Veronique and Brad came to do a course with me for the birth of their third child. Their first two births had been “long and very, very painful” and they had followed their midwives advice to come and do a course with me.
They were birthing at St George Hospital in Sydney under the midwifery team and with Veronique’s sister Courtney (also a midwife) as a support person.
Veronique was really hoping to have a drug-free water-birth but also needed to get past some doubts about if she could achieve this….which she very much did (her amazing birth video is at the end of this post!!!)
The first is from first-time mum and trainee doctor Rabab who did the hypnobirthing course with husband Mo and me privately at around 30 weeks. Rabab was recommended the course by her Doula Ellen. In the second video below we chat together about how hypnobirthing and doula support are a great combination!
Apologies in advance for the sound quality (the neighbours were renovating during this filming so at times there is a little noise/I needed to stop for a moment to keep muting myself), but you’ll still be able to take away what a wonderfully empowering birth Rabab had for her baby boy Zach.
This is a tale of a trainee doctor starting off being terrified of birth and viewing it in a very medical way, to hiring a doula, changing care-providers, doing a hypnobirthing course and ultimately having a wonderful birth! She took ownership for her birth and opened up to the idea that birth is a normal, physiological event that she is no longer scared of!
The birth of baby Zach:
How hypnobirthing and doula support are a great combination:
If you’d like to know more about hypnobirthing or doula support please feel free contact either of us!
Kerry Sutcliffe is an award winning hypnobirthing practitioner based in Sydney. She provides group and private hypnobirthing and childbirth education courses to pregnant women and their birth partner, and can also offer online programs. She has a background in counselling and psychology and currently works as a researcher in the school of medicine at a Sydney based university researching how antenatal education impacts birthing outcomes for mothers and babies.
You can find out more about Kerry and the courses she offers at:
In this video I have been joined by Emma Park nutritionist who is discussing the program she recently developed called ” The first 1000 days”. This program talks about the importance of health from conception to the age of 2 and delves into a whole host of relevant evidence based topics.
Here is a quick overview of what is included in the program – interesting for both professionals and mothers…
Here Holly tells us about the birth of her first child, daughter Clara. Holly and I went to school together so Holly had long been following my work even before she got pregnant. Once pregnant she knew that hypnobirthing was something she wanted to do.
Holly was hugely dedicated to practicing the techniques and gaining knowledge during her pregnancy with Clara – who makes a guest appearance at the end!
She had an amazing birth, giving birth at The Mater in Sydney, and now speaks about one day hoping to have a home-birth back in the UK if she has more children.
This is a great story. Positive birth stories hugely help women heading towards birth so please share this and other birth stories on my website.
In this video I am joined by mum Jo and dad Louis (and a special guest appearance by baby Ella after her nap at the end of the video!!).
They talk about how doing the hypnobirthing course with me helped to prepare them for important conversations towards the end of pregnancy. Jo was induced at 11 days past her estimated due date and went on to have an amazing birth!
Jo was cared for by the Midwifery group practice at The Royal Hospital for women in Randwick.
Enjoy and try not to get too broody when baby Ella joins us at the end!
The midwifery group practice at The Royal can be found here –
Angela and her friend and birth support person did the course with me when Ang was pregnant with her second child. She was looking for a different experience and having previously sailed in the Olympics for Australia she knew the importance of a positive mindset and focused approach for physically demanding events.
Her preparation paid off with the beautiful birth of her baby girl Maya!
Angela was supported by her husband and birth support friend and gave birth at the Birth Centre at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
PS Angela also has a wonderful business creating hampers for new mums – www.newmamakit.com
Mum Alli chats to me about the birth of her first child, daughter Daisy. Alli talks about the importance of gaining knowledge and feeling empowered leading up to and during the birth.
You can also find a written account of Daisy birth further down this page, where Alli describes her partner Gerard as the “only drug she needed” and discusses how she made good informed decisions late in her pregnancy.
Alli gave birth at the Women’s hospital in Randwick in Sydney under the care of the midwifery team.