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Kerry Tuschhoff

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We just got home with our two beautiful twin girls…Kylie and Peyton. Their birth was everything I hoped it would be. It wasn’t perfect but the outcome was…two naturally birthed twins with very little p**n!

I though that I was going into labor on Saturday, June 2 because my pressure waves were 5 minutes apart and 45 seconds long. But they just didn’t seem strong enough to rush to the hospital. So I ate breakfast and drank a liter of water and the waves completely disappeared. I knew they were coming soon though because I had lost my mucus plug the night before and was having bloody show. So we stayed close and finished my nesting activities.

The next morning (Sunday) at 7:30 I was lying in bed thinking about what to make for breakfast when my waters started gushing! Luckily I had laid towels under me. I sat up and told my husband to …

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We just got home with our two beautiful twin girls…Kylie and Peyton. Their birth was everything I hoped it would be. It wasn’t perfect but the outcome was…two naturally birthed twins with very little p**n!

I though that I was going into labor on Saturday, June 2 because my pressure waves were 5 minutes apart and 45 seconds long. But they just didn’t seem strong enough to rush to the hospital. So I ate breakfast and drank a liter of water and the waves completely disappeared. I knew they were coming soon though because I had lost my mucus plug the night before and was having bloody show. So we stayed close and finished my nesting activities.

The next morning (Sunday) at 7:30 I was lying in bed thinking about what to make for breakfast when my waters started gushing! Luckily I had laid towels under me. I sat up and told my husband to …

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Okay…here it is.  I realize that it came out pretty long for such an “uneventful” birth (aside from the beautiful baby, of course!), and parts of it feel all over the place, as I tried to remember everything in the right order, etc…but it is what it is, I guess.

Late Friday night/Saturday morning I woke up and made my way to the bathroom, thinking that I literally didn’t think that my body could  handle getting any “more” pregnant.  At a couple of days short of 39 weeks (also the time that I had my son), I felt like I was stretched to capacity.  Hoping it wouldn’t be too much longer, I went back to bed.

A little later on (still during the night), I noticed pressure waves that finally felt like waves, cramps that would come on, increase slightly in intensity, and then …

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Hello Hypnobabies!

Thought I’d share a quick birth story of our fabulous Hypnobabies water birth. Early Thursday morning at 6:40 am on November 3rd, 2011 our little girl, Maysie, glided out into a pool of warm water and up into our arms all while sleeping peacefully.

 It all began when noticeable regular pressure waves started (after much walking and spicy food) on Wednesday, November 2 around 4:30 pm. I had been out all day Christmas shopping, but upon returning home I started to notice what seemed to be regular waves about 1hr apart. I continued with my normal evening activities like dinner and putting my 3 year old to bed, but I did notice I didn’t feel much like eating dinner. I had hopes that these waves were the real thing, and after bouncing on my birth ball awhile and watching TV with the in-laws, around 10pm I decided I had best try to …

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We had our baby on Saturday, August 25th at 5:37 am. She was born at home into the water into the hands of her mommy and daddy.

My birthing time started about 10 pm Friday night. I had pre-labor all week, with consistent contractions for HOURS that would then stop. When it started Friday night…I thought it might be “practice” labor again. I was waiting for another sign to confirm that “this is it”. I finally believed I was in my birthing time around 2 am.

I walked (paced) and stopped and did some standing pelvic rocks during the contractions. I rubbed my back and said “open, open, open” as well as using the “release” cue to myself. This went on for a bit, and then I sat on the birth ball and rocked on it. My sweet husband, Marc, held ice to my low back and rocked with me, reminding me to release and relax. We called the midwife to come at 3:45 am. She had another mother laboring at the birth center, but …

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We had our baby on Saturday, August 25th at 5:37 am. She was born at home into the water into the hands of her mommy and daddy.

My birthing time started about 10 pm Friday night. I had pre-labor all week, with consistent contractions for HOURS that would then stop. When it started Friday night…I thought it might be “practice” labor again. I was waiting for another sign to confirm that “this is it”. I finally believed I was in my birthing time around 2 am.

I walked (paced) and stopped and did some standing pelvic rocks during the contractions. I rubbed my back and said “open, open, open” as well as using the “release” cue to myself. This went on for a bit, and then I sat on the birth ball and rocked on it. My sweet husband, Marc, held ice to my low back and rocked with me, reminding me to release and relax. We called the midwife to come at 3:45 am. She had another mother laboring at the birth center, but …

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A little background information:


During my whole pregnancy, Chris and I had been planning to have a very natural Hospital birth. Every appointment we would ask our dr about doing it as naturally as possible and he acted like we could do this however we wanted. Slowly I would ask him specifics such as not being hooked up to monitors and fluids. As well as eating if I felt necessary.

Of course I started to realize then that his idea of a natural birth was VERY different than mine. He also told me every appointment that I should go ahead and watch the epidural video “just in case”. This told me that he wasn’t taking me seriously, and thought that I would resort to the epidural. Well at my 38 week appointment he informed my husband and I that …

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A little background information:

During my whole pregnancy, Chris and I had been planning to have a very natural Hospital birth. Every appointment we would ask our dr about doing it as naturally as possible and he acted like we could do this however we wanted. Slowly I would ask him specifics such as not being hooked up to monitors and fluids. As well as eating if I felt necessary.

Of course I started to realize then that his idea of a natural birth was VERY different than mine. He also told me every appointment that I should go ahead and watch the epidural video “just in case”. This told me that he wasn’t taking me seriously, and thought that I would resort to the epidural. Well at my 38 week appointment he informed my husband and I that he had read my chart wrong and …

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Hi Hypno-Moms!

Alexandra Addison was born at 11pm on June 29th, she weighed 7#11oz and was 19 inches long.

Here are some brief details:

Baby was breech until 37 weeks (after doing lots of tricks from spinningbabies.com, she flipped) At 39 weeks she flipped back to breech.

So, the doctors were very nervous about me walking around full term with a breech baby. With much persuasion they agreed to let me wait until 39 wks + 5 days before taking any action.

We scheduled an ECV to be followed by induction on 6/29. With help from a midwife, the dr was able to turn baby. I listened to my Hypnobabies “Turn Your Breech Baby” track the entire time and …

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When I was 37 weeks, 5 days, my midwife discovered my baby was in the breech position.  For me, this was especially disappointing, as I am desperately hoping for a VBAC.  I was really upset to think my chances for a VBAC were flying out the window because of a breech baby.

For a week I tried everything:

•Moxibustion (did everyday for 6 days)
•Chiropractic – Webster technique
•Knees to chest position multiple times per day
•Headstand, shoulderstand, down dog
•Laying on ironing board at 45 degree angle
•Visualizing and talking to baby
•Using flashlights, music, talking and having 2-yr old sing through TP tube at belly
•Pulsitilla homeopathy
•Swimming – handstands, somersaults, deep dives
•and some good emotional releases (I think I cried a box of tissues)

None of the above worked (although I think it was all helpful to send baby a message and give her more room), so at 38 weeks 5 days, I went in …

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I had to schedule an external version after all sorts of crazy attempts to get my baby girl to turn on her own.  Short version is: successful hypnosis and successful external version.  The long story is below:

We were scheduled for the procedure at 12:30 pm, but had to be there at 11.  Before I realized which day I would be heading in, I had scheduled an appointment with the chiropractor.  She was still hopeful for having success through her methods, but the doctor was going on vacation and then it would be too late.  I followed the doctor’s advice to go ahead with the external version because he really thought it would be successful.  The chiropractor stretched out the ligaments in the front of my uterus and …

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On May 5th, we welcomed our beautiful baby girl, Juliana, into our family. The birth was absolutely wonderful (and it was so different from my first birth that lasted 28 hours and was very, very difficult!). I woke up at 1:30 with what I thought were just braxton hicks. I couldn’t fall back to sleep though so decided to go downstairs, get a drink, change the laundry around that we’d forgotten before bed, and then thought I’d try to time a few of the pressure waves.

They were lasting 45 seconds and coming 3 minutes apart. I still didn’t believe this was it, even though they were so close because they really weren’t any worse than my braxton hicks had been for the past week or more and they just weren’t lasting very long. I decided to wake my husband up at 2:30 and he called our doulas and midwives. They said to take a shower to relax and then come in. So we …

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This was shared by Tanya, who used Hypnobabies for her 2 births.  (I have been working on editing her birth video, I hope to have it ready to share soon!)

She shared this experience:

“Think your Hypnobabies tools are only useful for your birth? Think again. After having 2 beautiful and pain free births using Hypnobabies, I’ve learned to use the techniques in other areas of my life, including meditation, stressful situations, neck/back aches, etc.. Last weekend I had the opportunity to use them again at my dermatologist’s office.

I had a suspicious looking mole on my hip and the doctor told me she needed to biopsy it. The nurse came in and started filling a needle with a local pain medication. I stopped her and asked if that was safe for a nursing mother. She said I wouldn’t be able to nurse for 12 hours. My 9 month old nurses about every 2 hours so I told her that wouldn’t work and that I’d just have the procedure without the pain medication.

The nurse chuckled and said “oh no, we’d never do that, it’d hurt too much”. I assured her I’d had 2 children with no pain meds and that I could handle it. She said “we just don’t do that – we would never perform a biopsy without drugs”. I pushed. “Please ask the doctor. I promise, I can handle it.” The doctor came in with a surprised look on her face. “You want to do this with no drugs?!”

I explained I was nursing and I would simply use the hypnosis techniques I used for my drug free births. She smiled and said “ok, let’s begin”. I asked for a moment, took a deep breath, went into ‘OFF’ switch and directed my golden anesthesia to my hip. She was done in seconds without even a flinch from me. (What was all the fuss about??) She said “you did amazing, we’ve never had anyone do that before”. So remember, Hypnobabies For Birth…but also Hypnobabies For Life!”

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We asked Hypnobabies parents Scott and Gia to share their thoughts about choosing Hypnobabies for Kai’s birth. They talk candidly about their expectations and experiences with researching, learning and practicing Hypnobabies as they prepared for childbirth.

In Part 2 they share their Hypnobabies birth story and advice.

Scott and Gia share with us how Hypno-baby Kai’s birth went for them. Gia’s comfort level, who ended up catching her baby and how nurses kept coming in to see Gia doing Hypnobabies!

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Today’s expectant mothers are very proactive in their approach to childbirth preparation. They are well-educated, techno-savvy and do a lot of research to help themselves make informed decision for their baby’s birth. This is one of the reasons that Hypnobabies Classes have become so popular with pregnant couples, allowing them to learn in detail how their pregnancy and birthing choices will affect their baby’s health, their own birthing experience, and the association of the mother *with* the baby for the rest of their lives.

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Expectant mothers today understand fully that they need to take responsibility for their baby’s birth, and that failure to do results in someone else taking over who may have a completely different agenda than they do. Pregnant couples are no longer willing to give up their own control over decisions made in pregnancy, childbirth and their new baby’s care, and Hypnobabies helps them to learn, practice and use not only the best hypno-childbirth skills available, but also to create their birth of their dreams, without unnecessary interference.

Do you have a beautiful vision of what you want your baby’s birth to be?...

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Hospital, Home, or Birth Center? Midwife or Doctor?
by Cordelia S. Hanna, BA, CCE, CB  http://www.socalbirth.com/

You have choices on where and how to give birth!

1) Hospital Birth…With Obstetricians

If you wish to have a hospital birth, your chances of having a natural, uncomplicated birth are optimized by carefully selecting your obstetrician and hospital, and by hiring a “Doula” –a Professional Labor Companion. Many doctors are used to working with women who hire Professional Labor Companions, and doctors who work with midwives have lower cesarean section rates.

Delivering babies by abdominal surgery has been steadily rising in America over the past two decades, so that now 25% of births in hospitals are performed by cesarean section. When comparing the U.S. C-section rate to other western, industrialized countries, one finds that those countries which employ midwives for the majority of births have significantly lower rates than ours; and also have lower infant mortality rates. The U.S., despite having the most advanced technology and highly trained medical personnel, ranks 29th in Infant Mortality. That means 28 other countries–most of which have integrated midwives into their maternity care system–lose less babies in the first year of life.

Epidural anesthesia, Pitocin augmentation of labor, vacuum extraction of fetus, episiotomy and separation of newborn and mother are standard in American hospitals. Undoubtedly, there are circumstances where medical procedures such as these are necessary, but many parents and professionals now question the routine use of such interventions such as episiotomy, continuous electronic fetal monitoring, IVs, etc. In many cases, the routine intervention of these procedures leads to iatrogenic (physician-caused) complications...

Read the Full Article on Hospital Birth Here
Read about Doulas and Monitrices Here
Read about Freestanding Birth Centers and Homebirth Here
Frequently Asked Questions about Midwifery and Homebirth

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Do you want to feel safe and secure when you give birth?  
All women have this need, and for some that will be in a hospital with all that technology can provide.
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Others will only feel safe enough to enjoy their birthing in the calmness of home or in a birth center, with other women supporting them; where their personal choices are easily honored. No matter where you will feel the safest, your birth experience belongs to you and yes, you deserve to have the opportunity to make the decisions that will create your beautiful birthing; easy, joyful and empowering.

Can childbirth be empowering; strengthening beyond words?

Childbirth can be the most profound, empowering experience a woman can have…if she allows herself to believe fully in her body, her mind and her baby. If she takes the time to empower herself with knowledge and a full education of what real childbirth is, the choices that she alone gets to make concerning her own health care, and how to create the birth of her dreams. At Hypnobabies, we are dedicated to educating everyone, no matter what childbirth method they choose. All women deserve to have the easiest, healthiest and safest birthing experience possible, and this can only happen if we take some personal responsibility for learning the facts about childbirth as it is today.
Did you Know…? Read More...

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The Empowerment of Birth

by Jan Verhaeghe, New Dawn Midwifery

The image of a woman reaching down to bring her baby onto her breast at the moment of birth is a powerful one. She birthed her baby, and every cell in her body knows and shows her strength. At the end of hours of phsyical power and emotions felt more intensely than at any other time in life, she is exultant. To know the exhilaration, euphoria, and power that comes with the exhaustion and pain of giving birth is truly empowering. After giving birth, a woman knows she can do anything, accomplish any goal. Even women who need interventions for the safety of themselves or their babies are given the gift of empowerment, for they know they did the best they could.
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Birth has long been thought of as the ultimate rite of passage. Cultures close to nature have devised methods of initiation, testing young men to show that they are adults, ready to take on the responsibilities of adulthood. Women have not needed such tests, for they have birth. A woman may have doubts about her body: are her breasts too small, or too large; her hips too narrow or too broad? Even in these days of women’s liberation, it is not unusual for a woman to have questions about the “rightness” of her body. However, “after giving birth, a woman knows her body works beautifully.

Another facet of the empowerment of birth is the complete bonding that happens when the baby is brought immediately on to the mother’s breast and allowed to stay there until the mother is ready...
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Be proactive!

Doris Haire, the president of the American Foundation for Maternal and Child Health explains in her article below how all expectant parents can easily take responsibity for the decisions made in their pregnancy, birth and baby's care: 

  • Common practice patterns employed in the obstetric care
  • Questions to ask your caregiver at your first visit
  •  The benefits of taking along a support person to prenatal visits
  • How to communicate your needs to your caregiver
  • How and why to prepare a birthing plan
  • Why the hospital consent form is so important to your baby’s birth
  • Talking to residents and nurses while you’re in labor
  • How and why to get your obstetrical records


A good childbirth experience should be happy and gratifying, as well as safe. You are much more likely to have a good experience if you establish early a good communication with your physician or midwife. Sometimes it is the expectant parents who must take the lead in establishing a rapport, but don't let that hold you back. It's your childbirth experience. It's up to you to let the doctor or midwife know what you want. If he or she is not in agreement with your wishes...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE  

More information on improving childbirth, obstetrical drugs, ultrasound and evidence based medicine can be found at the American Foundation for Maternal and Child Health website:
http://www.aimsusa.org

 
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