Hypnotic Births Category

I suppose the best place to start is when my irregular contractions that I had been feeling since Saturday night became very regular contractions Monday afternoon. I had gone into work that Monday only to be sent home because having contractions every 7-10 minutes was making my co-workers nervous. Needless to say I was officially on maternity leave. By Tuesday morning I was [...]

Most of my pregnancy was very uneventful. I felt great, and with the exception of some round ligament pain, never even got that uncomfortable. However, Baby Miriam decided we needed some more drama in our lives when she turned breech around the start of the third trimester and stubbornly refused to go head down. We [...]

In order to fully explain my VBAC birth I need to quickly explain my first birth. Although I prepared for my first birth by taking Bradley classes and hiring a doula, I did not end up with the natural vaginal birth I wanted. After a 40 hour labor, 4 hours of pushing, and multiple attempts [...]

Our daughter Lauren was born at home on her due date, a Friday morning late in May. In the week leading up to our due date, I could feel my body getting ready for the birth.  I knew the baby had dropped because I could feel the pressure of her weight come off my pelvic [...]

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I was due on Sunday, which came and went and by Monday I was feeling a little down that I hadn’t had ANY signs of labor (no mucus plug, no nesting, no show, etc.)  When I came home from work on Monday evening I decided that I would clean the baseboards in our hallway, thinking [...]

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My second baby was 3 weeks early, so I was expecting my third baby ‘any time’ after that. Waiting was extremely tiring. I loved being pregnant this time & didn’t mind that he hadn’t come early, I just wished I had some idea *when* he was going to come. On Sunday, March 1, 2009, my [...]

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My “guess date” was October 6th, and I expected that I would be a week late, just like I was with our son.  I planned to work through the end of September.  My husband Josh and I had finished our Hypnobabies course a couple of weeks earlier, and we were anxious to put the technique [...]

It’s Friday, August 22nd, 2008, and I am a lumbering giant of a woman. I have enjoyed this second pregnancy, filled with wonder and awe and excitement, but now, after 40 full weeks of wonder and awe and excitement, I am tired. I almost decline an invitation to Todd and Lucy’s barbecue at their Laguna [...]

Harlee Anne was born Tuesday June 9th 2009 at 1:33pm. 6lbs, 9oz 19.5 inches long. Apgar scores of 9 each time. I woke up at 6:30am and had mild contractions. Thought-eh, here we go again-this had been going on for days. Immediately I sat on my exercise/birth ball and made large circles with my hips [...]

I had been having prodromal labor (labor that starts and stops, often referred to as “false labor” however there is nothing false about it) for about 2 weeks.  On Thursday August 6, I started having contractions at 10pm.  They were nothing terrible and pretty easy to breathe through but strong enough that I wasn’t able [...]

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Birth is inspiring, amazing, and empowering. This website shares a collection of real natural birth experiences from you, the readers. Births the way nature intended. No pitocin. No epidural. Just the beauty (and intensity!) of the human body at work. Whether you've had one natural birth, five natural births, or are considering natural birth in the future, our hope is you will find courage and joy in these stories. Enjoy.

Recommended Reading:

The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth
Husband-Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth