Business of Being Born

On the Ricki Lake show this week, Ricki discusses…The Business of Being Born.

“Home birth may not be for everybody, but certainly informed choice is for everybody.”

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Farrah’s Hypnobabies Birth

••This post comes all the way from Canada, shared with permission from Carlie Condon (Mom) and Jenn King, a fellow Hypnobabies instructor and all around great human!••

Let me start off by saying in no uncertain terms that I credit Jenn and the Hypnobabies program with the beauty and peace I experienced during the birth of my second child, Farrah Rosalynd.  Her birth is singularly the most awe-inspiring feat of my body and mind that I have ever accomplished.

Farrah is now almost six months old and this is a re-writing of my original birth story that was quickly typed out during a newborn’s nap.  This edit affords me both the luxury of reflection and the accuracy of detail in sharing with you my experience.  I found great comfort and inspiration in the reading of other women’s Hypnobabies birth stories during the lead up to Farrah’s birth.  I hope you do too.

Farrah was born three days before her due date on September 1st, 2011 at 2:57am in our bedroom in our home.  The anticipation of her arrival was overwhelming.  My first daughter, Ella, was born three weeks early and I assumed that Farrah’s gestation would be of similar length.  The long hot August days stretched for miles.

I had been having practice pressure waves since the first week of August and had thought on a few occasions that my birthing time had begun only to have the pressure waves trail off.  On August 31st, I attended my scheduled 39 week appointment with my midwife group.  When my midwife offered to check me, my curiosity won out and she informed me with a slight look of shock that she was unsure just how I had not yet gone into labour.  My cervix was dilated an encouraging 5cm.  My practice birthing waves were handily put into perspective and I was immediately glad for their easy lead-up.
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Hypno-Baby Linc Makes the Scene at Home!

The birth of Lincoln Christopher

••From Hypnobabies!••

The birth of Lincoln Christopher

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 I have had Gestational Diabetes the whole pregnancy.

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Why are you a Hypnobabies instructor?

I get this question a lot. It hasn’t come from a student of mine (yet), but from my hypnosis clients and people in general who are usually also very curious about what Hypnobabies is and how it works. They might see me running, or maybe at the grocery store sniffing cantaloupe – you know, the kind of conversation that just pops up and turns into more than you expected. I LOVE these conversations!

I also LOVE to tell people about my passion for educating women about what goes on in their bodies, what might happen in the hospital, the importance of nutrition, – all about the entire birthing process. The bonus is this-  at the same time, I get to teach them awesome, deep, anesthesia-grade hypnosis techniques for the best birth possible. It’s truly something that I had never imagined myself doing and I love, love, love it. Maybe this makes it even more exciting for me? It’s all so amazing!

Here’s another story from an L&D RN about becoming a Hypnobabies Instructor. (Thank you, Kiersten!) Shared by enjoybirth

From I started my RN and L&D career in NYC at a hospital that had a 99% epidural rate. It was a great place to learn as a RN since I saw every sort of complication imaginable but after 5 years I was burnt out.

Meanwhile I also had a baby (induction & epidural) and me and the hubbie were looking to make a lifestyle change. We moved out to Colorado and I started working at Boulder Community Hospital which actually supported natural birth!

They are soooooo different from any place I have worked.

  • Their epidural rate is only 50%!
  • They have midwives!
  • You can labor and birth anyway you want!

After participating in countless natural births it really reprogramed my way of thinking about birth completely. So when I got pregnant with my youngest I really wanted to go natural and that is when I found Hypnobabies.

I did the Hypnobabies Home Study course and had an amazing birth! I stayed home throughout the labor and I was sure that things hadn’t gotten going yet since it was so painless and easy. Then suddenly I couldn’t get comfortable and decided to head to the hospital.

I thought I was about 4cm. I tried to check myself but I couldn’t reach!

When I got out of the car at the hospital I started involuntarily pushing. Managed to get to L&D and had my son 15min later :-)

After that I was hooked! I’ve since turned 3 other friends on to Hypnobabies.  One is also an RN I work with, and they all had wonderful natural births too. So I just knew I had to start teaching so that I could help other women to have a wonderful comfortable birth also.

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Mom Says About Her Baby’s Birthing, “It was intense, but also kind of fun”.

Thanks to Tricia for sharing her birth story with us…

I woke up at around 1:00 a.m. on January 16, two days after our
estimated “due date” (according to my own calculations based on my
knowledge of when Baby was conceived, not the LMP date which would
have been a bit earlier). I wasn’t expecting anything to happen for
several more days, since I had gone 11 days past my “due date” with my
older daughter and then induced her with cohosh (black and blue, one
in herbal and one in homeopathic form) due to pressures from the
medical system. Also, I had experienced no pressure waves yet other
than very mild cramps occasionally (not more than once or twice a day,
and only if the day was busy) over the past 6 weeks or so. However,
when I woke up that night I was experiencing distinct and somewhat
uncomfortable pressure waves. My first thought was, “Oh, no! I do NOT
want to start working on this baby in the middle of the night!” My
ideal birth visualization had always included a daytime birthing time,
although I never could decide how long I wanted it to be. I waited to
see if the pressure waves would go away so I could go back to sleep,
but they kept coming regularly, so I put my Deepening track on, hoping
that would be put me back to sleep. It worked like a charm, and I
slept soundly until about 6:30 a.m. when I woke up to regular pressure
waves again. My 3 ½ year old daughter woke up then too, and my husband
got up with her while I stayed in bed and adjusted myself to the idea
that this just might be the day.

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Is the FDA after your kiddie pool?

Does the FDA not have anything better to do? How about checking into the nutrition content in food that’s served to our children in public schools daily, and it’s connection to childhood obesity and diabetes? No? You have to go after our kiddie pools?? WHAT?!

According to Barbara Harper, author of Gentle Birth Choices and founder of  Waterbirth International, the FDA has seized a shipping container of AquaBorn birthing pools at a dock in Portland, Oregon, and have ordered agents to “inspect and destroy.”

Birth Pool, ready to work it's magic.

“They claim they are unregistered medical equipment, but they are not providing a way or means to get them registered. In

other words, if the medical authorities can’t stop waterbirth, then just have the FDA take away the

birth pools,” she explains in a lengthy discussion that began yesterday.

While birth pools are imported to Canada under the category “paddling pools” and some are imported here in the U.S. under the category “sitz baths,” they have no legal standing as medical equipment at this time.

As the medical community continues it’s attempt at treating pregnancy as an illness, we will continue to use and promote the methods of giving birth that we know are safe for our bodies and our babies. Pregnancy is not an illness, and a birthing tub is not a medical device to be regulated.

Read on for interesting facts about waterbirth from Heather at Witnessing Birth

Hip-hip-hooray for waterbirth!

During my labor & delivery rotation, I research birth methods and found a great article that presents some compelling evidence to support waterbirth. Titled “Waterbirths: A Comparative Study”, the article appeared in Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy in 2000; the study itself was completed in Switzerland by researchers Verena Geissbuhler and Jakob Eberhard. Looking at data compiled over a period of 6 1/2 years, 7508 births were analyzed with specific attention to birth method – bedbirth, waterbirth, and birthing stool were the options considered for this study.

So, let’s fast-forward to the results: episiotomies were more commonly performed on women who gave birth in the bed (35.45), followed by those who birthed on the stool (27.7%), with the lowest rate belonging to the women who birthed in water (12.8%). Talk about statistical significance! What’s more, bedbirthers also had the highest rate of 3rd- and 4th-degree lacerations (4.1%) and women who gave birth in the bed experienced more blood loss and pain than those who chose another birthing method. In contrast, maternal blood loss, use of pharmacological pain medicine, and dissatisfaction with the birth were decreased in women who had waterbirths, as compared to bedbirthers and those who used the birthing stool.

What’s more, the APGAR scores of babies born in water were significantly higher at 5 and 10 minutes when compared with babies born on land. No increase in incidence of infection or water aspiration after waterbirths was reported. In fact, the researchers posit “waterbirths may enhance the experience of birth.” Yeehaw!

The take-home message: alternative forms of birthing (such as waterbirth and usage of a birth stool) do not increase the risk of poor health outcomes for mom or baby and actually provide some protection against restrictive and invasive obstetrical procedures. Thus, waterbirth and usage of a birth stool should be integrated into maternity care settings, and used alongside classical birth management. What does this mean? Bring waterbirth into the hospital! Special note to nurses, doctors, midwives, and other members of the obsterical team: form a working group, research birth methods, make a policy (or update an old one to reflect current research), and change the face of maternity care at your hospital.

After all, waterbirth should not exist on the obstetrical fringe, huddled in the corner next to homebirth. Rather, introducing waterbirth and the usage of a birth stool into the hospital will pave the way for women to exercise choice with regard to birthing position and method, and fosters an empowering, respectful, caring environment. Always, careful vigilance, regular monitoring, and prompt treatment of emergencies is paramount. However, with a positive, trusting provider-parent-child relationship, cultivating more choices in childbirth has the potential to make a life-long impact on the way women view and experience birth.

So FDA, why this attack on birth pools?