Archive for December, 2009

Zoe’s EDD was September 19th, but her older siblings were both “early.”  I just KNEW she’d be born around 37-38 weeks and had already been off work for 2 weeks.  I was growing more frustrated by the day since I set my expectations so early and OB was pressuring an induction.  But the baby knew EXACTLY what to do!

On Saturday, September 20th, I started having the first pressure waves about 1:00 pm after thinking all morning, “She’s never coming out!” (talk about impatient!)  The waves were not steady, and I had negative thoughts about this not being the birthing time because I’d had pressure waves off and on for the past 2 weeks that never created a pattern and then fizzled out.  My parents had taken our other kids out of town that morning to let me “have some rest,” so this allowed me to relax and clean the house.  I kept moving in hopes the PWs would pick up in intensity and frequency.

At about 2:30p.m., I called my close friends and mom and told them I was having PWs, but they weren’t intense and were about 5 minutes apart.  I told myself that if they picked up, I’d bake brownies for the nurses at 4:00, and we’d go to the hospital at 7:00.  I called Andi, our hypno-doula to give her a heads-up but still didn’t think this was “it.”

They continued to progress, but I was not uncomfortable at all.  I didn’t even use the finger-drop technique until around 4:45 when some PWs were still 4 minutes apart, but a couple were only 1 minute apart.  I welcomed each wave and still wanted them to come on stronger to convince myself I might see our baby soon. I made the brownies, and by the time they were finished, I decided I wanted to go ahead and go to the hospital so I could listen to my CDs and chill out without having to drive in the middle of trying to listen to my scripts.  Our doula met us at the hospital because I told her I felt like I just needed to get there and get settled in.  I was still somewhat nervous that the hospital would send me back home, but our doula assured me that if they did, that would be the best thing for me.  We got to the hospital at 6:00 pm.

I changed into a gown and turned in our pre-registration.  The nurses were very nice and allowed me to stop talking when necessary; I used the finger-drop technique several times during the check-in; DH and Andi were able to answer some questions.  Our doula was awesome!  She reminded me to “breathe in peace; breathe out tension” which helped immensely (I dealt with a lot of fear from my 1st birth throughout this pregnancy).  Still thinking I would be sent back home, the nurse checked me and reported I was at a 6 with a bulging bag of waters! I was so happy I got emotional and realized I knew I could do this naturally!  The nurse also asked me to rate my p**n level on a scale of 1-10.  Between PWs, it was a “1” and during, I rated it a “6,”–totally bearable.

DH went out to the car to bring in our things.  While he was gone, I had about 3 very intense PWs and couldn’t get comfortable.  I made a quiet vocalization through two of those and worried he would get scared if he heard me vocalizing.  I told Andi I felt nauseated, and she got me a trash can.  DH walked back in the room, and I told him, “Don’t be scared, but I’m about to make some noise now.  I’m okay though.”  At that point, a leaned off the side of the bed, felt a huge pressure, and moaned loudly while holding the side-rail of the bed.  The bag of waters busted (it sounded like a water balloon!).  Andi said, “That was a push!”  She tried to find the call button, and DH just ran into the hall to get a nurse.  I immediately had another strong urge to push; I did, and her head was out!  Andi, the nurse, and DH asked if I could get back on the bed (I was still hanging over the trashcan–it was all so fast!) and asked if I could push again–oh yeah–pushing felt great!  Her body came out on that push, and she immediately started crying.  I was in shock that she was already out and that the “labor” was over!  We were all laughing and in complete amazement (especially DH and myself; our other daughter’s birth took 50 hours!).

I did have some tearing along my previous scar from my two former medicated births (I didn’t even feel this as it happened).  The doctor arrived about 20 minutes later to do the stitches (and I did get Lidocaine local anesthesia for this).  The baby had already been nursing that 20 minutes, and she continued nursing for almost 2 hours!  No one took her from me to weigh her or anything until about 9:00 p.m.

She weighs 7 pounds, 14 ounces
20.75 inches long

We were allowed to leave the hospital the next evening and are enjoying our Babymoon now.

I have to reiterate how awesome the Hypnobabies program is.  There were times I doubted it would work for me during the birthing time, but I recognized how well I had been sleeping during this pregnancy and how well it helped me with generalized anxiety and other fears about life in general.  I thought it was worth it if those were the only things I got out of it.

We took a live course with our hypno-doula, but I didn’t do the practices perfectly, and I fell asleep EVERY time I listened to a CD.  I really doubted I could have a p**n-free delivery, but it actually was (I did feel pressure, but it actually felt somewhat good to push through it)!  This birth was very healing for me and DH, and I feel so extra blessed not only with our healthy baby but with the privilege of getting to bring her into this world in a natural, peaceful, empowered way.

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We had a planned home water birth. We had no ultrasounds. I was GBS+ but successfully used natural methods to become GBS-! It was nearly perfect! We had the baby 2 days after her “due” (guess) date…

(Please use your BOP…)

We were lazy on Sunday and watched a lot of TV. Paul (hubby) said he felt bad about being so lazy. I told him we were resting up for the baby. Little did I know it would be today. I wasn’t at all nervous about the birth itself (though I had been early on, before HB!) but was anxious to meet her and get the pregnancy part over with. I thought today may be the day but I really wasn’t sure. When we finally decided to go out to finish the horses’ fence (I was just keeping my husband, Paul, company), I went to the bathroom and there was a tiny bit of mucus plug. I also had some fluid leaking on the way to the bathroom on a previous trip, just a very little bit. I  told Paul that today may be the day, but I don’t think he believed me. He went on with the fence project plans as usual. I called my mom, then Marlene, our midwife, and I told them I had slight cramps w/ pressure waves and that today may be the day. I went down to the barn around 2:45 with my stopwatch and pad of paper. Paul thought I was making a “to-do” list. I told him I was timing PW’s.

When I started timing them, they were consistently 5 min. apart and 45 sec. long! I timed maybe 2-3 of them in a row. They felt like mild menstrual cramps. Then suddenly, they were 3 min apart and 60 sec. long and getting stronger, though still pretty comfortable. I could still continue on with what I was doing easily. I told Paul that I was going to go start setting up the birthing supplies. We had everything ready, just not set out and we still had to blow up and fill the pool, which meant connecting the pool hose to the faucet in the shower, etc. I wanted to start my Hypnobabies relaxation so I would be nice and relaxed for the birth. Within a few minutes, Paul was up from the barn and was starting to help get things ready. He wanted to take a shower! I told him there was no time for that but he didn’t think I was serious. I guess, because I didn’t look like a typical woman in labor, as portrayed on TV and he thought it would still be several hours. He took a quick shower then started getting the birth pool ready. I decided to start listening to my HB CD’s. I went upstairs to sit on my birthing ball and listen to my relaxation tracks while he got the pool ready. I started on the Fear Clearing Session, but after remembering all I had to get ready, I quit, knowing it was progressing very quickly and that there wasn’t much time. I couldn’t concentrate because of all that still had to be done. I decided to listen after we got things ready. So, I came back downstairs and he had the pool almost full! I did put my HB on in the background, Easy First Stage. Waves were getting very intense! Paul was hanging the Christmas lights for nighttime birthing and joking around. I was in no mood for joking and I was thinking, “we’re not going to need those lights” but I didn’t say anything. He was so relaxed and helpful, I didn’t want to ruin the mood. I was lying on the bed trying to relax through the waves but they were getting so strong and close together that I had to quit helping get the supplies set up. He disappeared upstairs and I had a few more pressure waves and decided after this last one, that’s it! I have to get in the pool! When Paul came back downstairs a few minutes later, he was surprised to find me in the pool, not thinking it was time yet. I asked him to call my mom and tell her I was definitely in labor and that she should come soon. I don’t think I made it clear how close I thought it would be! (Of course, I wasn’t SURE how long it would take, so I was second-guessing myself). I must have been much more calm on the outside than I felt on the inside because I had to yell a few times for him to come back down again when I felt definite pushing during a pressure wave! He had been straightening up for our birth team and my mom so they would have a place to sleep that night while waiting for the birth and/or afterward. (I thought that was cute!) I got a little scared when the pushing started b/ I didn’t know if it was time yet. Was I dilated? My birth team wasn’t there yet! We thought we may have to catch this baby ourselves. Paul called the midwife and she was about 15-20 minutes away.

I know people have different experiences and sensations during birthing but pushing to me was very intense! To me, I don’t know how anyone could NOT push when a pressure wave came on! I couldn’t NOT do it. So, when the pushing happened, it happened! It felt like dry heaves. My body just took over and I was surprised how powerful my body was! Of course, I had been having practice pressure waves since at least week 20 pretty regularly. I had said that as many as I had, the baby ought to just shoot out! I don’t remember it being that painful, it just scared me a little how my body took over. When the pushing started, I was lying back in the pool. I just stayed in this position b/ it never occurred to me to move. Early on in the pushing, my water broke which, to me sounded like an explosion! Paul was still running around getting things ready or calling the midwife or something because he didn’t know it had broken and I didn’t ask him if he noticed until afterward. He hadn’t. At some point, Holly, the midwife’s apprentice, arrived. She looked shocked when she came in, not expecting us to be so far along. The look on her face was priceless. Marlene arrived soon after and they were busy setting up supplies they might need. I think she suggested I try a different position because I had been pushing for a little while and there was no head coming. (We think I probably pushed for about an hour??). Once I got on my hands and knees, it progressed much more quickly. A few more pushes and the head was crowning. A few pushes later, her head was out. Once her head was out, I was preparing for the same with the shoulders but I think one push and the shoulders were out. Then the rest of her slid out on its own. I thought someone was pulling her out but I found out later that that wasn’t the case. Marlene said “sit back” and when I did, the baby came floating up into my arms. She cried once or twice then opened her eyes and looked around! She latched on and nursed very quickly and was alert and calm. She has been a very quiet baby and many people comment on how quiet and alert she is. I think it has a lot to do with her gentle entry into the world! We estimated her arrival to be 5:45, about 3 hours after the PWs were apparent to me.

I had a brief second of the “ring of fire” when her head was emerging but it quickly faded as her head came out and exerted more pressure. The only sharp what-I-considered “pain” was I could feel myself tearing in the front, but I didn’t care. I just wanted to get the baby out! I didn’t think of changing positions. (I hadn’t done any perineal stretching on the front. All of the literature I had read on it said to stretch toward the back. Where I had stretched, I didn’t tear. However, I didn’t need stitches, fortunately.) Delivering the placenta was a piece of cake.

She is now 9 weeks old and worth it all a million times over! I don’t feel I really got to fully use my HB because of the speed at which the birth progressed. It was hard to get “into the zone” because it happened in such a rush, but obviously, it helped keep me calm, which allowed for a quick, relatively painless (though intense) birth. I recommend it to everyone!

If I could do anything over, (you may want to consider this for your birth) I’d have had a deeper birthing pool (ours was 22″, of course, water was probably about 16″ high). I’d have it at least 6″ higher next time. Would have been able to get into a better position(s), been more boyant, etc. I would have also been doing HB THAT DAY when I first suspected that it would be the day of birthing so I could get into my off switch and center switch better and could practice with them when PWs weren’t intense. I would have also tried the exercise my natural healer gave me for menstrual cramps that works like magic to see if that helped lessen the pressure sensations of the PWs. And, I would have had everything set out weeks in advance, just in case.

More good news: I had symphysis pubis discomfort throughout much of pregnancy but it didn’t bother me at all in labor or delivery!…
I wish all of you the best! It’s been great having you on our “team”. You can do it! Your baby will thank you one day for giving them the best start and being proacitve in their care! Remember to get your baby to a good chiro who is experienced in children. It keeps the nervous system functioning well which makes your baby healthier.

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Our first Male Instructor!  Horray!

Rev. John Burger HCHI

Des Moines, IA

(515) 423-3150



As a father of triplets I have very fond and wonderful memories of the miracle of childbirth.  As a pastor for nearly 20 years, I have always enjoyed being a part of family events and especially visiting families at the birth of their children.  There is no more miraculous time in your life than the birth of your child!  There are no doubt other men out there who do “hypnosis for childbirth”, but I am proud and honored to be the only male presently certified to teach Hypnobabies® complete childbirth education course!  While the birth of my daughters was the most miraculous event of my life, there is a wealth of information in Hypnobabies® that I wish I would have known prior to the birth of my triplets.  I want you to be prepared and confident for the most miraculous and powerfully bonding event of your life!  And I want you to enjoy your baby’s (or babies’) easy, comfortable birth!

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I am finally getting around to posting Arabella’s birth story.  Arabella is my 4th baby and my 2nd hynobaby vbac.  It is long but I hope you enjoy it!!

During my whole pregnancy I was so sure that she was going to come in October and I was hoping that I would wake up in labor and have her by mid-afternoon.  I always envisioned birthing while standing up and then bringing her straight to my chest!  I kept thinking about how I wanted the birth to go and I am amazed to say that it actually happened the way I wanted but on Sept. 29 instead of in October.

I woke up the morning of Sept. 29, 2009 with a nice pressure wave at 6:45am.  I had been having strong waves for a few days but it was just one or two and then nothing.  So I just went back to sleep.  I had about 4 and looked at the clock and saw that it was 7:45am and since I was not very comfortable in bed I thought I would get up and see if they would stop.  This was how Jake’s labor started (I went to bed that night and had my first strong wave and just was not comfortable lying down).

I decided to take a nice hot shower and see if that would stop them.  I had 1 wave while I was in the shower and was starting to wonder if this was the real thing.  I got the kids ready for the day and downstairs for breakfast.  I had some really strong waves while getting their breakfast ready and so I called Jen, my sister.  I think I was in denial that it could actually be my birthing time since I was so sure she was waiting until October.

At this time it was around 830am and I was having waves about every 6 minutes.  Jen said she thought this was it and I told her I would see how things went.  I called Julie, my other sister to let her know it might be my birthing time and then I called my Mom.  I wasn’t sure if this was it and told my mom I was going to try and get some emails done for work and I would call her back in about 45 minutes.  I also emailed Dan to let him know it might be my birthing time.  I attempted to do some emails but could not concentrate because I was getting excited and so I finally just told them that I starting my birthing time and they had to deal with it.  Jen decided to come over so she could follow me to her house since we needed the minivan there so they could bring the kids to the hospital and I called mom to let her know I thought this was it.  I emailed Dan and told him this was it but I thought he had time if he wanted to finish his meeting.  He was already on his way home.

I tried to get the last minute things done but I think the kids knew something was up and they were a little clingy.  Jake had woken up very early so he was ready for a nap and so he wanted to nurse.  I tried nursing him but after a few waves it was too much.  Dan got home and we decided to go over to Jen’s house.

We got there around 11:30am and I was hoping I would really be able to get into deep hypnosis.  Up until this point I was just relaxing as much as I could during the waves but not going into hypnosis.  The waves were not painful just intense but I had to really focus to relax through them.   Once we got to Jen’s house I put Jake upstairs, he had fallen asleep on the way there, and we got the kids lunch.  Dan was ready to go to the hospital but I wanted to stay home as long as possible.  I needed to keep moving and was pacing back and forth in the kitchen.  When I would have a wave I would lean on the counter and sway back and forth.  The kids started “dancing” with me.

After a little bit, I realized that I needed to listen to my hypnosis to help me get into a good zone.  I still was not in any pain but just felt scattered from trying to get the kids all ready and get to Jen’s house and I hadn’t listen to any scripts yet.  So I sat on the couch and listened to the deepening track.  This did help me relax and I started to feel better.  After the deepening track, I had a few nice waves and I really just felt it was time to go to the hospital.  I really needing to concentrate and thought that it was getting close and if it wasn’t close that I needed to get really deep into hypnosis which was tough with all the kids.  So I told Dan it was time to go.  Julie was on the phone and said she wanted to come over but I told her I didn’t think I could wait.  We waited another 5 minutes for the brownies to be done and then I said goodbye to the kids and we left.

I had a strong wave in the driveway so waited to get in the car and then I put deepening on again as we drove the 25 minutes to the hospital.  The waves were more intense still not painful but I was thinking to myself that if I wasn’t at least 8cm I was going to be very upset.  We got to the hospital and I had about 3 waves walking from the car to the door which wasn’t very far and about 3 more walking up to the birthing center.  I had a few while signing the paperwork and then finally got in the room around 2pm.

I changed into my binzi which I loved and posed for a picture.   I noticed that I felt better if I pushed while I was having waves and started thinking maybe I am ready.  I kept telling myself I was crazy.  Finally the nurse came in to put the heplock in, since this was a vbac, and to monitor me and get some blood.  I was really feeling like I wanted to be checked but kept my mouth shut since I didn’t want to be checked and be only at 3cm.  The midwife came in while the nurse was trying to get some blood and said she would come back in a few minutes.  I was very tempted to say no just stay but again didn’t want to be wrong.  Finally the nurse finished getting everything and left the room.

I told Dan that I felt like I was pushing and he asked if I wanted him to get the midwife and at first I said no but with the next wave my body started really pushing and I told Dan to get them.  He was out the door so fast…I think I really scared him.  The midwife came right in and I had to get on the bed which I hated but she checked me and said I was fully dilated and she felt the bag of waters right there.

I got right out of bed and was standing next to it which was the most comfortable position for me and the midwife suggested that maybe I get on the bed and lay on my side so the baby would come out a little slower and they might be able to prevent tearing.  I tried getting on the bed but half-way on I had another wave and it was just so uncomfortable so I stood back up and continued pushing that way.  I felt the bag of water come out it felt like I had a small balloon hanging from me and I could feel her head coming down and going back up with each push.

After a few pushes I finally felt her head come out and what a wonderful feeling that was.  Then out came her body.  I got to lift her right up to me and Dan cleaned her head with a towel.  I laid on the bed to deliver the placenta.  The midwife was very patient and let it come out when it was ready and we waited for the cord to stop pulsating until Dan cut it.  Then Arabella nursed for about 1 hour and 45 minutes until finally I let them take her to weigh her and clean her up.  They did everything in the room and she was 9lbs 1 oz and 21 ¼ inches long.  She is so beautiful.

This birth was exactly how I wanted it.  I am surprised at how much more intense it was then Jake’s but it was also so much quicker and I didn’t believe I was in labor right away.  I did not get as deep in hypnosis as I did with Jake’s birth but I still wouldn’t say it was painful.  I didn’t feel as in control while I was pushing but I am so excited I got to feel everything this time.  With Jake I did not feel anything.  I don’t know if it was because I was so deep in hypnosis or just that I pushed for over 2 hours but I did not feel his head coming out and was sort of disappointed about that.  It was an amazing birth and I am so thankful that I found Hypnobabies!!!


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Happy Hypnobabies Holiday

Prize Drawing!

Get in the holiday spirit by entering to win one of three awesome Hypnobabies prizes for your wonderful birth!  (One entry per person, please.)

3rd Prize ~ 25% Off Your 2010 Hypnobabies Course* & a FREE copy of the After Your Baby Comes Hypnobabies CD**

2nd Prize ~ 50% Off Your 2010 Hypnobabies Course* & a FREE copy of  one of the following Hypnobabies CDs**
> Breastfeeding Success, or
> Eliminate Nausea Now!

GRAND PRIZE ~ Your 2010 Hypnobabies Course FREE* & a FREE copy of one of the following Hypnobabies CDs**
> Peaceful Sleep Now,
> Breastfeeding Success, or
> Needles are Okay

Entry begins on Thursday, December 10th and ends on Friday, December 25th, 2009, at midnight. Prize drawing will be on or about December 26th and winners will be contacted by December 31st, 2009.

* All courses are for my in-person class only. You may choose any course in 2010 that works best for your schedule, as long as the course is not full. Contact me for course availability. No returns or refunds and no cash value for prizes. Prizes must be confirmed by the winner within 30 days after the drawing or it will be forfeited.
** CDs can be given only to confirmed Hypnobabies students. If the prize is not accepted or forfeited, a fourth drawing will occur and the prize will be offered to that winner.
*** Additional conditions may apply. Please contact me for details.

Visit Ancient Hearts website for information on how to enter!

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Finally have enough time to tell you wonderful hypno moms about Maia’s birth, she’s 7 weeks old now and is amazing everyday.

I’m 43 and Maia is my 5th baby, my other children are 20, 17, 11 and 10.  The first 2 births were in hospital on my back and were manageable but with hindsight, not the wonderful events they should have been.  My third was an unintentional homebirth with my holding DD3’s head in while the midwife ran in the house.  My son’s birth was meant to be a homebirth but we had a flu epidemic that year and there was 1 midwife to come out and assess me and escort me into hospital because there were simply not enough able staff.

Maia’s father is not the father of my other children so she was a bit of an unknown quantity as far as my pregnancy went and therefore also the labour.  I had horrendous morning sickness for the first time and was not impressed.. Horrible PSD that got me a few appointments with the physio but not much relief.. and of course I am so much older than I was for the last birth with a new father to boot! He took some persuading but once I had shown him the stats for poor hospital experiences and had him read some of the horror stories, he came round to my way of thinking and we started to plan a homebirth with a birthing pool.

We would still have to use an NHS midwife because we couldn’t afford an ndependant midwife but I managed to come up with the next best thing.  My son has a friend in his class, who’s mother had not long qualified as a midwife and I phoned her to ask if she would be my midwife and she said yes, brilliant!!! All my ante natals were done in my own home, none of these rushed affairs in a sterile office :D

My guess date was 16th October and we had a 3D scan done because Daddy was working away and couldn’t be here for either of the others, it’s so weird seeing your baby as a black and white photo before she’s born.

I have asymptomatically high BP and we had a few dodgy ante natals when the results were a little high for comfort but then I’d use my hypnobabies techniques and would get it right down, once I got it so low Paula, my midwife, was panicking about it being TOO low lol. I did, however, end up in hospital once for an hour for continous monitoring because it wouldn’t come down but I just worked harder on my hypnobabies from then because I was determined to keep my home water birth.

Maia got into head down position when she was meant to but was really active and when I worked out which bit was which I realised she was posterior, my placenta was anterior and it turned out that her cord was quite short so all my attempts to turn her were in vain. I admit to worrying myself about back labour and  panicked when I read ‘let birth be born again’ by Jean Sutton.  Paula started to refuse to discuss the baby’s position with me, I could tell from my shape that all my pelvic tilts were having no effect.  I borrowed a Rebozo but didn’t get round to trying it.

I’m self employed as a driving instructor and finished working 2 weeks before Maia was born, by that time I was using my hypnobabies to help me sleep and to keep my BP down, the pregnancy affirmations was my favourite.  I never got round to doing a fear release until I was in labour but I knew that transition was the thing I was most concerned about.  I should tell you that I’d had no pain relief with any of my other births and fully expected to manage this birth in the same way but I always found transition so intense.  Added to that, I’d read somewhere older women labour for longer too, hypnobabies HAD to help me.

So we got to 14th and bearing in mind Maia’s position and how posterior babies ‘usually’ go past guess dates, I was mildly surprised to see a tiny bit of the plug on the toilet tissue just before going to bed, I never did get into the habit of doing finger drops on those midnight runs…

Thursday 15th, my waters broke at 11am, just little dribbles when I moved about but no waves, I texted Paula to let her know and of course she wanted to be kept informed of any developements but said she’d come down later anyway to check my BP.  She came down at 1pm, still no waves and my BP was fine but now we have a time limit, she told me current protocols are 24 hours but we both knew I’d be doing my own monitoring if we went past 24 hours.

The pressure waves finally started a couple of hours later but were intermittent and more than manageable. I did my first fear clearing session and the birth day affirmations, and I think I listened to Deepening too. Paula came back at 4 and checked my BP and temperature again, both were fine but she said that she would have to let the hospital know what was going on and they would expect to see me at 11 the following morning.  She left telling me to take it easy to keep my BP down but to do what I could to get the PW’s going.  I have to tell you that I was up and down our stairs more than I had been my whole pregnancy that evening, it worked to keep them going but would peter away when I stopped, needless to say I was fairly breathless.

My OH and my 2 youngest had a walk around to my dad’s at about 7pm and by now I was having to stop walking and concentrate between each PW, still not anything other than pressure and tightening. I’d been rocking on all fours when I was on the phone to a friend and although I couldn’t talk to her when I had a PW, I found that if I pushed my hips as far forward as I could, I could almost feel nothing!!!

We got home about 9pm and started baking brownies and cookies, as much to distract the kids as anything, and although I didn’t help out, I was now it established labour and phoned Paula to tell her that.  The PW were still around 10 mins apart but were lasting for more than a minute.
Once the baking was done, I got in the bath to help relax me and to pass the time, the kids came in to say good night at 1130 and I put on birth day affirmations again I think, it’s 50 mins long whichever 1 it was, then I resumed getting through each of the Pw’s pushing my hips forward, yes I was lying on my front in the bath and it was all working great!!  My OH came in a couple of times and he took the only photos on Maia when she was still ‘Bunny’, so we have to look at my naked ass when looking at photo’s of my bump lol, not nice BTW!! I was using nipple stimulation to keep the PW’s going as I felt they were still not that well established.

So now it’s nearly 1am and I decide I’d better get out of the bath, no idea how close the PW’s are, but I do know that I have no problem dealing with them or using hypnobabies to deal with them.  However, as I stand to get out of the bath, my concentration slips and I have 3 PW’s one after the other, no pain but now I realise we have very little time and the birth pool hasn’t been filled yet!!

I shout at OH to get my phone so I can get Paula’s number for him to call, ‘how far apart are your contractions?’ he asks, so much for keeping to the script…. ‘every minute’ I reply not wanting to panic him or her but in reality they are less than 30 seconds apart. And I shout that we need to get the pool filled NOW!

So I get a tank top on and some underwear to wait her arrival, she lives 2 min drive from me, and with me shouting at OH the kids have disappeared upstairs not really sure what to do with themselves.

The pool took me 45 mins to fill during the rehearsals and Im pretty damn sure that I’m not gonna get in there…but OH has other ideas and blasts water into it, unfortunately he doesn’t put the tap adaptor on tight enough and it blows off, I remember walking into the kitchen and wondering why the ceiling is dripping lol.

Paula arrives about 1.10 and starts to take my BP and tries to take ,my temperature but I have to get on my knees to deal with the PW’s and she loses the thermometer….and now I know I’m in transition, no position is comfortable and I’m starting to moan through each of them.

I still have my undies on and on the other side of the room the birth pool beckons, still not full but sooooo far away I don’t think I’m gonna be able to get in, and now I’m feeling pushy which I tell Paula. So I turn and face the back of the sofa but the cushion slides as I brace for the next PW and I know that I HAVE to get in somehow.  As 1 PW dies away, I make my move and have my undies off and HOP into the birth pool before the next 1 starts.  The uncontrollable urge to push takes over and now I’m loud which feels great but which freaks the kids out so they stay upstairs, we hadn’t made any definate plans about them being in attendance so if this is where they want to be then I’m wasn’t going to force them.

I now gather my wits and know that I have to calm down to breath this baby out, I’d have stitches with each of my other babies and wasn’t looking forward to having them again.  I reached under the water to her head and gave Paula a scare when she saw my finger tips in the dim light and thought they were toes, and she asked OH to get her a mirror so she could see better.  He disappears upstairs to try and get the shaving mirror off the wall and has to be shouted back down as Maia’s head comes out, no ring of fire and the other midwife came in then and I actually said to her that it was nice to see her lol.  She’s the supervisor of midwives at the hospital Paula works at and had put herself on call because there are so few home births in this area and she wasn’t about to miss out!!

1 more push and I lift my baby to the surface and welcomed her to the world, her Daddy was just coming into the lounge as I lifted her up and so he did see her but didn’t catch her which was what we had hoped for.     Within 10 seconds her brother and sisters greeted her and I sat back whilst gazing into the face of our new arrival. She was born at 0145 on her guess date with NO labour in my back, with no problems, with no pain, with no meds in our own home with our own family around us.

We waited till the cord stopped pulsing, Daddy cut it and we used a cord tie made by a doula friend instead of those plastic clamps, yuck. I had tried to lift her out of the water so that Paula could wrap her in in a dry towel because she was very blue but her cord was so short I was struggling to get her to my chest, so no wonder she hadn’t turned!

Within 20 minutes Granny and Gramps had arrived and even my daughter’s boyfriend came back to see Maia, all the while I’m still in the pool!

I had a physiological 3rd stage,  it took an hour and then we went through to my bedroom to be checked for tears and this was the only time that my under carriage was looked at, I had no internals at all :D as per my birthplan :)) I also needed no stitches yay!

Maia weighed 6lbs13oz, my smallest baby and was 50cm long, she’s the apple of all our eyes and even the dog likes her, the smelliest springer spaniel on the planet.

I thoroughly recommend hypnobabies, if only to get you through your pregnancy, if you stay calm and choose to use your ‘tools’ then you will give yourself the best chance of getting the birth you want.

Good luck to all you moms to be, especially Kathy mommyryn, I have followed your situation through all it’s twists and turns and hope you are holding your sweet baby soon.

Sorry this is sooo long but I wanted to make sure I remembered it all :D


Debs xx

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I thought this was a great story about how Hypnobabies tools can be used for your whole life!  It is like riding a bike.  :)

I’m currently just over 11 weeks with #4, this will be my 4th
Hypnobabies birth (a repeat “customer”, the highest recommendation I
can give it!).  DS was a med-free hospital birth in 2004, DD1 (10
lbs!) was a homebirth in 2006, DD2 was a home waterbirth in 2008, this
little one is due in June 2010.

This time around I’m facing something I’ve never experienced before -
gallstones.  Ouch!  I’ve had 3 attacks now, and it has been the worst
pain I’ve ever experienced.  During my last attack I went and grabbed
my iPod and loaded up my “Creating Anesthesia” track and curled up in
bed with my rice sock on my abdomen.  It’s been about 1.5 years since
I’ve listened to any of my Hypnobabies tracks but it was just like
riding a bike, it all came back.  The relaxing deep breaths, the light
switch and the anesthesia.  Before the track was over I was
comfortable and asleep, and slept through the rest of the gallstone
attack.  (A far cry from my 1st one that kept me up writhing in pain
for hours.)  I’m still waiting for my appointment to see a doctor
about the gallstones (long wait times for appointments at the local
military hospital) but I’m glad I have a coping mechanism for any
other attacks that come along.


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Marta Rodriguez-Lopez, Ms, HCHI

(727) 517-6306
My web : http://peacefulhypnobabies.com
My blog : http://diezlunas.wordpress.com/
Montgomery county, Maryland

I am a mother of two great kids with baby number three due in May. I successfully used Hypnobabies with my second pregnancy and I’m currently using this technique preparing for my upcoming birth.  I am so proud of being a Hypno-Mom during my second birth, I decided to become an instructor.  My desire is to share these amazing tools with you and other expectant parents. I have a special interest in disseminating information about pregnancy and natural birth to the Spanish speaking community.

I believe that babies should come to this world in a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere, where the mother is respected as a woman and as a human being, not a patient at the hospital. I believe that women must restore confidence in their bodies, and allow them to do the job they are designed for. I’m hoping to witness a shifting change from high medical and institutionalized labor to a progressive approach where a pregnant woman is considered a healthy person going through one of the most important and empowering events in her life.

I’m offering group and private classes in Montgomery County, MD for more information visit my web page.

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I of course get to see this first hand with the moms I work with.

It was wonderful to see an article which discussed all the benefits.

Here are some highlights.

Moms that use hypnosis

  • use less drugs during birth
  • are more comfortable during birth
  • have shorter labors
  • less medical interventions
  • less depression and anxiety after birth

Hypnobabies is great for moms on so many levels!

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