Beautiful Breech Birth Story AND Photos

July 10, 2010

Katrina, a mom from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group sent in her amazing  birth story.  She was pregnant with a breech baby, who just didn’t want to turn.  Luckily she found a midwife who was trained to catch vaginal breech babies.

She ended up having a nice, fast birth.

It was definitely a fast ride. But I remained very calm and peaceful during the whole thing. Thank you, Hypnobabies!

She was hoping to film it, but things went so quickly, she didn’t have a chance.

Her DH did grab the camera and took some amazing pictures.  You can see one with the baby half out and then see how beautiful Katrina looks moments after birth by visiting her blog and reading her birth story, complete with amazing pictures!

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Please don’t have your baby in my van!

July 2, 2010

This is the story of my fastest birth I’ve attended as a doula.  (Not the fastest from me arriving to baby being born, but the fastest birthing time for mom from first pressure wave to birth of baby)

Midnight:  J. wakes up to use the bathroom.  She notices she is having pressure waves.  They get more intense and she alerts D. around 12:30.

12:45 D. calls me.  He said she was having pressure waves every 3 minutes lasting 45 seconds.

I asked “Do you want me to meet you at the hospital or have me come to your house.”  As they had also just let the babysitter know and it would take awhile for her to get there, he replied, “Come to our house.”

(J’s first birth was over 30 hours, so he felt they had plenty of time.)

1:20 I got to their house.  J was in bed, her water broke as I got there and she was having intense pressure waves.

We helped her get to the bathroom around 1:45 and she stayed there for awhile.

2:00 she was still on the toilet and she felt pushy during a pressure wave.   I let D know it was time to head out!  It took us about 10 minutes to get J downstairs.

2:10 We were still waiting for the babysitter, so I told D he and J could head out and I would meet them there after the babysitter came.

He headed out to put the last bag in the car and ran back in and said,

“The car has been stolen!”

He had pulled his car up to their condo earlier and loaded it while I was helping J on the toilet.  Now it was GONE!

I focused on J as D called 911.  She was very calm and just working through her pressure waves.  The intense pushy feeling had faded.  So I wasn’t too concerned.

2:20 In the midst of this, the babysitter arrived.  D discovered the car had been towed, not stolen.  He went to get my van and pull it up.

2:25 We helped get J into my van.  On the walk out the intense pushiness returned.   She lives only 5 minutes from the hospital, they didn’t want an ambulance, so I figured lets go for it.

I ask D if he has called the OB, he hasn’t yet and can’t find his number.  I say, call the hospital.  Tell them we have a pushy mom.

2:30 We pull up to the ER.  We grab a wheel chair and run in.

I am ready to run her straight up stairs (via the elevator of course), but they said we HAD to go to the ER to make sure the baby wasn’t going to fall out in the elevator.

I said, “We have time to run upstairs.”

Staff asks the mom, “Are you pushing?”

“UGHHH YES!”

So they wheeled her into the ER and got her onto this skinny gurney.  They wanted to put an IV in.

I said, “If you have time to put an IV in, we have time to get her upstairs.”   “Good point.” the nurse says as she puts in the saline lock.

There were bright lights and about 10 people.  A random doctor checked J and said, “The baby is right there.”

She didn’t have a pressure wave for awhile.  I said, “I think she wants to be in a different environment.”

The doctor says, “It does look like things are slowing down.  Let’s wait for the OB to get down here and he can decide.”

The OB shows up and ALSO checks J.  He says, “The baby is right there, but if she wants to go upstairs, we can.”

J nods “YES!”

So we go upstairs.   D asks me as we are rushing through the hall if she has time to get an epidural.

I said, “She is doing great and no there is no time!”

2:37 We got upstairs and J onto the bed.

The nurse starts setting up the stirrups and I say she doesn’t want them. (something we talked about in prenatal appointments)

J pushes side lying gets baby almost out, but she doesn’t open wide enough to let the baby crown.  (Part of this is, no one is helping her hold her leg up, I try to move to the other side so I can hold her leg up and I can’t get through.)

The nurse tries to force her into stirrups.  I keep suggesting hands and knees, because J is saying she has a leg cramp and can’t open her legs.  It is nearly impossible for her to open her leg like that.  But they insist on the stupid stirrups and after a few minutes they get her in them.

She then pushes the baby to crowning.

2:50 The next push the baby is born.

Baby is put onto J and they get to know each other.   There is no camera as it is in the towed car.  I pull my iPhone out and take a few pictures.

The excitement level drops down and baby is doing well, J is bleeding a bit and the OB orders a shot of pitocin.

The nurse goes to do give the shot without any explanation, I say, “Can you explain to J what you are going to do?”  The nurse looks surprised and then takes 10 seconds to explain it.  J says, “Ok, that is fine and please don’t do anything without telling me first!”

(This was one thing we had talked about a lot during prenatals.  She felt at her first birth so many things were done TO her without any explanation, so I knew that it was important for her to know what they were doing.)

So this birth was less than 1/10th of her first birth.  Under 3 hours. The staff seemed a little bugged we came in so late.  Once they heard the story of the car being towed and that her pressure waves had started only at midnight, then they were more amazed then upset.

I also think had they let us go straight up to L&D and let her push on her hands and knees the baby probably would have been born about 10 minutes sooner.    Or if she had a homebirth maybe even 20 minutes sooner.

It was pretty intense and not quite what J had been expecting, but it was a positive experience overall.  I am just glad she didn’t have the baby in MY van.


Please don't have your baby in my van!

July 2, 2010

This is the story of my fastest birth I’ve attended as a doula.  (Not the fastest from me arriving to baby being born, but the fastest birthing time for mom from first pressure wave to birth of baby)

Midnight:  J. wakes up to use the bathroom.  She notices she is having pressure waves.  They get more intense and she alerts D. around 12:30.

12:45 D. calls me.  He said she was having pressure waves every 3 minutes lasting 45 seconds.

I asked “Do you want me to meet you at the hospital or have me come to your house.”  As they had also just let the babysitter know and it would take awhile for her to get there, he replied, “Come to our house.”

(J’s first birth was over 30 hours, so he felt they had plenty of time.)

1:20 I got to their house.  J was in bed, her water broke as I got there and she was having intense pressure waves.

We helped her get to the bathroom around 1:45 and she stayed there for awhile.

2:00 she was still on the toilet and she felt pushy during a pressure wave.   I let D know it was time to head out!  It took us about 10 minutes to get J downstairs.

2:10 We were still waiting for the babysitter, so I told D he and J could head out and I would meet them there after the babysitter came.

He headed out to put the last bag in the car and ran back in and said,

“The car has been stolen!”

He had pulled his car up to their condo earlier and loaded it while I was helping J on the toilet.  Now it was GONE!

I focused on J as D called 911.  She was very calm and just working through her pressure waves.  The intense pushy feeling had faded.  So I wasn’t too concerned.

2:20 In the midst of this, the babysitter arrived.  D discovered the car had been towed, not stolen.  He went to get my van and pull it up.

2:25 We helped get J into my van.  On the walk out the intense pushiness returned.   She lives only 5 minutes from the hospital, they didn’t want an ambulance, so I figured lets go for it.

I ask D if he has called the OB, he hasn’t yet and can’t find his number.  I say, call the hospital.  Tell them we have a pushy mom.

2:30 We pull up to the ER.  We grab a wheel chair and run in.

I am ready to run her straight up stairs (via the elevator of course), but they said we HAD to go to the ER to make sure the baby wasn’t going to fall out in the elevator.

I said, “We have time to run upstairs.”

Staff asks the mom, “Are you pushing?”

“UGHHH YES!”

So they wheeled her into the ER and got her onto this skinny gurney.  They wanted to put an IV in.

I said, “If you have time to put an IV in, we have time to get her upstairs.”   “Good point.” the nurse says as she puts in the saline lock.

There were bright lights and about 10 people.  A random doctor checked J and said, “The baby is right there.”

She didn’t have a pressure wave for awhile.  I said, “I think she wants to be in a different environment.”

The doctor says, “It does look like things are slowing down.  Let’s wait for the OB to get down here and he can decide.”

The OB shows up and ALSO checks J.  He says, “The baby is right there, but if she wants to go upstairs, we can.”

J nods “YES!”

So we go upstairs.   D asks me as we are rushing through the hall if she has time to get an epidural.

I said, “She is doing great and no there is no time!”

2:37 We got upstairs and J onto the bed.

The nurse starts setting up the stirrups and I say she doesn’t want them. (something we talked about in prenatal appointments)

J pushes side lying gets baby almost out, but she doesn’t open wide enough to let the baby crown.  (Part of this is, no one is helping her hold her leg up, I try to move to the other side so I can hold her leg up and I can’t get through.)

The nurse tries to force her into stirrups.  I keep suggesting hands and knees, because J is saying she has a leg cramp and can’t open her legs.  It is nearly impossible for her to open her leg like that.  But they insist on the stupid stirrups and after a few minutes they get her in them.

She then pushes the baby to crowning.

2:50 The next push the baby is born.

Baby is put onto J and they get to know each other.   There is no camera as it is in the towed car.  I pull my iPhone out and take a few pictures.

The excitement level drops down and baby is doing well, J is bleeding a bit and the OB orders a shot of pitocin.

The nurse goes to do give the shot without any explanation, I say, “Can you explain to J what you are going to do?”  The nurse looks surprised and then takes 10 seconds to explain it.  J says, “Ok, that is fine and please don’t do anything without telling me first!”

(This was one thing we had talked about a lot during prenatals.  She felt at her first birth so many things were done TO her without any explanation, so I knew that it was important for her to know what they were doing.)

So this birth was less than 1/10th of her first birth.  Under 3 hours. The staff seemed a little bugged we came in so late.  Once they heard the story of the car being towed and that her pressure waves had started only at midnight, then they were more amazed then upset.

I also think had they let us go straight up to L&D and let her push on her hands and knees the baby probably would have been born about 10 minutes sooner.    Or if she had a homebirth maybe even 20 minutes sooner.

It was pretty intense and not quite what J had been expecting, but it was a positive experience overall.  I am just glad she didn’t have the baby in MY van.


Angela’s fun homebirth!

June 29, 2010

Click here to read Angela’s Birth Story and see some great pictures.

Angela’s Birth – Sheridan’s Version

I had the pleasure of meeting Angela at a park day. She was pregnant and new to the area, so I asked if she needed an OB referral. She said she did homebirth and needed midwife referrals. You can only imagine my joy! She had also used HypnoBirthing for her last birth, so I was even more excited.

It worked out that Angela took my Hypnobabies class with Shelly and Chris (who were sort of contemplating homebirth.) I think her presence in the class helped them to finally pursue and achieve that goal. Maybe it was the “I will NEVER birth in a hospital again” comment that convinced them to call and interview midwives?

I had a fellow doula that wanted to attend a homebirth and was happy to do it for free, so Angela came to the Hypnobabies Open House to meet her, but by then I really wanted to be her doula. So I asked if I could do it instead and she said YES!  I was really excited. We both thought it would be a fast birth and we weren’t even sure if her midwife would make it. Well, as we see birth is unpredictable!

Angela called me Wednesday morning to say that she had started leaking water Tuesday night, but she just ignored it and had a good nights sleep. Wednesday her midwife Coley came and confirmed it was amniotic fluid and stayed in the area checking in with Angela throughout the day. Angela was having pressure waves off and on all day long. I was checking in now and then too.

I was supposed to host book club that night, but had warned the girls I might have to move it back a week if I had a birth. So by 5 I told them all I was postponing, so that I wouldn’t have to worry about people showing up right when Angela needed me.

Jake called me a little after 9 PM; Coley had broken Angela’s water. So I headed over getting there around 9:30. She was having pressure waves, but nothing too intense. We watched American Idol together. She went on a walk with Jake. She listened to Easy First Stage. The pressure waves would come regularly, we would get excite and then they would slow down.

We had filled the pool up (which took up half their bedroom!) and their bedroom was getting muggy and hot. So Jake, Angela and I went on a walk to get the fan. Angela would laugh after pressure waves and say, “They really do feel like a big hug!” She was managing her pressure waves beautifully relaxing through each one easily.

11:15 we talked about why maybe things were starting and stopping. Angela thought it was emotional. She was worried that it was taking too long, that things were too easy. We talked about it and then she listened to fear release and the rest of us rested.

12:45 Angela took another walk. We all took a nap from 1 – 2 AM. Angela was getting worn out and just needed a rest.

At 2 AM Angela came out in the living room and Coley and I listened while she talked about her fears. She mentions that all her other girls were born during rain storms. Jake was busy snoring away in the other room while we were talking. Then I started saying some affirmations and her pressure waves started up. They were going good, nice and strong and long. We got her on the toilet and still going good. We got the tub ready again. We thought, this is it!

Angela got into the tub around 3. Things soon slowed down again. At 4 Angela got out of the tub. She rested on the bed. Things pretty much stopped. Angela was frustrated and worried she might need a transfer. I wasn’t worried about that at all, but felt bad she felt frustrated. I was wondering if she was waiting for her girls to wake up. She had talked about how strong her bond between Maddie and Ashelyn because Maddie was there when she was born. I thought once she woke up, then Angela would have the baby.

Coley asks if Angela has a breast pump. She does, but it is packed away. I have one, so I run home at 5 am for mine.

Angela starts the pump and even after 30 minutes, not much happening. Coley says, “Keep going!” Finally her PW start again. This is really it, but when she stops pumping, then they slow down a bit, so Coley says pump a little more. Maddie is awake by this point.

6:30 Pressure waves are long and strong and close together, even with no pumping! Angela sat on the toilet while they finish prepping the tub again. She looks at me with a look that makes me know the baby is coming soon! THIS is really it.

7 – Angela gets in the tub, Jake joins her. I look out the window, it is all steamed up, I wipe some steam away and see that the ground it all wet outside. I tell her, “It is raining” That seems so right. Angela starts pushing at 7:15. 7:29 Irelyn is born! Mom and baby are doing great, Brooklyn wakes up right after the baby is born and wanders in to meet her sister!

It was an amazing birth. I am so glad that I was able to be there as Angela’s friend and doula.

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Good reason to take Hypnobabies if you live in Canada

June 13, 2010

Moms who want epidurals are not able to get them.  (This happens in the US too)

Another reason to take a great childbirth prep class.  Then you will have tools to have the best birth possible.

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Warning: This is my longest birth ever (what I missed and follow up)

June 6, 2010

First off – Thank Goodness for Back Up Doulas!  I love my GAL Doula group.  It is so great to be able to have each other.

Friday Night/Saturday Morning

The details of what I missed.

  • Their baby turned posterior late Friday night.
  • Lisa had back labor until she started pushing.
  • Alison spent most of the night hip squeezing. I don’t know if I would have had the energy for that after already being with them for 30 hours with 3 hours of sleep.
  • Lisa would get checked every other hour and with each check she had made a little progress. So they kept on doing what they were doing.

This brings me back to the idea of everything works out the way it is supposed to!   They had just who they needed there.

Saturday AM 7:45

Lisa starts to have urge to push. She started with breathing the baby down, helping move the baby further down in her pelvis.  After a few hours of that the OB came in and suggested some more active pushing.   So Lisa spent about an hour doing that.   Lisa finds pushing to be one of her favorite parts of her birth.

Saturday 11:35 AM

Baby was born!  Straight onto mom for some skin to skin.

My thoughts

Lisa and Ryan’s birth reminded me again of why I love Saddleback.  I can guarantee she would not have had this outcome at the other 2 hospitals in my area.  The pitocin would have been pushed a lot sooner and turned up more quickly.  I highly doubt she would have made it un-medicated and very likely would have ended up with a cesarean.

Cesarean was NEVER mentioned in all of her birthing time.

  • She had 4 different OBs and 5 nurses and they were all great.
  • Each one read her birth plan and said it was great.
  • 2 OBs made comments on how vaginal births were easier for mom and baby and that was “everyones” goal.
  • Each one gave them information and let Lisa and Ryan choose what they thought was best.
  • 1 OB did make a comment about the potential big size of the baby.  “This might be a big baby.”  That was it.  No hidden threats underneath.  However I was quick to reassure Lisa her baby was perfect size for her.
  • Her baby ended up being under 7 pounds.

It helped of course that baby’s heart rate was great the whole time (probably because they did turn the pitocin up slowly) and that mom was healthy.  Once Lisa started having stronger pressure waves she was making progress, though it was very SLOW progress, she was making changes.  Lisa’s blood pressure did go up a few times, but they just kept a close eye on it and it stayed under control.

We had a great post partum visit, the 5 of us.  I got to meet their beautiful baby girl and we talked about everything that happened.

So, How does Lisa feel about her birth?

AWESOME! She feels so empowered and amazed that she could do such an amazing thing.  It was a very positive birth experience for both Lisa and Ryan.  They were very appreciative for having Alison and I there.  They were so glad they took Hypnobabies and said the tools really helped them manage throughout their long birth.  I am hoping to go to their house to video tape them talking about their experience in the next few weeks.

Wait a minute – 52 hour birth with no medication and it was a positive experience?

I will admit, I was wondering what Lisa was going to think.  But thanks to being

well supported every step of the way with

  • awesome care providers
  • a great birth partner
  • the “continuous care” of 2 doulas

paired with amazing Hypnobabies tools that helped her to

  • rest
  • stay calm
  • stay comfortable for the first 40 hours
  • stay calm and in control and still rest even when she wasn’t comfortable

YES, she and Ryan agreed, not only was it positive, it was life changing!  She is amazed at how wonderful and empowering her birth was.

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Warning: This is my longest birth ever. Part 2

June 4, 2010

5:30 AM Friday

We “woke up” and everyone took showers.  We ate breakfast (snuck some to Lisa so she would have the energy she needed.)  We met OB #2 and got a new nurse.  Lisa and Ryan were ready to start some pitocin.  That was started by 9:30 AM.  It is upped nice and slowly 2ml every 30 minutes.  We had lunch around 12:30.

1 PM Friday

Lisa finally needs to relax through the pressure waves. YAY!

4:20 PM Friday

Lisa gets her first vaginal exam more than 33 hours after her water broke! I was thrilled that they patiently waited that long.  She was 3cm 70% -2 station.

Lisa is a little disappointed she isn’t more.  But I reminded her that really her birthing time hadn’t started until 3 hours earlier when she had to relax through her pressure waves.  She was just starting active birthing time!

5:20 Friday

Lisa is getting tired and frustrated.  She had been alternating walking and rocking and sitting on the birth ball for hours. She loses a bit of focus and it having trouble relaxing through her PW and is not very comfortable.   We decide Ryan will read her a script while Lisa rests in the chair.  I am sitting nearby watching while he reads the Hypnobabies Script and it looks like she has fallen asleep, I honestly thought her PW had stopped and I went to check the monitor.  She was still having them every 2-3 minutes.  Gotta love Hypnobabies!  Lisa said she thought maybe they had stopped too, but then realized they were just comfortable now.

Her 3rd OB and nurse came in during this and saw the strip with the PW and saw how nice and relaxed she was and gave a big thumbs up!  (These are nurses and OBs familiar with Hypnobabies)

8 PM Friday

Lisa gets another Vaginal Exam.  She is now 4cm and 80% effaced.  Her nurse is so encouraging!  You are entering a new phase of birth!  You are really going to start progressing quickly now.  Lots of positive comments from all the staff the whole birth!

I am realizing I am probably not going to see this baby be born.  Alison is called to come in as back up doula.

9:30 PM Friday

New Blood!  I think that having a fresh alert doula arrive at 9:30, helps Lisa and Ryan move forward in their birth with some new energy.

10 PM Friday

I am exhausted and am home by 10 PM.  I finish packing and am in bed by midnight.  I am hoping I will wake up to a text saying baby is born!

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Wonderful Hospital Hypnobabies Birth Video!

May 28, 2010

Missy was my Hypnobabies Student and my 3rd Doula Client.  (It was filmed over 3 years ago and I just got her footage and made a video for her.  She said I could share it with the world!)

I am so excited because I get to be her doula again in a few months.  🙂

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Did the Singing Mom in labor, use Hypnobabies?

May 3, 2010

How many moms have seen and been inspired by this birth video?

Over 1,400,000 people have watched it!

Some wonder if she was using Hypnobabies.

YES, she was.  Here is what her doula said.

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Doula Micky’s view point

Yes, I am in the video – sitting on the floor in the red shirt beside her. Temple is a close friend of mine and I was her doula for this birth. She did the Hypnobabies home study as this was before I became an instructor. I told her about Hypnobabies and encouraged her to do it. She gave birth to a HUGE baby, at home, shortly after the singing you see in the video.

My favorite “Hypnobabies moment” was when she came downstairs after laying down on the bed for a while, listening to the cds. She looked like she was asleep but was really listening to the cds. She came downstairs and said she wasn’t sure if the hypnosis was working because she wasn’t feeling anything. She was concerned that her labor had stopped. This was her third birth and she was used to pain! I of course, told her that I was pretty sure that meant it was working. 🙂

Had I been more knowledgeable about hypnosis at the time, I would have helped her stay in hypnosis and helped her go back to the cds but that is when she did the singing. Then she went through transformation and got in the tub and had her sweet baby boy. So, as Kerry says, moms have the births they need to have. Had she not done her singing, we wouldn’t be having this conversation and she wouldn’t have impacted so many people (thousands) with their video and song on youtube and itunes.

You can read Temple’s Birth story here. Her baby was 10 pounds!  Another inspirational “big baby” story.


VBAC Victory at Vandy!

April 24, 2010

I went to Vanderbilt for my undergraduate degree.  I loved it there.

I was interested to see that the Fall 2009 Vanderbilt Magazine had an article on the Midwives there!

Rebirth of the Midwife:  Attracted by hands-on care and lower costs, more expectant parents turn to certified nurse-midwives.

It was a really great article and highlighted a VBAC mom, who used the midwives.

Enjoy!