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Dawn Dickerson, IBCLC
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The point of Hypnobirthing is not birthing without pain. The point is to birth with LOVE and CONFIDENCE, without FEAR, without unnecessary INTERVENTION, and with a supportive team who shares your birth vision. That is the definition of a successful hypno-birth. The wonderful side-effect of this type of gentle, mother-centered, empowered birth is more pleasure and less pain.”
– Lauralyn Curtis HBCE
“There is power that comes to women when they give birth. They don’t ask for it, it simply invades them. Accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying the child with it”
– Sheryl Feldman
“The knowledge of how to give birth without outside intervention lies deep within each woman. Successful childbirth depends on an acceptance of the process”.
– Suzanne Arms
“Birthing is the most profound initiation to spirituality a woman can have”
– Robin Lim
“A woman in birth is at once her most powerful, and her most vulnerable. But any woman who has birth unhindered understands we are stronger than we know”
– Marci Macari
“Imagine what might happen if women emerged from their labor beds with a renewed sense of the strength and power of their bodies, and of their capacity for ecstasy through giving birth”
– Dr. Christiane Northrup
I get emotional recalling the birth of my son. I’m one of the (seemingly) few women who can honestly say that the birthing experience was the most empowering, life-affirming and wonderful time of my life. My sister introduced me to HypnoBirthing and encouraged me to investigate it further and attend classes in my area. I was a little skeptical at first, but after doing more research into the effects of medical intervention (particularly the drugs used in induction and pain relief) on both mother and child, I was convinced I had to learn more.
My husband and I attended HypnoBirthing classes for five weeks where we met other like-minded couples and learned the techniques and preparations needed to have exactly the kind of birth we were hoping for.
I had a long pre-labour but was able to get through the contractions by relaxing and breathing through them, just as we learned in the classes. As labour intensified, it was suggested that I push through contractions which seemed to stall the progress as a result of exhaustion. At that point my husband and rock of a birthing partner, became my strongest advocate and suggested I continue listening to the Relaxation CD and return to the breathing techniques rather than pushing. Immediately after following his advice, I became so relaxed that I fell asleep between surges!
The midwives thought labour had stopped, when in fact I could feel my son crowning and, amazingly, I lifted him out of the water just 30 minutes later. He is a very calm, contented baby – something I attribute to his calm arrival into this world.
I can’t recommend HypnoBirthing highly enough and look forward to a refresher course for baby #2!
I always thought myself to be a type “A” individual…mean, I like to be in control. I like things to be just as I planned and most of all, I like things to be perfect.
When I got pregnant, I was sure that I would schedule a C-section and plan out my birth down to the detail…after all, I was in charge. But as time went on and I became more and more in love with my baby and I started thinking that perhaps the route I had chosen was not the best route for my baby…so I started educating myself more and reading about a more natural approach to childbirth.
As I began to learn (and embrace) this natural path, I started to begin shaping a new plan of action…one that included a doula to be my guide through this journey. I found a fabulous doula and she suggested I take a HypnoBirthing class. I said I was pretty prepared without it but she gently insisted and I agreed to give it a chance. My husband and I went to our classes and with each week that passed I began letting go of the control I thought I had and began putting my trust in my body and in my baby.
I listened to the affirmations daily and truly believed them. Why had I waited so long to trust my body? I mean, who would know better about this birth than my body itself…after all, everything was happening so naturally already.
I hadn’t done anything to make sure the heart was in tact, or that the liver had been formed, or that ten fingers and toes were created…my body had done that. All on its own.
My body knew exactly what to do…so why wouldn’t it know how to give birth?
And that was it…once I let go of that control and believed in myself, my body and my baby…I was no longer scared. I was no longer nervous. It was an unknown road for me but a totally natural path for my body.
When my labor began…I was so calm. I remember thinking “there’s nothing for me to do here except relax and allow everything to happen.”
I walked my dogs around the block and stopped to breath through a contraction. My hubby ran me a nice long hot shower and little by little, the contractions became closer and closer.
We finally checked in to the hospital when I was 5cm…and I progressed pretty normally.
Every time I felt a contraction coming, I would breath and my doula would tell me “don’t fight it, relax and let it wash over you”…which was exactly what I needed to remind myself of.
At one point, I do remember her asking me how I was feeling…I was at 9 cm at this time…and I said, I feel a bit uncomfortable but I’m not in pain.
Which was the truth…I was uncomfortable. My body was feeling out of shape and sore but I wasn’t in pain. And certainly not the kind of pain you hear/see about when others discuss childbirth.
The last 45 minutes, which is when I pushed, were like a whirlwind but I do remember being more present and playing an active role in the birth. I was aware that finally my body needed my assistance and together we were able to help little Mia come out and take her first breath.
I never have felt more empowered and overjoyed than I did that day. I have never felt so amazed at my own body and its strength as the moment I gave birth. It is, and will probably always be, the greatest achievement of my life. And it was ONLY possible because I learned to trust my body. I learned to let go of the control, the perfection, the need to plan & organize. And you know what? Everything happened perfectly…I couldn’t have planned it better myself.
I have recommended HypnoBirthing classes to every single pregnant friend I have and many have taken it because of my heartfelt and honest belief that it works.
It helps teach you to trust yourself and that lesson is a powerful one…not just in childbirth but in parenting and in your overall life.
I’m forever grateful for the insight I gained by taking this course.