It is with great pleasure that we announce the birth of our daughter. She is 6lbs 10ozs, healthy as can be and with a full head of hair. I’ve actually been meaning to write you a personal note, since your Birthing Through Hypnosis online class and personal stories of homebirth were a huge influence on our decision to pursue a homebirth. AND, we could not have made a better decision. In fact, as soon as I finished listening to your online class lectures, I started calling midwives to get the ball rolling on it. Everything went amazingly smoothly. The Birthing Through Hypnosis techniques, primarily the visualizations and breathing, helped me get thru the birth. From the moment my water broke at 12:30 am, I felt myself go into a very inward trance state, which allowed me to focus on working with the baby to get her into this world. I had mantras that were streaming thru my mind throughout the entire labor, and of course our doula, was able to provide a ton of support. Once I was 5 cm dilated, just one hour after my water broke, I got in the birth tub, and was in there for the remainder of the birth. Just 6 hours later, our little one came into this world. My husband was in the tub with me and caught our little baby, something that is so meaningful for all of us. There is no doubt the entire experience was incredibly intense (I certainly wouldn’t call it pain necessarily), but as I’ve told many people who seem most interested in whether I wanted drugs at any point in the process, it hadn’t even crossed my mind. I knew I could do it, and I think I was able to will it to happen. I’m very fortunate to have had the time and energy in this first pregnancy to focus on not only physically preparing my body but emotionally preparing my mind and spirit – the latter of which I don’t think many people spend enough time on. I want to thank you so much for providing us with not only some incredible Birthing Through Hypnosis tools, but most importantly empowering words that helped us have such a beautiful birth. Continue doing what you’re doing, because it’s very inspiring to many people!