Birth Story: “I CAN do it, I AM strong, I WILL surrender”

What’s so fascinating about this birth story is learning about how Hypnobirthing worked for this mama… how she checked into Abbott Northwestern Hospital dilated to 1 cm… and… see what happens next as you read on! xoxo, Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma __ Dear Corrine and Cynthia, I’m writing to you both because I attended your classes almost exclusively throughout my pregnancy and I want to express my very deepest thanks to you for the amazing things you have given to me on my journey toward motherhood. The things I learned from you most definitely built the confidence, serenity,and physical agility I needed to have a comfortable and wonderful pregnancy. Those gifts from you carried straight into my birthing experience, which still brings tears to my eyes when I think about it. So I wanted to share, since your lessons and words were present at the birth! I think I told both of you that we chose to take Channing’s Hypnobirthing course? I know I am fortunate to report that our circumstances allowed us to use Hypnobirthing the whole way through! The combination of Hypnobirthing and months of practice with you led to the most spectacular experience of my life. >>>>

Welcome, Baby Abram!

Our Birth Story: On Friday 9/9, I had some uncomfortable surges during dinner, but nothing too regular. And since our baby’s head was supposedly still high, I took advantage to do some squats, hip circles, and deep lunges. The surges seemed to dissipate, so I went to bed early, looking forward to my yoga class the next day! But the strongest surge I’d had up until that point woke me at 11 p.m., and the ones that followed got increasingly more noticeable. So my husband Matt played the Hypnobirthing Affirmations cd for me and I continued to do hip circles. I persisted even when I thought it would have been more comfortable to lay on the bed, all the while thinking about your discussions of how important those movements are to help baby find room, find the way. By midnight I’d had half a dozen intense surges that were 3-4 min apart, so we called my OB, who told us to come to Abbott. It’s completely comical now, but as I hung up with her and watched Matt whip quickly around the room to gather our hospital bags, I earnestly said, “I think everyone is jumping the gun here. We’re going to find out this is just first-time-mom practice labor.” Bless Matt’s heart, he was so patient and supportive, but skillfully coaxed me to the car even as I protested that I needed to shave my legs first. I giggle looking back. Amazing the things that the mind will do to rename fear. >>>> At Abbott, they did a cervical check to assess me for admission and I was surprised I was only 1 cm dilated, given that the surges increased to 2 min apart and every bump in the car ride required its own breathing. (What a great reason to decline cervical checks for the remainder!) However, my membranes had started to release, so we were admitted rather than sent back. Once admitted, we were able to start applying our Hypnobirthing birth plan (and quit it with the cervical checks). I must say how impressed we were with the staff’s respect for the plan. The charge nurse discussed it item-by-item with us, and every one of our requests were upheld. I spent the majority of intense labor standing, bent at the waste, while alternating between deep squats and rocking forward/backward. Sometimes I was in the shower, others standing over the bed. After a little while, I requested the tub (not for a water birth but for pain management), but the nurse said I’d get the most benefit if I waited until I was more dilated (no cervical check, just a guess since I’d started at 1 cm), so I stuck it out. I wanted to be one of those Hypnobirthing mamas who made it through birthing without pain, but that just wasn’t my experience. Over time, things got nearly unbearable … or so I thought. But both of your words of encouragement during goddess were ringing in my ears. I CAN do it, I AM strong, I WILL surrender to the experience and trust my body to take it. Thank you both for the mental and physical stamina! Toward the end, I’ll bashfully admit there were 2-3 times I told Matt I just couldn’t do it, but he was a superb companion and helped me re-focus, trust myself, and “go deeper” in the Hypnobirthing way. About 3.5 hours after we were admitted, I felt the urge to bear down, so I told Matt to get the nurse to see if I could finally have the tub. I chose to have another cervical check to see about the tub, and our nurse was shocked that I was 10 cm dilated, ready to birth! (Well, now, that explains a lot!) She told me I could bear down if I wanted. Matt later told me that he didn’t quite believe it was time until they brought my OB into the room. I ended up using mostly Hypnobirthing birth breaths to “breathe baby down,” but some of it was plain old pushing. Wow, what intensity! During one of the contractions, I put my face just inches from Matt’s, stared him deep in the eyes — almost to his soul — and screamed. The poor thing winced, but held my gaze and got me through. I then remembered to keep my moans deep and low, thanks to you. During the intense, white-hot feeling of the beginning of crowning, I tried to keep everything soft. I was thinking, “It’s almost over” but Matt had a much nicer way of framing it: “Come on, Julie, we’re going to meet our baby soon.” All of a sudden, the OB told me to reach down and feel the head. This sounds absurd, but I was so caught in my zone that I didn’t understand what she meant until the head was out. But I got to see our baby turn as the shoulders came next, followed by the rush of his body. Abram arrived at 5:27 Saturday morning (9-10-11), weighing 8lb, 3oz, 20.5 inches. He is every corner of incredible. The OB and nurse were really impressed with the Hypnobirthing approach and commented on it several times. Later on, my OB said that she was compelled to write about how “beautiful” our birth was in my chart note! Julie

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Birth Story: “I CAN do it, I AM strong, I WILL surrender”

What’s so fascinating about this birth story is learning about how Hypnobirthing worked for this mama… how she checked into Abbott Northwestern Hospital dilated to 1 cm… and… see what happens next as you read on! xoxo, Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma __ Dear Corrine and Cynthia, I’m writing to you both because I attended your classes almost exclusively throughout my pregnancy and I want to express my very deepest thanks to you for the amazing things you have given to me on my journey toward motherhood. The things I learned from you most definitely built the confidence, serenity,and physical agility I needed to have a comfortable and wonderful pregnancy. Those gifts from you carried straight into my birthing experience, which still brings tears to my eyes when I think about it. So I wanted to share, since your lessons and words were present at the birth! I think I told both of you that we chose to take Channing’s Hypnobirthing course? I know I am fortunate to report that our circumstances allowed us to use Hypnobirthing the whole way through! The combination of Hypnobirthing and months of practice with you led to the most spectacular experience of my life. >>>>

Welcome, Baby Abram!

Our Birth Story: On Friday 9/9, I had some uncomfortable surges during dinner, but nothing too regular. And since our baby’s head was supposedly still high, I took advantage to do some squats, hip circles, and deep lunges. The surges seemed to dissipate, so I went to bed early, looking forward to my yoga class the next day! But the strongest surge I’d had up until that point woke me at 11 p.m., and the ones that followed got increasingly more noticeable. So my husband Matt played the Hypnobirthing Affirmations cd for me and I continued to do hip circles. I persisted even when I thought it would have been more comfortable to lay on the bed, all the while thinking about your discussions of how important those movements are to help baby find room, find the way. By midnight I’d had half a dozen intense surges that were 3-4 min apart, so we called my OB, who told us to come to Abbott. It’s completely comical now, but as I hung up with her and watched Matt whip quickly around the room to gather our hospital bags, I earnestly said, “I think everyone is jumping the gun here. We’re going to find out this is just first-time-mom practice labor.” Bless Matt’s heart, he was so patient and supportive, but skillfully coaxed me to the car even as I protested that I needed to shave my legs first. I giggle looking back. Amazing the things that the mind will do to rename fear. >>>> At Abbott, they did a cervical check to assess me for admission and I was surprised I was only 1 cm dilated, given that the surges increased to 2 min apart and every bump in the car ride required its own breathing. (What a great reason to decline cervical checks for the remainder!) However, my membranes had started to release, so we were admitted rather than sent back. Once admitted, we were able to start applying our Hypnobirthing birth plan (and quit it with the cervical checks). I must say how impressed we were with the staff’s respect for the plan. The charge nurse discussed it item-by-item with us, and every one of our requests were upheld. I spent the majority of intense labor standing, bent at the waste, while alternating between deep squats and rocking forward/backward. Sometimes I was in the shower, others standing over the bed. After a little while, I requested the tub (not for a water birth but for pain management), but the nurse said I’d get the most benefit if I waited until I was more dilated (no cervical check, just a guess since I’d started at 1 cm), so I stuck it out. I wanted to be one of those Hypnobirthing mamas who made it through birthing without pain, but that just wasn’t my experience. Over time, things got nearly unbearable … or so I thought. But both of your words of encouragement during goddess were ringing in my ears. I CAN do it, I AM strong, I WILL surrender to the experience and trust my body to take it. Thank you both for the mental and physical stamina! Toward the end, I’ll bashfully admit there were 2-3 times I told Matt I just couldn’t do it, but he was a superb companion and helped me re-focus, trust myself, and “go deeper” in the Hypnobirthing way. About 3.5 hours after we were admitted, I felt the urge to bear down, so I told Matt to get the nurse to see if I could finally have the tub. I chose to have another cervical check to see about the tub, and our nurse was shocked that I was 10 cm dilated, ready to birth! (Well, now, that explains a lot!) She told me I could bear down if I wanted. Matt later told me that he didn’t quite believe it was time until they brought my OB into the room. I ended up using mostly Hypnobirthing birth breaths to “breathe baby down,” but some of it was plain old pushing. Wow, what intensity! During one of the contractions, I put my face just inches from Matt’s, stared him deep in the eyes — almost to his soul — and screamed. The poor thing winced, but held my gaze and got me through. I then remembered to keep my moans deep and low, thanks to you. During the intense, white-hot feeling of the beginning of crowning, I tried to keep everything soft. I was thinking, “It’s almost over” but Matt had a much nicer way of framing it: “Come on, Julie, we’re going to meet our baby soon.” All of a sudden, the OB told me to reach down and feel the head. This sounds absurd, but I was so caught in my zone that I didn’t understand what she meant until the head was out. But I got to see our baby turn as the shoulders came next, followed by the rush of his body. Abram arrived at 5:27 Saturday morning (9-10-11), weighing 8lb, 3oz, 20.5 inches. He is every corner of incredible. The OB and nurse were really impressed with the Hypnobirthing approach and commented on it several times. Later on, my OB said that she was compelled to write about how “beautiful” our birth was in my chart note! Julie

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