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When my husband and I got pregnant we did extensive research on the having the safest birth possible for both mother and baby.  We chose a midwife as our healthcare provider based on exceptional outcomes research.  We quickly came to the conclusion that natural birth was what we wanted.  Our midwife recommended using Hypnobabies for pain management and we began the extensive self-study course.  We practiced everyday and did all the recommended cues and affirmations.  We knew we were not ready to have a home birth, but we were apprehensive about birthing in a hospital because of unnecessary medical interventions.  Our midwife assured us we would be fine and to put together a Birth Plan.

I am happy to report that I was able to give birth in such a perfect way!  The nurses at the hospital were so wonderful, loving and patient.  They really facilitated such a spiritual birth for our little one.  They were so respectful of our preferences.  They used a Doptone instead of the external fetal monitor and allowed her to be placed immediately on my chest when she was born for an hour.  She was able to nurse immediately, and they also did all procedures in the room with us.  My midwife is truly an angel as well.  She knew I desperately wanted to have a natural hypnobirth and she was there and supported me the entire time!  Even when I felt like it was going to be impossible, she reminded me that I could do it and to stick with my plan.

I woke up at 1:30am Saturday morning with menstrual-like cramps that started in my back and wrapped around the lower part of my abdomen. They were about 5-10 minutes apart and very regular so I was sure my birthing time had begun.  I laid in bed for an hour but I was restless so I decided to start baking brownies for the nursing staff.  Our dog came down to see what the commotion was, and then went upstairs to wake my husband. 

We went to the hospital around 9:15am once I had been having pressure waves for 1-2 hours and they were 2-3 minutes apart.  We called the in-laws to start their journey from Ohio, paged my midwife and called my Mom.  We loaded up the car and were on the way to take the dog to doggie day care, I was deep in my hypnotic trance with my headphones on when I noticed blue lights in the rearview mirror. We were being pulled over!  My husband jumped out of the car at the red light and motions to the police officer that I am in labor by pointing to his belly.  The officer pulled up beside us, took one look at me and asked if we needed a police escort.  We thanked him and said we could make it on our own.  I was still in trance but I was getting a little uncomfortable and irritated at the disruption. 

When we got there, my pressure waves slowed down considerably because I was nervous about being in the hospital.  I was only 3cm dilated so my husband and I walked the halls for an hour, bounced on my birthing ball and paced.  When my midwife checked me around 1:00pm I was 5-6cm and 100% effaced.  I used my hypnosis and was able to stay in trace during most of the dilation.  I could hardly feel the pressure waves at all.  When I was 7-8cm when my midwife suggested I get in the tub.  I was a little reluctant, but I decided to do it and my husband helped me. I was so glad I did because it provided tremendous relief and allowed me to catch my breath. 

My husband was so wonderful! He was with me the whole time helping me with my hypnosis ques, bringing me water, snacks and holding my hand while they checked the heartbeat.  He didn’t leave my side once, not even go to the bathroom!  My mom was there supporting me the entire time as well.  Her Lamaze experience definitely came in handy during the pushing phase.  I was fully dilated around 5:00pm and tried pushing in several different positions.  It was very hot and when my mom asked if she could loosen my gown I grabbed it and tore it off. My modesty went out the window as I was fully concentrated on staying as comfortable as possible. 

I was getting frustrated, feeling that I wasn’t making progress and almost came out of my trance.  I leaped on to the bed in high position and grabbed the mattress and screamed.  My husband and mom came to my rescue quickly and reminded me that I can do this and to RELAX! I agreed and made the conscious decision to continue with the tools I had for hypnosis. Looking back on it, I would guess this would be what they refer to as  “transition”. 

Finally, I was most comfortable on my side.  I tried to push with every pressure wave, but since I was so deep in trance, I could only feel it at its peak and wasn’t able to utilize the full force. With every round of pushing everyone would exclaim “THIS IT, PUSH HER OUT!”  They got me the mirror and showed me part of her head sticking out.  My  midwife encouraged me to feel her head as well.  I knew I could do this; it was just going to take some time. I had to pace myself. I pushed and pushed and in-between I used my relax cue to catch my breath and took sips of water.  It was amazing that I had so much control considering I had no pain medication.  My midwife used bottle after bottle of mineral oil to massage and stretch me.  We listened to the “Pushing Baby Out” CD it seemed like 100 times and we were all getting annoyed but nobody could reach the CD played to turn it off or change CD’s.

Centimeter-by-centimeter, baby Claire was born at 9:30pm after 4.5 hours of pushing.  I didn’t end up with any stitches or episiotomy! I had a very small tear that didn’t even bleed.  It was so awesome, as soon as she was born and they placed her on my chest she looked up at me with those big eyes.  How amazing!  I did it all natural and my baby is so healthy and relaxed as well.  She is beautiful and her head was perfectly round despite such a long time in the birth canal.  She nursed right away and was very content.

What a spiritual and euphoric experience!  We are truly blessed and it was worth all the hard work.  It means so much to me that with all the loving support and patience of my midwife, husband and mother, I was able to be empowered to have the perfect natural birth.  Later I found out that some of my friends had actually placed a bet that I would end up with an epidural.  You can imagine how excited and proud I was to tell them my birth story!!!

This birth story was shared by a mom from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group.  Come join us if you want to learn more about Hypnobabies!  (You must send an introduction to be approved to the group) 

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VBAC Success CD

This wonderful two-track CD was created for all of our moms that understand that their body knows just how to birth a baby. It is dedicated to the amazing women who are determined to give birth vaginally after a previous Cesarean, in comfort, joy and love!

Track # 1: My VBAC Success – In deep hypnosis, you are given many powerful suggestions for vaginal birth preparation, optimal positioning of your baby, strengthening of your uterus, avoiding negativity, and complete VBAC confidence. Taking you farther than you ever imagined with positive re-framing of any fears or concerns, you are allowed to enjoy a daily dose of support and very effective inner training for VBAC success.

Track # 2: VBAC Birth Visualization – In this deeply relaxing visualization, you *create* your own positive and very successful VBAC birthing, just as you desire it to be. From the start of your birthing throughout the dilation phase and *moving past any challenges from your last birthing*, as well as easily birthing your baby into your own arms, your mental VBAC birthing rehearsal instills a blueprint for success that allows you to fully enjoy your pregnancy with this baby to the fullest. Knowing that your VBAC birth is possible, your inner mind will then create behavior and circumstances that reflect your positive VBAC Birth Visualization’s perfect plan! Enjoy.

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 When I first saw this video on You Tube I wondered if she had taken Hypnobabies, because she was so calm and peaceful.  So I asked if she did. 

This was her response.  “Yes, I used a combination of Hypnobabies and just stuff I remembered from Ina Mae’s guide to Childbirth. It worked quite well for me for 1st stage. “

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This is my first time posting here, though I’ve been reading a lot and doing the Hypnobabies program since about week 32.

Our little one’s “guess date” was 1/10. We didn’t know her gender, so it was a surprise.

As of Saturday (12/29) I was having early contractions – nothing worth timing or writing home about. They lasted off and on all day Sunday and Monday.

Monday night my hubby and I went to a friend’s home for an overnight New Year’s eve party. I was 38w 4d as of yesterday, so my stipulation was that if we went out for NYE, it had to be in the direction of the hospital and I didn’t want to be on the road with all the drunk partiers. Well, this friend lives four blocks from our hospital (as opposed to our 45 minute drive..), so it was ideal.

We got there around 8pm, and by 10pm, I was feeling drowsy. The rest of the folks were playing a card game, which I sat out because I was not feeling smart enough to keep up with basic card game rules ;)

Right after 10 I decided my back needed more support, so I got up to find a couple extra pillows to set behind me. I got the pillows, sat
down, and immediately felt like my bladder had released. Fortunately I bounced back up right away (though later I was informed that the couch had formerly belonged to college students, so amniotic fluid was likely the least offensive thing to have been spilt there…
*shudder*). I ran to the restroom and proceeded to drain pretty heavily! There was a pink tinge in the bowl, so I knew my water must have broken.
 

I stole a pad from our hosts’ medicine cabinet (thank GOD she uses pads!), and called my husband aside. I will never forget his expression when he heard my water had broken – he was SO genuinely thrilled! Made me fall fast in love with him again.
 

We packed up quickly and called our doula – who also happened to be at the hospital! She had another client who was being induced, but was able to split her time between the two of us and keep us encouraged.

Well, we got checked in, went through triage, and discovered right away – our little darling was breech. I was only dilated to 1 cm, and I did ask if they could try turning her (though I knew w/o fluid, they probably couldn’t). They said they couldn’t, and that we’d need a C-Section.

The funny thing is, that didn’t scare me. I had read a lot about labor options, including (legitimate) reasons for a c-section. This was one of those situations I had already determined as acceptable to me for having a c-section.

I immediately asked the nurse to stop everything and let me “zen” (I figured throwing out that term that was easier than trying to explain the hypnosis thing..). I went nice and deep right away – I didn’t flinch a bit at the IV, the epidural tickled, and I was in a happy space while they did the whole procedure. My hubby talked to me about my happy place the whole time and told me how proud he was of me and how strong I was. He should be a professional labor coach – he’s so amazing :) He also managed to remember to kiss me at the stroke of midnight (albeit through a surgical mask :).

Ten minutes later, our little Morgan was yoinked from my tummy and let out the most beautiful cry I’ve ever heard! Finding out her gender at that point was a great feeling – I don’t know if I want to find out what our next one is beforehand after experiencing that. Her first and second apgars were both 9. She’s beautiful (all moms say that, but, she really is! :) and healthy and has been doing a lot better at breast feeding so far than I have! I’m so proud of her :) She also was the first baby of 2008 at this hospital, so she got a really fantastic gift bag and a beautiful card signed by the nurses. The nurses at this hospital have been wonderful, too. I know I’m riding high on the euphoria of having just gotten to meet our little one, but I mean it – the staff has been kind and helpful and loving.

I do know from this experience that I will CERTAINLY want a VBAC, and I never want an epidural again, because I don’t like feeling that numb. The p**n of recovery thus far is much sweeter than feeling numb, because what I feel is my body, and I like to be able to communicate with my body. Of course, I was content to have the epidural during the procedure – I don’t think I had enough practice under my belt to forego anesthetics during surgery ;)

I heard wonderful feedback from all the staff, too. The surgical team was commenting on what a great attitude I had. My overnight nurse who had to get me up to walk a bit and clean off kept telling my husband what a strong woman I was (due to a bad reaction to it in the past, I’d refused morphine, so up until about an hour ago I was rolling along without pain meds), and she told me that most women don’t handle c-section recovery that well. I truly believe I owe my strength and peace to my Hypnobabies training. I didn’t have the labor I envisioned, but I was able to roll with the punches and enjoy every moment of my little one’s entry into the world. I was able to stay alert when I needed to, and thanks to the Peaceful Sleep Now CD, I actually was able to sleep for a while overnight. THAT was a blessing in itself!

THANK YOU for what you gave me. I will be using Hypnobabies again with future babies!!

For now, I’m going to go back to watching little Morgan sleep.

Oh, the fun stats: She was 7lbs 4oz, 18″ and has a lovely crop of hair :)

Happy New Year!
Theresa, Chris & little Morgan

Story shared by a mom on the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group!  Come join us if you are interested in learning more about Hypnobabies.  (you must send an introduction to be approved)

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Visit this Blog to read Noah’s VBAC story. 

If you want to read more positive VBAC stories you can go here

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When I found out I was expecting baby number two, I immediately knew that I wanted to try again for a completely natural birth experience. Olivia’s birth had been wonderful, and I had no complications from the epidural or the birth itself, other than lots of pain after we came home, but nothing I couldn’t live with. So, upon the return of the positive pregnancy test, the search began for the best natural childbirth method I could find. I had gone into Olivia’s birth with a stubborn mindset that “I can do this,” and not much else. I had practiced some Lamaze breathing techniques that they showed us in childbirth preparation class, but didn’t really have anything else in place. So, after laboring at home for almost 24 hours, and arriving at the hospital still at 2 cm dilated, I was more than discouraged. When my doctor decided to break my water at 4 cm four hours later, I was certainly not prepared for the overwhelming pain that would consume me.

I knew I didn’t want to experience that again, so in my research, I was drawn to two natural childbirth methods. The first was the Bradley husband-coached childbirth method which stressed deep relaxation and “pain with a purpose.” I knew how painful Olivia’s birth had been, so this appealed to me. I liked how logical it all seemed- yes, it would hurt, but there’s an end in sight and you will reach your goal if you push through the pain. However, I continued my internet searching, and stumbled across a program that touted, “No pain for Mommy, no drugs for baby- pain-free childbirth.” “Yeah, right,” I thought. “Have you ever given birth??” But, after reading more about the program, and visiting various related internet sights, I started to wonder, “Which would I rather have? Pain with a purpose, or no pain at all?” Well, that’s a no-brainer. I’d rather have no pain- wouldn’t anyone?

So, I dove head first into a program called Hypnobabies. It was a self-hypnosis home-study program that came with multiple CDs, a birth guide and multiple supplemental materials for my birth partner (my wonderful husband). Everyone I told about this thought I was nuts- at first, I did too! But, then I realized how perfect the program was. It reaffirmed everything I already knew about childbirth but had forgotten- that birth is a natural process, that my body was created to do this. So, I followed the schedule and listened to every track on every CD. I even downloaded them onto my MP3 player so I could listen while I was at work. I restructured my whole mindset about childbirth, and it worked! Henry James’ completely natural, drug-free birth story begins!

It is a long story so, to read Sunny’s Beautiful Birth Story of Henry James’ click here.

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Having Twins..and a vaginal birthing?? (YES YOU CAN!) By popular demand, we have created a CD just for YOU, with 2 tracks to enhance your pregnancy and easy vaginal twin birthing.

Track # 1 – Birthing My Twins Naturally is a deep hypnosis session with many enhancements: bringing your babies’ movements into your hypnosis session as deepening and comfort techniques, suggestions for carrying your twins to full term, and your babies *both* being head down and in the perfect position for an easy, comfortable, vaginal twin birthing. There are many confidence building suggestions and cues for you to use as you prepare for your babies’ entrance into the world, including a visualization of the birth itself, and one for being much more comfortable and relaxed throughout your twin pregnancy.

Track # 2- Twin Birthing Affirmations. This wonderful track has no hypnosis inductions – it was designed for you to be able to play it anytime – in your car, while falling asleep at night, during the day…. at any quiet time. The purpose of affirmations of any kind is to keep positive, affirming statements coming in from the outside, at the same time deep hypnotic suggestions are training your inner mind with a new belief system (track # 1). Affirmations neutralize any negative thoughts, comments or influences that you may be exposed to on a daily basis, allowing your confidence level to increase every day, which is *so* important as you prepare for your babies’ vaginal twin births.

Together, these two CD tracks have been very effective at helping our twin moms to remain focused and confident about their twin babies’ births, and experience a much more relaxed, calm and comfortable birthing. Twins CAN be born vaginally, and so much easier!

Read a great Hypnobabies Twin Birth Story here

Order CD here.  

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