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I had pressure waves around noon about 4 min apart.  I put a batch of cookies in the oven (for the nurses!).  The PW started getting stronger and a little closer so we dropped my toddler off at his daycare lady’s house at 1245.

We left the house for the hospital at 1pm, I listened to the birthing day track in the car on my iPOD.  I never finished the track because we arrived to the hospital at 1:20 and things moved very quickly from there.

My triage nurse was supportive of natural childbirth.  She gently checked me and I was already 7cm, 100% effaced – which i attribute to the Hypnobabies helping me relax and let my cervix open easily.

Still in triage, my PW got stronger and after about 4 of them my body automatically pushed at the end of one.  When that happened I realized that my labor was going to be very fast, so I told the nurse about the pushing.  She was surprised, so she checked me again, i was 9.

They’d called my dr but he wasn’t going to make it.   The nurses poked their heads out of the room to get the on call dr.  At this time my hands felt tingly so I knew I was in transition/transformation.  The urges to push were overwhelming and I couldn’t stop them.

According to my husband, the nurses asked each other if there was time to get me to a real room, since I was still in triage.  I was clutching the side of the gurney and moaning during the PW and saying I felt burning.  They were moving my bed down the hallway and I could feel the baby’s head descend lower until it crowned as my bed was entering a room.  They had barely parked the gurney in my “labor and delivery” room when the head came out, and the rest of the body came out a few seconds later, at 1:54pm.

The on call dr barely made it and I commented to him that he didn’t even get his gloves dirty.   My doula was out of town, and the backup doula didn’t make it in time either.

Patrick James is 7lbs 6oz and 20 inches long, apgars of 9 and 9.  He took to the breast immediately.  I had no tearing.  My husband says it is thanks to his excellent Perineal Massage techniques :).

They were going to give me a shot of pitocin after the birth and i declined.  I was not expecting it because I did not have an IV or heplock and had to block the nurse from administering the shot.  My doula had arrived at that point and helped emphasize to them that I didn’t need or want it.

I love what this mom says next, and it demonstrates that you don’t have to have a completely comfortable birth experience.  That with Hypnobabies tools you can enjoy your birth even if you have some discomfort!

****BOP warning*****

I didn’t feel like I had anesthesia during the PW, BUT I was able to relax and handle each one at a time without getting all anxious and shaky, which was my ultimate goal. I had an awful time with anxiety during my first birth and got an epidural before I experienced any significant pain.  I always thought the actually pushing of the baby out would be the painful part, but it was easy to do and felt like relief. I have no memory of pain during that part.

Additionally, I think Hypnobabies really did help me progress as quickly as I did, and I don’t know if I could have held on and done the drug free thing had it not gone as quickly/intense as it happened.   I did have a few moments of doubt that I could “do it” and having the nurse say encouraging things to me while I was breathing through the contractions helped me out so much!

I’m really glad I chose Hypnobabies to prepare for my birth and would recommend it to anyone!

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Hi Ladies,

I should have sent this email earlier but Greg and I have been exhausted.  Our son, Nathan, was born on his due date, Friday, July 9th.  He weighed 6 lb 10 oz and was 20″ in length.  He had perfect apgar score and was 100% healthy.  We couldn’t be any prouder with our new bundle of joy.  Attached are a few pictures we took when he was born.

As far as the birthing process, Hypnobabies worked great for us and it was a very positive experience.  I am somewhat disappointed that due to circumstances out of our control that we didn’t get the birth we have envisioned for so long.  I am putting my birth story in this email but please don’t read if you think that stories about not having the exact birth you envisioned would have negative impact on you.  I just wanted to share my experience and I wish the best of luck to everyone.

It all started on Wednesday, July 7th when I woke up around midnight to use the bathroom and saw some blood. I didn’t think much of it and went back to bed.  I woke up a few times that night which wasn’t unusual, especially during the last few weeks of my pregnancy.  I got up in the morning and decided to work from home instead of going in.  I felt the pressure waves coming and going but I thought those aren’t real pressure waves since I didn’t have problems talking through them.  Greg and I decided to do some last minute shopping for the baby and went out for lunch.  I continued to have pressure waves but they were so manageable that I didn’t think they were the real thing.  I put in a full day of work in between pressure waves and that night the pressure waves came so much closer together than Greg decided we should time them.  They were about 3.5-5 minutes apart and we decided to go to the hospital.

***SPOILER*** This is the part where our plan deviated.  The progress of my pressure waves slowed down when we were at the hospital.  After my water broke, somehow the umbilical cord was in a sticky position where it got pinched and the baby’s heart rate dropped dangerously low.  In order to ensure the baby was ok, we went through an emergency C-section.  I didn’t get the birth I had envisioned but I must say that I wouldn’t have done anything differently.  My ultimate goal was to have my baby in my arm all safe and healthy and I accomplished that.

Hypnobabies techniques worked great during the time I was having the pressure waves and if not for the problem with the baby’s heart rate, I am convinced that we would have a very successful birth.

I am proud of what we have done during the time we were in the hospital.  I am actually surprised how easy and manageable the whole process was and both Greg and I were amazed with the new found strength I have in me considering I was not able to stay awake for any single sessions we have had.

I would have written the email a lot sooner if we are not struggling with breastfeeding.  For some reasons I am having problems producing enough for our baby and we ended up hiring a lactating consultant.  Things have improved but still not quite where I could successfully breastfeed without the need for supplement.

Anyway, we are still getting into the groove of being new parents and so far we learned a lot about ourselves and our baby.  We hope you guys have the best of luck and have the birth of your dreams.

Best wishes,
Julie and Greg

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I love how her birthing time slowed down on the hour long car ride to the hospital.

Writing a birth story is always bittersweet for me: I love to tell about my amazing, life-changing experiences, but it seems that by putting it in writing the beautiful, magical event is truly over. This was my 6th (and last) baby, and my first using hypnosis. The other births had been unmedicated, but each was longer than the last and the birthing time of my 5th baby had been somewhat traumatic. I started Hypnobabies at home around 32 weeks and was very faithful with listening to the tracks, as well as my fingerdrops. I really loved the affirmations!

I was due on June 12th. On the 9th I had a couple hours of somewhat regular contractions that reminded me exactly how labor feels. I went to the midwife on the 10th and had my one vaginal exam of the entire pregnancy. I was 1.5 cm dilated, 50% effaced, and very soft. Baby was ballotable, or not engaged at all. I was excited to lose my mucus plug on the 11th and 12th and felt like thing were starting to happen! Of course, another week went by without any noticeable change and I tried not to let myself think that I would never go into labor.

Saturday the 19th I took my kids to the library and while there kept getting sharp groin cramps that I was unable to stand through. I soon realized that these cramps were coming along with contractions! When I got home I tried to get the baby into a better position by leaning over the birth ball. It must have helped because while the mild contractions continued, the groin cramping stopped. I timed the contractions at about 10 minutes apart for about five hours. Even though they were mild, they were tiring and I started to get discouraged. I decided that I was in prodromal labor, and that these contractions were preparing my body and moving my baby into a good position. That night I had just enough contractions to keep me out on the couch, unable to sleep well. Around midnight I put on Easy First Stage, and that relaxed me enough to sleep for awhile. I didn’t watch the clock, but I’d guess that the contractions were only coming every 20 or 30 minutes, but gaining in intensity.

Sunday the 20th I was happy to have the occasional contraction as an excuse not to go to church. I’d been overdue the previous Sunday and had had my limit of people wondering when I was going to pop. Throughout the morning and early afternoon my contractions were very infrequent.
Around 3 o’clock I noticed the contractions picking up in frequency, although the intensity remained fairly low. I timed them using Contractionmaster.com for an hour or so and found that they moved from 10 minutes apart to roughly 5 minutes apart. We decided to call our babysitter, my mom, who would have to drive an hour to reach our house. We would then have an hour drive to reach the hospital, so I didn’t want to delay too long. By the time Mom arrived at 5:20 or so, the contractions were still around 5 minutes apart, occasionally 3 minutes, and a few took a lot of concentration to manage. I would switch to “off” on the birth ball for each one, thinking “Open.” We rounded up our things, wedging the birth ball into the trunk because I knew I would want it, and we were off!

The hour drive to the hospital passed very quickly for me (remember the suggestion that 20 minutes would feel like 5? It really did!) My contractions actually slowed down to about 10 minutes apart, and I figured we had a long time to go before the birth. I kept my switch off and listened to Easy First Stage, occasionally going to center to talk to my husband. I had two very intense contractions where I needed him to squeeze my hand- hard. This helped to somehow lessen my perception of the intensity in my abdomen.

We arrived at the hospital around 6:30 pm. As soon as we got out of the car my contractions started to come every two minutes. I had one on the way up to the doors, and several while my husband was filling out paperwork in admitting. These were extremely intense, being felt all over my back and thighs. My husband did the “double hip squeeze” for me, which eased the intensity.

We got out of admitting and met my midwife, who had just arrived and was carrying her dinner. I had a very intense contraction and I bent over while my husband did the hip squeeze. I was thinking that the hip squeeze wasn’t going to cut it much longer. We walked a bit further and I bent over for another contraction. When I pushed just a tiny bit to relieve the pressure my water broke with a pop and the baby descended rapidly. I said, “The baby is coming!” and held my hand capped over the birth canal, as if to hold him in. A nurse tried to get me to sit in a wheel chair, but I said, “I can’t- I’ll sit on his head!” Somehow my midwife and husband each took one of my arms and hauled me to my birthing room.

I saw a bed prepared with chux pads so I took off my pants and underwear and climbed on. Once there, I threw off my shirt and bra and hunkered down in a really low hands-and-knees position. Someone wanted to take my blood pressure, but there was no time. I pushed a little with the next contraction, I think, and felt him descend even more. I reached my middle finger into the birth canal and felt his head about 2 inches in. It was such a neat feeling! My midwife, redundantly, did an internal exam and pronounced me complete. On the next contraction I pushed very strongly and his head came out. I couldn’t believe it! I gave another long push and he was born at 6:44! I was just in complete amazement at how fast it had all happened, how actually very easy it had been. So overjoyed at not once being strapped to the monitors! I kind of kept waiting to “wake up!”

I stayed in my position while they suctioned the baby and his cord was cut (which had already stopped pulsating.) Then I sat back and they handed my wonderfully peaceful little boy to me. My perineum was completely intact and my blood pressure remained perfect (hypotension has always been a huge post-birth issue for me.) Since I have a history of bleeding, and my uterus was a little boggy, I readily consented to two bags of IV fluid with Pitocin.

Joziah James was 7 pounds .5 ounce and 19.5 inches long. He has been the most peaceful little Hypnobaby, hardly crying at all. He just squeaks to make his needs known!

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I have a lot of tailbone pain and my lightswitch isn’t helping with the pain!

Kerry’s Answer

Twinges, itches and aches during Hypnobabies scripts, CDs and practice have nothing to do with what you are learning, practicing and being deeply programmed with for childbirth. All of these techniques along with the suggestions are aimed at and specifically used for, *childbirth*. Some moms can easily use their hypnosis for other things after they have practiced a lot, and some moms need more time and more specific direction to do so.

1) To help with non-birthing issues, just keep practicing and Listening to your CDs. Most of the suggestions in Hypnobabies are completely geared for childbirth and the day of birth, so it takes more practice and hypnotic programming to use your hypno-anesthesia for other things in the body. This is also easier for some people than others, and is automatically easier for those who practice moving their anesthesia around their body when doing the finger-drop technique, directing it to specific parts that may bother them and really spending some time deepening the anesthesia.

2) There may be a physiological reason for your pain that hypnosis might not take care of. Baby’s position, round ligaments being stretched, muscles strained, and nerves being pinched all tell us things about the body. My suggestion would be to get thee to a chiropractor who specializes in pregnancy. In-utero constraint of the baby causes most of the aches and pains women unnecessarily experience in pregnancy as well as fetal malposition and can easily be taken care of by regular chiropractic adjustment, not to mention helping you align your own body for the easiest birthing experience.

My Experience

I had PUPPS (pregnancy rash) when I was pregnant with Bryson. At first when I did my fingerdrop it would make my stomach stop itching… but after a few days as my rash got worse, my fingerdrop technique, peace cue, NOTHING helped. It was frustrating. I finally was seen by a high risk OB who said it was one of the worst cases he had seen (the nurses didn’t even know what it was because it was so bad) So I did end up choosing to use some medication. When I was not so inflamed than the fingerdrop would help with mild itching, etc.

The thing is that with our hypnosis practice, fingerdrop it is really mostly focusing on birthing areas, muscles. Also during birth, as we stay relaxed that is what allows our muscles to work easily and comfortably. Some moms with practice are able to use their anesthesia in non-birth related areas. I was never really good with that aspect (moving it to other areas) but still had a comfortable birth experience.

Remember during your birthing time, you will go deeper and deeper with every birthing wave, with every sound you hear, with every breath you take…. so with all of that compounding you will be VERY relaxed as your pressure waves get powerfully strong. SO it is ok if you feel discomfort using the fingerdrop before your birth. It WILL work beautifully during your birthing time.

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After 18 months of trying to conceive our third child, including two losses and a diagnosis of ovarian cysts, we concluded that a third baby wasn’t meant to be and stopped trying.  Less than a month after giving away all of our baby gear, we found out I was pregnant.

I delivered my oldest kids in the hospital, with an epidural both times.  Both of those deliveries were textbook, no complications, but I really wanted to try to have this baby without an epidural.  I ordered the Hypnobabies materials and hired a doula.  I listened to the HB tracks almost every night starting at around 26 weeks.  Once I got to the maintenance phase, I mostly listened while I slept. I never practiced the finger-drop technique.  My husband read the birth partner’s guide, but didn’t do anything else and we didn’t plan for him to be an active birth partner—that’s why we had a doula.  My doula was great.  She wasn’t trained in HB, but had seen several HB births and was very supportive.

My water broke on May 8th (39w0d) at about 9:30pm.  Patrick and I scurried around a little frantically at first until we realized nothing was really happening, so we didn’t need to be in a hurry.  We called my parents to get them en route from their home three hours away.  I also called the nurse and my doula, Hannah, but because I wasn’t having any P Ws, I told the nurse I wasn’t coming in right away and told Hannah to stay at home until I called her back.

We packed our bags and I laid down to listen to my Easy First Stage track.  I listened to the whole thing, but still no P Ws.  At about midnight, I got out of bed and watched TV while leaning over my exercise ball.  My parents arrived at 1am. We visited for a little while and then went to bed at 1:30.  At about 1:45, I had another big gush of water, and that’s when things got interesting.

I put on my Easy First Stage track on repeat and kept it on until we got to the hospital room.  My P Ws started within about 10 minutes and were pretty erratic and hard to time, but each one was more intense than the last.  I called Hannah at 3am and asked her to come over.  At this point, the P Ws were getting more intense, but were so manageable that I tidied up the bathroom after we got off the phone because I expected to be spending a good bit of time in there over the next few hours.

In the 20 minutes it took Hannah to get to our house, the waves got much more intense, but were totally manageable.  During a wave, I’d kneel over our couch and say, “peace” over and over.  When the wave ended, I’d lay on the floor and rest.  I didn’t conscientiously use my light switch.  Hannah said that as soon as she saw me, she knew I was deep in my birthing time.

At 4am, Hannah said it was time to wake up Patrick and get to the hospital.  He sprung into action and we were pulling out of the driveway at 4:22.  It was about a 20 minute drive to the hospital.

Patrick said later that he was trying to time my waves and was thinking to himself, “Shouldn’t there be a gap between them?”  I said “peace” or “oh” through the waves.  Patrick loves to tell people that I didn’t sound very peaceful when I was growling “peace, peace.”  But it worked like a charm.  It gave me something to focus on.

At Hannah’s suggestion, we parked in the parking lot and walked to the hospital instead of Patrick dropping me off at the entrance.  Patrick went ahead of us to tell them we were there.  It took Hannah and me 20 minutes to walk the short walk from the car because I kept stopping to lean on something and work through a wave.  But in between waves, I was totally relaxed and we’d make good progress toward the hospital.

Once in the hospital, I stopped to go to the bathroom.  I leaned over the grab bar when a wave came and I felt my body pushing.  It was the most incredible feeling.  I couldn’t have stopped it if I’d wanted to.

We left the bathroom and headed toward the elevators.  We were intercepted by a couple of nurses.  One of them was holding the elevator door open and I grumbled, “Why isn’t the car moving?” and she said the other nurse was coming with a wheelchair because it was a long walk and she didn’t think I’d make it.  Wow!  Really?

The wheelchair arrived and I didn’t think I’d be able to sit in it, but when the nurse was running down the hall with me, I was glad for the ride.

We rolled into the room and Patrick was gone because he was out looking for me, but he came back right away.

I laid across the bed, still oh-ing and peace-ing through the waves, when the nurse came over with the consent form and a pen.  I thought she must be crazy!  I started thinking of the speech I had planned for why I wasn’t going to consent in advance to all of the possible procedures, then I thought to myself, “If I ignore her, she’ll go away.”  And she did!  I heard Patrick answering all her questions.  He could have consented to giving our baby to Rumpelstiltskin.  It wouldn’t have mattered.

I thought I needed to go to the bathroom again, so Hannah and I went in together.  I couldn’t sit on the toilet so I leaned forward, hands-on-knees.  And then I felt myself push again.  I shouted, “The baby’s coming now! The baby’s coming now!  I’m not kidding!  The baby’s coming now!”  Patrick said the nurses looked at each other like, “We’ve heard that before.”  As I was shouting, I felt myself push  twice and my baby’s head came out while I was standing in the bathroom.  Hannah put her hand on his head and opened the bathroom door.  A very surprised nurse shouted, “Get Dr. Nash!  Run!” and put her arm around me and helped me to the bed.  I laid down on my side and the rest of the baby just slide right out.

I felt intense pressure as he was born, but no pain and no ring of fire.

Our son Wesley was born on Mother’s Day at 5:17am (about 3.5 hours after the second gush of water, less than an hour after we left our house and after being in the room only about 10 minutes).

No one said, “It’s a boy!”  We found out his gender when one of the nurses used a male pronoun.

The HB suggestion that every 20 minutes would feel like 5 minutes really worked on me.  Even though I know the times in this story are right, it’s hard for me to believe it was over 2 hours from the time I called Hannah to the time Wesley was born.  It seems much shorter.

HB really, really worked for me. If we were having more kids, I would definitely do it again.  My only suggestion for the program is that it focus more on the after-birth procedures.  Birthing the placenta and having my 2nd degree tear sown up were the worst parts by far and once the excitement of the birth was over, I couldn’t really get back into the HB zone to deal with the pain.

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