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Believe it or not, Hypnobabies can help you sleep better!

Here are some comment from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group.

I don’t know about the rest of you mama’s, but I have gotten more sleep with this pregnancy than I have with any of my previous 3.  I didn’t start sleeping soundly until I started my tracks 4 weeks ago.  I went from waking about 4 times per night (to pee) to just ONCE.  Now I wake either once or twice the past week.

Last night I didn’t listen to any tracks before bed and boy did it make a difference. I could NOT get into a good sleep. I was constantly tossing from one side to the next and getting up to pee several times before 2am.  At 2am I decided to try putting my lightswitch into the ‘off’ position and that knocked me RIGHT OUT.  I noticed at some point that I was moving around and put my switch in ‘center’ instead so that I could sleep and move around without overriding the switch in my sleep.  I don’t know if you’re supposed to use your switch when sleeping or not, but I know that I actually had deep, peaceful sleep until my normal wakeup time this morning because of it.

I have DEFINITELY experienced this too!! I’ve been telling people that even if this whole hypnosis thing doesn’t help one bit with the birth, it’s still worth doing just for the amazing impact it has on sleep and your stress and anxiety level during pregnancy. I started Hypnobabies around 34 weeks and I’ve actually slept better in the third trimester than I did in the first two. Who would have thought that was possible??

I’m almost 30 weeks and I just started week 4 of Hypnobabies. I’d been having mega problems sleeping starting over a year ago with my first pregnancy, which ended in miscarriage. This pregnancy I would wake to go pee and then lie there for hours not sleeping. About two weeks into hypnobabies I started to fall back asleep after getting up to pee. Last night I slept from 11:00 until 5:00 — an insanely long time compared to what I’ve been getting! My sleep is definately not perfect (defined as getting at least 8 hours/night), but it sure has improved. I can only attribute it to hypnobabies.

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We welcomed our second Hypnobaby, Miriam Dawn, on June 23rd. She was born at home in the water after a fast and easy birthing time. She was also breech and her delivery could not have gone more perfectly. She came out so fast my husband almost missed it!

If you want to see photos, check out my blog: http://redheadmusings.blogspot.com/2010/06/story-of-miriams-breech-homebirth.html
Now for the long version…

With my first baby (born July 2008) I did the Hypnobabies homestudy course. I had a drug free delivery in a hospital. Everything went smoothly but I ended up pushing for 3 hours!

When I got pregnant this time I decided to do a live class. I wanted my husband to be more involved and understand everything better. We had a great class and my husband Jared really got on board with everything. I had a very uneventful pregnancy until the third trimester. I felt great, and with the exception of some round ligament pain, never even got that uncomfortable. However, Baby Miriam decided we needed some more drama in our lives when she turned breech around the start of the third trimester and stubbornly refused to go head down. We spent weeks trying all the normal tricks–breech tilt, inversion, chiropractor, acupuncture, massage, Turn Your Breech Baby cd, music, ice, flashlight, headstands, homeopathics, and of course lots and lots of prayers.

Finally, when I was almost 38 weeks my midwife referred me to an OB for a version. I had an ultrasound done first where it was discovered that my amniotic fluid levels were quite low. Too low to attempt a version, and low enough to cause concern that something else could be wrong. The OB said that most of his colleagues would recommend I get a c-section that night since my baby was full term and breech. He realized that was obviously something we wanted to avoid, so he recommended a non-stress test to see how the baby was doing first. Fortunately, my midwife could do this at her office, so we didn’t have to stay in the hospital. Baby was doing great so the orders were to “hydrate like hell” and hope to get my fluids up enough to attempt the version in a couple days. I drank liters and liters of water but when I went back for another ultrasound my fluid levels were barely higher. A version was no longer an option. Time to prepare for plan B.

We did another non-stress test (baby still doing great) and talked things over with our midwife. Here in Utah it is illegal for liscensed midwives to attend breech births at home. This meant our wonderful midwife, Rebecca, could not attend our birth alone. So she contacted a very experienced and well respected lay midwife in our area and asked her if she’d be willing to come to our birth. Chris agreed to come. We decided it was probably best for Miriam to come pretty soon since my fluid levels were so low. We decided to give her a few more days but made plans to encourage things along the following Wednesday. We continued to do non stress tests every other day, which Miriam always passed with flying colors.

Wednesday came and that morning Rebecca stripped my membranes and gave me cohosh in the hopes of getting labor started. I’m not usually a fan of even these types of intervention but with my low fluid levels and a breech baby we thought it was best to encourage things along. We did another nonstress test that morning too and she was happy as always. When Rebecca stripped my membranes I was 4 cm dilated and 50% effaced with a bulging bag of waters quite low. Not a bad start.

We left Rebecca’s office just before 10 and headed to Costco to get a few last minute things. I started having a few mild cramps. By the time we left Costco they had picked up a bit. We stopped at one more store to get diapers and pads and then headed home. It was just after 11 am when we got home. I was having mild and crampy waves pretty close together but still didn’t know if they would go anywhere. I had several things I wanted to get done around the house and thought I would have plenty of time. I got on the computer to do a quick post on my blog. By the time I was done with that I was having to really concentrate on the waves to relax. They were getting more intense and were VERY close together. Rebecca called around noon and said that was the cohosh at work.

I laid on my bed and listened to Easy First Stage. The waves were so close together I hardly got a chance to regroup between them. Time gets a little fuzzy from here on out, but I spent a few waves on the toilet and then on the floor of the bathroom on my hands and knees. Then I went back to my bed. Rebecca called again and said she would come right over as soon as her last appointment left. I was back in the bathroom when she got to our house about 1:45. She checked me and I was 7 cm and 80% effaced. And bless her she said I could get in the birth pool!

I was so happy to be in the water. It really helped me relax more. The waves had spaced out a tiny bit so I was getting a bit more of a break between them, but they were also getting super intense. I knelt and leaned against the side of the pool and started vocalizing through them. In the mean time, Jared was working out arrangements for our son Asher who had just woken up from his nap, and we were still waiting on Chris, the other midwife to get there. Right around when she arrived I started feeling pushy and felt a pop–my water broke. This is also about the time Jared left to take Asher around the corner to a friend’s house. I started pushing involuntarily and pretty soon her bottom was out and then her legs. And Jared wasn’t back yet! Rebecca ran out the door to see if she could catch him but didn’t see him. He got back when Miriam was half way out. Chris told me to reach down and touch her so I was rubbing her back before her head was out. She got still for a moment while she got her arms out and then I pushed again and her head came right out super easy.  I just lifted her between my legs and turned around. No one else even touched her. I think the whole pushing phase was less than 5 minutes. (Unfortunately, it was so fast that we didn’t get a chance to get out the video camera. I really wanted to get the birth on video since a breech homebirth is so unusual. That is my only regret for the day.)

She was born at 2:41 pm. So I had roughly 3- 3 1/2 hours of active labor. I think because of the cohosh and membrane stripping, everything was more intense. My waves were always super close together. It was definitely a fast ride. But I remained very calm and peaceful during the whole thing. Thank you, Hypnobabies! I really trusted my body and my baby and it could not have gone more smoothly.

When I lifted Miriam out of the water her eyes were wide open and she was quiet. My first thought was that her eyes were huge and she looked so different than Asher did right after he was born. (He was all swollen and bruised.) I rubbed her back and we put a towel on her and she started pinking up and making some noise. We hung out in the water until the cord stopped pulsing and then Rebecca clamped it and Jared cut it. Jared took Miriam and held her skin to skin while I got out of the water and went over to the couch. I wasn’t even bleeding that much thank goodness. A few minutes later I pushed out the placenta. We just hung out on the couch and Miriam eventually started nursing while Rebecca and Chris cleaned up and then checked me out. I didn’t tear! I just have a little “skid mark” that will heal up fine. I’m not even sore. I only used one ice pack that day and have felt fine since. Much different than how I felt after Asher when it seemed like my bottom wasn’t even attached to by body anymore! Three hours of pushing can do that I guess!

My grandma thoughtfully had some pizza sent to our house so thats what we ate for a late lunch. Then I had to go pee so Rebecca helped me up and I got all cleaned and padded up. :-) I seriously felt SO good. I didn’t feel like I had just had a baby. I put on some clothes and then we weighed and measured Miriam. 6 pounds 10 ounces, 19 1/2 inches long, 13 inch head. Absolutely perfect.

This birth was pretty much exactly as I had been visualizing it my entire pregnancy. The only difference is that it was faster and she was breech. I really wanted to go into labor in the morning after a good night’s sleep and then have her in the afternoon sometime. I imagined being in the water, kneeling and catching her myself. That is exactly what I did. Although labor was very fast and intense, I was always calm and never afraid. I always felt really peaceful about everything. Pushing was SO easy and painless and she came right out fast and perfectly. The mind is so powerful. During waves I imagined myself opening really big to allow her body and head to come through easily. After she was born I also imagined everything closing up so that I wouldn’t bleed very much. (Redheads are notorious for being bleeders.)

I feel like the stars really aligned to give us the perfect peaceful home birth we had prepared for. I will be forever grateful to our midwives for their confidence in the birth process. I’m still amazed at how easy and beautiful this birth was when probably 99.9% of people in our situation would have had a c-section. I feel so blessed that I had this experience.

And let me also add that being at home right after is SO great! I’ve loved it. I hope I never have to birth in a hospital again!

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OB nurse shares her experiences about helping moms make this happen.

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You may think you will be pregnant forever. However, there will be your moment of baby bliss.  When your baby is cradled close and your heart is overflowing. Then whatever road brought you to that moment will be the right one.

Whatever route you choose to reach your moment of baby bliss, I highly recommend the Hypnobabies Program. Hypnobabies has invaluable tools for parents choosing from anywhere between a home birth to a hospital birth. I also believe that Hypnobabies is particularly valuable to maintaining peace of mind if the circumstances of the birth turn out to be nothing like you planned.

First, using Hypnobabies creates a positive outlook. In our culture, negative images and stories abound about the birth experience. Hypnobabies helps to unravel it all and replace it with happy expectations about one of the most important days of your family’s life. These new positive expectations are rooted deeply in at subconscious level. It takes the fear away and creates confidence in your body’s natural abilities. It let’s you focus on the wonderful experience of being pregnant and having a little baby growing and squiggling around inside you.

Second, Hypnobabies gives mom and her birth partner practical tools to use. You will have a “tool box” of hypnotic suggestions and techniques to use. These self-directed mind control techniques can be used even after your babyis born. First time moms will be experiencing new physical sensations in their bodies. It helps to have a positive framework with which to understand these sensations. Every mom will be experiencing warm-up birthing waves and some part of her birthing time without pain medication. Hypnobabies’ teaches
your body to relax and use hypo-anesthesia for those times.

I am confident in my ability to learn things on my own, but I decided to take the Hypnobabies class. If you have a class near you, it is a wonderful gift to give yourself. I had been attending the Lamaze class at the hospital and hearing “humorous” stories about all the pain involved in child birth.What a relief to drop that class and come to the Hypnobabies class with Carole Thorpe! First, the other couples in the class were there because they already knew people who had used Hypnobabies successfully. It is wonderful to be surrounded in an atmosphere of success and happy expectation. The people in my class were so nice. We all really looked forward to each class
session which included actual hypnosis practice. The class is a complete course that gives you information about having a healthy pregnancy and all the birthing options. During my pregnancy, I was careful to avoid hearing scary birth stories. As a result, I really enjoyed those 9 months with my little guy inside me. Just be prepared that the class does take effort and commitment. Your investment will be richly rewarded.

If you live in Southern California, I know there are a number of excellent Hynobabies doulas in the area. Asking Carole Thorpe to be my doula was truly one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Carole has attended over 500 births! I was so fortunate to have found someone who has not only experience and knowledge, but also a has “gift” for working with mothers giving birth. I read that women who have doulas have a lower incidence of cesarean section. As you can see in the story that follows, I believe that using Hypnobabies and having Carole as my doula saved me from needing a c-section. Carole teaches Hynobabies classes, is a Hynobabies doula, and a lactation counselor. I highly recommend contacting Carole if you are in the Orange County, CA area. Here is her contact info:  hypnosis4birth.com

In my case, I had a wonderfully easy pregnancy. Easy until the last few weeks which were like an army boot-camp obstacle course before I could cross the finish line. There were physical and emotional challenges. I had my Hypnobabies CDs playing almost constantly to stay relaxed and use the hypo-anesthesia. Let me just say that where the rubber hits the road – the techniques I learned in Hynobabies really came through for me.

I had carefully planned out my birthing day. It turned out nothing like I had planned for. I had taken a little castor oil as a laxative. It triggered my water breaking and birthing waves that were immediately five minutes apart and strong. My hospital was over 2 hours away (and probably longer in Friday evening, rush-hour traffic), so I had to go to a local emergency room instead. My husband had recently asked for a divorce, so he was not there. My mom ended up at the admitting desk going over paperwork. My dad was racing back in the car to get my insurance card that was left in my purse at home. In the car were my birth preferences sheets, my carefully packed hospital bag, birthing ball, specially purchased birth skirt, aromatherapy — you name it — all in the car.

So there I was alone in the birthing room with the nurse who was interviewing me on my pregnancy history in between birthing waves. I can tell you a woman with a laxative having birthing waves is not a pretty sight. I gave up trying to keep the hospital gown out of the bed pan and was naked. Yet that moment of clinging naked to the back of my hospital bed, hovering over a bed pan was one of my finest moments. Birthing wave after birthing wave, I kept counting myself down and turning my light-switch to off. I kept going to my special place and using the peace cue. I kept my cool thanks to Hypnobabies. I am a real chicken when it comes to pain. My entire life I have always assumedthat I would use some type of pain medication for childbirth. However, there I was using the power of my own mind for a natural childbirth!

If you attend an open house or Hypnobabies class, you hear plenty of success stories of people who were amazed at how easy and comfortable their birth experience was. I am a testimonial from someone who can say that Hypnobabies works even when the circumstances are not so easy.

Soon after Carole Thorpe, my doula arrived. She beamed a confident smile and kept reassuring me that my body knew exactly what it was doing. One of the memories I will always have is of Carole’s eyes focused on mine, imparting strength and peace as she counted me down into hypnosis. She guided me on which muscles to contract and which ones to relax as I went through the first period of birthing waves. I had an unusually long period of pushing to get my brainy child through my tiny pelvis. After several hours, the nurse said I had to find it within me and push that baby out, or they were going to take it out through the sun-roof (c-section). Exhausted as I was, Carole kept cheering me on and helped me to find that extra bit of energy to sustain my pushes and give it one more push. She taught me in the moment how to focus my energy to get the maximum results for each push. Because I had not taken pain medication, I could feel exactly how the muscles were working. Carole was there to guide me on how to use those muscles to the most benefit. That is why I believe that using Hypnobabies and having Carole as my doula saved me from needing a c-section.

What a joy it was to see my baby’s head emerge and then his perfect little body! He was alert and healthy. He started to breast feed soon after being born. The nurses taking care of us afterward all remarked on what a peaceful and contented child he was. He has continued to breast feed like a champ and has gained a healthy amount of weight. We love hanging out together heart to heart in beautiful moments of baby bliss. Here’s to one more happy mom and Hypnobaby!

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Great study showing how hypnosis is beneficial for lowering prenatal stress.  Click here to read.

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Hi Hypnobabies Fans!

Together we *can* make a difference!

Oprah has created a contest for people to get their own TV show on her new network and I entered the contest with a video about teaching expectant parents about *taking responsibility for their own decisions and care during pregnancy, birth and baby care*.

(Watch here, but click on link below to VOTE!)

YOU can click the link below and VOTE for it, and leave comments on why we need a show like this right now! WE NEED VOTES, so please everyone vote and leave comments!

AND…..let’s forward and post this everywhere that there are moms, birth professionals of all kinds, *anyone* who wants to help change the face of childbirth!! *Tweet, FB, LI, groups, lists, anywhere!* Please keep Tweeting this and using all of your contacts every day, asking *them* to forward it on to others in the birthing and natural childbirth community.

WE have the opportunity to make a huge difference here!! LET’S GO!

Thanks so much,  :-) Kerry

We have a chance to change the birthing world! Please VOTE for “Every Mother, Every Baby” show!

Link to pass along so others can vote: http://bit.ly/9nT9RG VOTE for our show on Safer, More Responsible Births! Tell all of your firends!

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Hypnobabies Summer Sale!

I know some of you were waiting and here it is!

BTW, this isn’t just for moms.  Doulas and other birth workers can find great products at Hypnobabies too.  :)

One week only: 20% off products in our Hypnobabies Web-Store; July 1 – 7, 2010 (excludes MP3s) Our Hypnobabies Home Study Course for Expectant Mothers (both versions) – 20% off until July 7th, ONLY

Happy Summer, Hypnobabies Fans!

It’s time for our Summer Sale, this week only, from Thursday,July 1 to Wednesday, July 7th. All products in our regular Hypnobabies website store are 20% off, including the following: (use the code NL-HB when ordering)

- Hypnobabies Individual CDs (see sidebar for titles)
Hypnobabies Double-Track CDsBirthing My Baby the Cesarean Way CD setHypnobabies Easy Pregnancy CD SetHypnobabies Comfort and Calm for the New Mother CD Set
Hypnobabies Home Study Course for Expectant Mothers (both versions)
– Empowering Books for Expectant Mothers
Hypno-Doula Workbook, Study Guide and Hypno-Doula Bundle, for Doulas and Midwives
- New Baby, Toddler and Sleep CDs
Introduction to Childbirth Hypnosis for Hypnotherapists Workbook

*Please note: MP3s are *not* included, our Hypnobabies Instructor Training is *not* included and HypnosisDownloads.com tracks are *not* included in this sale.

Please visit our Hypnobabies Web-Store to take advantage of this offer, and you must enter the code: BLOG-HB at checkout, to get our 20% discount on your order.

Feel free to forward our Hypnobabies Sale information to other moms, e-mail groups, forums and lists, as well as Facebook and Twitter so your friends can save too!

Thank you,
Kerry Tuschhoff, HCHI, CHt, CI
Founder/Director of Hypnobabies
1-877-55-HYPNO
Hypnobabies Home Study Course (both versions)

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