My Own Hypnobaby: Oliver Thomas

After literally teaching Hypnobabies to over 100 groups & several hundred students, I officially became a HypnoMamma myself on June 1, 2015 when I welcomed my son Oliver into the world.

Below you'll find the short version of my story. For the full details and more amazing photos by Jozi Grant Photography (don't worry, they're all PG!) click here.

 

Ollie's Birth

My water broke on Wednesday evening, May 27th with a dramatic gush and then nothing really happened... we patiently waited until my waves started on Friday afternoon and continued to be patient as the waves picked up...and then spaced out, then picked up again... and then spaced out. This continued all through both Friday and Saturday (a typical “posterior baby” pattern).

By Sunday, we started actively encouraging things along (acupuncture, acupressure, walking, miles circuit, rebozo-ing, hands and knees, lunges, stairs, hypnosis, verbena/castor oil ... to name a few) trying to get my “sunny-side up” baby to turn and we did get things consistently rocking!

Thanks to Hypnobabies, my husband still can't believe that I smiled pretty much throughout the entire process

After 60 hours of waves at home, 4 days after my water broke and going into my 3rd sleepless night we made an informed decision to move to the hospital where I chose a couple of interventions that were the right tools in helping me continue on the journey and have an empowering vaginal birth.

After 4 hours of pushing, my precious baby was born into his daddy's hands just as we had hoped for. The umbilical cord was also left completely alone until after the placenta was born as we had asked (even when babe needed a bit of help after he was born – everything was done calmly on my chest). Thanks to Hypnobabies, my husband still can't believe that I smiled pretty much throughout the entire process & I can honestly say I can't wait to give birth again!

 

Read my full birth story