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Leila did NOT use Hypnobabies, but was hoping for a natural birth.
Hypnobabies benefited me so much–not just during her birth, but also in the weeks leading up to it. With my son I’d been impatient–totally the cliche waiting for that baby to arrive…this time I went past my guess date, and even had a false alarm where we almost went to the hospital (turns out it was just early labor–she arrived the next day), but I wasn’t impatient at all. I enjoyed my pregnancy so much more in large part because of the Hypnobabies practice.
Earlier in the pregnancy I’d been diagnosed with prenatal depression, and I had desperately wanted to avoid using medication. My friend recommended that I start my scripts at that point (I was 27 or 28 weeks) instead of waiting until 32 weeks as I’d planned, and I credit Hypnobabies with helping me to get past the prenatal depression without medication!
I wasn’t a perfect Hypnobabies student (there were days when I wouldn’t practice my scripts, and towards the end I kept turning them off after about 10 minutes), but I was still able to benefit from it greatly. The birth was such a positive experience for me and my husband and was very healing because my first natural birth didn’t go as well–there was a lot of panic and crying and yelling. Not fun for either of us!
The big thing I would have done differently in my study/practice is take the fear release more seriously. I didn’t have any idea until it was too late, but I was afraid of the pushing portion of my birthing time. And of course I didn’t realize that until it was time to push–too late to do anything about it!
(BOP, but I hope you’ll keep reading because I think you can learn from my mistake!)
Once I let fear in, I was unable to keep myself into hypnosis. Even once I’d “failed” my Hypnobabies, though, the principles still helped me in the birth. I was being a giant baby about pushing and refusing to push. My midwife bossed me into doing it, but I was being wimpy about it and I kept saying out loud “I’m a bad pusher.” But then I remembered from the Hypnobabies that you create reality, and I immediately STOPPED saying “I’m a bad pusher” and switched to “I’m a GOOD pusher” and it made all the difference in the world. Suddenly my little wimpy all over the place efforts were directed and strong and it was over in minutes.
I’m so glad I used the Hypnobabies program and I hope you all have birthing times as wonderful as Ellie’s was for me!
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I have a backlog of Hypnobabies Birth Stories piling up. I am going to post 1 a day for the month of February.
Mace Wayne entered the world on 8/31 at 1:22 am and was 8 lbs 1 oz and 21 inches long and I am proud to say was a successful VBAC!!!
I started into labor the evening of the 29th and was every 5 minutes lasting a minute…I listened to my birthing affirmations and the rainbow relaxations by myself until I couldn’t be by myself anymore and woke my hubby early the 30th. My doula showed up shortly there after and then my world went spiraling out of control…
I attempted to take a bath and suddenly had contractions one right after another so that I had NO time to relax inbetween. We made it to the hospital…barely (I had to ride facing backwards on my knees…couldn’t even get my pants on…had just a “sexy” thin robe on and that was it…very flattering…oh and dirt roads hurt…all those bumps…ugh!)…and once we got to the hospital, was dissappointed to find I was only a 1!
I labored like that for another few hours with no progression so we all decided an epidural would probably allow me to relax enough to start progressing (it was either that or go in for a c-section). Wow, the epidural helped…hated my legs numb, but it did help me sleep and relax.
After steady progression, the epidural was starting to wear off a bit, so they bolused it a little bit when I hit a 7…then my doula turned on my birthing affirmations track…and I slept through the rest of transition…how wonderful that was!
I woke when my OB entered the room, said I was complete and that we could take an hour or so and work on breathing the baby down! My doula took turns with my mom…alternating gentle pushes and breathing the baby down…all the while birthing affirmations were playing in the background! It was VERY peaceful. When I started pushing, I had to keep being turned from side to side because they kept losing baby’s heart rate…finally, she decided to try the suction cup but at the last minute decided to let me try pushing on my back with the idea that I had about 20 minutes to get him out…or there would be more interventions (glad she didn’t do the suction cup…never would have stuck as he has inch long blond hair!!!).
Sure enough, that was all it took. My son came out as he was turning…he started face up and with each push turned a bit more until he was face down. The nurses were very surprised at my control and peace in pushing him out that way as my epidural was pretty much gone again! I was able to control the speed of his head coming out very well…once his head was out, the OB told me to stop pushing, but my son had other ideas…despite my panting, he came spinning out and the OB playing “juggle the baby”. I ended up with a second degree rip from his shoulders, but that was it! I got to have the birth I wanted…had him on my chest and got to breastfeed right away…even got to do some HypnoBirthing even though at the start, I didn’t think I was going to get the chance! Thank you to all whole helped me out and responded to my questions! I will definitely use hypnobirth next time again! (Sheridan, you have my permission to do whatever you need to with my birth story.)
Dr. Siegel wrote a wonderful article on the power Doctors words have on their patients.
As doctors we are not trained to communicate and understand the power of our words as they relate to a patient’s ability and desire to survive.
It is also not only doctors but all the authority figures in our patient’s lives that affect their ability to survive and the outcome of their disease. Parents, teachers, clergy and physicians change lives with their words.
All Care Givers should be taught this and trained how to use their words. The effects could be far-reaching!
In Hypnobabies we talk about the importance of our words and the words of those around us. We create a Bubble of Peace to let in “only the good, none of the bad.” This can help immensely when working with care givers who don’t yet understand the power of their words.
I found an interesting study looking at how Hypnosis can help moms with Preterm Labor.
To be honest, I am not the best Stats person, so I asked my friend Kathy if she would read and interpret it for me. She was wonderful and did. Here is how she translated all the stats into completely understandable language!
The study showed that from initiation of hypnosis until birth the average time was 3/4 of the way to 40 weeks — if she started hypnosis at 30 weeks and gave birth at 40 weeks, it was 100%, but if she gave birth at 35 weeks, it would have been 50% (halfway between 30 and 40); if she started hypnosis at 34 weeks and made it to 35 weeks, it was 1/6 of the way to 40 weeks, so it would have been 16.7%, but if she made it to 37 weeks, that would be 50%. The average time of the control group (who got only “standard premature birth” treatment) was 50% of the time from initiation of treatment to 40 weeks. Both groups had the same average starting gestational age, which is good, because if the “hypnosis” group started at 30 weeks and made it to 34 weeks, while the “control” group started at 33 weeks and made it to 34 weeks, then that wouldn’t seem to be an improvement, although the hypnosis group lasted 4 weeks, compared to 1 week in the control group — because the pregnancies would have still ended at the same time. However, I don’t know that “40 weeks” necessarily ought to have been the goal (although if that *weren’t* it, I don’t know what *should* have been), because many babies are actually read to be born at 37, 38, or 39 weeks, and preventing their timely birth should not be a goal. :-)
The birthweights also showed a better result from the hypnosis group (which is not surprising, since their pregnancies lasted longer, giving them more time for the babies to gain weight). So, that seems to me to be saying the same thing — birthweights tend to increase the longer a woman is pregnant; but it would have been odd had the hypnosis group had lower birthweights than the control group, while having longer average pregnancies.
One thing that might possibly be troubling is the higher incidence of birthweights under 1500 grams, but I’m not sure if it was statistically significant; and it certainly seems to be more than offset by the over-50% incidence of birthweights of 3000 grams or more.
The researchers tried to control for the known variables influencing preterm birth (table 2); and most of the variables were similar, or favored the control group — the one that did not, was in previous induced abortion.
As the researchers pointed out, it may be that hypnosis/relaxation alone helped to keep the women pregnant; but they also point out that social interaction alone (which was necessarily involved with the hypnosis itself, and the tapes the women listened to afterwards) may have been the key. This is interesting to me, in that midwives tend to have better results than doctors do, in regards to preterm birth [see this story and this CDC news release], and their hour-long prenatal visits may be a big portion of it, especially compared to the 5-15 minute OB visits.
What would need to be done, is a study undertaken of women who have hypnosis and continuing relaxation exercises, as described in this study, vs. women who had social interaction at the same levels described in the study, to see if there could be a difference attributable solely to hypnosis. At this point, (unless the study was later refuted, or a larger study was undertaken that found no difference) you can say that hypnosis and relaxation appear to have benefits in reducing preterm birth with a concurrent increase in birthweight. From what I know of Hypnobabies, the women practice the hypnosis/relaxation techniques daily (or at least, frequently), and/or fall asleep listening to the relaxation CDs. This seems to be very similar to what the study described, if not more “social interaction” than the study used, which would indicate to me that if the results of the study are accurate, then they would certainly apply to Hypnobabies.
You can download the Baby Stay In MP3 from the Hypnobabies Website!