Baby Maija – hypnobirthing techniques helped!

Hi Katherine,

This is just a very late follow up email to let you know how our birthing experience went. You taught my husband Tim and I your hypnobirthing techniques and I am so glad you did. It really helped with what was a difficult delivery of our now 6 month old girl, Maija Christine.

Even though I polar bear’ed everyday and Maija was anterior in position, 2 days out from delivery she turned at the last minute into a posterior position. This meant that I was in stage 1 with my contractions 2 minutes apart for 46 hours and in stage 2 for 2 and 1/2 hours.

I think my little girl was showing her personality early because they even tried to manually turn her but she still flipped back.

There were 2 other factors I didn’t foresee as well. We were turned away from the hospital twice because they had no room for us and secondly there was meconium in my waters.

All this meant that my birthing experience didn’t quite go as I had hoped. I did end up having an epidural after 30 hours as I was exhausted and had been administered syntocinon.

However the hypnobirthing techniques you taught us worked for all the hours I was at home and to cope with being turned home twice.  The meconium meant that I couldn’t use the bath because of constant monitoring. I was able to find positions with this monitoring that still worked for me.

One of the midwives commented that I was very calm, being calm meant that I was able to make decisions and take the time to understand what was happening to me. There were a lot of doctors and midwives involved because of their concerns for me and Maija. A caesarian and vacuum removal were both talked about at times and we managed to deliver her vaginally with the only intervention being an episiotomy.

In reading this back it sounds really horrible but it wasn’t. I feel really proud of how things went. And although my husband looks at me like I’m crazy I feel like that when we eventually have our second child I will still aim for as natural as possible.

Thank you so much for everything you taught us. The hypnosis skills you gave us worked not only for birthing but they also helped me to go from terrified of birth to feeling calm and happy in the lead up to meeting my daughter.

If you want to discuss anything I’ve talked about here or to find out more please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kindest regards,