JACOB'S BIRTH ...with thanks to Zoe & Laurence

Jacob Taylor was born on 16 March, weighing in at 8lbs 5oz and delivered with the aid of hypnobirthing, a tens machine and a bit of gas and air in the last hour. Having used hypnobirthing really successfully for the birth of my first son 3 years prior, I was really keen to use the techniques again and so enrolled on a course with Hollie to refresh everything in my mind. I was so glad I did – the course with Hollie was relaxed and fun (my partner and I still recall one of the exercises where we couldn't stop laughing which has got us through some of the newborn sleepless nights!), and most importantly it was invaluable in helping me through the birth process.

My surges began around 8pm (whilst watching The Voice!), and very quickly became quite strong. I dimmed the lights, began the relaxation and breathing techniques and listened to a soundtrack we'd prepared. Both my partner and I were surprised at how calm and collected I was (even more so than with the first birth), and I worked through the surges in silence at home until around midnight when the midwife arrived and we went to a midwife-led birthing suite. I had been using breathing techniques and a tens machine, then transferred into the pool.

By 2:30am I was starting to breathe down with the surges and felt my baby coming down. At this stage we had a bit of a scare with my son's heart rate, and I can genuinely say that the calm and relaxed state of mind the hypnobirthing provided, allowed me to think clearly, and concentrate all my efforts on birthing him as quickly as possible. He arrived just before 3am, and we feel so fortunate to have been blessed with another healthy and happy little boy.

So a huge thank you Hollie – your techniques were amazing in helping me through the experience, and to keep calm even when things felt a little scary. It's incredible what the body can do when you have confidence in its abilities. I know we talked about the importance of positive birth stories, and so you may not want to include the bit at the end, but I really did feel that without hypnobirthing the outcome could have been different. Jacob's heart rate halved and I needed to exit the pool quickly and birth him as soon as possible - and my calm and relaxed state of mind allowed me to do this - I knew if I let fear take hold everything could slow down and leave us in real trouble, so I trusted in my body and he was born really soon after, a little stunned(!), but well.

I hope all's well with you and family, and thank you again.

BIRTH STORIES

WILLA

IVOR

BUZZ

FIN

ARLO

SAM T

FINN

BETSY

SASHA

JACOB

LOUIS

WOODY

AMELIA

HUGO

ISIS

SAM P

MIA

MAX

FLORES

LORDEN

EDEN

ADDY

ISABELLA