On our way to the hospital Alicia was listening to the Rainbow Relaxation CD and I could see that she was already in deep relaxation, in the “zone”, her own personal space where she was in control of the pain associated with surges. Once we arrived she got into the tub and, again, still listening to the CDs, she did her breathing exercise.
Several times the midwife said “this is amazing, this is amazing, you look so relaxed”. It is only 10 minutes or so before Noa was born that the midwife said “do you feel that you need to push?” as until now, we thought that Alicia was only trying to relax, breathing slowly and deeply. In fact, she had been pushing and using the birthing phase breathing for probably 2 hours already!! This shows how relaxed and in control she was. Everyone was fooled! The result; no comfort measure was needed, not even one paracetamol.
I am grateful to Lorie for accompanying us through this journey using HypnoBirthing. I would say to all of those who are thinking of doing HypnoBirthing class, stop thinking and give it a go and if you do go for it then practice, practice, practice. What amazes me now is that, several months after we started the class, we can say: yes, it does work. Our story is another one to be added to the stories of all these other couples who have seen and experienced firsthand the benefits of HypnoBirthing.
Alicia McCannan, USA