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Thanks to Leigh Anne from Confessions of a Misplaced Alaskan for allowing us to share her birth story from her blog onto the Hypnobabies Blog. 

As many of you noticed, I did not share my due date with most people because I hate the, “you haven’t had that baby?” comment. However, now that the baby has arrived, I’m happy to tell you my guess date. It was July 20, 2012, but I expected to go late like I did with my other two children. I hoped that the baby would be born on my husband’s birthday, July 30th. This baby had other plans though.

I’ve had multiple hemorrhoid flare ups this pregnancy. For me hemorrhoids have happened about two weeks before I have a baby in previous pregnancy, but with the every two week frequency of hemorrhoids in the past month, I was thoroughly confused. I kept figuring this would be a big baby because of how much pressure I had down low and for the frequency of the hemorrhoids. I even sometimes wondered if I was having twins even though we had only ever heard one heart beat.

My husband has been working out of town at least three days a week, in Nashville, since before the baby was conceived. He planned to be home next week for the fourth of July holiday. I had no worries about him being out of town as I approached thirty-seven weeks because I expected to go until at least forty weeks. He even was in Oklahoma all last week for work.

I had been doing little things to prepare for the baby this week. I had done some crazy nesting, getting down and scrubbing the kitchen cabinet doors, making sure the kitchen was clean, laundry was washed and put away, etc. My hemorrhoids were still there, but no longer painful, so I was feeling pretty good this week. On Wednesday, I had talked to one of my bosses about my work plans. I had the need to tell him that day…for some reason.

We all went to bed normally on Wednesday night. I listened to three Hypnobabies hypnosis tracks, deepening, creating anesthesia and fear clearing. Around 2 am, Thursday morning, I woke up needing to use the restroom, feeling a little off. I laid down on the couch in the living room, watched a little television and tried to distract myself. Around three, I went back into the bedroom and laid down next to my four year old and two year old but couldn’t get the idea out of my head that I needed to call my husband. I kept saying to myself, my female intuition was telling me that I really needed to call him and I would be kicking myself if I did not. I grabbed my cell phone and thought about texting him, but decided instead to just call him. Good thing I did. His phone went right to voicemail. I went and sat on the toilet, peed, then wiped. Bright red spotting. I dialed my husband again, even though I knew it was pointless. I was only 37 weeks, that day. I couldn’t be spotting. I panicked. I called my Dad, hoping that he was staying in the duplex in Nashville with Damon, my husband. He picked up after about three rings. I said in a very urgent voice, “Dad, it’s Leigh Anne, go get Damon please.” He asked what was wrong. I said in a stern voice, “go get my husband, now.”

My dad, went and woke Damon up. He told me that Damon would call me back. I found out later, that my Dad had walked into Damon’s room. Damon was splayed out on his bed, with the lights on, completely out. Damon called me back a few minutes later, which seemed like so much time as I kept wiping bright red blood from myself. He called me and with a panicked voice, I said, ” I’m bleeding, please come home.” Damon, tried to ask a few questions, but I was a little too freaked. He called me back a little while later, once he was on the road and I told him that it wasn’t a ton of blood, it looked like bloody show, but I’m only thirty-seven weeks. He remained calm, and drove home. It was about 3:30 am. He told me that the reason why his phone was off was that he had purchased a new phone from Verizon and he thought he had plugged it in to charge, but it appears that it powered off instead.

I called my friend, Amy Poarch, a local doula, and asked if she could come over. I didn’t want to be by myself. Nick’s birth had went so quickly, I was nervous that this one might go fast too. I also needed her help setting up the hose attachment to possibly fill the birth tub. I had tried to use the tools to attach, but my nerves was so shot, I was afraid I would bust the water faucet.

The other, very important thing in my brain was, my midwife was across the country on vacation until July 1st, her apprentice was in Kentucky for a wedding. I called my midwife friend Michelle because I thought she was my backup midwife. I was mistaken or misinformed. Michelle helped calm me and gave me Debi Church’s phone number, she was to be my backup midwife. I had only ever met Debi once at the recent birth fair. I had heard good things about her, but it was unnerving for me to be prepared to use a midwife that I did not know.

My Dad called me to see how I was doing. He knew I was scared because of the tone when I had first talked with him. He made me laugh when he said he had googled, “bloody show.” I just couldn’t imagine what he was finding, but he knew that meant the baby would be coming soon. He asked me to please go to a doctor if I felt the need. I reassured him that at 37 weeks, I was good to have a home birth. He said he understood, but as my Dad, he was still concerned for me. He asked if he could do anything, but I told him no, I would be okay.

Amy came over and helped me get the hose attached. I was all over the house, gathering supplies and trying to keep my adrenaline up, invoking the fight or flight response so that this baby would not come quickly. I was so thankful that Amy came over. She helped keep me calm. I was having pressure waves, but nothing I could not handle. She asked if i wanted to listen to fear clearing, but I said no, not until Damon got home. I laid on the couch watching Netflix, Amy sat nearby reading. Nick woke up and asked me to go lay down with him. I did but didn’t want to stay in there. He ended up coming into the living room with us for a little while. I finally did get him back down. He would not go to Amy. I went and took a shower, figuring it might be awhile until I could. Damon arrived home around 6:30 am. I was so thankful he was home. I continued to lay on the couch, using my finger drop technique any time a wave came. Damon went and laid down with the boys.I sent a message to the babysitter that the boys would be staying home. I texted my boss saying I wouldn’t be in to work that day. I was not going to repeat Nick’s birth and have to drive home in labor. I decided to try and sleep, as it was 7 am or so. I told Amy she could go home if she wanted, nothing was really happening. I put on the deepening track, put my wet towel over my face and tried to relax. When the hypnosis track was over, I took the towel off my head and saw Amy had left me a card saying to call whenever I needed her.

Nick woke up and was banging on the bedroom door, wanting out. I hoped Damon would get up and let him out but he was asleep. I made pancakes for Nick and I to eat. I was starving. Then I called Michelle to thank her for talking to me in the middle of the night. We had a really nice chat. Around 10 am, Damon took over caring for the boys and I laid down to rest, finally listening to fear clearing again, for the second time in about thirteen hours. I slept until 12:30 pm.

To be continued…..

Kizoa slideshow: Isaiah BirthSlideshow

I haven’t figured out how to embed this video, but it is worth clicking over to watch it!

After a somewhat challenging first birth Laura and her Husband used Hypnobabies to prepare for their second baby.  They birthed in the Netherlands.

We ordered the Hypnobabies home-study course (in some places you can receive instructor taught courses) and got started.  Each week both Laura and I were responsible for reading and studying reading assignments that taught us the fundamentals of self-hypnosis, positive affirmation, natural childbirth and other related subjects.  In addition to this, Laura needed to listen to a series of hypnosis audio tracks each day that helped her go into a state of self-hypnosis.  The majority of the work was on her shoulders since she would need to be the one to put herself into hypnosis, though I was responsible for helping the process along with certain cues and keywords.  Laura was more than diligent, and after 5-6 weeks we had completed the course.

Even after completing the course, though, I was uncertain of what to expect – how would things really happen, and would I be able to help Laura?  I think that’s what I feared the most after the first birth – not knowing if I could help her during the delivery, being a passive observer as she “walked through the valley of the shadow of death”.  Gratefully, Hypnobabies empowered me, despite my doubts and fears, to be an active participant in the birth gave me responsibility, which was exactly what I personally needed.

The birth went really well and I loved reading Dad’s perspective on the whole thing.

When we first arrived, Laura’s contractions and the baby’s heart rate were monitored.  To our dismay, the midwife on shift said that Laura seemed too relaxed to be in true labour, but that she would check the cervix before drawing a conclusion about whether we should go home.  I nearly laughed out loud when her eyebrows raised as she announced that Laura was 7 cm dilated, and there would be no going home!  This was a huge morale booster, and a testimony builder of the effectiveness of Hypnobabies to that point.

Click on over to read the rest and see the pictures.

I love reading on other blogs how moms decide to use Hypnobabies and then follow along through their pregnancy.

I recently found a blog where a mom goes into a really in depth explanation of why she is doing Hypnobabies.  She also answers some questions she has gotten about the program.

Here is one of the questions she answers.

Does Learning Hypnobabies take a lot of time & energy?

Time: yes. Energy: no. And my guess is that for many of you the time factor would be the biggest downside. I’d say it is for me.  The total amount of time it takes every day is about 60 minutes, not including listening to the Joyful Pregnancy Affirmations (which I don’t count because I listen as I fall asleep and doing so doesn’t take up more time for me, in fact, it often helps me relax and fall asleep more quickly!)

And truthfully, I started the course very early (about week 18) so that I could give myself more time, if need be. It is a 5-week course but you can make it a 10-week course (taking 2 weeks for each class instead of one) if you want to. I think I actually should have done this. You’re supposed to listen to a track each and every day. I work to do so 5 days a week. Since I know that I’ll still have at least 15 weeks to continue to learn and review, I figure I’m perfectly fine. You also need time to practice and time to read from the course book.

The course has a maintenance program that is key to continue doing even after the official course is finished. Practice makes perfect and that is especially true with this. Once you start the course, you need to to take time each day until baby is born to practice.

Regarding taking energy: heck no! In fact, taking time to relax and practice each day will actually give you MORE energy. Even on days when I wish I had time to nap, my half-hour of listening to my track allows me to relax and recharge.

 

Click on over and read her whole post!

Here are just a few of the other questions she answers.

  • Doesn’t hypnosis mean you can’t move? I wouldn’t want to have to stay in one place during my birthing time…
  • Doesn’t using hypnosis mean I won’t be aware of what’s going on around me? I don’t want to miss this wonderful experience.
  • So, I listen to a track and practice a couple times a day? Is that all Hypnobabies does?

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!

 

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

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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