I ended up having to have a c-section because I went to 42 weeks and my baby was in distress, but I went into the entire situation with quite a bit of knowledge about what was going to happen, what my choices were.

In the end I didn’t have very many choice because of my baby’s vitals…but I was a lot calmer about not having a vaginal birth because the entire hospital staff was aware of my wishes and knew I was hoping for little to no intervention.

I did use the HypnoBirthing techniques to get through a lot of the painful procedures leading up to the birth:
epidural, cervical check. In the end I didn’t need any pain killers stronger than Motrin in the days after my surgery, and was up and walking and back to running 2 miles a day 3 weeks after my delivery.

– J.S., OR

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