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There was a mom, Michele on the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group who was posting that her OB was doing the “Big Baby Scare” and wanted some input.  I shared my Big Baby Bull link and said, educate yourself and follow your instincts.
She posted her birth story and this was my reply.
This is a GREAT example of the power of a mother’s intuition.  At first I was sad that you chose to get a cesarean.  But as I read your story I could see that you were right in your choice (not because of his size, but because of the meconium AND your internal confirmation that you made the right choice).  I also am glad that you didn’t feel pressured into the cesarean by your care providers, that it was truly your choice.
I love that your Hypnobabies tools were so helpful before and during the cesarean.  That is great.  I would love to add your birth story to the Hypnobabies Blog.  It is a great example of the power of a mother’s intuition!
Michele said,
Thanks Sheridan. I too was totally surprised at my own decision to have surgery rather then go thru the natural process of birth. I’m a real naturalist about things and get a little nuts when I feel I can’t work with the natural order of things. It was weird. No matter how much I wanted to make the decision to be induced it never felt right to me in the hour and a half I was making the decision. At the time I couldn’t have told you why, it just was what it was.
Anyway, of course you can put it up on the Hypnobabies blog. I think people should know that the tools that they study will be there for them even if things don’t go as planned.
-Michele
Here is her birth story…

Miles Avery came in to the world on Monday July 6, 2009 at 9:57pm weighing 9lbs 4oz. and measured at 22 inches long! Big baby! But a real cutie!

Let me start out by saying that I studied Hypnobabies for 3 months prior to birth and fully prepared myself to have a natural childbirth. I believe if I ever have another child I will again prepare myself with Hypnobabies for a natural childbirth because Hypnobabies gave me the tools to deal with the process of having a c-section and made for a relatively calm birth amongst the craziness of the operating room. Doing Hypnobabies every night also made for a relaxing pregnancy and I believe had something to do with how incredibly calm my baby is.

On Monday July 6th I went to the hospital for a third fetal movement test. Since he was measuring big from the week before the Dr’s wondered if I had developed Gestational Diabetes so while there the nurse called to get the results of the GD test the week before. It turned out that I had developed it. From that point on I was told that the baby was coming out that day either by induction or by c-section. I was surprised that they actually were giving me the choice.  Now I had not read up on c-section or inductions so I wasn’t prepared to make the decision. The only knowledge I had of either of the 2 choices was the info in the HB home study book as well as some support from people on the HB message bored when I asked which would be better. I thank everyone for their responses!

When my husband got the hospital, he and I debated for over an hour and half which method would be the better option. We asked the OB at the hospital and our OB what they both thought. I called my parents and a friend of mine who had recently had a c-section to ask her about the recovery process. After going back and forth between the 2 we decided that the c-section was the way to go. I do have to say that the OB at the hospital and my OB never pressured me either way. In fact at one point the OB who performed the procedure actually said to me, “Let’s just start with the induction.” Cause I was taking so long to decide! I guess she figured I was uncomfortable with getting a c-section. They both were supportive of either option as long as I was open to having the baby that day.

Once we decided and I got admitted, it was time for pre-op. The staff there and the OB let me have close to an hour to prepare myself by letting me get into my own self-hypnosis mode. Like I said I hadn’t prepared for a CS so I was a little unsure of how to use the method for that so I started out with the Deepening CD to make sure I was as relaxed as I could be. After that I put myself in hypnosis and turned on my center switch just in time to wheeled into the operating room. I turned myself off when getting the spinal block and back to center when I had the lie down and stayed there for a few moments while answering questions from the anesthesiologist. Feeling the spinal take effect was the worst part for me. There was a moment where I felt like couldn’t breathe. And the Dr had the nurses tilt the table a little bit to help me out which did help. Then came some nausea, which the anesthesiologist gave me some Zofran for. Then my head started to hurt and here is where HB really helped me out. I began using the “Peace” cue while the pain in my head came and went. The “Peace” cue kept me calm during a moment that I wanted to really panic.

After my head stopped hurting and the Dr. made sure that I could not feel anything. My husband was allowed in and I promptly turned myself off while husband rubbed my head and gave me the relax and release cues through the entire operation. I also was saying to myself the entire time, “Deeper and Deeper with ever exhalation”.  I was completely relaxed and very aware of what people were saying and doing after I turned myself off. I never felt any pain during the surgery partly because of the drugs, but also because I was so relaxed. I remember the Dr and nurses telling me and commenting to my husband how calm I was and how good I was doing. I know that they are probably supposed to say that, but they all sounded genuinely impressed at how well I was handling everything.

Miles came out already crying and covered in meconium. This told me that I had made the right decision. He was just ready to come out. I remember the nurses all commenting on how big he was and that I had delivered the biggest baby of the day! LOL!  I was able to see him after a few minutes of him getting weighed and some blood tests taken because of the GD. Turns out his sugar was not elevated at all. I must have just recently started to develop GD right at the end.

Miles is just a beautiful baby boy. So far in his week and a half old life I have only had one night where he was fussy, but most of the time he is so calm and able to settle right down when he does get fussy that I am calling him my Zen Baby!

I truly do not think I would have been able to be so calm through the operation had I not studied with Hypnobabies. It truly gave me the knowledge and the tools to make my decision and to remain calm and relaxed throughout the c-section.

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3. Bring a loved one, friend, or doula for continuous support - lead authors Jeanne Green, MT, CD(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, and Barbara A. Hotelling, MSN, CD(DONA), LCCE, FACCE

We learn about this in class 3 and we teach the birth partner how to provide the best support throughout the Hypnobabies Class series.  It is very helpful for mom to have someone their to support her continuously throughout her birthing time.  Ideally this person will know about her hypnosis tools and cues.

For single moms without this option, Hypnobabies is actually a great choice as well, because it is set up so a single mom can do it on her own.  With the CDs you will have the continuous support of Kerry’s voice throughout your birth as well.

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What if you could have a gentle, peaceful and joyful natural birth?

What if you could eliminate fears you have about labor and birth?

What if your labor was comfortable and your contractions mostly felt like pressure and little to no pain, with little to no pain medication?

It’s possible with Hypnobabies!

Hypnobabies is a complete childbirth education program that combines the best information for having a safe pregnancy and birth with instruction in hypnosis for childbirth. Based on Gerald Kein’s Painless Childbirth program, you can learn simple self-hypnosis techniques that are used in medical settings when patients cannot use anesthesia for procedures or surgery.

This six-week, 18-hour course is thorough and provides students with weekly hypnosis practice that helps prepare couples and single moms for their final exam, which is, of course, childbirth! The techniques students learn will benefit them wherever they have their baby –at the hospital, a birth center or at home.

Many Hypnobabies students who have taken this course have experienced one or more of the following results:

· The use of fewer drugs or no drugs, which means less risk of side effects for mothers and babies.

· Shorter labors, because mothers are more relaxed when pain and fear are minimized or eliminated.

· A calmer birth environment because of calmer, more relaxed mothers.

· Fewer medical interventions are necessary because of the wonderful progress moms are able to make on their own during labor.

· Birth partners are more relaxed because of the knowledge they’ve gained and from the hypnosis they’ve helped mothers with.

· Students learn how to re-train their minds and replace negative messages they’ve learned over time about labor and birth with positive messages. This helps mothers to be calm and confident during labor and birth.

· Fewer drugs and medical interventions = faster recovery and healthier mothers and babies

Here is what some Hypnobabies students have shared about their birth experiences:

“I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to use self hypnosis for Mauro’s birth. Not only did it allow me to have the kind of birth I wanted for him and for me, but it also taught me the incredible power of the mind and the value of deep relaxation. I hope to be able to continue to use those lessons throughout the rest of my life.” – Mauro’s mom

“I was completely calm and relaxed during the entire 14 hour labor. I read all of these stories… about painless birth and thought that must be nice, I am just hoping to be able to develop some tools to help me cope. I ended up with a pain free amazing hospital birth, more than I could have ever asked for. It is a story I have been sharing with anyone who will listen. Your mind and Hypnobabies are amazing tools!” – Reese’s mom

“ I could hear everyone in the room, I was aware of what was going on, I could change positions, yet I was so concentrated on opening my body during contractions. In between contractions, even at 8 cm and with the waves coming on fast, I actually felt myself nod off to sleep!” – Victor’s mom

Ready to learn how to have a gentle, peaceful, and joyful birth?

Hypnobabies classes are now being taught in Northeast Austin/Round Rock, near the La Frontera shopping center.

Day of the week & time: Saturdays from 9 am – 12 pm

Dates: October 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, November 7th, 14th

Cost: $350. $50 deposit required; remaining balance due by first class.

Special Note: Women must be in their 34th week of pregnancy or earlier in order to take this class series.

If you’re not sure Hypnobabies is right for you, I invite you to listen to our introductory audios. The first audio explains more about hypnosis, and the second audio is a hypnosis track for you to experience deep relaxation. Listen online or download the tracks today!

Visit http://www.AustinHypnobabies.com/hypnocurious.aspx to experience hypnosis and find out more about Hypnobabies.

To read birth stories from Hypnobabies’ moms, visit:

http://www.pregnancybirthandbabies.com/enjoyable_births.htm

Enjoy Your Baby’s Birth, In Comfort, Joy and Love

with Hypnobabies


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Darlene MacAuley

Helping Women Have Peaceful, Gentle, and Joyful Births

Hypnobabies Childbirth Education, Hypno-Doula and Birth Doula Services, Reiki and EFT

Office: 512.691.9546
Websites: www.withHeartandHands.net
Blog: www.SavvyDoula.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/savvydoula
Facebook: www.facebook.com/savvydoula

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I love stories where moms overcome great odds to have amazing births!  So when I read this birth story of The Crafty Work at Home Momma I knew I had to share it!

She was planning a VBA2c (vaginal birth after 2 cesareans) and had found a supportive care provider and a supportive hospital, hired a doula and prepared with Hypnobabies.  Well her doula was looking for typical benchmarks in determining how far along mom was (looking for discomfort, etc) and mom was much further along then she thought.  When mom needed to push before leaving for the hospital, they realized they would never make it to the VBAC supportive hospital (30 minutes away) so they had to divert to the VBAC banned hospital.

Well, she managed to have an awesome un-medicated vaginal birth there!  Horray for her!

Please go read her story, it is very inspirational!

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2. Walk, move around, and change positions throughout labor - lead author Teri Shilling, MS, CD(DONA), IBCLC, LCCE, FACCE

Another great tool to help your birthing time go more quickly and easily.

Hypnobabies is great, because it is eyes open childbirth hypnosis.  Moms using Hypnobabies are able to open their eyes, walk, talk, shower, sit on birth balls, do pretty much anything!  By following their body in moving to different positions, it helps their baby move down and out more quickly!

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It doesn’t get any better than this!  :)

Mariana was planning a VBA2C and used Hypnobabies to help prepare.  She hired a doula and was planning to birth at a hospital 30 minutes away that allowed VBACs.  Because she was so relaxed her doula didn’t realize she was so far along and they had to go to the hospital 5 minutes away and the baby was born 30 minutes later.  Vaginally at this hospital which prohibits VBACs. Maybe that was because there wasn’t time for them to figure that out!

You can read the whole story yourself at The Crafty Work At Home Momma!

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Here is a mom relaxing in the tub at 9 cm during a pressure wave.  Look at how calm she is!  :)

You can read the moms experience at her blog!

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