Why I have chosen Hypnobirthing

It’s not easy being Huge! Me at 35 weeks

So I wonder to myself why I have not written about this topic before now. I have  always cared a little too much about what people think and am letting that go once and for all. I have also been wanting to share more of myself on this blog so here goes.

After having my last three babies with the epidural and that whole shebang I have decided this time around to use Hypnobirthing to have an unmedicated birth in the hospital.

It’s funny a year ago I would have thought of anyone doing this and considered them crazy. Now I am the one being told I am crazy. Things can really come full circle huh?

It started out with me exploring the option of having a midwife instead of an OB. For all my girls I have ended up having the Dr on call deliver them for one reason or another and while it was not the most horrible thing ever it seemed impersonable and strange to have some person I have never met come in right when the baby is almost out, deliver and then leave with barely a Hi. I wanted something different.

My neighbor who goes to a practice of 5 midwives told me all about them. I went and had a consult and decided that would be the best for me. The midwife I met with was so personable with no time limit on our appointment and super knowledgeable. I have LOVED our appointments and have still not gotten over that she personally calls me to tell me my test results and see how I am doing! It shocks me every time!

So from our appointments I just started getting curious about natural child birth especially because I knew I had a caregiver that was supportive of birthing naturally. I figured I would need massive help getting me ready to do this and knew I needed some sort of class or program. Hypnobirthing was just one of the things I had heard about so I started researching for an instructor in my area and went from there. I love that  Hyprnobirthing concentrates on complete relaxation during the whole birthing process.

I found an instructor named Debbie  who worked with my husbands and I crazy schedule and would come to our house to have the classes. Can I just say it has been life changing? I have learned so much and am actually excited for it all to begin. I have come a long way from every time I have stubbed my toe, changing my mind and saying there is no way I can do this to actually smiling when I think about it.

I have no ill will for epidurals or medication and do not consider myself any type of superwomen for taking this on. it is just something I have decided to do this time around. I can’t way to share my birthing story with all of the details including the video  for which I have hired a camera man to be directly front and center when this all happens.

*Just kidding about the last part!!!

 

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  • von April 30, 2012, 11:24 AM

    Yeah, I am not the only crazy one trying natural this time. :) I hired a doula to come in for the labor, and my Dr is totally supportive. I don’t think I am excited…I am still a little nervous.

  • Cluttered Brain April 30, 2012, 11:38 AM

    I was gonna say if you hired a cameraman for the delivery that is CRAZY talk…lol.
    My cousin had both hers naturally and her babies are freakin adorable. You’ll do fine! And my cousin even let her sister do a photo shoot of her in labor. She got some beautiful shots. If I would have gotten pics of me it wouldnt have been pretty….lol.
    I’m not that photogenic when I’m in pain.
    Congrats on putting yourself out there on the blog.

  • Megan B. April 30, 2012, 4:55 PM

    Everyone told me I was crazy too, especially since I wanted to “go natural” having never given birth before. It’s not crazy! Midwives are awesome. I saw one MW for my pregnancy, and just to give an example of the difference in care- at 38 weeks she gave me her cell phone number and said I was to call or text her when I thought I was in labor. It wasn’t “go to the hospital and they’ll notify me.” And she was there waiting for me- she even did my inital exam.

    Anyways, I can’t wait to read your birth story. You’ll do great!

  • Lucy May 3, 2012, 3:13 AM

    Good for you! I went for hypnobirthing for my second birth after quite a traumatic labour first time around. It made me so relaxed and I managed the whole delivery without pain relief, which was incredible. Good luck with it all.

  • Annie May 4, 2012, 8:37 PM

    I am sending you so much luck!! (but I’m not one to send luck – I tried a natural birth with a midwife in a birth center – they don’t allow pitocin….and I had to have a c-section…..so please have better luck!!)

  • Tracie May 7, 2012, 12:33 AM

    I love the name of this blog! It sums up my life perfectly. I really want to try an unmedicated labor and delivery next time, but I’m not sure I have it in me. Good luck!!

  • Kathy May 10, 2012, 9:30 PM

    You are so darling and look so great! Can’t wait to meet little babe!

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