AMELIA'S BIRTH ...with thanks to Helen & Andy

I initially decided to learn more about hypnobirthing after realising (at 6 months pregnant) that I was becoming quite stressed and anxious about the thought of giving birth. Hollie's classes teach you, in a very friendly and down to earth way, what hypnobirthing is all about and how to practice the various hypnobirthing techniques – breathing techniques and visualisations - techniques that helped me feel confident and positive about birth – which in turn put a welcome stop the anxieties I had developed in the lead up to the dreaded due date! We felt so calm and positive about the impending birth that we quickly decided to plan a home (water) birth.

Unfortunately our plans were scuppered when I ended up in hospital being induced a week after my waters had broken (and still no signs of a contraction!) which was a path I had been determined not to take as I had been holding out for a natural birth. In any case, I had an amazing 7 hour labour – brought on with syntocin – using the hypnobirthing techniques I had practiced and a little gas and air towards the end. The midwife commented that in all her 14 years of experience, she had never seen someone birth a baby (after an induction of that nature) so calmly and without the need for any stronger pain relief. I firmly believe that due to hypnobirthing I was able to go within myself (my husband said I didn't open my eyes for 5 hours!) and find a place where I could feel safe and in control and to just go with my body and trust it. Hypnobirthing also made my husband feel involved from the beginning and made the pregnancy and the birth itself a wonderfully intimate experience and one that we will forever cherish.

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