Birth Centre Water Hypnobirth

WITH GROUP B STREP I woke up at 8 am on the 15th of January. I knew something was happening as the type of feeling I was having I had not felt before with the Braxton hicks. My husband and I cuddled in bed for a few hours, then got up and made breakfast. By 11 am they...

Celebrating New Years Day!

Celebrating New Years Day!

Just wanted to drop you an email to let you know our beautiful boy arrived with us at 10:53 pm 10 days early on New Years Day weighing an impressive 9.5lbs. Thanks to the classes with Erika Townend Birth and my amazing midwife J, I was able to have a water birth in...

An earlier than expected arrival

An earlier than expected arrival

A Hypnobirthing in Berkshire and Surrey storyI thought I would just let you know that our little boy arrived on Sunday night, 9 days early, weighing 7lb 13oz! Things started off at about 5 am on Sunday morning, as I had a bloody show which had quite a lot of fresh...

Hey Jude!

Hey Jude!

Where to start? Well, I guess at the beginning! Introducing you virtually to Naomi and James's story. August 2018 Naomi contacted me enquiring about my hypnobirthing taster sessions in Sandhurst, Berkshire. They were recommended to her to explore the benefits of...

 A spontaneous hospital water birth

 

I was 40+2weeks pregnant. 2 am woke up and waters broke, though we would be able to go back to bed and relax for a while before the contractions got frequent they were regular straightaway, we didn’t actually time them at any point but there wasn’t much let up!

Spent a long time in the bath and then made a nest in the spare room propped up on pillows on all fours and tried the tens machine which seemed to help a lot. Called hospital at 4.30and forgot to tell them we were hypnobirthing so they said to wait until I was unable to talk through contractions and to call in an hour or so.  We ended up calling at 8.30am, deliberately didn’t talk through a contraction and they said to come in. I was dreading getting to the hospital which I think is why we held off and we still waited until the traffic would be better so left at 9.15am and arrived at 9.30am (6 contractions in the car!)

The hospital was chocka and we were told to sit down and wait, I spent a long time in the toilet as didn’t want to be around people! Finally got assessed (30+ minutes after arriving!) andI was fully dilated, I still was using tens.

Moved to a room and they were still unsure about water birth due to platelets, I almost said I didn’t mind not doing it but N asked me again and pushed for it a bit more. They said they would get me in the pool and sent  my blood off and if needed I would have to get out of the pool (they were worried if I bled they wouldn’t be able to asses the blood loss)

It was so good to get in the pool and be able to push, we had our music on and it was calm and quiet with just one midwife most of the time, my platelet level was 130 so they were happy(the Dr from the day before even popped up to say hello as she heard them talking about platelet levels of 90 and thought it must be me!)

Nick said he was amazed that I was smiling between contractions and laughing etc, it was all kind of textbook as we had planned and talked about with you! Theo was born at 12.40pmand I was able to catch him and keep him on my chest and find out that we had a little boy!

I did start to bleed afterwards so had to get out of the pool and have a managed 3rd stage and some stitches, they think I lost approx. 1 litre of blood so have given me some iron tablets and N has been feeding me up!! We stayed in the hospital that night and came home the following evening.

Thank You sooooooo much for all your help and extra advice on our journey, we felt confident and informed throughout the whole process.  I don’t know how many people can say they had the birth they wanted or that it was an amazing experience but for us (in the end) it really was!

L & N and T
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Midwife Led Unit birth

 

Baby V arrived 4 weeks ago, slightly later than her due date but we were very fortunate to have a happy, healthy natural birth. It was a pretty quick labour so a lot of my ‘plan’ went out the window but it was very calm and positive and I managed with just gas and air and then nothing at all for the actual birth.
Thank you for all your help- whilst it was a bit too quick to put everything into practice I managed to stay calm throughout (we both did) and concentrate on my breathing and we both felt a lot more empowered and knowledgable on our options.

Thanks again!

K & M and V
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Midwife Led Unit water birth

 

Our little baby boy, M was born on the 4th of August, 2 days after the due date.

We had a really good birth. It all started at 4 am and we went to Rushey centre at RBH at 8 am, and I was already 7cm. After only one hour in the birth pool, baby M was born and I was able to catch him myself. We were able to use the hypnobirth techniques we had practiced following our training and we really felt empowered and in control as well as relaxed and focused on the birth. It was really an amazing experience.  Thank you so much for your knowledge and for teaching us the techniques.

 

C & W and baby M

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A fast, smooth induced hypnobirth

 

Just wanted to let you know that M J arrived safely just after 10 am this morning, weighing 7lb 4oz.

I found this labour much more difficult than the last one as I started having regular surges just 2 hours after the pessary went in… and they continued to increase in intensity all throughout the night, so I had very little sleep. I did, however, once again manage to get through them all using just breathing and visualisations, and found the positive affirmations particularly helpful in reminding me that every surge was taking me a step closer to meeting baby!Just as with Lucy, the final stage was very quick: I asked to be examined on antenatal at 9.15 as I was getting the urge to bear down, and they found I was 6cm with bulging waters. I waddleddown to the labour ward at 9.30 and before the poor midwife could break my waters, they popped all over her and his head was born! He arrived just a few minutes later and was just as chilledout as his sister had been.  Both of my labours were positive experiences, and a large part of that is down to the great work you do. So thank you it really is hugely appreciated!

M & C and baby M
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Positive IVF Hypnobirth


Our Journey to parenthood was not an easy one and after five years and a round of IVF, we were thrilled to finally be expecting our first baby. My thoughts then turned to the birth. I was
petrified- I have a really low pain threshold, even a papercut makes me feel queasy. I really wanted to be brave and have a natural, drug-free birth, just like my mum and sister, but I was worried I might not cope and start crying for pain relief. Due to having a blood disorder in the family, I was told I would not be able to have an epidural. That meant if I needed a caesarean, I would have to be put under general anaesthetic and would miss the birth of our longed-for son. This meant I had to find a way to change my mindset and stop panicking about the labour.I went to a local Positive Birthing meeting and met other people who spoke about their positive experiences of labour and childbirth- a totally different concept to anything you see on TV or hear about- and why do people always tell you their horror birth stories as soon as you are pregnant? I met Erika and found out about hypnobirthing classes. I had heard about hypnobirthing from a few friends. I am a keen yoga enthusiast and so deep breathing and relaxation was not an unusual concept, but could I really go through labour just using breathe?

Erika came to our house over a 3 month period in the lead up to my due date and went through the hypnobirthing course. It was great as we were in our own environment and we could both take the time to think about and prepare for the birth together.  I listened to Katharine Graves nearly every night and always fell asleep to the deep relaxation scripts before theyfinished.  I found this so great- I actually started looking forward to the birth and the start of labour.The morning that I woke up in labour, my surges were already 5 minutes apart so I slept through the start of it all. I listened to my cd and did all my breathing techniques learned on thecourse and felt really calm for the duration of the labour. We used lots of the tips Erika gave us for active labour and getting the oxytocin levels up. I had hoped for a water birth but it wasn’t possible thistime.I was able to labour using just gas and air for the surges. As they became very intense when I neared full dilation, Owen really helped me to stay focused on using theimagery we had discussed on the course and using really encouraging statements.I could not have got to the end without him. I didn’t use the gas and air when pushing for the last part and the midwife guided me through the final stages. Our beautiful son arrived at11.59pm, eyes wide open, and our world was filled with joy and love.

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Swift Hospital Hypnobirth

Firstly I wanted to say a huge thank you for H’s birth was an amazing experience and our hypnobirthing definitely played a big part in that I’m sure.H arrived on the 5th December, one day after his due date. I realised contractions had started at 6 am, stayed in bed until 7, and then it all went very quickly from there. Contractions weremuch more frequent and intense than I had expected for that stage, and the midwife came in for my 8.30am appointment and suggested she examine me at about 9.15, by which time I wasalready 4cm dilated. We went off to Wexham and H arrived at 3.50 that afternoon, things slowed down slightly when we got to the hospital, but it was all far quicker than I had expected giventhis was our first baby. We had the hypno scripts playing throughout and the midwives were so respectful of our birth plan it was great. I was able to get completely in the zone and just usegas and air.

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An Amazing Home Waterbirth

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So pleased to let you know I had a little boy on the 25th Feb. He was born at home in the birthing pool weighing 8lb 1oz.He’s perfect and looks so much like J did as a baby! We have named him R.The hypnobirthing was amazing the breathing worked so well and I cannot even begin to explain the difference between R’s birth and J’s.I stayed so calm throughout the labour and it all happened so naturally. I never even had gas & air! It was the most amazing experience and within 5 minutes of giving birth, I said I woulddo it all over again!

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A Calm, Unplanned Breech Home Birth

 

I’d like to share our birth story with you… It’s an interesting one!

My story starts at exactly week 38 at the end of the day at work. I’m a teacher and the children had just gone home I felt quite queasy so said to a work colleague I was heading home becauseI didn’t feel 100%. So I headed home but stopped at the shops on the way to buy treats for work as it was my last day the next day. I then went to pick my 3-year-old son up from his nanny’shouse now it was about 4 pm. I had a small bloody show whilst at my mother in-laws house but just carried on not saying anything because I knew this didn’t necessarily mean I would havethe baby on this day. I reached home at about 4.20pm and by now started to feel light tightenings.My husband was working at the Chelsea flower show so wasn’t going to be home until about 8.30/ 9 pm. I decided to call my sister in law at about 4.30pm as felt slightly uneasy being bymyself although I did think it might just be Braxton Hicks. She didn’t get the message until 4.50 and called me back I still had a bloody show and the tightening was still quite light but slightly more frequent. She headed to mine but I called her on the way to bring her car just in case (I think I knew the arrival might be coming soon by now). She got to mine about 5.10pm I askedher just to play with my son H and I would potter around the house and be as normal as I could for H. My sister in law told me to call my husband I wasn’t sure as didn’t want to interrupt him unnecessarily however at 5.30pm I did and he said to call him back in an hour to see how I was doing and he would leave then.

After this we called the midwife I was having surges every 3/4 mins for about 30/40 seconds. She said to call back when they increased. I made my son dinner for about 5.45pm and sortedhis bath and bedtime during surges with help from my sister in law ( I kept saying I just want H happy in bed and then we’ll sort things out.) I called my husband at 6.30pm and he began his journey home.
My son was in bed at 7.15pm and my sister in law called the midwife again at about 7.25pm with my surges 1/2 minutes apart lasting 50/ 60 seconds whilst on the phone my husband arrived at 7.30pm. The midwife suggested heading to the hospital now. I was in my downstairs bathroom from about the time I had put my son to bed. My husband came in to see me then wentupstairs to change. During this time my waters broke on the toilet whilst my sister in law was on the phone the midwife said the baby is going to come quickly now and to call an ambulance.My sister in law went to tell my husband by whispering from the bottom of the stairs. By the time she got back, I had whipped off my clothes and said I was pushing. My husband came at this point we were both very calm throughout. I focused on my breathing my husband focused on the task ahead. He called the ambulance at about 7.40pm and they talked him through what was happening and what to do. He grabbed lots of towels and I was on all fours leaning on my gym ball. The baby began to come- then my husband became confused they were asking if he could see the head, my husband’s mum arrived at this moment (to look after my son if we were heading to hospital) she came and had a look and said that’s his bum coming out – our baby was breech and we had no idea we had been told it was head down.
However, I remained calm as did my husband I was even shushing the noise around me as I needed to focus on being calm. The person on the phone told my husband I needed to turn over as the baby was breech so they turned me over (out of everything this was probably the most uncomfortable thing- being turned over.) First one arm and one leg came out then the paramedics arrived at 7.50ish they encouraged my husband to continue (I was lying half in my bathroom half in my kitchen). Next, another arm and leg came out then his head.  When he arrived at 7.53pm my husband had to put him on me and rub him lots. My husband delivered our breech baby and rubbed life into him- amazing!!!  We then headed to the hospital in an ambulance as they need to check whether the baby had pooed inside me. J Goodhew was a healthy weight of 3.5kilos. All was fine at the hospital.
All things considered, I really was calm and focused as was my husband this was definitely our successful Hypnobirthing story. No pain relief of any kind. Both of my birth stories are different but both calm and successful I feel so lucky and everyone is astonished at our one in a million story.
Thank you for our top up Hypnobirthing course it reminded us and reinforced all the positives of giving birth and being calm and confident.

J & N
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Labour Ward Hypnobirth

 

My daughter’s birth began the night before her due date when my waters broke and I had to go to the hospital to be checked.  The presence of meconium changed my original plan to give birth in the Mulberry Suite, and I was admitted to the labour ward.I was hooked up to the Syntocinon drip to make my labour progress quickly and I had to wear a fetal heart monitor as my daughter’s heart rate was regularly dropping when the medication was increased.However, the midwives were fantastic and totally respected our hypnobirthing preferences and did everything they could to keep me mobile. I was able to listen to the scripts we’d practised and get into the positions that we had learnt on the hypnobirthing course. The lights were low, conversations and noise were kept to a minimum and we were able to create a very relaxed, calm environment.16 hours after my waters broke, with no pain relief other than gas & air, I gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby girl. She came exactly on her due date and weighed 8lbs 6oz – which was very unexpected!I did need some extra help in the final stages, and she was delivered with the aid of a ventouse, which meant that I had to have a small episiotomy. But, within 90 minutes I was up on my feet and showered, and walked to the maternity ward pushing my baby in her cot. Giving birth was in no way the scary ordeal that I had imagined prior to the hypnobirthing course. Thanks to Erika and her teachings I felt confident and excited in the run-up to labour, and the tools and techniques that we learnt certainly helped me to remain calm and in control throughout. I had total trust in my body and its ability to birth my daughter naturally. We couldn’t plan for the meconium and it did alter my original plans – but it was still an amazingly positive experience, and certainly, something that I will be happy to do again using hypnobirthing.

K & I
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An Early Christmas present!

I wanted to let you know that B arrived as an early Christmas present!  He came on 20th, 10 days ahead of the due date, which was nice with hindsight, no time to worry too much about what would be!

The labour was intense but super-quick and worked out as we’d hoped!  Waters broke at 2.30am.  Got checked out at W, wasn’t in labour and baby was fine, so sent home to sleep and then be active the next day and hope labour would begin ahead of an induction.

By the time we got home labour was in full flow!  Contractions were pretty much straight into 1 min every 3 mins!  We called the hospital again and they said to hang on in there, as I could still speak therewas probably more time to go and to call back in an hour!  So we got into hypnobirthing mode as much as we could – oil burning, hypno music, breathing, bath, massage, keeping upright etc – but it was intense and the contractions were strong and close together!  So over an hour later we called again and I had a quick word with them and they said it was up to mewhether I wanted to come in.  I think the English ‘not wanting to be a burden thing’ was going on a little with us, along with being desperate not to turn up and then get sent home again as the thought ofthat journey in the state I was in was hugely unappealing!  But shortly afterwards I decided it was time to go in.  The journey was pretty bad, I don’t remember much but it seemed to last an age.

We got to the birth centre, somehow managed to get up the stairs.  I was 8cm when the checked me out, and there was just enough time to get into the pool, get on the gas & air and lessthen 45 minutes later B was born!

There was a point when his heart rate had dropped and they made the decision to get me out and down to the labour ward, so had me stand up and started putting towels around me when a massivecontraction came again and I think something inside me decided there was no way on earth I was going anywhere so I knuckled down, focused on breathing and his head then cameand a little while later he was out!

What an experience!  The rest was all fine.  The afterbirth was easy, I had no stitches and hardly lost any blood.  What I’m really surprised about is just how immediately the extremesensations are completely forgotten!  I’ve found myself unable to articulate what it was like when friends have asked.  And it’s unlike any other experience like injury as everything stopsas soon as he is out.  I hadn’t expected that at all.

And then meeting B…to begin with, I think I was a little in shock and rejected him and freaked out when they passed him to me.  But pretty soon I took him and then everything changed!I’ve never liked babies and I was worried about this but I absolutely adore him.  He’s a tiny little thing (6lb 4) and super-cute and I never thought I would love anything as much asI love my dog, but Billy trumps this (just!)  He’s so small and delicate and soft and I just can’t compute how he came out of me just a week ago!  My mind is truly blown!

So thank you for your help – hypnobirthing definitely helped make our experience a positive one.

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A partners recollection

When I woke up and heard H move about and heard her say ‘oh no’… I initially thought something happened to Alba (dog). So when H told me her waters broke it was a little surreal.Though soon after everything we went through during the hypnobirthing and NCT classes got to me and I felt calm and able to support H.

We drove to the hospital to get H checked out and were told to return home. Get some sleep and have an active day. If labour had not started within 24h from then H would need to beinduced, which I knew H was not keen on. However, on the return home contractions started and when home surges came through less than 3 minutes apart for about 45’’ – 60’’.This confused me since I was expecting a gentle start and H to be elated at first. It seemed that the first part of labour was skipped and went straight into the serious part. Hypnobirthingand training helped me know what to do. I ensured the bath was running, dimmed the lights, lit some candles and got some scent of the one I know H preferred. This helped H to relaxbetween surges.

Contractions soon intensified and I spent most of my time helping H through the ‘up’-breathing which seemed to help her relax.

Around 6.30am we decided to return to the hospital. We called the birthing centre twice before and were told to wait as long as possible in order to avoid being sent back. When in hospitalH was 8cm dilated and everything accelerated from then on.

The bath was running as we got to the hospital so H could go straight in. Contractions really intensified and some of the items we went through in hypnobirthing clearly got to me and helpedme to help H. There was the point where H panicked (‘I can’t do this’) proceeded by a clear break from the really intense contractions. It was clear Billy was making his way through thebirthing canal and I tried to support H the best way I could. When the midwife urged H to keep calm I reminded of the ‘down’ breathing which seemed to have some effect with H. Afterarriving at the hospital little Billy was born 44 minutes later not only stunning his parent though I am sure the midwives and assistants!

Although all happened in an intense rush both H and I never panicked and managed to stay calm. H and I spoke after birth to what extent the hypnobirthing helped. Although not alwaysobvious I think it created that base to fall back on and also helped us to stay calm throughout the experience. I recall myself discussing with H when to go to the hospital and there wassome doubt about when to go. From hypnobirthing, I knew that instinct is a major force in birth and I remember saying to H to go with what she feels. There have been similar situationsin the hospital later on.

B’s birth was an intense though very rewarding experience. I am not sure whether it would be been the same if did not prepare as we did in the months leading up his birth.The hypnobirthing helped create that mindset of calmness and approaching birth with a positive experience which got us through where we are now.

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2nd Hypnobirth – Homebirth

We had a really lovely home birth on the 1st of May, and little F has been keeping us busy ever since!
He was 2 days early, which was perfect as saved me worrying about induction, and we had got ourselves ready for a home birth with the support of Steph and the Windsor team. It all startedvery similarly to Harry’s arrival, with mild contractions starting around 6.30am. I wasn’t 100% sure it wasn’t a false alarm so sent Alex off to work and got on with getting Harry up and full of breakfast.H did have to give me a couple of cuddles through some more intense contractions but for some reason, I still was holding off believing it was the real thing!
My cousin in law and her 2-year-old, plus my aunt had planned to pop in for a coffee so I told them to come anyway with the caveat I might be in labour! they arrived and took H outfor a walk around 9.15 as the contractions were much more frequent by that stage and I called A home, called my dad to come and pick H up and called the birth centre. Everyone arrivedaround 10, and we got a few last bits sorted in the bedroom for the birth and said our goodbyes to H around 10.30. Emma the first midwife didn’t have the gas and air mouthpiece so I hadto really focus on my breathing as the contractions really started to kick in, but once S arrived and the gas and air was here it all happened very quickly. F arrived at 11.30 very safely and I just needed a fewstitches. We had the hypnobirthing scripts on in the background throughout and the combination of hypnosis and gas and air took my brain to some lovely places with my visualisations, especially at the downstage! He was here with about 3 surges after my waters broke. It was so lovely to be at home and have my own shower afterwards. Various family poppedback in later that afternoon after we had had some time just the three of us, it was a lovely day.
I don’t know if you remember us watching the home birth video with the sibling and some family around. I thought it looked quite nice but A wasn’t so sure about the number of peopleinvolved (he’s much more introvert) – so it ended up being a nice halfway house as family were here in the early stages and H was around for a while which I’m sure helped the oxytocin. ButA and I then had some privacy for the last hour.  Seeing the home birth videos again was also really helpful in deciding a home birth was right for us.

We’ve been getting on really well since the birth, feeding is going much better than last time and F is putting on weight well, tracking 50th percentile (ish) since birth, he was 7lb 9oz whenhe arrived.

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3 rd Hypnobirth – Midwife Led Unit

Sorry it’s taken so long to tell you about our latest addition and birth story.

We had an ideal birth on the 10th of April. My waters broke in the middle of the night at about 2.30/3 am but there were no surges so I told my husband and we tried to go back to sleep fora while (after phoning the hospital to check that was ok). About an hour later some light surges began so we came down stairs put the tv on and I bounced on my gym ball and walked arounda bit. We called my sister in law to look after my boys and my mother came over also as she was one of my birthing partners along with my husband. They arrived about 4.45am and Idecided I was ready to head to the birthing centre at about 5.15am as I had surges closer together (not always regular but they were getting closer). We arrived at the hospital at 5.30 and I wasassessed and in a room by 6 am. I continued gym ball bouncing and walking around and talking/ listening to my husband and mum chat. The midwife came in and out to check baby’s heartbut was very subtle and I barely noticed she was there. At about 8.45/9 am I was ready to go in the birthing pool as my surges were quite strong (random throughout – some closer togetherthan others) After about 15/ 20 mins I began to breathe the baby out. She arrived with us at 9.33am. Meet L V (6 weeks old)

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An earlier than expected arrival – 38 + 4 days
I thought I would just let you know that our little boy O arrived on Sunday night, 9 days early, weighing 7lb 13oz 

Things started off about 5 am on Sunday morning, as I had a bloody show which had quite a lot of fresh blood, I was admitted to the antenatal ward so they could monitor me and give me an anti d injection (due to me being RH negative and baby RH positive). This all took quite a while so I wasn’t discharged until about 3 pm and by 5 pm my waters had broken and we were on our way back to the hospital.Things sped up quite fast from there and O was born at 23.20. Due to his speediness, I only had gas and air, and I was fortunate that I was able to spend 3 hours or so in the birthing pool before being transferred to the labour ward at the last minute, as it looked like the baby’s heartbeat had dropped. Luckily once we got there and got put on a monitor all was looking ok again and he was born about 15 mins later.
As I spent more time in hospital during early labour than I’d anticipated I didn’t get a chance to use the scripts in my bath as I’d originally anticipated. However, I felt like hypnobirthing gave me the tools to know what was happening at all times and to have faith in my body that it would know what to do. The breathing techniques kept me really calm and the “I can do anything for one minute” mentality really helped during the pushing. I’ve struggled with anxiety quite badly at times in the past, I have a real fear of the unknown and have always struggled with anything medical (including a strong needle phobia).Everyone around me has commented on how calm and collected I seemed to be in the run-up to the birth. They thoroughly expected me to be panicking and worrying about the whole process, but thanks to practising hypnobirthing I really feel like I was able to keep myself calm when I felt any sort of panic rising.
Honestly, I cannot thank you enough for the classes and support provided. Without it, I think I would have had a much different experience and so far O seems to be quite a chilled out baby which I think has probably been helped by me being able to stay relatively calm through pregnancy and birth.
I’d highly recommend the course to anyone.
Thank you, thank you, thank you again, you are amazing!!
M & M and O
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Just wanted to drop you an email to let you know our beautiful boy arrived with us at 10:53 pm 10 days early on New Years Day weighing an impressive 9.5lbs.
Thanks to your classes and my amazing midwife J, I was able to have a water birth in the Mulberry suite. L was amazing and didn’t leave my side the whole time. It was a combination of these things that I truly believe I was able to have a completely natural, pain-free birth. Every surge I remembered you saying “you can do anything for a minute” it really works! Along with staying completely relaxed and allowing my body to take over and do its thing. I just wanted to thank you for your guidance and wisdom.
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Proud new parents

How the movies can help!

 

I was a week overdue and starting to get a little impatient! I’d had a couple of acupuncture appointments, reflexology and been doing all manner of meditation and visualisations but the little guy was staying put!

On Thursday morning I had a membrane sweep and my sister had told me to go somewhere which would make it really inconvenient if I went into labour and that would undoubtedly invoke sod’s law and we’d have kick-off.

With this in mind, that evening N and I went to the cinema for the latest Star Wars. I was pretty engrossed in the film and only vaguely aware that I was getting a bit uncomfortable sitting in one place. I kept quiet about the increasing cramps on the way home and as we got into bed. But after watching the clock for about an hour, being pretty sure they were coming every 15 minutes, I gave N a nudge and announced we may have a green light!

We began timing surges about 1am and they got to about 5-7 minutes quite quickly and stayed like that all through the night and into the morning. I went between the hypnobirthing recordings, N reading the scripts and doing my own meditations through the night. In the morning we went for a few walks to our local park and I had a couple of baths.It was all very  calm and actually quite exciting and enjoyable. Just after lunch on the Friday things stepped up a bit and I had some bleeding. We called the Mulberry Suite and they said for us to go in.

We arrived on Mulberry around 2.30pm, I chatted to the midwife and she seemed quite convinced I wasn’t in established labour and we’d probably be heading home again, but told us to stay there for an hour and see if anything changed. This was the first point I actually started to worry. The surges were getting quite intense and I thought, ‘if this isn’t even established labour, I’m going to struggle!’ I was pretty much in my own world of breathing then. At 3.30pm the midwife returned and did an examination. 6cm!! I’d never been so relieved in all my life. And of she went to fill up the birthing pool.

 

I was in the pool at 4pm, yoga playlist on the go and becoming acquainted with the gas and air! The first couple of surges, once in the pool, were really strong and I panicked a little and lost focus whilst trying to figure out how to use the gar and air. But N and V, my midwife, reminded me of the breathing techniques and I got control quickly and then it was honestly just a matter of time and staying focussed on my breathing. I think during one surge I wondered why I hadn’t just asked for the epidural! But as quickly as that thought appeared, the surged eased and I thought, ‘oh it’s okay now’!

There were a couple of surges when I didn’t quite get the breathing right and that was a bit panicky. I wonder now if that had been transition. But with encouraging words from N I was back on track. Then I was pushing. Sticking to the breath, it felt quite natural and I felt in control. V was utterly wonderful and was coaching me through every push. This stage did seem to go on for a while but finally, the head was out and V guided me through the next surge and helped me take hold of my baby and pull him out of the water myself. And it was done. J was born at 6.44pm. I’d hoped for delayed cord clamping and for N to cut the cord, but J was a little sleepy so V had to do a quick snip of the cord a take him for a little oxygen. Although he perked up before they even got him out of the room and was quickly wrapped up and passed back to me with no intervention needed after all.

We then had a wonderful hour snuggled together (albeit covered in a fair bit of meconium!) before heading back to our room for a shower and the best tea and toast I’ve ever tasted!

The word I would use to describe the whole thing – ‘intense’. But I did feel in control and am certain that was all down to the preparation I’d done with all the hypnobirthing scripts and breathing exercises and the confident, positive frame of mind I’d been able keep throughout the day.

Thank you, Erika, for your guidance and thanks too, to V and the team and the Mulberry suite. I could never, ever thank them enough for the beautiful experience we had.
Thanks again, and we’ll be in touch for a refresher for number 2!

A & N

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Spontaneous hospital water birth

 

I was 40+2weeks pregnant. 2 am woke up and waters broke, though we would be able to go back to bed and relax for a while before the contractions got frequent they were regular straightaway, we didn’t actually time them at any point but there wasn’t much let up!

Spent a long time in the bath and then made a nest in the spare room propped up on pillows on all fours and tried the tens machine which seemed to help a lot. Called hospital at 4.30and forgot to tell them we were hypnobirthing so they said to wait until I was unable to talk through contractions and to call in an hour or so.  We ended up calling at 8.30am, deliberately didn’t talk through a contraction and they said to come in. I was dreading getting to the hospital which I think is why we held off and we still waited until the traffic would be better so left at 9.15am and arrived at 9.30am (6 contractions in the car!)

The hospital was chocka and we were told to sit down and wait, I spent a long time in the toilet as didn’t want to be around people! Finally got assessed (30+ minutes after arriving!) andI was fully dilated, I still was using tens.

Moved to a room and they were still unsure about water birth due to platelets, I almost said I didn’t mind not doing it but N asked me again and pushed for it a bit more. They said they would get me in the pool and sent  my blood off and if needed I would have to get out of the pool (they were worried if I bled they wouldn’t be able to asses the blood loss)

It was so good to get in the pool and be able to push, we had our music on and it was calm and quiet with just one midwife most of the time, my platelet level was 130 so they were happy(the Dr from the day before even popped up to say hello as she heard them talking about platelet levels of 90 and thought it must be me!)

Nick said he was amazed that I was smiling between contractions and laughing etc, it was all kind of textbook as we had planned and talked about with you! Theo was born at 12.40pmand I was able to catch him and keep him on my chest and find out that we had a little boy!

I did start to bleed afterwards so had to get out of the pool and have a managed 3rd stage and some stitches, they think I lost approx. 1 litre of blood so have given me some iron tablets and N has been feeding me up!! We stayed in the hospital that night and came home the following evening.

Thank You sooooooo much for all your help and extra advice on our journey, we felt confident and informed throughout the whole process.  I don’t know how many people can say they had the birth they wanted or that it was an amazing experience but for us (in the end) it really was!

L & N and T
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Midwife Led Unit birth

 

Baby V arrived 4 weeks ago, slightly later than her due date but we were very fortunate to have a happy, healthy natural birth. It was a pretty quick labour so a lot of my ‘plan’ went out the window but it was very calm and positive and I managed with just gas and air and then nothing at all for the actual birth.
Thank you for all your help- whilst it was a bit too quick to put everything into practice I managed to stay calm throughout (we both did) and concentrate on my breathing and we both felt a lot more empowered and knowledgable on our options.

Thanks again!

K & M and V
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Midwife Led Unit water birth

 

Our little baby boy, M was born on the 4th of August, 2 days after the due date.

We had a really good birth. It all started at 4 am and we went to Rushey centre at RBH at 8 am, and I was already 7cm. After only one hour in the birth pool, baby M was born and I was able to catch him myself. We were able to use the hypnobirth techniques we had practiced following our training and we really felt empowered and in control as well as relaxed and focused on the birth. It was really an amazing experience.  Thank you so much for your knowledge and for teaching us the techniques.

 

C & W and baby M

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A fast, smooth induced hypnobirth

 

Just wanted to let you know that M J arrived safely just after 10 am this morning, weighing 7lb 4oz.

I found this labour much more difficult than the last one as I started having regular surges just 2 hours after the pessary went in… and they continued to increase in intensity all throughout the night, so I had very little sleep. I did, however, once again manage to get through them all using just breathing and visualisations, and found the positive affirmations particularly helpfulin reminding me that every surge was taking me a step closer to meeting baby!Just as with Lucy, the final stage was very quick: I asked to be examined on antenatal at 9.15 as I was getting the urge to bear down, and they found I was 6cm with bulging waters. I waddleddown to the labour ward at 9.30 and before the poor midwife could break my waters, they popped all over her and his head was born! He arrived just a few minutes later and was just as chilledout as his sister had been.  Both of my labours were positive experiences, and a large part of that is down to the great work you do. So thank you it really is hugely appreciated!

M & C and baby M
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Birth Centre Water Hypnobirth with GBS

I woke up at 8 am on Sunday 15th January 2017. I knew something was happening as the type of feeling I was having I had not felt before with the Braxton hicks. My husband and I cuddled in bed for a few hours, then got up and made breakfast. By 11 am they were getting a bit stronger, no pain at all only some pressure. So my husband called the birth centre at Frimley Park Hospital. She was happy with the progress.

We relaxed while watching some tv and I sat bouncing on my birth ball. At 3 pm I decided to make homemade roast potatoes and a big salad. It was yummy lol

By 6 pm the surges were 8minutes apart and the pressure was slightly more. I didn’t feel like this was the main event as I have zero pain and didn’t feel like it was intense enough. My husband called the birth centre again and she told us to make our way in. The drive is around 45 minutes from our home. We arrived at 7:30 pm and were directed to a lovely private room,where we unpacked, put our humidifier on with lavender oil scent and dimmed the lighting. Our lovely midwife had not had a Hypnobirthing couple before so she sat with us and chatted to understand whatwe needed from her. At 9 pm the surges were now 4min apart and I had my 1st dose of antibiotics for the GBS bacteria. That took 15 min to go in. At 9:30 pm I went to thepool and got in the water, it was so relaxing and eased the pressure from each surge. I was so relaxed I fell asleep in between surges.

My waters broke in the pool at around 12:30 am Monday morning, now the surges were high in pressure but still no pain. The midwife would monitor the baby’s heartbeat in the water every 15-20 minutes. At 1:30 am another midwife came in to administer my 2nd dose of antibiotics, as she was lining up the needle I pulled my arm away and said “Heads coming” thepressure was very intense, it wasn’t quite the head, it was the membrane in front of the head! That took around 20 minutes to come out, then I knew the head was coming. This was the only bit of pain I felt. My body was automatically pushing the head out as I was breathing and making odd noises.

The water was very murky as the baby had pooped and of course the blood, so no one could see anything, I shouted: “heads out!” And in the next surge, his body followed. This was 2:11 am. We could not see in the water so I felt around for the baby and slowly brought him up and onto me. Eyes were open and looking around but there was no cry, so we massaged baby for 15 second sand then a big cry came out. (This is considered quite normal for hypnobirthing babies that are born calmly ~ E Townend) At that point, I checked between the legs and told everyone”it’s a boy!” At this point, my husband was crying and completely overwhelmed.  I wanted to birth the placenta before cutting the cord but after an hour of waiting we decided the cord wasdone, it had turned white, so Garry cut it and I was then given a shot and the placenta followed within a few minutes. I did not have any tears just a graze on my labia that needed a few stitches.  We slept for8 hours straight before little one woke to feed. It was such a wonderful birth experience. So calm, and the result is a very calm and relaxed little baby. We called himE H and he weighed 7lb 3oz. The midwives could not believe how wonderful the birth was and that it was 4.5 hours long. Thank you so much for all your support and for teaching us howlovely it can be. I cannot recommend Hypnobirthing enough to everyone.Until you actually experience it, you have no idea how fantastic it really is.Best wishes

T & G
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Positive IVF Hypnobirth


Our Journey to parenthood was not an easy one and after five years and a round of IVF, we were thrilled to finally be expecting our first baby. My thoughts then turned to the birth. I was
petrified- I have a really low pain threshold, even a papercut makes me feel queasy. I really wanted to be brave and have a natural, drug-free birth, just like my mum and sister, but I was worried I might not cope and start crying for pain relief. Due to having a blood disorder in the family, I was told I would not be able to have an epidural. That meant if I needed a caesarean, I would have to be put under general anaesthetic and would miss the birth of our longed-for son. This meant I had to find a way to change my mindset and stop panicking about the labour.I went to a local Positive Birthing meeting and met other people who spoke about their positive experiences of labour and childbirth- a totally different concept to anything you see on TV or hear about- and why do people always tell you their horror birth stories as soon as you are pregnant? I met Erika and found out about hypnobirthing classes. I had heard about hypnobirthing from a few friends. I am a keen yoga enthusiast and so deep breathing and relaxation was not an unusual concept, but could I really go through labour just using breathe?

Erika came to our house over a 3 month period in the lead up to my due date and went through the hypnobirthing course. It was great as we were in our own environment and we could both take the time to think about and prepare for the birth together.  I listened to Katharine Graves nearly every night and always fell asleep to the deep relaxation scripts before theyfinished.  I found this so great- I actually started looking forward to the birth and the start of labour.The morning that I woke up in labour, my surges were already 5 minutes apart so I slept through the start of it all. I listened to my cd and did all my breathing techniques learned on thecourse and felt really calm for the duration of the labour. We used lots of the tips Erika gave us for active labour and getting the oxytocin levels up. I had hoped for a water birth but it wasn’t possible thistime.I was able to labour using just gas and air for the surges. As they became very intense when I neared full dilation, Owen really helped me to stay focused on using theimagery we had discussed on the course and using really encouraging statements.I could not have got to the end without him. I didn’t use the gas and air when pushing for the last part and the midwife guided me through the final stages. Our beautiful son arrived at11.59pm, eyes wide open, and our world was filled with joy and love.

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Swift Hospital Hypnobirth

Firstly I wanted to say a huge thank you for H’s birth was an amazing experience and our hypnobirthing definitely played a big part in that I’m sure.H arrived on the 5th December, one day after his due date. I realised contractions had started at 6 am, stayed in bed until 7, and then it all went very quickly from there. Contractions weremuch more frequent and intense than I had expected for that stage, and the midwife came in for my 8.30am appointment and suggested she examine me at about 9.15, by which time I wasalready 4cm dilated. We went off to Wexham and H arrived at 3.50 that afternoon, things slowed down slightly when we got to the hospital, but it was all far quicker than I had expected giventhis was our first baby. We had the hypno scripts playing throughout and the midwives were so respectful of our birth plan it was great. I was able to get completely in the zone and just usegas and air.

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An Amazing Home Waterbirth

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So pleased to let you know I had a little boy on the 25th Feb. He was born at home in the birthing pool weighing 8lb 1oz.He’s perfect and looks so much like J did as a baby! We have named him R.The hypnobirthing was amazing the breathing worked so well and I cannot even begin to explain the difference between R’s birth and J’s.I stayed so calm throughout the labour and it all happened so naturally. I never even had gas & air! It was the most amazing experience and within 5 minutes of giving birth, I said I woulddo it all over again!

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A Calm, Unplanned Breech Home Birth

 

I’d like to share our birth story with you… It’s an interesting one!

My story starts at exactly week 38 at the end of the day at work. I’m a teacher and the children had just gone home I felt quite queasy so said to a work colleague I was heading home becauseI didn’t feel 100%. So I headed home but stopped at the shops on the way to buy treats for work as it was my last day the next day. I then went to pick my 3-year-old son up from his nanny’shouse now it was about 4 pm. I had a small bloody show whilst at my mother in-laws house but just carried on not saying anything because I knew this didn’t necessarily mean I would havethe baby on this day. I reached home at about 4.20pm and by now started to feel light tightenings.My husband was working at the Chelsea flower show so wasn’t going to be home until about 8.30/ 9 pm. I decided to call my sister in law at about 4.30pm as felt slightly uneasy being bymyself although I did think it might just be Braxton Hicks. She didn’t get the message until 4.50 and called me back I still had a bloody show and the tightening was still quite light but slightly more frequent. She headed to mine but I called her on the way to bring her car just in case (I think I knew the arrival might be coming soon by now). She got to mine about 5.10pm I askedher just to play with my son H and I would potter around the house and be as normal as I could for H. My sister in law told me to call my husband I wasn’t sure as didn’t want to interrupt him unnecessarily however at 5.30pm I did and he said to call him back in an hour to see how I was doing and he would leave then.

After this we called the midwife I was having surges every 3/4 mins for about 30/40 seconds. She said to call back when they increased. I made my son dinner for about 5.45pm and sortedhis bath and bedtime during surges with help from my sister in law ( I kept saying I just want H happy in bed and then we’ll sort things out.) I called my husband at 6.30pm and he began his journey home.
My son was in bed at 7.15pm and my sister in law called the midwife again at about 7.25pm with my surges 1/2 minutes apart lasting 50/ 60 seconds whilst on the phone my husband arrived at 7.30pm. The midwife suggested heading to the hospital now. I was in my downstairs bathroom from about the time I had put my son to bed. My husband came in to see me then wentupstairs to change. During this time my waters broke on the toilet whilst my sister in law was on the phone the midwife said the baby is going to come quickly now and to call an ambulance.My sister in law went to tell my husband by whispering from the bottom of the stairs. By the time she got back, I had whipped off my clothes and said I was pushing. My husband came at this point we were both very calm throughout. I focused on my breathing my husband focused on the task ahead. He called the ambulance at about 7.40pm and they talked him through what was happening and what to do. He grabbed lots of towels and I was on all fours leaning on my gym ball. The baby began to come- then my husband became confused they were asking if he could see the head, my husband’s mum arrived at this moment (to look after my son if we were heading to hospital) she came and had a look and said that’s his bum coming out – our baby was breech and we had no idea we had been told it was head down.
However, I remained calm as did my husband I was even shushing the noise around me as I needed to focus on being calm. The person on the phone told my husband I needed to turn over as the baby was breech so they turned me over (out of everything this was probably the most uncomfortable thing- being turned over.) First one arm and one leg came out then the paramedics arrived at 7.50ish they encouraged my husband to continue (I was lying half in my bathroom half in my kitchen). Next, another arm and leg came out then his head.  When he arrived at 7.53pm my husband had to put him on me and rub him lots. My husband delivered our breech baby and rubbed life into him- amazing!!!  We then headed to the hospital in an ambulance as they need to check whether the baby had pooed inside me. J Goodhew was a healthy weight of 3.5kilos. All was fine at the hospital.
All things considered, I really was calm and focused as was my husband this was definitely our successful Hypnobirthing story. No pain relief of any kind. Both of my birth stories are different but both calm and successful I feel so lucky and everyone is astonished at our one in a million story.
Thank you for our top up Hypnobirthing course it reminded us and reinforced all the positives of giving birth and being calm and confident.

J & N
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Labour Ward Hypnobirth

 

My daughter’s birth began the night before her due date when my waters broke and I had to go to the hospital to be checked.  The presence of meconium changed my original plan to give birth in the Mulberry Suite, and I was admitted to the labour ward.I was hooked up to the Syntocinon drip to make my labour progress quickly and I had to wear a fetal heart monitor as my daughter’s heart rate was regularly dropping when the medication was increased.However, the midwives were fantastic and totally respected our hypnobirthing preferences and did everything they could to keep me mobile. I was able to listen to the scripts we’d practised and get into the positions that we had learnt on the hypnobirthing course. The lights were low, conversations and noise were kept to a minimum and we were able to create a very relaxed, calm environment.16 hours after my waters broke, with no pain relief other than gas & air, I gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby girl. She came exactly on her due date and weighed 8lbs 6oz – which was very unexpected!I did need some extra help in the final stages, and she was delivered with the aid of a ventouse, which meant that I had to have a small episiotomy. But, within 90 minutes I was up on my feet and showered, and walked to the maternity ward pushing my baby in her cot. Giving birth was in no way the scary ordeal that I had imagined prior to the hypnobirthing course. Thanks to Erika and her teachings I felt confident and excited in the run-up to labour, and the tools and techniques that we learnt certainly helped me to remain calm and in control throughout. I had total trust in my body and its ability to birth my daughter naturally. We couldn’t plan for the meconium and it did alter my original plans – but it was still an amazingly positive experience, and certainly, something that I will be happy to do again using hypnobirthing.

K & I
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An Early Christmas present!

I wanted to let you know that B arrived as an early Christmas present!  He came on 20th, 10 days ahead of the due date, which was nice with hindsight, no time to worry too much about what would be!

The labour was intense but super-quick and worked out as we’d hoped!  Waters broke at 2.30am.  Got checked out at W, wasn’t in labour and baby was fine, so sent home to sleep and then be active the next day and hope labour would begin ahead of an induction.

By the time we got home labour was in full flow!  Contractions were pretty much straight into 1 min every 3 mins!  We called the hospital again and they said to hang on in there, as I could still speak therewas probably more time to go and to call back in an hour!  So we got into hypnobirthing mode as much as we could – oil burning, hypno music, breathing, bath, massage, keeping upright etc – but it was intense and the contractions were strong and close together!  So over an hour later we called again and I had a quick word with them and they said it was up to mewhether I wanted to come in.  I think the English ‘not wanting to be a burden thing’ was going on a little with us, along with being desperate not to turn up and then get sent home again as the thought ofthat journey in the state I was in was hugely unappealing!  But shortly afterwards I decided it was time to go in.  The journey was pretty bad, I don’t remember much but it seemed to last an age.

We got to the birth centre, somehow managed to get up the stairs.  I was 8cm when the checked me out, and there was just enough time to get into the pool, get on the gas & air and lessthen 45 minutes later B was born!

There was a point when his heart rate had dropped and they made the decision to get me out and down to the labour ward, so had me stand up and started putting towels around me when a massivecontraction came again and I think something inside me decided there was no way on earth I was going anywhere so I knuckled down, focused on breathing and his head then cameand a little while later he was out!

What an experience!  The rest was all fine.  The afterbirth was easy, I had no stitches and hardly lost any blood.  What I’m really surprised about is just how immediately the extremesensations are completely forgotten!  I’ve found myself unable to articulate what it was like when friends have asked.  And it’s unlike any other experience like injury as everything stopsas soon as he is out.  I hadn’t expected that at all.

And then meeting B…to begin with, I think I was a little in shock and rejected him and freaked out when they passed him to me.  But pretty soon I took him and then everything changed!I’ve never liked babies and I was worried about this but I absolutely adore him.  He’s a tiny little thing (6lb 4) and super-cute and I never thought I would love anything as much asI love my dog, but Billy trumps this (just!)  He’s so small and delicate and soft and I just can’t compute how he came out of me just a week ago!  My mind is truly blown!

So thank you for your help – hypnobirthing definitely helped make our experience a positive one.

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A partners recollection

When I woke up and heard H move about and heard her say ‘oh no’… I initially thought something happened to Alba (dog). So when H told me her waters broke it was a little surreal.Though soon after everything we went through during the hypnobirthing and NCT classes got to me and I felt calm and able to support H.

We drove to the hospital to get H checked out and were told to return home. Get some sleep and have an active day. If labour had not started within 24h from then H would need to beinduced, which I knew H was not keen on. However, on the return home contractions started and when home surges came through less than 3 minutes apart for about 45’’ – 60’’.This confused me since I was expecting a gentle start and H to be elated at first. It seemed that the first part of labour was skipped and went straight into the serious part. Hypnobirthingand training helped me know what to do. I ensured the bath was running, dimmed the lights, lit some candles and got some scent of the one I know H preferred. This helped H to relaxbetween surges.

Contractions soon intensified and I spent most of my time helping H through the ‘up’-breathing which seemed to help her relax.

Around 6.30am we decided to return to the hospital. We called the birthing centre twice before and were told to wait as long as possible in order to avoid being sent back. When in hospitalH was 8cm dilated and everything accelerated from then on.

The bath was running as we got to the hospital so H could go straight in. Contractions really intensified and some of the items we went through in hypnobirthing clearly got to me and helpedme to help H. There was the point where H panicked (‘I can’t do this’) proceeded by a clear break from the really intense contractions. It was clear Billy was making his way through thebirthing canal and I tried to support H the best way I could. When the midwife urged H to keep calm I reminded of the ‘down’ breathing which seemed to have some effect with H. Afterarriving at the hospital little Billy was born 44 minutes later not only stunning his parent though I am sure the midwives and assistants!

Although all happened in an intense rush both H and I never panicked and managed to stay calm. H and I spoke after birth to what extent the hypnobirthing helped. Although not alwaysobvious I think it created that base to fall back on and also helped us to stay calm throughout the experience. I recall myself discussing with H when to go to the hospital and there wassome doubt about when to go. From hypnobirthing, I knew that instinct is a major force in birth and I remember saying to H to go with what she feels. There have been similar situationsin the hospital later on.

B’s birth was an intense though very rewarding experience. I am not sure whether it would be been the same if did not prepare as we did in the months leading up his birth.The hypnobirthing helped create that mindset of calmness and approaching birth with a positive experience which got us through where we are now.

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2nd Hypnobirth – Homebirth

We had a really lovely home birth on the 1st of May, and little F has been keeping us busy ever since!
He was 2 days early, which was perfect as saved me worrying about induction, and we had got ourselves ready for a home birth with the support of Steph and the Windsor team. It all startedvery similarly to Harry’s arrival, with mild contractions starting around 6.30am. I wasn’t 100% sure it wasn’t a false alarm so sent Alex off to work and got on with getting Harry up and full of breakfast.H did have to give me a couple of cuddles through some more intense contractions but for some reason, I still was holding off believing it was the real thing!
My cousin in law and her 2-year-old, plus my aunt had planned to pop in for a coffee so I told them to come anyway with the caveat I might be in labour! they arrived and took H outfor a walk around 9.15 as the contractions were much more frequent by that stage and I called A home, called my dad to come and pick H up and called the birth centre. Everyone arrivedaround 10, and we got a few last bits sorted in the bedroom for the birth and said our goodbyes to H around 10.30. Emma the first midwife didn’t have the gas and air mouthpiece so I hadto really focus on my breathing as the contractions really started to kick in, but once S arrived and the gas and air was here it all happened very quickly. F arrived at 11.30 very safely and I just needed a fewstitches. We had the hypnobirthing scripts on in the background throughout and the combination of hypnosis and gas and air took my brain to some lovely places with my visualisations, especially at the downstage! He was here with about 3 surges after my waters broke. It was so lovely to be at home and have my own shower afterwards. Various family poppedback in later that afternoon after we had had some time just the three of us, it was a lovely day.
I don’t know if you remember us watching the home birth video with the sibling and some family around. I thought it looked quite nice but A wasn’t so sure about the number of peopleinvolved (he’s much more introvert) – so it ended up being a nice halfway house as family were here in the early stages and H was around for a while which I’m sure helped the oxytocin. ButA and I then had some privacy for the last hour.  Seeing the home birth videos again was also really helpful in deciding a home birth was right for us.

We’ve been getting on really well since the birth, feeding is going much better than last time and F is putting on weight well, tracking 50th percentile (ish) since birth, he was 7lb 9oz whenhe arrived.

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3 rd Hypnobirth – Midwife Led Unit

Sorry it’s taken so long to tell you about our latest addition and birth story.

We had an ideal birth on the 10th of April. My waters broke in the middle of the night at about 2.30/3 am but there were no surges so I told my husband and we tried to go back to sleep fora while (after phoning the hospital to check that was ok). About an hour later some light surges began so we came down stairs put the tv on and I bounced on my gym ball and walked arounda bit. We called my sister in law to look after my boys and my mother came over also as she was one of my birthing partners along with my husband. They arrived about 4.45am and Idecided I was ready to head to the birthing centre at about 5.15am as I had surges closer together (not always regular but they were getting closer). We arrived at the hospital at 5.30 and I wasassessed and in a room by 6 am. I continued gym ball bouncing and walking around and talking/ listening to my husband and mum chat. The midwife came in and out to check baby’s heartbut was very subtle and I barely noticed she was there. At about 8.45/9 am I was ready to go in the birthing pool as my surges were quite strong (random throughout – some closer togetherthan others) After about 15/ 20 mins I began to breathe the baby out. She arrived with us at 9.33am. Meet L V (6 weeks old)

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