Birth Stories

Today I thought I would write about the topic of writing birth stories!

As soon as I became pregnant I instinctively knew I wanted to keep a record of all the little details associated with the pregnancy and birth and immediately started jotting down notes about what date we found out we were pregnant and how we announced the news to family and friends. I continued this throughout the pregnancy – how we felt when we first saw that little jellybean on the screen at the first scan, our predictions of whether it was a boy or girl, keeping photos of my ever-growing bump, and finding little poems that summed up how we felt about our baby’s impending birth. 

And then following the birth I wrote up all the little details including the obvious details such as how long labour lasted, what time our baby was born, how much she weighed, hair and eye colour etc.

But subtly tucked amongst our memoirs were the feelings we had experienced – the elation at meeting our newborn, how amazing the birth had been, how well my husband has supported me throughout, and how empowered I had felt! Feelings that before doing a hypnobirthing course I never thought were associated with birth (I had previously imagined I would look back on the experience as extremely painful, emotionally draining, loooooong, and involving lots of swearing). And if I’m honest, even walking into the hospital (unknowingly 10cm dilated BTW!) I didn’t know how things were going to go, I still hadn’t done this before and lacked some confidence about my ability to do it.

But thankfully, as well as spending hours and hours researching what pram and car seat to buy and getting the nursery ready, I had also invested in myself and my baby’s birth. I had spent time (and yes money) on a hypnobirthing course so that I had skills, techniques and knowledge to use during the birth. Things that ultimately reduced the fear I associated with birth and armed me with strategies of how to manage whatever birth my baby would have. Things that subsequently meant when writing up my birth story meant I wrote positively and passionately about how amazing this experience had been! The experience of having my baby, which I knew I only had one shot at and could never go back and ‘re-do’, was now one that I can always remember with a massive smile on my face and more admiration for what I achieved than I have ever had for anything else I have done in my life! I have had 3 different birthing experiences and hypnobirthing has helped me to have 3 wonderful birth stories!

If any previous clients would like to share their birth story (mums or dads) then please email them to kerry@thehypnobirthingmum.com.au

You can also view birth stories and testimonials on The Hypnobirthing Mum website and Facebook pages.

Kerry xx

The first hypnobub of 2017 has arrived!

The Hypnobirthing Mum’s first ‘hypnobub’ of the year was born on 3rd January!!! And his mum has managed to find time in what is a very busy period adjusting to a new baby to write up the birth story. It is a story that exudes confidence and calm during circumstances that could otherwise have felt out of control, and is a wonderful example of how hypnobirthing helps to prepare you for whatever pathyour baby’s birth takes ensuring that you look back on it as the positive and empowering experience it should be!

Welcome to the world baby Tenzin – you gorgeous little boy!

Kerry xxx

“2017… A birth story

It all started on New Year’s Eve, with a party at Paige and Gav’s place. Being 37 and a half weeks pregnant, I was already sleepy by 10pm so Rusty and I decided to head home early and get a good sleep. At 11pm, we got home; clambered into bed, wished each other a happy new year and settled down to sleep. Then I felt something… waters perhaps? Nah. Not really enough for that. We went to sleep.

The next morning we woke up, again, wished each other a happy new year, and again I felt something. Throwing two of my seven maternity pillows at Scotty, I waddled to the bathroom swiftly and there, my waters broke completely. Shit!

We rang the hospital, gathered our bags and trundled off to the maternity ward. There, they confirmed that, yes, my waters had broken and they advised that we begin the induction process involving a drug concoction to get labour started. Having done our hypnobirthing course and being really keen to get things going naturally, we decided instead to go home for the day and see what we could try to naturally start labour rather than use the drug alternative. They gave us 24 hours.

We went home and tried so many things. I walked up and down the stairs a million times, drank raspberry leaf tea, listened to our hypnobirthing tracks – ‘Baby Come Out’ and ‘Rainbow Mist’. Then something! Surges! More surges! Getting stronger and stronger! Till they were every 4 minutes! Yes. We’d done it! We packed our things once again, and made our way to the birthing unit. We settled into our birthing room, played the ‘Tranquil Chambers’ relaxation music and prepared ourselves for the arrival of our little man. Until… the surges subsided. Nothing. Nada. They sent us home, to return the next morning to start the chemical induction.

Next morning! We went back to the hospital still uncertain about the impending induction. In the birthing unit, we asked again “can we please have just another 24 hours at home to try again…? Please…?” They said yes. Just 24 more hours, then we HAD to go in for the chemical induction.

“Yep. We can do it!” We thought.

This time we made super concoctions of raspberry leaf tea, ate a punnet of fresh dates, walked those stairs again and again, took a walk through the national park, had acupressure on my feet, listened to more hypnobirthing tracks… we did everything. EVERYTHING. And nothing. Not a twinge. So we settled in for the night resigned to the chemical induction that the morning would bring.

At 7am we packed the car again, said goodbye to the cat and once again, promised to bring her home a little brother. At birthing unit, we got ready for the day. I was a little teary, knowing that I hadn’t really wanted any interventions, but at this stage we really had to go along with the hospital’s recommendation, given that every day the risk of infection increases once waters are broken. They set up my drip and our midwife Julia said “it’ll be hard and fast, but by the end of the day you’ll have your baby… but I knock off at 3:30pm so try to have him by then, ok…?”

“Ok”

The day began. But hard and fast it was not. The hours passed by and, although I had twingey pains, it didn’t really progress past that. Like, heavy-ish period pains. I got to about 3cm dilated, but no more. Damn.

It was 10pm and we now had two choices. Opt for a caesarean section now, or stay in hospital overnight with no more drugs (I’d maxed out on how much I could have over our 14 hours in the hospital) and see if things once again would kick off by themselves, otherwise it would be a morning c-section.

Now, armed with our beautiful and supportive friend Paige, we to-ed and fro-ed between the two equally intense options. After three days of trying to induce our little fella, we were exhausted- physically and mentally. Would another 12 hours of this really be a good idea, given that it would incredibly likely end in the same result? Or should we take the other option, which would mean resigning ourselves to the birth option that we had least hoped for?

We decided to go for it. Let’s meet our boy… and let’s meet him now. It was so, so scary but it felt like completely the right choice. We were calm. We felt that we had done everything we could to create our preferred birth scenario, and we were also prepared for any alternative outcome that meant our little man arrived safely into the world. We got scrubbed up. Well, Scotty did and I got into a robe and we all went down to theatre, taking ‘Tranquil Chambers’ with us.

It was bright. There were Dr’s and nurses everywhere. Everyone had something to tell me, and some kind of snippet of information on how this would all go down. I was just tired. So tired, and shaking like a leaf. It all played out in a dreamlike fashion. Blue hat for our hair… spinal injection to numb my legs and torso… ice cubes to check the numbness… sheet going up so I couldn’t see the operation… the hypnobirthing music playing in theatre that all of the Dr’s and nurses commented on and loved, wishing that all c-sections felt this calm and relaxed. Scotty coming in and sitting beside me. Holding my hand. Us both in tears, in disbelief that after all this, we were finally going to meet our boy.

Then, a little yelp! They lowered the sheet and there was our boy, fist in the air, like he’d just punched his way out. Our Superman! Our Tenzin!

The exhaustion, the fright, the mountain of questions and worries and concerns that we’d had, just melted away, making way for nothing but love. Love and appreciation for the perfection of him and this beautiful, perfect process.

However it happened, whatever we had to go through to be here with our beautiful, healthy, amazing little man, it was perfect.

And we are in total love with our baby.

Tenzin Broxup Ince.
03/01/2017
11:31pm

All three of us would like to thank you so much for all of the tools that you armed us with in preparation for our birth. From the calming music, affirmations and positive mindset, to understanding our rights when going into the hospital and what questions we were able to ask in our adverse situation and learning about the history of birth. Without our hypnobirthing experience with you, I imagine our ability to feel in control of the situation and feel calm and happy in the face of many difficult choices would have greatly diminished. Instead, we felt strongly that we were in control of our options and able to make informed decisions in a calm and informed way.

We will happily recommend hypnobirthing classes to all of our pregnant friends and hope that we can spread the word that birth isn’t scary or something to be feared, but is an exciting and empowering experience.”

Why I Teach Hypnobirthing?

I feel passionately about teaching Hypnobirthing to expectant mothers and birth partners because I was once in their situation and I know how much value this technique can add to making it a wonderful experience for mother, baby and partner. Leading up to the birth of my daughter Hollie I felt a mixture of emotions that swayed between excitement at meeting my baby and fear of the unknown. When I thought about the impending birth I tried to dismiss negative thoughts that had built up in my mind due to stories people had told me or from what I had seen on TV or movies with the belief that “it would be fine, woman have been doing this for centuries, it’s the most natural thing in the world!” Yet I had nothing other than these few simple thoughts to help me get through it. In all other aspects of my life if I was about to do something for the first time I would prepare for it, educate myself and formulate a plan – this was what I needed for giving birth!

Hypnobirthing provided me with the knowledge, techniques and strategy that made me feel prepared and confident about going into labour and giving birth to my daughter. And what a wonderfully empowering experience it was! Hollie was born into a calm, positive and joyful environment. The skills I gained from hypnobirthing were useful not just during the birth but also during pregnancy and in motherhood and I used them with great success in having two more beautiful births with my children Bethany and Jack!

Before embarking on a hypnobirthing course I never would have dreamt that giving birth could be so empowering and enjoyable – women everywhere need to be given the opportunity to experience this truly magnificent experience!!!

Kerry – ‘The Hypnobirthing Mum’

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Happy Father’s Day!

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish all the dads and dads-to-be a very happy Father’s day!!!

Dad’s (or any birth partner a women chooses to support her) can play a very significant part in a woman’s pregnancy and labour…

Gone are the days when men would stand outside the delivery room and wait to hear about the birth of their baby and then dash off as soon as they could to the nearest pub to ‘wet the baby’s head’! Men, more than ever before, are now taking a hands-on approach to fatherhood and this starts during pregnancy – well, sooner if we want to include conception but that’s a whole other blog!

Hypnobirthing courses highlight the many ways in which a dad can help support, encourage and reassure the mum-to-be before, during and after birth. Men are given practical, realistic and tangible skills and techniques that they can use to help calm their partner and help focus on her hypnobirthing techniques.

At a time when men can often feel pushed aside, after all, the pregnant women is so often the focus of people’s thoughts and questions – “how are you”, “how’s the pregnancy going”, “are you managing to put your feet up”, “make sure you take some time to relax and enjoy your pregnancy” – hypnobirthing courses that include birth partner involvement can reverse this. Throughout our courses we constantly emphasise what the dad can be doing too to feel a more significant part of the journey towards parenthood. Dads don’t have to feel like they are useless, lacking in control or a spare part when they have done one of our courses.

Involving dads in our courses also helps them to travel through the pregnancy and birthing experience in a more united way with their partner, with many couples saying how it helped them to bond not just with their baby but also as a couple.

Dads will learn how to help the mum to go into a deeper state of relaxation and self-hypnosis, be able to confidently and easily give the right prompts during birth to support their partner, act as an advocate for the parents’ birthing preferences, and every mum’s favourite – become the master of light-touch massage!

A recent blog on “Hypnobirthing – a dad’s perspective” can also be viewed here.

So happy Father’s day to all the amazing dads and soon-to-be dads – enjoy your day and keep doing a wonderful job!!

Kerry

xxx

Courses run by The Hypnobirthing Mum in conjunction with Hypnobirthing Australia™ provide both the pregnant women and her birth partner with the skills and knowledge to achieve a calm, positive and empowering birth. Further details can be found at The Hypnobirthing Mum classes and Hypnobirthing Australia.

 

Who is ‘The Hypnobirthing Mum’?

Hi, my name is Kerry and I run ‘The HypnoBirthing Mum’. I feel passionately about teaching hypnobirthing to expectant mothers and birth partners because I was once in your situation and I know how much value this technique can add to making birth a wonderful experience for mother, baby and partner.

Choosing someone to work with to support you in preparing for the birth of your baby is a decision that should be based on trust, confidence and respect, and ultimately you should feel safe working with that person. In order to tell you a bit more about myself, below I have highlighted some of the experience and qualifications I have so you can feel confident in my ability to help prepare you for your baby’s arrival.

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I have been there and done it – 3 times!

When I first heard about hypnobirthing I admit I was a bit sceptical although it didn’t take me long to sign up as if there was even a small chance of having a calm, positive and empowering birth then I didn’t want to risk missing out on this! I have had three wonderful births with my children – Hollie, Bethany and Jack – but also found the hypnobirthing techniques extremely useful during pregnancy and following birth. Hypnobirthing provided me with the knowledge, techniques and strategy that made me feel prepared and confident about going into labour and giving birth.

The hypnobirthing courses that I run are certified through Hypnobirthing Australia™ which offers a modern, uniquely Australian hypnobirthing experience to parents and childbirth professionals. Hypnobirthing Australia™ is recognised both nationally and internationally and possesses one of the most comprehensive and inspiring range of birth videos available in Australia. I provide clients with a folio of hypnobirthing resources along with two hypnobirthing albums, an eBook and a practice video.

The programme I run is 12 hours in total and is the most comprehensive, realistic and supportive programme available to mothers and their birth partners that I have ever found. When delivering this course I present the content in an understanding and reassuring manner and feel privileged to support mothers and their birth partners towards a calm and positive birthing experience.

Experience & Qualifications

With a background in Psychology, Counselling and Mental Health, I have worked extensively with people living with a range of psychological concerns.

I have provided high-volume, low-intensity mental health interventions to people experiencing common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety using evidence-based principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. I have been lead coordinator at a GP surgery’s counselling team and providing integrative counselling to patients experiencing a diverse range of problems including relationship issues, self-esteem and confidence, mental health issues and bereavement. Within these roles I have experience of liaising and working with GPs, primary healthcare teams, voluntary organisations and have amassed 100’s of hours working directly with clients in either a group or individual setting.

The psychological and physical health of new and expectant mums is now the primary focus of my work.

The most relevant qualifications I have obtained include:

  • Bsc (Hons) Psychology – undergraduate degree, University of Manchester, UK.
  • MPhil Psychology – postgraduate degree, University of Manchester, UK.
  • PgCert APIMH – Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Practice Interventions in Mental Health, University of Manchester, UK.
  • DipCouns – Diploma of Counselling (Integrative counselling), Bolton College, UK.
  • DipNLP – Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming, NLP Centre of Excellence, UK.
  • HPCE – HypnoBirthing Practitioner & Childbirth Educator, Hypnobirthing Australia™.

If you would like an informal chat about either the hypnobirthing programme or any other aspect of coming on a course then please contact me.

Kerry

0451 771 723

kerry@thehypnobirthingmum.com.au

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What is Hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing is a holistic approach to birth that prepares the mother, baby and birth partners towards a positive and empowering birthing experience.

The hypnotherapy aspect of hypnobirthing concentrates on eliminating any fears we associate with birth in order to break the fear-tension-pain syndrome.  Alongside the self-hypnosis skills that hypnotherapy teaches, techniques including relaxation, breathing and visualisation are also incorporated so that both the psychological and physical elements of birth are covered. Further to this, people who undertake hypnobirthing are also provided with information regarding the choices they have during birth. Together this provides you with the comprehensive knowledge needed to make informed decisions about your birthing experience.

When a mother and her birth partner can approach childbirth feeling prepared with the right knowledge, information and tools this results in a positive and confident mindset that can lead to the beautiful births that so many women hope for.

Other benefits of hypnobirthing include its ability to create an atmosphere that supports a calm and positive birth with a reduced need for medical interventions. Importantly, the HypnoBirthing Australia™ programme takes a realistic view about birth though and the fact that sometimes medical intervention is needed or even chosen. Whilst many of us may wish for a natural, drug-free birth, if your birthing experience does not happen to follow this route then the hypnobirthing course and its content will greatly assist you in these scenarios too. It prepares the right mindset for a positive birth and the skills it develops can be used before, during and after in order to benefit mum, baby and people around them.

You can attend hypnobirthing classes at any point during your pregnancy. The ideal time is between 20-30 weeks so that you have time to practice the techniques and alter your mindset towards one that views birth in a more confident manner, however with the right level of determination and enthusiasm a mother can attend anytime up to 37 weeks.

All expectant mothers deserve the opportunity to birth their babies in the most empowering way possible and hypnobirthing can help mothers and birth partners achieve that.

 

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:

Who is The Hypnobirthing Mum? 

Hypnobirthing and childbirth education courses

Hypnobirthing – a Dad’s perspective

Most things related to pregnancy and childbirth revolve around the mums and babies, but Dad’s shouldn’t be forgotten about – they did play a fairly significant part in kick-starting this journey after all!

Below is an account from an initially sceptical Dad and his experience of using hypnobirthing to support his wife during the births of their three children.

 

“The excitement I had as a first-time dad about meeting my baby was matched only by the fear I had for how they would arrive and the unknown event that is ‘giving birth’. I felt completely out of control and had no idea of what to expect. I was worried about how to respond if things didn’t go according to plan and didn’t really know what I could do to help and support my wife. This was unknown territory for me as in both my personal and professional life I was used to being the person who made decisions, took ownership of situations and generally had things in control.

My wife signed us up for a hypnobirthing course which I was initially very sceptical of and to be honest I would have rather spent my weekend in the pub watching sport.  After a couple of hours on the first day however, I started to buy into this approach. We covered some relaxation techniques and discussed the event of giving birth and I was already more relaxed about the whole thing.

At 37 weeks our baby remained in the breach position so we were offered to either have the baby turned (an External Cephalic Version procedure) or have a planned caesarean. Despite now feeling more prepared about birth my immediate choice was to have the c-section as it took all the pressure off me and would be a medically planned procedure – the easy option for me! My wife however, completely calm about the whole thing and un-phased about the thought of giving birth, opted for the baby to be turned so she could still have the chance to experience a natural birth.

During the ECV my wife used the hypnobirthing techniques she had been taught to relax throughout the (often rough and physically demanding) procedure, meaning our baby also remained calm throughout and was successfully turned.

After I had seen my wife use the hypnobirthing techniques in a real situation my level of nervousness about the big day reduced significantly. When we did go into labour the hypnobirthing techniques were a massive help, with my wife remaining at home until she was fully dilated using only the methods we had learnt on our course and a TENS machine. Her calmness and total control of the situation made me feel completely at ease.  We didn’t have a completely straight-forward birth but the whole experience was still perfect due to my wife’s ability to remain calm and focussed regardless of what twists we experienced along the way.

We have since had two more children and I was genuinely excited for both births as I knew my wife had the skills and techniques needed to help her through the pregnancy and labour.  Without doubt, hypnobirthing allowed us to have three stress-free, calm and perfect birth experiences.

It is for this reason that I would highly recommend the course to both mums and dads as I can assure you that it is time well spent – even if you do have to miss an afternoon or two in the pub!” – John, a hypnobirthing convert and dad to 3!

10 Reasons why you should do a Hypnobirthing Mum course.

You’re pregnant. You can’t wait to hold your little bundle of joy in your arms. But, wait! For the baby to be in your arms – it needs to come out!!

For many women the thought of giving birth is one that is tainted by negative stories from family and friends or dramatized by TV and movies. Images of women screaming, shouting as many expletives as possible at their spouse and acting as if their body has been taken over by aliens.

However, the fact that you are reading this article on The HypnoBirthing Mum means that you are probably one of a growing number of women who believe (or at least hope!) birth doesn’t have to be this way. And thankfully, it doesn’t. Below are 10 reasons why choosing to do a HypnoBirthing Mum course will be the best investment you make for yourself and your baby!

 

1. Remain calm and relaxed throughout labour and birth

The fear-tension-pain cycle works on the concept that if we can eliminate fear, we will feel more relaxed and experience lower levels of pain. The hypnotherapy element of HypnoBirthing tackles these fears with self-hypnosis and positive affirmations. Alongside this, breathing and visualisation techniques are also incorporated so that both the psychological and physical elements of birth are covered. The result is a more calm and relaxing environment in which to birth your baby.

2. Benefits to baby

Babies born when the mum has been using a HypnoBirthing approach are often said to be calmer babies who sleep well and feed better. Studies also show that they have higher APGAR scores (these indicate how well a baby is doing outside the womb) in the moments after birth.

3. Involves the birth partner

The HypnoBirthing Mum course isn’t just geared towards the mum it also places a heavy emphasis on the role of your birth partner. Whether you choose your partner, mum, friend or a doula to be your birth partner, the course will show them how they can support you during pregnancy, how to be your advocate during the birth, and gives them real, tangible things to do in a situation where they can so often feel quite useless.

4. Be informed about your choices

When a mother and her birth partner can approach childbirth feeling prepared with the right knowledge, information and tools this results in a positive and confident mindset that can lead to the beautiful births that so many women hope for. The HypnoBirthing Mum courses cover many aspects of the birthing process that equips you with the knowledge needed to make informed choices about the options you have when giving birth.

5. Reduced medicalisation of birth

More and more research is providing independent clinical evidence that a HypnoBirthing approach to birth reduces the need for medical interventions including epidurals and caesareans, less drugs used during labour and shorter hospital stays following birth. Throughout the ages giving birth has been a natural event that woman would celebrate and embrace, and it is only in the relatively recent past that we have started to use increasingly medicalised interventions. The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that only approx. 10% of births require a caesarean for genuine medical reasons yet statistics show its currently more than 30% and is continuing to rise. It is time to go back towards more natural methods for supporting childbirth – the act of giving birth isn’t changing, our approach to it is!

6. Offers you strategies for childbirth

For arguably the most important event in our lives, women often go into childbirth unprepared, uninformed and unsuspecting of what is about to happen. A HypnoBirthing Mum course will provide you with tangible skills and techniques that you can weave into your birth-plan and builds a strategy for both you and your birth partner to follow – “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” Benjamin Franklin.

7. You can’t re-do the birth

Welcoming your baby into the world should be the most joyous occasion you ever experience. There’s no doubting once you are holding your new addition to the family in your arms you will be consumed with love and happiness, but wouldn’t it also be great to look back on the whole of your labour with fondness and affection. Investing in a HypnoBirthing Mum course where you develop the skills, techniques and knowledge for a positive and calm birth can help you achieve this and have the most empowering start to motherhood possible. “Childbirth education is one of the most important investments you can make for you baby. You can sell the pram if it doesn’t suit…but you don’t get to ‘re-do’ their birth” Melissa Spilsted, HypnoBirthing Australia Director.

8. Can be used regardless of how and where you give birth

Courses devised by HypnoBirthing Australia™ and run by The HypnoBirthing Mum have been created to support mother, baby and birth partners regardless of how and where you give birth. There is no judgment on one of our courses, in fact, there is even a course specifically designed for Caesarean births! The techniques you learn and the knowledge you gain will be invaluable to you whatever path your birth takes.

9. Techniques can be used before, during and after giving birth

You will learn breathing techniques, positive affirmations and self-hypnosis on a course. All of these can be used to help enjoy you pregnancy, to have a positive birth experience, and then also once your baby has arrived to create a beautiful bond with your baby.

10. Positive and empowering birth experience

The advantages of Hypnobirthing to you and your baby are endless. If you want the opportunity to have a positive and empowering birth experience with all the benefits listed above then visit www.thehypnobirthingmum.com.au for more information, course details and how to book into a course.

 

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:

Who is The Hypnobirthing Mum? 

Hypnobirthing and childbirth education courses

 

3 children, 3 stories – the power of hypnobirthing in different birthing experiences!

Leading up to the birth of my first child I completed a HypnoBirthing course for many reasons – to reduce the fear I had associated with birth due to other people’s stories of childbirth, to provide myself with tangible techniques that I could use during the birth, and to help create a calm environment for my child to be born into. I also had a birth-plan that set out my desire to have a drug-free waterbirth. Sitting here now having had three children in under three years, I can testify that children (especially toddlers!!) often interfere with your plans – HypnoBirthing, however, is even more useful under these circumstances!

Now bare with me while I briefly talk you through the different scenarios I encountered as despite these I can genuinely say I DID have three wonderful births.

In the lead up to my first baby, my daughter Hollie was still in a breech position at 38 weeks and I opted for an ECV (external cephalic version where they turn the baby whilst they are in utero) which was successful and I then had a wonderful birth but subsequently had a retained placenta and needed surgery. My second daughter Bethany decided Mummy’s uterus was a very hospitable place and at 12 days overdue I made the choice to be induced. And with my little boy Jack I finally had the water-birth I had dreamt of since the moment I first saw two lines on a pregnancy test!!

So how did HypnoBirthing help me manage these experiences? More than I ever thought imaginable!

Initially I had pinned all my thoughts on the actual act of giving birth yet with the unexpected decision to have my first child turned whilst in the womb I instinctively used the techniques I had gained from Hypnobirthing to manage this. The techniques I had learnt such as breathing, and visualisation assisted me throughout the ECV and during the surgery I had due to a retained placenta. Likewise, my labour progressed quickly after being induced with my second child, but again, Hypnobirthing succeeded in handling this. And even though I had the birth I had always wanted with my third baby, I then had three young children who are all reliant on me and the relaxation techniques hypnobirthing gave me have been used in abundance since!

When I first began hypnobirthing classes I never imagined that it would help in so many ways and that regardless of what your birthing experience turns out to be, it truly can be an empowering and positive occasion.

I wouldn’t change anything about the three births I have experienced. I have had three different birth experiences and each one taught me something about how amazing the female body is and that no matter how a baby decides to enter this world hypnobirthing can be useful before, during and after their arrival.

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