Ellis

Despite me walking around 3-4 cm dilated for weeks, baby was late and I was scheduled for an induction. We welcomed our son, Ellis, into the world on August 12, going into labor naturally mere hours before my scheduled induction – woohoo! He really knew how to make a grand entrance and keep the suspense going until the last possible minute. The birth was beautiful (even the nurses and midwife said so, haha!) and I was able to do it without any medication thanks to all the preparation from your class, my amazing husband/birth partner, and the soothing labor tub. A wonderful experience all around.

Wallace

I had my baby! Wallace was born April 1 at 12:46 AM 9 lbs and 15 oz 22 inches long. I had a home water birth and it was much better than I could have imagined. I had a calm and peaceful birth with little pain. I owe it all to the hypno birthing techniques that I learned. I did not even have stitches because I breathed my baby down and listened to my body! I have been able to rebound much quicker than when I had my hospital birth.

Emily

OUR BIRTH STORY: HYPNOBIRTHING A VBAC

After having an emergency c-section with our first child’s birth, I was hoping to have a natural childbirth with our second. During my pregnancy, I met with a doctor who said that the likelihood of a successful VBAC after 40 weeks was so low I might as well schedule surgery for the day I hit 41 weeks. So I did. But after taking your hypnobirthing class, and in consultation with my midwife, I cancelled the surgery as week 41 approached.

The morning after the (cancelled) surgery was scheduled, I went into spontaneous labor. We welcomed our baby less than eight hours later. It was the natural, calm birth I had hoped for. Your class and the hypnobirthing book made this possible. During labor, I relied heavily on everything I’d learned from hypnobirthing. I used all the breathing techniques, and I repeated statements I borrowed from the affirmations track. I had been scared and nervous during the labor of our first baby. Not this time. I felt fearless, and focused, like a runner starting a marathon. My midwife, doula, and husband matched my vibe and kept everything low key. When the baby came out, the midwife immediately put her on my chest with the cord still attached. It was the most shocking, exhilarating, and wonderful feeling. Thank you, Kadie, for facilitating an amazing birth experience!

Eli

We ended up being induced yesterday at 8am due to concerns for his size. I started the day 80% effaced, 3cm, at a -1 station. We had pitocin until about 7pm and my status had not changed, so we allowed them to break our waters.

That seemed to do the trick and I was fully dilated and effaced by 11pm. I certainly owe the quickness and ease after breaking the waters to hypnobirthing. My husband read the affirmations from the sheet we got at our last class and it was super helpful to be reminded during the surges. He was a wonderful birthing partner.

I did my best to continue to relax into my progress, but unfortunately after a day with no solid food (they don’t allow you to eat anything but clear liquids on pitocin) I hit a wall at about 1am. The pitocin was pretty strong and I just wasn’t getting enough rest in between surges.

They were starting to talk about C-section because his station wasn’t changing and I was unable to breath him down, so we stopped to evaluate our options before moving that direction. We decided that the best thing for us would be to try the epidural, simply to relieve the exhaustion, allowing me to more easily help move him down.

I was given the epidural shortly after 1am and then took a nap once it kicked in – even though this was outside of our plan, I felt very empowered about my decision due to the effort and lengthy discussions I had with my care team using what we learned in class to be our own advocates.

Once we rested, I was able to jump back into hypnobirthing techniques very easily starting at around 3am. The epidural took away the pain, but the pressure was still there and the breathing stages and relaxation still suited our progress.

Eli was born vaginally at 5:09am once I passed his head, he quickly slipped out. He is 8lbs 11oz, 22 inches long, with a 38cm head (apparently that’s a big head!) So not as big as they thought but he’s a good size and pretty tall as well.

He did have meconium in his mouth & nose and the cord was wrapped twice around his neck, so we had to get a little suction help from the NICU team. But they did all that support in our room.

The staff was very respectful of our requests and we were able to follow all of the baby care portion of our birthing preferences. We were skin to skin for two hours before they did his evaluations and he took to the breast very easily.

Despite several interventions outside of our plan, I still feel like our classes with Kadie greatly prepared and empowered us.

I hope you all have a wonderful new year’s and the best birthing day of your own.

Andrew

Andrew was born at 10:02pm! 6lbs 5oz and 19”.

We were induced with a Foley bulb at 4:30pm Friday and made it to 3cm by 4:30am Saturday when they took it out. I had active labor every 2-3 minutes from 1am-5am but it paused so we moved forward with pitocin. I continued into strong active labor until about 8pm, when we decided to sweep the membranes since I was still only 4cm and 80% effaced. Once we did that, his heart started decelerating with every contraction and they became concerned with the cord prolapsing or wrapping around him. We tried changing positions but everything we tried wasn’t changing. We chose to move forward with the C-section since we still had time for a spinal (I wanted to avoid an emergency with general anesthesia).

Turns out that as soon as we broke the water, he headed for the cervix, but went down sideways, smashing his face so hard that he was born with a big bruise on his nose/face. Also turns out that the heart decels were because he was grabbing onto the cord and squeezing it so hard with his hands during each surge that he was cutting off his own oxygen.

So even though we didn’t have a natural birth as we hoped for, we were still able to be calm, focused, be unmedicated (with the exception of the spinal) and advocate for a healthy mom and baby.

I’ve used hypnobirthing twice now, and ended up with unexpected c-sections both times. I think it’s important for moms and dads to know that they can be powerful advocates for their own care and use hypnobirthing techniques even if things don’t go according to plan.

By the way, the staff at Kaiser Westside were all great in following my plan. There were no mentions of contractions (they referred to them as surges!) or pain, and loved coming into my calming room with essential oils and quiet meditation and breathing.