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I was so proud of myself! I had achieved my dream! I calmly birthed my baby!

Dana's Birth Story

Hi! I am excited to share my birth story with you all! 

It has been almost 2 months since the birth of my hypnobub, Nikita! It was an amazing labour and birth experience, and it’s all thanks to the hypnobubs course! 
 
A little background information to start with: My first child was born in January 2019. I wanted a natural labour and birth and I did some light research going in, but never really committed to an actual course. I laboured 8 hours at home before I couldn’t talk through surges. After only being at the hospital for 2 hours (and 4cm upon arrival), my surges were getting really intense. I had some young nurses that while very nice, were a bit inexperienced. I asked them if they thought I could have made any kind of progress in such a short time and they told me that it was unlikely since it was the first labour. I figured they were probably right so I thought I had many more hours of this intensity left (not realizing I was...
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It was all so beautiful and everything I had envisioned for my last birth.

affirmations induction Jun 30, 2021

My birth story

It all began last Saturday when I was induced (due to a few different reasons). I felt like I was having random on and off contractions all week and had a feeling I had started dilating.

I had the first set of gels at roughly 8.30-9.00pm, the midwife checked my cervix and could feel it hadn't dilated (so I was wrong thinking I had started dilating during the week) 
After about an hour I started to get slight contractions. I couldn't sleep so I laid in bed and continued to watch the ranch while Roland got some zz.

As time went on it felt like the surges were getting stronger but I wasn't sure if it was all in my head or if it was really happening.

The midwife came back at 2am and inserted the second gels. I had only dilated 1cm. Pretty much as soon as the second gels were inserted the surges really ramped up and already felt close together.

I didn't wake Roland up and walked around the room on my own for about an hour or so as the surges became quite full on. I decided...

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Lily’s birth was the most empowering, transformative and amazing experience

Positive birth story! ✨ (sorry for the long post 🤪)
8 days ago on the 7/6/21 my baby girl Lily was born (on her due date!) at 4:13pm weighing 4.014kg.
 
After a very long posterior (34 hours) and traumatic first birth with my first born, I was adamant to get the water birth I dreamed of and I have hypnobirthing and my amazing support team to thank for it.
 
So here’s how my birth story went... I woke up on my due date feeling perfectly fine. It wasn’t till about 11:00am that I noticed some super mild period pain twinges. I ignored them and went about my day. By about 12:00pm midday they started feeling more crampy (still mild but slightly more painful) and I decided to time them. They were consistently coming and going every 3-5 mins and lasting 30-50 seconds. It was then I realised I might be in early labour.
 
By about 2:00pm I was having to breathe through my surges as they had picked up in intensity. I was most comfortable bending over the birth...
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Oh, how a weekend changed everything by educating me!

I was made aware of hypnobirthing and did the weekend course when I was 34 weeks pregnant. I honestly thought I was too far into my pregnancy to do it but for me, this was the best thing I could've done.

Before the course, I was scared my anxiety would take over in labour and I didn't want an epidural as I wanted to be in control of my body. Oh, how a weekend changed everything by educating me! 
 
In the weeks leading up to the birth I read affirmations everyday, even making my visitors read one with me on the way out, and listened to calming music. I wrote a birth plan and visioned how I wanted my birth to be. My anxiety turned to excitement.
 
On 14th March, at 39+3 weeks, I had braxton hicks quite strong in the afternoon, I knew something was happening. At 5pm I started to feel tightening and cramping which was bearable. I rang the hospital about 9pm who advised me to take panadol and get some rest.
 
By morning the waves had gone but my show and plug had...
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Oh my gosh, these surges are the most beautiful and empowering thing ever.

18th of December. 40 weeks.

Millie June’s due date.

I woke at 6am after what felt like MJ doing a giant somersault and then some minor cramping. I got up, made my coffee and put on one of my many birth prep playlists. I sat and journaled to MJ (something we had been doing throughout the pregnancy). I had a feeling that perhaps she was on her way to us.

We had our 40wk appointment that morning. The midwife offered a stretch and sweep if we wanted to speed things along or to see if my cervix was ripe , but we declined. We left the hospital talking about the wild possibility of Millie not arriving for another 12 days or so, and a “just-in-case” induction was booked in.

That afternoon we had some spicy pho for dinner, took Luna on a sunset walk, did some perineal massage (Paz’s favourite) whilst listening to my Hypnobirthing Australia tracks, and other things that have been said to help induce labour au naturel

At 10pm as Paz was playing what we now know was his...

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My goal in taking this course was to have a drug-free birth that was comfortable. What I found was empowerment and encouragement.

I wanted to express my thanks for this program. Other women’s stories helped me throughout my pregnancy, so I wanted to post mine. Hopefully, it can encourage anyone whose pregnancy doesn’t go “as planned”.
 
I started Hypnobubs during my third pregnancy. This was a surprise baby and I was considered “high risk” from the outset because I would be 43yrs of age at delivery. My goal in taking this course was to have a drug-free birth that was comfortable. What I found was empowerment and encouragement.
 
My pregnancy did not go as I had hoped. At 21 weeks I was in a bad auto accident that left me injured and changed my prenatal plans. All the while I continued to repeat the affirmations that I had heard so often in this program…I am prepared to accept whatever turn my birthing takes. The affirmations and tracks brought peace and comfort when my pregnancy journey felt overwhelming. I completed all the modules, engaged in birth...
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We had the most incredible, empowering and perfect birth

We started our journey through Frances Perry private with Dr Sushen Naidoo who recommended that we do Hypnobirthing with Vanessa at Illoura Birth. We signed up not long after.

About halfway through our pregnancy journey, I had an intense intuition to switch to a home birth with private midwives. I loved Dr Sush so it was a hard decision but I desperately wanted a natural, Unmedicated and no intervention birth for me and my son. So, after a bit of convincing of my partner, we switched to home birth. We had the most incredible midwives and doula which helped make my partner more comfortable with the idea of birthing at home.

We had our hypnobirthing class which we both loved. I practised the techniques and recordings daily. I particularly love the tracks which I meditated to (and still do) daily.

George decided to come with no induction at 41+4 weeks. It was a 16-hour labour with a few complications making the labour longer and more painful than it needed to be. He wasn’t...

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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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I was able to prepare for a very different birth experience this time round.

Hi Melissa,

 
My husband and I completed the online hynobirthing course prior to the birth of our second child, Arlo. We found it so incredibly useful! It was practical, informative and empowering. It helped me in particular to reflect on my previous birth experience with our first child, and because of those reflections and the course I was able to prepare for a very different birth experience this time round. 
 
I loved listening to the affirmations track on my walks and surge of the sea track each night before bed. From our preparations I thought we'd use the light touch massage and prompts from the cheat sheet, however once in labour I got into the zone and didn't really want anyone to interrupt me! I had asked my care provider prior to avoid any internal examinations unless necessary which also helped me stay in my zone. She was very respectful of the space and I barely noticed her doing her checks and monitoring me and the baby (I was induced so had the CTG on...
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Some homework tips for the busy mama!

Hello Super Hypnobirther!

Life can get busy, can't it? How are you keeping up with the course?

If you have been busy and are feeling worried that you're not practicing enough - then I've got some little tips for you to help you keep your 'homework regime' on track.

1) You can listen to your affirmations at any time, even when driving or doing something else (but remember that you can't listen to any of the other relaxation tracks when driving, though!). Play your Affirmations track when cleaning, showering/bathing or when travelling. Take every opportunity to inundate your subconscious with positive messages.

2) Stick your visualisations, Affirmations Project or any other handouts that are useful up on your fridge or bathroom mirror. This way you are seeing them regularly!

3) Attach your Breathing/Bearing Down Poster to the back of the bathroom door.

4) Get into a routine of practicing your breathing before you get up in the morning and before you go to sleep. Let your pillow be your...

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