Hypnobirthing and positive labour stories please!

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  1. red_head

    red_head Well-Known Member

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    Hi all
    I’m lucky enough to be in my third trimester and looking forward to meeting my little dude :) I’d love to hear some positive birth stories, especially any that involve hypnobirthing? I’m hoping to use the techniques for my birth in January x
     
  2. swedengirl

    swedengirl Well-Known Member

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    I didn’t use hypnobirthing but went to a great pregnancy yoga birth prep group which a lot of focus was on staying in the here and now. Focus on that moment, breathe and be in the zone. Don’t forward think etc. Take each contraction at a time and recover during the break and not focus on the next one coming.

    I also read the positive birth book which I liked (majority of it-some bits weren’t for me but majority was great) and decided I’d try to be at home for as long as I could for all the good labour hormones being at home brings and all the research showing those home hormones help progress labour.

    I had an awesome med-free birth (except a couple of puffs on laughing gas as I pushed). I was at home labouring for around 5 hours. Went in to hospital and DD made her appearance 40 minutes later!

    I loved giving birth. Yes it hurt. Yes I tore a little. Yes I physically screamed louder than I thought possible during the pushing- (although I think more of a tension release than due to pain). But I felt powerful and in control of my body. And the pain is a different pain, you know it’s not dangerous, it’s bringing you the best gift. I’m expecting baby#2 in April and I’m already looking forward to giving birth again!
     
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    red_head Well-Known Member

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    That’s amazing thank you :) it sounds so empowering! I want to stay at home as long as possible too, and I hope to get out of the hospital quickly afterwards if I can.
     
  4. swedengirl

    swedengirl Well-Known Member

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    Yes I think we hear lots of negative birth stories and I was really scared but worked lots on not panicking and not focusing on what was to come but rather what was happening then. But I kind of naturally went into this focused calm zone at the time. I obviously don’t know if that would have happened without all the mental prep so maybe it did work magic! The biggest thing that helped from my yoga class was to imagine a moment you look forward to when baby is here and focus on that and visualise that moment through contractions. Mine was looking up at OH after she was put on my chest and I literally imagined that over and over again through contractions. And it was the best moment when it happened.

    I also invested in a tens machine which I used quite a bit at home. Found that helped quite a bit- although not sure if it was more being able to increase the intensity as the contractions which made me feel more in control rather than the act of the tens!

    I hope you get the birth you want!
     
  5. Joannaxoxo

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    I think what helped me most leading up to my due date was thinking about the fact that I was going to go with the flow. You can't control every aspect of labour and especially if you have never had a baby before you don't know how you are going to handle everything. So I remember thinking that I would love a natural birth but that I was open to having pain medication if I needed it.

    My first birth with my son was wonderful. My waters broke around midnight and contractions started quickly afterwards. We went into hospital around 2 am as my contractions were only 2-3 mins apart. Things went pretty quickly and I remember my nurse checking me and saying I was almost ready to push and I remember saying "but I wanted an epidural!" My nurse was great, she assured me that I could do this but the epidural was too late. I ended up having him around 6:30 am and without medication. A nice quick birth for a first baby, I was lucky.

    My second birth with my daughter was good too but completely different. My waters broke first again, I was only 36 weeks and 1 day so she was early. Contractions didn't start but we went into the hospital to be checked and found out she was breech. We ended up having a C-section. She was completely healthy but a little small (5lbs 13oz).

    My point is that keeping my mind open and knowing I was in control but could ask for help if I needed it was really helpful. Hope your labour goes well too red_head.
     
  6. OnErth&InHvn

    OnErth&InHvn Waiting on Bee

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    I would ask your doula/midwife about a hypnobirthing class. Go to the library and get the book. It's easy to do but you have to practice it.
    Im not using it but I looked into it.

    My births were positive. Third being the best experience but that was because I had knowledge and knew what I wanted.
     

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