BIRTH STORIES

These are birth stories from some of my past students. Please remember to send me your birth story once you have your baby using the Birthing Through Hypnosis Method so you, too, can empower other pregnant families!

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Dear Kristin,

Hope you are doing well. My birth was such an amazing experience!!! It was life changing! Thank you so much for everything! We just constantly love our little man. I just break down crying every time I think about how much I love him and what a miracle birth is. I'm attaching my birth story and feel free to share it. It is a bit long, but there was so much to say.

Take Care!
A

I woke up at 1am the morning past my due date to use the bathroom. I noticed a slight hint of blood and immediately thought "this is it." I got back in bed and did not wake Jason. I started have very mild period like contractions through the night. They were coming about 10-11 minutes apart. I was able to sleep through them, but not able to sleep well because I was so excited at the thought that this was going to be our baby's birth day! Every time I used the restroom I began to notice more and more that I was losing my mucus plug. That was a confirmation to me that I was starting early labor. I woke Jason up around 6am to tell him the good news. He got up and made us breakfast in bed. We laid in bed together and fell back asleep until 10am (not without a desperate search through my favorite birthing books for last minute reminders and advice). I remember reading in Birthing from Within to take labor contraction by contraction and even breath by breath and to remember non-focused awareness. I read over my Birthing Through Hypnosis breaths and relaxation techniques, reminded myself of the fear-tension-pain syndrome and listened to my birth affirmations.

Around 11:30am I started to feel the contractions in my lower back and they would radiate to my hips/thighs. My husband and I took a short walk with the dogs and he brought in my birthing ball. I sat on my birthing ball at the end of the bed and laid my head on a stack of pillows. This ball seemed like a miracle ball and felt so good. I was able to open up my pelvis and just relax. The contractions were mild and I was talking in between them. One of my doulas came over and suggested I go for a long walk. I did not want to do this, but trusted her anyways. Walking was great. It got my mind off of just sitting on the ball waiting for the next contraction as we were timing them to see my progress. I would stop on the walk when I would have a contraction and sway my hips from side to side. I wouldn't let go of Jason's hand the entire time. After the walk we came in and I had some chicken and rice for lunch. Everything I was trying to eat was going straight through me (nature's process) so Jason was constantly reminding me to drink water and Gatorade. Labor progressed nicely for the next several hours. Around 5:00pm, I started to have hot flashes followed by chills and knew from all my reading this is a sign of going into active labor. I was ready to make our way to the birthing center. Mary (one of my doulas) was still thinking it was too early, but I knew to listen to my body and she trusted me this time.

The ride to Sutter was 45 minutes. I wore an eye mask and listened to the Birthing Through Hypnosis audio tracks the whole way. I could not talk during or in between contractions at this point. I was just extremely focused on relaxing my mind and body and surrendering to this lovely process. I had a tiny fear that when we arrived at Sutter, they would check me and say it was too early to admit me.........but when they checked me I was 6 cm!!!! That news gave me a second wind and I was ready to go on! The nurse took one look at my chart and said, "Amber, I see you are using hypnosis so I will direct all my questions and concerns to Jason." I was so pleased at hearing that. We didn't even have to explain or tell them anything. I was really dehydrated and they wanted me to have some IV fluids. I remember the nurse rubbing Lidocaine on my hand so she could give me my IV. I even joked with Mary saying "this doesn't count does it?" It seemed to lighten the atmosphere at that point. As soon as the nurse got the IV in, Jason filled the Jacuzzi tub and prepared it for me. Immediately when I got it I felt such relief. I even remember smiling during contractions thinking to myself "I can't believe I'm actually doing this." We turned the lights out in the room, lit our battery operated candles, and Jason turned on the music I had picked out for my birth. There was one song that was just the sound of rain...really hard rain. I remember picturing myself in Hana. Picturing that Jason and I had just went into "our bedroom" at Cannon's parent's house to take a nap. You have to understand Hana to understand what this did for me. All we do in Hana is relax and not a day goes by without a 2-3 hour nap which usually involves a beautiful afternoon rain. Jason wanted to put the song on repeat, but I squeezed his hand and shook my head no, I didn't want him to leave my side and he didn't the entire time. I knew I wasn't alone in this, he was there with me, and couldn't let go of him not even for 5 seconds. I had hit the point in my labor where I was ecstatic on the inside totally relaxed on the outside. The thought of meeting this baby made me wanted to get up and start jumping up and down (a little impractical at the moment). I labored in the tub what must have been 3 hours or more. The nurse suggested I change things up and get out for a while. Again, I didn't want to do this, but just went along with it. Jason kept recommending the birthing ball to me, but all I could do was make it to the bed and sit on the side. I couldn't break my focus by even responding to people's suggestions or questions. Jason was so in tune with me that he knew what I wanted by a simple look or hand squeeze. Sitting on the side of the bed brought me to the point where I thought I could no longer do this. The contractions were so hard, but I remember talking myself through them and almost playing a game with them. I would say to myself "okay – try to be even more relaxed during this contraction than you were the last." It was amazing how well this worked.

If I ever lost my focus and ability to relax, the contraction would be a lot more painful. Jason was constantly reminding me of my "balloon breath." It is amazing how you forget to breath. I had to have his constant reminders. I even remember him praying for me and telling me God wouldn't give me more than I could handle. I also kept praying for God to give me strength and to get me through each contraction. My midwife came in and wanted to check me. When she did I was 100% effaced and a 9 +. I couldn't believe it. I will never forget when she said in the sweetest, most calm voice, "Amber, do you want to get back in the tub." I couldn't believe this because I just knew she would want me to stay in the bed. I kept thinking to myself "does she want me to have a water birth." I was a little confused, but couldn't voice it and none the less very happy about it. I remember asking my midwife, Meredith, in the office one day about water birth and she said they typically don't allow it (hospital policy), but if the baby is coming out she's not going to make me get out. After getting in the tub the most intense part started its course. I remember reading in Ina May's book about the "horse-lips" breath. I would almost chuckle when I would read that and think to myself...."I won't use that".....well, that was the only breath I could do and it worked like a gem! It completely relaxed my pelvis. I could hear people in the background talk about how amazing I was doing and how gorgeous the labor was going. They have no idea I could hear them, but that was huge for me. Kim, my other doula, came in right before they put me in the tub. She was sitting in from of me squeezing both of my hands and Jason was right to the side of me giving constant encouragement and telling me how much he loved me. I will never forget what Kim was saying...she just kept say "you're beautiful, you're beautiful"......and she was right. A laboring woman has to be the most beautiful sight in all of nature. She's working so hard to bring her baby into this world. She would talk me through the contractions like we were climbing the mountain and say "you're almost to the top, you're at the top, you're going down" it was great to know that I was climbing up, up, up...but was about to go back down.

It seemed like a matter of minutes before I had the urge to push. I pushed for maybe 3 contractions in the tub and my nurse said "we need to get out when you are ready, Amber. Meredith has the birthing stool ready for you." Get out! Was she serious? She wanted me to climb out of the tub? Once I overcame the hurdle of climbing out of this tub...which I jumped up and did as fast as I could for fear of having a contraction on the way to the stool, I was so relieved she mad me do this. The tub was hard to push in because it was just me in there and I felt I was sliding all around in it. I actually had planned on using the birthing stool. When I sat down, Jason got on the bed behind me and I leaned against him. He was my strength! I even remember just kissing him in between contractions. He was telling me again how much he loved me and that was just what I needed at that time. I remember being a little scared about pushing, but reading everywhere how great it feels because you are actually working with your labor now and your baby is only moments away and then it hit me..........I'm about to find out what we are having......I couldn't wait...bring on the pushing! All of the visualizations I had of how my birth was going to go, I never once pictured me being loud and vocal in the end....we'll I was! It felt great to bear down and grown, moan, yell....whatever I needed to do. Meredith kept telling me to "save my voice"...."save that energy" I remember thinking...."why will I need my voice later"...Jason was trying to explain to me that she wanted me to take that energy that I'm using in my voice and put it all into pushing out my baby. He kept reminding me of my "Top-Down Breath," but I'm not even sure I was breathing at all. I kept thinking I had "lost control," but now realize it is just what I had to do to birth my baby. In all the "commotion" (at least what I thought was) I remember this weird focused attention I had. I was so focused on Meredith, my midwife, and the nurses. I trusted what they were telling me. I remember noticing everything in the room. There was a screw on the wall above my midwife that I noticed and thought there must have been a picture there. I was looking all around the room at everyone and although they were cheering me on, it almost seemed for a moment that their mouths were all moving but it was total silence. When I began to push the head out I remember the pain surprised me. My midwife was putting hot compress on me and stretching and massaging me with mineral oil. It helped tremendously. At one point she told Jason and I to reach down and feel the head. I said "Oh my God"! That was such a great feeling. Everyone kept saying they saw lots of hair and Jason said "Did you hear that, it has hair!!" This was a big inside joke with us because at one sonogram the technician said she didn't see any hair and we would always joke about our "bald baby."

I only pushed for a total of 13 minutes. The pain was immediately gone! I remember my midwife telling me to reach down and pick up my baby, but I was in such shock she had to lay him up on my belly. Jason was behind me and we were holding our new baby together. The way he felt amazed me. He was so warm! We were just staring at him and he was crying. I was shushing him and trying to calm him. We almost forgot to look and see what the sex was. I rolled him over and saw it was A BOY!!!!!!!! I must have whispered it, because then Jason yelled it........"IT'S A BOY!" It was the most incredible moment of both of our lives. Jason was amazing and I couldn't have done it without him. He kept me at the place I needed to be and the day and our beautiful baby boy have changed our lives forever!!!!! Thank you, God, for such a beautiful creation.


Dear Kristin,

I took your class in December and wanted to let you know about my beautiful little one, Baby E, and the incredible experience I had when she came into the world. Baby E is my second child; my first child was born with an emergency c-section and I was very emotional as I read your manual and practiced the techniques. Your words and the exercises in the class were extremely helpful to stay present with this second birth and to let go of the fears from my first birth.

You had asked to hear back from us with our birth stories. I have a beautiful story to report! Here it is: For weeks I practiced the relaxation exercises and took walks along the ocean visualizing my little one happily sliding through a warm cave onto a beautiful sunny beach squealing, "wheee!" I also read Ina May Gaskin's book 3 times (no kidding) and had been doing the mantra, "I am getting huge," since my 37th week. Anyway, I woke up on Feb 22 (2 days after my due date) around 5 am with contractions. I had been 3 cm dilated and 80% effaced for a couple of weeks already and I tried to not read too much into the contractions and find myself disappointed from a false alarm once again. I had been having "real" (I hate that term!) contractions for 4 weeks that never became regular.

I just let my body do what it needed to do and went out for a pedicure and tea with a friend that morning and had a very happy time. My water broke at 1pm when we got back to her place. My friend joked that the baby was excited to see Mama's toes looking so pretty and wanted to come check them out! I had a scheduled midwife appointment that afternoon, so my husband and I packed up the car, prepared for whatever might happen. My contractions continued and seemed to be getting more regular and closer together, but the pain was very manageable. The midwife confirmed it was my water that had broken and that I was 4cm and completely effaced. We had something to eat and walked outside before checking into the hospital. The pain honestly wasn't bad and my husband and I had a very joyful time knowing our child had decided to come that day. I checked in and was given an I.V. and monitored. Because of my first birth history, no one thought I was going to significantly progress until the next morning at the earliest, so they agreed to let me do intermittent monitoring and walk the hallways with the I.V. that Friday afternoon and evening. Basically, since I didn't look like I was in pain, they left me alone which was exactly what I wanted.

Thanks to Ina May Gaskin's good words of advice in her book, my husband and I kissed, cuddled, laughed, and danced as I labored. Can you believe that? As I write it, it's hard for me to believe that what happened could actually be possible. The doula was super supportive of being present but also protecting time for my husband and me to just be together (if that makes sense). I wasn't in unmanageable pain. I could feel the contractions, I could feel the baby dropping further and further down, but I felt ok. It sounds so crazy, but I felt good for the majority of my labor. I continued with the breathing and visualizations from the Birthing Through Hypnosis manual and felt connected with my body and the baby. Thinking about each contraction bringing my sweet girl closer to my arms and picturing her sliding out onto a warm beach with joy really carried me along.

We all agreed that my husband should take the time to get some dinner around 8:30pm since I seemed fine and the doula was there with me. The doula said afterward that she sensed something might be up because I kept repeating that I didn't want my husband to go far away, to try to find someplace close to eat. Sure enough, as soon as he left the contractions started getting very close and increasingly intense. I couldn't sit or lay down, I had to stand and sway my hips...I'm sure it did look like a dance! I began to sing a song to the baby that I had sung to my son and to her through my pregnancy. Eventually, the contractions felt like they were almost back to back and I hung onto the doula who did my hip swaying dance with me and locked onto my gaze with very calm and supportive eyes (big help!). That was truly painful! The doula said afterward that I was beginning to make the sounds that women make when they are about to start pushing...I felt like I had to go to the bathroom! The labor nurse came running in to see what was up and discovered I was fully dilated and ready to go! We had to call my husband who came running back just in time to jump behind me as I was already pushing around 9pm. Baby E was born at 9:27pm, 8 pounds, 1 ounce. She is doing great. We are all home and doing great as a family of four.

I am so very grateful for your class and for your encouragement. I will forever swear by the Birthing Through Hypnosis Method (the mock birth exercise acting out labor was really key for me) to work with that fear and find a different way to be present with pregnancy, labor and birth. I tell all my pregnant friends about your class and my Birthing Through Hypnosis experience. Thank you so much, Kristin!

My best wishes to you and your work,
L


Hi Kristin,

I wanted to let you know that we have a new son!!!! He is our 3rd child, born on 3/30. He was born at 8:10 a.m. My water broke around 2:30am, so I only had about 5.5 hrs of labor. The girls call him Baby T. He is almost 10 lbs and he is very long at just over 22 inches. I don't know anyone in our immediate family that had a baby so big. The girls were both around 7.5 lbs. We were expecting this baby to be about the same size since I was the same weight that I was with Older Sibling E. Of course, this is the baby that I decide to birth totally natural at home!

I don't know if we are more shocked over the fact that he is a boy or his size. The birth was a beautiful experience. We really wanted to do a natural birth in our Jacuzzi at home. I did all of the labor in our jacuzzi and it was wonderful. I was able to use the jets on pressure points along my spine. The Birthing Through Hypnosis techniques helped me to get into a trance so I didn't really feel any pain until the last 20-25 min. That is when I started to push him out and realized that he was stuck. His head was coming out, but his shoulders were slamming against my pelvic bone. It was beyond excruciating. So, I had to get out of the tub and switched to the birth throne (a.k.a. the toilet). His head was partially out, but I still couldn't get his shoulders out. Then, instinct kicked in and I stood up and my husband held on to me tight to keep me from falling. Within 2 pushes, the baby was out. Fortunately, the midwife was right there to keep him from falling into the toilet! It was the best sense of relief in my entire life when his shoulders finally came out. I could never imagine giving birth in a hospital again. This was the best experience and the best medical care that I could have ever imagined. It was incredible. His sister was able to cut his cord, and he started nursing in less than an hour after being born. He is so chubby. Fortunately, I didn't tear. So far, he is just the perfect baby. Amazing!

I hope that more women will have the confidence to do the Birthing Through Hypnosis Method and also give birth at home. I finally had the kind of experience that I really wanted. Plus, I know it was the best thing for me and the baby. If I had been in the hospital, then they probably would have sucked him out of me or cut me open to get him out. I would never have been able to stand up to get him out naturally if I had an epidural. Plus, I didn't need an epidural or any other interventions because I was able to do everything at home without any interruptions or transitions to the hospital. Endorphins are incredible.

Your stories, advice and confidence gave us the confidence to do it at home. It was an amazing experience that we can't wait to do again! (Just one more time though....)

Love,
C


Dear Kristin,

I participated in your May Birthing Through Hypnosis class. Thanks again for your class. The balloon breathing and top-down breath were instrumental in my labor and birth. I definitely used the vacation visualization with the help of four photos from our honeymoon and had bits of the honeymoon script my husband and I created running through my mind between 6 and 9 cm dilated.

We are so proud to announce that Baby B was born Wednesday 8/15 at 7:30am at UCSF Medical Center, one day before my due date. After 26 hours of a wonderful labor at home with our midwives, doula and my cousin, Baby B was born naturally and unmedicated just 45 minutes after our arrival at the hospital. He is completely healthy, alert and now breastfeeding. He is 6lbs 15.8 ounces and 19 inches long. He has dark sandy blonde hair (like his parents) and it looks like he'll have blue eyes.

Our love,
E & C


Dear Kristin,

I took your Birthing Through Hypnosis class 2 years ago before I had my son. It worked so well, I used the technique again for my daughter, just born 3/22. You can feel free to use this story anonymously if it gives other expectant mothers encouragement and reassurance. Your class helped me greatly to reduce my fear of childbirth and give me a great tool to take control of my birthing experience. With your help, I delivered both my children without much pain or trouble, relatively quickly and easily, and no pain medication. In both cases, my birth experiences were better than I had hoped.

Thank you!
L

For my first child:

Five weeks before my due date, I took the train to the office and began feeling mild contractions. Though I felt a little off, the contractions did not continue, so I went ahead with a presentation to 100 people. That night, at 3:30 am, I felt a sudden gush of water. I knew my waters had broken, and I started laughing because it was so ridiculous that labor started so early. I called the hospital, and after the nurse grilled me and pronounced that I told a pretty convincing story, she asked me to come in. I had not packed my hospital bag, so my husband and I scrambled to throw things in. I sent emails to work to explain that I had to cancel meetings because I was heading to the hospital. We arrived around 6:30 am. I was having mild contractions. The doctor confirmed that my waters had indeed broken and warned that because of risk of infection, if I did not deliver on my own within 24 hours, they would induce. I had dilated only 1 cm by then. The rest of the day, contractions got steadily stronger, and by the evening, they became quite uncomfortable. At midnight I was hoping to hear that I had dilated maybe 6-7 cm, but I was really bummed to discover that I had only dilated 3 cm. The doctor wanted to induce me then, but I begged to try on my own just a little longer. They agreed to wait one hour.

I put on my Birthing Through Hypnosis audio tracks and turned off the lights and entered "the zone." When contractions started, I felt intense pain and I would bring my knees up and squeeze. Then I willed myself to focus on the voice in the rainbow chakra meditation and I would relax and the pain would melt somewhat. When the contraction finished, I would fall asleep until the next cycle. I was dimly aware that the nurse came in to check every once in a while.

At one point the "voice" stopped. I panicked and called my husband to somehow make it come back. I frantically asked for "Track 2! Track 2!." Meanwhile contractions were coming and I tried desperately to remember the golden light but it was not really working. Finally the "voice" returned, and all was well again. Turned out the batteries had run out, but thankfully my husband had bought backup batteries at the gift shop.

Finally, around 2:30 am, I needed to go to the bathroom, so I stripped my monitors off and headed that way. Meanwhile my husband wondered where all the doctors had gone, so he went hunting. While in the bathroom, I felt especially strong contractions and began moaning. I was wondering if maybe I was 5-7 cm and if maybe it was starting to hurt enough that I might think about asking for an epidural. The nurse outside the door asked me to come out to be checked, first sweetly, and then more insistently. I told her, "In a minute. After I go first." Finally I gave up and went back to bed. She checked me quickly and declared "10 cm and pushing." She pushed some magic button and all the lights went on and people and equipment appeared suddenly from nowhere. I was amazed.

They pleaded with me, "Don't push. The doctor's doing a C-section next door." Though they asked me to breathe a certain way, I did not know how I could possibly keep my body from doing what every fiber meant it to do — push the baby out. Finally, the doctor arrived. After 30 min, I finally pushed the baby out at 3:07 am, less than half an hour before my 24-hour goal.

For my second child:

Five days before my due date, at 3 pm, I was driving the car home and started feeling mild contractions and my own leaking that could mean my water had broken. I called the hospital, who recommended I come in. We arrived just before the Ob-Gyn Department closed at 5 pm. During the drive, my contractions came every 3-4 minutes and lasted 50-60 sec each. A doctor saw me at around 5:15 pm and confirmed that my bag of waters had indeed broken. Immediately after he left the exam room, water poured out all over the floor. He predicted that, given how fast my previous labor had gone, I might deliver within 3-4 hours or so. He was kind enough to take me himself in a wheelchair down to the Labor & Delivery Department around 5:30 pm.

My nurse and began admitting procedures. Contractions started hurting more, so I put on the Birthing Through Hypnosis audio tracks maybe around 5:45 or so and blocked out everything going on around me. The contractions got worse and closer together. I told my husband to watch the monitor for the next time I had a break between contractions so he could help me go to the bathroom. But the nurse was never able to get the monitors to pick up either my contractions or the baby's heartbeat because I was so deep in my "zone" that I never responded to her attempts to move me. The contractions would keep coming in one wave after another and never seemed to subside long enough for me to make it to the bathroom. I was surprised they seemed to hurt so much so quickly and I was nervous I wouldn't be able to control the pain as well as the first time. I just wanted very badly for it to all be over as quickly as possible.

Then maybe around 6:20 pm, the doctor came to check me. I took off the Birthing Through Hypnosis relaxation tracks so that I could respond to her questions. She checked my lungs and I was gripped by really tough contractions and the sudden urge to go to the bathroom. The doctor and nurses are reluctant to do an exam to see how much I had dilated because they didn't want to introduce risk of infection. But they finally decided to check and, to their great surprise, declared that I was "complete." I asked, "What does 'complete' mean?" Someone told me I was 10 cm dilated and the baby was coming NOW.

The pain was so bad I started screaming and flailing out of control for a minute, but then I calmed down and tried to systematically push. I asked for a mirror to watch what was happening, and I could see my baby's head coming into view. But mostly I closed my eyes and concentrated on pushing. Then at 6:39 pm, I felt a big "bloop" and then relief. I thought, "That must be the head—what a relief! The rest will be easy." Then another "bloop" and she was out!

The nurse said in her 15 years, she had never seen anyone focus so intensely, cope with pain so well, and deliver in such a controlled and deliberate way. The next day, another nurse told me people were still talking about my birth on that floor.


Dear Kristin,

Hello and congratulations on your baby girl! You are an amazing woman. So glad to hear you are back to teaching soon-to-be parents about Birthing Through Hypnosis and their choices at birth. It helped us greatly. Thank you again. I had an amazing birth.....or should I say Baby T had an amazing birth! All totaled, it lasted about 7 hours, barely made it to the hospital, no drugs, no stitches, no tearing, but WOW, it still felt like a train drove thru me! Baby T was 8 lbs. 2 oz, 21 inches and is just gorgeous! She's 7 1/2 months now, can't believe so much time has gone by so quickly. I attached one of the million photos of my little love.

Be happy!
R & T


Hi Kristin,

I just wanted to let you know how much the Birthing Through Hypnosis Method helped me through my labor. As with my first baby, I didn't get to use many of the techniques. However, hypnosis helped me stay calm. This was very important since my labor/delivery took under an hour and our son C was unexpectedly born at home! Staying focused was good for me, the baby, and my husband as we were all under stressful circumstances. I know things went more smoothly because of the skills I reviewed with you.

Thank you again for your help!
J


Dear Kristin:

I just wanted to let you know that we had our second baby girl on September 6. Thanks so much for all of your help - it was invaluable once again! Just to give you a quick rundown: My water broke at about 8am on Sept 5th, and I started to have light, infrequent contractions. After getting Avery settled with some friends, we headed to the hospital where I labored all day and most of the evening. By 10pm, I was still only about 5cm, and my midwife (who was 38 weeks pregnant herself at the time) was getting tired.

After some discussion, I readily agreed to, as we put it, a "whiff" of Pitocin, and sure enough that was all I needed. I went from 5 to complete in one hour, pushed for 20 minutes, and she was out! It was quite intense, but I was happy to have had the chance to experience so much of my labor without the Pitocin, and of course the techniques that you went over with us helped throughout the entire process.

Now our beautiful little one is happy, chubby, and sleeping, well, as much as I guess she feels she needs to!

Take care,
L


Hi Kristin,

My husband and I took your Birthing Through Hypnosis class in May, and our little boy was born on August 29. You mentioned that you always like to hear how the births of your students go, so I'm just dropping you a line to follow up. I also wanted to send you extra special thanks for helping us to think about natural childbirth as a viable possibility. I'm pleased to report that the birth of my second son went so much more quickly than the first, and my recovery has been much smoother and easier, too. Not using an epidural or any pain meds this time around was definitely the right approach for us.

This birth was so different from my first son's birth, during which I had back labor, and ended having an epidural and a forceps-assisted delivery. For N's birth, I had several weeks of preamble, during which I was walking around at 3+ cm dilated with constant mild contractions, expecting to go into labor at any moment. When my water finally broke, I was grocery shopping and assumed that I had plenty of time before the delivery, so I paid for the groceries, drove them home, put them away, loaded the car with a bunch of yoga props for my labor, and asked the babysitter to drive me to the hospital. As it turned out, I almost didn't make it to the hospital in time — N was born scarcely two hours after my water broke! Although I did have back labor again, I was able to hang in there with it, and really felt that I was able to stay present through the whole experience. And this time, I was fortunate enough to have fantastic support from my doctor and from a nurse who had given birth to three children of her own through natural child birth. Together they walked me through the stage 2 process by just giving me very clear and concrete instructions on what to do. It was an intense experience that left me feeling very empowered and elated.

Despite the rapid pace of my labor, I managed not to panic, and I thank you and the Birthing Through Hypnosis philosophy for that. I had practiced the Birthing Through Hypnosis techniques throughout my third trimester, and I feel that they helped to alleviate my anxiety and helped me to keep my intention focused on surrendering to the process. Because I was already hitting stage 2 by the time I arrived at the hospital, I wasn't really practicing the other techniques from the manual during my labor, but I was able to continue to surrender and trust that the process was natural and all was well.

Having been through one child birth, I knew that the process was painful, and also knew that I really couldn't play any tricks on my mind to distract myself or to convince myself otherwise. So in my preparation for N's birth, I focused more on how to relax within discomfort and prepared to give myself over to the pain without resistance or panic. Luckily, I was able to do that, but I actually learned a great lesson in this birth — as it turned out, in order to get that baby's head past my tailbone, I couldn't retreat from the pain or even just surrender to it. Instead, I actually had to harness the pain as a tool and press against it from the inside in order to get past it. It called on a different kind of faith than what I had expected, and all the strength I could muster. It was a valuable life lesson for me, and will undoubtedly influence the way I approach other painful situations going forward.

Thanks again for your help in preparing for this birth, and I hope the birth of your third child is the smoothest and easiest yet!

Be well,
R


Hi Kristin,

Just wanted to let you know I delivered a 9 lb, 12 oz. daughter without drugs on Thursday at 1:05 pm!!! THANK YOU so much for all that you taught me about Birthing Through Hypnosis— it has been invaluable.

Love,
J


Hi Kristin,

Our son W was born yesterday at 4:07 am. He was 8lbs, 8oz. Mom and baby are doing great and our daughter L is beside herself with excitement. Mom used the Birthing Through Hypnosis techniques throughout the delivery. It was amazing. She did it without any drugs. She was calm, relaxed and in control almost the whole time with the exception of about 10 minutes after she learned she was at 6cm. Mostly Mom did so well using the relaxation techniques! Without your program and those techniques, she would not have had the confidence to make it through. It made the process achievable in her mind and therefore she was able to maintain control and confidence. She was very happy to have experienced the natural process and is blown away by the way she felt afterwards. Thank you so much for your help and guidance!

Sincerely,
J (Dad)


Hi Kristin,

We had our son on Sunday. The birth was such a wonderful, joyous experience, and I so attribute so much of its success to the relaxation techniques we learned in your class. It was our second birth, and what a contrast. My body worked so well, and labor progressed so quickly, I think because I wasn't afraid. Hurray!! Just wanted to quickly let you know before it's time for another feeding.

Thanks much for the great info—
N


Hi Kristin,

I have to say that taking your class really prepared us well, and I don't think we could have had the birth that we did without learning what we did in your class. We didn't use all of the Birthing Through Hypnosis techniques, but I especially found the top-down breath helpful during pushing. And I really believe that it is simply the whole approach and perspective of Birthing Through Hypnosis that must have helped my body move from 0 to 9 1/2 cm in 6 hours. I also had a great birth team (my husband, my midwife, and my doula) who continued to reinforce all of the principles of Birthing Through Hypnosis with each contraction.

We feel so blessed to have had such a natural, uncomplicated, and speedy birth with Baby E.

Love,
C & E