Here is a HypnoBirthing birth story from one of the moms who was trained in HypnoBirthing techniques with Morrin Bass at New York Awareness Center last year. She wrote this letter to me.
It's been a while, but I'm finally getting the chance to sit down and write you to let you know about the incredible birth of our son, (name)! He arrived one week early. My labor was ten hours from start to finish. I'm so happy that (husband) and I decided to practice hypnobirthing. (Husband) was an amazing partner who kept me focused and relaxed. It was an amazing experience. Morrin, thank you for teaching us the skills we needed to know ...
Morrin, (husband) took your advice and requested a nurse who was interested in natural birth, and that was the best advice ever. The nurse we got was so supportive and helpful—she was studying to be a midwife, so she was amazed with the hypnobirthing process. Once we were settled in the room, we plugged in our cd player and blasted the hypnobirthing tapes (as the labor progressed, I had the birthing affirmations on repeat...they gave me so much comfort).
When the doctor arrived, she said I was progressing beautifully, but suggested that I get on my hands and knees since the baby was "sunny-side up" with the back of his head pressing on my spine, so I was having back labor (which explains my aching back the last few weeks of pregnancy). Being on my hands and knees took the pressure off my back, which made me so much more comfortable and this is how I labored and delivered. It was such an intense experience, but I wasn't afraid and I wasn't in pain (though I kept thinking, okay, after this surge, I might bring up getting an epidural, but I never did say anything...I didn't need to).
By the time I was ten centimeters dilated, I started breathing down, but I was feeling exhausted, I kept saying, "I'm done. I'm done. I need this to be over." and I was ready to move things along. (Husband), the nurse and my doctor stayed with me the whole time, encouraging me and keeping me focused with calm encouragement. (Husband) and I totally set the tone. Knowing, and repeating to myself that "my body and my baby know what to do," kept me calm and focused too.
I knew my body was relaxed and not fighting what was happening.... I could feel everything (my pelvis opening), but I wasn't in pain, I was just working so hard. I felt like I was running a marathon. ... The nurses and the doctor were so amazed and impressed with the hypnobirthing and that we did it so calmly, without an epidural. I hope the doctor will take this experience back to her practice and share it with others.
I felt so good after the birth (though we were all exhausted). Thank you again for all your help and support. I look forward to getting together for a reunion at some point.
All the best.
About HypnoBirthing - using self-hypnosis in labor and birth for natural, comfortable, and peaceful birth of your baby. Morrin Bass is a certified HypnoBirthing instructor at New York Awareness Center.