Baby: HypnoBirthing

My first mistake was searching online for birth videos and coming across some very scary examples!…I found myself watching these videos and crying my eyes out in fear of when the time would come for me to push a basketball out a hole the size of a quarter. Videos featured cutting, ripping, stretching, forceps and green masked people hovering over women screaming in pain.

Yes…women give birth everyday…BUT, have you ever REALLY seen it?.

Honestly, I was genuinely terrified, these videos are raw, real and probably the best form of birth control out there. So maybe teens should see these videos…or maybe not, I don’t believe in the fear factor, just reality. (hahaha does that comment even make sense?)…lol.

However that being said, I couldn’t believe this was the only way. This in not the kind of birth I wanted to experience, nor do I want my baby to experience!

Is what you see in movies true to the human experience? This thought was horrifying to me…There had to be another way, was it really all about pain, drugs, c-sections and fear, ripping the arm off your husband?

Then a dear friend of mine who recently had her first baby shared her experience of HypnoBirthing with me.

Hypno What? ya HypnoBirthing…have you heard about this…HypnoBirthing thing? This was a first for me too.

It sounds amazing, you and your partner learn together as a team. Your partner, as your supporter, is there to help you find a very deep state of relaxation, through positive thinking, breathing and visualization during the birth of the baby.

You are sooo deeply relaxed that you literally breathe the baby down the birth canal and gently into the world, quietly peacefully and lovingly…NO SCREAMING, NO PANIC, NO DRUGS, NO PAIN!…Yup sign me up!

Skeptical? Ummmm….ya…of course…who wouldn’t be? Painless childbirth? Is there such thing? Well, we are going to find out together ladies!…I am going to remain open minded and open hearted to this new experience and share with you what I find out. Think of me as the detective or guinea pig whichever you find most amusing ☺

It seems to me that childbirth is not an event to be feared; it is a natural expression of life that women have been experiencing since the beginning of time.

It makes sense to me that the Mongan Method says, “that when we release the fear, a fear that is keeping the body tense and closed, we will experience gentle birth”.

If you want more info…please check out www.hypnobirthing.com.

Here is a very gentle animated video showing how a baby naturally moves down the birth canal and into the world. Animated Child Birth.

Let me know what you ladies think, I would love to hear your thoughts:)

Xo
Kendra

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23 Responses to “Baby: HypnoBirthing”

  1. Denise Says:

    I think I have read something about this in my child development class, I just read more about it, and it seems pretty amazing. Seems like a much better route to take then the natural way, in school they showed my class a video of child birth( it was all girls in the class because it was a “girlie” course) and I swear when we all saw THAT eye opening part … we all almost fainted.

    Let us know if it works Kendra, Good Luck 😉

  2. Binks Says:

    hahaha aww Kendra, yeah the videos can be a little…erh…terrifying. I had to watch it for bio class back in 8th grade. Only one of my friends puked, the teacher was very proud. 😀
    I think you should choose the method that is best for you, the baby won’t feel any pain, and if it does…well…we don’t remember anything before we were 4 anyways. 😛

    My mom did a C-Section, she said “I didn’t want any pain or hassle, I just wanted the drugs!” “Gee, thanks ma” >_> My aunt had her baby the normal way, she said it hurt…a lot. But I won’t scare you anymore than that. =P

    I’m a bit skeptical about the hypnobirthing thing…The concept seems like it could work though. Like those people that stab knives through their bodies and feel no pain. (which probably isn’t that far from giving birth O_O) Or like if you tense up before they give you an injection it hurts more than when you’re relaxed. =\ It’s all in the mind I suppose.

    In the end, I think the most important thing is that you get to hold your “Extra Little” and it makes it all worth it, no? Then the pregnancy stage is all over and you have to deal with a whole new set of problems. 😀 Just do whatever feels like the most comforting/promising for you.

  3. Gina Says:

    Well, I think hypnosis is a scam. I agree with Binks on this one. If you were “hypnotized” and stabbed with a knife, would you feel any pain?

    Certain people can handle different levels of pain based on their pain tolerance. I don’t think “hypnosis” works. Just because it’s a mind game, doesn’t mean it’s going it’s going to affect your nerves and the pain receptors that reach your brain.

  4. Rene Says:

    First of all, a big congratulations to you, Kendra. I’m mostly a (too old to be here) lurker, but I’m really happy for you and wanted to tell you so.
    As someone who’s given birth twice and who works in the diagnostic end of the field, I think the HypnoBirth method sounds intriguing. I know there are several methods of relaxation techniques for childbirth (for me, there was Lamaze and Leboyer, primarily), and I think whichever one feels “right” to you is certainly worth learning. It’s your birth experience and you need to be comfortable with as much of the process as possible. A birthing method to make you feel comfortable, and a healthcare team to make you feel secure and confident are invaluable.
    Good luck you in this wonderful journey! 🙂

  5. Emma Says:

    Shame Kendra! You sound nervous! My friend has exactly the same kind of fear of childbirth , but I think her fear has more to do with unsympathetic doctors than the actual birth process. I think you’ll be great, as long as your hubby is there with you and breathes with you, I think natural all the way.. personally I’m not sold on the Hypnobirth concept but I’m not the one whose pregnant so I don’t know what you’re going through yet! lol. But Gina’s right, it’s a mind thing, and a safety thing, you have to make sure your mind is calm and that you have a very trustworthy and gentle doctor or midwife! xxx Great Youtube video!

  6. Ver0nik21 Says:

    Woww Kendra hipnosysss??!!! Well, I’m a bit skeptical about it to be honest!

    My mom who had me in natural birth, says that yes she was in a lot of pain but at the end it was all worth it coz she got to experienced every step of the way even saw me when just coming out of her i wink at her hehe so the fisrt thing I did in my life: winking at my mom! 😉 hehe

    Well, Just keep us post it in your amazing journey!

    Have a lovely time ladies!

    xoxoxoxo

  7. Ashley Says:

    Hey Kendra,
    I don’t know on that…I guess Im skeptical like everyone else, but is childbirth ever peacefully? like at all? if it is shoot signup for it. But I don’t know about the hypno stuff (b/c i cant pronouce it). To me watching it it still made it look like it hurts but what hurts to one person may not hurt to others…so i say try it out go for it see what it’s all about.
    -Ashley

  8. Marilyne Says:

    Hey! HypnoBirth uh? lol, well, yes, I’m skeptical…I can’t believe that you can overcome pain with the power of your mind…pain is nerve associated…but I’ve seen friends get hypnotized and do things they’d never do if thy were not…so I guess it’s possible… Anyway just do what you think is best for both of you! 😀

  9. G Says:

    Not gonna lie, that first part about the childbirth videos scarred me a bit haha. They’re so gross and just look so bloody painful. My one cousin has had 3 babies, all with complications and all natural. *shudders* I don’t know how they do it…

    Back to the HypnoBirthing, it may be a load and it may not be. I wouldn’t see any harm in trying, it can’t be worse than the other options out there, can it? Good luck with it!

  10. Alyssa Says:

    Child birth really is a graphic thing, my mom had my little sister when i was 9 and gave me and my older sister the option of watching. To me it was one of those things where you want to look away but you just gotta watch. My mom’s experience of having my little sister wasn’t as horrifying as some of the birth videos that I’ve seen, plus she had an epideral so she was numb from the waist down.
    When I have a baby one day I would love to try hypnobirthing. If you think about it, it seems like this would work, I’ve read articles about meditation and breathing techniques, they really calm the body and mind. While I’m sure it’s not completely painless, I bet it’s a more spirtual, and zen way to give birth. If you have all that positve energy throughout the room that has to be good for the baby. If you you think about it screaming during birth (yes I know it’s painful and sometimes can’t be helped) can’t be creating a positve environment to come into the world. But then again I’m sure screaming and pain during birth vs serenity, and calmness during birth won’t really have an effect on the baby long term, either way it will still be loved and cared for.

    Kendra, I hope you have an easy birth, with as least pain as possible. 🙂

  11. Jennifer Says:

    I don’t know Kendra,I’m skeptical like some others above. I think if HypnoBirthing made it that easy to give birth that everyone would be doing it and you would hear more about it. I watch a baby story on TLC at times. I just think is it so amazing what us women can do,bring life into this world. I’ve ssen videos on natural childbirth, c-sections and water births and they all scare me. I want kids somedays but fear birth like you. I’ve seen the pain women go through and have heard horror stories from some family members and friends but in the end it’s all worth it when you see your baby for the first time. I wish you the best of luck with HypnoBirthing Kendra. I hope it helps you. If not scream for drugs.

  12. April Says:

    Kendra, I have heard that in natural child birth…the pain can be related to the worst period you have ever had but that once the baby is born you forget about that pain. I don’t know if that is true or not but it is good to know that there are so many choices out there to choose from. The whole idea of having a baby makes me nervous. I hope that you find what is right for you and when you find it that you trust that you have chosen well and will find the courage and strength to feel at peace about your decision! 🙂 You are already such an amazing mom, so loving and caring!

  13. Ash Says:

    Have you ever watched the birthing videos in slow motion BACKWARDS?!
    Oy-vey, now that is some creepy creepy to watch.

    The hypnobirth kind of sounds like the silent birth.
    But yeah, it all seems pretty psychological.
    Just do your homework, talk about it with your hubby, maybe with some of your family and friends, and you will make the best decision. 😉

  14. Lourdes Says:

    i have seen someone give birth during my nursing rotation and believe me it is not pretty at all. i have to say that watching someone getting an epidural seems just as painful. the needle is crazy long! lol. but hypnobirthing?? wow. that amazes me but i don’t think i could ever do it. i think i’ll phase out of it. lol

  15. anna Says:

    i hope you read my comments on blog 26 weeks and kissed by a dolphin:] but again i wanted to say …..i know i will take that class when i have a baby<3 also that if the hypnobirh doesnt work a positive thinking is that even if the process of letting your child out into the world may feel like hell at least the outcome was worth it
    i hope u post up photo’s do u know if its a girl or boy?

  16. suzieQ Says:

    Hi Kendra,
    I too, am mostly a lurker, and thought I would just share a few thoughts. Again, congrats on your pregnancy, by this time I am sure your are experiencing the “joys” of having that little person moving and rolling around. I am a nurse and have had two children. I had mine during the “natural childbirth/Lamaze” emphasis. Giving birth under water was also the “new” thing as well as home births. And I will say common emphasis in all these techniques is to have the mother focus on her body and to control as much as she can to relax and stay calm…. . controlling her breathing..her positioning, etc. Being knowledgeable of the whole birthing process minimizes anxiety and fear.

    Yet, as educated as you may be in various techniques, it does not take into account other things that may occur that would require medical attention immediately. With educating yourself on how you would like to experience childbirth, you need to have your OB/GYN also on board with your wishes. Keep in mind, that when you are in labor, if you change your mind about what you want (ie., meds) don’t feel bad about asking for this kind of help, The most important thing is that you both have a safe delivery.

    You know, I think sometimes too much emphasis is put on the birthing experience when I always felt the bonding information between mother and child after childbirth was glazed over. Those first few weeks of bonding, breastfeeding and caring for the baby require some sound advice and I had many questions for the lactating specialists. I felt that all the reading, etc. I did preparing for the labor took away from my thoughts on preparing to nurture this little dependent person. Spending time with a friend’s baby,… cuddling, handling, feeding would have helped me feel more confident as a new mother. The Labor, to me, was quickly forgotten once I had my little daughter in my arms.

    Do what you feel is right for you and your husband, and your baby. But, remember that there are many ways to experience childbirth and somethings are out of your control. When the time comes, do the things that you feel comfortable with and if you need help, just ask. Till then, take care and enjoy this special time!

  17. Emily Says:

    Dear Kendra,

    Ok, so i looked at the website amd i have to say everything I was reading pointed to the methods legitimacy. The strories were actually pretty cool. But I still am freaked about thinking of natural childbirth. With my luck I would probably mess up the freaking hypnosis thing during labor and be screwed!!! haha But, I am not going to be thinking about that for a loooooooooooooong time, afterall I am only 17. lol but when the time comes for me to want to pop a kid out, I will be sure to look into it….I amguessing this method will have much more literature as it becomes more and more comon.

    Un Fuerte Abrazo,
    Emmmmm

  18. Emily Says:

    Okkk………..I have like 13 freakin typos……: P

    ooooopppppssss

  19. *dacara* Says:

    Hi Kendra, I’ve never heard of hypnobirthing until I read this blog. I’ll have to check out the site tomorrow and let you know what I think of this hypnobirthing. I always hear people say that giving birth is pretty painful but I’ve never really put much thought into everyting that occurs. That video that you put up just makes me think “ouch”. I can’t even imagine what you must be thinking after watching those scary videos. I can’t believe it gets that big down there for the baby to come out. I hope that when the time comes for you to have your baby it won’t be as painful as you think it might be. Take care!

  20. taylor nikole Says:

    oh wow this posting…
    way to familiar with allisonmack.com posting…
    that was random
    anywayssss

    yes, sounds unreal-ish…. *sigh*
    can’t wait to hear about it though…
    🙂

  21. skahahoo Says:

    Faaaaaaaaaaaascinating!! You must keep us updated! Pinky promise! 😉

  22. Kailin Says:

    I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl (she looks a bit like Kristin, by the grace of God!) and experienced no pain because of hypnobirthing. The nurses were all amazed at my pain threshold, and I was too, especially since I’m usually the type who’s nervous to even visit the dentist for a cleaning. What I have to say is it is truly an amazing experience, and I think I have an extraordinary connection with my daughter because of it – no kidding. Thanks for bringing hypnobirthing to the attention of more women out there.

  23. Chris Says:

    those vids can scar a person *looks around* do NOT watch the demon kid vid…it is just tooo sad….

    I am skeptical about hypnobirthing. I haven’t really found any negative side effects to this method. One would think there would be pros and cons. My understanding is that you
    will not be focused on all the distractions but rather on your baby. The good thing is you wouldn’t have to take the drugs if this works. Those drugs do have negative side-effects.

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