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Why are Medical Professionals who Deliver Babies in Hospitals Choosing to have their Own Babies at Home?
By Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D

“I know all about hospitals and all the things that go on there,” says Dr. Lang. “The more you look critically, the more nonsense you see.”

“I’m among the most educated on this issue; I’ve done three years of extra surgical training on top of four years of delivering babies,” Lang says. “For me I felt home was the safest place to have my children."

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“Yes, birth can have complications, birth can go wrong, C-sections are needed, moms do hemorrhage,” Dr. Elrod, who has attended over 2000 births and nearly a hundred out-of-hospital births, concedes. “But if doctors could step back they would see that the vast majority of these complications happen because of things that are done to the mothers in the process of giving birth in the hospital. When you take away medicinal pain relief, epidurals, restriction of food and water, staff coming in and out of the room, and routine vaginal exams while women are in active labor, you can significantly reduce the complications that are caused by the interventions themselves. Moms do better without unnecessary interventions than they do when they’re overly managed.” - See this entire article HERE.
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The First Hour After Birth: A Baby’s 9 Instinctive Stages
By Healthy Children Project

"The first hours after birth are a developmentally distinct time for a baby and there are well documented short and long term physical and psychological advantages when a baby is held skin to skin during this time."

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Stage 1: The Birth Cry
The first stage is the birth cry. This distinctive cry occurs immediately after birth as the baby’s lungs expand.

Stage 2: Relaxation
The second stage is the relaxation stage. During the relaxation stage, the newborn exhibits no mouth movements and the hands are relaxed. This stage usually begins when the birth cry has stopped. The baby is skin to skin with the mother and covered with a warm, dry towel or blanket. See all 9 stages HERE.
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A Hypno-Doula's First Hypnobabies Birth

Thank you to Hypnobabies Instructor Julie Byers for sharing this with us!

"All I have ever known about hypnosis is that you get called out of a crowd to go up on stage and make a fool out of yourself doing crazy things. How in the world was that going to translate to labor? I soon found out."

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Time, time was what was needed. There were hints and clues here and there that things were progressing. I couldn’t tell when a pressure wave began or subsided so timing was no use. When she was on the monitor we caught a glimpse of her waves. They would rise half way and hold on for 2 minutes or longer. I watched her when they would start, peak and end. Her hypnosis was so well practiced and trusted, she hardly flinched at the pressure.

Patience was of the utmost importance. Dad seemed to overflow with it. He trusted as well. I, on the other hand, was getting worried that she was too relaxed and this was never going to happen. Again, I kept thinking about all the things we could be doing and trying. I texted my wise friend and Hypnobabies instructor for advice. She said there wasn’t anything better to do than the hypnosis stuff, and to think of it as “supporting her brain rather than her body”.

Please read the entire story HERE.
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Too-early Solid Food Could Lead to Problems for Babies

"At least 40% of moms are feeding their infants solid foods far too early, according a new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics, and that may lead to problems for their children later in life."

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Giving your baby solid food too soon has been linked to a higher risk of obesity and diabetes, according to the study. Also, "starting infants on solids before 4 months can lead to allergies and eczema," says Dr. Jennifer Shu, an Atlanta pediatrician and AAP spokeswoman who was not involved in the research.

Moms were also given 12 reasons to choose from to explain why they introduced solid food early. Among the top answers:
- 90% of moms said they thought their baby was old enough to start eating solids.
- 71% said their baby seemed hungry a lot of the time.
- 55% believed their doctor or another health care professional said their baby should start eating solids.

Please read the entire article HERE.
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Your Guide to Breastfeeding
By U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health

We found this great breastfeeding resource online to share with you!

"To prepare for breastfeeding, the most important thing you can do is have confidence in yourself. Committing to breastfeeding starts with the belief that you can do it!"

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Lesley Levine baby on nursing copyThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH) is raising awareness of the importance of breastfeeding to help mothers give their babies the best start possible in life. In addition to this guide, OWH offers online content at http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding and provides the National Breastfeeding Helpline at 800-994-9662. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding puts forth steps that family members, communities, clinicians, health care systems,and employers can take to make breastfeeding an easy choice for mothers. Learn more at http://www.surgeongeneral.gov. OWH also partners with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau to educate employers about the needs of breastfeeding mothers via The Business Case for Breastfeeding. The Affordable Care Act (health care reform) helps pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers get the medical care and support they and their children need. Learn more at http://www.healthcare.gov. Find the entire guide HERE.
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Cosleeping and Biological Imperatives: Why Human Babies Do Not and Should Not Sleep Alone
By James J. McKenna Ph.D., Edmund P. Joyce C.S.C.

"One of the most important reasons why bedsharing occurs, and the reason why simple declarations against it will not eradicate it, is because sleeping next to one’s baby is biologically appropriate, unlike placing infants prone to sleep or putting an infant in a room to sleep by itself. This is particularly so when bedsharing is associated with breast feeding."

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Definitions are important here. The term cosleeping refers to any situation in which a committed adult caregiver, usually the mother, sleeps within close enough proximity to her infant so that each, the mother and infant, can respond to each other’s sensory signals and cues. Room sharing is a form of cosleeping, always considered safe and always considered protective. But it is not the room itself that it is protective. It is what goes on between the mother (or father) and the infant that is. Medical authorities seem to forget this fact. This form of cosleeping is not controversial and is recommended by all.  Read the rest of this informative article HERE.
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Postpartum: 4th Trimester
by Peggy O'Mara

"The postpartum period needs to be treated as a special time, a time when women deserve extra care."

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"Around the world, the postpartum period is considered a special time—a time in which a mother is born, as well as a baby. Many cultures have special practices and customs that serve to recognize this very special time in the life of a woman: the postpartum period."

"In many cultures, women are not expected to carry on their usual lives, but are revered and recognized for the new journey they are beginning."

You may be on an adrenaline high right after the birth and may feel like you can conquer the world! This is not likely to last, however, and when your energy levels plummet, you may be discouraged. For this reason, it may help you to think of the first few days after the birth as your “lying-in” period, just as women did in olden times. Consider staying in bed for most of the first week. Dress in your pajamas to remind yourself to take it easy, and if you feel more energetic and are able to get up and do more, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Remember the adage: 5 days in the bed; 5 days on the bed; 5 days around the bed. Read this entire article HERE.
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The Importance of Sharing Birth Stories
By Tamara Parnay

"Birthing is a hugely important subject for parents and parents-to-be. We have a great deal to learn from and share with others, but with this subject, due to its potential contentiousness, we may struggle in our attempts to tap into our collective wealth of knowledge and experience. While the purpose of this article is not to sway readers one way or another about where and how to give birth, it does intend to point out the availability of a wide range of firsthand birth stories, which—perhaps more effectively than any other form of childbirth education—encourage and enable expectant parents to inform and prepare themselves."

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Even the most informed people can run into unplanned, and sometimes serious, complications during the birth process. By no means is it justifiable for anyone to be made to feel negatively about whatever birthing options they choose or for whatever birthing experience they have had. We all deserve to have our birthing choices and experiences validated. Through our positive and non-judgmental contributions to this contentious topic, we create a collective harmony that enables everyone to leave the discussion feeling good. We bring these good feelings home to our families. Thus, the empathy we have given to each other touches the greatest gift we all receive in our birthing experience: our own children. - See more HERE.
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Imagination Before Dilation
By Kristi Arias

How Cervical Dilation Checks Undermine the Imaginal Power of Birthing Women.

"We need to understand what is at root when a woman asks for a cervical check and offer nourishment for the deeper need. In my experience, and in my opinion, women do know one of two things, where they are or where they’re going."

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"I remember asking for a cervical check when I was in labor, but what I really wanted was, HELP me get back in to the present moment where i am connected to the cosmos and my baby and know the answers to my own questions. I also asked, How much longer and got these answers, We don’t know and It’s up to you.

We need to understand what is at root when a woman asks for a cervical check and offer nourishment for the deeper need. In my experience, and in my opinion, women do know one of two things, where they are or where they’re going. Our best contribution to the moment is to help her connect with her own inner knowing and guide. Or if we are birthing unassisted, to have a path back to ourselves prepared and ready." You will find this entire article HERE.
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What's an Ethical Response to Home Birth?
By Paul Burcher, MD, PhD

"I believe we have an ethical obligation at a minimum to accept transports from home with the respect and professional dialogue we afford our colleagues."

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An observational study from The Netherlands that evaluated more than 500,000 births in homes and in hospitals showed no increase in adverse outcomes of any kind with home birth in low-risk women. So home birth, in ideal conditions where midwives and physicians work together as a team and where transport to hospitals in an emergency is highly efficient, appears as safe as hospital birth. Put another way, the data suggest that if home birth in America is more dangerous than hospital birth, it may be because of contingent factors that can be remedied. See the entire article HERE.
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Original SIDS Researcher Says Baby Bed-sharing is Not Dangerous
By Moorea Malatt of Savvy Parenting Support

The same doctor who made SIDS known to the American public believes that bedsharing with your baby is not dangerous.

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Dr. Abraham B. Bergman was the first president of the National SIDS Foundation. He got SIDS research into federal programs in the 70’s.

According to Bergman,"The American Academy of Pediatrics has a policy against bedsharing but researchers, medical professionals, and worldwide organizations question the AAP’s position. The truth remains that there are no studies that show bed-sharing as a risk factor with a control for major concurrent risk factors like formula feeding, excessive bedding, and nicotine use in the home." The entire article can be found HERE.
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7 Wonders of the Womb: Discover the Powers of the Amazing Uterus
By Kara Maria Ananda

"Every single human being that has ever been alive upon this planet, now and throughout all of history, has achieved this existence thanks to this very organ."

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We hope you enjoy the celebration of this amazing organ!  You will find the whole article HERE.
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Hugs, Not Judgment
By Jillian Gilchrest, Writer for CTWorkingMoms.com

It's so important for moms to create a network of support for one another. "Let's love more and judge less."

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Being a mom is all things exciting, overwhelming, joyful and exhausting. Amidst the many responsibilities, personalities and emotions, it can be easy to get caught up in the day-to-day of it all and lose sight of just how amazing an experience it is. It also doesn't help when the way we mother is called into question and judged...You'll find the rest of this supportive article and the beautiful photos that go along with it HERE.
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That's right - the perfect holiday gift is here at Hypnobabies!
What could be better than an easier, more comfortable pregnancy and birth for Christmas or Chanukah?
Tell your friends, relatives and colleagues that Hypnobabies Gift Certificates are here!

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Expectant moms love Hypnobabies products and now they can get them from friends, relatives and co-workers. Hypnobabies Gift Certificates can be purchased in any amount and redeemed for any Hypnobabies products. Recipients can even redeem several Gift Certificates at one time, so family and friends can buy separate certificates to be applied to one large purchase.
 
 Let them choose their own gift with our Hypnobabies Gift Certificates, to help enjoy an easier pregnancy with our Easy Pregnancy MP3 Set - 6 Hypnobabies audio tracks for $45.95!
 
Is her heart set on a natural birth? The perfect gift for her this year is our Hypnobabies Home Study Course, and we also have individual MP3 tracks for specific pregnancy issues such as morning sickness, successful breastfeeding, avoiding and early labor and getting labor started!
 
New moms also love our Comfort and Calm for the New Mother MP3 Set, which allows mothers to sleep better, breastfeed easier and feel more confident as they begin their new-baby journey!
 
Are you a birth professional or know one that would love to receive our Hypno-Doula Bundle? Our Hypnobabies Gift Certificatescan be purchased in any amount and redeemed for any products.
 
Tell everyone you know this holiday season about our Hypnobabies Gift Certificates, and make someone's Hypnobabies dreams come true!
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8 Secrets to a Happier and Healthier Pregnancy
By Rhoda Jordan

These are some great tips...we are sharing a few of our favorites and of course Hypnobabies would add to the list that Women who practice childbirth hypnosis are more comfortable and sleep better in the last trimester ~

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"As our bodies do the work of creating precious life, we may become uneasy or overwhelmed at times. So it's up to us to take care of ourselves, and do what makes us feel good."

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Make time to connect with your baby.


Make it a daily ritual to check in with the tiny miracle growing inside you. Sing to your baby. Talk about all the things you'll do together. Play music toward your belly. Breathe and connect to your baby through meditation. Whatever makes you feel happy and connected, do it! Creating that bond with the baby early on will not only pay off over the course of his or her lifetime, but will give your days a dose of joy and stability.

Nurture positive thoughts about your pregnancy, and your upcoming labor and delivery.

Focus, always, on delivering a happy and healthy baby! Worrying about what can go wrong is a waste of energy. So keep your eye on the ball. Cultivate visions of all going right. Keep your focus on that moment when you get to hold that beautiful baby in your arms for the first time. Keep that vision strong and alive, not only in your mind, but in your heart, as well.

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Too Many C-Sections: Docs Rethink Induced Labor
By Tiffany O'Callaghan

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The rise in cesarean-section deliveries in recent years has been characterized by some as a key indication of the overmedicalization of childbirth. While the procedure undoubtedly saves lives and leads to better health outcomes for mothers and infants who face problems during pregnancy and labor, many experts say the procedure is being performed too often, and in many cases for nonmedical reasons, putting healthy women and babies at undue risk of complications of major surgery.

The use of labor induction in the U.S. has risen from less than 10% of deliveries to more than 22%, between 1990 and 2006, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and research suggests that induced labor results in C-sections more often than natural labor. A study published in the July issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found that among more than 7,800 women giving birth for the first time, those whose labor was induced were twice as likely to have a C-section delivery as those who experienced spontaneous labor. You can read the entire article HERE.


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Fantastic Video Interview With Breastfeeding Expert Jack Newman

10 Minutes with Jack Newman
From Progressive Parenting Network

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Two-time Hypnobabies Home-Study Mom Relates Both Her Babies’ Birth Stories!

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"If you could describe a birthing time as easy, I believe this would be it. It was perfect!"
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I have used Hypnobabies with both of my sons and I have LOVED the program. I did the Home study course for both births.
My first son was a successful [vaginal] Breech birth. I had a horrible experience during my pregnancy with a Doctor who was not supportive of my choice for a natural birth and who never volunteered information. He didn’t tell me my baby was breech until I asked what position he was in (at about 30 weeks) and when I asked him what I could do to get the baby turned, his response was “We’ll just wait and see what happens. If he doesn’t turn, we’ll do a C-Section”.
It was then that I realized I needed to take control of my pregnancy and, in my search to learn what I could do to get my baby to turn, I found the Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis program (at 32 weeks). I tried EVERYTHING in the book to get him to turn! I would feel him rotate a little and then go right back. On my due date I went in for an appointment and my Doctor made me schedule a C-Section around his vacation. That was the last straw. I fired him and found a new provider that would be supportive of the birth I wanted. It was then that I learned that my baby couldn’t turn because I had extremely low amniotic fluid. I also learned that my hematocrit was so low that if I had undergone surgery, I potentially would have died from blood loss.
My sweet little one made his appearance at 40 weeks 5 days. My “water broke” at hour 4 and he was born at hour 23 – both of us healthy and happy. My providers did not have much experience with the Hypnobabies program and they were all amazed at how relaxed and peaceful I was due to my childbirth hypnosis practice during the entire process. Because I wasn’t making a bunch of noise, they were worried I wasn’t progressing at all. But everytime they checked, I had progressed. It was 23 hours of hard work – mentally and physically – but it was completely worth it!
Second Hypno-Baby’s birth:
My second son was born 7 weeks ago in the comfort of our home. I began having mild pressure waves at 11pm. I would have been able to sleep through them for the most part, except that my 2 year old was sick so I was up with him a lot of the night. For the next 20 hours, I consistently had a pressure wave that would last for only 20 to 30 seconds and came every 15 to 30 minutes. By that standard, it was not considered “active labor.”
I had called my mom and midwife in the morning to let them know that I thought the baby would be coming that day, but I told them to hold off on coming until my pressure waves progressed. My husband and I went about our usual daily activities. At about 3pm, the timing of my waves had still not changed – although the pressure seamed to be greater – so we decided to go for a walk to try to get things moving along. I would just stop to relax and enter eyes-open childbirth hypnosis (while standing) every time a pressure wave would come.
When we got back I was extremely frustrated that nothing had changed, so I called my midwife and asked her what to do. I had a pressure wave while on the phone with her and it was so short that she said my waves sounded more like a Charlie Horse than pressure waves. She volunteered to come to my house and help me either get things progressing, or stop them. And she was really thinking that they would stop altogether when I got in the pool. However, when she got to my house – around 7pm – she checked me and I was 8 cm dilated, and 90% effaced!
So she got me in the pool and then things picked up right away. I spent the rest of the time in the pool – choosing for myself when and how to change positions. I did a lot of kneeling and squatting to utilize gravity. At 11:30pm my midwife asked if the pressure waves were intense (she couldn’t tell because I was so relaxed and deeply in hypnosis) and I said yes – that they were almost constant and I believed I was in transformation.
She asked if I wanted her to break my water. I felt like I could get him here fast if my waters would just break so I said yes. She did and I immediately had the urge to push. He was in my arms a short 14 minutes later – again, both of us perfectly healthy and happy. He was born in the pool, with my husband in the pool to catch him. It was wonderful.
So, my total birthing time was 25 hours, but only 4 hours of it felt like “active labor”. I am positive that I was able to progress so much throughout the day, despite the pressure waves being short and spread out, because of my hypnosis, relaxation and visualization. I tried to stay upright as much as possible, to let gravity to do the work, and with each wave a visualized my cervix opening and my baby moving down. That, and “mooing” were the things that were most helpful for me with this birth.
With my first baby, my most utilized Hypnobabies tool was creating anesthesia. So my focus for each birth changed based on what I felt I needed.
My midwives said that this second birth is one of the smoothest births they have ever seen. They were both extremely excited about how great it went and have both blogged about it. If you could describe a birthing time as easy, I believe this would be it. It was perfect! I recommend the Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis program to every expectant mother I know!
Hypnobabies thanks Laurie Brown for sharing her stories with us!
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Beautiful Video Shows What Home Birth Really Looks Like

Such a wonderful video capturing the incredible peacefulness of home birth! Home births can be filled with love, happiness and lots of excited children.

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Home Birth After Hospital Birth: Women’s Choices and Reflections – A Research Review by Jessica English
By Jessica English, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)

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The number of US women choosing home birth is increasing. Little is known about women who choose home birth after having experienced hospital birth; therefore, the purpose of this research was to explore reasons why these women choose home birth and their perceptions regarding their birth experiences.
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Some Key Findings: Women’s Choices and Reflections

To summarize, five recurring themes were identified from the women’s reflections on both their hospital and home births: choices and empowerment; intervention and interruptions; disrespect and dismissal; birth space; and connection.

Choices and empowerment. The women in our groups reported that with their hospital births they felt they did not actually have much choice in the direction of their care. Although a few women in the study had generally positive hospital experiences, most reported feelings of disempowerment and limited choices associated with their hospital birth and more meaningful choices and feelings of empowerment with their home births. Read the rest of this article HERE.
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