Hypnosis Birth Stories – Reviews and Testimonials
My husband and I attended your hypnobirthing course in Annandale before our son Sebastian was born in Jan 2012.
I had a great labour – completely natural, no drugs, only 6 hours in total from initial contractions to delivery and gave birth to a whoppingly healthy 4.5kg baby boy.
The breathing techniques and your advice meant that I stayed home comfortably for 4 hours of the labour and I was only a short time in hospital before I gave birth. I put this down to a combination of acupuncture and your fantastic course.
Best regards, D.K Jan 2012
It’s taken a little while to get to write this email as things have been a little hectic, but I wanted to say thank you again for the hypnobirthing course, for seeing us in a private session at fairly short notice and to introduce our daughter Grace Marguerite!
She was born on her due date, less than 5 hours after arriving at the hospital. In hindsight I was in early labour the night before but managed to get some sleep overnight (after doing the relaxation exercises and taking some panadeine), started timing the contractions at around 6:45, laboured at home until about 11, arrived at hospital at 11:30am and she was born at 4:01pm weighing 3.37kg/7lb 7oz without any complications. I had some morphine which meant I couldn’t have a water birth, but she was born on a birthing mat and was calm and alert. In fact lots of people have remarked on how alert she was when she was born!
I found the hypnobirthing 20:20 breathing and resting breathing patterns very useful – they really helped me keep calm and relaxed in early labour and regain my focus later when I sometimes felt things were spinning out of control (I found that I could do the breathing and use gas and air). Grace was in a side position so the forward leaning labour positions really helped and she was in fact born with me leaning on all fours against a bean bag, with David facing me and holding my hands from the other side.
The silver glove of anaesthesia didn’t work out for me and I wouldn’t say the birth was pain free (!) but hypnobirthing definitely helped me approach labour with a much more positive, less fearful attitude, labour at home longer and potentially helped make Grace’s birth quicker and easier.
Kate, David & Grace ~ Jan 2014
I have finally had a bit of time and energy to write up the birth of our boy Seth – sorry it’s a bit long!
He was born on August 25th at 12.37am, by an emergency C-section. Weighing in at 3.86kg, 51cm long, he was quite a big baby.
On the Thursday night (23rd), we went into hospital for 7pm to get an internal exam and start getting induced. Seth was around 12 days overdue at this stage, and didn’t seem to want to come out on his own. I tried everything- acupuncture included.
The midwife did an internal exam and found that I was already dilating- just 1-2cm, and my cervix was “favourable”. I had prostaglandin gel inserted and I stayed overnight. I had some pains overnight, but could sleep through it.
The next morning she checked me again and I had dilated 2cm, so we were left to wander around till lunchtime. Around 1pm, I was transferred to the birth suite and my waters were broken. There was a tiny amount of meconium, but nothing to be concerned about. From then on the contractions started off mild and manageable, about 2-3 mins apart. I was able to use my HypnoBirthing breathing and thought it was manageable, at this stage.
At about 5pm the midwife did another check and said I had only dilated to 3cm so they decided to put me on the syntocinon to try to get me dilating more. This really increased the contractions and the pain. But, I continued without drugs for another few hours. Eventually the pain was too much and the contractions were only a minute apart, sometimes right on top of each other so I asked for gas. This continued till about 11pm when I asked the midwife to check me again. She found I was still only 3cm dilated! After all that pain!
The HypnoBirthing techniques had been great up until this point, but the contractions were too intense now. The midwife got the Dr to come and check me and guess what, still only 3cm dilated, she said quite a lot of blood had just come down; which she was concerned about.
Baby’s heartbeat was stable and good throughout all of this. The Dr suggested a Caesarean now rather than waiting for an emergency, as my cervix didn’t look like it was going to dilate further in a hurry and she was concerned about the baby becoming distressed. We agreed as we did not want to risk the baby’s well being, or mine. Ant needed some relief too, apparently I squeezed his hand so hard during contractions, that he was still sore for a couple of days afterwards. So the anaesthetist came, gave me an epidural and I got taken off to theatre. I was topped-up with anaesthesia for the C-section. Ant was allowed in with me, the whole time. So once they did the cut, Seth came out crying and gurgling and was nice and pink. I was so relieved he was OK. They all said what a big boy he was!
So all in all the birth did not go according to our plans, however I think the HypnoBirthing techniques, particularly the balloon breathing, really helped me to manage the labour. Had it not been for these breathing techniques I imagine that I would have opted for pain relief a lot earlier in the labour. I also think that had this been a labour that started naturally, been of average length and progressed well I would not have needed any pain relief.
We’ve all recovered from the birth well and are on our way to settling down to a new routine.
Maja, Ant & Seth ~ Dec 2009
We have been meaning to send news to you for ages. Busy times of late! You (as we were) will be very pleased to hear that the birth was all natural, no drugs, no tears, very little intervention.
Sarah lost quite a bit of blood which necessitated her going on a drip to restore electrolytes and blood pressure, but apart from a couple of times where there was the threat of going across to the hospital ward, we managed to stay in the birthing centre. Birth and afterbirth delivered in an all-natural way.
Your CD played throughout the whole birth on repeat. It helped a lot. Baby Esther was born 3.2kg, 50cm and is growing by the day!
Rob and Sarah ~ July 2006