Archive for February, 2009

In celebration of Hypnobabies offering their products on Amazon, we thought we would do a give away. 

Hypnobabies of course has wonderful products for moms on the Hypnobabies Website

Now 3 different Hypnobabies Sets are available on Amazon as well. 

Hypnobabies Home Study

 Hypnosis for an Easy Pregnancy CD Set

Hypnobabies Hypno-Doula Workbook Plus 5 CDs

Not only can you buy products on Amazon, but you can become an Amazon affiliate and if you refer friends, clients, doulas to buy Hypnobabies products or any other products from Amazon, you can make money!  🙂  You can even make your own store on Amazon

This month we are giving away Hypnosis for an Easy Pregnancy CD Set

The Winner will be announced on March 9th and the last entries will be accepted on Saturday March 7th. 

This set is great for expecting moms, friends of expecting moms (what a great gift to give!) or even doulas who could lend the CD’s to their clients. 

To enter the give away:

In order to enter visit any of the Hypnobabies products at Amazon (links above) or at Hypnobabies and come back and leave a comment about your favorite product.  Or leave a comment about why you want to win Hypnosis for an Easy Pregnancy CD Set

You can earn another entry by blogging about this give away and letting me know, you can either e-mail me at sheridan AT enjoybirth DOT com or leave a comment.

You can earn another entry by adding the Hypnobabies Blog to your RSS and letting me know, you can either e-mail me at sheridan AT enjoybirth DOT com or leave a comment. (What is this?  Here is a great explination in video form.) 

Also if you have used any of Hypnobabies Products you can earn 2 entries by leaving a review on Amazon or on the Hypnobabies Review Blog and let me know you have left a review in the comment section or by e-mailing me!  2 entries for each review left.  🙂

Have fun!

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Consumer Reports has written about some of the problems in America’s maternity care.  Then they made this quiz so you can see how much you know!

Despite growing evidence of harm, many obstetricians and maternity hospitals still overuse high-tech procedures that can mean poorer outcomes for baby and Mom.

When will America start providing the BEST care for moms and their babies?

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Hypnobabies Review

I found this Hypnobabies Review on Review Stream.  I had never heard about this site before. 

(One warning though, there are some ads that pop up and one is “Find Hypnobabies on EBay”  Well, that is never a good idea, as first off Hypnobabies Home Study says on it Not for Resale, but also some moms have bought it on EBay only to get incomplete sets or even worse, incomplete and copied items. )

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Liz’s Hypnobabies Waterbirth

My mom and sister got here just in time to pick up my kids from church (which ended at 2pm). So, though I had the Hypnobabies CD’s playing, I wasn’t listening with headphones, they were in the background while everything was being set up and coordinated. Just after 2pm the tub was full enough for me to get in (which was nice, since I hadn’t been able to get into a deep enough state of hypnosis to not feel the pressure waves).

At about 2:40pm I could tell we were close, so I told someone to get my husband (who had gone downstairs to put a video on for my kids). He and my oldest daughter came up and I pushed a few times, the first time breaking the water, and with the last one his head and body came out at 2:54pm. My mom said she couldn’t tell anything was happening until the last couple of pressure waves when he was actually coming out.

I was quite relaxed and in control. I did feel pain in my hips with each pressure wave for about the last hour, though it wasn’t bad. I just know that if I had put headphones on at the very start I wouldn’t have felt any pain at all. I guess having it at my house, it was hard for me to let go and let other people take care of things, I felt like I had to be involved in all of the setting up and  coordinating of everything. So, of course I can’t complain, it was just over 3 hours from start to
finish and I could have done it again just like that the next day. I didn’t tear at all so the recovery has been really easy. I know that a lot of Hypnobabies suggestions made it go quickly and easily.

I just would suggest two things that I learned. First, you never know how fast it will go and should turn on a cd as soon as anything starts happening (even if it doesn’t turn out to be your birthing
time, it’s good practice). Second, especially if you are birthing at home and are the type of person that has a hard time letting other people be in charge and take care of things for you, headphones are a good way to tune everything out and keep your focus where it should be. I don’t think there is much more preparation I could have done ahead of time, I just needed to let go once my  birthing time started.

I’m sure you all knew these things already, but I thought I would share what I learned.


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Follow up on the VBAC article

Can be found here.  It is another article by the author from the Time magazine.

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VBACs in Time Magazine

I was so excited to see a great article about VBACs and the difficulty some moms have in their choice to have one in a Time Magazine Article.  I have had 2 VBACs and am lucky enough to have a hospital and OB who supports them.  But there are many women out there who do not have that support!

Please go and read this article.

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Expecting Twins?

Here are some tools and inspiration for you!   

Having a natural vaginal birth with twins is possible, here is an amazing video with many moms of multiples who had natural births to inspire you.

Here is another inspirational video from a mom who had a homebirth with her twins. 

Hypnobabies has a wonderful CD with 2 scripts on it for moms of twins. 

Birthing My Twins Naturally-CD

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.

This is also now available as an MP3 download!

Here is a link to a great birth story of a mom who used the Hypnobabies Home Study and had her twins in a hospital

Here is a link to another positive twin hospital birth story too

Hopefully all this information can encourage you to do the research and find a care provider who is supportive of your desires for a natural birth!

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