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There is an interesting post on the Unnecesarean about a Utah Lawmaker who may propose cutting the use of epidurals to save money.   It is creating some interesting comments.

Here is the basic idea from the Daily Herald:

Under the theory that perhaps thousands of Utah college students are having babies paid for by Medicaid that they could pay for themselves, one lawmaker has a plan: cut all elective epidurals and elective C-sections.

I think that in some ways this is a horrible idea, but in some ways it could change the birth climate!  I would prefer it was for ALL moms (instead of punishing the poor).  That even moms with insurance had to pay for their epidurals out of pocket.

What are some changes we may see if epidurals were not a paid option?

  • More Moms would prepare for an un-medicated birth.
  • Moms would educate themselves about their choices, which would lead to induction rates going down and then cesarean rates would drop.
  • Hospital staff would be educated on how to support un-medicated moms.  This would lead to moms getting more support.
  • More moms may choose homebirths.

What else could the legislators/insurance companies/hospitals look at to save money?

  • Cover midwifery care.  :)
  • Cover the cost of independent childbirth classes
  • Cover the cost of doulas.
  • Provide nitrous oxide as a comfort measure.

It is Cruel, unless they give them Tools!

In the comment section from Unnecessarean I read this:

Include me in the group of people who believe passionately that to deny pain medication to people in pain is grotesque. Imagine if your dentist said, you don’t really need novacaine for that filling! You don’t get to have it! I mean, there’s nothing *life-saving* about the use of anesthetic in many cases, including procedures like biopsies.

This is a great comment. If you don’t give people tools to handle the pain, then it can be cruel. However, what if people were given an alternative tool to stay comfortable, such as hypnosis?   This can help people with dental work AND birth!

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I was watching a program about how the brain works the other day on Discovery Health and a segment explored how the brain reacts to fear and pain.

They talked about how Navy Seals train their brains to deal with the extremely physically and emotionally stressful situations in which they will have to overcome their fear and pain.

Sound familiar?

Their training is based on basic 4 rules that I think will interest you:

1. Positive Self Talk
Navy Seal: I can do this.  I have trained for this. etc.
HypnoMom:  Pregnancy is natural, normal, healthy and safe.  My body knows exactly how to best have my baby.  etc.

2. Goal Setting
Navy Seal: I will make it to lunch.  I will make it through this mile.
HypnoMom:  I will make it through this wave.  Each wave brings me closer to holding my baby.

3. Mental Rehearsal
Navy Seal: Practices over and over in his mind how it should go.
HypnoMom:  Practices over and over in her mind how it should go.

4. Controlled Breathing
Navy Seal: Controlled inhale with a long, slow exhale to mimic how the body breathes while in sleep or times of deep relaxation.
HypnoMom:  I think you get the point.

All those tough guys out there had better hope that HypnoMoms never band together and go on a rampage!  ;)

Gina a mom from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group sent this in and said I could share it!   I loved it!

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Hello fellow Hypno-mamas!  Since my son will be three months old tomorrow, I thought it was about time to share his birth story with all of you.  The story I wrote up after his birth is five pages single-spaced, so I’ve trimmed out lots of details to make this version readable.  This is still a long one, so I divided it with headings.  I hope some of you will take the time to read this.  Enjoy!

IT BEGINS…
I awoke at 4 AM on March 4 with my very first real pressure wave.  I was 10 days passed my EDD, and had been having practice waves for weeks.  All I can say is that I knew for sure this was it.  I woke my husband to tell him we might meet our son that day.  We slept a bit longer, then got up to eat and prepare our house for guests and our new baby.

BIRTHING CONTINUES
Later than afternoon, waves got more intense.  I spent a lot of time on my birth ball.  My parents and sister came over that evening.  I watched the Phillies game between waves – we are huge fans.  It was kind of fun… like a mini family party!  Everyone ate dinner, and although I tried to eat too, I wasn’t really hungry or keeping anything down anyway.  After dinner, I tried to get some rest, but I realized quickly that lying in bed was not an option.  I was completely uncomfortable in the supine position, so back to the birth ball I went.  My mom and hubby alternated staying up with me that night.  I handled the waves really well, alternating positions from birth ball, to hands and knees on my bed, to rocking in the rocking chair.

THE LONG NIGHT AHEAD
BEGIN BOP – At about 24 hours into my birthing time, I was extremely tired.  My waves were coming more frequently and lasting longer.  I did have some p**n, but I was able to handle it and relax.  Having no sleep was the tough part.  This was the one and only time I mentioned needing some relief.  My husband and mom were so awesome.  They said if we stayed home a bit longer, I might progress more, without thinking “I’m only 4 centimeters, so I am going to need some p**n medicine.”  They were totally right!  Not knowing the number associated with my progress was really tough, but it was also the reason I was able to handle the long nighttime hours.  My husband called our doula, and she came to our home at about 5 AM.  END BOP

GOING TO THE HOSPITAL
Our caravan of people – me, my husband, mom, dad, sister, and doula – arrived at the hospital at about 9:30 AM.  I was evaluated and told I was 6 centimeters dilated and 100% effaced.  I was proud of myself!  All those long hours had paid off!  I was assigned to a low-intervention room and a natural-birth-friendly nurse.  Unfortunately, my progress slowed with all the commotion at the hospital.  I showered, and tried to get things moving again, which eventually worked.  My midwife was awesome.  She had such a great manner about her.  She presented options as exactly that – options.  I was never once offered pain meds, and I really felt like my care providers followed my birth wishes.

BIRTHING IN THE HOSPITAL
My midwife offered to break the bag of waters, and although my doula suggested that I take a couple more waves standing and lunging with the waters cushioning baby, I was just ready.  (My doula and I later talked about this, and we both laughed, as it was the first time I didn’t take one of her suggestions in all my pregnancy and birth!)  The midwife broke my water at about 3 PM.  BOP NEEDED – The water was slightly tinted with meconium, which really worried me, but again, my wonderful nurse and midwife explained that it was very light and the baby was probably fine.  They explained how things might be a little different if he didn’t start crying right away, but they were very reassuring, and told me that his heart rate was great, and they were pretty confident all would be fine.  They simply wanted to have the pediatric team available if needed.  END BOP

RIDING THE WAVES IN THE JACUZZI
When the waves started to come one after another with little time between, I got in the Jacuzzi tub.  I believe it helped, but this was the most intense part of my birthing time.  I spent about an hour in the tub, and once I got out, my doula asked if my body was telling me to do anything different.  I honestly didn’t know what she meant, so she asked outright if I was ready to push.  After all my Hypnobabies practice and everything I read about birth, I thought I would know when I was ready to push, and I also thought I would know how to do it.  Neither was true for me!  I guess I’m a little quirky that way!

PUSHING OUT MY BABY
I gave a push or two, the midwife checked me and said I was doing well, so I kept going.  I pushed on thebirth chair, the stool, the toilet, the floor, the bed – I did it everywhere!  In the end, I was very surprised that the most comfortable pushing position for me was on my back.  Towards the end, I gave strong, hard pushes and that just felt so good, that I kept going.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD!
Four-and-a-half hours after I started pushing, and 42 hours after my first wave, I delivered a totally healthy, crying, 9-pound, 10-ounce baby boy.  No pediatric team.  No drugs.  No interventions beyond breaking my waters.  I reached for him and pulled him to my chest myself.  It was magical.  Luke Christopher Kelly was born on March 5, 2010, at 10:26 PM.  He was bright-eyed and alert, which made us even more thrilled that we went through with a truly natural birth.

SOME NOTES
The hospital had a 3-hour pushing limit.  I don’t know exactly how I managed to “get away with” 4+ hours, except that Luke’s heart rate great, and that our second-shift midwife (who mentioned a vacuum if I went past three hours) was busy assisting in another birth when I reached the three hour mark.  The resident doctor who ended up assisting in my birth was very hands-off, and more liberal with the policy than the midwife.  Go figure!

The midwife who evaluated me in triage visited me on her rounds the next day in the hospital.  She looked at my chart for a while before she said, “You didn’t have a c-section?”  I said no, that I had delivered vaginally with no drugs.  She was floored.  She said she could tell my baby was big and that she was sure I would end up with a c-section.  She said she NEVER would have told me that in triage, but that now that we were both healthy and the birth was over, she shared this with me.  I was pretty amazed.  While the hospital where I delivered has a large practice of midwives, there is a 40% c-section rate, and very, very few women labor without epidurals.  My postpartum nurse was shocked when I declined her offer for Tylenol.  She said I was the first patient she had in months who left the hospital completely unmedicated during my stay.

When I think back on the experience, I am proud of myself, but I also need to say, it wasn’t bad.  People look at me like I am insane when I say that.  Labor is not this crazy, hard experience people expect it to be.  At least for me, it wasn’t.  I credit Hypnobabies with helping me learn about natural birthing methods and the intense relaxation that helped me through a long birthing time.

My husband and I are thinking about baby number two at some point, and we are considering a home birth.  You can bet that I will be back on the message board reading and posting about home birth experience.

Thanks for reading, ladies!  I wish you all happy and safe births like mine.

Nancy (hypno-mom, delivered happy and healthy 9 pound, 10 ounce baby boy at 41 weeks, 5 days)

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In the scripts it says the anesthesia is in my arms… can I move them?

While the anesthesia is in your arms and hands, you can still move them.  They are not in the limp/loose suggestion.  Also the anesthesia you are creating allows you to feel normal touch, just no pain.

This confuses some moms at first.  The reason why the arms are included in the anesthesia area is for IV’s etc.  But you CAN move them!
Maybe think of it as dental anesthesia. When the dentist numbs your mouth, you can still move your jaw and tongue, but it just has no feeling.

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I had pressure waves around noon about 4 min apart.  I put a batch of cookies in the oven (for the nurses!).  The PW started getting stronger and a little closer so we dropped my toddler off at his daycare lady’s house at 1245.

We left the house for the hospital at 1pm, I listened to the birthing day track in the car on my iPOD.  I never finished the track because we arrived to the hospital at 1:20 and things moved very quickly from there.

My triage nurse was supportive of natural childbirth.  She gently checked me and I was already 7cm, 100% effaced – which i attribute to the Hypnobabies helping me relax and let my cervix open easily.

Still in triage, my PW got stronger and after about 4 of them my body automatically pushed at the end of one.  When that happened I realized that my labor was going to be very fast, so I told the nurse about the pushing.  She was surprised, so she checked me again, i was 9.

They’d called my dr but he wasn’t going to make it.   The nurses poked their heads out of the room to get the on call dr.  At this time my hands felt tingly so I knew I was in transition/transformation.  The urges to push were overwhelming and I couldn’t stop them.

According to my husband, the nurses asked each other if there was time to get me to a real room, since I was still in triage.  I was clutching the side of the gurney and moaning during the PW and saying I felt burning.  They were moving my bed down the hallway and I could feel the baby’s head descend lower until it crowned as my bed was entering a room.  They had barely parked the gurney in my “labor and delivery” room when the head came out, and the rest of the body came out a few seconds later, at 1:54pm.

The on call dr barely made it and I commented to him that he didn’t even get his gloves dirty.   My doula was out of town, and the backup doula didn’t make it in time either.

Patrick James is 7lbs 6oz and 20 inches long, apgars of 9 and 9.  He took to the breast immediately.  I had no tearing.  My husband says it is thanks to his excellent Perineal Massage techniques :).

They were going to give me a shot of pitocin after the birth and i declined.  I was not expecting it because I did not have an IV or heplock and had to block the nurse from administering the shot.  My doula had arrived at that point and helped emphasize to them that I didn’t need or want it.

I love what this mom says next, and it demonstrates that you don’t have to have a completely comfortable birth experience.  That with Hypnobabies tools you can enjoy your birth even if you have some discomfort!

****BOP warning*****

I didn’t feel like I had anesthesia during the PW, BUT I was able to relax and handle each one at a time without getting all anxious and shaky, which was my ultimate goal. I had an awful time with anxiety during my first birth and got an epidural before I experienced any significant pain.  I always thought the actually pushing of the baby out would be the painful part, but it was easy to do and felt like relief. I have no memory of pain during that part.

Additionally, I think Hypnobabies really did help me progress as quickly as I did, and I don’t know if I could have held on and done the drug free thing had it not gone as quickly/intense as it happened.   I did have a few moments of doubt that I could “do it” and having the nurse say encouraging things to me while I was breathing through the contractions helped me out so much!

I’m really glad I chose Hypnobabies to prepare for my birth and would recommend it to anyone!

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I have a lot of tailbone pain and my lightswitch isn’t helping with the pain!

Kerry’s Answer

Twinges, itches and aches during Hypnobabies scripts, CDs and practice have nothing to do with what you are learning, practicing and being deeply programmed with for childbirth. All of these techniques along with the suggestions are aimed at and specifically used for, *childbirth*. Some moms can easily use their hypnosis for other things after they have practiced a lot, and some moms need more time and more specific direction to do so.

1) To help with non-birthing issues, just keep practicing and Listening to your CDs. Most of the suggestions in Hypnobabies are completely geared for childbirth and the day of birth, so it takes more practice and hypnotic programming to use your hypno-anesthesia for other things in the body. This is also easier for some people than others, and is automatically easier for those who practice moving their anesthesia around their body when doing the finger-drop technique, directing it to specific parts that may bother them and really spending some time deepening the anesthesia.

2) There may be a physiological reason for your pain that hypnosis might not take care of. Baby’s position, round ligaments being stretched, muscles strained, and nerves being pinched all tell us things about the body. My suggestion would be to get thee to a chiropractor who specializes in pregnancy. In-utero constraint of the baby causes most of the aches and pains women unnecessarily experience in pregnancy as well as fetal malposition and can easily be taken care of by regular chiropractic adjustment, not to mention helping you align your own body for the easiest birthing experience.

My Experience

I had PUPPS (pregnancy rash) when I was pregnant with Bryson. At first when I did my fingerdrop it would make my stomach stop itching… but after a few days as my rash got worse, my fingerdrop technique, peace cue, NOTHING helped. It was frustrating. I finally was seen by a high risk OB who said it was one of the worst cases he had seen (the nurses didn’t even know what it was because it was so bad) So I did end up choosing to use some medication. When I was not so inflamed than the fingerdrop would help with mild itching, etc.

The thing is that with our hypnosis practice, fingerdrop it is really mostly focusing on birthing areas, muscles. Also during birth, as we stay relaxed that is what allows our muscles to work easily and comfortably. Some moms with practice are able to use their anesthesia in non-birth related areas. I was never really good with that aspect (moving it to other areas) but still had a comfortable birth experience.

Remember during your birthing time, you will go deeper and deeper with every birthing wave, with every sound you hear, with every breath you take…. so with all of that compounding you will be VERY relaxed as your pressure waves get powerfully strong. SO it is ok if you feel discomfort using the fingerdrop before your birth. It WILL work beautifully during your birthing time.

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Are you a doula wondering how to help a Hypnobabies mom?

Here is an e-mail from Carole Hypno-Doula extrodinaire!

Hi ladies,

A while back, I received these questions from a ‘regular’ doula who recently became a new hypno-doula. They are good questions, and I thought you’d appreciate my answers to her.

Here are the questions you wanted me to answer about being a hypno-doula vs. traditional doula…

Darlene asked: I have a few questions for you ladies…
How do you tailor your prenatals to help your birth hypnosis clients, especially if you are not an instructor or are assisting women who took other birth hypnosis classes?
What selling points do you use with birth hypnosis clients? Do couples usually feel pretty self sufficient since they have so many tools? Do you support the birth partners more by helping the moms with cues?
Since I’ve not attended a Hypno-birth, I’m curious to know how doulas monitor the mom’s progress. If there is less/no pain/just pressure, do you pay more attention to how often she’s having her pressure waves? Watching how they progress (length and time in between)? Do they still show some of the emotional signposts as they progress from early to active, then active labor to transformation? If you’re laboring at home, and she’s going to a birth center/hospital, how do you decide when it’s time to go?

Hi Darlene,

I only work with couples that have taken Hypnobabies classes, either the ones I have taught, or couples that other Hypnobabies instructors in the area have referred to me. The ones who have been in my classes are good friends by the time we even do prenatal visits. We don’t need a “meet and greet” to discover if we are a match in that case, so we do a birth preferences meeting is the first of three prenatal meetings.

This is what I do at an initial ‘meet and greet’ and at each of the three prenatal visits: I offer what I call an initial “meet and greet” to get acquainted with the couple, and to see if we are a match (for couples who are referred to me). (1) My first doula prenatal session is to discuss their birth preferences, and what role they would like me to play as their doula…how do they want me to support both of them during their baby’s birthing. (2) I offer a preparation for breastfeeding class once each month to the following month’s doula clients as the second of our prenatal meetings. And, (3) we hold a “birth rehearsal” visit about 3 weeks ahead of their “guess date”. At this meeting we practice their techniques, and run through when to call me, and what needs to be ready in their early birthing time, and how we will manage getting to their place of birth (if not at home), and how it will be to get mom settled into the hospital room, etc…all the while doing practice birthing waves in between the discussion. The hypnosis practice is more for my sake than the couple’s. I want to know how mom is doing with her hypnosis and if she needs to practice some aspect of it a little more in those last three weeks before baby is ‘due’.

The “selling points” for me are that I have assisted 200 Hypnobabies couples as a hypno-doula, as well as having attended 300 or so other natural birthing couples before that. And, the biggest plus to being a trained hypno-doula in general, would be that we know about their hypnosis techniques, and about keeping our language positive, and won’t undermine their hypnosis by inadvertently saying something not in line with the prompts they have instilled during classes. We NEVER tell a hypno-mom what she WILL FEEL, and we don’t let others do so either, otherwise we are giving mom a hypnotic suggestion, and we are creating what we are warning her about. No “hard work” commiserating words, or warnings of “ring of fire” or “late first stage” talk.

As for self-sufficiency… that all depends on the couple and the birth partner especially. It is different with each couple…the same as with other birthing methods. During the birth preferences meeting I always ask how the couples see the three of us filling our roles during their birthing. Usually the couple wants me to assist with the hypnosis techniques, and to fill the usual doula role of explaining options and encouraging, offering water and food, making sure mom pees, changes positions, etc…and, they typically want the emotional and physical support to come from the birth partner. And, the birth partners want the relief of being able to enjoy their baby’s birthing without having to orchestrate it…much like any other couple that hires a doula.

It IS a little tricky to monitor a hypno-mom’s progress at first, and to know when to go to the hospital… because hypno-moms are so calm, and they can talk to you all through their birthings. The usual standard of knowing mom is in active labor… “when mom isn’t able to talk through the contractions anymore” doesn’t apply to a mom in eyes-open childbirth hypnosis. So, I have to rely a whole lot more on physical signs, like bloody show, and trembling and nausea, or the whole getting hot and cold thing, and being a little short with people. Or beginning to feel a lot of pressure in their bottoms. And, yes…the timing of birthing waves. Mostly, you will simply develop a sixth sense about these things, as you gain experience with hypno-births…the same as other methods.

And, yes hypno-moms also exhibit the emotional signs, just a lot more subtly. A lot of hypno-moms don’t show the usual signs of late first stage. They’ve been told in hypnosis that “the longer, stronger and closer together your pressure waves are, the shorter they each seem to be to you…and every 20 minutes seems like only 5 minutes to you”. And we NEVER ever tell a hypno-mom anything close to “late first stage is the hardest but the shortest part of your babies birthing”…because for them, it simply isn’t so.

A hypno-mom will begin to focus a lot more intently on her hypnosis as she progresses, and not want to come to CENTER for very long, or even consider coming out of hypnosis either, as she enters late first stage, and possibly they might not want to be touched any more since it’s taking all of their attention to stay focused and deeply in hypnosis. (Very similar to other methods of natural childbirth just very, very subtle). One thing to do is to trust mom to know when she needs to leave for the hospital. She’s more in tune with her body since she is focused on sensations rather than distracting from them. This suggestions applies more to the first time mom.

AND, this is the biggest caveat to ALL of the previous stuff I have shared…this doesn’t apply so much to a second time mom who is using hypnosis for the first time with her second birthing. A LOT of those ladies just can’t believe they are as far along in their labors as they are, and then don’t make it to the hospital if we rely on their say-so! They are waiting for it to be as “HARD” or “PAINFUL” or somehow FAMILIAR feeling…and when they compare it to their first birthing (which usually was a nightmare, and that’s why they came to use hypnosis this time), sometimes it only begins to feel familiar to them when they are PUSHING! TOO late for a second timer to make the drive to a hospital.

With second timers, who are new to hypnosis for birthing…I pay very close attention to the physical signs. Since their bodies are so very relaxed and can function as nature intended them to, and second babies as a rule come a lot quicker. For instance, I have had more than one second time hypno-mom never have birthing waves get closer than 7 – 8 minutes apart and not last over 45 seconds, and still birth their babies in only a few hours! I caught one of those babies myself. Second stage was only three pressure waves for that mom, with no real bearing down by mom (and baby was OP!).

So it’s definitely rewarding to be a hypno-doula, and soooo much easier! Easier for the moms, easier for the babies, easier for the birth partners and soooo much easier for the doula. You have tools that actually work to eliminate any discomfort, not just manage it or control it! Lovely stuff!

Carole

Yours in gentle birthings…
500 sweet babies and counting!

Carole Thorpe,
Hypnotherapist (NGH), Doula (DONA)
Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor
Lactation Educator/Counselor (UCSD)
CPR for the Professional Rescuer (Red Cross)
Neonatal Resuscitation (AAP & AHA)
Homeopathy Consultant, Reiki Practitioner
Happiest Baby on the Block Instructor

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http://www.hypnosis4birth.com
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I am so happy to announce Paloma was born on the 29th of Jan. It was a beautiful, powerful, magical experience. As many of you know, I spent the second half of my pregnancy exploring the idea that pain did not have to be part of a woman’s birth experience. And as I learned more about it, I decided to take the Hypnobabies home study course. I spent time everyday for the last two-and-a-half months of my pregnancy meditating, and listening to both the hypnosis and affirmations CD’s. As my due date drew closer, I spent more and more time preparing for her arrival mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Paloma’s due date came and passed. I was 41 weeks and 1 day. My patience was dwindling. It was my third day of having contractions, but they were so far apart (every 20 min) and very mild. I was able to sleep through most of them during the night and carried on as though everything was normal during the day.

As I grew more impatient, I called my midwife and asked her if I could start taking Cohosh to try and get things going. She told me she was down the street and would swing by to check my cervix and see where we were. She arrived, checked my cervix, and told me she was going to stay. She said I already was in labor. I laughed in disbelief, told her I felt great and that I didn’t think I was in labor. Little did I know, I would be holding my little Paloma less than 5 hours later.

My mother came over (she lives next door) along with my Aunt. We called the birth team and celebrated, getting last minute things together. Jo, my 3-year-old daughter, and I sang lullabies to the baby. I would pause to breathe through my contractions comfortably. My birth team arrived, and my home was filled with love and feminine wisdom. I was surrounded by the women of my family. Those that I grew up with, and those that raised me.

As things picked up, I drew inward during my contractions, still comfortable, just more focused. Soon, I was ready to get into the birth tub. Jo got into the tub with me and poured water over my back between contractions, which grew more powerful, but still comfortable.

Soon I was in transition. I hit that wall so many women hit, and I announced I was done. I was prepared to be pregnant forever, I just wanted to stop. My body was tired. When I said this, the midwife asked, “Are you done with the tub, or the whole show?” I told her I was done with the whole show, as she put it. From my statement, the midwives and my doula knew we were almost there. They got me out of the tub and into my bed. I am so glad they did. All snuggled up, my contractions stopped for a few minutes and I took a much needed nap.

I woke up refreshed, to the most powerful contractions. I labored on my hands and knees. At one moment, I felt an energy rush from my body that was so powerful, and so pure, I knew it was the energy of Mother Goddess. I roared like a lion. And at that moment, I felt the soul Paloma and I shared since her conception split into two, and I knew she was ready to be born. There was still a lip left on one side of my cervix, which the midwife pushed out of the way. This was the only uncomfortable part of my birth. But still not painful. Her birth was free of both pain and fear. And as soon as Paloma’s head was past the lip, the birth actually felt wonderful from that moment on. Pushing was so satisfying, and I couldn’t feel the contractions anymore. I only knew I was having one because my body would start pushing by itself. In fact, everything I did was involuntary at that point. I had surrendered to the power of birth and it took over. As she was crowning, my midwives and doula coached me through pushing her head out between contractions, to protect my perineum. I let her shoulders turn, and the rest of her body slipped out of me and the midwife put her on my chest. There she stayed until the placenta was also delivered. My father came in and cut her cord (he also cut Jo’s) and then she nursed.

A few hours later I found out that the moon was full. In fact, it was a Wolf Moon, which is the brightest full moon of the year. That must have been what she was waiting for. : ) The celebration continued through the night. And, eventually we got a little shut eye. Paloma’s birth was empowering, magical, peaceful. She came into this world at home, in our family bed, surrounded by the people that love her. I am eternally grateful for the experience.

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I have posted many, many Hypnobabies Birth Stories here.  I think this is the first one I have posted from the Midwife’s point of view.

Visit Nurtured Hearts Birthing Services Blog to read this amazing birth story!

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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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