Hypnobirthing Stories

Relaxed Birth

posted Feb 1, 2013, 1:55 PM by Teija Barr   [ updated Oct 31, 2014, 7:48 AM ]

I went into labour on Sunday 28th October around lunchtime and used the hypnobirthing breathing until around 7pm when I went hospital and I had got to 8cm dilated! I went in the birthing pool and had some gas and air and breathed out my second daughter 45 minutes later!
My baby was born at 8.30pm in the water to a very happy and relaxed Mum :)

Thanks for all your help with the hypnobirthing techniques and tools. Definitely made all the difference to me.

Hypno worked an absolute treat

posted Feb 1, 2013, 1:54 PM by Teija Barr   [ updated Feb 1, 2013, 1:54 PM ]

Hypno worked an absolute treat.. this is what happened...
I had a Birth centre assessment at 3pm thurs 27, my waters broke 7pm that day but with no contractions. Had quick checkup at birth centre and they sent me home- they said  I had to have contractions within 24 hours or come back for another check but this time in the labour ward.

I had a bath and went to bed at 10pm when contractions started and I used relaxation and hypno until contractions were every 3-4mins at 6 am when I woke my to put tens machine on for some additional comfort. My husband called the centre at 7. 30 am fri and I got my room at 8 am. It's a beautiful environment just like a hotel room and the midwives are supportive of natural birth. The first midwife asked if she could do a vaginal examination to which I said no and she said she had to to know how dilated I was but she'd check with her chief midwife but I said to her that my labour was progressing well and I didn't want to risk it slowing down.

So for first stage labour in the centre, I was very active moving round and standing etc per NCT advice and tried gas and air. I didn't like it so only used hypno and tens. I didn't ask for midwife until felt second stage beginning and I really had to push. The midwife who then came was the chief midwife. She read my birth plan, was very supportive and asked if I wanted a vaginal examination and to think about it for 10 mins. I decided to have one then because I didn't think it would interfere with progress by then, I was confident baby was ready to come down. When she came back and checked, she was so astonished that the head was already visible and I was so calm.

I had natural third stage and baby had skin to skin and she fed straight away. The midwife was telling us how amazing it was to witness a hypnobirth.

I definitely think hypno worked very well - I found the whole first stage labour manageable and mild discomfort which is testimony to how effective it must be (I don't think the tens alone would have worked) and have been advocating it to all pregnant girls that I know.
The midwife also wants a written birth story and photo of Anna for her wall at the birth centre which makes me really proud of what we achieved.
I say we because my husband was a fab birth partner and reminded me to control breathing and that all was going well throughout which was so helpful. I also say "we" because you definitely were part of this birth from our sessions and your CDs.

Wednesday baby

posted Feb 1, 2013, 1:48 PM by Teija Barr   [ updated Feb 1, 2013, 1:50 PM ]

I just wanted to let you know that we had our baby girl Wednesday morning. Possibly due to the baby lying back to back, I felt the discomfort exclusively in my back, which led to the midwife on the phone initially telling me that I was not in labour.
So, to cut a long story short, by the time a midwife came out to me 3 hours later I was already 7cm dilated. She then couldn't get another midwife to me quickly enough so accompanied me to the birth centre instead. The midwives there were brilliant & I ended up having my baby girl in the birthing pool approximately 7 hours after we made that first telephone call.

My waters didn't break at all, which I think must have helped her turn right at the last minute, just before she came out. So I think you were right when you said that 'baby knows best'

Thank you again for all of your love& kindness & support it was absolutely invaluable during the run up to the birth

Birthing pool birth

posted Feb 1, 2013, 1:46 PM by Teija Barr   [ updated Feb 1, 2013, 1:52 PM ]

I gave birth using the techniques you taught me. The whole experience was utterly amazing. I managed the labour on my own without giving a thought to pain relief, in silence and for the most part pretty motionless and gave birth at home.
My midwife said she had never witnessed hypnobirthing working so successfully. I sat for 2 hours on a foot stool - not the easiest place -and dilated to 10cm in an almost euphoric state.

I had to keep telling my husband and my midwife that I was contracting, Apparently I was just breathing and smiling with my eyes closed all the time. It felt as if it really was so easy to just let things flow. After 6 or 7 hours she was born under water in a birthing pool in my livingroom.

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