Hypnobirthing Birth Stories
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 straight
away, 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 4.30
and 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!) and
I 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 12.40pm
and 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
A fast, smooth induced hypnobirth
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 waddled
down 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 chilled
out 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
Birth Centre Water Hypnobirth with GBS
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 what
we 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 the
pool 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” the
pressure 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 seconds
and 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 was
done, 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 for
8 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 him
E 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 how
lovely it can be. I cannot recommend Hypnobirthing enough to everyone.
Until you actually experience it, you have no idea how fantastic it really is.
T & G
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
r 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 they
finished. 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 the
course 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 this
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 the
imagery 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 at
11.59pm, eyes wide open, and our world was filled with joy and love.
SJ & O Thomas
Swift Hospital Hypnobirth
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 were
much 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 was
already 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 given
this 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 use
gas and air.
An Amazing Home Waterbirth
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 would
do it all over again!
O & J and Baby R
A Calm, Unplanned Breech Home Birth
We just wanted 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 because
I 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’s
house 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 have
the 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 by
myself 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 asked
her 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.
his 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.
upstairs 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.
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.
different but both calm and successful I feel so lucky and everyone is astonished at our one in a million story.
J & N
Labour Ward Hypnobirth
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
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,
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
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 there
was 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
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 me
whether 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 of
that 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 less
than 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 massive
contraction 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 came
and 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 extreme
sensations 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 stops
as 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 as
I 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.
H & C
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 be
induced, 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. Hypnobirthing
and 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 relax
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 hospital
H 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 helped
me 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 the
birthing 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. After
arriving 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 always
obvious 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 was
some 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 situations
in 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.
H & C
2nd Hypnobirth – Homebirth
very 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!
for 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 arrived
around 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 had
to 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 few
stitches. 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 popped
back in later that afternoon after we had had some time just the three of us, it was a lovely day.
involved (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. But
A 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 when
A & A
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 April. My waters broke in the middle of the night at about 2.30/ 3am but there were no surges so I told my husband and we tried to go back to sleep for
a while (after phoning 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 around
a 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 I
decided 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 hospital at 5.30 and I was
assessed and in a room by 6am. 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 heart
but was very subtle and I barely noticed she was there. At about 8.45/ 9am I was ready to go in the birthing pool as my surges were quite strong (random throughout – some closer together
than 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)
Homebirth with a transfer to hospital
Lovely to hear from you. Well, our son was born on 3rd June (exactly on his due date, which was a surprise as I thought for sure he would be late)
and we have definitely had our hands full
since! We decided to call him S W and he is quite a character – very strong and likes his food!
After being inspired at the 3rd session when you talked about home birth, we decided we would like to try that, and the midwives were very encouraging of it,
which was great. As I had a low
bmi when I got pregnant, I had to see a consultant to check he was growing ok. By 32 weeks, they were a bit worried he was going to be on the
large side and so I got a lecture about not having
a home birth in case of shoulder dystocia and had to go back for another appointment, so they could try to convince me again to go into hospital. I’m so glad of your sessions to give me the confidence to
stick to my guns and keep with the home birth! As it turns out, he was just long, so their calculations overestimated the weight and he was 3.6kg – pretty much average weight,
so I’m glad I didn’t give in.
My waters broke before the contractions started, so had to make a quick trip to the hospital, but was sent home and within a few hours, contractions had started about 11pm (phew! I didn’t
really want to be induced!). I was thinking the early stage would last for a while and we had planned to potter around the garden and make a cake for the midwives etc that we had discussed
in the plans in the last session with you. That stage didn’t seem to last very long and I spent until 7:30am in the kitchen leaning over the worktop by an open window until G phoned the
hospital. The midwife arrive about 8ish and was surprised to find I was already fully dilated. They were very impressed that I got that far on breathing alone. G set up the birth pool and
they were sure that the baby would be here by lunch time. Unfortunately there was no appearance and so they tried me to push hard (rather than breathing down) and changing positions,
but nothing was really working. When they checked, he was trying to come out ear first and was not moving any further even when I was pushing. So, unfortunately I did end up in hospital
with a forceps delivery in theatre as it was touch and go if I’d need a c-section. It was pretty traumatic (for me, for S his heart beat didn’t increase at all, he had an apgar score of 9 and 10 after
5 min and only tiny red marks on his head that disappeared the next day), but we are all healthy and healing now. Turned out his cord was wrapped around his neck which was preventing
him from turning when I was pushing.
We don’t plan on having any more children, but if we did, we would definitely use hypnobirthing again, the first part of the birth went amazingly and also all the help with the preparation for
birth and the information to give us confidence in our decisions was absolutely brilliant, so thank you so much.
L & G
We had a little boy we’ve named R just over two weeks ago. A home birth whilst T was sleeping in the next room and all natural labour and relatively easy in comparison to previously it was near enough
everything we could have hoped for. I’m very glad we did the hypnobirthing course with you, I think that preparation made a huge difference, and one of my midwives did ask about the posters I’d printed off
and put around the room (some of the image affirmation ones from the KGH website). I was hoping to be able to make it to one of either the positive birth groups or homebirth groups soon to share our story,
but feeding hasn’t gone quite as smooth as the birth did so we’re still getting used to the new routine (or lack of it!) but hope to be able to share our story as soon as I can whilst it’s still fresh in my mind.
B & M