Archive for December, 2009

Because of some pretty major intestinal problems, I had to have a colonoscopy done and some bleeding in my large intestine cauterized on Monday.  Generally, these procedures are done with substantial sedation and pain medication, but I’m 26 weeks pregnant and didn’t want to put those drugs into my baby.

So… against medical advice, I had the procedure done without medication.
They let me listen to my Hypnobabies track (I picked “special place”) for 30 minutes prior, and keep my iPod on during the procedure.

While I can’t say it was pain-free, I can say that I made it through, and I’m very proud of myself.  I’ve only been doing Hypnobabies for 3 weeks, so I didn’t have all the “ammo”, yet the medical staff was amazed that I was able to handle it!  It was about as un-natural a procedure as I can imagine, but Hypnobabies still kept me relaxed, in control, and drug-free.

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for helping me keep my baby drug-free in the womb – I can’t wait to see how this works during a healthy, natural birth.

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Zoe’s EDD was September 19th, but her older siblings were both “early.”  I just KNEW she’d be born around 37-38 weeks and had already been off work for 2 weeks.  I was growing more frustrated by the day since I set my expectations so early and OB was pressuring an induction.  But the baby knew EXACTLY what to do!

On Saturday, September 20th, I started having the first pressure waves about 1:00 pm after thinking all morning, “She’s never coming out!” (talk about impatient!)  The waves were not steady, and I had negative thoughts about this not being the birthing time because I’d had pressure waves off and on for the past 2 weeks that never created a pattern and then fizzled out.  My parents had taken our other kids out of town that morning to let me “have some rest,” so this allowed me to relax and clean the house.  I kept moving in hopes the PWs would pick up in intensity and frequency.

At about 2:30p.m., I called my close friends and mom and told them I was having PWs, but they weren’t intense and were about 5 minutes apart.  I told myself that if they picked up, I’d bake brownies for the nurses at 4:00, and we’d go to the hospital at 7:00.  I called Andi, our hypno-doula to give her a heads-up but still didn’t think this was “it.”

They continued to progress, but I was not uncomfortable at all.  I didn’t even use the finger-drop technique until around 4:45 when some PWs were still 4 minutes apart, but a couple were only 1 minute apart.  I welcomed each wave and still wanted them to come on stronger to convince myself I might see our baby soon. I made the brownies, and by the time they were finished, I decided I wanted to go ahead and go to the hospital so I could listen to my CDs and chill out without having to drive in the middle of trying to listen to my scripts.  Our doula met us at the hospital because I told her I felt like I just needed to get there and get settled in.  I was still somewhat nervous that the hospital would send me back home, but our doula assured me that if they did, that would be the best thing for me.  We got to the hospital at 6:00 pm.

I changed into a gown and turned in our pre-registration.  The nurses were very nice and allowed me to stop talking when necessary; I used the finger-drop technique several times during the check-in; DH and Andi were able to answer some questions.  Our doula was awesome!  She reminded me to “breathe in peace; breathe out tension” which helped immensely (I dealt with a lot of fear from my 1st birth throughout this pregnancy).  Still thinking I would be sent back home, the nurse checked me and reported I was at a 6 with a bulging bag of waters! I was so happy I got emotional and realized I knew I could do this naturally!  The nurse also asked me to rate my p**n level on a scale of 1-10.  Between PWs, it was a “1” and during, I rated it a “6,”–totally bearable.

DH went out to the car to bring in our things.  While he was gone, I had about 3 very intense PWs and couldn’t get comfortable.  I made a quiet vocalization through two of those and worried he would get scared if he heard me vocalizing.  I told Andi I felt nauseated, and she got me a trash can.  DH walked back in the room, and I told him, “Don’t be scared, but I’m about to make some noise now.  I’m okay though.”  At that point, a leaned off the side of the bed, felt a huge pressure, and moaned loudly while holding the side-rail of the bed.  The bag of waters busted (it sounded like a water balloon!).  Andi said, “That was a push!”  She tried to find the call button, and DH just ran into the hall to get a nurse.  I immediately had another strong urge to push; I did, and her head was out!  Andi, the nurse, and DH asked if I could get back on the bed (I was still hanging over the trashcan–it was all so fast!) and asked if I could push again–oh yeah–pushing felt great!  Her body came out on that push, and she immediately started crying.  I was in shock that she was already out and that the “labor” was over!  We were all laughing and in complete amazement (especially DH and myself; our other daughter’s birth took 50 hours!).

I did have some tearing along my previous scar from my two former medicated births (I didn’t even feel this as it happened).  The doctor arrived about 20 minutes later to do the stitches (and I did get Lidocaine local anesthesia for this).  The baby had already been nursing that 20 minutes, and she continued nursing for almost 2 hours!  No one took her from me to weigh her or anything until about 9:00 p.m.

She weighs 7 pounds, 14 ounces
20.75 inches long

We were allowed to leave the hospital the next evening and are enjoying our Babymoon now.

I have to reiterate how awesome the Hypnobabies program is.  There were times I doubted it would work for me during the birthing time, but I recognized how well I had been sleeping during this pregnancy and how well it helped me with generalized anxiety and other fears about life in general.  I thought it was worth it if those were the only things I got out of it.

We took a live course with our hypno-doula, but I didn’t do the practices perfectly, and I fell asleep EVERY time I listened to a CD.  I really doubted I could have a p**n-free delivery, but it actually was (I did feel pressure, but it actually felt somewhat good to push through it)!  This birth was very healing for me and DH, and I feel so extra blessed not only with our healthy baby but with the privilege of getting to bring her into this world in a natural, peaceful, empowered way.

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We had a planned home water birth. We had no ultrasounds. I was GBS+ but successfully used natural methods to become GBS-! It was nearly perfect! We had the baby 2 days after her “due” (guess) date…

(Please use your BOP…)

We were lazy on Sunday and watched a lot of TV. Paul (hubby) said he felt bad about being so lazy. I told him we were resting up for the baby. Little did I know it would be today. I wasn’t at all nervous about the birth itself (though I had been early on, before HB!) but was anxious to meet her and get the pregnancy part over with. I thought today may be the day but I really wasn’t sure. When we finally decided to go out to finish the horses’ fence (I was just keeping my husband, Paul, company), I went to the bathroom and there was a tiny bit of mucus plug. I also had some fluid leaking on the way to the bathroom on a previous trip, just a very little bit. I  told Paul that today may be the day, but I don’t think he believed me. He went on with the fence project plans as usual. I called my mom, then Marlene, our midwife, and I told them I had slight cramps w/ pressure waves and that today may be the day. I went down to the barn around 2:45 with my stopwatch and pad of paper. Paul thought I was making a “to-do” list. I told him I was timing PW’s.

When I started timing them, they were consistently 5 min. apart and 45 sec. long! I timed maybe 2-3 of them in a row. They felt like mild menstrual cramps. Then suddenly, they were 3 min apart and 60 sec. long and getting stronger, though still pretty comfortable. I could still continue on with what I was doing easily. I told Paul that I was going to go start setting up the birthing supplies. We had everything ready, just not set out and we still had to blow up and fill the pool, which meant connecting the pool hose to the faucet in the shower, etc. I wanted to start my Hypnobabies relaxation so I would be nice and relaxed for the birth. Within a few minutes, Paul was up from the barn and was starting to help get things ready. He wanted to take a shower! I told him there was no time for that but he didn’t think I was serious. I guess, because I didn’t look like a typical woman in labor, as portrayed on TV and he thought it would still be several hours. He took a quick shower then started getting the birth pool ready. I decided to start listening to my HB CD’s. I went upstairs to sit on my birthing ball and listen to my relaxation tracks while he got the pool ready. I started on the Fear Clearing Session, but after remembering all I had to get ready, I quit, knowing it was progressing very quickly and that there wasn’t much time. I couldn’t concentrate because of all that still had to be done. I decided to listen after we got things ready. So, I came back downstairs and he had the pool almost full! I did put my HB on in the background, Easy First Stage. Waves were getting very intense! Paul was hanging the Christmas lights for nighttime birthing and joking around. I was in no mood for joking and I was thinking, “we’re not going to need those lights” but I didn’t say anything. He was so relaxed and helpful, I didn’t want to ruin the mood. I was lying on the bed trying to relax through the waves but they were getting so strong and close together that I had to quit helping get the supplies set up. He disappeared upstairs and I had a few more pressure waves and decided after this last one, that’s it! I have to get in the pool! When Paul came back downstairs a few minutes later, he was surprised to find me in the pool, not thinking it was time yet. I asked him to call my mom and tell her I was definitely in labor and that she should come soon. I don’t think I made it clear how close I thought it would be! (Of course, I wasn’t SURE how long it would take, so I was second-guessing myself). I must have been much more calm on the outside than I felt on the inside because I had to yell a few times for him to come back down again when I felt definite pushing during a pressure wave! He had been straightening up for our birth team and my mom so they would have a place to sleep that night while waiting for the birth and/or afterward. (I thought that was cute!) I got a little scared when the pushing started b/ I didn’t know if it was time yet. Was I dilated? My birth team wasn’t there yet! We thought we may have to catch this baby ourselves. Paul called the midwife and she was about 15-20 minutes away.

I know people have different experiences and sensations during birthing but pushing to me was very intense! To me, I don’t know how anyone could NOT push when a pressure wave came on! I couldn’t NOT do it. So, when the pushing happened, it happened! It felt like dry heaves. My body just took over and I was surprised how powerful my body was! Of course, I had been having practice pressure waves since at least week 20 pretty regularly. I had said that as many as I had, the baby ought to just shoot out! I don’t remember it being that painful, it just scared me a little how my body took over. When the pushing started, I was lying back in the pool. I just stayed in this position b/ it never occurred to me to move. Early on in the pushing, my water broke which, to me sounded like an explosion! Paul was still running around getting things ready or calling the midwife or something because he didn’t know it had broken and I didn’t ask him if he noticed until afterward. He hadn’t. At some point, Holly, the midwife’s apprentice, arrived. She looked shocked when she came in, not expecting us to be so far along. The look on her face was priceless. Marlene arrived soon after and they were busy setting up supplies they might need. I think she suggested I try a different position because I had been pushing for a little while and there was no head coming. (We think I probably pushed for about an hour??). Once I got on my hands and knees, it progressed much more quickly. A few more pushes and the head was crowning. A few pushes later, her head was out. Once her head was out, I was preparing for the same with the shoulders but I think one push and the shoulders were out. Then the rest of her slid out on its own. I thought someone was pulling her out but I found out later that that wasn’t the case. Marlene said “sit back” and when I did, the baby came floating up into my arms. She cried once or twice then opened her eyes and looked around! She latched on and nursed very quickly and was alert and calm. She has been a very quiet baby and many people comment on how quiet and alert she is. I think it has a lot to do with her gentle entry into the world! We estimated her arrival to be 5:45, about 3 hours after the PWs were apparent to me.

I had a brief second of the “ring of fire” when her head was emerging but it quickly faded as her head came out and exerted more pressure. The only sharp what-I-considered “pain” was I could feel myself tearing in the front, but I didn’t care. I just wanted to get the baby out! I didn’t think of changing positions. (I hadn’t done any perineal stretching on the front. All of the literature I had read on it said to stretch toward the back. Where I had stretched, I didn’t tear. However, I didn’t need stitches, fortunately.) Delivering the placenta was a piece of cake.

She is now 9 weeks old and worth it all a million times over! I don’t feel I really got to fully use my HB because of the speed at which the birth progressed. It was hard to get “into the zone” because it happened in such a rush, but obviously, it helped keep me calm, which allowed for a quick, relatively painless (though intense) birth. I recommend it to everyone!

If I could do anything over, (you may want to consider this for your birth) I’d have had a deeper birthing pool (ours was 22″, of course, water was probably about 16″ high). I’d have it at least 6″ higher next time. Would have been able to get into a better position(s), been more boyant, etc. I would have also been doing HB THAT DAY when I first suspected that it would be the day of birthing so I could get into my off switch and center switch better and could practice with them when PWs weren’t intense. I would have also tried the exercise my natural healer gave me for menstrual cramps that works like magic to see if that helped lessen the pressure sensations of the PWs. And, I would have had everything set out weeks in advance, just in case.

More good news: I had symphysis pubis discomfort throughout much of pregnancy but it didn’t bother me at all in labor or delivery!…
I wish all of you the best! It’s been great having you on our “team”. You can do it! Your baby will thank you one day for giving them the best start and being proacitve in their care! Remember to get your baby to a good chiro who is experienced in children. It keeps the nervous system functioning well which makes your baby healthier.

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Our first Male Instructor!  Horray!

Rev. John Burger HCHI

Des Moines, IA

(515) 423-3150



As a father of triplets I have very fond and wonderful memories of the miracle of childbirth.  As a pastor for nearly 20 years, I have always enjoyed being a part of family events and especially visiting families at the birth of their children.  There is no more miraculous time in your life than the birth of your child!  There are no doubt other men out there who do “hypnosis for childbirth”, but I am proud and honored to be the only male presently certified to teach Hypnobabies® complete childbirth education course!  While the birth of my daughters was the most miraculous event of my life, there is a wealth of information in Hypnobabies® that I wish I would have known prior to the birth of my triplets.  I want you to be prepared and confident for the most miraculous and powerfully bonding event of your life!  And I want you to enjoy your baby’s (or babies’) easy, comfortable birth!

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I am finally getting around to posting Arabella’s birth story.  Arabella is my 4th baby and my 2nd hynobaby vbac.  It is long but I hope you enjoy it!!

During my whole pregnancy I was so sure that she was going to come in October and I was hoping that I would wake up in labor and have her by mid-afternoon.  I always envisioned birthing while standing up and then bringing her straight to my chest!  I kept thinking about how I wanted the birth to go and I am amazed to say that it actually happened the way I wanted but on Sept. 29 instead of in October.

I woke up the morning of Sept. 29, 2009 with a nice pressure wave at 6:45am.  I had been having strong waves for a few days but it was just one or two and then nothing.  So I just went back to sleep.  I had about 4 and looked at the clock and saw that it was 7:45am and since I was not very comfortable in bed I thought I would get up and see if they would stop.  This was how Jake’s labor started (I went to bed that night and had my first strong wave and just was not comfortable lying down).

I decided to take a nice hot shower and see if that would stop them.  I had 1 wave while I was in the shower and was starting to wonder if this was the real thing.  I got the kids ready for the day and downstairs for breakfast.  I had some really strong waves while getting their breakfast ready and so I called Jen, my sister.  I think I was in denial that it could actually be my birthing time since I was so sure she was waiting until October.

At this time it was around 830am and I was having waves about every 6 minutes.  Jen said she thought this was it and I told her I would see how things went.  I called Julie, my other sister to let her know it might be my birthing time and then I called my Mom.  I wasn’t sure if this was it and told my mom I was going to try and get some emails done for work and I would call her back in about 45 minutes.  I also emailed Dan to let him know it might be my birthing time.  I attempted to do some emails but could not concentrate because I was getting excited and so I finally just told them that I starting my birthing time and they had to deal with it.  Jen decided to come over so she could follow me to her house since we needed the minivan there so they could bring the kids to the hospital and I called mom to let her know I thought this was it.  I emailed Dan and told him this was it but I thought he had time if he wanted to finish his meeting.  He was already on his way home.

I tried to get the last minute things done but I think the kids knew something was up and they were a little clingy.  Jake had woken up very early so he was ready for a nap and so he wanted to nurse.  I tried nursing him but after a few waves it was too much.  Dan got home and we decided to go over to Jen’s house.

We got there around 11:30am and I was hoping I would really be able to get into deep hypnosis.  Up until this point I was just relaxing as much as I could during the waves but not going into hypnosis.  The waves were not painful just intense but I had to really focus to relax through them.   Once we got to Jen’s house I put Jake upstairs, he had fallen asleep on the way there, and we got the kids lunch.  Dan was ready to go to the hospital but I wanted to stay home as long as possible.  I needed to keep moving and was pacing back and forth in the kitchen.  When I would have a wave I would lean on the counter and sway back and forth.  The kids started “dancing” with me.

After a little bit, I realized that I needed to listen to my hypnosis to help me get into a good zone.  I still was not in any pain but just felt scattered from trying to get the kids all ready and get to Jen’s house and I hadn’t listen to any scripts yet.  So I sat on the couch and listened to the deepening track.  This did help me relax and I started to feel better.  After the deepening track, I had a few nice waves and I really just felt it was time to go to the hospital.  I really needing to concentrate and thought that it was getting close and if it wasn’t close that I needed to get really deep into hypnosis which was tough with all the kids.  So I told Dan it was time to go.  Julie was on the phone and said she wanted to come over but I told her I didn’t think I could wait.  We waited another 5 minutes for the brownies to be done and then I said goodbye to the kids and we left.

I had a strong wave in the driveway so waited to get in the car and then I put deepening on again as we drove the 25 minutes to the hospital.  The waves were more intense still not painful but I was thinking to myself that if I wasn’t at least 8cm I was going to be very upset.  We got to the hospital and I had about 3 waves walking from the car to the door which wasn’t very far and about 3 more walking up to the birthing center.  I had a few while signing the paperwork and then finally got in the room around 2pm.

I changed into my binzi which I loved and posed for a picture.   I noticed that I felt better if I pushed while I was having waves and started thinking maybe I am ready.  I kept telling myself I was crazy.  Finally the nurse came in to put the heplock in, since this was a vbac, and to monitor me and get some blood.  I was really feeling like I wanted to be checked but kept my mouth shut since I didn’t want to be checked and be only at 3cm.  The midwife came in while the nurse was trying to get some blood and said she would come back in a few minutes.  I was very tempted to say no just stay but again didn’t want to be wrong.  Finally the nurse finished getting everything and left the room.

I told Dan that I felt like I was pushing and he asked if I wanted him to get the midwife and at first I said no but with the next wave my body started really pushing and I told Dan to get them.  He was out the door so fast…I think I really scared him.  The midwife came right in and I had to get on the bed which I hated but she checked me and said I was fully dilated and she felt the bag of waters right there.

I got right out of bed and was standing next to it which was the most comfortable position for me and the midwife suggested that maybe I get on the bed and lay on my side so the baby would come out a little slower and they might be able to prevent tearing.  I tried getting on the bed but half-way on I had another wave and it was just so uncomfortable so I stood back up and continued pushing that way.  I felt the bag of water come out it felt like I had a small balloon hanging from me and I could feel her head coming down and going back up with each push.

After a few pushes I finally felt her head come out and what a wonderful feeling that was.  Then out came her body.  I got to lift her right up to me and Dan cleaned her head with a towel.  I laid on the bed to deliver the placenta.  The midwife was very patient and let it come out when it was ready and we waited for the cord to stop pulsating until Dan cut it.  Then Arabella nursed for about 1 hour and 45 minutes until finally I let them take her to weigh her and clean her up.  They did everything in the room and she was 9lbs 1 oz and 21 ¼ inches long.  She is so beautiful.

This birth was exactly how I wanted it.  I am surprised at how much more intense it was then Jake’s but it was also so much quicker and I didn’t believe I was in labor right away.  I did not get as deep in hypnosis as I did with Jake’s birth but I still wouldn’t say it was painful.  I didn’t feel as in control while I was pushing but I am so excited I got to feel everything this time.  With Jake I did not feel anything.  I don’t know if it was because I was so deep in hypnosis or just that I pushed for over 2 hours but I did not feel his head coming out and was sort of disappointed about that.  It was an amazing birth and I am so thankful that I found Hypnobabies!!!


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