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Happy Hypnobabies Holiday

Prize Drawing!

Get in the holiday spirit by entering to win one of three awesome Hypnobabies prizes for your wonderful birth!  (One entry per person, please.)

3rd Prize ~ 25% Off Your 2010 Hypnobabies Course* & a FREE copy of the After Your Baby Comes Hypnobabies CD**

2nd Prize ~ 50% Off Your 2010 Hypnobabies Course* & a FREE copy of  one of the following Hypnobabies CDs**
> Breastfeeding Success, or
> Eliminate Nausea Now!

GRAND PRIZE ~ Your 2010 Hypnobabies Course FREE* & a FREE copy of one of the following Hypnobabies CDs**
> Peaceful Sleep Now,
> Breastfeeding Success, or
> Needles are Okay

Entry begins on Thursday, December 10th and ends on Friday, December 25th, 2009, at midnight. Prize drawing will be on or about December 26th and winners will be contacted by December 31st, 2009.

* All courses are for my in-person class only. You may choose any course in 2010 that works best for your schedule, as long as the course is not full. Contact me for course availability. No returns or refunds and no cash value for prizes. Prizes must be confirmed by the winner within 30 days after the drawing or it will be forfeited.
** CDs can be given only to confirmed Hypnobabies students. If the prize is not accepted or forfeited, a fourth drawing will occur and the prize will be offered to that winner.
*** Additional conditions may apply. Please contact me for details.

Visit Ancient Hearts website for information on how to enter!

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Finally have enough time to tell you wonderful hypno moms about Maia’s birth, she’s 7 weeks old now and is amazing everyday.

I’m 43 and Maia is my 5th baby, my other children are 20, 17, 11 and 10.  The first 2 births were in hospital on my back and were manageable but with hindsight, not the wonderful events they should have been.  My third was an unintentional homebirth with my holding DD3’s head in while the midwife ran in the house.  My son’s birth was meant to be a homebirth but we had a flu epidemic that year and there was 1 midwife to come out and assess me and escort me into hospital because there were simply not enough able staff.

Maia’s father is not the father of my other children so she was a bit of an unknown quantity as far as my pregnancy went and therefore also the labour.  I had horrendous morning sickness for the first time and was not impressed.. Horrible PSD that got me a few appointments with the physio but not much relief.. and of course I am so much older than I was for the last birth with a new father to boot! He took some persuading but once I had shown him the stats for poor hospital experiences and had him read some of the horror stories, he came round to my way of thinking and we started to plan a homebirth with a birthing pool.

We would still have to use an NHS midwife because we couldn’t afford an ndependant midwife but I managed to come up with the next best thing.  My son has a friend in his class, who’s mother had not long qualified as a midwife and I phoned her to ask if she would be my midwife and she said yes, brilliant!!! All my ante natals were done in my own home, none of these rushed affairs in a sterile office 😀

My guess date was 16th October and we had a 3D scan done because Daddy was working away and couldn’t be here for either of the others, it’s so weird seeing your baby as a black and white photo before she’s born.

I have asymptomatically high BP and we had a few dodgy ante natals when the results were a little high for comfort but then I’d use my hypnobabies techniques and would get it right down, once I got it so low Paula, my midwife, was panicking about it being TOO low lol. I did, however, end up in hospital once for an hour for continous monitoring because it wouldn’t come down but I just worked harder on my hypnobabies from then because I was determined to keep my home water birth.

Maia got into head down position when she was meant to but was really active and when I worked out which bit was which I realised she was posterior, my placenta was anterior and it turned out that her cord was quite short so all my attempts to turn her were in vain. I admit to worrying myself about back labour and  panicked when I read ‘let birth be born again’ by Jean Sutton.  Paula started to refuse to discuss the baby’s position with me, I could tell from my shape that all my pelvic tilts were having no effect.  I borrowed a Rebozo but didn’t get round to trying it.

I’m self employed as a driving instructor and finished working 2 weeks before Maia was born, by that time I was using my hypnobabies to help me sleep and to keep my BP down, the pregnancy affirmations was my favourite.  I never got round to doing a fear release until I was in labour but I knew that transition was the thing I was most concerned about.  I should tell you that I’d had no pain relief with any of my other births and fully expected to manage this birth in the same way but I always found transition so intense.  Added to that, I’d read somewhere older women labour for longer too, hypnobabies HAD to help me.

So we got to 14th and bearing in mind Maia’s position and how posterior babies ‘usually’ go past guess dates, I was mildly surprised to see a tiny bit of the plug on the toilet tissue just before going to bed, I never did get into the habit of doing finger drops on those midnight runs…

Thursday 15th, my waters broke at 11am, just little dribbles when I moved about but no waves, I texted Paula to let her know and of course she wanted to be kept informed of any developements but said she’d come down later anyway to check my BP.  She came down at 1pm, still no waves and my BP was fine but now we have a time limit, she told me current protocols are 24 hours but we both knew I’d be doing my own monitoring if we went past 24 hours.

The pressure waves finally started a couple of hours later but were intermittent and more than manageable. I did my first fear clearing session and the birth day affirmations, and I think I listened to Deepening too. Paula came back at 4 and checked my BP and temperature again, both were fine but she said that she would have to let the hospital know what was going on and they would expect to see me at 11 the following morning.  She left telling me to take it easy to keep my BP down but to do what I could to get the PW’s going.  I have to tell you that I was up and down our stairs more than I had been my whole pregnancy that evening, it worked to keep them going but would peter away when I stopped, needless to say I was fairly breathless.

My OH and my 2 youngest had a walk around to my dad’s at about 7pm and by now I was having to stop walking and concentrate between each PW, still not anything other than pressure and tightening. I’d been rocking on all fours when I was on the phone to a friend and although I couldn’t talk to her when I had a PW, I found that if I pushed my hips as far forward as I could, I could almost feel nothing!!!

We got home about 9pm and started baking brownies and cookies, as much to distract the kids as anything, and although I didn’t help out, I was now it established labour and phoned Paula to tell her that.  The PW were still around 10 mins apart but were lasting for more than a minute.
Once the baking was done, I got in the bath to help relax me and to pass the time, the kids came in to say good night at 1130 and I put on birth day affirmations again I think, it’s 50 mins long whichever 1 it was, then I resumed getting through each of the Pw’s pushing my hips forward, yes I was lying on my front in the bath and it was all working great!!  My OH came in a couple of times and he took the only photos on Maia when she was still ‘Bunny’, so we have to look at my naked ass when looking at photo’s of my bump lol, not nice BTW!! I was using nipple stimulation to keep the PW’s going as I felt they were still not that well established.

So now it’s nearly 1am and I decide I’d better get out of the bath, no idea how close the PW’s are, but I do know that I have no problem dealing with them or using hypnobabies to deal with them.  However, as I stand to get out of the bath, my concentration slips and I have 3 PW’s one after the other, no pain but now I realise we have very little time and the birth pool hasn’t been filled yet!!

I shout at OH to get my phone so I can get Paula’s number for him to call, ‘how far apart are your contractions?’ he asks, so much for keeping to the script…. ‘every minute’ I reply not wanting to panic him or her but in reality they are less than 30 seconds apart. And I shout that we need to get the pool filled NOW!

So I get a tank top on and some underwear to wait her arrival, she lives 2 min drive from me, and with me shouting at OH the kids have disappeared upstairs not really sure what to do with themselves.

The pool took me 45 mins to fill during the rehearsals and Im pretty damn sure that I’m not gonna get in there…but OH has other ideas and blasts water into it, unfortunately he doesn’t put the tap adaptor on tight enough and it blows off, I remember walking into the kitchen and wondering why the ceiling is dripping lol.

Paula arrives about 1.10 and starts to take my BP and tries to take ,my temperature but I have to get on my knees to deal with the PW’s and she loses the thermometer….and now I know I’m in transition, no position is comfortable and I’m starting to moan through each of them.

I still have my undies on and on the other side of the room the birth pool beckons, still not full but sooooo far away I don’t think I’m gonna be able to get in, and now I’m feeling pushy which I tell Paula. So I turn and face the back of the sofa but the cushion slides as I brace for the next PW and I know that I HAVE to get in somehow.  As 1 PW dies away, I make my move and have my undies off and HOP into the birth pool before the next 1 starts.  The uncontrollable urge to push takes over and now I’m loud which feels great but which freaks the kids out so they stay upstairs, we hadn’t made any definate plans about them being in attendance so if this is where they want to be then I’m wasn’t going to force them.

I now gather my wits and know that I have to calm down to breath this baby out, I’d have stitches with each of my other babies and wasn’t looking forward to having them again.  I reached under the water to her head and gave Paula a scare when she saw my finger tips in the dim light and thought they were toes, and she asked OH to get her a mirror so she could see better.  He disappears upstairs to try and get the shaving mirror off the wall and has to be shouted back down as Maia’s head comes out, no ring of fire and the other midwife came in then and I actually said to her that it was nice to see her lol.  She’s the supervisor of midwives at the hospital Paula works at and had put herself on call because there are so few home births in this area and she wasn’t about to miss out!!

1 more push and I lift my baby to the surface and welcomed her to the world, her Daddy was just coming into the lounge as I lifted her up and so he did see her but didn’t catch her which was what we had hoped for.     Within 10 seconds her brother and sisters greeted her and I sat back whilst gazing into the face of our new arrival. She was born at 0145 on her guess date with NO labour in my back, with no problems, with no pain, with no meds in our own home with our own family around us.

We waited till the cord stopped pulsing, Daddy cut it and we used a cord tie made by a doula friend instead of those plastic clamps, yuck. I had tried to lift her out of the water so that Paula could wrap her in in a dry towel because she was very blue but her cord was so short I was struggling to get her to my chest, so no wonder she hadn’t turned!

Within 20 minutes Granny and Gramps had arrived and even my daughter’s boyfriend came back to see Maia, all the while I’m still in the pool!

I had a physiological 3rd stage,  it took an hour and then we went through to my bedroom to be checked for tears and this was the only time that my under carriage was looked at, I had no internals at all 😀 as per my birthplan :)) I also needed no stitches yay!

Maia weighed 6lbs13oz, my smallest baby and was 50cm long, she’s the apple of all our eyes and even the dog likes her, the smelliest springer spaniel on the planet.

I thoroughly recommend hypnobabies, if only to get you through your pregnancy, if you stay calm and choose to use your ‘tools’ then you will give yourself the best chance of getting the birth you want.

Good luck to all you moms to be, especially Kathy mommyryn, I have followed your situation through all it’s twists and turns and hope you are holding your sweet baby soon.

Sorry this is sooo long but I wanted to make sure I remembered it all 😀


Debs xx

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I thought this was a great story about how Hypnobabies tools can be used for your whole life!  It is like riding a bike.  🙂

I’m currently just over 11 weeks with #4, this will be my 4th
Hypnobabies birth (a repeat “customer”, the highest recommendation I
can give it!).  DS was a med-free hospital birth in 2004, DD1 (10
lbs!) was a homebirth in 2006, DD2 was a home waterbirth in 2008, this
little one is due in June 2010.

This time around I’m facing something I’ve never experienced before –
gallstones.  Ouch!  I’ve had 3 attacks now, and it has been the worst
pain I’ve ever experienced.  During my last attack I went and grabbed
my iPod and loaded up my “Creating Anesthesia” track and curled up in
bed with my rice sock on my abdomen.  It’s been about 1.5 years since
I’ve listened to any of my Hypnobabies tracks but it was just like
riding a bike, it all came back.  The relaxing deep breaths, the light
switch and the anesthesia.  Before the track was over I was
comfortable and asleep, and slept through the rest of the gallstone
attack.  (A far cry from my 1st one that kept me up writhing in pain
for hours.)  I’m still waiting for my appointment to see a doctor
about the gallstones (long wait times for appointments at the local
military hospital) but I’m glad I have a coping mechanism for any
other attacks that come along.


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Marta Rodriguez-Lopez, Ms, HCHI

(727) 517-6306
My web : http://peacefulhypnobabies.com
My blog : http://diezlunas.wordpress.com/
Montgomery county, Maryland

I am a mother of two great kids with baby number three due in May. I successfully used Hypnobabies with my second pregnancy and I’m currently using this technique preparing for my upcoming birth.  I am so proud of being a Hypno-Mom during my second birth, I decided to become an instructor.  My desire is to share these amazing tools with you and other expectant parents. I have a special interest in disseminating information about pregnancy and natural birth to the Spanish speaking community.

I believe that babies should come to this world in a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere, where the mother is respected as a woman and as a human being, not a patient at the hospital. I believe that women must restore confidence in their bodies, and allow them to do the job they are designed for. I’m hoping to witness a shifting change from high medical and institutionalized labor to a progressive approach where a pregnant woman is considered a healthy person going through one of the most important and empowering events in her life.

I’m offering group and private classes in Montgomery County, MD for more information visit my web page.

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I of course get to see this first hand with the moms I work with.

It was wonderful to see an article which discussed all the benefits.

Here are some highlights.

Moms that use hypnosis

  • use less drugs during birth
  • are more comfortable during birth
  • have shorter labors
  • less medical interventions
  • less depression and anxiety after birth

Hypnobabies is great for moms on so many levels!

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Jillian’s Birth

I really loved reading this birth story, because it was from a mom who used Hypnobabies in a way that was best for her!   She says it wasn’t a typical “successful” Hypnobabies birth.  But I disagree, every mom who uses Hypnobabies is a success, if she feels empowered and makes the best choices for herself along the way!

Let me begin by saying that I am not your typical HB Mom. I did not decide in advance that I wanted a natural birth, rather I believed that one would be chosen for me because my previous birth was so fast. I was concerned before I began this course that so many stories talked about how they were farther along than they thought that I worried I would not know when to get to the hospital, thankfully that did not happen to me. For anyone who happens to have similar concerns, I wanted to submit my daughter’s birth story.

This was my third birth, my first two were fairly quick and easy, both with an epidural. My first birth was 8 hours but my second was only 4 hours total. For my second birth, I was at the hospital for less than 2 hours before he was born and barely had time for an epidural, which was only in place for about 15 minutes before I started pushing, so it was not at 100% effectiveness. Since my second birth went so quickly and I had heard that subsequent births get faster, I started to get worried. Going into this birth I had two primary concerns: 1. Not getting to the hospital in time, and 2. Not having time to get an epidural. So, with all that back story, here is how my birth story goes.

On Monday Morning September 21 around 7:30 AM (at 39 weeks exactly) I started having some consistent contractions, nothing too difficult, just noticeable and easily written off as BH. I had LOTS of false labor with my second birth, up to 5 hours at 3-4 minutes apart for weeks before he was born so I wasn’t too concerned at this point. They varied from 10 min to 3 min, but were averaging around 7-8 min apart, but since I hadn’t had any false labor at all with this pregnancy, I made note. I was at work and was timing them and decided that around one o’clock I should probably head home since they had been coming fairly consistently for about 4-5 hours and I should get closer to home in case this wasn’t false labor and things got more intense quickly like they did for my first two labors.

I got home around 2ish and called my Mom to ask her to come over to watch the boys since I didn’t know how long this would last or if it was the real deal, but again I anticipated that things could change quickly and I would feel better if she were here.

At home still having very manageable contractions that continued to vary from 3-12 minutes apart, still averaging around 6-7 minutes. I took a small walk (about 4 blocks) to see if it would pick up the contractions, but it didn’t. After I picked my oldest son up from the bus we all went for a walk around the neighborhood to see if that would get stuff going more. After another 1.25 miles of walking, still no change. We ordered a pizza for dinner and I spent the evening going for walks and sitting on my exercise ball to see if anything would make them more intense or closer together, but nothing changed. We put the kids to bed and talked to Mom about staying or going. Since I had been contracting all day we were pretty sure that something had to be happening soon and she decided to stay. We got ready for bed and lay down to go to sleep around 9:45 and then finally things got interesting.

At 9:50 I was laying in bed and had a really intense contraction, one that was electric through your whole body and I knew then that we had finally hit productive contractions. 10:00 another one, 10:11 and another. By 10:21 I had another very intense contraction and woke up DH. We called the doctor and decided to head in to L&D. Even though they were still spaced far apart, things moved quickly with my second birth so we were still anticipating a potentially fast birth and wanted to be in the hospital in plenty of time. Plus, I was GBS positive and needed 4 hours of IV antibiotics so we needed to keep things moving as much as possible.

I listened to my hypnosis tracks in the car ride over and it made everything very comfortable and manageable. We got into the hospital and got settled around 11:00. They did some monitoring, and started my IV for the antibiotics. I continued to labor on the birth ball and standing and was having a hard time finding a comfortable place to be. I had my hypnobabies tracks on but I really didn’t switch to off because I really needed to move through the contractions. After about 2 hours of some fairly intense contractions I was getting vocal and they were getting more difficult to manage. At around 1:00 AM I had the nurse check me when I was standing and was really surprised that I was only at 4 and a half at this point.

With my second birth, I arrived at the hospital at about the same time (11PM) and at about 1AM I was 7cm and had a baby in my arms by 1:35. I had expected this to be as fast or faster since it was a subsequent birth, but it became clear to me that this was not going to be a duplicate of my second birth. Both DH and I were getting really tired and I was losing my stamina so we decided to go for the epidural. It was put in place without incident by about 1:30 or 2AM and then we both kinda slept until about 3:15. The nurse came in to check on me around 3:15 and I had just felt a big pop and found out that my water had broken and I think they told me I was at an 8.

The nurse told me that my doctor was at home and I told her that in the past things move fast for me now so they should get her here. About 2 contractions later I was feeling ready to push and did my best to blow away the contractions. I think they called my doctor about 3 times to find out where she was, the nurse told me that they asked her to run, not walk down the hall. When the doctor arrived they broke down the bed and adjusted my mirror and we were ready to push.

Since this epidural was stronger than the previous 2 I had they needed to tell me when I was having a contraction so that I could push with it since the feeling of pressure was pretty constant. They had me push with the first contraction and told me that the baby would be born with the next contraction. They were talking and missed the next contraction on the monitor but with the next one I pushed and watched her head be born in the mirror. I saw her rotate and with the next push I delivered the rest of her. I heard everyone saying ohhh and knew before they even told me that it was a girl. All the nurses and doctors knew that we had 2 boys at home who really wanted a sister, but that we decided to be surprised. Sure enough they announced that it was a girl and set her on top of my chest while they dried her off. She was born at 3:44 AM 7lbs 5oz and 20′ long. Her brothers are over the moon in love with her and we are enjoying every minute of our new little girl.

I do have a few tips for the DH’s of Moms who have already had kids. My DH fell into old patterns (Lamaze mixed in with our version of Bradley) when things really got going. He didn’t read his HB cheat sheet or any of his notes while I was laboring, and we fell into old patterns. For those committed to a natural birth, I would recommend you essentially force your DH to practice with you, a lot. We didn’t practice together much at all, although he did read all the materials and listen to the scripts. It was just easier to fall back into old habits. He forgot all about the peace and relax cues and just asked about changing positions, or CD tracks and massaging my back etc. So for you ladies who are working with your DH for a natural birth, do your best to have him shake off his old habits and I imagine that practice with him will do wonders.

So while I know that this is not a standard HB success story, it is still a success for me. I had no false labor like I experienced with my previous births. I had plenty of “warning” that this was my birthing time, and this baby was born weeks later than any of my previous kids. I attribute all of these things to the HB course keeping my stress levels low and keeping me in tune with my body.

Like I said at the beginning, I never really wanted a drug free birth, but had assumed one would be thrust upon me. I was able to stay as comfortable as possible, and got the birth I was very happy with.

Best of luck to all the Moms waiting for their little ones!


DS 8/18/03

DS 6/1/06

DD 9/22/06

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