Blissful, pain-free, ORGASMIC… I’ve heard all of those terms used to describe natural childbirth, and every single one of them has made me roll my eyes (and then gag a little). I’ve done the natural thing – at home, with the midwife and the doula – and there was nothing blissful about it. Well, until the baby finally came out and snuggled sweetly on my belly. THAT was heaven.
My husband describes the experience of watching me birth Baby #4 as something very similar to watching Michael Jackson turn into the werewolf in his “Thriller” video. I’m sure it was much harder to watch than that.
But unless all those women who say they actually enjoyed giving birth are bold-faced liars, there has to be something behind this whole giving-birth-without-feeling-like-you’re-insides-are-exploding thing. I’ve watched the videos on YouTube of women scrunching up their pretty faces, puffing out a few silent breaths of air, then having their babies fall out of them seemingly without a bit of effort, all without turning into werewolves. Maybe it’s true. Maybe a virtually pain-free or pleasurable natural birth experience is possible.
When I found out I was pregnant with Baby #5 two months ago, already knowing that (for me) natural childbirth was the only option for bringing my new baby into the world, I made it my mission to explore this wacky thing I’ve been hearing about from everyone from doula friends to celebrities – hypnobirthing.
OK – it’s about to get weird as sh*t up in here. Welcome to BexLife.
As serendipity/luck/synchronicity would have it, my very close friend and personal hypnocoach, Grace Smith, was already scheduled to take a hypnobirthing course and was planning on creating her own course for expecting mothers and their partners.
This is how my world works, folks. Ask, believe, receive!
I needed hypnobirthing, Grace was about to add it to her incredible arsenal of hypnosis knowledge and power, and I have a platform to share whatever goodies I get with the world – the recipe for getting blissed in, people!
Grace visited BexLife Farm a few weeks ago to shoot a series of 5 videos that outline some facts, myths, and fears that you may have about hypnobirthing and natural childbirth. We also tossed in a meditation for morning sickness (my special selfish request) and another for bonding with your unborn baby – your baby wants to hear from you now!
View the entire playlist below and please remember to pin the image at the top of this post to share these valuable videos with your friends who are expecting or want to get pregnant soon (hypnosis can help with that, too). You’ll also get three video updates about my own birthing time and placenta encapsulation experience.
Update: Grace is no longer offering an in-person hypnobirthing course, but you can connect with her online Grace Space community by clicking here.
I’ve also become a DONA-trained doula since birthing my fifth baby! You can find more information about my services in the NYC-NJ-PA area by visiting BlissedBirthServices.com.
I highly recommend and use the Hypnobabies home study course. Click here to learn about this amazing program that you can use at home for your own blissed birth.
PS – If you’ve experienced hypnobirthing, I’d love to hear from you. Post your story in the comments below – I’m sure my readers would benefit from what you have to say. And I also want to hear your comments and requests. YOU are BexLife… without you, I would just hang out all day and watch the Real Housewives and do laundry.
Rebekah “Bex” Borucki, founder of BexLife.com and the Blissed In® wellness movement, is a mother-of-five, TV host, meditation guide, author, speaker, birth doula, fitness and yoga instructor, and popular social media personality. Her first book, You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life (Hay House 2017), is available now, wherever books are sold.
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