"Parents are like shuttles on a loom. They join the threads of the past with threads of the future and leave their own bright patterns as they go."
-Fred Rogers

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Birth of Mackenzie Kate

I taught Kate and her husband HypnoBirthing just a short time ago.  Below is the story of the birth of Mackenzie Kate, written by her mom:

It all happened on Saturday, August 21st. By now I was just a day shy of being a full week overdue. I was greatly anticipating the birth of our little girl and had an induction day set for the following Wednesday. I really wanted to start labor on my own so I could use hypnobirthing to its fullest.

That morning I woke up as usual with intentions of going about my daily activities. I went over to my sister’s house around 11:00 and that is when I began feeling some lower backaches that extended around the front of my stomach. It felt like the usual cramping that I had had on and off for about 4 weeks but a part of me knew it felt a little different this time. As the day went on my contractions started becoming more intense and consistent. My sister and niece thought for sure that today was “the day.” I decided to keep busy, so I went to my nephew’s soccer game around 3:00. I figured the distractions would help. By the end of the game I was ready to go home and put my rainbow relaxation cd on.
At 8:30 my husband and I arrived at the hospital and I was ready to have this baby! My midwife and my sister both joined me in the labor and delivery room along with my husband. My contractions were intensifying pretty quickly and I was breathing through them the best I could. The rainbow relaxation cd was playing the entire time in the background which I believe kept me calm for the most part. Finally, at 3:07 am on August 22nd, Mackenzie Kate, at 7lbs 13 oz and 21 inches long, was born into this world as healthy as could be. I didn’t have to be hooked up to an IV and I didn’t have any drugs administered. I am happy to say that I was able to birth my daughter in a completely drug free environment. I did use all of my hypnobirthing tools and I was able to move around and go in and out of the tub. I believe that all of these tools helped me to have a successful “natural” birth.
I know remaining calm and relaxed during all the stages of Mackenzie’s birth helped me to concentrate on what my body and my baby were meant to do. I also believe that it helped her to be the calm baby that she is today. I am so happy that I found hypnobirthing to help me through this miraculous process.

What a beautiful story!  Congratulations to Kate and her family!!