Gretchen’s First Birth: Determined Mama with Unmedicated Labor Despite Pitocin, Unsupportive OB, 10 Pound Baby

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Gretchen and Griffin took my class last Fall. Here is what they had to say after taking the class:

“Before I got pregnant, I always thought an epidural was the way to go in labor. Of course, I would never want to experience all that pain that I had heard so much about. But then, last summer, I had a good friend introduce me to Hypnobirthing, a way of natural birth. When she first told me about it, I thought, “Wow, you’re a crazy person. Why would you ever do that?” But the more she told me about it, the more it made sense. With Hypnobirthing, you learn that pain, and fear do not have to accompany labor. And that if pain and fear do accompany you to your labor, it causes your body to tense up and close, not allowing it to do what it naturally knows how to do. With the Hypnobirthing program, you exercise positive thinking, relaxation, visualization, breathing, and physical preparation to prepare you for a gentle birth. After some hesitation, she showed me some Hypnobirthing videos. I was stunned at how calm these ladies were. How smooth labor can actually go, if you let your body relax and do what it already knows how to do. Even the babies seem more calm and responsive right out of the womb.

In March, when I found out I was pregnant, I knew right away I wanted to do Hynobirthing. When it came time to actually start taking a class, I Googled and found Fiona Judd who teaches Hypnobirthing in Orem. We just finished our 5 week course with her and loved it. We learned so much from her. She is very experienced and passionate about what she teaches, while being very down to earth and very understanding of everyone’s situations. We left very informed about labor, things that can happen during labor, ways to relax during labor, etc and we feel very confident our labor will be a very stress free experience.”

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