Home Births and Vaginal Births After Cesarean

A growing minority (over 4 dozen) of our couples have chosen home births, and 3 dozen more have had VBACs (vaginal births after cesareans).  Some combined the two approaches and had HBACs – that’s home-births after cesareans.  Here are just a  few who longed to share their stories.

JoanneDear Cynthia, I wanted to let you know that Joshua and I had a healthy baby girl Ada Laurette on Friday, May 22 after a very short labor of 4.5 hours and an unplanned, but very fulfilling, home birth! I started experiencing my first surges at 2:30 pm but I was uncertain if it was actual labor. By the time I got home at 4 pm, I decided to text my doula Ashley Ortelli to give her a heads up and also placed a call to the midwives at the CT Birth center. Little did I know, Ada was coming much sooner than anyone anticipated. By the time my husband got home and told Ashley she should come over, I had already entered my bathroom and begun pushing– just listening to what my body told me to do. Ashley arrived at our home at 6:52 pm, and Ada was born 18 minutes later at 7:10 pm– caught by Ashley! My birth experience couldn’t have been better. I can honestly say that at no point did I feel any fear about what was happening within my body. I didn’t even have to remind myself that it was all normal. I know this is why my labor was able to progress so quickly, and I’m sure that the feeling of calm that both Joshua and I were able to maintain was due to the knowledge that we picked up in your class. Ashley’s presence was invaluable during and after the birth as she gave us the confidence to stay on track with our birth plan while a myriad of emergency responder voices told us we had to go to the hospital even though both Ada and I were perfectly fine. After standing our ground, Ada, Joshua, and I arrived at the CT Birth center where we stayed for about 5 hours to make sure everyone was healthy. At 2 am, we made our way home, and by 4 am, we were all in bed– definitely not sleeping though, as I couldn’t take my eyes off our new daughter! Please feel free to share this story on your site. I am sure that we would not have had such a calm and joyful birth without the knowledge and supportive atmosphere we experienced during your class. Thank you! P.S. the attached photo was taken at the birth center right before we left for home. – Joanne Coupet-Hemmert, Chappaqua NY (Unplanned Home Birth)

Lynne from Fairfield came to HypnoBirthing of CT at the strong recommendation of two of her friends. She was already 35 weeks pregnant, and had two prior cesareans. She ended up birthing her third baby quickly and easily at homeI have had two c-sections and I felt strongly that this did not medically necessitate a third. During my pregnancy I spoke to and met with as many people as I could, researching and educating myself to help my husband and myself decide on our birth plan.  One of the first people I contacted was Cynthia after two friends of mine strongly recommended that I take her course.  I am so glad I did! Cynthia’s class helped me realize that I could play an active role in my healthcare rather than being a passive recipient of it.  It helped me find the support and encouragement I needed in order to feel confident that I really could have the birth I wanted, the birth I felt I had missed out on.  My labor ended up being so quick that despite the fact that we had planned on birthing at the hospital our daughter was born in the calm and quiet of our bedroom.  Luckily we had great labor support who was there with us and assisted with the birth.  I’m so proud to have had a VBA2C and to finally have felt what it was like to give birth. – Lynne Chesbro, Fairfield CT (HBA2C:  Home Birth After Two Cesareans)

MargoAs soon as I became pregnant with my third child I knew I did not want a third cesarean section. I was told how dangerous it would be to do a trial of labor and that I would have to change hospitals if I wanted a vaginal birth. I left in tears despite the fact that everything was progressing perfectly in the pregnancy. I attended my first ICAN meeting and found out it is never too late to change providers and also that I was not alone in my experience and others had gone on to have safe, successful VBACs after multiple cesareans. I began the search for another provider and discovered most local hospitals have policies against vaginal births after more than one cesarean even though there is no evidence to support such a policy. With the help of your ICAN group, I found Circle for Life midwifery who were not afraid to take on the challenge of supporting my choices.  I didn’t know just how badly I wanted a natural birth until I attended my first HypnoBirthing class with you, and was asked to state my intention. Just thinking about stating it aloud closed my throat and brought on the flow of tears. While most people I spoke to seemed to think I should “just schedule a cesarean” and avoid all the difficulties of trying to “take on the system”, here I was with a group of people who believed I could and should birth the way I wanted to. Fear and doubt slowly became hope and determination and the final result was more amazing than I could have ever imagined. Mild surges began on January 29 around 1pm. They continued that way until early evening when they seemed to get stronger. I called Ashley, my doula, and by the time she arrived I was using the “balloon” breathing technique and sometimes would go on my hands and knees to breathe through a surge. Surges were not painful and but they were definitely getting stronger and closer together. We called the midwife and set out for the hospital knowing we had to get to Bridgeport from Norwalk. The membranes released just before we rounded the last corner to get to the hospital and once inside Paula found I was open to a full 10cm and ready to go. There was a strong bearing down sensation with each surge that took no conscious effort on my part so I tried to add my own “push” to that to help the baby along. Once I began to feel a stretching sensation, I knew the baby was close. Little did I know, he was very close! I saw stars with my last push and had to be convinced to open my eyes to see the baby (I knew he wasn’t entirely out, but did not know his entire head was!) I watched as his body slid gently out and Paula turned him to face me. She had me reach down and help pull him up onto my lower abdomen as he and I stared at each other with shock and disbelief. The placenta came out on its own time and the cord was cut after that.  It was a truly magical experience! I cannot thank you enough, Cynthia, for all that you do at HypnoBirthing of CT! Your class is not only extremely informative but truly inspiring and empowering for all who attend. You are so experienced and approachable and you know how to make everyone comfortable enough to ask questions of any kind. On top of that you have created a community of like-minded individuals and couples where people can connect on many different levels. The ICAN group you run is such a supportive group of women that I was instantly at ease relating to them. Your work is vital to the health and well-being of families you touch.  I sincerely hope that all women get the birth they desire! It was life-changing for me to realize that birth is beautiful and not scary and painful like so many would have us believe. I will be forever grateful. Much Love, Margo Puma from Norwalk CT (Natural birth after two cesareans at St. Vincent’s Hospital)

Lydia from Fairfield CT decided to have a home birth with Joni Stone after taking the HypnoBirthing of CT course with Cynthia. Lydia took a Bradley childbirth class for her first baby and decided on HypnoBirthing the second time around.Cynthia Overgard has a professional and very informative style and is passionate about the subject of HypnoBirthing. It was an absolute pleasure to attend her classes, which were well-managed, fascinating, inspiring, thought provoking and ultimately life changing – the 3 hour classes seemed to fly by every time. Thank you Cynthia for your inspiration. This most major life event happening at home in water was all due to you and having taken your class. I’m sure you change many people’s lives with your class, and for changing mine I am very grateful. – Lydia Heilmann (Home-birth in Fairfield, CT with midwife Joni Stone)

HypnoBirthing in Fairfield CTHi Cynthia! I’m so excited to finally share our birth story with you!  After a stressful couple of weeks leading up to it, we ended up having the most beautiful, all-natural home birth, and it was more amazing than I ever could have imagined!  So, we started getting really anxious as I approached 42 weeks.  I had to go to the hospital to get a non-stress test and ultrasound to make sure the baby was doing ok — he passed both with flying colors, but my midwives still wanted to try to get labor going to avoid going past 42 weeks.  After trying everything to no avail (and I mean everything, from the foley balloon to acupuncture to castor oil and everything in between), this baby still just did not want to come out yet.  The 42 week mark came and went, and I still wasn’t having any signs of labor, so my midwife said if I was not in labor by the next day that they would recommend going to the hospital to be induced.  Apparently my baby and I respond very well to ultimatums, because I started to go into labor on Wednesday night!  My midwife checked me at around 11pm and I was about 2cm, so she did a membrane sweep to try to get things moving.  Within a half hour, I started having strong surges that felt like they were coming one right after the other.  Since my surges were so irregular, I wasn’t sure if I was really in labor or not.  I walked around, took a shower, and tried to relax through the surges while Robbie set up the birth pool in the baby’s room.  It was such a relief once I could finally get in the pool — it felt like the absolute best thing in the world, and I was so grateful to be in the comfort of my own home rather than in the hospital!  I listened to the Rainbow Relaxation CD on repeat and tried to breathe my way through the surges, with Robbie by my side the whole time. The affirmations were so reassuring to hear, and I felt so much strength knowing that on the same day 38 years earlier, my own mom was in labor at home with my sister Erin! Around 3am, the surges were getting a lot stronger, so my midwife checked me again and I was already at 9cm!  I had no idea I had progressed that far but was so relieved to hear that (I thought for sure I had at least 10 more hours ahead of me!!).  That gave me such renewed strength and confidence, and after about 30 minutes of pushing, I was able to reach down and pull our beautiful baby out with my own hands and bring him straight up to my chest. Westley Loudin Reid was born at 4:40am, after less than 5 hours of labor, at 7lbs3oz and 20.25in.  This was the most incredible thing I have ever experienced, and I am so grateful to you for empowering me to make the decision to have the home birth we wanted.  Your class helped us find the courage to ask questions and challenge the “standard of care” when we knew it was not the best option for us.  You have truly transformed our lives for the better and I can’t thank you enough for everything! – With much love, Marcie Reid, Fairfield CT (Home birth with Birth & Beyond)

Hi Cynthia! I wanted to let you know that I had a beautiful baby girl on August 28th, 2013. Just as my previous two home births, it was the most beautiful, empowering, incredible experience I have ever had. So much of this is a thanks to you and your wonderful Hypnobirthing childbirth classes that I took with my first baby four years ago! My third birth was almost identical to my other two. My membranes ruptured at 1:15 p.m. and my surges began about 2:45 p.m. I was perfectly comfortable, and only felt these beautiful waves of tightening. I called my midwife and she arrived around 3:30. Since this was my third experience giving birth I already had the Hypnobirthing mindset engraved in my thoughts and mind. Your class taught me so much that it honestly became my natural thought process and belief system about pregnancy, labor, and birth. Once my surges became stronger at around 4 p.m. I got into my birthing tub and did what was natural for me at that moment which was to switch from being on my knees to all fours. Through the entire birthing process I was smiling and talking to my baby. This was one of the things that you taught me that moved me the most…”…you are never alone, your baby is birthing with you.” I had my husband and two other children ages 4 and 21 months watching, smiling, excitingly waiting for their sibling. They were never even once for a moment nervous, because as it is for our family, birth is a natural, beautiful process.  At 4:39 p.m Elise Juliette was born weighing 8 lbs 9 oz, 21.5 in long. My labor from surges to birth were under 1.5 hours. My first labor was under 3 hours, and my second was under 2 hours. I cannot thank you enough because I know that because of your class, my body and mind were so peaceful that my births were quick and completely comfortable. All I feel are waves of tightening and then pressure as I prepared to push. When people ask how this is possible, I tell them about your Hypnobirthing of CT class and how it educated me and changed my view of childbirth. I cannot thank you enough! Our family is forever grateful! Please share my story – I want people to know how wonderful you are! – Love, Eva Rizio (Home Birth in Pawling, NY)

Richa from Stamford contacted Cynthia Overgard late in pregnancy when her OBs were pressuring her to have another cesarean. She immediately registered for our course and ended up with a beautiful natural home birth.During my second pregnancy, when I insisted on trying a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), my doctor discouraged me with at least 10 different reasons why I would not be able to have a vaginal birth, and said I should save myself the hassle with a scheduled C-section. I however, had the miraculous opportunity to find you, Cynthia, when I was already 36 weeks pregnant. That first phone call with you changed the course of my birth and my life. It was the beginning of a wonderful journey for me. I immediately joined your HypnoBirthing classes, and applied all the tools you taught me. I followed your advice to consider leaving my unsupportive OB, even so late in pregnancy, in order to find a practitioner who was aligned with my dream for a vaginal birth. Just a few weeks later, in my home and under the expertise of two wonderful mid-wives, I birthed my baby vaginally, naturally and calmly. I had a HBAC (home birth after cesarean) and my baby weighed more than 8 lbs! Ina May Gaskin was right…My body is not a lemon! I hope many, many more women will have the courage to believe in themselves as I did, and feel the power of being a woman, and birth healthy, strong babies that are free of after-effects of “medical deliveries”. Cynthia, my journey was only possible because of you and it began when I first called you. I thank you, Cynthia, for changing my life! I am forever grateful for that first time we spoke and you made me believe this was possible for me. I will always remember you and my two wonderful mid-wives (Joni Stone and Gengi Proteau) and for the awesome experience of natural birthing at home! – Richa Gautam Menon,  Stamford CT (Home birth after cesarean in Stamford CT)

Stamford CT Home Birth - Lisa prepared at HypnoBIrthing of Connecticut with CynthiaCynthia, We had such an amazing birth experience thanks to the lessons we learned through your HypnoBirthing of CT class. As predicted, my labor went very fast. I started having small contractions around 2:00 on Friday the 2nd. It wasn’t until about 3:30 that I was convinced it was actually in labor and started calling my husband, midwife and doula. My surges got closer together and stronger quickly. By 5:00 they were a couple minutes apart and there was finally enough water to get in the birthing pool. It was amazing the difference in how the surges felt once I was in the water. They were so much more comfortable. My water broke around 6:15. That’s when Joni, the midwife arrived. At this point my surges were on top of each other and pushing was almost involuntary. After just a couple strong pushes, baby Quinn was born at 7:04.  The most valuable lesson I took from the class was the knowledge that this was a natural process my body was made to do this. I remained calm throughout the process and at no point was anxious or afraid. It was truly one of the best experiences of my life. Thank you so much for preparing us to have the home birth we wanted. – Lisa Bauerle (Home Birth in Stamford CT)

Erin had a VBAC using HypnoBirthng in Norwalk HospitalDear Cynthia – I am finally sending you my birth story. My family thanks you so much for your knowledge and support during a very special time. Our baby girl arrived via VBAC!  Her name is Lennie Sandra Otelia Hunter.  When we got settled into Norwalk Hospital I was at 6cm. The surges were pretty intense and it continued for what felt like all day. I focused on my breathing, which of course was key. By about 6am I was 9cm but this period was a really long haul. Super challenging surges and I was doubting myself. The midwife Sarah and nurse Karen who took over the early shift reassured me, along with my continued support from Angelo and my mom. I have done collegiate gymnastics, triathlons, adventure races and a c-section – but natural childbirth is by far the most difficult feat for me and the most rewarding. After a half hour of pushing in any position I could get myself in, at 7lbs 6oz, 21 in. the most beautiful little being was born at 8:16 a.m. Big brother Cassius loves his baby sister Lennie! My son Cassius was 6 lbs 13oz, 19.5 in. My doctor would not have allowed me to vaginally deliver Lennie because she was bigger than Cassius. BUT I DID IT!!!  Thanks again for everything! – Erin Hunter, Norwalk CT (Birthed in Norwalk Hospital with the Midwives)

My labor began 2 weeks earlier than expected. I had convinced myself that as a first time mom I would go two weeks past my guess date. While visiting a friends house to watch the patriots game I went to the bathroom and noticed what I thought might be birth show. I texted our midwife Joni to give her a heads up and kept an eye on the clock for the rest of the game. We decided not to dawdle afterwards and headed home, grabbing some healthy sandwiches on the way. I called my midwife and doula while Damian did some last minute chores . I still wasn’t even feeling my surges so I told them I’d lay down and rest and call them in a few hours. I started to make the bed and things really moved from there. When I finally got the bed made I laid down for 2 surges before I had to get up and move around. I spent a lot of time going back and forth from the toilet to the tub. I was calm and in control thanks to the hypnobirthing techniques Cynthia taught us but needed my husband’s undivided attention and support. My midwife arrived around 10pm and started setting up. At 11:30 I asked her if she should check me. Her response was “do you want to be checked?” I told her only if she would tell me good news. Fortunately for me she found that I was 10cm!!!  I pushed for far longer than I ever thought possible and with the help of my amazing support system Renzo Manolo Ortelli was born at home on my bedroom floor at 4:09 am on January 23rd.  We are so thankful for all you taught us, Cynthia. Our birth was everything we dreamed it would be – free from intervention and intimate in the comfort of our own home. Thank you!!! – Ashley Ortelli, Stamford CT

Lindsay and Blaine from Darien once believed anyone birthing at home was pretty crazy. Once they were fully educated at HypnoBirthing of Connecticut in Westport, they decided to have a home birth at the very end of pregnancy, when their OB recommended a C-section due to the baby's large size.My favorite quote of Cynthia’s: “Hear everyone; Listen to yourself.” I appreciate that Cynthia’s opinions are based in her extensive research. I highly value her confidence and conviction in the subject matter—ultimately I found that her overall demeanor has given me more strength to have conviction in what I want and what I believe. For us, Hypnobirthing has been excellent mental preparation for our journey through the rest of this pregnancy, the beginning of our baby’s life and our roles as parenting partners. We have learned and regularly practice techniques to get to a deeply calming place, and we feel that this will benefit us tremendously during labor and in life in general. I have found incredible strength within myself as I’ve ventured through this class. Cynthia, On November 19, at 5:05 a.m., our daughter, Penelope Kate, arrived in our home with the incredible assistance of Joni Stone. She weighed a hearty 9 pounds and 13 ounces and was 21 inches long. We truly had the birth of our dreams, and I am so grateful for all of the preparation that your class provided for us. I’m just so grateful that landing in your class led to so many wonderful things for us! – Lindsay Hurty (Home-Birthed her 9 lb. 13 oz. baby in Darien CT with midwife Joni Stone. She left her OB at 34 weeks when he suggested a scheduled C-section)

Rachel from Stamford CT chose HypnoBirthing of CT in Westport to prepare for the HBAC (home birth after cesarean) for her second baby.Elijah River was born on October 11th at 3:14am in the comfort of my bedroom. This was also my birthday and his arrival was the greatest gift I could have imagined as his birth was a VBAC and a dream come true.  I labored peacefully for 25 hours at home with the support of my midwives, doula and incredible husband Joe. Though it was a long labor, I wouldn’t change a thing. There wasn’t a moment of doubt in the room that I would be able to do it. Through Cynthia’s teaching I felt so prepared and therefore confident in my abilities to birth naturally.  I’d learned the tools to help stay grounded in my body and leave my mind behind. I trusted that my body and my baby would work harmoniously to bring him into the world. I felt so supported the entire time. It was a birth without incident or complication, but there was a profound awareness after all was said and done that had I been anywhere but in my home, I surely would have had a repeat C-section. I am absolutely overflowing with gratitude for my experience and the amazing people in my life who guided and supported me through this incredible journey. – Rachel Beninati, Stamford CT (Home Birth After Cesarean in Stamford, CT)

Lauren from Yorktown NY came to Cynthia Overgard's class to prepare for her natural, vaginal birth after cesarean. She also attended HBCT's Birth Story Gathering in Westport.Mike and I just wanted to write and tell you about our wonderful birth! Mike and I had our little boy Owen Michael on March 20th. He was 9 lbs. 10 oz. Our labor was great, and I think the HypnoBirthing helped me to relax and let my body gradually and gently open up so that I could have the easiest, best birth possible. We delivered when I was 41 weeks, 2 days. My membranes released at midnight and the surges started right away. By the time we got to the hospital just after 1:00 am, I was checked in and I was 9 cm dilated, and at 10 cm about 20 minutes after that. Owen was born at exactly 2:00 am for a total of 2 hours of birth from start to finish (and no drugs either). I couldn’t have imagined doing it any other way. It was so wonderful to finally have the all natural, empowering birth that I always knew I could have. – Lauren Specht, Yorktown NY (Natural VBAC, Hudson Valley Hospital, NY)

Cynthia, I wanted to *finally* send you our birth story! After your class this summer, we were determined to have the home birth that was our dream. We finally found Stacey Rees in Brooklyn, and we knew we had the right midwife. Then came the wait…I was 10 days overdue when I finally went into labor. By early afternoon the next day, things began to intensify. The midwife checked my cervix and I was dilated to 3cm. Gary set up the birth tub and I got into the warm water. As soon as I was immersed, I felt as though I’d left the planet. My mind was completely consumed with the feelings in my body and I focused on imagining the ribbons unfurling, the cervix dilating. At 8:58pm of October 22nd, our gorgeous son, Adrien Fox Faulkner, was born into the water. It was the most dramatic and life-changing moment in my life. I turned over from my hands and knees to hold him in my arms while my husband cried beside me. Our dreams had all come true. As you may remember, my mother passed away during this pregnancy—but she was so definitely with me during the birth and I felt that she was protecting us and keeping us safe. Everything went without a hitch—I had an easy, quick recovery and was able to focus all my attention on my new little life during the post-partum period. I would never have wanted to give birth in any other way. My most delicious memory is of those very first few hours after Fox’s birth, in the quiet of our home after the midwives had departed, just the three of us getting to know each other. Thank you so very much for your support and your class. Our experience at HypnoBirthing of CT was absolutely essential to this pregnancy. We were truly enveloped in a supportive birth community through you. Thank you, thank you! Please let me know if I can ever be involved or support anyone else who is interested in talking about home birth and its incredible benefits and experience. – Moya (Home Birth in NYC)

Rocio from Stamford CT home-birthed her second baby naturally and vaginally after completing the HypnoBirthing course in Westport with Cynthia. She later became a featured speaker at one of HBCT's birth story gatherings.Cynthia, I couldn’t have had a home birth VBAC without your HypnoBirthing of CT class. I’ve been wanting to send you a long overdue email regarding my home birth — It was awesome!!!  Thank you, thank you, thank you so much! My entire family thanks you!  I couldn’t have done it without HBCT. I still have to remind myself that a VBAC is a big deal in this day and age because it really didn’t feel like a big deal when I had Olivier. I hope that doesn’t come out the wrong way but it was really easy for me to have a home birth.  Cynthia, I’m glad that you’re still going strong teaching HypnoBirthing. Women should be lining up your door! – Rocio Stasi, HypnoBirthing in Stamford CT (Home Birth VBAC in Stamford CT with midwife Martha Roth)

Lisl from Rye NY prepared for her VBAC at Cynthia Overgard's HypnoBirthing classes.Cynthia, I wanted to let you know that baby James arrived on March 12. After much investigating and stress over changing care providers and hospitals through January, we decided to have him at Danbury Hospital attended by the midwives from the childbirth center. This turned out to be completely the right choice for us – you’ll be pleased to hear that I got my VBAC and had a natural drug-free labor and delivery. The midwives were wonderful and the experience was incredible. If you would like more details about the birth, especially for other VBAC moms, I’d be happy to with share them. Thanks again for your support and kindness throughout the course. I definitely credit HypnoBirthing with opening my eyes to the options as well as giving me some good coping tools for the lead up to the labor and the labor itself. I would not have changed a thing about the whole experience, and we have a gorgeous little boy to show for it all. – Lisl Dunlop, Rye NY (Natural VBAC at Danbury Hospital, CT)

Rhei C. her husband Greg traveled from New Milford CT to attend Cynthia's natural childbirth education classes in Westport, at the strong recommendation of one of their Wilton CT friends.The class with Cynthia at HypnoBirthing of Connecticut in Westport was excellent. The instructor was even better. I would recommend Cynthia Overgard to anybody. My husband was very unsure of coming to class at first, but after the very first one will now probably be its biggest spokesperson. Through the information and techniques garnered in class, we were able to feel safe in choosing a home-birth, the place where we really envision bringing our child into the world with the most love and support. Cynthia is organized, passionate, and truly cares about all of her students. She always took the time to give meaningful responses to questions and concerns, both in class, before, and after class. My husband and I even invited her to attend our birth!! – Rhei C. Gordon, New Milford, CT

Danielle's brother and sister-in-law, who took Cynthia's class in Stamford in 2008, gave her Cynthia's HypnoBirthing course as a baby shower gift. Cynthia – here is my story, which I feel like shouting from the rooftops to let all women know they can do it too! Our home birth was amazing – it was exactly what I hoped and prepared for and I’m still just beaming over the whole experience! I started feeling some surges at 11 PM on Wednesday, but I’d had the same thing a week earlier which fizzled out so this time I wasn’t completely sure I was really in it. But by 12:30 the surges were 5 minutes apart and strong so I contacted Joni. By 2 AM the surges were about 3 minutes apart and when Joni got here they were fast and furious. I was at 8 CM when she checked me and I just kept progressing but I have no sense of how time went after that. At some point though it was clearly time to start pushing and that was a big relief – definitely the part I liked better! All that time I was using breathing techniques, visualizations, affirmations, and general tips (one that really helped was remembering that once a surge was done it was done and I would never have that one again. Another was welcoming each surge because it brought me closer to the birth of my baby. This last one really kept me from fearing or dreading surges and was very important). Chris did the counting during surges which was huge for me but I wasn’t using it with breathing – just as a count. It gave me an external focus and a light at the end of the tunnel. The last few minutes were the most challenging for me. I’d been awake just over 24 hours and I was starting to feel really tired. Lucienne’s head was crowning and just felt enormous but I couldn’t get her out without a few more surges and the time between them was hard to take and felt very long. Joni’s help in guiding me through that was just amazing and she kept me from really getting scared. She kept me focused, confident, determined, and able to find that last burst of energy that I needed. She also kept me from tearing! In that last push Lucienne emerged and Joni put her right on me. It was just spectacular! After a few minutes Joni and the assisting midwife left the 3 of us together for about an hour, during which time we kept Lucienne’s cord attached. Now she’s sleeping for up to 3 hours at a time, nursing beautifully, and is taking in her world. Chris and I are just thrilled and couldn’t be happier! I really want everyone to know how possible this is! I feel like Lucienne, Chris and I were all given such a gift with this experience and if it helps anyone feel more confident and prepared then all the better. Thank you so much for being part of my beautiful birth experience – it couldn’t have gone the way it did if I hadn’t been so well prepared by your class! I can’t wait for us to all get together! – Danielle Daure (Home Birth with HypnoBirthing in Stamford CT with midwife Joni Stone)

Ashlee had a home birth with Joni Stone after taking childbirth education / HypnoBirthing classes in Westport with Cynthia Overgard.I attended Cynthia’s class in October 2010 and had a wonderful home birth in January. The information Cynthia provided and the techniques she teaches really helped me to focus and have the best birth possible. Cynthia is a caring instructor and was always available for any questions or concerns I had. Our daughter was born on January 22, at 8:05 pm. I was really happy with the way things turned out, have great memories of the event and a precious little girl – I couldn’t ask for more! – Ashlee Anderson, Weston CT (Home Birth with Joni Stone)

Cynthia, we wanted to let you know we had our baby girl Ruby Stowe on October 10th! She was born at 3:13 in the morning and weighed in at 8 pounds 4 ounces, measuring 20 inches. We had a beautiful homebirth with Joni; it was such an amazing experience. The birth was everything I always wanted it to be and am thankful to have taken your class in order to prepare for such a tremendous life experience. We are all doing great and enjoying being a new little family. Cynthia, because of you I was able to have the birth experience I wanted. I can’t thank you enough. – Rachel and Jason Stowe (Home-birth in Greenwich CT with midwife Joni Stone)

Emily had the VBAC HypnoBirthing experience she longed for in Danbury Hospital.Cynthia, I’ve been wanting to write since my daughter was born! I know you’d be pleased to hear that I got my natural VBAC birth! I was extremely anxious during my 40th week anticipating the scheduled C-section at the 41-week mark, and on Thursday, April 7th, I was in labor! I felt super relaxed and excited through the surges from 7pm – 12am. At that point, the surges were 3-4 minutes apart, so I felt that we should go to the hospital. I was only 2cm, so we went back home.  I labored in bed and slept in between surges until 6am. When we got to the hospital around 7am, I was 5 cm. Things got really intense, and I was no longer able to relax. I went from 5cm to 10 between 7 – 9am, and Jane Margaret was born at 9:28. I was so proud to have had a natural VBAC birth – especially on the morning I was scheduled to have a repeat C-section. Thank you so much for all of your support and good advice. I am so appreciative!  – Emily Dolan, New Milford CT (Natural VBAC in Danbury Hospital)

Tavy was Cynthia's first HypnoBirthing client ever in 2007. Tavy had a home birth in Stamford with midwife Anne Margolis.I took Cynthia’s HypnoBirthing childbirth class in Stamford CT.  I valued how Cynthia listened as I explained my feelings and the instruction she provided that helped me relax my fears and give me confidence in trusting in myself and what I wanted for my baby’s birth. As a person and as an instructor, Cynthia was supportive, accepting and sincere. – Tavy Davenport, Stamford CT (Home-birthed in Stamford CT with midwife Anne Margolis)

Thank you for the wonderful HypnoBirthing classes. Henry and I found it so informative and truly eye-opening. We are so lucky to have stumbled upon you! I always said that my C-section just wasn’t “right”, but I couldn’t put it into words. Now Im able to pinpoint exactly what I was feeling and why. It validated all my thoughts and feelings and helped me close the book on that chapter of my life and look forward with happiness to our next birth. Please know how much you have touched our lives even more so than most family and friends have. I am just so impressed with every-thing you shared with us, and the vibrant energy you bring to all you do. It’s no wonder you love what you do…it is such important work! – Carrie Lugo, Stratford CT (Danbury Hospital VBAC) 

Monica traveled all the way to Cynthia's classes in Connecticut from Central New Jersey. It paid off: She had a natural, vaginal birth after cesarean! Cynthia’s classes at HypnoBirthing of CT in Stamford taught me that when it comes to giving birth, I’m in charge. She was thorough, knowledgeable, kind, giving of her time outside of class.  A pleasure!  Cynthia even went out of her way to help us to find local childcare for our son so we could attend her classes 90 minutes away from our home.  Cynthia, you’re passionate about the issue, and it shows. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn about HypnoBirthing through you. – Monica & Pete W. (Natural VBAC in Central NJ Hospital, followed by another natural VBAC two years later with her third baby)

Eva and Angelo came to Cynthia's HypnoBirthing classes to prepare for their beautiful home birth. Whey they became pregnant with baby #2 a couple years later, Eva attended Cynthia's birth story gathering as a refresher, and had another easy and fast home birth.Cynthia, I wanted to share some wonderful news with you…..Monday, April 20 at 10:34 p.m Dominic Quentin was born!!! It was a bit of a surprise since I was exactly 37 weeks and was expecting at least another week or two 🙂 The labor and birth far exceeded our expectations!  My water broke Monday morning at about 5:30 a.m. I had no surges from that point till noon, so my midwife recommended that I go and get acupuncture to help stimulate surges. At around 5:30 p.m I was feeling some irregular cramping, but nothing intense. At around 7:30 p.m my surges became more regular, but mild. We went about our usual evening routine, ate dinner, watched t.v….and then very suddenly, like a light switch at almost 9 p.m my surges became closer together and much more intense. Angelo called our midwife to update her and she said that she would be leaving in about 15 minutes (she comes from New Haven). Within five minutes of Angelo hanging up the phone I was ready to push!!!  He called her and told her to hurry and get here as fast as she could and I was told to do my breathing on my bed, because all I wanted to do was sit on my toilet! Angelo had to fill our actual bath tub, because the birthing tub hadn’t been delivered yet and he had a feeling that we would not have time to fill up our midwife’s back up tub that she was bringing. Thank goodness he did because our midwife arrived at almost 10 p.m and I literally got in our bathtub and started pushing, and within 30 minutes Dominic arrived!!! It was the most amazing experience of our lives and completely fulfilled my dream of having a peaceful, natural and empowering at-home water birth! Throughout the very short labor and delivery I definitely utilized many of the hypnobirthing techniques, I even had the affirmations CD playing in the background 🙂  Thank you so much Cynthia for all that you taught us in your Stamford HypnoBirthing classes!  – Eva and Angelo Rizio, Old Greenwich CT (Home Birth with Joni Stone)

Mark and Sandy had a home birth in Fairfield CT after taking Cynthia Overgard's HypnoBirthing classes in Fairfield County. Sandy, a singer, sang "Happy birthday" as soon as she took her daughter into her arms.My wife Sandy and I took Cynthia’s class earlier this year prior to the birth of our first child, Emma. I was a little skeptical of Hypnobirthing at first, but after spending 2 weekends with Cynthia and the other couples, and experiencing the natural birth of our daughter Emma at home in August, I am a believer. Up until about 28 weeks into our pregnancy, we were planning on a “normal” birth with an OB in the hospital, and were following whatever direction the doctors gave us. Through Cynthia’s class, we learned we had options – many of them (who knew!?) – and also learned how natural birthing can be – how what we consider “normal” in the US really isn’t normal or natural at all. We shifted gears entirely, found a wonderful midwife (courtesy of Cynthia!), dropped our OB/GYN practice, and ended up having a drug-free, natural water-birth in the comfort of our own home. As a husband and father, I can tell you that it was the most amazing experience, and both my wife and I would do it again in a heartbeat. The birthing process definitely required work (mostly for my wife), but I felt so well educated and prepared that I was there to help her every step of the way. And following the techniques learned in class, my wife made labor and birth look easy. Three days after giving birth, she was already talking about having a second! My recommendation to any couple pregnant right now – get educated, get empowered, take Cynthia’s class and learn about child birth from a whole different perspective. It will definitely open your eyes and change your thinking. Thanks Cynthia for helping us to make our daughter Emma’s birth such a beautiful and personal experience for both me and Sandy!  – Mark Beyerly, Fairfield CT (Home Birth / Waterbirth in Fairfield CT)

Mariann is from Stamford, CT and met Cynthia casually in 2008. She was so inspired by Cynthia's work that she vowed to take Cynthia's HypnoBirthing class if and when she ever had a baby. That time came in 2011, and Mariann decided on a home birth after completing Cynthia's HypnoBirthing course, Breastfeeding workshop and Birth Story Gatherings.Dear Cynthia, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the things we have learned and you have done for us. I am so blessed to know you and so happy that our paths crossed in the summer of 2008. You were telling me about your beautiful birth of your son so passionately that I knew right then, that was the only way for me when I got pregnant. I never liked hospitals and didn’t know there was a birth center in CT. I hated the idea of medication and wanted to deliver in water. Here I was, after three years, calling you in 2011 with my pregnancy news and you were so happy for me. I couldn’t wait to take your classes and to learn about everything I could. You are truly amazing at what you do and on top of it you have a very kind and warm personality. To my surprise my husband loved your classes too and we could hardly wait to go each time. HypnoBirthing is a wonderful method and I recommend it to everyone. When we took your class you asked everybody how we’d like our birthing to go and I said that I want the laboring and birthing to be the best experience of my life. Well my wish came true and I am so happy that it became even more beautiful and peaceful then I expected. Thank you for your encouragement to look into home birthing even when I had made my choice to deliver at the birth center. Thank you for recommending my wonderful midwife whom I love dearly. Changing my mind last minute was one of the best decisions of my life. Having a wonderful experience means so much to me, and therefore I am so grateful for you and I will always be. With lots of Love, Mariann & Steven Balogh, Stamford CT (Home Birth with Joni Stone)

Cory's VBAC on baby number five!Sal and I welcomed our daughter, Nadia Lena, on November 7th – 3 days after my guess date.  I started having regular surges that afternoon and drove to Danbury Hospital in the snow storm!  We had the natural VBAC we hoped for with just 3 1/2 hours of labor.  Cathy Parisi was wonderful as were all of the nurses.  Nadia was 9 lbs 6 oz and she is just a little doll!  Thank you so much for everything you taught us in your class, Cynthia.  What we learned from you was the key to our success!  Thank you again so very much, Cory & Sal Pizzino, Fairfield CT (A natural VBAC with the midwives in Danbury hospital on baby number five!)

Hi Cynthia – I was in your class in White Plains in late November, and on the 26th of December we had a baby boy!  And, it was a natural VBAC!!!!  I started having contractions on Christmas night then had him on the 26th at 4:00 pm in Danbury Hospital!  It all worked out beautifully and we are so happy that he is healthy! He was big—8 pounds 15 ounces!  And I did it with no meds, too! Troy was so impressed with how I handled the surges.  Honestly, I never felt any “pain” nor did I even think about needing any medicine. I kept focused and breathing and calm the whole time.  Thank you for everything!  – Melanie Millard, White Plains NY (VBAC in Danbury Hospital)

Alicia and her husband traveled from Ossining NY to attend Cynthia's HypnoBirthing course in Westport.Dear Cynthia, Thank you so much for the loving way you deliver your class material. You are a wealth of knowledge and both my husband and I have gained invaluable information that we will take with us through our birth journey. As first-time parents-to-be, you’ve enabled us to make informed decisions and have given us the confidence to deal with any situation that may arise during the birth. Each and every time we entered your home and were greeted by your warm and loving presence (and delicious snacks!), we felt comfortable and able to ask questions or speak our minds whenever necessary. It is clear that you have a true passion and respect for hypnobirthing and for the birthing woman in general and that infectious quality comes through you and seeps into the people sitting in your class. We’d make the hour plus drive again in a heartbeat and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything! With Love, – Alicia and Gary Comitto, Ossining, NY (Home Birth)

Leanne from Shelton CT had baby #5 naturally and vaginally (after a previous cesarean) after childbirth education classes in CT with Cynthia.Cynthia has a wealth of knowledge about birth, HypnoBirthing and health.  The information was presented and taught so that it was easily understood and in a relaxed environment.  I wish I had known about these classes for my previous births.  Cynthia and HypnoBirthing have empowered me in ways that I realize every day.  I am thrilled and so excited to welcome this new little baby into our lives in this life-changing and peaceful way.  Thank you so much!  Thank you for all your love, support, wisdom, and positivity! It was instrumental in our success.  Kind regards, Leanne O’Connell, Shelton CT (VBAC in Bridgeport Hospital)

Lee first attended Cynthia's HypnoBirthing class for baby #1, which was a natural hospital birth. When pregnant with baby #2, Lee took Cynthia's refresher classes and ended up with an unplanned, unassisted home birth in Greenwich CT.Dear Cynthia, I’ve been wanting to write you since I gave birth last Wednesday, as I was so excited to tell you my birth story of my second child, Eva Victoria Black. First of all I feel fortunate to have attended the refresher gathering you held at your home just a few weeks before I gave birth. I felt as if I was right back in your …class from a couple years ago, and it all came back to me. The group settling lead by you was powerful and helped me to be fully engaged. So guess what – I had an unassisted home birth, just me and my husband, John, Wednesday morning July 13th – in our bathroom. I woke early on Wednesday July 13th at 4am not being able to get comfortable. I noticed I was having some surges lasting pretty long, but I didn’t bother timing them. I decided to tell my husband at 4:15am that he shouldn’t plan of going to work today. By 4:30am I had my iPod playing Rainbow Relaxation and the affirmations, and all I remember was “Trust in your body”, etc. I was sitting on a yoga ball, leaning over a pillow on the bed and breathing through my surges. I thought to myself, “These seem kinda close.” But I just kept my focus. My poor husband was trying to get me to talk to him but I just didn’t have the words to speak, I was totally in the moment. He was trying to figure out if he should time the surges, call my doula, call the midwife, get the car ready, etc. I was in a cool bath by 5:30am, again breathing thru my surges. At this point I realized, “I don’t think I can go anywhere.” I didn’t want to move to get in a car and these surges were coming pretty fast. I got out of the tub by 6am with the help of John, and managed to tell him to call the neighbor to watch our 2 year old son. Around 6:15am I stood briefly, my water broke, and decided my hands and knees was the best position. I leaned against our bathroom vanity rocking a bit and could tell this was it. Now at 6:28am my husband asked if we were going to Hudson valley, as planned. I shook my head no, then he asked, “Are we going to Greenwich hospital?” I shook my head even more, and said, “”I’m having the baby, now!” With 2 more surges I could feel my baby just work herself down and out, I was remembering the unassisted-home-birth story you told in class, also in a bathroom, as we were. I trusted in my body. And at 6:32am my husband guided our daughter out and told me it was a girl. The placenta followed and I lay back on the bathroom floor, baby against me, covered in a towel, with placenta attached and level with the baby so it could pulse (my husband had the midwife on the phone now, giving simple instructions.) I rubbed the her little back and she let out a little cry. I could hear my son downstairs say ‘baby’. I was the most peaceful, gentle, amazing experience. Our doula came 20 minutes after the baby was born, she was on the way to the hospital to meet us until my husband called back to let her know we just had a baby girl. She met us at the house, helped me and the baby into the back of our SUV, back seats folded down, pillows, me, baby, placenta and her with John driving – I’m sure it was a sight if any of our neighbors saw. We proceed to Hudson Valley where my OB/GYN and pediatrician were located. A popular question was why not just call 911, and I reply it wasn’t a medical emergency. I just had a baby, that’s all. We arrived at Hudson Valley hospital, my midwife met us there. They were all very supportive and respectful and we were both examined in the room, spent the night and left the next day. She weighed 7lbs 8.5 oz 19” long. I feel I truly experienced HypnoBirthing, and it is by far the most amazing powerful tool that every pregnant woman should experience. It’s empowering! I always wanted a home birth in the back of my mind – I guess I got it! Much love and gratitude, Cynthia, to a wonderful HypnoBirthing teacher and guide. – Lee Black, Greenwich CT (Unassisted Home Birth)

When Keith and Melina from Meriden CT began Cynthia's HypnoBirthing class, only Keith longed for a home birth. Melina ended up feeling educated and well-prepared enough to home birth, and that's just what they did.Hi Cynthia, We wanted to send you our news! Ava Rose was born at home on July 6, 2011 at 10:36am. She was born at 6lbs, a little peanut, but is already 8 and a half. The labor was about 11 hours, and we were able to implement hypnobirthing into the process. There was nothing more special than to be able to do it at home. There were times where labor would slow just a tad, and Melina would go back to the CD and get right back in the zone. Although at first Melina wasn’t 100% all about the home birth, she was a rock star and says there is no way she would have done it any differently. We want to thank you so much for having a contribution to our beautiful birth. Please feel free to use our story or use us as a resource if anyone has questions about a home birth. I am so glad to see you continue to touch so many people’s lives with your class and can have such a positive impact on the most beautiful times in people’s lives.  — Keith and Melina Mirante (Home Birth in Meriden, CT)

Ryan and Kate wanted natural childbirth classes in CT, and they chose HypnoBirthing of CT. They once thought home-birthing was crazy...it ended up becoming the most beautiful experience of their lives.Cynthia, I can’t say enough about everything you have done for us. Prior to signing up for your Hypnobirthing class in Westport, I thought it would be a basic birthing class – but it was so much more. Cynthia, you truly care about your students. Your passion for creating a positive birth experience for your couples is so inspiring. We were devastated when the doctors decided, on our due date, that Kate had too much fluid and that our baby was too big, and that Kate would need a C-section even though the baby and Kate were both healthy. You were the first person we called after finding out that news.  And you dropped everything for us, and took time out of your day to calm us down and help us understand our options. Thanks to you, Cynthia, we were properly educated about birth and we knew that we had choices. You then put us in touch with Nancy Wainer, which was such an honor.  We met with Nancy, and suddenly Kate was immediately interested in a home birth with Nancy, but I was still hesitant.  Again, when we called you, you made the time to talk to us. You were so supportive and knowledgeable about both homebirth and C-sections, and you were  able to help us weigh the options, which led us to making our own decision, and one we were finally at peace with.  We were already past our baby’s due date when we changed our birth plan to a home birth.  You really set my mind at ease. Our healthy baby boy Cole was delivered at home 15 days after Kate’s “due date”.  Before meeting you, Cynthia, I was scared of birth and figured the only place to have a baby would be the hospital. I thought that anyone who had an out-of-hospital birth would be putting themselves and their child in grave danger. You taught me so much about what birth truly is and gave me the confidence to consider Kate’s wish for a homebirth when the medical community was recommending a C-section. Our birth would not have been the same had we never met you. You are the reason Kate did not end up with an unnecessary C-section. Cynthia, you went above and beyond what most other people would do in the same situation.  Meeting you has really changed our lives and we are so grateful for everything that you have done for us. We can’t thank you enough.  -Ryan Andrew, Norwalk CT (Home Birth with Nancy Wainer)

Sandy contacted HypnoBirthing of CT to get some information about home birthing and natural childbirth classes in CT. She took Cynthia's class and had the home birth of her dreams.From the moment I first called Cynthia Overgard, her warmth, personality, compassion and interest made me feel so comforted and cared for. Cynthia has a genuine spirit and a love for what she teaches to her expectant parents. My husband and… I agreed that taking Cynthia’s course was the best thing we could have done during our pregnancy. Cynthia opened our eyes to a world we never knew even existed when it came to the birthing process. They say that “ignorance is bliss”. Before we met Cynthia we were blindly walking into this process of “having a baby”. We never knew we had so many options and so much power over our individual situation. Cynthia helped us to quickly realize that we could take control and have the birth of our dreams. The HypnoBirthing techniques aided my husband and me in coming into total relaxation every night before bed. We’ve never slept better! We talked openly with each other about our hopes and dreams for our daughter’s birthing day and grew excited every time we thought about how she could be born under the circumstances we really wanted. I am an educator. I always tell my students that the best stress reducer is preparedness. Well, I finally took some of my own advice and, with Cynthia’s knowledge and guidance, Mark and I felt very prepared for our daughter’s birthing day. And you know what?  It was completely stress free! If you are thinking about HypnoBirthing I would say keep an open mind and trust in your own mind and your own body. It really worked for us and I can’t wait to do it all over again! What an amazing journey.  Emma Frances Beyerly was born at 3:18 am on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 in the peace and tranquility of our home.  She was 19.5 inches long and weighed in at 6 lbs. 4 oz. Our dogs, Molly and Cosmo, lay peacefully outside in the hallway during the entire delivery. Mark, Emma and I relaxed on the bed as a newly expanded family as Joni and Gengi checked on us and began their post-partum care for me. We were so relaxed and happy just hanging out in our room. I could breathe deeply and feel all the love and gratitude fill my heart. Thank you, God, for this beautiful birth with this beautiful little healthy girl. We couldn’t be more blessed. – Sandy Beyerly, Fairfield CT (Home Birth in Fairfield)

When my wife told me that she would like us to take Cynthia’s class at HypnoBirthing of Connecticut, I thought; What is HypnoBirthing and why do I need to learn HypnoBirthing techniques if I’m not the one giving birth? The truth is, the class is much more than HypnoBirthing or what you expect from a childbirth education class. Cynthia teaches and explains your birthing options with real-like examples of her other couples, and gives you the information to choose what is right for you and your family.  She also showed very positive birth videos.  You will find yourself really questioning why the birth experience is so important for the baby (and the mom), so the family can look back on everything as a happy experience.  I feel Cynthia showed us how to have a humanized birth, and how the father can enjoy his own role and contribute by being attentive and supportive to the mother in the ways she needs.  During the course I ended up changing my view on childbirth, and ultimately I started understanding and supporting my wife’s decision to have a homebirth with our midwife, Vicki Hadley, and a doula.  A couple months after completing Cynthia’s class, our son Mateo was born at home and everything went as great as we had dreamed it would be.  – Matias Gormaz, Purchase NY (Home Birth)

Jen was 1 of 13 women who came to HypnoBirthing of CT in 2011 to prepare for a natural VBAC. All 13 women did indeed have the natural VBACs they longed for.Cynthia, My water broke at 2:30AM on November 6th and some contractions started, but then stopped.  Since I’m a VBAC mommy, my midwife (Sara) suggested castor oil to try to get things started, so we could try to avoid Pitocin and another C-section.  I had a few more contractions on my way to the hospital after taking that.  Then Sara suggested inserting a Foley bulb catheter that fills with water to dilate my cervix to try to get things moving without medicine.  I continued to have contractions.  I was told that when it came out (up to 12 hrs later), I would be 3-4 cm dilated.  They checked my vitals every 2 hours and every time they came to check, I was surprised another two hours had gone by.   Contractions started to come pretty close together and some seemed to last for quite a long time.  I was exhausted (partially due to almost no sleep the night before).  I began to doubt myself and wondered if I would be able to make it through without any medication.  Around 11 or so, I suddenly felt the urge to push and out came the bubble, so it was assumed that I was now 3-4 cm dilated.  I was feeling the urge to push again.  I couldn’t understand why, so she checked me and said I was about 7 cm and 100% effaced.  Everything after that started to happen so quickly.  I had contraction after contraction and kept feeling the urge to push.  I pushed for about an hour and seriously wondered if I would have the energy to keep going.  It was hard work.  I was exhausted. Seeing Sara get everything ready was so encouraging though!  I couldn’t believe it when he actually came out on my next push.  They put him right on my belly (where we saw for ourselves that he was a boy!) and then I was able to hold him close for hours.  After he was born, my husband Rob made a comment about how we avoided a C-section.  It suddenly hit me then that I actually got the drug-free VBAC that I wanted!  I was so proud of myself and Rob told me he was really impressed with how I did.  So, Jonathan Cameron was born at 1:11 AM (only about 2 hours after I was only 3-4 cm dilated!) on 11/7/11, weighing 7 lbs. 14 oz. Sara was incredible and I’m so glad she was there with me.  I often look back on my birth with such pride and happiness about what I accomplished.  Cynthia, Thank you so much for teaching us how wonderful the whole process can be and for encouraging us to make informed decisions to get the birth we want.  I really feel the need to shout from the rooftops about my experience and want all women to know that it’s not supposed to be like it is on A Baby Story.  I think everyone should take your class!  I really can’t thank you enough! – Jen Klemm, Norwalk CT (VBAC with Norwalk Midwives)

 Our daughter Neve was born January 6 at 11:05pm at Danbury hospital via VBAC. She weighed 9lb 3oz. Overall, the birth experience was the most challenging, exhausting, exhilarating, empowering, amazing thing I’ve ever done. I felt like I ran a marathon afterwards – both in terms of the level of exhaustion and the rush I felt!  A couple days prior to the birth, I started having surges every 10 minutes. They soon began to come on every 7 minutes and I continued to experience this for about 30 hours. Then, they suddenly stopped. About 12 hours later, around 1am, my water broke and I started having surges every 2-3 minutes. Because I was having a VBAC, we went to the hospital at this point to check that everything was ok and then planned to leave to further labor at home. When we arrived at the hospital the midwife confirmed that I was 5cm along and should probably stay at the hospital since I was having surges every 2 minutes. About 4 hours later, I was 8cm along. I used the birthing tub which was great and our doula, Ashley, who was absolutely wonderful, suggested various positions to labor in. Four hours later I was still 8cm and five hours after that I was between 8-9cm. At that point I had been actively laboring for about 15 hours and was exhausted. I decided to have an epidural at that point in order to save my strength for pushing. Having a VBAC was the most important thing to me and while I struggled with the decision to have the epidural, especially at that point in labor, I decided that if it helped me to achieve my goal of having a VBAC, then it was the right thing to do. I rested for a couple hours after that and then when it came time to deliver the baby, I pushed for three hours until she was born at 11:05pm. I have never felt the sense of accomplishment I felt after she was born. She was perfect and almost 2 pounds bigger than her brother had been! I had the most incredible team supporting me and really feel like the preparation that Sean and I did prior to the birth was invaluable for us. Your class was an essential part of our preparation and I definitely have you to thank for all of the support, advice, and information you provided, as well as your recommendations for Ashley and the midwives. Sean was an amazing support throughout the process. Ashley was wonderful! She provided incredible support and advice to the both of us, and I don’t think I could have done it without her. The Danbury midwives were also fantastic. At one point I had declined EFM, as well as an IV, and though they didn’t agree with me on it they supported me in my decisions. Even while my progression slowed towards the end, not a single nurse, doctor or midwife ever mentioned the words cesarean section in my presence. It was as if everyone was rooting me on to have this baby VBAC. In the end, the birth was everything I wanted it to be. I have no regrets and I feel so incredibly empowered. I’ve been on cloud nine ever since! Thank you, Cynthia, so much for everything. Your class and your advice really helped me to develop my plan, prepare and then achieve my ultimate goal of VBAC.  – Jill Curren, Norwalk CT (VBAC in Danbury Hospital with the midwives)

Cynthia, I’m writing to let you know I had an amazing HBAC with Nancy Wainer! She was so supportive and i couldn’t imagine a more positive birth than what I experienced. Kate Elizabeth Speary was delivered fter 5 hours of labor. She was also 7 days past her ultrasound “guess date” and 11 days past my LMP calculation date. Kate was just 7 lbs, 12 ounces.  Thank you again for your support in changing care providers! If I was with any of the previous providers they would have scheduled another C-Section. Kristen Roper, Brewster NY (Home Birth with Nancy Wainer)

 

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