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This is one of the assignments in the hypnobabies home study course, and I thought it would be neat for us to write it out and share them here. And not just the ones doing the course-- anyone who wants to, jump in!<br><br>
Here's part of what it says:<br>
Be realistic, but imagine only the best case scenario of your entire birthing time. Picture it in detail. The time of day and what you will be doing, feeling and seeing when your birthing time begins, proceeds, and ends.<br><br>
I'm coming back to post mine later...DS wants to beat me at chess first.
 

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Coming back to this tomorrow...
 

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I knew this had to by Hypnobabies related when I read the title <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I really love this and my doula/friend wrote out her version of it too. It was really awesome and quite similar to how I would write mine. I haven't put it on paper but it is in my head. So I guess this is my chance to get it all down! I'll be back....
 

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Great thread! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I see my birth beginning at night. I will call my mom, sister and aunt to come first. My aunt, who is just a few years older than me, and I are pretty close and she will be monitoring baby until I am ready to have my midwife come. I see myself lying in bed with DH, listening to my HB cd. Calm and peaceful. DH and I are kissing and cuddling and saying sweet things to each other. Each loving word opening my heart, soul and cervix. We call my midwife to let her know I am in labor and will be calling her to come soon. I may use the shower or my birth ball. Mainly, I am comfortable in bed. DS comes to cuddle. I feel the baby moving down and decide to call my midwife. My midwife gets there and respects my wishes to sit and watch as we bring our baby into the world. Breathing the baby down is working very well, and in a short time, she is crowning. My aunt and mom are there to make sure there is no cord around babe's neck and I breathe her the rest of the way out. She is pink and calm. The whole birthing process lasts about 10 hours. Baby is 9lb 6oz and 20 inches long. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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What a beautiful birth, tcooper!<br><br>
Here's my birth visualization. I had a wonderful time writing it! I'm so excited. I encourage you all to do this, even those that have planned C-sections--you can still visualize your best c-section birth experience!<br><br>
My birthing time starts in the morning. Everyone is home and up, and I start to feel regular contractions around 9 or 10 AM. I am able to easily relax and enjoy the process. DH gets things ready quickly, but we don't feel rushed. I call my mom and she gets ready to meet us at the birthing place. I call my midwife, and tell her we're on our way.<br><br>
I get comfy in the van. The kids are in the back seat, and I am leaning over the middle seat, surrounded by pillows and feeling so relaxed. The 1 hour drive feels short. In the background I hear the kids talking and playing happily, and eating the snack we've prepared for them. My birthing waves are strong and close together and I'm feeling calm and peaceful.<br><br>
We arrive at the midwives' clinic and I'm surprised we're there already. DH gets everything out, and helps me in. The kids bring their things in and my mom is there to meet us.<br><br>
We are easily settled in our beautiful birthing room, and I'm so happy to see my midwife--she's exactly the one I wanted to be on call. She checks me and I'm fully dilated. She has everything ready so I start pushing as I feel the urge, or just breathe with the waves if I don't feel like pushing. I am in a side-lying position, with DH beside me. Our children are on the bed with us, and mom is beside us, supporting my leg when I need it. I reach down to feel my baby's head, and my midwife tells me when to pant so I can ease the head out gently and easily, with no tearing. DH is right there, helps our baby out of my body and places him on my belly, skin-to-skin. He starts to breathe easily on his own and lays on me so peacefully, while his family greets him. Our new baby latches on and sucks at my breast, very easily. I'm laying on my side. The placenta is born easily and with no help from the anyone but baby's sucking. The midwives leave us alone for a while when they've checked that everything is as it should be.<br><br>
The kids are amazed and thrilled with their new brother. They stay on the bed with us for a while, and then go out with Grandma to play or get something to eat. They come back in to watch the newborn exam when the midwives come back an hour or so later. Baby is very healthy and weighs 7 lbs, 4 oz, and is 20 inches long! The birthing time took about 3 hours from start to finish. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Ahh, I love the visuals!<br><br>
I haven't really thought about it, would like to walk into the hospital almost fully dialated and I get to push and she's out, I should probably think a bit more abou it! My main concern right now is that she is born AFTER my dd's 4th birthday of July 20th since the baby is due the 30th. Maybe I should, visualize July 21 and tell her this is the earliest she is allowed to come out!
 
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