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I had an OB appointment the day before my due date at 10am.  I was 3 cm and 70% effaced.  After, I had some spotting that never went away.

Around 4pm, I began having some pressure waves.  They weren’t that uncomfortable, like mild menstrual cramps.  But they were different than the Braxton Hicks I had been having non-stop.  They were every 5-10 minutes.  I was able to go about my daily business (pick up DD from daycare, make dinner, play with DD, etc.)

I put DD down for bed around 9:30PM.  The pressure waves were beginning to get a bit stronger by 10PM.  However, I didn’t have to concentrate through them.  I thought my birthing time was near, but I wasn’t sure since I had prodromal labor several nights the past week.

Around 10:30PM, I told DH I was going to try to get some sleep.  I put on my Early First Stage track and tried to sleep.  I got through the whole track and then did Fear Release.  By then it was almost midnight and I could tell it was definitely my birthing time.  I told DH I was going to the living room (where we have a computer) to time the pressure waves.  I continued to listen to more tracks, although I can’t remember which ones.

At first the waves were 6-7 min apart, and by 12:45, they were 5 min apart.  We decided we should head to the hospital soon.  I was feeling pretty good because the pressure waves were completely manageable.  We did some last minute packing and woke up MIL to come upstairs to be close to DD.  In the car, I listened to Birthing Day Affirmations, but I chatted with DH between pressure waves.

We got to the hospital around 1:45.  They couldn’t find my paperwork, so we had to give them all of our information, which was kind of annoying to do between pressure waves.  The pressure waves were more intense, but completely manageable.  I requested to use the Jacuzzi, but I had to be hooked up to a monitor for 15-20 minutes first (then she said I could get in.)

She checked me a little after 2 am and said I was 7-8 cm!  I was shocked I was so far along considering how “easy” things were.  I put on Easy First Stage and zoned out.  I ended up on my hands and knees on the bed with a birth ball (while they monitored me.)  After a bit, I felt like I had to pee, so she unhooked me and I went to the bathroom.  I wasn’t able to pee but I felt like I had to poop.

Suddenly the pressure waves got really intense, and nothing seemed to help me get through them.  The nurse checked me and I was a 9+.  My OB still wasn’t there.  Each pressure wave was really intense, and soon I felt the desire to push.  I was still on my hands and knees.

I began pushing, and the nurses were yelling at me not to push (since my OB wasn’t there.)  I yelled back at them that I couldn’t not push.  On one of the pushes, my water broke.  I kept pushing with each pressure wave and DH said he could see hair.  Eventually my OB arrived, and I pushed the head out maybe 2 or 3 pressure waves later.

On the next pressure wave, I pushed the rest of the body out.  My OB instructed DH to catch the baby and put him on my tummy.  Baby Clive was born at 2:51am…about an hour after we got to the hospital and about 10 minutes after my OB arrived.  (I never even got around to listening to the Pushing Baby Out track…since I was still listening to Easy First Stage when he was born.)

Clive was 7 lbs. 1 oz. and 20” long.  I was shocked his birth was so quick and easy.  (DD’s birth was really long and difficult.)  Although his birth was not pain-free, I would say only 30 minutes was really intense, and the rest was completely manageable thanks to Hypnobabies.

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Hi everyone,

This was posted to the International Hypnosis Research Institute’s email newsletter. I thought it was helful information for our student’s care-givers as well! If only they would consider the POWER of their WORDS!  : )

Author, Ron Eslinger, the author is a nurse-anesthetist, and hypnotherapist who uses hypnosis for anesthesia and teaches others how to do it also. The link below is to the story that I also cut and pasted in case the link doesn’t work for some of you.

Carole

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Here is a short interview explaining about hypnosis.

I am going to post a new video of a mom using Hypnobabies during her birth tomorrow!

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http://celebritybabies.people.com/2010/03/31/tiffani-thiessen-celebrates-her-baby-shower/#more-91870

“I’m going to give a Girl Scout effort to hypnobirthing,” the actress, 36, tells Pregnancy magazine about the method that uses hypnosis to promote natural childbirth.

“I’m really excited about it. That’s my plan, but my husband and I are both very, very open to however the child is supposed to come out. Knock on wood it all goes well. I’m not one to judge any woman on how they choose to give birth. It’s individual and I think everyone’s different.”

I hope she does have a wonderful birth!

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These purchases will help us to pay off the debt of the 08 and 10 conferences.

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Lily’s Birth as told by her daddy, Trevor…

Lily was born Monday at 8:24am. All natural, a healthy Hypno-Baby! Kendra was absolutely amazing!!!

3am, Sunday night – Kendra felt some pressure. More of a “menstrual cramp” type of pressure. I timed her waves and they were 2 mins. apart! But she was so relaxed. We went to the hospital. She had her headphones on : ) and the nurse looked her over and said Kendra was 2.5 cm and (you are not going to believe this) “If you were really in labor, you would not be so relaxed.” I laughed when I heard it. She was going to send us home!

Because her waves were so close together and Kendra’s explaining that they were pretty intense actually, she asked us to walk the halls for an hour. So we did. 6am…About 35 mins. into the walking Kendra’s waves got pretty intense. She’d stop and hang on me and I’d say, open…open…open…Release. And then after a few times it happened. Kendra vomited (is that a word?) and her water released simultaneously. Wow! Then I ran and got the nurse and into the room we went.

I put on the CDs and Kendra listened to the “Fear Release” and “Deepening” CDs and waited. She was very relaxed and quiet. The waves would come and I’d relax her more. At about 8am she felt what we thought was an intense wave and the nurse came in. I told her that they were getting pretty intense and that she felt a little “pushy.” This same nurse that almost sent us home said “Don’t worry, she’s got a while to go.”

A new nurse came in about a minute after and began to examine Kendra. She said “You’re at 10 cm and I can see the head! Kendra pushed for 5min-10min and there Lily was! Kendra went from 2.5cm to 10cm in an HOUR! Lily had the cord around her neck and her heart rate went down to 60, but she was fine, Kendra was healthy and I was in shock : ) It happened so fast that I didn’t even get the on-call doctor’s name until after. We didn’t even get a chance to use the birthing ball (I carried that thing in with pride!).

We are home now and Lily and Kendra are doing fine. The Hypnobabies birthing was a success! We are so grateful that we found your class.

Thanks again Carole. We’ll keep in touch. Trevor


Lily’s birth as told by her mama, Kendra…a few days later

Hi Carole,

I just wanted to give you an update and thank you for helping us through such an amazing event.  I am so glad we were able to take your class.  I felt so prepared and calm.  The things that really helped were:

*Understanding the natural process my body was doing to prepare before and during labor:  The baby dropping down, the birthing waves, the baby pushing herself out with her feet, positioning.

*Practicing the “finger drop” to enter hypnosis instantly, and having Trevor tell me “relax” and “open”.  The “open” really worked since I went from 2 cm to 10 in an hour.   : )

* The idea of a birthing “wave” was perfect for me.  My stomach was actually moving like a wave.  Also, I grew up swimming in the ocean.  When a big set would come I would just dive down deep under each wave and relax, knowing it would pass over me.  I’d come up and do the same for the next wave.  Fighting the wave would only make things bad.

*Because I had the attitude that everything was going to be fine and my wonderful baby was coming helped me stay totally calm and focused even when things got crazy (cord around the neck, lowered heart rate). *I can’t say I didn’t feel some discomfort but it was totally manageable.  I was concerned when I thought “Okay, a centimeter an hour.  I have 8 more hours!”  The words Epidural Express went through my head; that’s too catchy of a phrase.  That’s when they checked me and said “There’s the head and you’re ten centimeters”  So 8 hours was only 5 minutes.  The pushing was actually more comfortable than the waves.  I think that’s what everyone is afraid of and it’s really not a big deal.

Anyway I am so grateful to you.  There is no way to thank you enough.  Everyone says I was so lucky to have such a quick and easy birth.  I was, but it wasn’t luck alone.  They were all so skeptical of Hypnobabies, but now they’re not.

Fondly,Kendra

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Some moms (especially some who have had fast births before Hypnobabies) worry that their next births might be TOO fast.

My tip is this: In your mind change it to ideal birthing time.  Visualize what you want.  Maybe you want a 6 hour birthing time (which is fast to many) so whenever you hear “fast and easy”, think ideal length of time and easy.  :)

When I shared this on the Yahoo Group a mom shared her experience and said I could share it here!

This was my exact fear when I started the program and was almost the reason I didn’t try Hypnobabies for my recent birth.  My 1st birth was 8 hours, but my second was only 4 hrs start to finish – I was only at the hospital 2 hours or less.  I was very worried that I wouldn’t get to the hospital in time for my 3rd or have someone available to take care of my kids while I was birthing.

What I can tell you is that I was surprised at how much warning my body gave me this time around as opposed to my prior births.  My first two pregnancies had a lot of BH, and my second birth even had a trip to L&D thinking this was the real thing.  When it came time to have my second child, things went from nothing to intense very quickly.  For my third birth (first Hypnobabies) I started having very manageable PW at 7AM that lasted on and off throughout the day.  I could tell that this was my birthing time but my body started out nice and slow.  I did not wind up going to the hospital until 11 PM when things picked up in intensity and my daughter was born at 3:45 AM.  From “intense” to baby it was only 6 hours but technically I was probably laboring for 21 hours.  I did visualize that I would have plenty of time to get to the hospital and all my support people would be there for both me and my kids which happened to a T.

My only regret is that in my visualization I pictured things going “nice and slow” so that I could feel good about everyone getting where they needed to be, and I think I visualized my birthing time to be too slow LOL.  So I agree with PP that even though the tracks talk about a fast birth, your visualization is a very, very powerful tool.  Picture your birthing time exactly the way you want it to go and let your body do the rest.

Kristina
DS 8/18/2003
DS 6/1/2006
DD 9/22/2009

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