I was feeling nervous that I had not “mastered” Hypnobirthing leading up to the guess date, but on Thursday (the night before our 39 week appointment), I had an amazing session listening to 'Birth Horizon,' and had such a profound realization that I actually could have an unmedicated and beautiful birth.
At the appointment, I was concerned I was leaking amniotic fluid... and the test came back positive. By my estimation, it has started three days prior, so the recommendation was induction.
I felt at that moment all hope would be lost, that I would be too overtaken by the Pitocin, and that interventions would start to add up. Thankfully, we had amazing care with the midwife team at Methodist, and they were so supportive of our birth plan.
We started cervical ripening at 5pm Friday, Pitocin at 3am Saturday, by 1pm my water broke officially on its own, at 3:15 I started pushing, and he was born at 5pm!
I used a few hypnosis tracks throughout, but mainly had the Affirmations repeating the entire time! My husband was an amazing partner, and I know it’s because of your class and our rehearsals! The funny thing is, the first few nights when the room was quiet, I still could hear the intro music to the Affirmations playing in my head.
I wanted to thank you for empowering me to have a beautiful unmedicated birth despite induction! I also signed up for the Body Ready Method program, per your recommendation, and that was also a huge help in my mental/physical preparation... As well as the techniques and movements I brought into my birth!
K, S, and A
Flutterby is located in the Twin Cities, and provides Hypnobirthing as well as other classes and services for expectant families. Erin Stertz-Follett, Flutterby's Owner, is a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, Certified Hypnobirthing Educator, and Certified Birth Doula who has taught and assisted hundreds of families. Email her at email@example.com with any questions. Sharing is caring!
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