I had been feeling very anxious about the birth of my baby, and in fact had been worrying about what the experience would be like for years before even trying to conceive.
I’d heard of hypnobirthing and had met a couple of people who’d had great experiences with it...
The hypnobirthing sessions Alice ran for us really changed my way of thinking. Alice came over to run the sessions for us at home, which I think really helped as we were in a relaxed environment and it just made everything seem a lot less daunting. Alice was also very flexible at fitting in with our schedules which was refreshing after the after work rushes to the NCT classes! The sessions were just as informative as the NCT course but the idea of positive thinking really permeated everything and really it was impossible not to feel uplifted almost straight away.
Alice is one of those people who just naturally radiates tranquillity whilst managing to remain extremely pragmatic and down to earth. The visualisation exercises she taught us were amazingly relaxing and I really looked forward to doing them every day in the run up to the birth of our son. The CDs were also wonderful – I listened to them in the bath every day to wind down.
In the end, the birth couldn’t have been any more straightforward – I still can’t really believe it! I went into labour during the night but was really calm about it – I didn’t even wake my partner John up for ages because I thought he’d probably need the sleep! I put the CD on the following day and just tried to relax at home as much as possible. At one point the contractions/surges seemed to slow right down so I sent John off to work for a while.
I tried to do the up visualisation as much as possible and this along with the breathing really helped to make the surges manageable... Later when we arrived at the hospital, the midwife had a look at me and said ‘right we’re having a baby’ and our lovely little boy arrived almost straight away with no interventions.
All was fine after the delivery – the main thing to cope with was the shock that it was all over already and we now had a baby right there!! I still can’t believe how easy it all was and feel that my experience would have been very different had I not managed to remain so calm – I can’t thank you enough Alice!!
I just wanted to let you know that we had our baby girl Wednesday morning. Possibly due to the baby lying back to back, I felt the discomfort exclusively in my back, which led to the midwife on the phone initially telling me that I was not in labour.
So, to cut a long story short, by the time a midwife came out to me 3 hours later I was already 7cm dilated. She then couldn't get another midwife to me quickly enough, so accompanied me to the birth centre instead. The midwives there were brilliant & I ended up having my baby girl in the birthing pool approximately 7 hours after we made that first telephone call.
My waters didn't break at all, which I think must have helped her turn right at the last minute, just before she came out. So I think you were right when you said that 'baby knows best'
Thank you again for all of your love & kindness & support it was absolutely invaluable during the run up to the birth.
I love you for the confidence that you instilled in me and our next child (I feel ready for it again already!) will be born at home.
My top tips -
Don't listen to others (esp scary) birth stories
Know that you are different and nothing that you have seen before you needs to define you and your experience
That your pregnancy and birth will reflect in your child
That you can bring your best to your child
I wanted to let you know that from the start of the contractions to delivery, it took Lisa 9 hours to give birth to our son. She was amazing. A complete star!
I wanted to thank you for the trust in herself and empowerment your seminar brought about. To say that it has changed her perspective on childbirth would be a gross understatement. The birth was calm, and the word that really comes to mind is not “pain”, although there were a number of painful moments but “intense”. We kept on breathing, visualising the sea, focusing on the road ahead and the result is that the birth went really well and today we also have a calm, relaxed baby.
We had our little arrival three weeks ago.
Weighing in at a mighty 10lbs8oz...Birth was truly great thanks to all my Hypnobirthing, and my incredible Doula. Managed all 12 hours drug free, save 2 paracetamol! Thanks so much for your help and intro to the Hypnobirthing way.
We had a great birth and the Hypnobirthing really worked! I was so amazed how it all went.
Chloe arrived three weeks early. I had cramps all night, thinking it was braxton hicks, then at 6.20 am the waters broke and I thought, Ahh something is happening. We called the midwives and they were like 'yeah call us back in several hours when something happens'. I was in the normal bath for several hours as we had only just got the birthing pool, and had not tried it yet. So Mark was busy pumping it up downstairs while I was labouring upstairs. After about 4 hours it all started to slow down a little, so I thought I would lay down a bit, still thinking this was first stage labour. But it was the calm before the storm, Mark had gone into the shower as he had not had one all morning and I was lying on the bed labouring, I then got the strongest urge to go down and get into the pool.
I was on my knees holding on to the side of the pool and had a really big surge and the head was out...little Chloe arrived and Mark caught her in the water and put her on my chest, it was incredible really. So much more relaxed being at home.
Thanks again for all your help with the hypnobirthing, it really was amazing!
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