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I meant to write my birth story a long time ago and with 3 kids well... you know.
Anyway, that was me singing on you tube.
Our son's birth went very well. I used Hypnobabies and kept my switch in the center position for a good portion of the labor but still used off quite a bit as well. When I was using the off position everyone thought I was asleep! LOL! And I had some pretty strong rushes like that!
I decided to try singing to see how it would work. I had been to a Barbra Harper birth workshop and she was talking about this Japanese midwife who has all of her clients sing and the wonderful results they have and since I'm a singer and it relaxes me anyway I thought why not!
I had a very fast transition, only about 3 rushes and all of a sudden I was pushing! I got in the water at that point to slow things down a bit and let my midwife catch up. She thought I had another couple of hours to go.
At this point I wasn't really using the Hypnobabies anymore. Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to really practice it with a partner enough to have help getting back on track with it. I was ok though because I was in the water and I did have support.
I thought that 2nd stage would be easier if the baby was in the right position this time (my second baby was ROA and had a nuchal hand...not comfortable) but he was so big that he pressed on a nerve and my right leg was almost numb. Not truly numb but not useful anymore... does that make sense? I have had trouble with that area a lot so I don't think this happens to many women.
Anyway, I know a lot of good pushing positions but none that only require one leg! I was a little out of it at that point because it was just so unexpected... I'm so used to squatting and I just couldn't. After I finally got his head out I thought the rest would be easy but as it turns out his chest (15 in) was even bigger than his (14 1/2 in) head! It was like pushing out a log! But out he did come and we are all doing fine.
If I could've spent more time practicing with a partner I would have and I think it would've helped me more during 2nd stage.
Peace and Blessings,
Thank you all for the beautiful comments and support you've given us with our You Tube video. We really didn't expect such a response! Our recording of Psalm 23 is now available on our website and will be available through itunes and Amazon in a few weeks. Just follow the link below to purchase. We also recorded a new original which we will hopefully have up and available very soon. If you contacted me with a request to use the video for birthing classes or on your website please feel free. It is an honor to help other mothers out there prepare for birth!
Peace and Blessings,
Doula Micky's view point
Yes, I am in the video - sitting on the floor in the red
shirt beside her. Temple is a close friend of mine and I was her doula for this
birth. She did the Hypnobabies home study as this was before I became an
instructor. I told her about Hypnobabies and encouraged her to do it. She gave
birth to a HUGE baby, at home, shortly after the singing you see in the video.
My favorite "Hypnobabies moment" was when she came downstairs after laying down on the bed for a while, listening to the cds. She looked like she was asleep but was really listening to the cds. She came downstairs and said she wasn't sure if the hypnosis was working because she wasn't feeling anything. She was concerned that her labor had stopped. This was her third birth and she was used to pain! I of course, told her that I was pretty sure that meant it was working. :)
Had I been more knowledgeable about hypnosis at the time, I would have helped her stay in hypnosis and helped her go back to the cds but that is when she did the singing. Then she went through transformation and got in the tub and had her sweet baby boy. So, as Kerry says, moms have the births they need to have. Had she not done her singing, we wouldn't be having this conversation and she wouldn't have impacted so many people (thousands) with their video and song on youtube and itunes.