“Embarking on a hypnobirthing course with Erika changed my mindset about birth. At the start, I was very fearful and anxious, but by the end of the course, I felt confident, positive and excited about giving birth.
After a 16 hour labour, with no pain relief other than gas & air, our beautiful daughter was born with the help of a suction cup in the final stages. The hypnobirthing techniques that we had learnt kept me calm throughout & certainly gave me the positive mindset I needed to keep going.
I can’t recommend Erika highly enough. She is a fabulously warm and friendly person and the hypnobirthing information and techniques she teaches enabled me to have the positive birth experience that I wanted, despite my labour not going exactly to plan.”
(Hypnobirthing taught me to)…”be calmly excited about the birth rather than fearful, and to trust that my body can birth my baby safely just as it did the first time. It also helps James feel he has a vital role and what he can do when I’m in the zone, what his responsibilities are. ”
We just wanted to say a huge ‘Thank You’ for all your help and support with our hypnobirthing classes and techniques which we found to be invaluable during the labour and birth of our beautiful daughter S, who arrived on Christmas morning!
I managed to get through labour using the breathing techniques mostly, and all of the useful tips learnt in classes. I only used gas & air for the last hour or so, and everything went as planned in the Mulberry Centre at Frimley Park…….”
P & V Sharma
“K W was born after a 3-day labour and is welcomed to the world.
I couldn’t have my water birth or monitor free experience I was hoping for in the Mulberry suite, but what I did have was some intervention due to meconium.
I had a pain relief free birthing experience (not even gas and air), which was a slog! But managed it so thank you for all your help.
I couldn’t have done it without your classes.”
“My husband and I did a one to one Hypnobirthing course with Erika and I cannot recommend her enough. The class was extremely informative and helped us prepare for the birth of our baby as well as feel more relaxed throughout pregnancy.
Thank you, Erika!”
“Overall we found the course useful, and your teaching style and ability to come into our home and make us feel comfortable with something new and different, and quite personal, was great.
Bringing us a lemon cake in the second session after we had our hospital stay was a really lovely thought (and the cake was delicious!)
I felt there were lots of practical ideas throughout our discussions that helped with lots of different things, e.g. Birth plan, ideas for the time in early labour (not that we needed those!), ideas for hospital bag, the journey to hospital.
It worked for us. The fact he arrived one day after his due date I feel was because I felt calm and ready for him, having listened to the scripts so frequently. We practised quite a lot, and I am sure this helped.
I felt there were lots of ways for partners to get involved. A is quite quiet, and you were able to bring him into discussions, it helped that he was up for taking on his role as birth partner, but again the practical, real solutions made it easy for him to think about his role, e.g. Practising massage techniques, the focus on language and use of words.”
“I didn’t have anyone to talk to about my worries and at the same time support me in my choice of a home birth, but Erika answered all my questions and put my mind at rest. Thank you:)!
After the first session, I read the book, and I loved it, and the content in the binder was interesting. The course was good and had a nice flow. The relaxation parts were amazing. I think I said to you once that I found your voice more relaxing to listen to than the ones I had online, so maybe you could record some?! 😉
I think the third session opened my eyes to a lot of scenarios that I hadn’t heard of before, which I liked knowing about because then I felt more prepared. (Session 3 is our thorough antenatal session)
We were concerned that too much of the first sessions would be focused on the positive state of mind, which we already believe, but it didn’t.
The course gave M more knowledge of what to expect, our rights, and how to support me best. When our daughter was born most choices went to plan, and we had the birth we wanted. I put this down to the hypnobirthing course. I used the audios and breathing techniques to stay calm, and M knew step by step what was happening and what I needed to be comfortable and happy.
I also found the printed positive affirmations worked very well for me. I looked at them every day and would replay them in my head while shopping or walk the dog. Then during the birth!
“We can’t thank Erika enough for assisting us in having the positive birth that we were looking for. We were able to experience this together, Owen didn’t just feel like a spare part in the delivery room, and I managed to have a natural birth with minimal tearing. We were the only couple in our NCT group that was lucky enough to experience such a positive birth, and I believe this is down to our hypnobirthing preparation. I cant this highly enough, if for nothing else but to feel calmer leading up to the labour. Our son is a very happy and calm little boy, and I think this could also be because I was so calm in the months leading up to his birth.x”
SJ and O Thomas
“Erika was a lovely warm person, and she provided us with lots of information which was all explained well. The information around birth physiology helped me understand how the muscles and the hormones work and therefore allowed me to breathe through my waves. I stayed home until I felt the need to go into hospital and once there I was found to be 8cm dilated:)”
“Erika is very reassuring and friendly, making all questions easy to ask and discuss perspectives. The information is given clearly, and I particularly liked the section on birth physiology as it was very interesting and understanding this has given me confidence in my body. The scripts have been helpful in calming my general fears of labour and instilling confidence in the natural process of giving birth. My husband and I found Erika to be helpful and supportive even after the course had finished.”