I began delivering babies in 1983. I believed in the use of drugs to manage obstetrical pain. I saw lots of complications including babies with compromised breathing in spite of my best efforts to use good sound medical judgment. I believed that Epidurals were a medical blessing. I had a 25% C-Section rate.
“This was the most amazing experience! I won’t ever have another baby without it! I’m actually considering having more because of it.”
When we started the HypnoBirthing class I read the stories and watched the videos of all these mums who, using this technique, had wonderful, apparently “easy” births and thought “gosh, this is amazing… does it work!?” It took me very little time to realize that HypnoBirthing was a technique that worked and worked well. The combination of breathing technique, visualization, confidence in the fact that, yes, we could do it made all the difference. We did our exercises virtually every evening for 3 months before the birth and very quickly Sophie would go in a deep state of relaxation but at the same time completely in control which to me, was the key.
This birth story is about our 3rd child – Christian Luke Robinson. My due date was 10/8. At 11:30 pm of that night I was complaining that nothing exciting happens to put me into labor, my surges usually just start. On 10/9 at 12:30 am as I was headed to the bathroom my water actually released! I was really excited even as my surges started strong – 5 minutes apart 15 minutes after my water broke. I really wanted to trim the labor time down to my wish time of 6 hours
My labor started early in the morning, and was pretty much unaware of it. When the surges started to get stronger I just used the breathing I learned and focused. At about 7pm I was 7/8 cm, from then got into the pool, kept my focus through what Cath had taught me and breathed my baby out, it didn’t hurt hardly at all, it was quite orgasmic in a word! it felt nice. I caught him and brought him to my chest. I felt amazing, I’d done it, just lying there cuddling my new son, I burst into tears of joy!.
I have celebrated my HypnoBirthing baby’s first birthday today (October 16, 2010), and what an amazing journey we have been on together. I had an amazing time throughout my pregnancy and had a beautiful birth thanks to all the techniques I learned.
After a panicked, fearful and painful first labour with my son, I was in search of a new approach to giving birth. I didn’t find your book until one month before my due date, and by this time it was too late for me to take part in a HypnoBirthing class, however the information I learned from reading your book, and practicing the techniques in the weeks leading up to her birth were invaluable.
I was walking within hours of having my baby, eating steak and potatoes and smiling. I have to say that my baby could not be a calmer baby. I would have to say that that is in result to a non-traumatizing experience for him. No pain meds, no unnecessary testing, no early cord clamping, no vaccinations, no injections.