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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Audrey Pauline Elder’s Birth Story ~ 8.21.12 ~ 5:54 am ~ 7 lbs, 7 oz

Audrey’s parents, Lyra and Lee Elder, were model students of Portland Hypnobabies. I am so proud of them!

Please feel free to share their story with friends and family so the world can learn how peaceful birth can be.

Audrey Pauline Elder’s Birth Story ~ 8.21.12 ~ 5:54 am ~ 7 lbs, 7 oz

We transferred our care to Andaluz Watherbirth Center Monday morning (8.20.12) at 41 weeks and 5 days, only 2 days to 42 weeks, the day our OB wanted us to induce.  Our initial intake appointment at Birth Center was at 4 pm Monday afternoon, at that point I was having some “different” feeling pressure waves and I had been experiencing some new cramping sensations for the past few days.

After our appointment, my husband, Lee and I went out to Vietnamese downtown and had some spicy Pho soup and went for a walk along the waterfront.  At this point, I was experiencing manageable pressure waves and we noticed they seemed to be occurring a bit more consistently, about every 20-30 minutes apart.  After our walk we headed home, with a lot of excitement and anticipation of “could this really be IT? ~ finally, the day we have been waiting for these 10 long months.

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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.

Kiersten

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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Relaxed Mom Sleeps Through First Half of Her Baby’s Birth!

Thanks to Meghan from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group for sharing her birth story with us…

I have not posted here since my first pregnancy when my 1st daughter was born in 2009 and I was using Hypnobabies but wanted to share the birth story of my second daughter because I found the power of Hypnobabies so helpful both times and especially with this birth.  And hope that it encourages all of you mamas in waiting to stick with the Hypnobabies program.

I was due on February 26th but towards the end of my pregnancy I was feeling like this baby might be coming sooner than that- I was having regular contractions during the night most nights from 37 weeks on- nothing painful or even very uncomfortable but definitely noticeable.

This inspired me to focus on my Hypnobabies scripts even more.  I started listening to at least two per day and also listening to all the affirmations.  I even listened to the “Easy First Stage”  and “Birthing Day Affirmations” from 38 weeks on so that I had those ideas in my head.  I might say that I became a little obsessed with having a easy, fast and comfortable birthing.  I am thinking that this is my last pregnancy and birth and while the first hypnobirth with my older daughter was a really wonderful, fairly comfortable and natural, I knew I could be even MORE comfortable, relaxed etc.

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