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•Peace – this will strengthen my hypno-anesthesia and is a good thing to say during pressure waves and/or if I am feeling any discomfort.
•Relax – say this while pressing gently on my forehead or firmly on my shoulder. This helps to deepen my relaxation and hypnosis.
•Counting Down from 5 to 1 – Brings me deeper into hypnosis, great for refocusing.
•Special Place – Remind me to go to my special safe place (in a hammock on the beach in Hawaii).
•Open, open, open – Saying this can help the cervix to open.
•Bubble of Peace - This is a good thing to say when things are going on around me that are not conducive to the hypnosis process (when entering the hospital, if a nurse has a negative attitude, etc)
Other (non-hypnosis) things that might help:
•Tell me often that I am doing a good job.
•Remind me that this is a new baby and a new birthing
•Remind me that the pressure is a good thing that it is coming from the baby and my own body.
•Remind me to trust my instincts; ultimately, I am the only one who really knows the right thing to do be-cause I am the one having the baby.
To Refocus (If I lose the hypnosis completely):
Get me into a fully supported position and say “Release”. Then use one or more of the deepening cues.
If Something Unexpected Happens:
Change of Plan Script: Quick Reference Guide p33-34
If I am having back labor:
•Remind me to do the “Belly Lift” technique.
•See p15-16 in the Quick Reference Guide. There are verbal prompts on p16.
While I’m pushing:
•Remind me that anesthesia is coming out ahead of the baby’s head
•Remind me to “breathe the baby out” and to breathe naturally
•If anyone starts counting or otherwise “coaching”, you can go ahead and tell them to stop, because I’m not going to be paying any attention to them anyway
•keep an eye out for scissors - if necessary, remind the midwife that I’d prefer a natural tear
Remember to NEVER:
•mention “pain” or “hard work”
•tell me “this is going to be hard” or “this might hurt” or “this is the hardest part” or anything to that effect
•expect me to talk or respond to questions during a pressure wave
•do or say anything to remind me of any past negative or traumatic event
•imply that I am being selfish or doing things “wrong”
•let me become aware of any conflict between you and the hospital staff
•use negative language (for example, don’t say “don’t tense up” - say “relax”)
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