We kept using the “BRAIN”

This week’s birth story comes from the amazing couple Janay & Randy who gave birth to Naomi Reese after attending Hypnobirthing sessions with Katie Daibess of Your Birth and Becoming, covering Troy, Michigan in the USA.

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“My husband and I went to my 38-week prenatal appointment and unexpectedly was told to go straight to L&D for a NST and told that I might need to be induced that night. I knew from the time I found out I was pregnant that I absolutely did NOT want an induction. As I was being monitored and told that an induction was necessary, I felt my plan for a fully unmedicated and natural birth slipping through my fingers. Not only was I being induced but I was now giving birth at the hospital instead of the birthing center like I had hoped. We kept using the “BRAIN” decision making technique and ultimately decided to move forward with the induction.

Because we showed up to L&D straight from our prenatal appointment my husband had to rush home to get our packed hospital bag and other comforts from home. I wrote my affirmations out on scrap paper that the nurses gave me, hung twinkle lights, and emailed my birth preferences to the midwives as I waited for my husband to make it back.

Once the contractions really started going, I used every tool in our hypnobirthing tool box to get me through. We recited my affirmations, my husband played our wedding video, used gentle touch to help me through, and helped me with my breathing techniques. My incredible midwife and doula made sure my birth experience was as close to how I envisioned it as possible, encouraging different positions and remaining relaxed. My sister was also there to support us through the final stages of labor. In the days after giving birth she said, “You were so focused, you made it seem like just any other challenging task you had to get through.”

After 22 hours of labor and without any other intervention beyond two doses of cytotec, we welcomed our baby into this world. Being her mother is my greatest joy and we find ourselves in awe by her each and every day.

Thank you to Katie, we are so incredibly grateful to have taken her class! We learned so much and we’re truly able to apply her teachings and reclaim our birth experience.

We advocated for the birth we wanted and ultimately had a beautiful experience.

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