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...
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...
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...
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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