Archive for May, 2008

For moms with nausea, here is a testimonial from a mom on the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group. 

I did buy this early in my pregnancy and it worked GREAT. I still have the skills…and I’ve had my baby already. I’d definitely use it again! It worked well after listening only once or twice. I continued to listen every few days when nausea was the strongest, then just tapered off and used the skills it taught.
Awesome! The success I had with it was part of what strengthened my confidence in the Hypnobabies program.


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A mom sent this to the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group and she said I could share it with everyone!

Hello HypnoMamas 🙂

My beautiful baby girl has just turned one (yay!) & I wanted to pop in
& say “Hello!”

A year after doing Hypnobabies, I am still so happy when I think about
what a great tool kit Hypnobabies was for me during my pregnancy &

I listened to the tracks on my mp3 player every night in bed (&
promptly fell into a deeeeep & lovely sleep) & often listened to the
affirmations on the way to work or while I was sat at the pc surfing
the net.

If any of you are feeling a little bit wobbly about if it really will
work for you, then I hope my little story helps give you a nudge in
the right direction.
Our experience was nothing short of amazing & I am so pleased that I
birthed my baby instinctively.
Sheridan’s video is great to watch – she looked so peaceful!
I wondered if I would look like that too…
I, on the other hand made loads of LOUD birthing sounds! 🙂 They made
my midwife & husbands ears ring…ooops!
(I must emphasise that I had ZERO discomfort – yes, it is totally
true… no discomfort at all.)
It was just my own special birthing song: “Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
Peeeeeeeeeeeeeace… Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!! ” 😀

So, may I wish you all your own style of Hypnobirth!
Love & hugs,
Linda & Anna Lulu.

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My beautiful Jacob was born at 6:48 pm last Friday. Talk about a
crazy day and an amazing birth. Remember the parts about having
a “fast” birth in the scripts?

My first hint birthing might be starting was around 1 pm. I was at
the hospital dilated to a 3-4 cm at 4:40 pm. I had a bulging bag of
waters and dilated to a 7-8 cm at 6:20 pm. My waters broke at 6:23
pm, and he was born at 6:48 pm.

He was born posterior, despite two weeks of spinningbabies efforts
and even two visits to the chiropractor.

But, I have to say the belly lift SAVED me!! I spent the two hours
in the hospital with my earphones on and switch in center. I walked
around the room, pausing every minute to lift my belly during a
surge. The lift took 2 – 4 notches off of the intensity of my surges
and made it possible for me to stay completely in control up to the
very end. When I tried any other position, the surges jumped in
intensity and I had more difficulty staying relaxed.

The belly lift definitely took some of the pressure off the back of
my pelvis, and if the speed of his birth is any indication, it helped
his head engage my cervix better and kept my birth progressing

I wasn’t able to stay in control the last 15 minutes, during the
pushing phase, but that stage is so intense and fast for me and my
body. It’s been like that for all three of my Hypnobabies – and
though I wish I could skip that stage, I can’t complain when it’s
such a short time.

It just makes the next stage – holding and nursing my beautiful baby
so much sweeter.

We did have a bit of a scare – I birthed his head on all fours (I
didn’t realize his head was out), but he was blue with his cord
around his neck too tight to slip over his head, and too tight to let
the rest of his body out. So my midwife had to cut and clamp the
cord, (which removed the redundancy he really needed), flip me over
to try and dislodge him, and he then came the rest of the way
quickly. He was on my stomach for a second or two, but was floppy
and not breathing.

They hit a code button, which filled the room with people, but by the
time I realized something was wrong, I heard him screaming over
everyone. He had a 1 min. Apgar of 2, but a very healthy 5 min.
Apgar score of 9.

We both did perfectly afterwards – Jacob latched on easily, my
placenta birthed easily, my bleeding was normal, and I didn’t have
any tears even with how fast the pushing stage went. Even Jacob’s
regular glucose checks that were required because of my gestational
diabetes were fine. Boy it was nice to be able to eat all the carbs
I wanted afterwards without counting them, and no insulin shots!! We
both left the hospital at the 24 hr mark and are very happy to be

Also, I had been drinking raspberry leaf and nettle tea for 2 wks
prior to the birth, during birth, and afterwards. I also made sure
they didn’t give me postpartum pitocin since I wasn’t bleeding too
heavily. In any case, the cramps I usually get with nursing were
much less severe than previous babies (they’ve gotten stronger with
each baby – this is #5), which I think is due to either or both the
tea and the no pitocin. I just took Motrin for the first day and a
half and with a few ‘off’ switching the first few nursing sessions, I
was fine.

I’ve posted a birth story with pictures on my blog at:


My husband also made a little video clip of me doing a belly lift
during birth.

Thank you Hypnobabies and all you ladies for the encouraging posts
over the last few months!


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Kim had been planning a home birth for her 7th baby, but switched to a hospital birth due to pre-eclampsia.  She had a wonderful hospital birth using Hypnobabies and especially enjoyed Ahhing Max out, instead of purple pushing, as she had her 6 other babies. 

You can read her story here

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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This video shows some of the risks of cesarean and more importantly let’s moms know of ways they can prevent having a cesarean.  I think educating yourself is an important step in preventing an unnecessary cesarean.  Hypnobabies is great for this!

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Do you watch Oprah?

Check out this post to see a way you can encourage Oprah to do a segment on Hypnosis and Childbirth.

She had a guest on yesterday who talked about hypnosis.  Let’s let her know we want the world to know about the power of hypnosis for birth!

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It is short and sweet, describing what it and hypnosis is.  It also talks about how it can be helpful for pregnant moms! 

Meditation and Guided Imagery for Beginners

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At least one of these moms did the Hypnobabies Home Study.  Maybe more did.  But regardless, this is a very important message for multiple moms.  You can have a vaginal birth!  You can have an un-medicated birth as well!

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Orgasmic Birth

There is a new movie, Orgasmic Birth being released that looks very interesting.   It talks about how birth can be enjoyable, even orgasmic.  I know that many moms using Hypnobabies have enjoyable, comfortable births, I imagine some have probably even had orgasmic births.  This movie will hopefully help inspire moms to have un-medicated births in supportive environments and learn that it can be a wonderful, enjoyable experience. 

I used Hypnobabies and did have a beautiful birth, while I wouldn’t describe it as orgasmic, it was amazing and enjoyable and empowering.  I look forward to watching the film when it comes out and hosting a screening at my house for all my friends, students and clients! 

You can read a great interview with Debra about her film.   Also the film will be highlighted on 20/20 on May 16th! 

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I’ve been studying Hypnobabies since 20 weeks (I’m 37 now) and finally had a chance to try out my mad hypnosis skillz today. I have a
complete phobia of needles, like paralyzing, fainting bad. My midwife wanted to do a blood draw last week and I said no, let’s wait a week and I’ll come prepped for it.

This morning I did a Fear Release session but was still feeling nervous. So I get there today, go and lay down before the appointment and listen to one of my scripts on iPod. I told DH to have them draw the blood as quickly as they could without disturbing me while I was relaxed. So I’m laying there and I feel her put on the band and wipe with alcohol and then a tickle on my arm like she brushed it with her finger. All of a sudden the band is off and I’m like *what the heck, she missed the vein!!!*.

So I open my eyes and she says “All done, you did great!”. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously!!!!!

Last time I had my blood drawn I fainted and it took me 10 minutes to come around fully. This time I stood up and said “wow, that was it?” and walked into her exam room without batting an eye!!!

I am so jazzed to use this for birth now. Even if I just get to use hypnosis for blood draws for the rest of my life it would be totally worth it but now I completely believe it is going to be awesome for my birth and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.


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