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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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I had a very positive birth experience which I feel was due to the preparation I had done

Hi,

I would like to share my birthing story  I am a FTM and Henry was born on Monday 24th August weighing 3.96kg at 41 + 1. I had a very positive birth experience which I feel was due to the preparation I had done, the confidence I had in my body and my baby gained from this course and the 2 incredible midwives that birthed me.

I had a booked induction on the evening of the 24th but ended up going into hospital on the morning of the 23rd as my partner and I had been concerned about reduced foetal movements overnight. I was less concerned on the drive up to the hospital as he started to move but thought it would be good to have a check and a ‘dummy run’ hospital visit as we had not been able to visit the birth suite before due to COVID restrictions.

They performed an EEG and ultrasound and reassured me that baby was fine. The doctor was concerned that the placenta looked ‘aged’ and recommended bringing the induction forward... I was not keen as I...

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This course really helped to keep me calm and I still think it was such a positive birth

‍‍‍STM
 Girl
40+12
 Planned positive induction (due date related)
 hours from 1st contraction (start of drip) to birth - 2 hours 25 minutes
 Midwifery group at public hospital
 No pain medication during labour, vrs give me ALL THE DRUGS for the after pains
 3.35
 episiotomy, vacuum, contraction, step B positive, coached pushing.

I did the Hypnobubs course with my first labour 2 years ago. I found it so good, it really prepared me for my birth so I used the same tools for this birth. My 1st labour I arrived to the hospital 10cm dilated and I was so calm throughout, even though it ended up with an episeotomy and vaccum (My son was too chilled in there and after 3 hours of pushing he wasn't moving) this course really helped to keep me calm and I still think it was such a positive birth

I'd been bouncing on my ball, drinking rasberry leaf tea, taking rasberry leaf tablets, eating dates & rubbing clary sage on my bump from 37 weeks convinced Id...

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As a FTM, I had no idea what to expect with the surges, but it was much easier than I expected

caesarean Aug 26, 2020

 Cian Barry Harris Mitchell
 Born 8th August 2020 (40+11)
 2.49am
 4.58kg (10lb 2 oz)
 55cm

We had planned (or more so hoped) for a natural drug free birth. Our doctor had been trying to get us to induce at 39 weeks due to bub measuring in the 99th percentile at 36 week scans. We refused and tried to push on for a natural birth. Our hospital allows us to go through till 10 days past due, so we thought we had plenty of time to try and get bubs to come on his own. From 38 weeks, we tried everything to get him moving along, nothing worked.


At our 41 week midwife appointment, as a last ditch effort, we tried an S&S, my cervix was so closed that it couldn't even be attempted, I was told my external cervix was at about 1cm dilated. So at this stage, we were booked in to start the induction process at 9 days over due. The plan was to go in over night, attempt the gel and if that didn't work, waters to be released the next morning and then the drip started after.
I...

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I was bearing down and I started to do what I felt was right and when I needed to push.

Kyrie 
Wednesday 05/08/2020
 12.30pm
56cm
4.2kg (9lbs 2oz)
41+4 after S&S
4 hours active labour - first baby
No pain relief - Hypnobirth
Delivered at Birth Centre at RBWH 
2nd degree tear

I had a stretch and sweep performed by my midwife on Tuesday (day before he was born at 41+3). As expected, I was experiencing some period type dull cramps that entire day. By 11pm I was feeling something a lot stronger. They were about 2 minutes apart but nothing too intense. I called my midwife and she said considering I am still able to talk through them she would like me to wait until they are a lot more intense. During these early labour surges I felt as though I needed to poop and vomit and the same time so I spent most of my time on the toilet. I ended up going back to bed around 3am and that’s when my surges completely slowed down to an inconsistent 7-12 minutes apart lasting about 45 seconds which allowed me to rest until about 5.30am.

I continued to labour leaning over...

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I believe that because I have been able to be calm so has my baby...

Hi Melissa,
 
I just wanted to send you an email to thank you so much for your amazing online course. Being pregnant during a pandemic was extremely stressful until I found Hypnobirthing. I focused all my attention on the course and creating positive feelings around my birth and pregnancy. 
 
My husband and I did your course together which brought us closer and helped us to relax before the big day. We were both working from home so we put our affirmations up all over our apartment to create a positive space. When the big day finally arrived I felt really prepared and ready, I closed my eyes and listened to the hypnobirthing tracks. I bounced on a birth ball with my husband behind me and every time I felt a surge coming I would go floppy.
 
My labour and birth only took 4 hours total and I was able to reach down and receive my baby myself, the moment I felt her skin on my skin all I felt was love. 
I am still using the tracks...
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Hypnobirthing Australia enabled me to have the most amazing birthing experience, and I am forever grateful!

Dear Melissa,

 
Thank you for inviting me to share my birth story. After doing a bit of research I signed up to the online Hypnobirthing Australia course when I was about 26 weeks pregnant.  
 
I discussed the course with my partner and he was a bit sceptical at first. We watched all the online videos together and wrote down notes and questions we had for each other and for the doctors. 
 
We had a few bumps along the way after a few doctors were trying to push me into being induced due to the size of my baby. I definitely felt the fear factor set in and began questioning everything I had been trying to learn. Thankfully the Hypnobubs Facebook group were the most supportive bunch when I explained what was going on and so I stuck to my guns and refused the induction unless it was absolutely required. 
 
I went into labour spontaneously at 39 weeks. As soon as my surges began I rewatched lesson 6 - Happy Birthing day, just to try and focus on what to...
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