I started my RN and L&D career in NYC at a hospital that had a 99% epidural rate. It was a great place to learn as a RN since I saw every sort of complication imaginable but after 5 years I was burnt out.
Meanwhile I also had a baby (induction & epidural) and me and the hubbie were looking to make a lifestyle change. We moved out to Colorado and I started working at Boulder Community Hospital which actually supported natural birth!
They are soooooo different from any place I have worked.
- Their epidural rate is only 50%!
- They have midwives!
- You can labor and birth anyway you want!
After participating in countless natural births it really reprogramed my way of thinking about birth completely. So when I got pregnant with my youngest I really wanted to go natural and that is when I found Hypnobabies.
I did the Hypnobabies Home Study course and had an amazing birth! I stayed home throughout the labor and I was sure that things hadn’t gotten going yet since it was so painless and easy. Then suddenly I couldn’t get comfortable and decided to head to the hospital.
I thought I was about 4cm. I tried to check myself but I couldn’t reach!
When I got out of the car at the hospital I started involuntarily pushing. Managed to get to L&D and had my son 15min later :-)
After that I was hooked! I’ve since turned 3 other friends on to Hypnobabies. One is also an RN I work with, and they all had wonderful natural births too. So I just knew I had to start teaching so that I could help other women to have a wonderful comfortable birth also.