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post #101 of 106
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Originally Posted by prothyraia View Post
I hadn't thought of it that way, but it was true for me as well. I actually spent most of my labor (until transition anyway) sitting in the bathtub reading a book. I certainly wouldn't have been coherent enough to read during my first birth, hah.
I have to agree. with my first, the back labor kicked my butt pretty hard. i used what hypnobabies practice i was able to have in between contractions and passed out every chance i got to rest up.
i was the pure definition of "laboring woman" there was no reasoning with me, and you weren't really even a part of "my world".

with my second...complete opposite. not only was i calm, relaxed, and comfortable.. i was coherent! making conversation and jokes!

transition was definitely intense, i'll give you that. but no where NEAR what i had before.
post #102 of 106
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Originally Posted by prothyraia View Post
I hadn't thought of it that way, but it was true for me as well. I actually spent most of my labor (until transition anyway) sitting in the bathtub reading a book. I certainly wouldn't have been coherent enough to read during my first birth, hah.
That's funny--I read through most of my second labor. I sat in my rocking chair reading one of my favorite books. Whenever I had a birthing wave, I'd close my eyes and relax while saying affirmations to myself. Once it was over I was back to rocking and reading my book. Yeah, there's definitely NO way I'd have been able to do that with my first birth.
post #103 of 106
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Originally Posted by tiggernorton04 View Post
So here are the questions that he asked me to post. Would I be alert during the birth? What happens if an emergency arises; is it easy to snap out of hypnosis? Thanks so much.
I haven't given birth yet and am just at the start of the hypnobabies home study course. But I have had a lot of hypnosis and also took a course in it, so that's why I'm answering.

There is a saying that "all hypnosis is self-hypnosis," meaning that you are the one in charge of your experience and how you react to it.

I think it's common for people to think of hypnosis as being a state in which you are somehow "out of it" and not able to think clearly or make decisions (including the decision of whether to emerge from hypnosis.) But in my experience, hypnosis brings clarity and an increased ability to act in accordance with my own wishes.

I have never had a problem instantly emerging from hypnosis, or moving from a type where my whole body is relaxed to one in which I am engaged with my environment. The techniques used in the hypnobabies course are specifically designed to allow you to move around and talk if you want to even while you are benefiting from hypnosis.

Sometimes when people are in a really deep state of hypnosis, it feels so good that they don't want to emerge and may choose not to (for example, if you are in hypnosis and the dog asks to be let out, you may choose to let your husband handle that while you stay relaxed), but they are in control. On the other hand, if you love your dog and he is choking and needs your immediate help, you will jump up and help him even if you are in a state of deep hypnosis. I have experienced this kind of thing for myself and seen it in other people.

Also, as others have stated, all the hypnobabies scripts have a section to tell you that if, for some reason, you need to attend to an urgent situation outside of hypnosis, you will emerge immediately and be able to think clearly. Even if this section weren't included, though, I think people would still do this.
post #104 of 106
Wow...I've never heard such strong reactions to debating pain - my only point of having a natural birth & having VERY intense back labor (prior L5 fracture too) for 26+ hours is that labor is painful, but "painful" is a state of mind - Mind over matter - I willed myself and trained my mind with hypnobirthing & committed to having a drug-free birth for not only my daughter, but for my own recovery. Yes, it hurt - but the hurt was not like I was just torn in half in a car accident. I didn't tense up the way trauma would create fight or flight - I prepared for the experience using the relaxation techniques & breathing - I ate through labor - I didn't sleep a wink - but the oxygen and reg. use of muscle - without all my energy being directed to fight or flight - made ALL the difference. I can't imagine doing this type of birth in a stressful & normal hospital environment though...I didn't have "sick" or trauma-oriented things attached to my experience, like IV's and monitors & bright lights & multiple gloved hands. Hmmm....maybe birth is just something you do...I think we're culturally trained to fear it and that sets women up for a bad experience or a traumatic birth. Don't watch TLC or DHC...just let the experience unfold for yourself without the preconceived notions of intervention.
post #105 of 106
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Originally Posted by prothyraia View Post
I don't remember exactly, but it was in the Painless Childbirth script (for the home study course). It may not have been spelled out exactly like that, but that was certainly the impression I took away from it. There was also a bit about feeling sorry for people who tried to tell you their painful birth stories because they just didn't know any better, or something.

I mostly remember being so irritated by that particular script that I only listened to it a few times, so this may not be *completely* accurate.
I'm not sure what in that script gave you the impression you mentioned, but perhaps it would make you feel better to know that it isn't even part of the program anymore. There is a new one that has been created in it's place called "Easy, Comfortable Childbirth". Even so, I've never read or heard anything in Hypnobabies that states that painless childbirth is what "should" happen, or that pain is all in our heads. I really suspect you were reading a level of meaning into what you were hearing that simply wasn't there.
post #106 of 106
Veritaserum said exactly what I was going to respond to dolphindance. So, Verita, all I can say is, "ditto".
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