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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect gift for any pregnant woman!, March 19, 2006
This review is from: HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method: A natural approach to a safe, easier, more comfortable birthing (3rd Edition) (Paperback)
It is now three days since I gave birth to my first baby, a beautiful 9lb girl. In my last few weeks of pregnancy I met a neighbor who insisted I read this book as soon as I could. She described the hypnobirthing philosophy of birth with no pain or fear and how she had used it successfully with her third child. I was skeptical that it could help me much because I had heard that first babies were more difficult to deliver than second or third babies, and I thought maybe her success was due to her previous experiences with labor. Regardless, I decided to buy the book. When it arrived a few days later I skimmed through it and attempted some of the breathing techniques. I found them very difficult because my lung capacity at 9 months pregnant was pretty low. The accompanying CD, however, was very easy to use and I got sort-of addicted to it (only the relaxation part) because it helped me get back to sleep when I woke up at 4am every morning. It taught me to relax my entire body instantly, with the idea that this could help me through contractions. It also improved my breathing technique somewhat. When labor came I was able to use my relaxation skills to work through early, active, and transition labor stages with relatively little pain and a strong sense of control over my body. I was happy and thought I would get through everything fine until the pushing stage. I had not read or practiced any hypnobirthing techniques for pushing and, unfortunately relaxation was not an option. My pushing was intensely difficult and there was most certainly pain and fear. I believe, however, that had I discovered hypnobirthing earlier and practiced all the breathing techniques, I may have had an easier time. Even though my pushing stage was hard, I didn't tear and I didn't require any medication, stiches, or other interventions. I plan to recommend hypnobirthing to all my pregnant friends early in their pregnancies, based on my strongly positive experience and will use it from the get go myself if I am ever pregnant again.
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Initial post: Oct 12, 2010, 6:57:21 AM PDT
shmo says:
After reading every book I could get my hands on about natural childbirth, I gave birth to my first child in 1975. Ten years later I delivered by fourth child. All four were delivered by natural childbirth. One thing that stands out in my experience is that I never listened to the nurses when they said, to push. For me, when it was time to push, it was an automatic response. The urge was strong; I could not help but push. In my last pregnancy, the nurse told me to push. I said, I don't have the urge to push. She said, Do you ever have the urge? I replied that I did, with my last three children. Within minutes, the urge came and my fourth healthy child was born. I did not have an episiotomy with any the births and did not experience tearing. Surgical incision into the perineum during the late stages of labour is supposedly done to prevent its laceration during childbirth and to make delivery easier. In my opinion, that practice suppresses the natural urge to push. I am not a doctor and have not had any medical training. I am a mother, who has experienced four wonderful childbirths.
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