This Birth was Euphoric

Hannah and Scott: I decided to go through the Blissborn class series during my second pregnancy. My labor and delivery with my firstborn went very differently than I had hoped and "planned." This time around, I hoped labor and delivery could be all I imagined - a natural, unmedicated birth. 

The Blissborn classes not only helped me face fears, which were residual from my first labor and delivery, but helped me prepare on so many levels for managing labor sensations. The Blissborn cds also kept me focused and positive throughout pregnancy. I diligently practiced with the disks, let go trigger, detailed visualization and personalized affirmations. It was as if l were training for a big race.

Finally, the big day came. When I started to move into a place of fear and anxiety about labor stalling, I vocalized the fear. Then my husband and I vocalized my affirmations to take me back to the present moment, the positive possibilities of this labor experience. 

Back at home, I started using the breast pump and by midnight, contractions were full force. Laboring at home, I got into the bathtub, lit candles, and played the Blissborn disks. As each surge and wave came, I "let go" of all tension and worked with the breath, with the moment, with the natural energy of the labor process. Soon, we decided to make our way to the birth center and the Blissborn cds kept me focused during each surge, reminding me to let go, work with my body and breathe. 

Upon arriving at the birth center at 2:00 am, I was 7cm dilated and immediately got into the tub with disk 6 playing. Contractions were about two minutes apart, and I was experiencing back labor (a fear I faced during class), so my husband and doulas continued affirming me of my strength and capability. During this time of transition, Blissborn equipped me to face my fears with truth and love. 

At 3:00 am, I asked for nitrous oxide and within a few breaths, I felt the urge to push. From that moment on, I had an out-of-body experience, as if I dreamed the final stage of labor. I was aware of my surroundings, heard everything around me, opened my eyes, felt contractions, vocalized, and received instruction. However, I was separated from the present physical state of my body, where time wasn't real, as if I were floating above the experience and observing labor. At one moment, I even laughed and smiled, making my whole birth team curious as to what was going on with me. The instant the baby was in my arms (at 3:24 am), I came into the present moment, back into my body. This birth was euphoric, out of body, spiritual, and beyond what I dreamed. My husband said I looked as if I were in an altered state, peaceful and even happy. The midwife described me as calm and focused. 

I walked away from this redemptive birth feeling empowered, high on life, and so grateful for my body and mind! I'm so grateful for the preparations Blissborn guided me through. 

Truly Prepared for Labor and Birth

Colleen and Ryan: A friend of mine told me about the Blissborn program and taking the course was one of the best decisions I made during my pregnancy. I was able to face my fears, deal with them, and approach labor and birth with excitement and confidence. It was so incredibly empowering! We had planned for a natural birth and at 38 weeks found out that our daughter was breech and I would be having a c-section.

The course had taught us to handle the unexpected and really helped both my husband and I to stay positive as we accepted that the natural birth we had planned was not happening. When I went into labor 24 hours before our scheduled surgery, my husband and I immediately switched gears and used the techniques we had practiced to stay calm and comfortable for 4 hours before I was taken into the OR. I felt confident and relaxed the entire time, labor wasn’t scary or horribly painful, and the staff was amazed that I was 5cm dilated when they checked me just before surgery!

Our doula told us afterwards that it was amazing to watch my husband and I work together as I labored and to see the complete calm throughout my entire body, even when my contractions were intense. I stayed in hypnosis as I was prepped for the procedure and it was especially helpful when my spinal was administered. I was calm and relaxed, reassuring my baby that everything was ok as my OB brought her into the world. She was very calm, barely cried, and wanted to breastfeed right away. The Blissborn course truly prepares you for labor and birth and gives you an incredible amount of confidence. Because we had “trained” for labor, once the big day came everything kicked in without us even thinking about it. It was amazing! We will definitely use the course again!

We Had a Wonderful Birth

Audrey and Jaime: [Note: Audrey is a care provider herself] My body was doing a lot of hard work for me before active labor began. 

I was 40 weeks and 5 days on Mother's Day when I went into active labor. ...The labor picked up its intensity, and I started to feel more frantic. [Our midwife] met us at the birth center just after 2am, and I had been complete and pushing the whole ride to [the birth center]. It was not nearly as scary as it seems. But being belted down in the back seat of a pickup is not terribly ideal. 

[Our midwife] started the water in the bath while Laura continued coaching us on the labor track. As soon as I sat down in the tub, my contractions were completely unfelt. Instead my body converted the feeling into pushes. It was amazing. Between contractions, I was either making bad jokes or taking a peaceful rest in the lovely water. My friends and Jaime and Ruth sat around the tub in the darkened room smiling at me the whole time. Jaime was outstanding and reminded me to use my let go trigger at regular intervals while feeding me water and laboraide. He reassured me regularly as we had practiced in class: "You're doing great." And [our midwife] made sure I knew everything was as it should be. Meanwhile, though my mind was deep down in that primitive brain during pushing, I could focus on one or two words Laura was saying. And I repeated them aloud while I pushed. I was only at the birth center for about an hour when we met our sweet baby. He is a beautiful being and already full of character. We had a wonderful birth. And we want to thank everyone in our class--especially Laura--for being a part of this journey. Practicing hypnobirth together made all the difference. 

Thank you, and best of everything to those of you who have yet to labor and birth. 

Blissborn has completely changed our lives!

Joy and Orlando Lugo: "Blissborn has completely changed our lives! I originally thought I would use the hypnosis as a way to relax on my way to an epidural! Boy, was I wrong! As the classes progressed and the more I read, the more I was confident that I COULD give birth without medication.

"It all starts with the movie. I watched these women calmly progress through their labor. That struck a chord with me. The media portrays childbirth as a painful rage-inducing event. Completely opposite from what it can truly be. That’s where my lessons began. I visualized a quiet and calm birth, and that’s what we had.

"Blissborn classes completely prepare you for child birth. Going through the classes gave my husband and me a new way to connect with each other and helped him really be a part of the whole process. We went into labor three weeks early and my doctor was away. Despite this hiccup, I felt prepared to be an active part of the team. Because of Blissborn, giving birth was something I was doing rather than something that was happening to me. I needed some stitches once my daughter was born. I laughed at the doctor when he offered me morphine. I figured I had come this far, why use medication now? I went right back to my hypnosis. My daughter was breastfeeding within twenty minutes of being born. Those first few weeks can be challenging but I used hypnosis countless times to help myself relax and heal. We credit my daughter’s calm and happy demeanor to all the hypnosis we did while she was still in utero."

 

I Faced Childbirth with No Fear

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Bakani & Doug: "Receiving the Blissborn discs was the beginning of a relaxed time in my pregnancy. They gave me focus and made me realize that as a woman, pregnancy was meant for me, not me for the pregnancy. I relaxed and enjoyed my pregnancy.

"I first noticed I was in labour when my water broke. This did not shock or cause any panic; for a first-time mom I was relaxed and embraced the moment. I closed my eyes and started reciting all that I could remember from the discs. 'Let Go ... Let Go ...' was smoothly clear in my ears. This phrase had become a part of me.

"The midwife had been constantly checking how far I was dilated, and this time she looked confused and said 'I think the baby might be breech!' You could imagine what a shock that was, but then I remembered 'Let Go ... Let Go.' I pushed three times and the fourth time we had the baby! It was a perfect birth with a breech baby. I did not have a tear, episiotomy or any related problem. The midwife and nurse said it was the most amazing and calm, quiet birth ever.

"We have a perfect little girl who is not at all fussy. I faced childbirth with no fear and look forward to giving birth again!"

Blissborn Prepared Us and Kept Us Calm

Sonja and Jon: "We ended up having our baby girl 2 weeks early at 38 weeks. She was perfectly healthy, guess she was just ready to come out. My body was showing signs that week, so I was thinking it might happen early.

"On Thursday night we went to bed and I woke up at 1:30am with contractions, started timing them and listening to my [Blissborn] CDs and within an hour my water broke. So we headed to the hospital and when we got there I was dilated to a 7! The pain was rough, but manageable. I got into the birthing tub and went right into transition ... It lasted a few hours, and I had the Blissborn CD playing the whole time, which comforted me, although during the transition it was very hard to truly feel relaxed, but as long as I kept breathing in (which Jon was very good at reminding me to do) it got me through ...

Finally, we got to the pushing stage, which surprisingly was not very painful, just tiring! I pushed for 45 minutes and our little [baby girl] was born at 8:46am in the water! A total of 7 hrs all together! And completely natural and unmedicated ... The nurses and midwives were all very impressed and loved seeing the water birth.

"We definitely give credit to the Blissborn classes for preparing us and keeping us calm! ... I hope to do it all the same way next time! And now I know how completely possible a wonderful birth is! She is also a wonderful and peaceful and patient baby, and eats like crazy already!"

I Can't Recommend It Enough

Junelle: "I haven't even had this baby yet and I have more than gotten my money’s worth in stress reduction and relaxation that my Blissborn classes have given me. I actually look forward to my bus rides because I know they will bring me renewal and calm. And for this crazy girl its worth its weight in gold. I can't recommend it enough. I haven’t had to take one anxiety pill since being pregnant. My medical professionals are very happy and I feel ready for another day!"

One of the Best Decisions I Have Ever Made

Amy: "This turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. The classes gave me what I needed. The ability to deeply relax and let go, addressing any fears I had, and building trust that my body was capable of a comfortable birth to name just a few ...

"I believe the baby started off posterior and so I had a lot of back and wrap around pain with each contraction, whereas with my first labor I could say I really didn't have pain, just the intensity. This is where the classes and practice really paid off. I could have easily let it overwhelm me, but I was able to stay relaxed, and found that when I did the discomfort significantly decreased. I was able to just let the process take over and surrender to and accept the discomfort because I had worked thru my fears and trusted that my body knew what to do, I just needed to stay relaxed ...

"I was in the birthing tub for 20 minutes before E. was born, so it was very fast. She came out calm and very alert 2 hours and 20 minutes after we got to the hospital. She breastfed beautifully and still does.

"I am so happy that I could give the gift of a natural birth to my daughter. I believe that it is because of my relaxation and no interventions during birth that she is as calm and alert as she is. Thank you for making such an amazing birth possible! I will be recommending Blissborn to everyone I know who is expecting."

It Brought Us Closer

Melissa: "The first thing I said to Pat Sonnenstuhl [Blissborn educator in Olympia, WA] when I contacted her was that I had no idea how to relax. But the first time we practiced, I quickly fell into a hypnotic state. I left feeling relaxed, confident, and rejuvenated. The practices that my boyfriend and I did together brought us closer and deepened our ability to communicate with each other. This program made our commitment to have an intervention free, suffer-free childbirth a 50/50 job, and mine and my boyfriend's confidence began to grow ...

"In labor, there were times I wanted to give up, but with the tools we learned, I came back to a relaxed state and ready to fulfill on my committment to have a labor with no interventions. I pushed for only 45 minutes, and my precious little boy was placed on my chest. That moment was the most empowered I have, and will ever feel in my life.

"I now know myself as someone who can do anything. My boyfriend now knows himself as being more confident than he ever thought possible. The doctor that delivered our son sat on the end of the bed with us for a few moments and continually commented on how alert he was. He latched right on to my breast and I knew that it was my Blissborn training that had got me to this point. He is such a sweet boy, and we are so lucky.

"Blissborn is the key to have an intervention, suffer-free childbirth. It is possible, and my son is living proof.
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