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Although birth didn’t go according to plan, we felt empowered in our knowledge of the birth process.

induction natural birth Apr 07, 2021
Sharing my positive birth story - even though it didn’t go according to plan!
 
I went into labour at 2am at 39+5. I could feel the surges getting more intense, but they weren’t getting more frequent. I stayed at home, using the shower, birthing ball, and touch techniques to manage.
 
After 24 hours, the surges were about four minutes apart and something in me knew we had to head to the hospital. Luckily, we’re in a small country town so the hospital was a two-minute drive away.
 
Once we got there, we settled into the birthing suite and I got in the shower, then the bath. Hubby set it up so it was like a sanctuary - my hypnobirthing tracks playing, lights off, electric candles on. I refused a VE as I trusted my body and thought I was heading in the right direction.
 
After about five hours, nothing had changed with the surges - they were still four minutes apart and no more intense. By this stage, I’d been labouring for almost 30...
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Thanks so much for the guidance of Hypnobirthing.

caesarean birth induction Mar 24, 2021

Hi Melissa,

 
Been busy settling with baby, it's been 2 months since he was born already! How crazy is that?
 
My birth story:
 
On the 22nd of Dec, I saw a bit of my mucus plug and nothing much else happened so I went about my day as normal. I called the birth suite and they said it sounded like things has started so I went in for a check up. They confirmed that everything was fine and to come in again the next morning at 8am. They said if nothing happened over night they would need to induce me to prevent infection.
 
On the 23rd of December at 4.30am, I started to feel some light surges so I popped on the affirmations and laid in bed and breathed through them. I got up had a cup of tea and felt ok. I was just chatting to my family then I felt a rush down there so I went to the toilet. To my horror, it was a gush of blood so we called the birth suite and they told us to come straight in. It was the only time I felt scared but I remembered to stay calm and...
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We thoroughly enjoyed the hypnobirthing course and we used the techniques during our 18-hour labour.

Hi Melissa, 
 
Thank you for the email. We thoroughly enjoyed the hypnobirthing course and we used the techniques during our 18-hour labour. I did not need any pain relief and can confidently say I was unable to feel much sensation during the final birthing phase, despite muscular fatigue and cramping felt throughout my body.
 
I required some inducing and an episiotomy to assist the natural vaginal birth after 2 hours of pushing and our baby’s heart dropping. As soon as the incision was made, our son joined us on the earthside. My partner and my mother were my birthing supports which worked incredibly well. My partner providing constant touch and pressure point massage, while my mum offered ice, drinks and heat packs. 
 
Here is a photo that was taken during labour. The image and the sound of Cat Stevens brings the most amazing sense of love and joy and uncontrollable tears. We were so blessed to have a healthy son who we named River Wade...
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"Can this be transition already? Labor's only been on for 3 hours!"

induction natural birth Dec 07, 2020

Hello Melissa,

 
When I got home after the birth of my little hypnobub, I really wanted to thank you and share my story. But I got so caught up with my busy life and put my email aside.
She turned one this weekend. It's about time I send it!
 
We chose to prepare ourselves for the birth of our second baby through your online course for two main reasons: the first was I wanting to achieve a natural birth (I had a good yet not drug free first birthing experience, and I realised afterwards that a lot could have... should have been different because I hadn't been properly informed and prepared), the second was for my husband to feel empowered as a birth partner with tools in his pocket (he didn't really know what to do the first time). We really enjoyed the course. That bit about how our brain works is a good piece knowledge even beyond birth preparation.
 
At 40 weeks+3 days I met with my obstetrician who, after examining me, was sorry to let me know that my cervix was...
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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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