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In November of 2011 I found out I was 2 month pregnant and Due June 12th 2012 with the experience I had before was determined for a natural childbirth but wanted something to help me relax a little more, So this time I did a little more research and I fell upon a Hypnobabies childbirth story and decided that was something that I felt could work for me I did lots of research read lots of stories and asked the local instructor millions of questions and bought the home study packet in February and was ecstatic to start it the day it arrived and we did.

I want to add my personality is sort of high temp I don’t calm easily at all so that’s also why I picked hypnosis, and I had a very supportive Husband and my mother who were the greatest support team I also picked a hospital birth because A. cost B. because of medical problems that did arise in my last birth.

On May 31th 10am ish I lost my mucus plug and a few hours later the pressure waves started I was in the Hypnobabies mode so ready to do this but I knew it would be awhile so I decided to still go to work that night a 3-11pm shift. I was listening to my affirmations this whole time because it was very early stage labor well around 8ish they were getting strong enough I couldn’t concentrate and talk to guest ( I work at a hotel) through pressure waves so clocked out, my boss had let me borrow the Jacuzzi suite for free to labor in till the hospital. That night they kept getting longer and stronger and I was staying so very relaxed around midnight I was exhausted though so I decided to lie down even though pressure waves were uncomfortable I could sleep in-between well I fell asleep. I Woke up the next morning around 8am and jumped out of bed and realized they had gone away!! well it only took 20 min and they were back about 20 min apart but very very strong that lasted all day but instead of trying to get them going I decided to distract myself and keep life as it would be If they stuck they stuck if they leave baby just isn’t ready yet and that was okay, I was a little discouraged but I felt it was important baby come when he is ready. That night I went to sleep again but I would wake up for pressure waves and go on all fours and for about a minute and half but I was able to sleep very well. I woke up the next morning and they were about 10 min apart I hopped in the shower and all of a sudden they jumped to much much stronger I felt a wave of emotion go all over me and I knew this was it, I got out of the shower and my mom must have noticed my change in mood because she also said that this baby was coming today!

I had my head phones around 2ish I needed to concentrate a little more so what felt good was actually an assisted squatting position lying against my hubby so I could completely relax during pressure waves I personal liked to stay in center the majority of the timed because that’s just what felt most comfortable to me, I felt very relaxed and loved how I was so in tune to my body during pressure waves I honestly loved the experience of going inward and feeling my baby come to me understanding the tightening it was actually very beautiful

Around 5 I believe my pressure waved changed completely towards the end it would go longer but change to where it felt good to move from all 4s to squatting and I knew it was preparing me for transformation I could feel Aabel moving into position for this transformation stage and I knew he would be with me soon about 6pm transformation was in full swing and swaying on all 4s and aaahhing felt amazing but it was time to go to the hospital my mom felt it would be very soon and I did not have time to take a shower so I said a prayer and changed to the fear releasing track because I did a get a little anxiety but soon cleared ( my mom served as a doula of sorts and a wonderful mommy) going outside it was bright and it felt good to have a cool hand over my eyes and the cool wind on my face I would ahhh and umm during pressure waves and it was beautiful. We got in the car and it felt best to still have someone’s hand either on my cheek or over my eyes I sat in the front seat in an assisted squat with my feet on the dash felt best. Pressure waves were very very strong and close at this point I felt very relaxed in control.

Some of the pressure waves would be a lot stronger and intense then other and I would hum and sing amazing grace and the low tones helped keep me relaxed and the vibration eased my waved I would pray and thank god for giving me the strength and giving and such a wonderful blessing and holding my hand through this amazing experience.

We got to the hospital and after many stops and many hums and prayers we got to the elevator an extremely intense wave hit and this amazing nurse pops out and hold my hips together and says your here for a natural birth right and we said yes and she helped us to our rooms and was completely excited and supportive out our birth plans (later we found out my midwife had taught her techniques to help with waves).

we got to the room and she gave me time to find a comfortable position to monitor and we did she was so patient with me and gentle it was amazing after monitoring my midwife came and said how well relaxed I was and started the bath because I did want a waterbirth also.

First before the bath I had to use the potty, my water broke and at the same instance I was pushing, I said umm I’m pushing, midwife then said I’m not delivering this baby on the toilet can you try to get off well I tried to move and then I was pushing again and could not move so they moved me off the toilet and into a standing position which didn’t feel right ( the tub was not even close to half I went too fast for that.) so then I moved to all fours and that instantly didn’t feel good so then we moved to the bed and like all 4s side lying felt very wrong so then my midwife said to try an assisted squat because of how the baby was position she felt the baby would be out fast and most comfortable we found out that was right I had my mom and a nurse help hold my legs while my midwife did perineal massage and I held onto the top bars of the bed while I pushed and baby and in 3 pushed my beautiful He was born screaming breathing healthy boy 6lbs 6oz @ 8:25 pm 19.5 inches most amazing feeling in this world so beautiful so much love and it was an experience. I loved enjoyed and will always cherish it was my own

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A few months ago we posted the first part of Bridget’s video, here is the 2nd part.

Pushing out a 11 pound baby – challenging but not traumatizing.

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This video shows Natalie and her support team working together, as well as the hospital staff watching the process with fascination.

 

You see Natalie using different positions;

  • standing
  • walking the hospital halls
  • remaining relaxed and comfortable during her Birthing Time
  • Giving birth kneeling, in a birthing skirt, baby born into her own hands

What a wonderful example of how our hospital moms can birth in the way that is best for them.

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Just wanted to share my story.  I was due July 10th with our 4th baby (3rd Hypnobaby).  We were planning a home birth and while I’ve always had premature labor that caused me to efface and dilate, each of my babies has come progessively later (3 days+, 7 days+ and 10 days+).  And yes judging by the pruniness and lack of vernix with our last two they really were post dates.  Not sure why I carried that way but I did so it wasn’t too much of a worry when I started to have my premature pressure waves with this one.  However I did notice that on days that I shouldn’t have had any (ie I wasn’t overdoing it) that I would get them but with relaxation and hypnosis and hydration they would slow down and stop.

This last Saturday (35 weeks gestation) I wasn’t having any more particularly than before but when I bent over to do some weeding I noticed a little extra leaking down below.  I went to the bathroom but was still squirting a tiny bit of fluid out.  Stood up and drip, drip, drip.  I have to say that I ate eggs literally almost daily and was taking vit c daily so I’m not sure why my bag was weakened but it was.  I called my midwife who came by to check and confirmed that it was amniotic fluid.  Very odd for me whose bag stays intact until the baby’s crowning.  I was *devestated* b/c I knew in my gut that this was not a high leak that would reseal.  I spent the next 45 min.s sobbing.

We went to the hospital (one of the few “baby friendly” certified hospitals in the country) and they confirmed it as well.  I was very nervous about how I would be treated as a homebirth transfer but they were respectful from beginning to end with only one exception.

The oncall OB came in and explained that at 35 weeks they feel that it’s better for baby to go ahead and come out vs trying to stop it due to infection and how well late-term babies do.  He suggested starting pitocin however he was respectful of my wishes and let me know that I was in charge and they would honor my choice.  His recommendation was to start it immediately but the next best would be to wait 4-6 hrs or possibly to the morning but his opinion was that the longer I waited that the higher the rate of c/s.  I told him that I would like to get things going naturally that I use hypnosis for childbirth and felt confident that I could get things started on my own naturally.  He was kind about it but let me know that studies “have shown that walking the halls didn’t increase birth time just helped with pain management.”  That’s when I just smiled and nodded and  said thanks.  Then he left me alone.  The nurse pretty much left me alone as well other than to periodically monitor handheld without any belts thank goodness (gotta love being in CO, they’re so used to us natural mamas). Incidentally my midwife said that she was so impressed at the way I advocated for myself and that I did it in such a “nice” way. :)  That was nice to hear b/c it worked.  We discussed each thing and everyone from the OB to the nurses were on board with my impromptu birth plan.

I spent the next few hours wrapping my head around the situation and adapting to the new plans.  I had my dh run home and grab all of my Hypnobabies CDs including Baby Come Out, an impromptu birthing skirt and sports bra and some FOOD.  I hadn’t eaten that much that a.m..  I snuck his burger and a subway sandwich later when the nurse wasn’t in the room :), you’ve gotta have some energy to birth a baby for heavens sake!  After the NICU nurse came in and explained that only 10% of 35 week old babies need to go to the NICU I felt so much better.  I knew I could totally release myself to have this baby.  I told dh that my goal was to have the baby between 2-3 am.  I had set a mental goal of a 5 hour birthing time and I was getting 4 hr doses of antibiotics for potential GBS/broken bag which I was fine with but I didn’t want too much of it in my system for the baby and I knew I was on the clock for pitocin which I didn’t want.

I began listening to my CDs, everything from Fear Release to Come Out Baby to Visualize Your Birth and Deepening and Affirmations.  By 9 pm I began to have some more consistent pressure waves.  I sent my midwife home for awhile before that so I could do my thing and told her I would call her when I needed her.  I walked the halls and as soon as I stepped out my pressure waves increased with intensity.  I only had 4 when I walked back into the room.  Apparently for me just leaving the room brought them on ;).

They slowed down for the 10 pm hour and it was a nice rest and then by 11 pm I decided to do some active belly lifts which helped to bring things back into regulation.  By 11:30 pm I decided to call my midwife who wonderfully was waiting in the lobby, good woman.  She and my dh did the hand on shoulder cue for a little while alternately.  I never time my pressure wave b/c by #4 I know what each stage feels like and I knew I was in active birthing time.  By 2:15 am I knew I was heading into transformation.  Admittedly I had not been practicing my scripts as consistently as I should have been so while I was able to completely relax I was definitely feeling more than pressure but having the words on the Visualize Your Birth CD were *invaluable*.  I believe that there’s something on there about you and your baby being healthy that I hung onto every word and truly made such a positive difference so thank you thank you Kerry!!

I knew I had a couple more intense pressure waves before I would start to feel like pushing.  So I told the nurse to call the Dr and assemble the team (there needed to be the NICU nurse and some other folks for his preterm state which I was more than fine with).  It took her awhile so I held off and after about 5-6 pushes baby Nate was out at 2:48 am.

The next day the first OB on call who I think, thought I was a bit crazy for thinking I could start “labor” without pitocin but he humored me came over to the Recovery wing just to congratulate me.  The OB who was there for the birth briefed him and he was genuinely surprised and happy.  I think my story circulated around the floor both on the L&D side as well as recovery.  I was the “doula/childbirth educator” who had her baby.

I even used my hypnosis and relaxation to help Nate afterwards when they were wanting to supplement him as an automatic protocol b/c he was 35 weeks.  His blood sugar was initially low and then I nursed him and it came back up but my first 12 hours there was spent arguing and delaying supplementation.  The first time I pumped just hours after birth I pumped 8 oz of colostrum! (that shut them up for awhile).  He never needed any supplementing.  I did need to pump and feed him with an SNS tube or syringe a couple of times b/c of his preemie nursing pattern but it only lasted a day and then he’s been off and running ever since.

Thanks Hypnobabies for a wonderful program.  While this birth was not pain-free it was *wonderful*.  I knew that working with my body to relax and visualize my cervix opening really made things go quickly.  The information that is provided helps couple navigate the hospital route so beautifully.

Kristen Jorgensen, HCHI
Denver, CO

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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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Kerry –  I want to thank you so much for developing Hypnobabies.  I loved every part of it and am so happy that I discovered it during my second pregnancy (wish I had known about it earlier!)  Now that my beautiful baby boy, Hudson, is a month old I wanted to share his birth story with you.
My first son’s birth had been a rough – his birthing time was about 21 hours and it was a painful birth.  My husband and doula were amazing, but my OB was not very natural birth supportive and I felt overwhelmed trying to navigate everything I was feeling at the time.  This time around I felt like I had an amazing tool that not only had a positive impact on Hudson’s birth, but a positive impact on me throughout pregnancy.
A week before my guess date (Valentine’s Day!)  I woke up around 5:30 having pressure waves about 4-5 min. apart and lasting about 45 sec each–although some of them were shorter.  I had been having pressure waves on and off for the past week so I wasn’t sure if it was really “the day.”  I lay in bed timing the waves for a little bit and then called Jeff, my husband, since he was two and a half hours away for work.  I let him know that he should come up, but told him to take his time since I figured (based on my first son’s birth) we were in for a long day.
Next I called my doula and found out that she was at another birth; amazingly I didn’t panic about this, thinking that by the time I needed her she would be on her way.  When I called my midwife she told me I should probably head over to the hospital soon, but judging from my voice she didn’t think I should rush over immediately.  My doula had said the same thing – that it sounded like I had a while to go.
I listened to my birth day affirmations track, ate some toast with jam, and took a nice relaxing shower. My mom was over, the plan was for her to watch Gavin, my two year old, while we went to the hospital.  I could tell she wanted to push for me to go to the hospital as soon as possible, but she let me do my thing. I give her a lot of credit for that! When she had me she barely made it to the hospital and she kept thinking the same would happen to me. The waves were gaining in intensity, but they were not overwhelming and I continued to easily handle them.  We made arrangements to drop Gavin off at a friend’s house and got in the car.  I had my headphones on the whole time – mainly listening to the affirmations and creating anesthesia tracks.
On the way to the hospital the waves started getting much stronger and I started vomiting (thank God I had something to catch it in so it didn’t get all over my mom’s car!) – That’s when I started realizing that I was further along then I had originally thought.  I couldn’t wait to get to the hospital so I could get in the tub.  I had planned on spending much of my birthing time in the water and hoped for a water birth.
Right when I walked in the hospital lobby I had a huge wave and dropped to all fours—that position just felt right and helped me get through that wave.  Everyone in the lobby surrounded me and kept asking if I was ok and trying to get me up, I was just holding up my hand saying, “give me one second I’m fine – just about to have a baby.”  When I got up they had a wheelchair and wheeled me right up to the room – I could hardly sit on that chair just wanted to get in the room and be by myself.
The nurses were great – they left me alone at first.  They started filling up the tub and I just sat in the bathroom in the dark to gather my thoughts and be alone for a few minutes.
My doctor came in the room to check me, and I was positive she was going to say I was only 3 cm and she says “yes, you are at 8.”  I must have asked her to repeat that two more times, I was in shock. Whenever I did my Visuaizing Your Birth CD during my pregnancy I had always imagined getting to the hospital at 7 or 8 cm.  But, consciously I never really thought it could really happen! I didn’t even have time to get in the tub.  Ten minutes later it was time to push.  At first I couldn’t quite wrap my head around the fact that it was already time; my husband wasn’t even there yet!  I knew he was going to miss the birth, but Hudson was ready to come.  During Gavin’s birth I had pushed for over two hours; Hudson came in about 5 pushes.  I remember my mom holding my leg during one of the first pushes with this huge smile on her face, “I can see his head!”  My mom was such an amazing support (even after my water broke all over her feet!) especially since she had not planned on being there. But, I can’t imagine Hudson’s birth having happened without her.
Actually being able to feel the urge to push this time was amazing– everything actually made sense.  After having an epidural the first time I felt like I never understood how to push.  But this time my body told me what to do.  We didn’t have time to put on the Pushing Baby Out track and I never went over the Hypnobabies cues with my mom, but I had the cues in my head and just kept trying to go back to them.  Everything went so fast; I can’t even explain the wondrous sensations I felt physically and mentally feeling Hudson be born.  His face was all bruised and blue at first, but soon he started making his first sounds and looking all around with his big brown eyes.  Hudson was born at 8:53 a.m. A little under 3 ½ hours from when I woke up and less than an hour from arriving at the hospital!  What a difference from twenty-one hours the first time! About 20 min. later my husband walked in the room and did a complete double take seeing his baby boy already here!
I think I must have been having birthing waves in my sleep that night and just slept through them.  I credit Hypnobabies with the fact that I was so relaxed when I woke up; I know that it helped my body to relax and work quickly. I was so confident in myself this time.

Hudson was a healthy 9 lbs, 1oz!  A big baby born naturally :)

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