My Hypnobirthing book arrived the other day, and I've startled reading it today. I love the stories from people who were successful with their birth plans, and had a calm and trouble-free birth.
I like the suggestion that we need to disregard the information about birth needing to be painful, and I feel for me, I need to hear/ read as many of these positive and peaceful birth stories as I can, in order to disregard the other ones. (I'm a birth story junkie; love reading all of them!)
So, if you have previously written about your calm/ hypno birth story, feel free to link it. Otherwise, I would love to read your birth story here- inspiration comes in all shapes and forms.
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24-06-2013 16:45 #1
Calm/ Hypno Birthing Stories
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Mummy and T (24-06-2013)
24-06-2013 17:00 #2
Oh oh! I did this! I worked full time up until I was 38 weeks with DD and didn't have the time or money to do a proper course so I bought the book. It was really important to have an intervention free birth not only to heal mental wounds but because of the physical wounds I had endured when I had DS (3rd degree tear, I wanted to minimse the risk of another tear because the area has obviously already been compromised).
I also read other material as well as watched nice birthing videos and read nice birth stories. I basically surrounded myself and normalised nice, calm births
I really got the message from the calm birth book about not being scared of birth because it would trigger a fear-pain viscous cycle. When labour started with DD it just felt like period pain. Having never experienced natural labour I wasn't sure it was labour for a long while. I had never even felt a braxton hicks.
Labour started at 7:48 on the Friday night, a bit of period pain. I got up ever hour or so during the night to go to the toilet and felt a bit more period pain every hour or so. By the morning I started to get a bit excited. I can honestly say the contractions didn't freak me out or anything and the pain was really very manageable. Whilst there was still pain it was nothing like the movies where the mother is screaming hysterically in pain from the onset. I was up and moving around or I sat on a swiss ball, lent forward and rested on a stool and watched a movie. Every contractions was another step close to meeting my DD!!! How exciting was that!! I also counted through my contractions. This really helped when it ramped up. If a contraction lasts for 30 seconds, you know that when you get to 15 it's all downhill from there!
Dinners ready so I have to go now but I will write more later.
24-06-2013 17:05 #3
I am due in 6 weeks and have been reading Juju Sundin Birth Skills and listening to the iTunes tracks from Hypnobirthing Australia.
My birth with my daughter was in no way traumatic just not ideal to what I would like this time. I highly recommend the hypnobirthing tracks I have dozed off a couple of times listening to them- I don't go to sleep very easilly so this is a big deal to me.
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24-06-2013 17:27 #4Senior Member
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Subbing as very interested as well
Nomsie what book did you get ?
24-06-2013 17:34 #5
I got the HypnoBirthing book by Marie Mangan. Took about 2/3 weeks from Fishpond.
It's the American version- but CalmBirth (Aus version) books are hard to find, whereas this one was easy. And I can look past the word Mom And I guess in some ways it helps, since birth is SO over medicalised in America, so she really goes into how you don't want that cascade of intervention etc.
Not that I will have intervention- I'm having a VBAC, or as my dr refers to it a 'trial of scar', and there will be no intervention, if anything starts to go awry, it will be straight to another C/s.
That's why it's so important that I get this under control now. I know I am capable of doing this, I just need to overcome the fear! Mummy and T, thanks for the suggestion of the tracks- will see what I can find on iTunes. We're due one day apart
Bec- appreciate your story- can't wait to read the rest of it!
24-06-2013 17:45 #6Senior Member
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Thanks Nomsie! I will check it out!
All the best on achieving the birth you want, I had a semi natural birth (gas & sterile water injections) with my first but I wanted none of it but felt very pressured from the Midwifes to go down this path, they were suggestion an epi & drip etc which I wasn't happy with. This birth I want 100% natural & as calm as possible....
Very interested to read some positive calm birth stories.
24-06-2013 17:46 #7
Bub is breech at the moment so with a mixture of spinning babies, chiro and a whole lot of positivity when I can... baby will turn!!!
I really need the positive stories and ideas at the moment so can't wait to hear from more successful calm/hypno birthers.
24-06-2013 19:21 #8
Nomsie, did you just want positive/successful stories? Is that what you mean?
24-06-2013 19:29 #9
Yes please. Hopefully using the calm/ hypno birthing technique.
24-06-2013 19:41 #10
I would also love to hear the calm birth and hypno birthing techniques that were useful.
I read recently that distraction is a great technique.
With dd - I managed to get to 9cm dilated at home, but found the car ride to the hospital incredibly uncomfortable. So I turned the radio up and concentrated on calmly singing all the words to the songs I knew on the radio. It really got me through the rough drive. Even though we live close to the city and had a modern car, I seemed to have felt every bump in the road, every twist and turn, start and stop as dh was driving.
So I feel very proud of myself that I instinctively used this technique without having read anything on calm or hypno birthing.
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