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I loved reading this birth story about Sophie’s birth.

Our class was very positive, informative, and especially empowering.  Hypnobabies equips mom and dad withtonnes of knowledge about pregnancy and birth so they can make good decisions and the cd’s and hypnosis toolshelped to calm me both leading up to and during the birth.

The amazing part of all this is that when I first met Jenn my fear was taking over.  As I look back on our birth experience I now realize that not once did I feel a single moment of fear.  It was intense and challenging, but never fear inducing.  And I can say that our experience was very positive despite a few changes in our plan.

Click here to read the whole story.

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This mom had a great beginning of her birth.

We went up to the room and they hooked me up to the machines to monitor the contractions and the baby’s heart rate. I continued to relax through what were apparently pretty intense contractions. Evan said the nurse kept looking at me in amazement as the contractions spiked and I just sat there quietly, breathing. The doctor came in at 8:15 to check me and see if the contractions were productive. He popped his head up and said to me “Are you ready to have a baby today?? You’re 8 centimeters dilated!” and I think I seriously got the chills I was so surprised. IT WAS HAPPENING. I had heard and read so many stories of women going through this hardest part of labor, as you get closer to 10cm. Somehow I was there and was doing just fine. At this point I thought “Wow, I’m seriously going to do this!!!” and was so excited that Hypnobabies actually was working for me. Even without any sleep the night before, I felt full of energy and also really relaxed. The doctor said he would come back in an hour and check again.

Then a surprise breech baby at 10cm created a scenario where she had to have a cesarean.  It was a shock, but she was able to use her Hypnobabies to help stay calm.

Read her story and see her beautiful pictures here.

Congratulations on your sweet baby girl!

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I loved reading reading these posts as both Mom and Dad talk about their birth of Cooper.

Part 1 – How Hypnobabies Helped me Prepare

Part 2 – Birthing Time at Home

Part 3 – Video Clips

Part 4 – Get to the Hospital at 9 cm and have a baby!

 

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Baby Annaleah Nancy was born Thursday May 10th, 2012 at 5:38am. She is
absolutely perfect, weighing 7lbs 10oz at birth, and  20in  long. Our
doctor even called her, “the perfect specimen”. She is a truly beautiful
baby, with dark brown hair and blue eyes, and was totally worth the 25
hours of birthing time it took for her to arrive.

My pressure waves started Wednesday May 9th at 4:30am. They started out
strong and fast, 2-3 minutes apart, at a minute long! They did slow down
after the first few, but stayed mostly at 2-5minutes apart the entire
time. I had very few that were a bit longer. So it was definitely
tiring.

The first 12 hours were amazing. I used the Hypnobabies techniques, and
they worked. I went into my doctor’s appointment at 11:30am Wednesday,
smiled and said, “I think baby is on the way.” She checked and I was 3cm
and 80% effaced. She suggested we go home, have lunch, and go to the
hospital. I’d wanted to wait to be further along, but with testing gbs
positive, also wanted to be sure I had enough time for antibiotics.

We got to the hospital at 2:30pm. So far, I still felt great. I was
talking and smiling through every pressure wave. The nurses kept looking
at the monitor, and asking, “Don’t you feel that?” They also told me
that when my doctor called to tell them we were coming in, she told
them, I’d probably seem like nothing was happening because I’m usually
pretty calm and quiet.

Shortly after we arrived, one of the nurses checked my progress. She
estimated me to be at 7cm already!  It felt amazing to hear I’d gone so
far, and had not even the slightest bit of discomfort. Unfortunately, my
doctor arrived shortly after, and a bit later, had to reluctantly tell
us I was not at 7cm, but at 4cm.

That set me back a bit. I’d been really calm and relaxed, and feeling
positive about everything. Suddenly I felt how slow things were going. I
started feeling more of the waves now too. I did manage to get
refocused, but it was hard after that to be as positive as I had been.

(editors note – this is a good example of why sometimes it is better not to find out how dilated you are.)

I was comfortable most of the night, though I had to spend way too much
time on the monitor, because baby girl kept moving. We walked the halls
some, slow danced, and I spent some time on the ball to try to get
things moving. Sometime in the night I started having some back
pressure. At that point I started using the shower. It actually helped a
lot. I wish our shower at home was that nice!  Mostly I tried to stay
relaxed and patient. I knew baby would come in her own time.

Around 3:30am Thursday, I lost my mucus plug. I was now at 7cm. Starting
at this point, my waves became very powerful and intense. I also started
having uncontrollable shaking, which lasted until after baby’s birth. I
kept repeating to myself that, “the stronger and more powerful my
pressure waves feel, the closer I am to holding our baby girl.” It
worked, as despite the intensity I managed to be able to sleep through
some waves right up until it was time for baby to be born.

About an hour later, maybe a bit less, my water broke. I was still at 7,
but progressed very quickly. I had a sudden intense urge to push in less
than half an hour. In fact, my body started trying to push on it’s own.
So they checked me again, and I was between 8 and 9 cm, but still had a
water bag.  My water had definitely broken, so this was strange. They
called for my doctor because regardless, things were going quick now!

A few minutes later, my doctor got to the room. She checked, and there
was a second bag of completely intact waters. She asked if I felt like I
could push with my next pressure wave. I told her, “I’ve been trying not
to push for the last half hour!” So on the next one, I pushed and my
second bag of waters broke with an explosive gush.

I felt baby’s head drop immediately, and was told to keep pushing.  I
used the ah breathing techniques in the Hypnobabies course to push. I
could hear one nurse telling me to hold my breath and push, but I just
stayed in my bubble of peace and kept doing what I knew was right for me
and baby. Our doctor never once gave me “how to” instructions. She
patiently sat on the edge of the bed, and stayed positive and
encouraging for us.  I did make some yelling sounds with pushing, which
surprised me. I’m usually very quiet, but it felt good to make a bit of
noise. After a few pushes, I tearfully declared I couldn’t do it because
I was too tired and wanted to sleep. My doctor knew just how to motivate
me though. She suggested I reach down and feel baby’s head, which was
crowning. So I did, and that was enough to give me that last bit of
energy needed. I said, “Come on out now baby girl”, then  I moved from
my side to a more upright, not quite a full squat position. I wanted to
be able to see her be born, and have gravity working for us as well. In
just a few pushes more her head was out. I moved one leg the slightest bit, and out slid our baby
girl.  She had a perfect shaped head, and wasn’t the least bit wrinkled.
Along with two bags of waters, she’d had a larger than normal placenta
to work with.

I will never forget what it was like to both feel and see her being
born, or how it felt to first hold her in my arms. The way she looked at
me and her Daddy so lovingly, is permanently etched in my mind. She
didn’t cry at all. She just looked around the room and smiled. Her Daddy
touched her hand, and she immediately grabbed onto his finger. It was
the most intense, most powerful, most beautiful experience of our lives.

I experienced so many powerful feelings and emotions during my birthing
time. I laughed, I cried, I sang, I even yelled a bit. Each one felt
good. By the end, I was exhausted. I’d had 25 hours of frequent, fairly
intense pressure waves. I am so thankful we decided to take the
Hypnobabies course. It really did help me to get through such a long
birthing time in an overall easy and comfortable way.

I remember telling Jeff, as I pushed her out, that this might be our
only baby. Truth is, I changed my mind about that the minute she was
born. I will never forget the way she looked at me, so happy, loving,
and peaceful. That alone made it all worth while. If we do have another,
we will be using Hypnobabies for that birth as well.

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Thanks to Melissa from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group for sharing her birth story with us.

So, I have been a member of this group, albeit somewhat in the background, for some months now. I haven’t posted any questions, mainly because everything I ever needed to know (and more!) was covered through other questions. I have really enjoyed reading all the questions and responses though, and thought I would share my story.

Tabitha was born 2 weeks late, on 1st December – I was scheduled for an induction at 12 days over, but when I went along they said I could leave it a couple more days if I wanted to. I really didn’t want to be induced and Tabitha was very happy where she was, so I jumped at the chance. I was told that 14 days over was really as long as they would recommend me waiting though, so booked me in for an induction at 14 days over.

 

Tabitha obviously decided that she didn’t want to be induced either, as my waters broke the night before the induction. I was really excited, as I had planned to give birth in a birth centre rather than in hospital. I called the birth centre, and they advised me to take two paracetamol and go to bed, as the chance of anything happening that night was very slim. About ten minutes later, my contractions started – there was no gentle build up, they were full strength from the word go! I have to be honest, this did make it difficult for me to use the techniques I had learned through the Hypnobabies course. I will say though that if my breathing was slow and controlled, and I was focussed when a pressure wave hit, I could breathe through it. If I lost focus and wasn’t ready, it was a lot harder.

My waters had broken at around 10.30pm, and by 4am I told my partner to call the birth centre again. They were still dubious that I should go in, but left the decision up to me. I decided not to go in, as the idea of going in and being sent home was pretty awful! By 6am, they phoned back again and said that seeing as my induction was scheduled for 7.30am, I may as well go to the birth centre and be assessed, just in case I could give birth there. They warned me that chances were I would be sent off to the hospital for the induction as planned, but by this stage, I was pretty sure that I was in full-blown labour, so we got in the car and went to the birth centre.

 

They were pretty surprised and I was infinitely relieved when they examined me and found I was 6cm dilated! They took me to a room, gave me the gas and air and started filling the pool. It was changeover time, and the new mid-wife arrived about 7.15 am, and I told her that I was feeling like I needed to push, which worried me as I knew it was too early to be pushing. She examined me and said that I was fully dilated, so I got in the pool and the pushing part got underway.  I had learned so much from Hypnobabies and was concentrating hard on my body and on moving the baby. The line about not being afraid no matter how much power was moving through my body was something I focussed on – little things like this were so helpful too me, as otherwise I think the whole power of the experience could have been a little overwhelming. It was all very calm, although very intense! The experience of being in the pool with my partner was one that I wouldn’t have wanted to miss for the world – absolutely incredible.

Once the head was out came the most amazing part of the whole experience – that final push when the body came out and everything just stopped. They put her on my chest and it was the most incredible moment of my entire life. She was and is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

To sum it all up, I am very glad that I got the opportunity to have a natural birth, and that I chose the Hypnobabies home study course to prepare for it. The mid-wife told me that she was amazed that it was my first baby, as I seemed so in tune with my body and just seemed to know what to do. I put this down to my Hypnobabies training. The course also helped me to relax throughout my pregnancy – I hadn’t realised how stressed out I was until I started listening to the tracks and found it very hard to slow my breathing! But the main thing that I got from the course was being able to look forward to giving birth. I had been scared of it and seen it just as something that had to be endured, and the Hypnobabies training made me see it as an incredible experience – which it was. My partner and I now have this bond that we didn’t have before, and Tabitha was born calmly and peacefully. Even though I didn’t listen to the tracks whilst in labour, the course fully prepared me for the birth, and I believe that the visualisations in the tracks helped my body move quickly through the latent stage of labour.

All in all I am very happy with my birth experience and smitten with my gorgeous daughter.

Best wishes to you all

Melissa x

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Thanks to Amanda from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group for sharing her birth story with us.

During my 39th week of pregnancy, I began having rhythmic Braxton hicks. I started eating pineapple, spicy foods, walking, pregnancy tea (with red raspberry leaves), and taking evening primrose oil to induce labor. Since July, I’ve practiced Hypnobabies hypnosis to prepare for Nolan’s birthing day. At 12:20am on Saturday, October 22 (my edd) I began having mild, real pressure waves. I had about 2-3 per hour, but nothing rhythmic. At 11am I had my bloody show. I went about my daily chores, enjoyed time with my husband and went on a late night walk. I didn’t realize how soon my life would change as I kissed my husband goodnight shortly after midnight on the morning of the 23rd.

I woke up at 2am to pressure waves that I had to breathe my anesthesia to manage, but tried to go back to sleep. At 3:30am I started timing the pressure waves and they varied in length from 4 to 7 minutes apart. At this point I could no longer sleep, I could only focus on getting through each pressure wave. My husband awoke at 4am to my loud breathing. We laid in bed timing pressure waves wondering if this was it. At 5 am I moved from the bed to the couch. My husband made coffee; I ate a banana as I contemplated calling the midwife. At 5:30am I called the midwife, I told her my pressure waves were 4-7 minutes apart. My midwife was at the hospital assisting another woman push, she seemed distracted while on the phone with me. After listening to a pressure wave of mine, she thought I should get in the tub and relax until my pressure waves became more regular. My midwife thought I was in early, not active labor. My husband decided it was time to gather last minute odds and ends for the hospital bag.

Shortly after the call, my pressure waves came 1-2 minutes apart. I felt pressure waves come on top of one another not offering any relief.  I started loudly vocalizing during the pressure waves.  At 6am I had my husband call the midwife back and let her know how soon my pressure waves were apart. She decided it was time to head to the hospital. My husband finished packing and I decided to go the bathroom before the 45 minute ride to New Orleans. I had my second bloody show. I wondered if I was in transition and started feeling pushing sensations.

My husband attempted to put my shoes on my feet, but my pressure waves were so intense I couldn’t focus long enough to put them on, so I left the house with just my socks. I hopped into the car and I had a hard time getting comfortable. I could only lean on my left side, any pressure on my bottom was too intense to handle.

The trip to the hospital felt like it was out of a movie; my husband drove 95mph on the interstate. Once in the city, he ran several red lights to expedite the trip. My pressure waves eased up on during the ride, I thought my labor was stalling. We arrived at the hospital at 6:45am. My husband parked in the parking garage with his hazard lights on and assisted me to the labor ward. On the way to the unit, I had to stop several times in the hallway, lean up against a wall, and breathe through pressure waves. Hospital staff offered to get me a wheelchair, I tried to sit in the chair, but the pressure on my bottom was too great.

I got checked in and walked myself to the labor room. I changed into a gown and received my first cervical check. I was told I was fully dilated and ready to push! I couldn’t believe what the nurse said; I had her repeat herself thinking I was only 4cm or so. I wanted a water birth, I even had a birth tub rented, but I was so far along I didn’t have time to use the tub.

My midwife told me I could start pushing at any time. However, My husband had to park the car and my mom was not at the hospital yet, so I continued ignoring the push sensation. At 7:30am my husband finished parking the car and my mom arrived shortly after, I then felt ready to start pushing. The midwife told me she would break my water and realized it recently broke on its own. She noticed some meconium in the water and informed me that I’d have to have the cord cut right away. I began pushing and attempted first on my left side; the midwife offered to hold my leg up. I felt so much pressure all over my body I could not stand to be touched, anytime someone offered, I’d snap back at them, “No!”

I ended up pushing in a position with my back reclined and my knees bent. It took me a while to feel comfortable pushing. I ignored the feeling for so long, it took some time for my body to release into the sensation. My midwife offered me perineum support as the head was crowning.  At 9:48am, Nolan Blaze entered the world crying and flailing. Nolan was placed on my chest and his cord was cut by my husband immediately afterward. Whenever I visualized the birth I imagined I would cry when I first saw Nolan, however, I had a different response. I felt very proud and accomplished when he came into this world.

I was brought a roasted chicken lunch and slowly ate as my family held Nolan. In the middle of eating, I was moved to a recovery room where I finished my lunch and began breastfeeding. Nolan latched well and ate for 25 minutes during my first attempt. The rest of the day was spent holding and feeding Nolan.

The next morning my midwife who delivered Nolan called and asked how I was doing. She let me know she was really impressed with how I handled the situation and that I had the type of birth most of her clients desired and wanted to know my secret. I let her know that the hypnosis relaxation techniques helped me cope with the discomfort. She informed me that the other midwife would stop by and if I looked good, I could go home! The baby and I were checked out and we only had to spend one night in the hospital.

What worked most for me were the relaxation techniques, positive thoughts, and breathing my anesthesia to where I needed it most. I highly recommend the Hypnobabies program.

Nolan
October 23, 2011 at 9:48am
8lbs 3.5oz
20-1/4″ long

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When I signed up for my Hypnobabies class I had fairly low expectations – I just wanted to get through the birth of my baby without having a panic attack. The pain-free birth experience presented in the Hypnobabies testimonials – an experience which I was supposed to enjoy instead of just survive – sounded too much like an infomercial pitch to be true.

But when she shows up at the Birth Center ready to push, she becomes a believer.

This is a must read birth story.  Click here to read Nicole’s birth which made her say, “Thank you, Hypnobabies, for giving me the skills to have such a wonderful and empowering birth experience. You have earned a set of life-long advocates in my husband and myself!”

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