Originally Posted by doularosemary
I'm just having a difficult time thinking how I will use it during my labor and birth.
You know, this was really perplexing for me, too, when I was approaching my first birth with hypnosis. I thought maybe I was supposed to be in a "hypnotic state" the whole time. But, actually, I found that I did my own natural childbirth thing. I stayed active during early labor/day light hours, and then when things really got intense, I naturally tuned more inward. The hypnosis just worked, it was like it kicked in during surges. I didn't interpret what I was feeling as pain, it was more like I was able to be very present in my experience.
With my first Birth Imagery birth, the labor took 2 1/2 hours until pushing. In those two hours, I would have a surge & I WANTED my partner to say birth affirmations to me, but he couldn't remember any of the ones I gave him to keep in his wallet. He just kept muttering different versions of "Mom and baby together." And, I was thinking... "What the heck are we doing together?!?! These are affirmations dude! Make them positive!" So, we ended up singing a song during surges. In between surges, we laughed and joked and talked. It was like a light switch on, a light switch off. During pushing (which took 2 more hours) we just abandoned all effort to do anything hypnosis related. We just did our thing. Hypnosis was working. It was a pretty quick intense labor and yet, I was never aware of transition or pain. I felt intensity and strong physical sensations -- I FELT everything, it just didn't register as pain.
With my second Birth Imagery birth, I realized that I had to make it as easy as possible for my partner to give me what I need. So, I printed out a list of affirmations in big bold lettering that he could read in dim light and/or without his glasses. I posted them with tape in the bedroom, bathroom & had one in the birth supplies. When labor began, he just moved the lists to the place where he could see them best & read them to me when I had a surge.
These are the affirmations I chose:
To be said s-l-o-w-l-y with calm voice during surges...
Mama and Baby working together.
Breathe up each surge and make it work for you.
Each surge brings our baby closer to us.
Totally relaxed. Totally at ease.
Your cervix open outward as baby moves downward.
Feel the natural anesthesia flow through your body.
You could have 20-20-20 on there if you want. Or just "And, relax" or whatever seems to cue you the best on the CDs. Just make it your own & then you can adapt it during labor for your partner.
That labor was really really intense. My water broke and 1 hour, 40 minutes later my baby was on my chest. It was a FAST FAST ride. Again, I experienced everything, but "pain" was not a part of it. I was totally by myself for the first 40 minutes and was really enjoying laboring. I felt everything the CDs tell you - confident, joyous, etc. Then, when my DH got back from dropping our other kids off, we got down to business, because that's what I needed. He read the affirmations to me (at first really fast and then I asked him to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n) during the surges & quickly they were right on top of each other. Neither of us quite realized that the birth was happening so fast. We were both kind of perplexed as to why we didn't want to hang out & chat, laugh, joke during the surges. Then, suddenly I was pushing. Once I was pushing, I didn't need the affirmations, feeling my baby come out was affirmation enough.
I do think listening to the CDs in very early labor would work well, but once things get more intense, you almost need something that will adapt to you. I think it might be really frustrating EXPECTING to be able to use the CD during labor the same way I did during pregnancy. I could imagine getting really concerned listening to Color Anesthesia & thinking that I should feel completely numb... but I'm not. I never felt numb (maybe others have) but for me, it was that I felt my body intensely working, but not numb. Besides, I think being plugged into a CD and missing out on the experience with those around you (or just yourself) would be a bummer. But, that's just me!
Sorry that was a novel!