Taking HypnoBirthing at Three Sisters helped us in so many ways before, during after birth. Before birth having all of the childbirth education where we could ask questions really helped create and solidify a picture of birth that was calm, empowered and intuitive. It also gave us precious time together as a couple to connect deeply with each other and connect with our baby in the womb. All the rich evidence based information was also paired with techniques for calming the body and mind and connecting deeply. We practiced these in class and at home which really helped during labor to lean into those then familiar techniques which include affirmations, breathing, and trusting my body and our baby to work together. This mindset gave me so much focus and strength in labor and into all the trials tribulations and joys of postpartum. It was wonderful to take the class with a small group of parents going through this special time in life together. Hypnobirthing was the best and most useful thing we did to prepare for our birth and for our baby.
From Sara Marie Hamilton
I highly recommend HypnoBirthing classes to anyone preparing for birth. The information learned, the videos (many from births Three Sisters attended), and the guidance for integrating practice of the techniques was invaluable. I was able to have a calm, peaceful, blissful birth experience thanks to the HypnoBirthing techniques and the support of my midwives and doula. TRUST, GRACE, and BLISS describe the emotions I felt so strongly during labor- even when “plans” shifted. I am so very grateful to have these amazing women in our family’s lives. LOVE and GRATITUDE!
I can’t recommend the HypnoBirthing classes enough. I learned a lot in the classes, including anatomy and the physiology of birth. The information helped me to feel confident in my body’s ability to birth naturally and safely. I prepared for labor with a regular practice of relaxation and breathing. My pre-labor lasted 3 days and was intense; I was not able to get much sleep. Listening to the Rainbow Relaxation CD was tremendously supportive and helped me focus on my breathing and relaxation.
Kristina Marlia Johnson
If I were to birth again I would not wait a moment to call upon Rhione. I always recommend her and her amazing HypnoBirthing classes to my clients and friends. To work with Rhione Zeixchel is truly an honor and a blessing. Truly thank you so much! You were a blessing to spend time with! I learned a lot too. Luv, Lisa Rohde of Rogue Living Well.
That was the greatest moment of my life as I saw my son under the water coming my way with his eyes already open. I took him out of the water and immediately put him skin to skin with me. Our baby was born at 3:55pm September the 24th on a beautiful Friday afternoon. ♥ ♥ ♥ I’m never going to get tired of being thankful to Rhione for introducing me to HypnoBirthing. Applying these techniques made Silas’ birth story so beautiful and unforgettable. My advice to all the HypnoBirthing mammas is this: Trust your body. Connect with your higher self. And trust your beautiful baby.
Read the whole birth story below:
Birth of Silas
by his Mama Astrea
On September 23rd around 6am I was asleep and suddenly I felt a lot of liquid (like a peeing kind of feeling but without control) coming down my legs. I texted Rhione and we came to the conclusion that it was likely my amniotic fluid. That same day I had my prenatal appointment at 2pm at the birth center and since I didn’t have any surges at that point I decided to wait and go to the birth center to see what their opinion was about it. When I got there I explained the situation and they decided to test my discharge for amniotic fluid. When I went to test the discharge, the mucus plug came out, and in the other hand the results were negative for amniotic fluid. They told me that the discharge was cervical fluid. I let them know about my mucus plug and they said that the birth was close. They said it could be days or it could be the next day for the baby to be born.
We went back home and we started getting everything ready just in case. Cole made a bone broth and a smoothie to take with us to the birth center whenever it was the moment to go, so we would have good nourishing foods for momma and baby. We gathered everything on my list and loaded it into the car. The rest of the afternoon went by and I was feeling fine, and even worked a little bit on the computer and went for my afternoon walk with my dogs.
When the evening arrived I started feeling some Braxton- Hicks tightenings but nothing super notable - it was only a few and they didn’t have a pattern of time so I just relaxed, enjoyed the night and went to bed. Around 3am I started feeling very light surges and I noticed that these surges had a pattern of time. They were happening every 12-15min, and in that moment I knew that my body was preparing for baby. I kept sleeping and around 6am the surges started to get more intense and now they were 6 to 8 minutes apart. I woke Cole up and let him know what was happening and he got up and started to get everything ready, while I played my rainbow relaxation, turned my oil diffuser on with lavender essential oil, laid back in bed and started going deep into relaxation. With every surge I envisioned the ocean coming and going as I was imagining my body being like the water and letting every surge feeling run through with calmness and joy because I was getting closer and closer to meeting my baby. I was also doing my breathing (calm breathing and surge breathing) and that was a game changer.
Time passed by and Cole was there being very supportive and talking to me. He read me one of the scripts from the HypnoBirthing notebook. He also did some light touch massage and he was staying in contact with Rhione, the birth center and our doula Kristy.
By 11:30am the surges had reached a very powerful level that required my full focus, with full calm breathing in between surges and big time surge breathing during every surge. At this point the surges were lasting a solid 1 to 2 minutes from start to finish and were 1.5 to 3 minutes apart. In this part of active labor I tuned-in super deep with my body to understand what position was most helpful for me with each surge. Around 12:25pm I went to sit on the toilet because it felt good to me. More blood and liquid came out then, and at this point I was ready to go to the birth center. Kristy advised Cole that we drive directly to the birth center and she would meet us there.
We left the farm around 1:15pm. The drive along the driveway of the farm and on to the birth center was a challenge for me. I made myself stay absolutely focused on my deep relaxation thinking of the water and my body being like the water, letting everything flow and embracing every surge. We got to the birth center at 1:55pm and I went straight to the birthing room. I knew baby was preparing to come out soon.
They did a vaginal exam to make sure I was dilated enough (if not they would have sent me back home) and to our good fortune I was 8cm dilated. (In my birth plan I asked them NOT to tell me how many centimeters I was, so they told me “good, you don’t have to go back home!”) The pressure on my pelvic floor was pretty intense by then but I kept feeling my body in a deeply relaxed state. Thirty minutes later I told Kristy: “I need to start breathing the baby down” so they took me to the water tub.
The surges this time when I started breathing the baby down were different, with way more pressure on my pelvic floor but they fully shut down in between and let me rest. I thought in that moment “My body is so wise” and I was so thankful to my body, and I kept breathing my baby down. Cole kept me hydrated with sips of water and broth. In a few more surges I could reach down with my hand and feel the top of his head. At this point, with each surge I felt the necessity to bear down but I wasn’t letting my bottom relax, and I was contracting the lips of my vagina. I asked Cole to hold them open for me, and the midwives showed me the baby’s head with a mirror. I could see his long black hair! I had such a unique feeling seeing this and it gave me more strength and determination. All I wanted was for my baby to have the most wonderful birth experience. Kristy helped me realize that as I was breathing the baby down it could be helpful for me to vocalize each breath (which I was not doing before) and I also started imagining my body opening like a flower in nature.
In a few more surges I put all the strength of my body into my breath and my core and the baby shot out all at once in one breath. I was in a forward-leaning position and Cole was behind me. He received the baby under the water and told me to open my legs and he pushed the baby toward my waiting arms. That was the greatest moment of my life as I saw my son under the water coming my way with his eyes already open. I took him out of the water and immediately put him skin to skin with me. Our baby was born at 3:55pm September the 24th on a beautiful Friday afternoon. ♥ ♥ ♥ I’m never going to get tired of being thankful to Rhione for introducing me to HypnoBirthing. Applying these techniques made Silas’ birth story so beautiful and unforgettable. My advice to all the HypnoBirthing mammas is this: Trust your body. Connect with your higher self. And trust your beautiful baby.
Create and solidify a picture of birth that is calm, empowered and intuitive
I was able to have a calm, peaceful, blissful birth experience
TRUST, GRACE and BLISS describe the emotions I felt so strongly during labor, even when plans shifted
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