3.20.2009

my crazy hippie birth?

i have told many people i am thinking of hypnobirthing (with MANY different reactions) . i am set on it now, i am just having trouble settling in on a class. i have a very good friend, Lisa, who did it last summer and loved it. she was the one who mentioned it to me last summer and i thought she was so crazy at first. then i got to witness one of my best friends Kim give birth and just thought "i am definitely having an epidural!!!" everyone says childbirth is a horrid and painful thing without drugs. however, people do it all over the world without drugs. our bodies are meant to do it.

when i became pregnant, i got so many more birth stories from people. i started looking into different options and didn't just jump to wanting the drugs like i thought i would. i really feel like hypnobirthing could be a wonderful thing.

i am still skeptical... very much so. and i know that things can happen and i may end up getting an epidural. but, it never hurts to try it. if it doesn't work, i can still get drugs. but, here is an older dramatic dateline story about it. i am not a huge fan of dateline... but hey... it's interesting to watch and many people like to ask lots of questions when i mention it to them, so this might help. as i said, i haven't started classes yet... so this is somewhat new to me too :)





so, maybe i am crazy... but, we'll see what happens when this baby makes his debut. i will be sure to let you know how it goes.

14 comments:

Danielle and the Boys said...

i think you're approaching it the right way court! seriously. keeping an open mind because you're right you never know how YOUR body is going to handle labor. If that's something you want to try whose place is it to tell you not to? I say more power to you. And if you get in there and realize its worth it to get the epidural you can. I think the frustrating thing as that people assume their way is the only way but in all reality, every birth, even with the same mom, is different. I loved the way I did Ethan's birth with the epidural but I've heard natural birth is incredibly EMPOWERING. Best of luck however you end up doing it. As long as mom and baby are healthy, what else matters in the end anyway, right? :)

Britany said...

My friends sister in law did the hypnobirth thing with her first baby and she LOVED it planned to do with every child after.

Claire said...

Ok- I just typed out a long comment and it didn't go through... I did Hypnobirthing with Cecelia and LOVED it. No joke- birthing was awesome. I can't wait to do it again. I just don't really want to be pregnant again! :D It was a painfree fabulous birth. Don't get me wrong, it was uncomfortable and very, VERY intense, but painful is definitely not the word I choose to describe it. If you have any questions let me know, and good luck making the decision on how to birth. It can definitely be overwhelming!

Ksenia said...

I am so excited for you to try this! I hope it will be a great experience and want you to know that I'm very supportive :)

My birth class teacher encouraged us to believe that through relaxation and focusing we can get through it (this was not a hypno class). In your class I am sure you'll learn to do this VERY well. And it's true, I got through it.

But... it did really hurt a lot, so if this works for you, then I will try it with my second (and DEFINITELY get a different doctor). Good Luck!

Pretty Mary K said...

I've got a friend who is doing hypnobirthing because both her older sisters went that route and absolutely loved it! And at a baby shower I was telling all the pregnant ladies about it and how they should look into hypnobirthing. :)

Rachel said...

"but, it never hurts to try it." Do you understand what you just wrote here? Take it from someone who has given birth twice, it DOES hurt to try it! LOL

Anyhoo, I hope you have a wonderful birthing experience and that it is just what you want. I know people who do it without drugs all the time, but let me say that the epidural truly is a blessing from God. Who ever invented it was definitely inspired!

M-GemBlaisdell said...

Wow! I've heard good things from people but seeing these videos makes me excited to try it next time around.

Because of my weird spine the epidural only worked once. The other two times it didn't really work until AFTER the babies had already come out. Those two times it didn't seem worth the pain of having a giant needle in my back...

The time it did work I was all smiley and had a super great experience ("truly a blessing from God"), but to get that without using drugs would be awesome. Hope it works for you!!

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jamie t. said...

I think that it is wonderful that you aregiving yourself options. people liek to tell you there horror stories and the truth is, everyone is so different. You sound like you are just being as educated as you can and that is going to make all the differenc in whatever happens!

Marissa and Blaine said...

Wow! Very interesting. I loved my epidural, with my entire heart. I told the anesthesiologist that I loved him every time he came in the room because I was that grateful! But if this works for you, more power to ya! The women did look very relaxed. I don't know if I could focus like they did during the contractions, so that makes me think it probably wouldn't work for me. It would stink to go with the hypnobirthing, thinking you wanted to do it naturally, and then wanting an epidural and it being too late. That's the only thing I would think about I guess. Maybe just have them tell you when your last chance to get the epidural is.
Good job for looking into all of your options! I hope it works for you!

Rachel said...

My good friend swears by Hypnobirthing... I swear by peace and quiet and Doulas... Of course that's because I am one! Whatever brings you peace, comfort, and bonding is a good route.

Rob and Marseille said...

I've known lots of people who have done hypnobirthing and loved it....the key I'm sure is taking a class and practicing alot. I'm all about the epideral, but if you're ready for the hypnobirth I'm sure it will be great for you!

The Thornocks said...

I'm totally trying this with our next one. I swore after Ryleigh's birth that I would get an epidural with the next one, but I think I want to give this as my first option. I think I could have enjoyed Ryleigh's birth a lot more if I could have relaxed...it just hurts so darn much, it's hard! It would help to know HOW to relax. I'm glad you're trying it out so you can tell me what you think. I'm so excited for you!

sharla_bee said...

I think it's great your doing something different! I went into Lucas's birth hoping for natural i.e. no drugs etc but unfortunately I had to be induced 3 weeks early with Preclampsia and due to my blood pressure spiking dangerously, it was relax with an epidural or C-section. So of course I chose epidural. I plan to be med free with the next one also, 'cause just like you said we are made to do it. I might look into waterbirth next time. I've heard good things. I wish you a wonderful experience! It is the coolest thing you will ever do!