Our second child, Charlotte “Lottie” Rose was born on May 24th weighing 7lbs 15oz and 21 inches long. The techniques that I learned in Hypnobirthing helped me long before Lottie’s birthing day. After finding out that Lottie was in breech position, I contacted Tricia and sought her help in getting Lottie to turn. She referred me to a spectacular chiropractor, and told me to visualize the baby turning at night while listening to Rainbow Relaxation. Shortly thereafter, I went into preterm labor at 34 weeks, twice. However, at the hospital during my preterm labor, I listened to Rainbow Relaxation and the affirmations and visualized Charlotte turning head down. My husband told me several times that despite the fact we were facing a potential pre-term birth and C-section, that I was incredibly calm and composed. I attribute this to the confidence that I had in our hypnobirthing plan and my continued use of the techniques. Amazingly, while we were at the hospital Lottie went from breech to transverse, then 45 minutes later, turned to head down. I was elated! I was even more thrilled in the coming weeks when early labor stayed at bay and Lottie’s due date approached.
Because I got the epidural so late, it wasn’t as effective as I thought it would be. Still able very much to feel surges and the pressure as Lottie moved down the birth path, I breathed her down and through the surges. During the last phase of labor, Lottie’s heart rate began to drop. Consequently, I received an episiotomy to expedite her birth and prevent the need for an emergency c-section. After another hour and a half of labor, our beautiful daughter was born. She nursed right away and has been a wonderful, mild mannered baby. She sleeps well, nurses regularly, and is gaining weight.
Although Lottie’s birth didn’t go exactly as I had planned, hypnobirthing enabled me to be calm and ready for the unexpected during labor. I didn’t plan to get an epidural and I certainly didn’t want an episiotomy, but I just kept telling myself that I could handle any turn that my birthing would take, and I did. Both my pregnancy and birth experience were enhanced through hypnobirthing. I believe that because of hypnobirthing, my daughter moved out of her breech position, and the pre-term labor was warded off. I have her health and full-term birth to be grateful for.