I had decided I wanted to have a natural childbirth birth due to wanting to avoid an epidural. My initial reason for desiring a low intervention birth was because my lower back (right above where it joins my pelvis) was surgically fused when I was 21 – this meant if I had wanted an epidural, it would have been put in much higher. I was also slightly concerned about back pain during pregnancy, but figured I would just deal with it.
In the post-partum period, I used my Hypnobabies tools as well. My daughter was tongue-tied (rather severely, we ended up having her tongue clipped by a pediatric ENT two weeks after birth) and every time she would latch on it hurt so badly. I remember sitting on the couch crying to my husband that I would rather give birth again than have her nurse. My husband suggested that I use the peace cue to direct my anesthesia to my nipples. After this suggestion, I breastfed almost exclusively in the “center” position and I breathed my peace and anesthesia to my breasts. I found out after her tongue was clipped that most moms who try to breastfeed with a child who has tongue-tie as severe as my daughter give up because the pain is so intense. I credit my Hypnobabies tools for allowing me to establish a good breastfeeding relationship with my daughter that is still going strong after 6 months! I am thankful for the tools and skills I learned in Hypnobabies – it was helpful during pregnancy and in the post-partum period (in addition to my excellent birthing time).