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David's Birth Story

Third Birth, Best Birth


With each of my labors, I have learned invaluable lessons.  I have given birth to three healthy children, all naturally without medication.  Each of them were different, and this third birth was the best.  With my first birth, I practiced a different childbirth method that emphasized relaxation alone as a way to cope with labor.  While the idea was nice, I felt myself unable to relax as the course promised and wished for a more effective strategy.   
Elizabeth and David

I first learned of Hypnobabies during my second pregnancy.  I was already 36 weeks pregnant, so I knew that I would have very little time to learn the techniques.  However, I was so fascinated by the approach that I began studying anyway.   While it was indeed helpful, I knew that to receive the full benefit of the program, I would need much more time to practice.  When we were blessed by another pregnancy, I began the program at 27 weeks and followed it as closely as I could as a home study student and mom of two energetic boys.  I listened to the affirmations every day while getting showered, dressed, and ready for the day and did my hypnosis tracks during nap time.  I became determined to do the best that I could so that I would have no doubts during my wonderful birthing time that I prepared to the best of my ability.


When I was 38 weeks pregnant, I just had a feeling that my birthing time was getting close.  Of course at that point, it would certainly be close no matter what, but I just had a feeling that I would be meeting my baby boy that week.  On the day I turned 38 weeks, I started feeling pressure waves when I went to bed.  They were very comfortable, but noticeable.  I practiced using my light switch and peace cues during the waves.  After about an hour, they had not become regular or stronger so I decided to go to sleep thinking that if it was the real deal I would certainly wake up.  Morning came and while I was disappointed my birthing time didn't come, I reminded myself I should appreciate every good night of sleep I could get before baby came! 


While practicing my techniques, I found myself surprised at still being able to feel the pressure waves.  I think it was good to get that practice because it allowed me to fully understand (as the course teaches) that using Hypnobabies does not mean that all sensation would disappear, but that using the Hypnobabies tools would allow me to experience the sensations differently and calmly. 


Two nights later I had another round of practice birthing waves.  I was due to see my doctor the next day and decided that I would allow him to check me out of pure curiosity.  When he did the exam, he said that I was maybe 1 cm and 50% effaced.  I dismissed that information knowing it could change in an instant.  However, he couldn't tell for sure if baby was head down, so we did an ultrasound.  It was a special time because my husband and two older boys were with me.  They enjoyed hearing baby's heart beat and seeing him all squished up in mommy's tummy.  The ultrasound confirmed baby was in the perfect position for birthing and that he measured 6lbs 3oz, which would be my smallest baby yet.  We left the hospital at 4:00pm.

When we got home, I had to use the bathroom.  As soon as I came out, I felt my water break!  Or at least I thought that's what happened.  It was such a small trickle I just wasn't sure.  I heard my five year old ask my husband "What does that mean?"  Hubby gave a good detailed answer and then said "and mommy probably feels like she peed herself!" sending my five year old into fits of laughter.  Thanks, hon =).


At this point I had not felt any pressure waves at all.  We went ahead and called my mother in law who would be helping take care of our older two sons and she came to pick them up.  I took my time getting my hospital bag together.  I felt very calm but was also very excited that we would be meeting baby soon!  I must have been more excited than I recognized because I forgot many of the silly little things I wanted for the hospital, like makeup and a hair dryer for the days after.  However, the first thing I grabbed was my iPod with my Hypnobabies tracks and my birthing time playlist.


After about an hour, I had only noticed one or two pressure waves.  I have a history of 4-6 hour labors so we didn't want to dawdle too much.  We decided to head to the grocery store and pick up some cookies for the nurses on our way to the hospital.  They work so hard and make all the difference in a hospital experience!


We got to the hospital at 6:30pm.  Before we walked into the building, Jeremy prayed for us in the car  asking God to be with us and provide the right support for us.  We got upstairs to check in and I realized we forgot the cookies in the car!  I was very concerned about this and asked Jeremy to go back and get them while I filled out some paperwork.  I made sure to ask for nurses who were naturally minded and the guy was pretty nice about it.  Jeremy got back up to L&D with cookies in hand as we were called back to our room.


As soon as I got changed into the hospital gown, our nurses were just coming on shift.  I was thankful that they were fresh on shift- maybe they would be more willing to be open to our techniques!  They requested to do an initial internal exam which I was fine with but asked not to be checked again; it is such a mental game for me.  Dilation can change in an instant and if I feel like I should be further along than I actually am, it can really defeat me.  Thankfully they were very understanding and agreed to that.  They did the exam and my husband put his hand on my shoulder so that I would instantly relax.  I was not expecting him to do that and was so surprised that I did indeed instantly relax and my light switch moved to off on its own.  I was still less than 1 cm dilated and about 70% effaced at that time.  No surprise to me based on the appointment I had just had hours before.


They requested to get a baseline reading on the heart rate monitor to which I complied.  After that they said they'd only need to check every hour or two.  Immediately my contractions began at 2-3 minutes apart.  They were still very comfortable but frequent.  The nurses and I chatted and I was able to share a bit about Hypnobabies so they would know what we would be doing.  I felt a little odd talking about it because I didn't want to come across as a know-it-all patient, but I do know a good bit thanks to Hypnobabies and past experiences and wanted to make sure I communicated our preferences. 


The main things I requested were to not be checked, have intermittent monitoring, be able to be active during labor, try side laying or squatting position for delivery, delayed cord clamping, and skin to skin for the first hour.  These nurses were awesome and supportive of everything we talked about.  They brought me a birthing ball and this awesome peanut ball, which was like a birthing ball you put between your legs in the side laying position.


By the time the nurses left our room it was 8pm.  Pressure waves were still coming every 2-3 minutes and were getting stronger.  Since it had been about 3 hours since my water broke, I was very anxious to get things going and so we walked around the halls a couple times.  However, I was feeling pretty tired.  I reminded myself of the affirmation that this is a new birth and a new experience and there was no competition to have a shorter labor than my others.  We went back to our room to rest while we could. 


I found myself wanting to listen to my birthing time playlist over my hypnosis tracks at this point.  I had put together a list of calming praise and worship music that reminded me of God's power and provision.  The song "You Make Me Brave" had become a bit of a theme song for this pregnancy and birth as many of the lyrics reminded me of Hypnobabies terminology.  It speaks about how God's love crashes over us in wave after wave, just as our pressure waves come in wave after wave.  God is for us and not against us.  He makes a way for us all to enter into heaven and into this world, which affirms to me that he has made a way for this baby to enter into the world by his perfect design of our bodies.  The song then builds intensity as it sings "You make me brave" over and over, affirming that if any doubt enters into my mind during my birthing time that God has designed childbirth and will supply me with the bravery that I need to embrace his perfect plan.  His love is strong and there is always enough love for me and my baby during our birthing time.


I went ahead and laid on my side using the peanut ball and took the chance to rest.  I was nervous that pressure waves would slow down while I rested, but I knew I needed to save my strength.  Immediately upon getting in that position, the waves started increasing in intensity.  While the music played in the background, Jeremy would put his hand on my shoulder and read from the birthing partner script during my waves.  I can't say for sure if my light switch was in the off or center position most of the time.  I don't remember ever consciously turning it off and then up to center on my own, but as soon as my husband placed his hand on my shoulder I instantly relaxed and continued to be able to communicate.  So I suppose I was in center.  I decided not to worry about the details but allowed myself to use the Hypnobabies tools as they came on their own. 


Around 10pm, the nurse came to check on me.  She asked Jeremy if I was asleep.  I remember feeling so proud of that because I knew I was relaxing and using my tools effectively, and they indeed were working so well.  I was feeling the pressure waves just as that- pressure- and as they became more intense I did begin to notice myself moaning to stay open and loose.  The nurse told me that she needed 15 minutes to be able to get the doctor to the hospital so was wondering how I was feeling.  I was starting to feel a little pushy, with much more pressure on my cervix.  She asked if she could check me to see my progress.  I told her that no, I did not want to know my progress, and asked if there was any doctor at the hospital, to which she replied no.  Jeremy encouraged me to let her check me and just not have her tell me how far dilated I was.  I agreed but instantly began shivering uncontrollably and had a hard time using my techniques to calm back down. 


After the nurse finished her exam, I asked her to just go ahead and tell me.  She said "You just keep doing your thing, you're doing great!".  I looked at Jeremy and said "Oh no, that means I'm not very far dilated.  She doesn't want to discourage me."  Jeremy said "Hold on, I need to go make sure she is calling the doctor."  I tried to pump him for more information and get him to tell me how far dilated I was.  He said "Just let me go tell them to call."  I didn't want to let him leave my side because I was starting to really need his help with the Hypnobabies cues.  My pressure waves were almost back to back at this point.  He insisted that he go speak with the nurses and put on the hypnosis tracks while he left.  At that time, I did not want to listen to the tracks, and just wanted to hear my music. 


I prayed and asked the Holy Spirit to come and be my helper.  I had a great vision of two helpers in robes surrounding me and whispering affirmations and cues to me.  "Release.  Peace.  You are completely relaxed now.  Open."  I felt their weight on me, the counter pressure that Jeremy had been using to help me relax was still there.  The shivering stopped completely and I was able to relax and go deeper into hypnosis. 


Jeremy came back into the room and, without missing a beat, picked up the birthing partner script and continued helping me relax.  The nurse came in and said the doctor was on his way.  She was wheeling in all of the tools they may need during delivery.  Then she wheeled in the baby bassinet.  I looked at Jeremy and said "Is it happening?  Is the baby coming now?"  While I was feeling the growing intensity in pressure waves, I just could not believe that it might actually be time to deliver.  Surely it would get much harder than this first.


The pressure waves did indeed continue to increase in pressure without a break in between.  "The more pressure you feel now, the more relaxed you become and the more powerful your anesthesia becomes.  Much more powerful.  The more tightening you feel now instantly the more anesthesia you feel now. Deeper and deeper relaxed."


The doctor arrived and was very chipper.  He said "Hello hello!  I'm loving the vibe in here!  Love the tunes you have playing!"  I looked at Jeremy and told him to make him be quiet.  He said he was going to go wait in the lounge and told the nurse to call him when it was time.  As soon as he left, I had my first pushing wave.   I told the nurse "I think I need to push!"  And she said okay, go ahead.  I waited and listened to my body and ended up not needing to push.


The doctor came back in and insisted that they check to make sure I was fully dilated.  I refused.  The nurse asked why and I said I was too tense.  I had not been able to fully relax and was having a hard time using my techniques with all the excitement of preparing the room for the baby.  The doctor explained if I wasn't fully dilated, I could rupture if I pushed.  I was quite annoyed because I knew what my body was telling me to do.  Just then I had a powerful birthing wave and could not help but push.  I told the nurse I was pushing.  She looked at me and looked at the doctor and said "There's the head!"  He swooped around and said "Okay let's go!"


I remember still being tense and asking for help.  The nurse looked at me and to my surprise began using the Hypnobabies cues!  She told me "Release" and put her hand on my other shoulder.  I wanted to cry because I was so appreciative of her support.  And I was feeling such intense pressure.


Another pushing wave came and I began to push.  They encouraged me to keep pushing and deliver baby's head.  My pressure wave ended, but I continued to push out of fear that his head may go back in.  I wanted forward progress!  His head was born and I had a good minute of rest before another pressure wave came.  It was nice to be able to rest and have a moment of pure relaxation.  It seemed like an eternity and was so nice.  Then the next pressure wave came and baby boy was born at 11:12pm!  While I was more tense during transformation than I had envisioned, it was such an easy delivery!  As soon as he was on my chest I remember saying "Is that it?  Is it really over?  Is he really here?"


We enjoyed skin to skin and baby nursed immediately, not letting go for at least an hour.  Jeremy asked me during that time if I wanted to know how far dilated I was when they checked me at 10:30pm.  Of course I wanted to know and when he told me, I was shocked.  I was 4 centimeters dilated.  Less than 45 minutes later, baby was born.  Thank God they did not tell me.  And Thank God for a wonderful husband who recognized my emotional sign posts and knew that 4 cm was just a number and our baby was coming soon.  And thank God for Hypnobabies that allowed my husband and I to experience our birthing time as a team and joyously welcome our healthy child into this world with peace and thanksgiving!


Sure enough, baby boy was 6 pounds, 3 ounces, which is exactly what the ultrasound that day had measured.
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"Sage Corinne was born on March 30 at 12:30pm! It was such an incredible experience for both me and Craig. I was so grateful for Hypnobabies. We had been visualizing an easy, uncomplicated and fast birth and that's exactly what we got! My water had broken Saturday afternoon, although I wasn't really sure that's what had happened because it was such a
slow trickle. But by 8 pm, the practice waves I had been having all week started to take on a more consistent pattern that felt different. I listened to the deepening track and the fear clearing track that night before going to bed early at 9:30. I slept great! The pressure waves woke me up once or twice, but I was never too uncomfortable.

By 5 am I started to think the waves were slightly more intense and close to 5 minutes apart, but I still waited until 6:30 to call the doctor. When I called, she thought it would be a good idea to come in. So we woke the kids up, made a big breakfast of eggs and waffles, and got everyone showered and ready to go. By the time everyone was brushing their teeth, I knew I needed to get into a state of hypnosis pretty quickly! We left the house at 8:30 and I dropped my finger in the car as we listened to the birthing day affirmations all the way to the kids' mother's house and then to the hospital.

We got to the hospital around 9:30 and I Craig held me as I rocked back and forth in the hall waiting for our room. When we got to our room, I spent most of the time kneeling on a couch rocking side to side while Craig gently stroked my lower back and reminded me about the hypnoanesthesia running through me. My doctor came to check on me at 11:30, told me I had dilated to 7 cm, and that she would be back in 2 hours, but I knew it wouldn't be that long.

At noon I told Craig, "it's soon!" And he ran to get the doctors. I felt the urge to push almost as soon as she came in, and I pushed for a little while on my hands and knees. Craig kept giving me sips of water and stroking my lower back. Then, my doctor asked if I would like to try pushing on my side because my arms were shaking. So I tried it, and pushed one more set of pushes and Sage was born! It was so awesome! I had no tearing and no desire for an epidural at any point. It was picture perfect. Thank you so much!"
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Taylor’s Hypnobabies Birth, an Induction Due to Pre-eclampsia

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" My husband didn’t even know how frequent my pressure waves were because he could only tell when I was having more intense ones because my breathing was heavier. He was wonderful and used the shoulder/relax cue on my intense pressure waves along with massaging my back."
123 Baby Skin to Skin 1I was diagnosed with preeclampsia and preterm labor at 31 weeks and was told that I would likely be having my baby within 1-2 weeks at that time. My blood pressure was elevated at my appt. with my midwife, my uric acid was a little high and I had some protein in my urine. I had to transfer from the free standing birthing center with our midwife to an OB/GYN-Dr. Hall and a hospital birth. We were disappointed but wanted what was best for our baby and I so we decided we needed to make the best of the situation. We had appointments with Dr. Hall twice a week to check my blood pressure, labs and monitor our baby on the external monitor. We were very fortunate to have a wonderful Dr. that we both liked and trusted.

My blood pressure was never elevated except for that one time at my appt. with our midwife and my labs stayed pretty close to where they were in the beginning so my preeclampsia never really progressed. Dr. Hall actually sat us down and asked us what we were doing so he could tell his other patients who were diagnosed with preeclampsia. I told him it was my herbal program and the power of the mind (Hypnobabies). The perinatologist-Dr. Grey, had recommended trying to keep me pregnant as long as possible and if I made it to 37 weeks to induce me in order to prevent me from getting any sicker (allowing the preeclampsia to progress) because the worse it gets the harder it is on the baby and me. They said moms with preeclampsia generally don’t tolerate labor very well. 

Anyway…I made it to 37 weeks and got induced at 37 weeks and 2 days. I was taking Evening Primrose Oil orally and vaginally for a week before the scheduled induction and had my friend come over and give me some light acupunture the day we went to the hospital in hopes of going into labor on my own. We went to the hospital on Sunday night, Feb. 10 and they gave me 3 doses of prostin (vaginal suppository to help ripen/soften the cervix) and I was 60% effaced in the morning. On Monday morning at 9 am they started the Pitocin and I was having pressure waves by 11 am. They were having a difficult time with the external monitor for my contractions and had to keep repositioning it. They had to turn the Pitocin way down  because I was having pressure waves every couple minutes. 

They were not very strong…just felt like menstrual cramps-I used the Hypnobabies tools a few times but didn’t really need them yet. At 5pm I was 1.5 cm dilated and 80% effaced. At 10pm I was still 1.5 cm and 90% effaced. When the nurse checked me my water broke. She wanted to put in an internal monitor to monitor my pressure waves since they were not getting a good reading and my water was broke. I agreed since they were going to continue to monitor the baby externally. She turned the Pitocin off, inserted the internal monitor and she wasn’t getting a good baseline reading and had some blood return in the tubing. She ended up replacing it and the same thing  happened. I started bleeding and they were not sure what was going on. They called Dr. Hall in and he wasn’t sure why I was bleeding either. They were questioning placental abruption but I wasn’t showing the clinical signs of that. At 11pm he took the internal monitor out and checked me and I had another bag of water…he broke it with the hook and said to leave the pitocin off and the internal monitor out and to let’s see what happens.

My husband and I (although we didn’t say it to each other at the time) were very worried that I was going to end up with a c section because of the bleeding and not knowing what was causing it. It was pretty scary. I stopped bleeding after Dr. Hall broke my water. I went to the bathroom and my husband told the nurse that we were going to be doing some Hypnobabies scripts so she didn’t really come back in and bother us. They came up to draw my blood to check my clotting factors and blood levels. I was having frequent pressure waves and they were much more intense than they had been.

We put on the early first stage and I laid on my side and used my Hypnobabies tools (we listened to it 1.5 times). My pressure waves were pretty much back to back-I don’t think I was even getting 30 sec. in between. My husband didn’t even know how frequent my pressure waves were because he could only tell when I was having more intense ones because my breathing was heavier. He was wonderful and used the shoulder/relax cue on my intense pressure waves along with massaging my back. The nurse hadn’t come in since 11 pm and it was a little after 1 am and she came in and I was having an overpowering urge to push. I told her I had to push and she was slow to check me and I was 9.5 cm with a little lip. She sent someone to get Dr. Hall and he got there a few minutes later and checked me and I was 10 cm.

They were scrambling to get everything ready for me to push. They broke down the bed and had me put my feet in stirups and I was Ahhh pushing and the nurse was encouraging me to purple push. I pushed 3 times 2 Ahhh’s and one purple push and Taylor was born at 1:18 am! We didn’t even have time to put the Pushing stage script on. I went from 1.5 cm to 10 in 2 hrs. My husband got to cut the cord and they put Taylor on my chest. It was so amazing! I couldn’t believe how fast it was and I know I couldn’t have done it without Hypnobabies!!

It was very intense but I was able to stay completely relaxed and focused with the Hypnobabies techniques and my husband helped to keep me in hypnosis with the shoulder/relax cue. It was awesome!! The PA student, Dr. Hall and the nurse were all very impressed. Dr. Hall was telling me how proud of me he was and the PA student said “that was so amazing!” I don’t think they even knew I was close to having a baby as my pressure waves were not showing up on the monitor and the nurse hadn’t been in since everything started. I was actually kind of glad that she hadn’t been in as it allowed me to stay relaxed and focused without having to deal with any distractions. I  didn’t tear at all, wasn’t even that sore and feel great.

Taylor was 6lb 14 oz and 19.5 inches. He is adorable and breastfeeding well. We were soooo happy that the pitocin was turned off and my body took over and I was able to have our baby naturally and we are both healthy and happy! Thank you Hypnobabies!!

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My first birth was wonderful and I will always be very grateful for it. But the more I reflected on it afterward, the more I felt I had missed out on something. My epidural was so strong and I felt like I didn’t really experience his birth. I decided that there must be other options—there had to be something in between an epidural birth and screaming, painful natural birth. So I did some research and discovered Hypnobabies. I knew immediately that this was what I was looking for. Trevor thought I had lost it a bit, but after watching some youtube videos he decided it was worth a shot. I think he just decided that it would make me happy and if it totally failed I would be the one in pain, not him!We signed up for our classes and practiced scripts and finger drops every day. I loved listening to my “joyful pregnancy affirmations” and “deepening.” The best naps happen after listening to “deepening.” I wanted to incorporate scripture and prayer into my birth so I would repeat Bible verses and prayers while I was practicing my finger drops. Whenever I went to my special place, the song “Oceans” by Hillsong United would repeat in my head. Especially the verse, “Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.” I repeated that as I practiced going deeper into hypnosis. It became the anthem of Griffin’s birth. Trevor had a bracelet made with those lyrics engraved on it for my Mother’s Day present. I wore the bracelet every day and during Griffin’s birth. I was really enjoying the process of preparing for our baby’s birth. Our OB, Dr. West, was totally on board with Hypnobabies and our water birth. But in the middle of my third trimester the Allina hospitals, including Abbott where we were going to deliver, put a ban on water births. I decided that as much as I loved Dr. West, I really wanted my water birth. So at 36 weeks I switched to the midwives at Methodist hospital.

(Editor's Note: This ban has since ended.)

My body did a lot of work in those last few weeks. I was having a lot of practice waves every day. At my 37 week appointment the midwife checked me and I was not too surprised to learn I was 3 cm dilated and 70% effaced. Our first came at 38 weeks 6 days so I was preparing myself for an early baby. Then my 38 week appointment came. I was 4.5 cm and 80% effaced, baby was at -1 station. I was convinced that Griffin would be coming any day! The midwife at the appointment mentioned that she didn’t think I would make it to my next appointment, but if I did we could talk about breaking my water to get things going. She didn’t want me walking around super dilated for too long because she was worried he would come too fast. I knew I didn’t want to do have my water broken and I got really anxious. I talked it through with Trevor and our doula, Lindsay, and they both helped me to feel confident in my convictions to let Griffin come when he was ready. I wanted my birthing time to come on its own so I didn’t even have to have that conversation.

I continued to have a lot of pressure waves, some of them very intense, but they were inconsistent. I knew my body was working hard, but it just wasn’t ready to go into my birthing time. As the days went on I grew more and more impatient and anxious. I went to acupuncture appointments, chiropractor appointments, and on multiple walks a day. I was getting very uncomfortable and crabby and I was definitely not pleasant to be around. 38 weeks and 6 days came and I was furious! Second babies were supposed to come earlier than first babies! But something changed as soon as that day came and went—I knew this baby was going to come later than our first did and I was suddenly okay with it. All the joyful pregnancy affirmations I had been listening to clicked. This was a new birth and a new baby, unique unto itself. My baby would come at the perfect time. I went from crabby and annoyed to patient and peaceful. I began listening to “Oceans,” “birthing day affirmations” and then “Come out baby” every night before bed. Lindsay suggested that listening to those tracks can sometimes get your body going if it’s on the brink of going into your birthing time.

But Griffin still wasn’t ready and I could not believe I made it to my 39 week appointment. Neither could my midwife. I was 39 weeks and 5 days. She started the appointment assuring me that we wouldn’t break waters or talk induction until well after my due date. This was such a relief. I asked her to check me because at this point it had become a game—how far can I dilate before going into labor. I was 6 cm, completely thinned out, and baby was at 0 station. She actually laughed. She said she could not believe I was still pregnant, especially with all the waves I had been experiencing. She asked Trevor if he was going back to work that day because she thought he should maybe stay home. She told me to go home and put my suitcase in the car and to go to the hospital as soon as anything started feeling consistent or real. She spoke with the hospital and the midwife on call that night so they would be on alert for me.

I went home and Trevor went to work to wrap some stuff up. Soon after Calvin went down for his nap I started to feel my waves pick up. They were getting more intense and coming every 5 to 10 minutes, but the intervals varied. I waited awhile and called Trevor to have him come home a little early. My mom came over to watch our son in case we had to leave for the hospital. I called Lindsay to update her on everything. I spent hours sitting on my birth ball, listening to tracks, watching our son play, and listening to my mom and Trevor chat. Eventually my mom took our son back to their house so that we could focus more and leave quickly if needed. Trevor and I ordered pizza and went on walk. I talked to the midwife on call and Lindsay multiple times throughout the evening and kept telling them it just didn’t feel like it was time to come in. I told Lindsay it felt like it was getting real but part of me was waiting for it to start hurting! She had to remind me that I shouldn’t wait for pain since I had been practicing for so long to not feel pain. My waves continued to be intense and regular and then drop off again. I knew baby wasn’t coming so I sent Trevor to pick up our son and I went to sleep.

The next day was uneventful. More inconsistent waves, more Hypnobabies tracks, more walks. We had a play date with a friend and I tried to stay busy. I was surprised at how calm I was. I kept telling my sister, who was convinced Griffin was torturing me, that I was patient and content. She didn’t believe me. That night (the night before my due date) I went to bed listening to my usual playlist. It was rainy and stormy as it had been for weeks. I woke up around 1:45 to three intense waves that were very close together. I decided to get out of bed, get dressed, and put some make up on. If my waves continued I would wake Trevor after that. I got through two more waves before I decided to wake Trevor and call Lindsay and my mom. That was around 2 am. My mom came over immediately and Trevor and I left for the hospital at 2:30.

I called the midwife on call and told her my waves were 3 minutes apart. She informed me that I couldn’t be admitted! The hospital was flooding and they were starting to lose power so they were not admitting new patients. She asked which hospital I wanted to go to and I told her Abbott. We were at the exit for Methodist when I had to tell Trevor to keep going and that we were going to Abbott. I knew my water birth was not happening after all, but I kept calm and didn’t let it upset me.

My waves were really intense and between the car ride, talking with the midwife, and updating Lindsay on our change of plans I was having a hard time staying in hypnosis. I continued listening to “Easy first stage,” and was feeling like I was in my rhythm by the time we pulled into Abbott. I got out while Trevor parked the car. Lindsay wasn’t there yet. I walked in and the woman at the desk asked me to sign some papers. I was working on that when she asked how far along I was. I told her it was my due date and her response was, “oh! Then this could really be it, huh?” I found that to be a really stupid and obnoxious thing to say. Of course this was it, it was 2 in the morning and my waves were three minutes apart. I lost my focus and had one big, painful wave. I stopped with papers, put my headphones back in, went to a chair, and focused on my special place. All felt right again.

The nurses brought me straight to my room, got me hooked up to a monitor, and brought me a birth ball. Lindsay arrived then, I was happy to see her but I’m pretty sure I didn’t really acknowledge her. They checked my cervix and I was 8cm dilated (though I asked not to know at the time and was told this afterward). The birth ball was annoying to me at that point and so I spent the rest of the time on the bed leaning over the back. Lindsay turned “easy first stage” on over a speaker and she and Trevor made a phenomenal team. There were several times that I would tense up and Lindsay would use the release or relax cues on me and I instantly fell limp and loose and relaxed. She reminded me to send my peace around Griffin. Trevor was amazing. He was ad-libbing scripts as I needed them and was there to rub my back and hold my hand. He read me Bible verses that I had prepared on note cards beforehand. He did all this while filming everything! I could not have asked for a better birth partner. He was definitely my rock. Transformation was intense, but there was never a moment that I felt I couldn’t do it or that I doubted myself, Griffin, or Hypnobabies. I felt most of the intensity in my back, and there were moments of some discomfort, but I was never in pain.

I actually loved the pushing stage. I loved putting my body to use and feeling productive. I pushed when I felt like it and took my time. The whole birthing time had been so fast that I didn’t want to rush pushing. I remember thinking to myself that I wasn’t feeling this ring of fire that everyone spoke of. Instead, I pushed completely pain free! No one would have known though, because I was very loud, but there is so much energy and force going through your body it’s hard to be quiet! I pushed for 35 minutes. Griffin arrived at 4:19 AM—just under an hour and a half after arriving at the hospital. I reached down and pulled him into my arms. Trevor immediately wrapped his arms around us and prayed over him. I asked him to play “Oceans” one more time while we waited until the cord stopped pulsing before we cut it. I snuggled with my sweet baby for over an hour before we weighed him and did his other newborn procedures. It was the sweetest hour.

I loved my birth. I am so grateful that I found Hypnobabies and had the tools to have an easy, comfortable birth. I loved working with Lindsay. I loved how involved Trevor was in the whole experience. I loved that we got to incorporate our faith into his birth. I cannot wait to give birth again; I just honestly hope it’s longer next time so I can ease into it all and enjoy it even more!
2nd time mom

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"We got to the hospital around 7PM and I was 7cm dilated. The nurses were surprised at how far along I was and how calm I was. They read through my Birth preferences, turned down the lights and whispered. They used all of the Hypnobabies lingo and were absolutely awesome."
BOHI worked with fear clearing to allow myself to be ok with an induction if it was necessary and it really helped. When I wasn’t doing that, I was bouncing on my ball, taking walks, eating pineapple, etc. etc. etc.

I’m happy to say that our baby has arrived safe and sound, and we had a beautiful birthing experience.

I was due on January 25th and went late. I was scheduled to be induced on Feb. 3. On Saturday, 2/1, I went for a walk in the morning at a nearby convent. They have a nature trail with the Stations of the Cross. I walked and prayed and sort of just talked to my baby and told him that I was ready for him to come. He and God both must have been listening because around 10:30PM that night, I had my bloody show and started having pressure waves about 15 minutes apart. I let Patrick know that things were starting, but told him to sleep, because I would need him awake and strong for me on Sunday. I timed the pressure waves throughout the night, practiced my hypnosis, and snacked on jello and miso soup.

The next morning, Patrick and I hung out; continued with practicing the hypnosis. Things were down to about 7 minutes apart, so we took a walk up the street, stopping when pressure waves came…I was probably scaring my neighbors! We got back to the house, and I said I wanted to watch a movie to distract myself. So we watched Escape from LA…which is a ridiculous movie to watch while you are in your birthing time! Once we were at about 5 minutes apart, I called my doctor; she told me to wait as long as I could if I planned on doing this naturally. I took a shower, Patrick read some scripts to me. I tried listening to the relaxation music, but for some reason it was getting on my nerves. Patrick came up to the bedroom and I was on my ball, listening to Zepelin and Pink Floyd…for some reason classic rock was working better to relax me. The pressure waves were about 3 minutes apart around 6:30PM and Patrick said that he didn’t want to wait any longer. So we called the doctor and headed to the hospital; I listened to the Birth Guide on the way there and Patrick said I was very quiet the whole way.

We got to the hospital around 7PM and I was 7cm dilated. The nurses were surprised at how far along I was and how calm I was. They read through my Birth preferences, turned down the lights and whispered. They used all of the Hypnobabies lingo and were absolutely awesome. When the doctor arrived, she came in rather loudly (she is a military lady) and the nurses rushed her out to tell her that she needed to be quiet. The doctor, after that, was really great and completely respectful of my wishes. I ended up asking for my mom to come in; she didn’t really say much. She just sat quietly…I needed her presence for some reason; I think it helped Patrick to have someone there too. Around 8PM, the doctor asked if she could break my water, because it was bulging and she said it would help move things along for me…I gave her permission and around 8:30PM, things started getting more uncomfortable. I was about 9.5cm dilated. I told the nurse that I had to push NOW! She asked me to hold off (didn’t want my cervix to tear), and she called the doc in. The doctor checked me and said I was at 10, and that I could start pushing…which was a huge relief. I wouldn’t say that things were “pain-free,” but they were definitely manageable. The nurses helped me change positions and relax. They allowed me to push when I wanted to and just gave me instruction when they thought certain positions/techniques would help me. I pushed for about 1.5 hours and he was out at 9:52PM. Layton Francis was 8 lbs 7 oz., 22.25 inches long. His head was 14.5 inches around (which is about an inch larger than most newborns), and he was in posterior position. After the birthing, the nurse told me I did amazingly well for him being so large and being face up. After 23 hours of pressure waves/pushing without meds, I felt like superwoman!

They put him on my chest immediately, and if I could bottle up that emotion and sell it…I would be a rich lady. I think that must be what people on Ecstacy feel like. It was the most amazing, joyful moment of my entire life. We did skin to skin for about 2 hours and he was so alert. We tried to establish breastfeeding right away; he latched for a split second, but we couldn’t get him to feed. Afterward, the nurses cleaned him up and sent us to recovery. The doctors and nurses told me that this was one of the best births they ever did. Several nurses asked me for more information about hypnosis for childbirth and one nurse in particular was telling everyone who came along about what an amazing birth it was. I felt very proud of myself and my baby. I have already recommended the course to several pregnant friends.

Breastfeeding has been going great. It was hard at first, but once my milk came in, he was eating like a champ. At his one week appt., he gained all of his weight back, plus 3 oz.! So proud of him.

Love, Rebekah
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My last minute c-section with Hypnobabies

"Once we were back in our room, my doula told me the anesthesiologist told her our surgery was the most peaceful c-section she had witnesses in 27 years. A few minutes later the anesthesiologist herself came in to tell us how it was the calmest operating room she had ever been in and told us "more people should know about this!"

For the last month of pregnancy I had to go in for twice weekly NST monitoring. My doctor was worried that Elijah's growth seem to be stagnating due to a quickly aging placenta and wanted to make sure his heart rate was staying consistent.

Baby 1 Hand Covering it From Left
At week 38 I went in for an ultrasound to check growth, during my doctor's appointment the next morning, she told me and my husband that he wasn't growing and we needed to be induced immediately, especially if we wanted a chance at the natural birth we planned and prepared for. His heart rate was still steady in the 140s so we were extremely apprehensive about starting the birthing process early but our doctor made it clear that if we waited we were putting him at increased risk. We said a prayer in the doctor's office and felt like it was time so we went home, got my hospital bag and the car seat and headed back to the hospital around 4:00 pm.

Once we arrived they started me on Cytotec right away which was my first opportunity to use the hypnoanesthesia for an actual part of my birthing time. The nurse we had at the time was a student so we also had a more seasoned nurse to supervise. Knowing that I was the first person the student nurse would do this procedure on made me a little nervous so I immediately turned "off" and then to "center" in case I needed to talk, thankfully I did because as soon as she started the procedure I asked my husband to give me the "peace" and "relax" cues over and over, I felt completely loose and limp and didn't feel any pain or even much pressure, before I knew it she was done!
The veteran nurse said, "wow", and told the student nurse she was lucky to have us as her first couple. She told us she was looking forward to seeing our natural birth and that we were "obviously very prepared". I didn't know until later that the administration of Cytotec was supposed to be painful and was SO grateful all the nurses followed our wishes and never told me what I would feel and never used the word "pain".
As part of the Hypnobabies training, I wasn't made aware of the time or my progress during my birthing time, but afterward I found out that the Cytotec only dilated my cervix 1 cm and didn't start pressure waves (contractions), unfortunately Elijah's heart rate did decelerate 4 times throughout the night during the treatment and in the morning the doctor rushed in to tell me she wanted to break my water. Since Cytotec was already an intervention we didn't want we really questioned our doctor on if it was necessary. Our doctor was very patient with us and explained that because of the heart rate decelerations we needed to get birthing time started right away to avoid an emergency c-section. At that point we didn't realize how serious the situation was, and my doula, nurse and husband were all asking the doctor if I could walk around or try other things to get birthing started naturally. That's when I found out that our doctor had been so worried that before she came into my room that morning she had Elijah's heart rate monitor displayed in her own office and was planning on rushing over for an emergency c-section if she saw another heart rate deceleration. When we realized we were one heart rate deceleration away from an emergency c-section (did I mention I was hooked up to constant monitoring and oxygen at this point?) I asked what the difference would be from and emergency c-section to planning to do one right then which turns out was HUGE. 
Our doctor hadn't suggested a planned c-section since she knew our desire to have Elijah naturally, but once we brought it up she explained that by planning to do one right then, I could have my husband and doula with me the entire time and that if we tried to birth naturally and had any problems at all, I would be rushed back to surgery alone and neither my husband or my doula could come with me. We asked for a minute to discuss our options and prayed again about what to do. We felt that a planned c-section would be the safest path and my wonderful doula did the "Change of Plans" Hypnobabies script with me which I HIGHLY suggest if you're in the same situation. I should add that the first time we mentioned a "planned c-section" I burst into tears as I realized the birth we planned was nothing like the birth that was going to happen, but the "Change of Plans" script was essential for helping me clear my fears and focus on getting Elijah here safely. It also reminded me to be happy and excited that I was about to meet my son!
Once we told the doctor we agreed to the planned c-section, everything moved really quickly. During our decision making process his heart rate actually decelerated again but because we had told our doctor we would do the planned c-section they let us stick to the non-emergency plan. Our nurse at the time was on the phone with the operating room to plan a time and our doctor said, "No, we're going NOW". Thankfully my doula was already by my side helping me stay in "center" and focused on being calm and peaceful. I walked to the OR and the first thing I heard the other doctor/surgeon say was "I thought she'd be in a wheel chair!", my awesome nurse said, "Why? She can walk!" (I had a very encouraging birthing team). 
They had to give me an epidural and the anesthesiologist gave me a brief summary of what to expect but I was so focused on staying calm and peaceful I didn't hear much of what she said. My doula helped me focus on going to my "Special Place" (side note: when I started the Hypnobabies class, I thought the "Special Place" script was the cheesiest thing ever and couldn't figure out how it would be helpful but I loved practicing it because mine is in the countryside of France). I completely blocked out all the staff in scrubs and masks and saw in perfect detail the peaceful countryside I had practiced imagining and relaxing in so many times. I immediately felt even more calm and finally realized why that script was so valuable. 
While the anesthesiologist was giving me the three shots in my back for the epidural I heard her tell my doula that she needed me to be able to talk and my doula answer back, "She can talk." I had been so quite and calm the anesthesiologist assumed I wasn't able to make a sound. The anesthesiologist asked me to tell her where I felt the anesthesia and when I told her hearing the calmness in my own voice surprised even me! I didn't feel any pain from the shots and was still visualizing myself in my "Special Place." 
They helped me on the operating table and allowed me to play the Hypnobabies relaxation music the entire time which really helped me stay in my "Special Place". Once they started the process, my doula stood beside me and gave me constant "relax" and "peace" cues since those always helped me relax the most. The time went by very fast and before I knew it I could hear Elijah's cries and burst into tears of joy myself. They had to do his newborn procedures right away and I was so grateful that my husband was able to stay with him while my doula was comforting me. Once they were done they placed him on my chest and he immediately latched and started to nurse which amazed me. Once we were back in our room, my doula told me the anesthesiologist told her our surgery was the most peaceful c-section she had witnesses in 27 years. A few minutes later the anesthesiologist herself came in to tell us how it was the calmest operating room she had ever been in and told us "more people should know about this!"
Seeing my son and holding him in my arms filled me with so much love I thought I'd never stop crying tears of joy. 
All in all, it was not the birth we were expecting but it was a wonderful experience and despite having to do the one operation I truly wanted to avoid, I can say that because of Hypnobabies, during the majority of my birthing time I was completely happy, calm and peaceful. While I can't say I wouldn't change a thing, I will say that having a joyful birthing experience has made me much more confident and excited for future pregnancies than I think I would be had we not used Hypnobabies.
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Honora Vivian’s Birth Story

My back story was that I had a really difficult birth with my first baby, and when I was pregnant again about a year later, I was determined to find a different way…enter Hypnobabies!  This is my 4th birth, and my 3rd Hypnobaby, and I am thankful for that first bad experience, because otherwise I would probably never have known the subsequent births. J  My first baby was born at 41 weeks, my second at 41 weeks 2 days, and my third, on his due date!  This time around I have a close friend, Melissa, who is a doula and birth photographer, and I was so excited to have her onboard my birthing team, along with my husband, who is always so great during birthing, my midwife, and the nurses.  I was going in for my 39 week appointment, 5 days before my due date, and my friend said that she was teaching Lamaze during the days on the weekend that would be easier not to have to schedule around, and then I looked at my family’s calendar, and this week was so open, but the next was not, and I started to think it would be a good time to have a baby!  So, when my midwife asked if I’d like her to sweep my membranes, I thought, why not?  I’d had it done after 40 weeks with my others and it had really never started much up, but I thought I’d go for it anyway.

My appointment ended around 11 am, and I went to lunch with Melissa and had a few “means business” pressure waves, but I kind of thought it would fizzle out.  Instead, they started establishing a pattern.  About 8-10 minutes apart by the time I was home around 3pm.  We went to a business dinner at 6pm and I think they were about 6-8 minutes apart then, but I wasn’t timing.  We walked around a bit so that we could come home after the babysitter had our other little ones in bed for the night. J  We decided to watch a movie while I chilled on my birth ball.  I texted my midwife around 10 pm when my waves were 4-6 minutes apart, but relatively intense, and we agreed that I could probably try to finish my movie for the next hour and make a decision.  So in an hour, I decided I wanted to get on the road, because our drive was about an hour long and I wanted to have freedom to move as things progressed.  My doula said she’d meet us at the hospital, and we got there sometime around 1 am.  I got all checked in and hooked up to an IV, b/c I was Group B Strep Positive, I was at 4cm and 90% effaced at check in.  When they were finished with all that jazz, I started walking with my IV pole.  I was pretty sleepy and wanted to have my tracks onboard, and they were in my room, so I headed back after about 30 minutes and hopped on the birth ball for the next while.  I settled in with Early First Stage playing in the background, and I think I got some sleep in between waves.  I started to vocalize a bit, and my doula reminded me that lowering my pitch would help keep things loose, and it was such a good bit of advice for me to focus on.  I recognized that my midwife, Anne, arrived, and Melissa said that she was pretty confident that I was further than I appeared.  She had asked earlier if I might want to labor in the tub for a bit, an I started to think that the warm water would feel nice.  Before I went to the bathroom, my midwife checked me and said I was at an 8.5 to a 9 with a bulging bag of waters.  I started for the tub, and I heard Melissa and Anne talking, and they asked me to sit on the toilet for my next wave.  They told me they thought I was pretty close and maybe getting in the tub might not be a great idea if I didn’t want to birth there, which I didn’t—it is a nice jetted tub, but no birthing pool for sure!  So I made my way back to the bed. *BOP Warning* I think by this time I had vomited about 5 times.  I had some more vomiting, which I learned was my body trying to rupture my bag of waters.  I was pretty tired of puking, so I asked if it might be a good idea to rupture my waters.  My birth team was very supportive of what I wanted to do without telling me to go for it, but I was really over throwing up and wanted to get the show on the road. ;)  My midwife ruptured the bag for me and said it was a “bag of steel.”  I got settled in on my side with a few pillows between my knees and had 2 or 3 more productive waves, and then I told them I was starting to feel pushy.  I guess I was so calm that they didn’t think much of it.  But, bless my husband, he started up my *Pushing Baby Out* track.  I focused on what Kerry was saying and on keeping my pitch low and my mouth round, because of what Melissa said, and because I think I recall Ina May saying something about that helping things open as well.  I was feeling pushy more and more often, and I looked to my side and saw my midwife sitting on the floor cross-legged watching me progress, and my friend nearby.  My husband was providing the best counter pressure on my back with each strong wave.  My sweet L&D nurse Shana came up and asked if she could listen to the baby’s heart with the stethoscope on my belly, and I declined.  Everyone thought I was just having a particularly strong wave, and they started to think about getting up and ready for Pushing Stage, but in reality I was confused at why she asked, because I was actively birthing my baby.  I had two more pushing waves and Shana came back to see if she could check baby’s heartrate again just as I felt her body birth, and I told her, “Sure, she’s in the bed.” And my husband simultaneously said, “The baby popped out!”

My doula, midwife, and nurse all hopped up and said, “What did you say?!”  Anne, came over, lifted up the sheet and saw that Baby Honora had a nuchal cord once around, and undid that and passed her up to me.  They were completely shocked and awed.  Anne didn’t even have her gloves on!  She said that in over a thousand births this was the first one that she completely missed from about 2 feet away.  Melissa, said, “Well, I’ve never seen it before, and I may never again, but you really just breathed that baby out!”  They were so sweet and supportive.  My nurse said she groaned when she saw that I had a doula, and my birthplan, but she was a believer and felt so privileged to be there to witness everything.  I got to cut the cord (my first time ever), and Honora had vernix all over—another first for me!  She had apgars of 9 and 9 and she was my tiniest little peanut at 7lbs 14.8 ounces.  Blessed again to be a Mama!  She nursed immediately and has been an effective little nurser ever since.  Each new person who came in asked how all of this worked, the lactation consultants listened to some of the tracks, and one of the pediatricians on call told me I should teach “my method,” because people would drive for something like that! 

It was a crack up, but I am seriously so thankful for the Hypnobabies curriculum.  I always feel so empowered in my decision making leading up to and during labor.  I know that I make educated and informed decisions for me and my baby, not necessarily what everyone else would do for themselves or their births, but it has so helped me to heal from my first birthing to take ownership of the process of bringing life into the world.  We are confident that our family is now complete, and I will miss Hypnobabies and childbirthing.  I am in awe of the Lord’s design for the process and so thrilled to have been able to be an active participant. 


Melissa is putting together a birth slide show that I’ll probably post for you all when it’s finished too, but I wanted to get this written up while Honora is still in her sleepy newborn stage! J

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"I think the biggest thing, was that even though my “pressure waves” were close together, I didn’t feel that they were intense enough for me to be in active labor. Thank you Hypnobabies."
Natalie and AaronI arrived to pick up my kids from my friend’s house at about 1:45 pm. I chatted with some friends for a bit and then told them that I had some good, rhythmic tightening, so I thought that things might be starting. I decided that I would go home with my kids and let things happen and get more serious and then I hoped that we’d go to the hospital some time that night. So since I was getting more convinced that this was the big day, I wanted to leave my van “in town” (I live about 10 minutes outside town) so that whoever babysat my kids that night, would have a car and car seats to drive around in. So I called my husband at 2:30 pm, to see what we should do about the car situation. We decided that he would take a break from work to run us home in his car really quick, so that the van could stay in town.

Then things started to get a little stronger. I would lean over my friend’s table and go quiet for a minute during my small pressure waves. I started to get excited that things were getting so strong already. Maybe it would be a 15 hour birth instead of a 24 hour birth. My husband then sent a text at 2:47pm, and asked if he had a few minutes before coming over to take us home. I started to change my mind about going home first. I saw on my timer that pressure waves were coming at about 2 1/2 to 4 minutes apart. So I told him that maybe he should just go home and get ready, and that we should then head closer in to where the hospital is. Not to necessarily to check in, but to be near to it, since we live about 50 minutes away. I called my doula and midwife at 2:50 pm to let them know that I was going to head that direction. I texted my sister in laws at 3:08 that I thought today was “Baby Day.” The original plan was for me to head to the hospital, get things checked out, and then invite my sister in laws who could, to come and hang out with me. The rest would be filled in on all the details and updates as they came. Funny plan.

That’s when things got intense. I decided that if ths was the day, I needed to start listening to my Hypnobabies tracks. I pulled out my phone so that I could listen with my headphones. I also realized that it felt better to hum through my pressure waves. For some reason (I’ll have to ask how it all happened, my husband stopped by. I told him he didn’t have time to shower, but to hurry and go home and get all his stuff. All the while, I'm just hanging out at my friends house.
Read Natalie's entire birth story HERE.
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The beautiful birth of Quinten

First, a little history… My first-born was 10 days early and 8 lb 5 oz.   I received pitocin, no epidural, and labor was only 2 hours with two pushes.  I hadn’t taken any “pain” management classes, so I was completely unprepared for an unmedicated birth.  Thankfully it was a very quick delivery!  My second baby was also 10 days early and was 9 lb 6 oz.  Again, I received pitocin and did get an epidural, labor was 4 hours and 2 pushes. I felt awful after that epidural. I had the shakes, was lightheaded, had a backache, experienced vomiting, and I hated feeling paralyzed for hours.  When I discovered that I was pregnant again, I quickly started researching my options for a pain-free, unmedicated birth.  A friend of mine who had done Hypnobabies shared her amazing testimony with me.  I was sold! I started the at-home program at about 30 weeks gestation. Everyday I looked forward to my Hypnobabies time; it was so relaxing and often sleep-inducing.

My due date of July 9th came and went. To my amazement, baby 3 didn’t want to come 10 days early like its siblings. I had been walking around at 4cm dilated and 70% effaced for about a month, but with no regular contractions. I was still very pregnant and quite comfortable, despite being a week past my due date. My doctor knew I wanted a completely unassisted and unmedicated birth, but he didn’t want me to go much past 41 weeks.  So, we agreed that I would be admitted at 41.2 weeks, and my water would be broken. I was disappointed that I wasn’t going to be able to go in to labor on my own and experience a completely natural and intervention free birth, as I had visualized.

I was scheduled to arrive at the hospital at 6 am on Friday, July 18th.  God answered my prayers and beat the doctor to it!  I woke up at 3 am that morning with very strong pressure waves, which were each 60-90 seconds each and 4-8 minutes apart, and I was excited to see that I also had bloody show.  I woke my husband and told him that I was in labor, put my ear buds in, started listing to my Birthing Day Affirmations track, and then went ahead and got ready for my big day.  Once ready, I sat down in my comfy recliner and started listening to the Easy First Stage track until it was time to leave for the hospital. Luckily we only have a 2-minute commute to the hospital, because by this time my waves were only 3-4 minutes apart and very strong.  We got checked in quickly and I was in my birthing room by about 6:10 am.  I continued playing the Easy First Stage track continuously. My birthing plan stated that I did not want an IV, only a saline lock in my hand.  The nurses tried several times, but were unable to find a useable vein in my hands, so they called in the IV team to see if they could help.  My doctor wanted to wait to break my water until my saline lock was in place, so he said he’d be back in a few minutes to check on me. Meanwhile, my pressure waves were becoming incredibly strong and close together.  My husband and friend said that the nurses thought I was asleep because I appeared so relaxed! I got up to use the restroom twice and I could tell it was getting close by the extreme pressure I felt when sitting upright and walking.  I had to really work to maintain my calmness and relaxation during these times. Once back in bed, I turned my switch off and was again completely relaxed.  A few moments later, I had another pressure wave. Suddenly I began spontaneously pushing and these super loud, guttural noises came out of my mouth (was that me?!). It was such an out of body experience to have my muscles and mouth doing things that I had absolutely zero control over.  After that pressure wave, I opened my eyes to see my husband and friend looking at me in shock.  I was just as shocked as they were, so I just shrugged, smiled, and turned my switch back off.  Let me mention that I had never been checked for dilation since entering the hospital, so the nurses and doctor had no idea how far along I was. Apparently they thought that since I was so relaxed and had only just been admitted to the hospital there was no rush. Not to mention that my water hadn’t yet broken. Two pressure waves later there was another bout of spontaneous pushing and grunting, and I delivered his head! Relaxed.  Reclined in bed.  Legs out in front of me.  What?!  After the pressure wave, I opened my eyes and said, “I just had the head!”. Everyone in the room just looked at me like I was crazy, smiled and nodded.  I reached down and felt the head through the bag of water! Once I’d shown them the evidence, the nurse ran out in the hallway calling for a doctor, any doctor, as my doctor was preoccupied in surgery at the time.  I was still relaxed, and so invigorated and excited – I was about to meet my baby! A doctor came in, chatted us up for a minute, told us how special and rare it is for a baby to be born En-Caul (still in the bag of water). Two small mother-directed pushes at the next pressure wave, and at 8:01 am, baby was born!  The doctor broke the bag of water and removed it from the baby. I looked down and proudly told my husband that we had another BOY! He was immediately placed on my chest and allowed to breastfeed. We did delayed cord cutting, and my husband cut the cord after a few minutes, once it was no longer pulsing.  He weighed in at 8 lb 14 oz and 21” long.

I am so thankful to God for giving me the beautiful, intervention-free birth that I’d prayed for.  No IV, no medicine and less than two hours in the hospital before the birth – exactly what I wanted. And to think, just the night before I was sad because I didn’t think things were going to go according to MY plan! I’m also so thankful to Hypnobabies for giving me the skills to have a completely comfortable, relaxed, and calm birth. It was truly a mind-blowing and miraculous experience, even better than I dreamed it could be.


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The Beautiful Birth of Emerson

We love to share these wonderful birth stories that show how Hypnobabies really does make birth enjoyable and comfortable!

Fotosearch MP3 preg momThis is the story of how we welcomed our daughter, Emerson, into the world. It’s a beautiful story, but also a bit graphic. You’ll also need to know that my husband and I prepared for our birthing time with Hypnobabies, so some of the terminology we use is a bit different than what you might normally hear: Birthing Time = Labor ; Pressure Wave, Birthing Wave = Contraction; Transformation = Transition.

In Hypnobabies, we practice visualizing our birthing time and teach ourselves to expect a calm, peaceful birthing. In all of my practicing, I saw myself baking cupcakes for the nurses during my early birthing time, and then moving quietly throughout the house as my active birthing time progresses. I saw myself quietly shifting positions from the bathtub to the birthing ball, and from the bed to my husband’s arms. I imagined arriving at the hospital and convincing the nurses I was actually in labor, and having them find that I was already 8 to 9 cm dilated. I imagined myself breathing and “ahhhing” my baby out with just a few quick pushes. I also imagined myself using our self-hypnosis techniques with mastery and confidence.

Here’s how it really happened:

On May 31st, my husband and I drove up to the Mt. Sneffels wilderness (one of our favorite spots) and hiked around for awhile taking pictures of butterflies and my large full-term belly. With our car parked next to the river, we plugged in our “Fear Clearing” track and listened to it together. I sent my fears downstream with the snow melt. It was perfect. Later that evening, Brad and I watched a movie together, cuddled on the couch, and decided to finally put ourselves to bed at around 11:30 after I said something along the lines of, “I really should make sure I’m getting enough sleep these next few days so that we can be sure I am rested when my birthing time begins.” So we went to bed.

At 1:00 am, I woke up and went to the restroom and discovered, with certainty and joy, that I was shedding my mucous plug or experiencing “the bloody show.” I was thrilled. When I stood up from the toilet I also noticed that I was feeling what I identified at the time as “cramping.” This made me smile. I went back to bed and hovered over my husband with ear to ear grin: “Brad, I just lost my mucous plug. Go back to sleep.”

As I was lying in bed, I realized that my “cramping” was coming at fairly regular intervals. This is when I got really excited. About an hour later I grabbed my phone in case I wanted to time them and sent a quick text-message to our Doula (who was also our Hypnobabies Instructor). Sleep was futile. At about 3:00 am I rolled over and asked Brad if he was awake. He offered a very quick and alert response, “Of course I am.” So we both got up, repacked our birthing bags, put away the clean laundry, made the guest bed up for my mom (who would be staying with our dogs), and made sure we were ready for what was coming. I also began timing my pressure waves to find that they were about 7 minutes apart and over a minute long. At this point, it was very clear that there would be no early birthing time of making cupcakes and taking a stroll with my husband. It was also becoming very clear that I needed to start using my Hypnobabies techniques. Find out how the rest of Emerson's birth went HERE.
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Hypnobabies is successful even when a birthing time may take another path. Our techinques enable families to still have a wonderful birth experience.

Arya’s Birth: A Different Kind of Success Story

BOHMy birthing story is a bit different from most Hypnobabies success stories, but it is wonderful nonetheless. It starts on Monday afternoon, when I was 40-1/2 weeks pregnant. I had a gush of fluid escape during a meeting (of course it happened on a cloth chair at the office of the person I was meeting with – fortunately he was very understanding!). I finished the meeting, stopped at home, and went to the birthing center to be checked. I was put on the monitor and although I was feeling no pressure waves, it showed that they were happening every 6-8 minutes. The doctor and nurse were both very confident that I would be admitted, but wanted to do an exam to be sure my bag of waters had broken. Upon completing the exam, the doctor was very surprised to find that it was intact! So after four hours in the hospital, since I was feeling no pressure waves, I was sent home. The rest of Monday and all of Tuesday passed uneventfully, with no signs of my birthing time beginning.

At 3:30 am on Wednesday, I had an enormous gush of fluid in bed and was excited that my birthing time was finally here! I called my doula and she advised me to go back to sleep so I could rest until morning. Despite my excitement, I agreed that this was the best idea. However, the practicality of this turned out to be limited. As I found out later, my bag of waters did not break at the bottom but tore partway up, causing additional large gushes of fluid every few minutes. I had already soaked my bed and carpet, and was now limited to sitting on the hard floor of the hallway so I didn’t drench anything else. I decided that rest at home was not likely, and went to the birthing center at 4:30 am. They confirmed that my bag of waters had broken and admitted me. However, like my first trip to the hospital, I was still having no pressure waves that I could feel. Once I was given a room, I rested a bit and then on Wednesday morning, my doula helped me begin natural induction techniques and exercises.

I was a bit dismayed that the on call doctor was not one of my favorites, and although she was a bit skeptical about my decision not to induce with Pitocin, she was respectful of my decision. I found out she was on call until 7 pm, and thought, “Oh well, my birthing time will be over by the time the next doctor is on!” My doula and I worked through the day to get pressure waves to start, using every natural induction technique, exercise, and position that she, I, or the Hypnobabies book suggested. We walked, used the abdominal lift, listened to every Hypnobabies track we thought would be helpful, tried nipple stimulation, and many, many more! I was extremely relaxed and we did get pressure waves to come on, but they were irregular and short. It was a pleasant time, with the Hypnobabies tracks playing in the background, and I felt no pain through the waves, only pressure.

At 7 pm, the doctor I liked best started her shift and I was happy that I would have all the natural birth support I was hoping for! My doula and I continued to alternate resting with different labor induction techniques through the night. At 7 am, this doctor finished her shift and no progress had been made. I was still having irregular pressure waves, but not enough to be significant. At 9 am, the next doctor visited and told me that I had reached the point where an intervention was necessary, since my membranes had been ruptured for 30 hours. At 11 am, I began Pitocin, hoping that this was the last little boost my body would need to begin my birthing time.

The pressure waves did become more frequent and intense but for most of the time I was receiving Pitocin I was still able to ride through them easily using my Hypnobabies techniques. I was on Pitocin for 8 hours, and at 7 pm I had my last exam: I was only dilated 1 cm. I knew that I had tried everything available: I couldn’t wait any longer and risk infection. At 7:35, my beautiful girl was born via c-section. She was healthy, alert and happy!

Even though Arya’s birth didn’t go the way I had planned, I can’t think of it as anything but a success. From the minute she was born, she was calm and alert: she just looked around the operating room, taking in all the new sights and sounds. When she was placed on my shoulder (I was sobbing with happiness at this point), she was smacking her lips, ready to eat. The pediatrician who attended the birth was nervous because she wouldn’t cry! Several nurses kept telling her, “There’s nothing to worry about! Look at that baby: she couldn’t be more healthy, calm, and happy!”

There is no doubt that my Hypnobabies tools were essential throughout the process. The Hypnobabies tracks and relaxation techniques kept me calm and happy through the 40 hours I was in the hospital. Nurse after nurse commented on how relaxed I was, and I was comfortable and nearly without pain through the vast majority of my pressure waves. During what would have otherwise been an extremely anxious and frustrating 40 hours of no progress, using Hypnobabies made it a wonderful experience. And Arya was such a calm and happy baby that all the doctors and nurses kept joking that I had hypnotized her! There is no doubt in my mind that using Hypnobabies contributed enormously to this: because I had an easy and stress-free birthing time, this is the environment she was born into. In fact, my birthing experience was so wonderful that three days later when it was time to leave the hospital, I found myself sad that it was over. I felt like it was the last day of a perfect vacation and I now had to say goodbye and return to normal life. But in this case I got to take the best part of my vacation home with me and start a wonderful new life!
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Amazing! 5' tall Hypno-Mom and RN Bridget shares her hospital birth of 11 pound baby Jonah with us.

"My husband grabbed a few camera shots during this 6 hour labor with my 2nd baby Judah. I know it looks like I'm somewhat drugged but I promise I had no pain meds and no epdiural! I had practiced "self-hypnosis" or deep relaxation techniques throughout pregnancy that enabled me to experience a very calm, comfortable, almost pain free birth naturally... and he ended up being 11 pounds. I had epidural and pain meds with my first and going natural was so much more enjoyable for me."
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Violet's Birth - My First Hypnobaby
by Rachel M.

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When I was pregnant with my first child, Duncan, I went to La Leche League meetings to learn about breastfeeding. In one of the meetings, women shared their birth stories. Several women had natural childbirths, several women had the epidural standard births, and two women sobbed as they relayed their nonstandard epidural births. I truly felt for those women and also believed that the natural childbirth women were a little too far onto the zealot scale for my taste. What an interesting experience to be able to reflect on when I became pregnant with my second, Violet. 

My first birth was one of those horrible nonstandard epidural births. I had an epidural that didn't work and a long birthing time (34.5 hours). After the three month mark of my pregnancy with Violet, I became terrified. The thought of enduring a similar birth as Duncan's was overwhelming. Here I was three months pregnant and looking at a  C-section or natural (zealot) birth.  I went on a researching campaign and read at least seven books about natural childbirth including several midwife textbooks.  I read these books, talked with a midwife and then watched amazing births using hypnosis on youtube. I cried many times because Duncan's birth was scary and filled with my ignorance while these birth videos were so beautiful.  I wished that I'd had a doctor, family, or friends that could have educated me about my decisions for childbirth.

I had to have the hypnosis birth so I called Kerry Tuschoff at Hypnobabies and purchased the Home Study course.  I started practicing at 26 weeks and almost did everything exactly as written in the books.  The Home Study requires self-motivation and luckily I knew what "unprepared" could look like so I was obsessed.  An unexpected benefit from Hypnobabies was the astounding ability of the scripts to remove all of my fears and anxiety about childbirth while instilling in me the confidence that I could do it differently.  I will also add that the daily affirmations really did help me feel that my pregnant body was beautiful.  The materials really cleared out all of my other concerns and allowed me to love pregnancy fully.

My birthing time (labor) started after 41 weeks. I woke up the morning of July 30th and noticed that my body was having pressure sensations at Rachael McNamara Relaxing during active labor in Birth Centerregular intervals. When my husband woke up I told him that I thought it was the day and we were very excited. I went into the bedroom and tried out different positions with the birthing ball, but it seemed like I "lost" the birthing waves (contractions).  My husband found me crying in the bedroom and was very supportive. I decided to do one of the scripts that works on removing fears and then we went on a walk. 

We walked around the neighborhood for at least an hour in ninety degree heat. We decided to go home and call my family who was planning on attending the birth when the pressure waves were fairly consistent between five and eight minutes apart and lasting a minute and a half.  My sister came over immediately and we again went out walking. It seemed as soon as I walked into my house the intervals would get wider apart and I wanted to help my body to shorten the labor time. After another hour and half of walking, the pressure waves were getting more intense and I would have to stop walking and concentrate. We went home for a late lunch.  My favorite position was being on my knees and elbows with my stomach in the middle in deep hypnosis with my husband pressing on my hips.

We headed to the hospital when my pressure waves were between four and six minutes apart. I put my ipod on in the car and listened to the easy first stage script (a Hypnobabies track). I counted 8 pressures waves in the twenty minute drive and was increasingly astonished that I was feeling no pain. Let me be clear, it was definitely my birthing time. My stomach would round into a hard ball, and I could feel my muscles pulling at my hips and my lower back more than I have ever noticed before. After parking the car, I remember walking to the hospital with my family joking and laughing. We would stop every time a pressure wave started so Kevin, my husband, could apply pressure to my hips and I could count myself into hypnosis. The receptionist at the hospital seemed astonished when I refused a wheelchair and asked where the stairs were. I refused to have another birth that lasted over a day.

Rachael McNamara Shoulder cue and offWhen we got to labor and delivery at the hospital, the natural childbirth rooms were unavailable. We were shown to the antepartum room where I was checked and a fetal test strip was done. I used the easy first stage track during the fetal monitoring. Then we started walking the halls. We would walk and then stop with a pressure wave. I would lean on the walls and then my husband would apply pressure to my back. Occasionally I would return to the antepartum room to chug some water and go to the bathroom. I was really trying to avoid the IV.

After two hours of waiting, I was admitted and then I went into the tub. Oh boy, do I love the tub during childbirth. At this point, the birthing waves were coming pretty close together roughly between two and three and half minutes apart. I spent the majority of the time in hypnosis on my knees leaning forward against the wall of the tub.  It required all of my concentration at this point to be on top of the waves so they would not become painful. I remember telling Kevin that I needed him to remind me to fully relax my abdominal muscles during waves and asking him to help me with the "peace" and "relax" cues. The nurse came in a couple of times to check on us and Kevin did all the talking. My sister and mother would come and go. The nurse only checked the baby's heart rate once for a minute. It is always amazing and wonderful to hear the heartbeat and to be assured she was doing fine. Violet was pretty motionless during the birthing time unlike her brother who was trying to kick his way out.

A couple of times, the wave would start painfully, but we were able to catch up using the cues. I remember one time wondering how I was doing.  My mother and sister were sitting on chairs, drinking coffee, chatting, and knitting. It was comforting to know that this birth was going so peacefully they could relax. I took their behavior as a sign that everything was working perfectly and it rejuvenated me.

I know that at some point, I started saying "peace" aloud and "open open open". Soon after that, my mother came over to check on us and I told her something was happening and I need to move. I could feel my body changing and even a sense of bearing down even though I wasn't actively pushing. As my mother and husband were trying to help me out of the tub, the nurse came. They explained what was happening as I tried to sit on the toilet. This was a bad move. I wasn't able to concentrate enough when leaving the tub and while attempting to sit down I had another powerful and this time painful birthing wave. My husband could not immediately apply pressure and I was unable to use my hypnosis cues. I had at least another birthing wave on the toilet before I realized that going to the bathroom was not going to be possible. Friendly advice: every mom that I know who thought they had to go to bathroom at this point really had to deliver a child.      

I made it to the bed became terrified of lying down and ended up on my hands and knees and was immediately began to use hypnosis again. Almost miraculously the doctor appeared and did a cervical check. I guess he said "you can push." I asked my mother if he said "the baby is never going to come." I guess that's transformation (Hypnobabies word for transition) for you! I was happy to be entering in the next stage  so I began to push using exhale pushing and I had no problem using my voice. Oops, I didn't really share this plan with my sister and my mother and apparently they became afraid that I was in a lot of pain. 

Shortly after beginning to push, my water burst. Thankfully, my thoughtful husband had put a towel over my legs. He informed me that it was as Rachael McNamara Violet eats moments after birthdramatic as any Hollywood video if not more dramatic. I continued pushing with the addition of my birthing ball to lean onto. At one point, the doctor told me the position wasn't working and wanted me to lay on my side. Once I laid down, Violet's head was out with one birthing wave. I had to stop because the cord was around her neck and impeding her progress. She wasn't purple, it just wasn't long enough to let her all the way out or long enough to slip over her head. The doctor had Kevin cut the cord and she was out in what seemed like a second.  She was soon in my arms and nursing like a champ. We successfully delivered in comfort without medicaiton, tears or abrasions!

Dr. M. and the labor and delivery nurse were amazing. Dr. M. never suggested pain medication to me, did not break my amniotic sac, and apologized for having to cut the cord.

It was an AMAZING birth.

[Hypnobabies note: Rachel was so happy with her Hypnobabies birth that she has since become a Certified Hypnobabies Instructor and teaches Hypnobabies Classes in Charleston, SC. Rachel has also had another Hypnobaby - Eliza! Read Eliza's birthstory here]

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Hypnobabies Instructor, Jenn King Lasek who teaches Hypnobabies Classes in Vancouver BC, Canada shares this birth story with us, from a mom that is also a physician!

My birthing time started on my guess date. By suppertime that day, I started listening to the early birth time CDs (the fear clearing one first really helped set a positive tone). Í had a wonderful team at home with my hubby and my sister (who is also a doula). She had purchased the doula workbook from the Hypnobabies website and it was so useful for getting her familiar with the approach.

Using the CDs, the exercise ball and the bathtub-- things progressed smoothly and (by my definition) quickly. When we arrived at the hospital at 3am, I was fully dilated! Apparently, I'm the first physician in a long time to arrive fully dilated with a first baby-- way to go Hypnobabies!

The staff were great & very supportive of our approach. My GP was amazing-- fully on board with Hypnobabies and she was with us continuously from our arrival at the hospital until we welcomed our sweet pea (thankfully without the need of any interventions).

A special thank you to Jenn-- HypnoMammas (Hypnobabies) had an incredibly positive effect on my pregnancy, our birthing experience and life in general (I even used some of the tools last night to fall back to sleep after a particularly activating middle-of-the-night feeding!). We plan to use the program again if we are lucky enough to have another pregnancy and we've recommended HypnoMammas to many expecting couples.
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We have a wonderful instructor, Fiona Cunningham who teaches Hypnobabies Classes in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and she has some joyful Hypnobabies birth stories on her website that her own students have sent her. This one is from a first-time mom who shares her birth experience in being induced, using Hypnobabies and her precious baby's entrance into the world:

Baby Liam's Birth

I was induced with Cervidil at 3:30 pm, spent an hour on the monitor as per protocol, walked the halls of the hospital including doing all the stairs in the Janeway twice for an hour, and then was put on the monitor again for 30 minutes to monitor the baby. At this point, the nurse said she expected to see me later tonight as my pressure waves were already getting more regular on the monitor. I didn't feel much and was just looking forward to going home.

I arrived home at 6:30 pm, ate dinner, and managed to get a shower in before my pressure waves really started. In retrospect, I think I was having some pressure waves in the shower but I managed to blow dry my hair and get dressed afterwards. Around 9 pm I told my husband I was going to go lie in bed. He was shocked to hear that I was having pressure waves as I guess I was still functioning. I lay in bed and tried to time some of the waves but my phone kept timing out. I glanced at the clock and they seemed to be coming every 4 minutes and lasting about 30 seconds (my guess). This was around 9:30 pm. I was focusing on my breathing, completely disengaging from any surrounding noise or distractions and breathing my anaesthesia down to my lower abdomen and thighs. I put on the Early Stage CD before I lay in bed but was too focused on my breathing to really pay attention to the cues on the CD.

At 10 pm, my husband called back our doula and my older son's babysitter and told them that instead of the presumed hour, we needed to go to the hospital now. At 10:15pm we left for the hospital and arrived at 10:30pm, and I was 8cm dilated. They tried to get me into the hospital gown at which point I used my bubble of peace and proceeded to take off my pants, leaving me in my own dress. I started walking to my room but didn't get far as my waters broke, I lost my mucous plug and the urge to push began. They wheeled me into my room where I was 9 cm dilated.

I was already starting to push. My doula arrived, propped up the bed for me and I pushed for about an hour while semi-squating on my knees. My doula and hubby were gently promoting relaxation of my hands, shoulders and face in-between pressure waves. I was shutting completely off and disengaging every time I had a wave. It felt incredible to finally feel the so-called "burning" sensation in my perineum when Liam's head finally came out. He was born at 11:30 pm.

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I smile every time I think of the experience. It was incredible and exactly what I wanted; no IV's and no medications unlike my first birth. Thank you Hypnobabies and Fiona!

Read more wonderful Hypnobabies Birth Stories from Fiona's students
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Linda Cummings, who teaches Hypnobabies Classes in Foothill Ranch, CA sent us this birth story from one of her Hypnobabies students:

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Hunter is here!! He was born 1/13/14 at 7:57pm, 6 lbs 8oz, 17 1/2 in.

Here's the birthing story:

I started my "bloody show" 1/3/13, saw my doctor that Monday and she told me I was 2 cm dilated, 90% effaced so I had to lay low and try to make it until the following Monday when he would be 37 weeks. I started my early birthing time mid-Saturday (1/11/13), and it picked up pace a bit on Sunday. I just kept turning off (Hypnobabies technique) and listening to multiple of theaudio  tracks to stay relaxed. It wasn't particularly "fun" but completely manageable and not "painful".

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Monday I was seen at 3pm at the office and my doctor said I was 6cm and my water bag was leaking so I should head to the hospital, but to take our time. We went to grab a bite to eat and made it to Hoag (Hospital) by 5ish. My birthing waves were 3-5 mins apart and very pressure-full. We made it to the room just in time to watch the sunset which was so awesome. After that special moment I laid down, listening to my deepening track and felt my birthing waves change.

I got up to use the restroom and felt my water bag completely break and immediately felt pushy. At that exact moment my doctor walked in, checked me quickly, told me to let two more birthing waves come and go then follow my body's lead. At first I pushed on all fours then moved onto my right side with the nurse holding my left leg. The staff just quietly encouraged me and I pushed for about 30-40 minutes before he completely emerged! I was able to view the whole thing which was incredible. Jason was great and took his water duty very seriously. I think he was slightly disappointed that he didn't have time to read me any hypnosis scripts but is thankful that it all happened so fast!

Hunter's birth was truly perfect in every way from being at the hospital only 3 hours to not having a saline lock or even exam by the nurse before he was born! I felt a lot of pressure and some burning at the very end but didn't tear nor need an episiotomy. Dr. Lai and all the nurses were amazed at the ease of my birth and I give all the credit to God and Hypnobabies! It was an amazing, empowering, and wonderful experience. Hunter is the most precious thing I have ever seen. Thank you immensely for everything you taught us and helping us make this such a wonderful birth!

Thank You! April C.

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Baby Ayla’s Hospital Hypnobabies Birth, by her mom, Dawn B.:

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As a first time mom, I was greatly looking forward to my birthing time starting naturally! I planned on having a natural childbirth all along and thankfully the hospital I work at had an in-hospital birthing center. (The only one in the state!) I started studying the Hypnobabies techniques at around 28 weeks or so and was really looking forward to labor and a water birth!

At my 38 week appointment, the midwives checked me and I was 1-2 cm, 70-80% and my baby girl was low as usual. My due date was July 5th and I knew the next full moon was July 3rd! (I work in the NICU and see often how busy the labor and delivery unit gets around the full moon!) Around 39 weeks (Thursday), I started having some pressure waves but they didn't stick around. Sunday night I listened to the track "Baby come OUT" just ONE time and went to bed listening to the Joyful Pregnancy Affirmations! On Monday July 2nd, I woke up around 4am realizing I had been having pressure waves and they started waking me up. I finally got up around 6:30 am and started timing my waves (just for fun mostly :-) ) They were typically every 3-5 minutes apart lasting around 30-45 seconds, some spacing out to 8 minutes but never farther than that. I listened to my Easy First Stage track and my Birth Day Affirmations a few times.

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I labored all day with the pressure waves staying in the same pattern, and around 10pm I started getting a little frustrated because they weren't progressing, but they weren't stopping either and I had also been losing my mucus plug all day. I called one of the midwives and she said it did sound like early labor and to try to rest overnight and see where we were in the morning.

I went to bed around midnight, although sleep was difficult, waking up with each pressure wave. At around 4:30 Tuesday morning I finally got up and moved to the couch because laying down to sleep was getting too uncomfortable. I finally gave up trying to sleep at all and got up around 6:30am. My husband, Nick, got up and went to work to finish a few things he had to get done and I continued laboring at home.

My pressure waves were closer to 3 minutes apart, about 30 seconds long. I called the midwives at 8:30, she said it didn't sound like my labor was far enough along to come in and to labor longer at home. It was pretty easy to get through the pressure waves so I was fine with that. My mom and sister and brother came over shortly after that and Nick came home around 9:30. I did have some slight discomfort in my lower back and I joked that could provide my own counter pressure to take away the discomfort. Around 10:30 I talked to a nurse at the midwives office when it got more difficult to walk and talk through the waves and she said to go ahead and come in.

I got to the (hospital) birthing center around 11am, and was disappointed to find out I was only at 3cm although I was 80-90% at least. I labored on the birthing ball like I had at home. My dad and my other sister had come too so we all played a game of Phase 10 in between pressure waves. The midwife came in around 3 and asked me to walk around a while to try to get things moving. I walked around the birthing center and my pressure waves definitely picked up, requiring me to lean on my husband or back against a wall to help with the tightness in my lower back. At 5pm, the midwife wanted to check me again and unfortunately I was only 5-6cm! I was very disappointed hearing this and was surprised my labor wasn't progressing more quickly. I continued laboring back in my room and this is where time started getting a little fuzzy. At some point I got into the birthing tub which was as amazing as I had heard it would be! Later in the night I realized I started sleeping between contractions which at times was not a good idea because I wasn't able to use my Hypnobabies techniques as I felt the pressure waves coming on. I used the Peace and Release cues constantly throughout my birthing time!

Around midnight, I asked if we could break my water or something to get things moving more quickly. The nurse got me out of the tub and checked me and I was dilated 8-9cm. The nurse talked to the midwife and reported back that the midwife didn't want to break my water yet because the baby was posterior! POSTERIOR??? Why are you just NOW telling me my baby is posterior?!?! I knew I had some lower back discomfort like a posterior labor would but it was manageable and not nearly as hard as I had heard a typical "back labor" would be, so I didn't think she was posterior. So my nurse and I spent the next few hours trying to turn her using various positioning techniques and I tried to really focus on relaxing and visualizing her turning. We FINALLY got her turned using the Rebozo technique! I was surprised we were actually able to get her turned! At this point I was quite exhausted, it was around 3-4 am on Wednesday morning July 4th. 

I never once felt like I wanted an epidural or that it was too intense or overwhelming for me. I did want it to be over though because I was so exhausted! I asked the nurse a couple times in my daze if we could just cut her out and be done. Obviously and thankfully there was no need for that! They asked if I would like some "therapeutic rest" and I had no idea what that was so I asked. The nurse said "Well, we give you some Nubain and let you get some rest before trying again later", I immediately said no and continued laboring.

At various times through the night I got in and out of the tub and tried many laboring positions. The nurse had me start pushing when I thought I might have a slight feeling to push. She had me make this odd grunting noise during the pushing which resulted in only a sore throat the next day! The midwife and her student came in to check on me asking what I wanted to do and I honestly didn't know what I wanted to do, I was so out of it. They decided to go ahead and break my water and gave me an IV bolus of fluid since it'd been a long time since I'd eaten anything. Once they broke my water I still had a small anterior lip on my cervix so the midwives left again to let me labor some more. My pressure waves picked up in intensity and frequency, although I still tended to sleep in between.

Around 5:30am the nurse had me push through a pressure wave while she tried to stretch my cervix back and push around the lip. I got through that and stood up to push with one leg up on the bed at the suggestion of the midwife. I had lots of family at the birthing center and everyone started coming in the room at that point although I had no idea they were in there because I was in such a daze. I went into the water shortly after and my pressure waves spaced out a good little bit allowing me to rest in between. As part of my birthing preferences, I wanted to catch her and bring her up to my chest so the midwife reminded me (as I had requested) and I told them to remind me to open my eyes :-)

I pushed through a couple pressure waves, feeling her come down and slide back up a little. I held a little pressure to keep her down between pressure waves and pushed her head most of the way out with the next pressure wave. When I saw her head I was like "Oh my God." as in, wow there really is a baby in there coming out! The fourth pressure wave I was determined to get her head out so I pushed and delivered her head and her little body slipped on out after it and she was put directly onto my chest. I never felt the "ring of fire". I continued to say "Oh my God." I leaned back onto my husband’s legs (he had them in the tub supporting me) and just sat there relishing in the amazement of having just given birth to this amazing little baby. We waited to cut her cord until it stopped pulsating, I got out to deliver the placenta and get checked out. My little Ayla weighed 7lbs 15oz and was 20 inches long born at 6:05 on the 4th of July! I had a wonderful experience giving birth surrounded by lots of loving and supporting family! (I had around 8 people attend my birth not including the staff!) I had a small tear requiring one stitch and some small lacerations just inside the vaginal opening that they weren't worried about. I laid skin to skin with my new sweet baby, breastfed her and settled in with my husband for a little shut eye!!! It was wonderful!!!
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Hypno-Mom Karen, a Hypnobabies mom that used our Home Study Course shares her birth story:

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"Hypnobabies encourages you to think about what kind of birth you’d like. Down to even how long you’d like it to be. I knew my mom, sister, and her kids were going to be in town so I pictured laboring at my in-laws, who I also knew were going to be out of town. I wanted to labor during a week day because then I knew my son would be in daycare, a routine and familiar place for him. That was comforting to me. I also wanted the whole labor and birth process to take 6-8 hours.  And so, this is how it happened.

 My family arrived on Saturday, 2 days before my guess date. (I went 11 days passed my guess date with my son, so I was expecting for this one to go long passed the date as well).  I wasn’t feeling a thing. Sunday I started to see a bloody show, but nothing else. Sunday night, I woke up every hour to use the bathroom and I was feeling pressure, but nothing strong.

I noticed in the morning that pressure waves were 10 min apart. My husband and I were both planning on working since it was Monday, but I decided to drop our son off at daycare and then go to his parent’s house to see if they were going to progress. I wanted to be alone with my husband in an air-conditioned house - we don’t have a/c and it was a HOT July 23rd day. I started listening to the “Fear Clearing” CD, and then the “Birth Day Affirmations” CD. I was feeling really calm and relaxed. Pressure waves were getting stronger, but lasting only 40-45 seconds long. They were about 5-9 min apart, but with no pattern. I labored on birthing ball, practiced yoga moves, and I would breathe through every wave. They all felt great and I felt strong and positive, as I listened to the hypnosis CDs. I labored like this from 9:30am-12:30pm. I ate and drank in between and walked around the house as well; letting my body go limp whenever I could. My husband read a book he was totally into, so we were both happy."

(Editor's Note: One key to getting the most out of Hypnobabies is actively using the tools, just like Karen did!)

Read Karen's wonderful hospital birth Hypnobabies birth story here
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Our Instructors at Hypnobabies Twin Cities in Minneapolis, MN shared a birth story with us about a first time mom who smiled in between each "birthing wave" she had, and she needed a reminder to use her Hypnobabies techniques!

This mom says:  

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"Up until this point I was not really using much of my Hypnobabies and was sort of struggling with my waves. I kept trying different positions but nothing was very comfortable. Jason finally said to me, "Why don't you listen to one of your Hypnobabies tracks." So I got on my birthing ball, set up a bunch of pillows, got all situated and listened to the "Deepening Track" (my favorite one!). I did put my switch in the center position so I was able to talk to Jason and wiggle around. The track absolutely relaxed me and put me into the right mindset. I felt I was in control."

(Editor's Note: This is key.  In order for Hypnobabies to help you have an easier, more comfortable birth, you have to choose to USE the tools during your birthing time, just like this momma did!)

Later on in her birth story our Hypno-Mom says:

"I started getting "pushy" feelings shortly after getting into the water, around 11 am, so I got out pretty quickly, the midwife checked me (this was only the second time I was checked) and said it was time to have the baby! Jason switched my track to "Pushing Baby Out." I didn't have anything to play the tracks out-loud, I just stuck with my headphones. I listened to the track about 5 times, I kept saying to Jason "Babe, repeat the track" and at one point the midwife said "I really want to know what she's listening to." They were all very surprised at how calm I was in-between waves. I would just completely relax and drink water.I  made jokes and didn't stop smiling when I was between my waves. I was told it is unusual to see someone still happy and relaxed in between waves once you near the end of your birthing time but I didn't see any reason to be worked up in-between waves. That was my time to relax, drink water, prepare for the next wave and get excited because my baby was on his way!"

Read her entire birth story here
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megan marshall 2012 2Megan Marshall, who teaches Hypnobabies Classes in Las Vegas, NV, shared a blog post of hers with us about one of her Hypnobabies families that had their second Hypnobabies Birth. This Hypno-Mom arrived at the hospital 8 cm dilated (very common for Hypnobabies moms) and had her baby 20 minutes later! The benefits of Hypnobabies hypnosis techniques are many, as Megan shares:

In one of my first Hypnobabies classes nearly three years ago, I taught the sweetest couple.  This momma was kind enough to bring her baby over to meet me after he was born and share his birth story with me.  Things didn’t go quite the way they planned, but she had used her Hypnobabies tools beautifully and made informed decisions during her birthing time (which is what I always love to hear from my couples, regardless of how the rest of the birth story goes!).

Fast forward a couple of years, and I got a Facebook message from this sweet Hypno-mom that they had had their second Hypno-baby!  Even better, it was everything she had hoped it could be.  I was walking through the grocery store as I was reading her birth story, and I’m sure anybody who saw me thought I was a little off my rocker because I had the biggest, goofiest grin on my face.  I couldn’t help it–I couldn’t stop smiling.

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She was gracious enough to let me share their story with you (along with some beautiful photos)! 

She said, “After my first birth, I almost felt like it wasn’t possible to have the kind of birth I wanted! It feels awesome to know that my body works great and I did it! I’d love for others to know they CAN have the birth they want.

Things went so quick! I was only at the hospital 20 minutes before Isaiah was born.  Having my first was incredible, but there’s something about natural un-medicated birth.  Amazing!”

Click here to read all of baby Isaiah’s birth story!

Click here to read Baby Sophie's Hypnobabies Homebirth Story

Read other testimonials from Megan's Hypnobabies students here.

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