Emma, Sam and Baby Bonnie
I am the most sceptical person I know, so when I first heard of the wonders of hypnobirthing, I needed a bit of convincing! But, looking back now, I am so glad I did the course with MotherBirth. As a generally very anxious person, the course gave me knowledge of both the physiology and the psychology of the labour and birthing process, which quietened the anxiety I had been feeling. The hypnobirthing relaxation scripts were so relaxing that (much to my embarrassment) they made my husband fall asleep on more than one occasion!
The course also gave me the confidence to self-advocate in midwife/consultant appointments, and to stay calm throughout a long labour – so calm, in fact, that the midwife (who was in the process of telling me how I’d need to go home and wait longer), was clearly surprised when she checked my cervix and reported that I was already 7cms dilated and ready to be admitted to the Midwife Led Unit!
Hypnobirthing with MotherBirth also enabled me to take each challenge as it came, and remain calm despite the complications I experienced in and after the birth, with a long and exhausting labour and a retained placenta. I was able to birth a healthy daughter on my own, without forceps or ventouse.
I am so grateful for the knowledge and kindness I received from MotherBirth, and I highly recommend their services.
Miram, Karl and Baby Yasmin
We just wanted to share our good news. Yasmin arrived at 11.45am on Saturday morning weighing 7lb11. The labour was an absolutely magical experience, everything we wanted.. Clam relaxed and natural!! It started at midnight last Friday night so it was just me and Karl and I only had 2 paracetamol and the tens machine until i got in the pool at 8am for 2 hours then got out used gravity to breathe her down for the finale!
We used Hypnobirthing throughout the whole process with the breathing and visualisation.. It really worked and it was so effective I could feel my body instinctively working it so was empowering! So thank you soo so much, both me and Karl think its the best thing we that have ever done. We practiced every night before bed and it really held us in good stead on the night! I had no tears and delivered my placenta naturally 2 mins later.
We are soo grateful for the course and we couldn’t recommend it and you enough so and happy to recommend this if that helps you in the future. Yazz is a belter, perfect in every way, latched on straight away and is super chilled.
Many thanks again
Love Mims, Karl & Yazz xxx
Simren, Sukh and Baby Gia
I was a little skeptical of Hypnobirthing but decided to give it a go with the hope that I would overcome my fear of labour and any negative thoughts I had about It. By the end of the sessions, I had achieved exactly that . My friends and family had commented on how positive I was and I had completely changed my outlook on labour .The sessions were structured in a way where I felt comfortable sharing my feelings and fears with the group.
The number one benefit I gained from using the hypnobirthing technique practiced during the sessions was that I felt really confident going into my labour . The sessions made me feel really prepared and knowledgeable about what I was about to go through and also provided a lot of direction around mentality visualizing a perfect birth.
Although I ended up having an emergency c section, I managed to use my breathing techniques which helped me through my birthing journey. Both Lucy and Gabs were also extremely supportive when I started my birthing journey ( when I had my very first contraction at home ) and communicated with me about what to expect next.
I would highly recommend these sessions for anyone who wants to overcome their fears of labour, understand the birthing process and anyone who wants to be part of an open and friendly environment with a group of women who will support you throughout your journey.
Esther, Angela, Big Brother Josiah and Baby Tryphosa
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Gemma, Mickey and Baby Isla
It’s hard to know where to begin as I have three children now. My birth journey began when I was 27 and stupidly thought I was woman enough to just “wing it”. I decided that most women have babies -can’t be that hard. Plus – drugs. Who needs help when there’s drugs?!
My first child decided to pop the amniotic sack by accident at just 7 months gestation then spent the next month covering the hole of the sack with her foot (radiographer witnessed this phenomenon) – so along came the drugs and the artificial induction of labour and the rest is history.
It took me 6 years to feel ready for a baby again and when I experienced extreme hyperemesis for 7 months I had a lightbulb moment that maybe I did need help giving birth this time as the drugs were rubbish!!
I was too late in the day to do the full six week course but was lucky enough to have a crash two hour course with Lucy on the hypno birthing techniques and some background knowledge about my birth choices etc.
Immediately I knew that with my anxiety I would be happier with a homebirth, as fiancé could also pop out for a roll up if he was stressed as he hasn’t done this before and had same idea as me first time round about winging it. It worked. Everything just fitted in and worked like clockwork. I rehearsed the breathing techniques, did the relaxation exercises and suddenly one night I was a “good 7cm dilated”. My little boy arrived just six hours and a few visualisations later and it was honestly the most pleasant physical experience I’ve ever had. Not much pain. Not too hot. No bleeding (which worried the midwife who was dumbstruck at how easy I had made it look). Everything was perfect. I did struggle to feed this baby boy and within a few months it became apparent he wasn’t well. We discovered he has a really rare genetic condition and the symptoms of that were not recognised at birth because he was so calm, healthy, good colour good weight etc. No midwife or doctor at any newborn checks suspected a thing, and he passed all the newborn screening.
I agonised over the diagnosis that we had received and what it all meant. Things really didn’t look good for him at all and if you believe what they wrote in a genetics study done in 1975 well you’d think he isn’t supposed to even be here at all.
One thing that stood out, by talking to other parents of children with his condition, was that the majority of them were recognised at birth in hospital at some point. It would only take one professional to notice the low ears or small chin, to look closer at the feeding skills and suspect a condition in the child. Which always resulted in the baby being fed via an Ng tube immediately to ensure they receive correct nutrition. Well we didn’t receive that immediate action as we were at home. And we survived. We survived a heart operation. We survived the extreme reflux and swallow issues. And Harvey learned to feed. And he grew, alongside his problems- he grew as was to be expected – within his diagnosis.
I am still mega proud of his feeding skills today for a two year old he is doing great. It could have been so different. What if they had whisked him off and fed him formula via a tube which he would have (-in hindsight I know-) had an allergic reaction to? What if. What if they had stopped me giving him all of his stem cells from the chord because someone thought he looked odd? What If.
Fast forward we decided to have another baby. All the advice from doctors was that Harvey needed other children, preferably siblings, to help him develop intellectually. They said other children will be his motivation.
It wasn’t the easiest decision I’ve made. I agonised over causes of birth defects – my mind had been opened to a completely new world that I now had access to every week at the various baby groups for all the special babies. Suddenly the risks seemed overwhelming and my anxiety was in over drive and completely irrational by now – we have “a 1 in 50,000 ” baby already. Obviously this is my kind of luck and is going to happen again – that’s how my world works. Isn’t it?
By this point however I had realised that the love for my son was so much stronger than required. Mothers instincts are undefinable. I’d never loved this hard. So what. if it happens again? It happens. But I was still cacking myself.
This time, third time, I enrolled early. I did the full Motherbirth course.
I was enriched with some fascinating and some hilarious knowledge about birth, babies, dads, nappies, first aid, birth plans, choices, breastfeeding.. so much invaluable information. But this was my third baby. I’ve done it all. I was more scared again of the birth even tho I’d had that one beautiful experience, sods law told me I needed to be prepared. Lucy was not afraid to get down on all fours and show me some amazing moves and positions if me or the baby were in distress. Gabriella and Lucy combined brought me to tears with their support and advice. No matter what happened I was ready to do what felt right for me and the baby. I’m emotional just writing this now and thinking back.
I tried to do the breathing, I tried to relax but I had a complex toddler at home. I was convinced this time would not be the same. And I was right. Third child named Isla arrived like a rocket into our lives at ten past midnight, with little warning the midwife hadn’t even had a cup of tea. Another successful homebirth. No gas no drugs a few evils to my other half but that’s a given. In hindsight (ha!) I had been hypno birthing so well I hadn’t realised I was in labour as such. I kind of knew but just didn’t think it was close because I was so relaxed and prepared mentally for what was coming.
Isla is perfectly healthy and almost over taking her older brother in milestones already. And I didn’t need any of Lucy’s doggystyle distress positions to get me through it.
Lucy had taught my partner how to press on some of my pressure points, where to use a warm flannel and where to use a cold one. And that was all we needed.
I’m not sure if my birth journey has finished just yet. But I know if I open the gate to that path again (😆) il be doing the course and following all the advice and knowledge from these amazing educated mother birthers.
I owe these women more than I could ever pay them.
Life could have been so very very different for my son if I’d just “winged it” with him. I’m eternally grateful for everything they taught me and made me realise within myself.
Ellen, Paul, Big Brother Alex and Baby Laura Amelia
Hi, our baby girl arrived early on Thursday 12 Oct at 38.5 weeks. We have named her Laura Amelia. The birth went very smoothly- I woke at 2am when my waters broke. I ate some breakfast and we organized the pool and an old duvet to kneel on in the bedroom then called for the midwife who came out quickly. It was very intense but Paul helped me with my breathing and visualisations while the midwives and my Mum filled the pool. I moved into the down stage of labour just as it was filled, got in and did two pushes as I breathed the baby down and the head was crowning and Laura was born a few minutes later at 5:30 am. I stayed in the birthing pool while she started feeding and then the midwives helped me to walk to the bathroom where I could sit in an upright position holding the baby while I delivered the placenta. Thank you for all of your help and support in preparing for the birth. Hypnobirthing allowed me to have the swift and drug free birth that I had wanted for me and my baby. We hope to see you soon,
love, Ellen xx