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I just wanted to share my experience with Hypnobirthing Australia. THANK YOU!!

I gave birth 3.5 months ago in the middle of the pandemic. We had planned a homebirth due to fear COVID-19 and at the time- not knowing how the virus was going to affect the hospital system in Australia. At 37 weeks - we made the decision to home birth with our group practice midwives. This was my second pregnancy. My first birth was through private obstetrics which failed us. A stressful delivery, no birth confidence which concluded in a NICU baby due to infant stress (meconium aspiration), and a domino effect of medical intervention including an epidural. This first birth left me with birth trauma, which impacted breastfeeding, and resulted in post-natal depression.


My second pregnancy I was determined to have a completely different experience. And opted to have give birth through a group practice midwifery. At 37 weeks, I started the hypnobirthing course, as I had decided to home birth and knew I...

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I didn’t even make it to the birthing suite!

My little Hypnobub - Isla Mae
 
This was my second baby and second hypnobirth. Whilst this was a much quicker arrival to the world, it was still just as magical thanks to hypnobirthing.
 
My labour commenced with regular surges 2 mins apart at midday whilst I was playing at the park with my first hypnobub. We were relaxed and had the park to ourselves so we continued to play as I breathed through the surges. After about 30 mins and the surges continuing at a regular pace, I thought it was best to head home and get ready to meet baby #2.
 
I phoned my partner who met us at home and we had lunch together - the last time as a family of three. I started to breathe through the surges on my birth ball while listening to calm music in the background. It was a beautiful peaceful time at home and we all waited to welcome baby. My son kissed my belly and told me it “will be ok mum” and he went off to bed. I cried when I put him to bed as I knew this was the...
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Had only really watched the introduction .. my waters broke at 1 pm

Short and sweet post from me as I’m a little busy now 😂... (started out to be)
 
I purchased the Hypnobirthing online course on Saturday night in the hope to use my maternity leave wisely by educating and preparing myself for birth.
 
Had only really watched the introduction .. my waters broke at 1 pm on Monday and I gave birth to my 36week6dayer at 5:55pm.
 
Thankfully I had downloaded the app and played the first mp3 over and over again from my drive to the hospital all the way through delivery.
 
Madeline
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I was focused on a calm, easy birth and that’s what I experienced.

induction Oct 14, 2020
Positive Birth Story Ahead:
 
Before I start, I can say, without a doubt, Hypnobirthing works! How do I know? I did it! I was focused on a calm, easy birth and that’s what I experienced.
A bit of background: Going into this pregnancy I was a traumatised woman. I had a very complicated and dangerous labour and delivery experience with my first son that resulted in both physical and mental trauma that lasted for over a year. I received help for both but could never truly move past the experience when birth or new babies were mentioned. I often would experience active resentment towards other women who hadn’t hated their birth or new-Mum experience.
 
A few years later I desperately wanted another child, conceived and managed to block out the entire concept of birthing him until 26 weeks when I ended up in hospital with food poisoning. Just the mere experience of walking through the hospital doors gave me enormous PTSD, I started shaking and crying...
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I put my hypnobirthing tracks on and was able to breath and relax my pelvic floor through my surges

Birth Story
Sorry for the long post! And late one..
FTM 40+1
Born 3rd September
3025gms
3hr and 28min labour
💜Evelyn May 💜
 
I decided to do a hypnobirthing course which was online as part of my preparation for my labour and birth. I originally did it once by myself and then when it came closer to my EDD I completed it again with my husband which was amazing because he was able to support me so much more during my labour and birth. I also used an Epi-no to help with preparation for my perineum and to also help with understanding the sensation of crowning and be able to use my hypnobirthing breathing techniques to breathe during that time to prevent any tearing.
 
I was checked by my OB at 37/40 after I requested this and asked for a stretch and sweep every week from then as I knew he was not going to let me go past 40weeks gestation and I wanted to do my best to go into labour without an induction. He told me at 37 weeks I was 1cm dilated, 50% effaced and had bulging...
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My hypnobirthing experience was the most empowering moment of my life!

**Birth story
My hypnobirthing experience was the most empowering moment of my life!
After wanting to avoid an induction this time I went into labour at 39 + 2. Being able to labour at home was amazing, I had all my affirmations set up around the house, was able to use the shower and the bath and i felt so comfortable and relaxed listening to the tracks (prompts for birthing was pretty much on repeat).
 
After labouring at home for about 10 hours we decided it was time to go to the hospital where I was only 4cm - however with each surge I could feel baby moving down and I knew things were progressing very quickly! Before I knew it I was in transition, I must admit I did lose control a bit at this stage and put my thongs on ready to walk out of the hospital (not sure where I was going to go 😅) I made it into the birthing suite just in time, my body naturally started pushing with each surge so I jumped on the bed on all 4s and in 7 mins I caught my baby boy Max! It was the most...
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It feels like it will go on forever, but know that you are making progress and it is all temporary!

pitocin strep b positive Sep 16, 2020

37+5 days
On 9/1/20, I woke up around 5am with some water leakage. Since I came up Strep B positive, my doctor told me I would need to go to the hospital right away if my membranes released, due to an increase in infection if I waited. I wrote in the hypnobubs fb group at that time for some advice, so thank you to everyone who responded with suggestions! You guys were very helpful and supportive. 

I decided to go to doctor’s office to get checked, but he wasn’t able to confirm whether or not it was my membranes, so he told me I could go home and monitor. I continued to leak small drips for the rest of the day. On 9/2/20, I woke up at 4am to a gush of water running down my legs. Even though I would have preferred to stay home and labor, I knew I needed to go to the hospital because of the increased risk but I was prepared to accept whatever path my birth took. I went to hospital around 8am with my husband and doula. At that time, I was only having small surges so my...

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I kept reminding myself “I only have to handle this pressure for a minute”.

Dear Melissa,

I wanna thank you with all my heart for helping me bring this beautiful angel into the world. Simon is my first babe and honestly my experience couldn’t have been better. I was a bit worried because I didn’t start my course until 8 months pregnant. I was scared I didn’t have enough time to practice. But I put in the work and rehearsed as much and I could and WOW!


10hrs of labor flew by quickly. I got into my bubble of calm and was able to handle it well. It was honestly like being carried away by a wave. At first you think to fight it. But once you give in and let the wave take you it’s so easy. Not to mention the surges only last a min or two. I kept reminding myself “I only have to handle this pressure for a minute” and anyone can do that. Affirmations plaid on loop in my mind and I stayed calm.


And then when time came to push I just gave in. I trusted my body and it opened up on its own. I pushed for 11minutes and out popped...

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With the right breathing, I wouldn’t even call it pain to be honest. Just strong sensations.

 

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to share my beautiful birth story with you and express my gratitude to Melissa for such a wonderful life-changing course!

My water broke on my 38th+3 week, but I had no surges at all, which was concerning. My doctor and midwifes had to insist on inducing me due to a higher risk of infection.

I was quite upset as I know that these kind of inductions can be harsh/intense, and me asking for epidural would most likely be the next step in this cascade of interventions.
I asked them to give me a chance and let me induce it naturally at home within 12 hours. I tried clary sage oil, partner’s light touch and long kerb walking and finally started experiencing tightening sensations. They were quite inconsistent but the intensity was getting higher and higher with each surge. And, oh my God, the surge breathing made a HUGE difference! I unintentionally went through a couple of intense surges with no proper breathing and I thought to myself, I simply...

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I kept telling my body and my mind NOT to fear and stay relaxed

Hi,

I’d like to share my second hypnobirthing story for my second son, a week ago on Monday.

I am an older mum and I am a curvy mum. And, my bubs measured above 99percentile. So, the more medical-types did like to remind me of these things at every opportunity, which I thank them for. 

However, to balance that advice, I also made sure to read as much evidence-based research supporting natural pathways with as little early intervention as possible, and I’m very very glad that I did.

I had planned an all-natural vaginal birth without intervention or epidural again, like with my first boy.

However, 39+1 , my membranes released a little earlier than my body being ready for active labour, (PROM) and after waiting as long as I safely could, (48hours) to see if my body would kick into labour, I needed to have help via induction (which was a pathway I did wish to wait as long as I could before doing.)

As PROM had happened, the mucus plug and show had appeared, and 48hours of...
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