
1  
Twins 0.00% 0  
Planned
12.50%
1  
Other
12.50%
1  
       
2. Do you feel your cesarean was medically necessary?
yes
37.50%
3  
no
12.50%
1  
unsure
50.00%
4  
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4. Do you feel that your hypnosis tools were helpful during your cesarean?
  yes no unsure
before 100.0% (8) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0)
during 87.5% (7) 0.0% (0) 12.5% (1)
after 75.0% (6) 12.5% (1) 12.5% (1)

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