Birth Stories

Click the headers below to read some of the birthing stories we have from Salisbury mothers who have benefited from hypnotherapy and hypnosis.

Verena and Callum's Hospital Birth story 

6 am - started feeling contraction-like pains in my lower back/buttocks so went for a shower. Whilst in the shower I was able to wash myself as normal and washed my hair because I knew i'd be in the hospital and it needed doing! So semi-normal thoughts still happening. We later found out that during this period I was in the transition stage of labour, I had been dilating for the rest of the time during my sleep. I can only imagine I was so relaxed during this stage (early labour dilation) due to listening to the hypnobirthing tracks before I fell asleep.

Admittedly, I was in the shower for roughly 30 mins before my partner really realised that this might be the real thing because I was so calm. I got out of the shower and things really intensified but I was still relaxed, I wouldn't say I was in pain,just uncomfortable, I think my calmness was due to my preparations beforehand and knowing that my body knew exactly what to do.
 
When thinking back I remember picturing the flower opening and my birth canal being like a rose, i wasn't consciously thinking about this at the time, I just remembered when reflecting on my birth experience.
 
6.30am - my partner called the hospital to ask for advice on what we should do next, they suggested I was in early stages of labour so to try to eat, sleep and take paracetamol. I took paracetamol but was not able to do the others.
 
7am - Still in the bathroom on all fours, I was talking to Callum and suddenly felt the urge to push, I wasn't sure whether this was the urge to poo so asked him to leave the room. When he came back in he realised I was a little less 'with it' so called the hospital again, they thought i was still in early stages but asked Callum to bring me anyway. 
 
7.30am - Callum was helping get me ready whilst telling me to prepare to be sent home. I remember telling him very firmly that if I was sent home the baby would be born in the car park or down the loo! Callum has since said that he didn't think I was very far into the labour due to my behaviour and how I'd coped alone whilst uncomfortable at home.
 
On the way to the hospital I was convinced that I would give birth to my baby in the car, I had the strongest urge to push and it was uncontrollable, like my body had decided it was time for my baby to arrive so was going ahead with it's own plan! I remember feeling very impressed but a little nervous about the speed of Callum's driving )not fast enough for my liking!!)
 
8am - arrived at the labour ward and decided I needed the loo, went into the staff loo when a midwife came in to ask me to go with her to find a bed. I remember worrying about not being able to have a room with a pool.. I said as much to the midwife and she assured me that there was a room with a pool free for me but wanted to examine before we got to that point. 
 
The midwife examined me and was very shocked to find that I was fully dilated and my waters had gone, she asked when they went and I couldn't tell her!I must have been so 'in the zone' that I didn't notice.
 
I then got onto all fours over the back of the bed to begin pushing. The midwife stayed at the back of the room to read my birth plan and trusted that I was able to continue with little interference from her. Callum had parked in the ambulance bay and was concerned about moving it, after I had pushed for about 20 minutes the midwife said it was probably safe for Callum to go and move the car. It wasn't!
 
During the pushing stage I felt so in control, I remember imagining my calm colour (yellow) and focused on my breathing. I was so happy that my body knew what to do, I just went with the contractions when they came. 
 
The minute Callum left the room to move the car I had another contraction, at this point I knew instinctively that my baby would arrive within the next few pushes, I said as much to the midwife who sent for someone to get him quickly, he hadn't gotten far, only as far as the loo! 
 
When Callum came back into the room I had another contraction and he asked if he could watch. I was very comfortable and felt like I could have birthed on my own so was very happy for him to watch.
 
Two more pushes and our daughter arrived!!!
 
Her name is Avaia Elisabeth and weighed a healthy 8lb6! I was 11 days overdue and she arrived the day before I was due to be induced. Even though i was overdue I was happy to wait and even now I am so happy she was late, she's so strong and healthy so those extra days did the world of good (in my opinion)
 
I had a natural third stage and we had 15 mins delayed cord clamping. My birth went exactly as we wanted (other than the birthing pool - they wouldn't have had the time to fill it!!).
 
Callum said to me that he had a little chuckle to himself when I was at home in the shower because he thought I was very early stages of labour and didn't feel the hypnobirthing had worked. Little did he know! 
 
We both feel that the techniques learned attributed to a calm and easy birth. Avaia is an incredibly content, well behaved baby. I am still breastfeeding and that journey has been simple and positive since the beginning. We feel so thankful that this has been our experience and feel that without hypnobirthing our experience may not have been this way. Thank you so much!
Verena and Callum

Alice's Hospital Birth Story 

Although I was slightly panicked at times (mainly from the fact my partner took the dog for a walk made a cup of tea and was very calm even though my contractions were coming fast and we had a 45min drive to the hospital.) I have since spoken to my mum and said I think I would have been even calmer if I knew the pain I was having at home was as bad as it would get. Having said that I think I coped well and took things as they came, I'm one of worlds worriers and I managed to cope at home on my own for over an hour. I think the hypnobirthing really helped me to realise that my body knew what to do and all I needed to do was stay calm and let my body do what it needed. I was even calm enough to call the delivery suite from the car and arrange to be met from the car as contractions were every min. 
After arriving at the hospital it was only 15mins before my gorgeous little one arrived. It is a running joke in our family that my pain threshold is very low, probably why nobody believed I was actually in labour, unfortunately my mum who attended the classes with me didn't make it to the hospital in time to be my birth partner as planned (normally this would have sent me into a panic attack), therefore I think even though I wasn't conscious of using the techniques I had learned I must have done. I was terrified about labour and always said (prebirth) I would only do it once, looking back I can say I would do it again!

Can I just also say you have helped me to conquer my extreme phobia of needles, I used my ancher at each blood test and was was even calm about the thought of having IV antibiotics in labour. so thank you so much you have no idea how much that alone means!

Alice

Capri-Ann's Home Birth Story 

I am positive that the information we learnt from the course has enabled us to have the home birth that we planned. Being our first child, everyone told us to expect to be transferred but luckily this didn't have to happen. With the hypnosis it taught me to be calm and to look forward to labour rather than to fear it. When my waters went at 37+5 weeks I was excited. My contractions didn't start for many hours but after listening to the hypnosis tracks, they started to become regular and very strong. From this point i got in the pool and with the support of Ben and all that he had learnt at your classes, he was able to keep me calm, to talk me through the contractions and keep me focused. We both  stayed calm and the baby was born into such a calming environment that she didn't even cry. With all that you had taught us, i am able to say i enjoyed my birth experience and I am truly grateful that I was able to stay at home and be able to have such a relaxed, birth with little painrelief and no medical intervention.

Capri-Ann and Ben, 1st baby

Emma's Hospital Birth Story 

We had our son Rex on 19th December after a 10 hour labour.  He was born in the birthing pool at home with no pain relief apart from a tens machine.  He scored a 9 at 1 minute on the apgar test and then a 10.  Monitoring of his heart rate throughout the birth showed him to be very calm the whole time.  I would give a score of 9 for how in control I felt.

  I don't think I could have done it without the hypnobirthing - I played the tracks throughout and drew on different visualisations and breathing techniques at different points. The hypnobirthing gave us both confidence and calmness in the birthing process, as well as a better understanding in what was happening and why and how to create an environment to encourage calmness. The midwives were brilliant and just let us get on with it- I even pulled the baby out myself and no stitches required!

I have been telling all my friends to try hypnobirthing as I really believe it changed my whole mindset towards birth and has made me a calmer person in general. Thank you very much for all your help with this!  I have also used the hypnobirthing post-birth to help with breastfeeding.

Thanks again Sharon.

All the best, 

Emma

Emma and Jamie, 1st baby

Emily's Home Birth Story 

Dear Sharon,
 
Just to say I had a little boy on Saturday 5th November, well not so little as he was 9lbs 5.5oz born at home at 5.35am. Completely unplanned home birth as he came so quickly.
 
My water broke at 2.30am and had my first strong contraction at 4.45am and he arrived at 5.35am with the paramedics turning up 10 minutes before he was born and only 10puffs of gas and air. I would have to say your class worked wonders on both George and I and being able to manage the pain and keeping relaxed throughout. It was nice that we got to stay at home and didn't have to go into hospital.
 
Emily
Emily and George

Jenny's hospital birth story 

Absolutely incredible, the most empowering feeling. I have a new found respect for my body and for female strength.
Childbirth is a miracle, I am proud of myself, my body and my baby, we all worked together in harmony and the result was an experience I can look back on and draw strength from.
I feel because I stayed so calm I was able to have a much more straight forward birthing, even when faced with being constantly monitored and sat upright, because of hypno birthing I accepted the situation and felt safe, calm and in control.
Following your experience, would you recommend this course to other mums-to-be? Would you be interested in sharing your experience in the form of a written description/birth story or to other expectant mums and dads-to-be? 
Sharon your voice and my breath were my constant companion throughout my labour, my iPod was on constantly during initial stages and the hours melted away, I stayed cool, calm and in control, even when aspects of my birth plan did not go how I imagined I was able to calmly adapt. No screaming, swearing, crying or drama, just me, my husband, my midwife all quietly working together supporting my body. I have Sharon and hypno birthing to thank for building my mental strength throughout my pregnancy and giving me the power to ensure my body and baby had a positive experience.
I would be happy with your instruction to write my birth story and also note the help that hypno birthing gave me throughout my pregnancy as I practiced and went to "labour land" every day prior to being induced it supported me through all my additional scans, monitoring, negative consultant appointments and the endless "what if scenarios" constantly explained at every appointment, the tapes always allowed me to find a safe and calm place to escape to and block the negativity. I have no doubt in my mind that hypno birthing is the key to allowing woman to unlock the negative associations and uncertainties with labour and leaves space to enjoy the miracle that birth truly is.
Thank you so much Sharon, I honestly cannot recommend hypno birthing enough it transforms pregnancy and I would not want to imagine what my labour would of been like if I had not done the course. I attended the course initially to help with my phobia of hospitals, I could never of imagined just how instrumental the tapes would be on my journey to motherhood.
I also know that the course prepared James for childbirth and gave him strength to support me, he stayed so calm, supportive and repeated the word calm throughout contractions and fully added to my positive experience. He ensured my wishes were met and had confidence to ask questions and support me every step of the way.

Jenny and James

Kat and Jon's hospital birth story 

After our refresher session I managed to listen to your recordings quite a few times before the due date.  On the due date I went for a check up with the midwives who said that I was measuring small (having previously been normal) and should go to the hospital to be checked and scanned to see what was happening.  We found out that I had low amniotic fluid and so therefore they recommended I had an induction on the following Monday (it was a Friday). Over the weekend I listened to your recordings, ate lots of curry and did quite a bit of walking to try and get things moving naturally and did feel a few cramps during the nights but nothing major.
 
On Monday evening at about 5pm we  went to the (really busy) labour ward in Salisbury and waited quite a long time to be seen.  Despite the noises around me (loud screams etc) I went into a very relaxed state and listened to some music that made me happy.  When they examined me they found they were able to pop the waters at about 9 pm to see if they could get things going naturally.  They did that and Jon and I went for lots of walks around the hospital but nothing happened so at about 11 pm they recommended putting me on the drip which we did and slowly the contractions started up and sped up pretty quickly!  They were pretty powerful and although I wasn't able to be in water or move around very much due to being on the drip and categorised as high risk due to the low amniotic fluid I focused inwardly and on my gas and air.  I used various visualisations although it was mostly a blur and concentrated on my outbreath - long and slow.  It ramped up and up but I remained calm and felt like I trusted my midwife and thought about the outcome, and continued to focus on the gas and air and my breathing and any instructions I was given.  When it came to the pushing bit it was over quite quickly, it was only a few concerted pushes and she was out and on my chest and near perfect.  I was so relieved and delighted that she was a healthy baby girl and we decided that all of our previous names didn't suit her - that she should be a Rose.
 
Once again Sharon, thank you so much for all your help.  I really feel like it gave me that extra bit of inner strength and belief I needed.  Sorry it's taken this long to respond, today is the first day Rory has been at nursery and I've had a bit of time to myself!  I hope all is well, we are thoroughly enjoying getting to know Rose, she is incredibly calm and came out that way and has been like that ever since, cuddly and calm and enjoys sleeping at night, breastfeeding and recovery post birth has all gone brilliantly too this time so we're very lucky!  Rory is enjoying his new little sister too.
 
All the best,
 
Kat, Jon, Rory and Rose xxx

 

Kat and Jon, 2nd baby

Marie and John's Hospital Birth Story 

Hi Sharon
 
I just wanted to let you know that our baby boy Noah was born on 12 Aug, 3 days before due date (and actually the day that is said would be most convenient!). He was 7lb 8oz and is a very content and chilled out baby. 
The birth was quite quick, I had some cramping at 16:00, my waters broke at 17:00, felt like I needed to push at 19:00 and he was here at 22:15! I just made it to the hospital to start actively pushing but after 2.5 hours he just wouldn't come round the bend so I had a little help from the vontouse. I managed this and the episiotomy with only a little gas and air but unfortunately still ended up in theatre with an epidural as my contractions stopped as soon as he was born and the placenta wouldn't budge! 
Although this wasn't ideal, I was completely calm throughout the whole experience and my midwife gave a lot of praise to this effect. I swear this was down to the hypnobirthing putting me in such a good state of mind, ensuring I was confident and focused on my baby. I'm not a particularly chilled out person but I have been throughout this experience so far and this is probably helping Noah to be so content!
Thank you so much for your help, I'll be in touch for a refresher for next time!
 
Marie
Marie and John

Ellie and Nick's Hospital Birth Story 

We have some exciting news- baby India Beatrice Windell was born yesterday at 2pm weighing 6lbs14oz. 

My waters broke at 4am in the morning, I went in to hospital at 9am & was already 5cm dilated with no pain relief, I then had the injection in my leg to help with pain as my contractions were very strong & she arrived at 2pm. No stitches & she's one healthy baby!! 

Thank you for all your help. It was the most relaxing calm experience ever!! Ellie X

Ellie and Nick

Rachel and Mark's Hospital Birth Story 

My Birth Story:

I did not enjoy my pregnancy at all. I did not have any complications but I felt very sick and had no energy. I was worried about birth because I felt I couldn’t cope with the pregnancy and how on earth was I meant to survive 24 hours + in labour if I couldn’t even walk up the stairs! I attended the hypnobirthing course at the suggestion of my midwife and on a recommendation from a friend. I was 34 weeks pregnant when I started the course, and I wish I had started it earlier.

I felt my first contractions at 2pm on Wednesday, they felt like back ache, but they stuck around and by 8pm they were 5 mins apart, although not painful. I walked a lot and at midnight, the contractions were starting to be painful so I had a bath and listened to the hypnobirthing tracks, my husband sat beside me and coached me through the breathing.

At 1am the contractions were 2 mins apart and we drove to hospital – the birthing tracks were on in the car. We were admitted straight to a delivery room and I was 4cm dilated. I used a birthing pool and listened to my birth playlist, my husband massaged my back and coached my breathing. Visualising the baby moving down and my uterus opening up really helped me to feel in control of what was happening, even though it got very painful very quickly. I used gas and air whilst in the pool, but did not continue to use it when I got out. My waters broke at 3.30am and I was at 7cm. I stayed sitting up, either on the toilet or on the couch.

I started pushing at 4.07am and my daughter was born at 4.10am on her due date, weighing 7lb 3oz. Within two hours of birth I had had an hour of skin to skin, a first breastfeed and a shower – I felt incredible! – and I definitely put this down to having felt in control throughout, even when everything was progressing very fast! There were no complications with myself or my baby either during or after the birth. I was in hospital for 48 hours.

I have used self-hypnosis in the early days of breastfeeding, and I also listen to the hypnosis music as it helps me to relax enough to go to sleep.

I would definitely recommend this course. All my anxiety surrounding birth completely disappeared and I felt fully in control, working with my baby, so that ultimately meeting her was amazing.

 

Thank you for running such a fantastic course.

Best Regards,

Rachel

Rachel and Mark

Isabelle's Hospital Birth Story 

As this was our second I knew at least what to expect but all the whlie was much calmer and confident throughout which I do believe was due to the breathing techniques learned in the course and practice. My contractions started at 7pmisn at home. I had my audio sessions on headphones and felt I could cope/breathe through the contractions easily. I then had a show about 9pm so thought it was time to go to Frome-a 20min drive from home. On examining me the midwife said I was already 8cm dilated on arrival! Things moved really quickly, with the 2nd stage lasting about 10mins and little Vivi arrived at 10.30pm. I had no drugs or even time to get in the birth pool which I had hoped for as she was born before they could fill it up!

I didn't really use much of the visualisation techniques when it came to it as it all happened so fast, but I did have a better picture in my mind of how things were happening particularly when she was in the birth canal, crowning and head was emerging. It was at this point I managed to keep calm and relax and I'm pretty sure that's how I ended up with no stitches as I wasn't apphrehensive of the strethcing or tearing and I was consciuosly telling myself to 'trust my body' to get on with it and do the right thing. This was something I wasn't able to do with my first birth and probably contributed to having an assisted delivery with forceps.

The whole experience was exhilarating and I was on a totally natural high when she was born. Although we had a really comfortable night stay with a double bed I could not sleep a wink as I was so wired and full of adrenalin, utterly chuffed that it had all gone as well as I could have hoped for and that she was here snuggled in my arms.

I have already reccomended the course to a number of my expectant mum friends and definitely think it is a really essential part of preparing for the birth process. I think it is a case of not underestimating how much hard work you will need to do but to be fully preapred for it mentally, emotionally as well as physically and to give yourself the confidence to 'tune in' to your birth fully without listening to the external distractions. The indepth course for Easibirthing definitely contributed to this in a noticeable and positive way. It was also a really good way of helping the bond with my husband so that he could fully support me through the process and understand how I wanted to approach the birth. Although he did not do any practicing beforehand, the birth was real teamwork and he was rather impressed with how I handled it! 

Isabelle and Julian

Katja and Toby's Hospital Birth Story 

Hi Sharon,
 
Following your course I continued listening to your tracks on a daily basis and found them extremely relaxing and they helped me to build up my confidence towards birth. 
 
Here is our birth story
 
6 days after our due date the contractions started at 12 am on a Monday night, they carried on an got stronger and to help I had a TENS machine.
This was followed with a couple of visits to the labour ward to see how things were progressing - to our frustration progressing but very slowly.
I was only 1 cm dilated after 12 hours of contractions so we went back home.
 
After 48 hours of contractions and pretty much no sleep we went back to the labour ward at 12 am Wednesday night to get an injection of diamorphine to help me sleep since we knew that things would kick off in the next 24 hours.
Ideally I didn't want any pain relief except gas and air but we were getting concerned how I would cope with the actual birth with no sleep and thought that it would wear off in time so that we could have a water birth as hoped for.
 
When we arrived at the hospital I was only 4-5 cm dilated... We didn't bring any of our bags in since we only thought I'd get the injection, sleep and probably go back home again. 
The midwife went off to get the diamorhine, gave me some gas and air in the mean time. On the first puff it felt like a water balloon exploded and that was my waters breaking :)
At this point I no longer wanted the injection since things were now going to speed along quicker.
 
Luckily we were in the last pool room , the labour ward was really busy that night , so the midwife started filling up the pool.
With all of our bags being in the car luckily my husband brought my phone which had the hypnobirth tracks.
I asked him to put on track 3 on repeat - I'd been listening to that one a lot the last few days leading up to labour and found that one extremely helpful. 
As soon as I was in the pool i felt like pushing and the midwife pretty much left me to it observing from the other side of the pool.
I had my husband next to me holding the gas and air and he did say afterwards how fascinating it was to watch me just focusing on the hypnosis track, that i was properly in the zone.
Less than 2  hours of pushing, at 2.43 am on the Thursday morning, our healthy baby boy Roscoe York was born :)
 
Even though I had a long labour I was determined to have a water birth with the help of hypnosis and gas and air.
I honestly believe that this probably wouldn't have been as easy if I had not done the course and continued the hypnosis afterwards.
 
I have also completed the feedback below.
 
Many thanks Sharon :-)
 
Kats & Toby
Katja and Toby

Sophie and Derek's Hospital Birth Story 

I was able to get to 7cms before we went to hospital.  Started at 22:30 on Saturday night and had delivered our new baby boy at 1pm on Sunday with just gas and air in the pool.  

I was able to use the techniques in particular the colour of calm and tension which helped me to stay at home so long and then in delivery the flexible thermometer to breathe our baby out.  I only really had to actively push for the last 10 mins and as a result didn't have to have any stitches.

Even with it being my first they let me go after only 6 hours as I had done so well.

Thank you so much for your support and guidance it has helped me to have the birth I wanted from the very beginning and not waste any energy in being nervous or scared.

Thanks

Sophie

Sophie and Derek

Tora's Hospital Birth Story 

Hi Sharon
 
Wilbur Snell was born on 19th June at 20:39 by C-section.  All went very well and the team at Salisbury were faultless, they made the whole experience simple and stress free, we were very lucky to be in such good hands.
 
The surgeon who delivered Wilbur said my uterus was significantly bi-cornate and unlikely we would have turned him.
 
It all turned out well in the end and we have a very content, happy and healthy little boy who is a dream to look after and lets us get some sleep at night which is a bonus!
 
Your hypno birthing techniques came in useful at various occasions, particularly when we found out is was going to be a planned section and all I wanted was a homebirth - used the anchoring and found that helped me keep a grip on it all.
 
Fingers crossed that child number 2 is more obliging when it comes to delivery!

Tora and Peter

Luci's Hospital Birth Story 

We just wanted to let you know about the safe arrival of our beautiful
little boy Rowan. He was born last Friday at home, and weighed 8lb
4oz.  

We very happily managed to repeat the serene water birth we had with
our daughter Seren, three and a half years ago. I have no doubt that
hypnobirthing played a huge part in enabling this and we are so very
grateful to you.  It was also a much much quicker labour than with
Seren and for that I am very appreciative! 

Rowan is completely chilled out, feeding well and we are all on cloud
nine. I'm sure when colin goes back to work life will get a lot more
hectic but maybe I will just use my hypnobirthing techniques to help
me stay calm then!  

Of course I will be recommending you far and wide and hope that you
can continue the fantastic work you do for many years to come. 

With heartfelt thanks

Luci, Colin, Seren and Rowan xxx

Luci and Colin

Vicky's Home Birth Story 

My waters broke at midnight.  I felt very calm as had been using the techniques taught.  I spoke to Salisbury Hospital and they told me to come in as they needed to check whether baby was engaged and whether my waters really had broken.  I was discharged by Salisbury around 0200 hrs and told that I was not in labour and that the pain I was feeling was "pre labour niggles".  The midwife did not examine my cervix and when I asked if I was dilated she said no, not at all!!  She did not wish to examine my cervix due to the risk of infection.

I live 40 minutes away from Salisbury hospital so we drove home, very slowly with me having strong contractions in the car.  I could not speak to my husband as in too much discomfort and needed to concentrate on myself!  I continued using the techniques taught on the journey home.  I then went straight into the downstairs bathroom and within 10 minutes of arriving home baby was born.  No pushing and only an hour or so of pain/discomfort.  I didn't even get the chance to use the Tens machine which I had bought!!

I'm very proud of my husband as he remained calm at all times even when delivering/birthing our little one. 

This wasn't the birth I had envisaged as I had thought I would be in Salisbury Hospital having a water birth.  Ultimately I do feel let down by the midwife who saw me on the night as she should have examined me properly after I complained of pain.  However I think after this experience we can do anything including birthing our own baby! 

However in summary a good news story.  I would never ever have believed that it would be possible to give birth at home without any medical assistance especially as we were all booked in for a hospital birth.  I had been having scans every 2 weeks since the 20 week scan due to the size of the baby  So a home birth was out of the question.

Vicky

Sharon's Hospital Birth Story 

Well what can I say I woke in the morning of the 7th feeling different somehow. I was at home that day from work just sorting paperwork supposedly 9 days before my due date. I wasn't worried as had convinced myself as being an older first time mum, at 44, I would likely go full term and then be induced, as high risk you are not allowed to go long past this date and all the conversations sort of Drew me to this conclusion with most first babies coming late.
 
So started doing my sorting and started leaking as if I was incontinent nothing much just had to go to the loo a lot, and as I felt different rang my husband just to say to stay close to the phone that day. The morning progressed and started getting what I would describe as bad period pains, I never normally get these so assumed that is what they would feel like. Husband rang home to say he could work from home that afternoon if he wanted me to but I said leave it an hour and see how we go as I was feeling fine. Well leaking continued and pains began to stop me from doing what I wanted so rang husband and said come home just in case. I also rang the hospital at this time just to see what they thought of the pains as I didn't have a clue really.
 
12.15 I am speaking to the labour ward and they ask, have your waters broken yet? I say no just a bit of leaking and then oh hold on a moment, got to the toilet, just and gush, yes that have just broken.....
 
They explain that I can go 18 hours before they would need to do anything and to ring back at 9pm to let them know how I am going if no change. Husband gets home at about 1pm to find me pacing a lot and now having to breath through what must be a contraction but pain not excruciating and very manageable so wasn't even sure if it was full contractions. And only place able to get comfy..sat on the loo.
 
Contractions getting closer together and about 1.30pm rang the labour ward again and to ask, sounds silly I know, how long people wait before it is necessary to go in, and of course they said everyone has a different pain threshold so when you really can't cope anymore or contractions are closer together. At this point mine were probably every 15 mins so I thought but husband was timing them and saying they were getting much closer than that and I was definitely in labour. For me as the pain was not that bad thought I couldn't be!!! 
 
Well husband kept saying we should go in, but I was like, no they need to tell me to, so rang the hospital again about 2.15pm. Had a contraction whilst on the phone and yes contractions coming every 5mins....so response yes you had better come in. Had thought about taking some painkillers prior to this but never got round to it.
 
So load the car and then time for me try and sit in front seat, no that's no good really uncomfortable and then little one decides I want to push, so what next, oh yes the funny bit!! I get out the car another contraction leaning against the car in road husband is going you are going to have to move there is a tractor coming! Now how to get in car, at this point I was thinking we are not going to make it! So yes only thing for it the only way I can travel is lead on the back seat.... 2.30pm we are off.
 
I guess the next bit is where the hypnosis really kicked in as all the, bumpy way there, every contraction I was having to focus on don't push, you can't push just yet, breath, relax think of that happy place.... It worked.
 
We reached the labour ward at 2.50pm lucky husband is a calm character and can manoeuvre in traffic well, as really concerned about the roadworks on the Harnham roundabout. On the Monday of that same week it had taken me over half an hour to get through them after hospital check up.
 
Anyway taken down and urge to push saying don't push don't push and midwife comes in and says let's have a look at you, so hop on the bed, yeah ok not hop, and she says oh you can push if you want to...
 
3.40pm our beautiful little girl is born, with only one small internal tear which was stitched because we came home but probably wouldn't have been if I had stayed in. The midwives said it was text book and I must have walked her out.
 
So not checked in, not changed my clothes, no drugs, didn't even get to unpack my bag of snacks, music, pillow everything you are recommended to take,  she was coming anyway. 
 
As the birth went so well we were told we could come home that same day if we wanted and that's exactly what we did 10pm we were a family of 3 at home!
 
As this was my first difficult to say how the hypnosis helped as I have nothing to compare it to,  but I am sure it did, helping me breath and not panic and not focus on the pain. And I couldn't have asked for a smoother birth, thankfully my little one was only 6lb so a wee one not sure how we would have gone otherwise but maybe that will be my next story.....
 
Hope this helps and again apologies for late response birth was quick but been catching up with myself ever since. I would definitely recommend this course and hope other mothers have births as straight forward and controlled as mine was using your techniques.
 
Regards 
 
Sharon
Sharon

Lucy and Mark's Hospital Birth Story 

Hi Sharon

I just wanted to update you with our news. Samuel Isaac Stanley Dawson was born at home on Saturday 1st March at 7.43pm.

Although it was the home birth we were after it was a little different to the one I had imagined! Although I had been having contractions all afternoon, I thought it was false labour as they weren't that painful and weren't progressing beyond 1 in every 8-10 minutes.  I walked the dog at 4.30 pm and was in the bath with Freya, our eldest daughter, at 6.45pm, an hour before Samuel was born.

After Mark put Freya to bed, I got out the bath and my waters promptly broke. After that my body went immediately into push mode so I got Mark to call an ambulance as I knew Samuel was on his way.

As Mark let in the paramedics downstairs, I birthed Samuel's head upstairs, and the rest of his body quickly followed as the first paramedic came into the bedroom. He is healthy and well and I'm happy we could stay at home and didn't need to transfer to hospital for any additional checks.

I had a visit from the midwife today and she asked me how I felt about the birth. In answer , I feel pretty proud. I always believed it is possible to give birth at home, naturally, with no intervention, and that's exactly what we did. I had been listening to your CDs religiously and I'm sure they had a great part to play in building this belief and helping me keep relaxed and confident about the whole birthing experience.

Once again many thanks for your help

Best regards

Lucy Dawson

Lucy

Sarah's Hospital Birth Story 

Hi Sharon

I attended your hypnosis course in June (I think!), just to let you know the great news Joshua John safely arrived on 11 August at 11.19pm weighing in at 7 pounds and 9 and half ounces. Due to your course which helped me I had him with just gas and air, unfortunately I was not able to deliver in the birthing pool and had to get out once it got to the pushing stage keeping me calm using the anchor technique I managed to get out and go over to the bed.

Thank you so much for everything you did my mum and partner were amazing also, remembering what to say at the right time. Joshua was delivered and was very calm, stage 3 went very smoothly also and breast feeding was like a duck to water. Thank you again for helping me to experience the actual joy of giving birth.

Sarah

Selina's Hospital Birth Story 

To say that I’m squeamish is an under-statement. I first fainted at school when I was 5 after I went with a friend whilst she had some dressings changed. I’ve never been able to watch casualty or similar programmes and even hearing about metal getting into an eye in a technology lesson resulted in me fainting and landing on the floor. Hospitals make me feel queasy-on many an occasion, when visiting relatives, I’d be found in the corridor taking a breather so that the urge to faint would pass. So when I fell pregnant I was slightly worried about how I would cope in a hospital let alone with the medical equipment that would be around me! Hypnobirthing allowed me to get over my fear of child birth. I can’t say that I used the visualisation techniques during my labour but I know that the course helped to remain calm during the process – and a 7.5 hour labour can’t be bad! Subconsciously I’m sure it allowed me to arrive at hospital 6m dilated. It gave me a strength that I didn’t think I could possibly have.

The very early beginnings of my labour started the early hours of Thursday 29th May 2014. I woke in the night very wet. Luckily there was a towel ready on the bed as I thought my waters had broken. I then had a ‘show’. It was a very long night with what I thought were contractions. I was able to manage them lying in bed but it did mean I got very little sleep and the mucus plug was coming thick and fast!

I rang the midwife team first thing Thursday morning but by this time the pains had stopped. A midwife came to examine me and assured me that my waters hadn’t broken and I wasn’t in labour. I was to go about my normal business for the day as the baby could be a long time yet. With my hospital bag packed in the car, we visited my Grandma as it was her birthday, met a friend for coffee in Salisbury and visited my in laws for tea. I didn’t feel particularly comfortable that day and by the time we were at my in laws, I was having to pause whilst the pain came and went. I was still putting this down to Braxton hicks.

The rest of Thursday evening and early morning Friday is a bit of a blur. We went to bed but by 1am I was having contractions. The journey to Salisbury was a quick one as it was so early and a few speed limits may have been broken! When we arrived at the labour ward at about 5.40am, I went in by myself and my husband parked the car. Eventually I was examined and was found to be 6cm. I was quickly moved to a delivery suite!

I remember spending the rest of the labour until the pushing stage in a sort of trance. I can’t really remember anything eventful happening! My cervix was fully dilated at around 7.50am. The wait for the final contraction felt like an eternity but Beth was finally born at 8.27am. The placenta followed a few minutes later (I was completely unaware of this). It’s still a mystery as to when my waters broke as it didn’t happen at hospital.

Beth was put on my chest (I was still in my pyjamas!)

Selina

Susanna and Tom's Hospital Birth Story  

Our boy Bryn Meredydd John David was born on Wednesday 10th September at 2pm weighing in at a hefty 9lb 2oz. The labour was relatively quick 9hrs 9mins from very start at home to arrival. Labour had to involve an epidural in the end as Bryn was slightly on the twist. The hypnobirthing really worked, cannot thank you enough, the medical team were astounded at how calm I was, so was I!

Susanna

Catherine's Hospital Birth Story 

I had a baby girl, Cleopatra (Cleo) Evie Barrington on 29 August 2014 at 12.40pm in a pool room at SDH watching the pool being filled up as there had been no time for a water birth!
 
I was induced in the end as I was overdue and over 40! My due date was my 40th birthday and NICE guidelines say that no woman over 40 should be allowed to go overdue, most are induced on the due date. The thing was in my notes, as my birthday was my due date, I wasn't technically a mother over 40 so I wasn't on the radar- it was wonderful, no one mentioned it even though I knew!
 
My first was + 3days so I thought this baby might be late. I opted not to have a sweep at my 40 week check up (age wasn't mentioned - think the midwife for to check even though I was then 40 years + 1 day old), I waited until the next week, had a sweep on the Thursday and whilst chatting things through with the midwife she said they would give it 24-48 hours to see how things went, then maybe another sweep etc etc 'after all there is no need to hurry things along really, is there?' at which point I piped up (as I was well ready to meet my baby by now) 'except that I am over 40 now'. Cue *WHAT* from the community midwife, frantic rustling of papers, date checking, apologising that she hadn't noticed previously etc, one call to the on call registrar at SDH and I was booked in for an induction the next day at 8am!
 
In the end, it was quite relaxed as I queried with the ward if they needed me at 8am on the dot as I had to take my little boy to nursery etc and they were easy on the time. I arrived and was monitored at around 9.30am, they broke my waters (ARM) at 11am and the whole delivery, including third stage was all over by 12.40pm. No gel or drip needed. This was as the community midwife had predicted as my baby was so well engaged.
 
My first baby was delivered within 14 minutes of arriving at the hospital as I had laboured so successfully at home (in the bath mainly) so this time although the ARM was clinical and unpleasant and I was uncertain of myself throughout a lot of the labour I was pleased to be in hospital from the start so there was no mad rush to get there like last time. The Iengya yoga and pregnancy yoga I had practised helped a lot as did the hypnobirthing. I listened with headphones to your cds and visualisations for the first stage of labour throughout, except for the actual ARM and the stitches afterwards (I had a tear, like with my first baby) when I listened to my yoga teachers' recommended playlist and the one we had used in class ('happy tunes' - to help take me to a 'happy place'!!).
 
The hypno cds really helped when I was on my back on the bed being monitored, I was sure I was having contractions already from the sweep and it was uncomfortable being prone on my back. Then again once the ARM had happened, they monitored me again (although I was allowed to sit on a birthing ball) so my movements were restricted, and I was sure the contractions were more intense, all very uncomfortable. I used my TENS machine - useful as a distraction as well as pain relief.
 
I was grateful of anything that gave me some sense of grounding and control as the labour pains were not like those first time round that had come on naturally. I had no idea 'where I was' on the labour journey and how far I had to go. The midwives didn't either as I was so calm and quiet.
 
We talked about aromatherapy just after the ARM and I requested a pool room and some aromatherapy oils. They went away (I was left with student midwife on ward while the other midwife checked on someone on post natal) and I got in the bath in the small labour room we had to relieve the pain I was in, no drugs were forthcoming (I'd asked for paracetamol), no mention of being moved, so I had 2 of my own paracetamol and we asked for the pool room, contractions had been every minute since the ARM and were maybe every 5-10 mins before that. Got out of the pool in between contractions and shuffled with TENS to the pool room.
 
As soon as I got to the pool room I felt a lot calmer, it was lovely and spacious and light and airy, pool filling commenced but before it was even halfway, I started doing some gentle yoga swaying and I felt I needed to push. The student had been going to get towels but turned round to see me moaning (apparently I was standing by the window, leaning on the windowsill with my legs crossed!). Afterwards she said that at that moment she just had a very strong feeling that the baby was coming and she shouldn't leave me, so she pressed a buzzer for someone else to bring bedding and towels. She helped me to the bed to examine me and 2 pushes later (and a second degree tear) Cleo was out! A relieved and surprised midwife, mummy and daddy.
 
The other midwife said later that she was walking back from post natal thinking 'yes, we must get that aromatherapy for my lady now' when she heard a baby crying and thought 'noooo, I can't have missed it?' but she had. My student midwife was just 3 weeks off qualifying and absolutely fabulous throughout.
 
Overall a very positive induction experience. I hated how clinical it was, but with hindsight it was a great way and outcome as I wasn't worrying about my little boy as I had arranged nursery for him all day and his grandparents to collect him, which meant I could concentrate, with my husband, on the birth.
 
Thanks,
Catherine
Catherine

Nicky and Richard's Hospital Birth Story 

The Hypnosis for Childbirth course significantly helped me before, during and after the birth. We are now the proud parents of a very relaxed and contented little girl.
 
As my induction day was fast approaching I started feeling apprehensive and worried. This became worse as my Consultant told us that I was unable to have a water birth and that I needed to be monitored throughout the birth. My apprehension was also increased as I rarely felt the baby kicking and on one occassion the midwife sent me straight to the hospital as she was unable to find the baby's heart beat.
 
We were then introduced to Sharon on a Hypno Birthing introduction night. During that session I relaxed completely and as I relaxed I felt the baby move. The evening was so positive that we signed up immediately for the course, it was the best thing in respect of the birth we could have done. The courses were brilliant and the CDs helped my to relax up to and including the day of the induction.
 
Due to the information and techniques we learnt on the Hypnosis for Childbirth course and the CDs both my birth partner and I were able to enjoy the birth. The hypno birthing installed a confidence in me that I could do it. It also reminded us to enjoy ourselves. The course also gave my birth partners confidence about his role. I was induced Monday morning and delivered Baby Isobel safely 6pm the next evening. I had over 24 hours of contractions. By relaxing and breathing correctly I was able to deliver Isobel with just the use of the Tens Machine and Gas and Air. Both my birth partner and I really enjoyed the whole experience and both agree that it was the hypno birthing that significantly contributed to this enjoyment. We were able to relax and enjoy the whole experience, right from walking around the hospital during the early stages to induce the labour through to taking the first photos of the baby.
 
The hypno birthing CDs also helped after the birth. I was having problems sleeping and relaxing once we got Isobel home. My Midwife recommended that I listened to the Hypno Birthing CDs. These helped significantly and as soon as I heard Sharon's voice on the CDs I was able to relax again and since then been able to sleep much better.
 
Both my birth partner and I would like to thank Sharon very much for helping us enjoy the birthing experience so much and for ensuring that the birth was so special and gave us happy memories that we can treasure for the rest of our lives.

Nicky

Lucy's Home Birth Story 

Hi Sharon

I just wanted to update you with our news. Samuel Isaac Stanley Dawson was born at home at 7.43pm.

Although it was the home birth we were after it was a little different to the one I had imagined! Although I had been having contractions all afternoon, I thought it was false labour as they weren't that painful and weren't progressing beyond 1 in every 8-10 minutes.  I walked the dog at 4.30 pm and was in the bath with Freya, our eldest daughter, at 6.45pm, an hour before Samuel was born.

After Mark put Freya to bed, I got out the bath and my waters promptly broke. After that my body went immediately into push mode so I got Mark to call an ambulance as I knew Samuel was on his way.

As Mark let in the paramedics downstairs, I birthed Samuel's head upstairs, and the rest of his body quickly followed as the first paramedic came into the bedroom. He is healthy and well and I'm happy we could stay at home and didn't need to transfer to hospital for any additional checks.

I had a visit from the midwife today and she asked me how I felt about the birth. In answer , I feel pretty proud. I always believed it is possible to give birth at home, naturally, with no intervention, and that's exactly what we did. I had been listening to your CDs religiously and I'm sure they had a great part to play in building this belief and helping me keep relaxed and confident about the whole birthing experience.

Once again many thanks for your help

Best regards

Lucy Dawson

Lucy

Carla's Hospital Birth Story #2 

Hi Sharon

We had a little girl at the beginning of February - Florence Elizabeth. Birth was all very straight forward again thankfully. We are really enjoying having a baby around again....

1hr 24mins (1st stage) and 2nd stage (pushing) was only 3 mins!! She shot out still in her waters! However I had contractions building up to the first stage for about 9 hours although this was all manageable.

I tried gas and air but didn't find it of any use and it hampered my ability to breathe which made me loose focus. I had my TENS machine though as I did with previous labour and found this to be really helpful at both reducing intensity of contractions and distracting me.

Florence was born at 10.30pm and we went home after lunch the next day.

I did this course before the birth of my son 3 years ago and as my first daughter was born by C-section, I had no comparison of experiencing natural child birth. This blissful unawareness allowed me to labour step by step and just see how I went. Thankfully through using hyno- birthing, keeping focused and calm I had an amazing water birth with no assistance or drugs. I planned to do this again with Florence's birth and thankfully I did. I was lucky enough to have another peaceful, natural and unassisted birth (and totally drug free).

I would add that at times I found it harder to keep on track as I sort of knew what was ahead for me (in terms of intensity of contractions, potential length of labour etc). This did make me waver a few times but with Greg's support and getting him to read outloud the positive affirmations etc, it helped me re-focus and regain the control. It really is all about mind over matter and keeping calm, confident and in control. With our family now complete, I feel very lucky to have had the wonderful birth experiences I did.

(Carla's previous birth story is also on our website)

Carla

Hannah’s Hospital Birth Story 

I felt I really needed to let you know my news, Evie Rose was born on Tuesday 15th June at Salisbury hospital using Hynobirthing.
 
I had been practicing every other day by listening to your CDs and felt that this was a great aid to embed the sense of calm into my subconscious  as I felt confident and in control at all times about my birth.
 
Well where do I start on Tuesday morning around 8 am I woke with slight discomfort which became repetitive throughout the morning however with no such pattern and the fact I felt I could go about my usual day I thought maybe it was just braxton Hicks contractions.
 
I was due my usual check up with the midwife at 1.30pm that day so thought I would just let her know then.  After having a contraction in front of my midwife and showing no real discomfort she just put it down to braxton Hicks and to just go home and carrying on as usual and that even if it was the real thing it may continue like this over the next few days. I returned home about 2pm and for the next 2 hours they continued with no pattern so I just had a bath and relaxed and listened to your CD.
 
By 4pm they began to come on slightly stronger and began a regular pattern of 1 every 5 minutes but still I was able to continue through the pain, then at 5pm I had my show so I thought I better contact the hospital as I then realised this was the real thing, I had a contraction on the phone to the midwife at the hospital however she reassured me I had a while to go and that if I came in I may well be sent home again.  At this point I felt I had loss a lot of blood so insisted I came in.
 
As I was getting into the car my waters then broke so I knew I was doing the right thing. During the car journey I starting doing my visualisations and breathing techniques and remained calm throughout.
 
We arrived at Salisbury hospital at 6.15pm I then walked from the car park to the delivery room contracting along the way, once on the bed I was examined to be told I was already fully dilated and could start pushing on my next contraction!!
 
The midwife could not believe it and said that she had never experienced a woman walking into the delivery room fully dilated and couldnt believe how calm and in control I was especially for a first birth mum.
 
I then pushed using the hypnobirthing techniques I learned from you and had practiced since and was able to deliver without any drugs what so ever, Evie Rose was born at 8.10pm that very night!!! The midwife was shocked at how my heart rate remained normal and calm throughout as well as Evies heart beat. I must tell you it was such an amazing experience so smooth and natural and so quick, in total I was in labour for just 7 hours!! 
 
You are a God in my eyes Sharon! and I can not thank you enough for helping me to be able to have that experience.  I cant believe how far I have come from being petrified of the birth and so frightened of hospitals, over night I became a celebrity at the hospital with several midwives coming in to introduce themselves and ask me how I did it and how lucky Sue (the midwife who helped with delivery) was to have experience it first hand.
 
I am a advocate to Hypnobirthing and would love to share my experience based on your teaching with anyone whom you feel it would be appropriate to.
 
Thank you again,
Hannah
Hannah

Carla’s Hospital Birth Story 

My husband and i attended your easi-birthing course back in July and i thought you may be interested to know my recent birth story as i am under no doubt that the techniques and general awareness learnt over those couple of days contributed hugely to the positive experience of the birth of our son at the end of August.

You may recall from our first conversation that i wanted to transfer from Swindon to Salisbury hospital to try and ensure a successful VBAC this time round. My first baby (now 21 months) was born early at 36 weeks and after my waters broke, we discovered she was breech so i then followed a standard c-section procedure at Swindon.

This all went well and i recovered quickly etc. However, when i discovered i was pregnant again i was surprised that Swindon offered me the ‘choice’ of another c-section or an attempt at VBAC. I actually found this choice quite difficult to process as i didn’t think i would have any option but to try for a vaginal birth considering there was no medical reason to suggest why i shouldn’t.

Anyway, after investigating matters, i came to the conclusion that i should at least attempt a vaginal birth. This then led me to consider how, in an ideal scenario, id like the birth to be and what i needed to do to help get my head around the matter of trying for a natural birth. I must say, at this point, i did feel very daunted by the thought of giving birth and actually quite anxious but felt that i should go for it.

With this in mind, i spoke to a number of friends, professionals – in both hospitals, my midwife, a local doula and did quite a lot of web research into natural births. For me, the most basic need was that i wanted to be upright, mobile and active as much as possible to aid the birthing process and due to the fact that swindon doesn’t provide a mobile monitoring system (telemetry), this most basic birthing need wasn’t able to be met there.

I was told i ‘had’ to be constantly monitored once in active labour due to the previous c-section and the slight risk of scar rupture. So, after speaking to a number of midwives in salisbury as well as their VBAC clinic (which was fab that they even had such a thing) i found out that they have a mobile monitoring system which would enable the medical need to be met of me being constantly monitored but more importantly for me, it allowed me to be active…should i wish to be so. It also allowed me to be in the water.

I also found the midwifes approach at salisbury to be much more forward thinking and encouraging of allowing women to have as natural birth without intervention as possible. The procedure for VBACs in each hospital was actually quite different and for me, the approach of salisbury seemed a lot more ‘natural’.

So, i quite quickly decided that overall salisbury seemed to be able to provide the kind of environment and approach that most matched what i wanted – in an ideal scenario of course as you can never predict childbirth. I transferred to salisbury hospital and we attended the nhs session that you run as well as the follow on two saturday sessions. This, and the various discussions, massively put my head into focus and i had a completely different and now confident view of my looming birth. I was actually quite excited about it!

The birth itself was a wonderful, peaceful and quite incredible experience. My main goal was to try and attempt a natural birth but i was totally realistic in that this was effectively my first birth and what would be would be. I was open to pain relief (bar pethidene) and just wanted to be active if i felt the need. I also wanted to try being in the water pool. As it was, i gave birth to our little boy Finley John (8lb 9oz) in complete calmness and in the water and without any pain relief throughout!!

I just used breathing techniques such as blowing my contractions into a balloon and then releasing at the end of the contraction and also breathe in the colour of calm and breathe out the colour of tension. I used this one a lot!! The birth in total lasted 32 hours (!) although from 3cm to actual birth, it was about 8.5hours which was pretty good. The lengthy part was getting into established labour at 3cm. I still can’t believe i managed that length of time without pain relief!! That wasn’t how i envisaged it at all but i just focussed on dealing with each contraction one by one and consequently was off somewhere else in a world of my own just focussing on getting the baby out.

The birthing room was lovely, we had aromatherapy (provided by the hospital) and the only lighting was in the pool so it was very tranquil – now there’s a word i never thought i’d use when describing childbirth!! I used my TENS machine in early labour which i found helped, probably as it gave me something to do when trying to manage out the contractions. My husband was allowed to stay with me the entire time we were in hospital (sunday 11pm ish until tuesday evening) and although we knew the midwifes were supportive and were there if we needed them, we were left to get on with things ourselves which was great. The aftercare was also lovely and we were back home the same day i gave birth which was wonderful given my last 4 day hospital stay after the c-section.

I totally surprised myself as i no way expected a birth like that but reflecting back now, from that initial panic at 4/5 months pregnant, once i’d made my decision to try for a natural birth, i got my head into gear and became quite focussed and more importantly relaxed and calm about the process. I think this really helped as once i was in labour i wasn’t frightened or anxious, i just knew i had to get on with it as no one could do it for me so being calm and rational was the best course of action.

I have over 10 friends who are currently pregnant (with first and second babies) and it was lovely to come back and tell them a happy positive birth story as you don’t hear many of them. I would recommend to anyone pregnant to try attending a course like yours as it does help provide an alternative, natural view of birth not the predominantly scary, pain driven one portrayed by many. But i would also encourage women to not just accept hospital protocol as being entirely right for them as individuals.

Just because a consultant tells you to do something, it doesn’t mean that he or she is 100% right. Childbirth is a natural process and we as women instinctively know what to do – even when we think we don’t. Medical professionals are there to support and ensure events run as safely as possible for both mother and baby and of course we should listen to their advice. However, it makes me feel both frustrated and sad that other women in my position who may not have explored all VBAC avenues, could end up having intervention/c-sections when they aren’t necessary. But as you must be well aware, this forms part of a much bigger debate and one that will take a lot longer to conclude.

Anyway, thank you for providing the course and also thank you to Salisbury hospital for including it to prospective parents as a foundation knowledge course as it really is useful. I wish you continued success for the course and when the time comes for baby number 3, i’ll definitely be back to see you for a little refresher course.

With kind regards
Carla, Greg, Isabella and Finley Watts

Carla

Suzanne’s Home Birth Story 

Just wanted to drop a line to say thanks so much for the Easibirthing techniques which I used for the birth of my second child.

Using the breathing and visualisations I felt in control of the birth and was able to enjoy the whole experience.  My baby came into this world in a calm and relaxed atmosphere and the birth was less than 2.5 hours from start to finish which i think was helped by me being totally relaxed and very well prepared.

I was even able to be so absorbed in the birthing experience I didn’t use pain relief (gas and air) for a few contractions and I was able to really tune into my body and listen to what the baby was doing.  It felt like we were synchronised and working together.

The fantastic birth experience was also appreciated by my spouse who asked why our first baby wasn’t so easy – I said because I hadn’t used Easibirthing then!

I do feel that my new born baby is easier to look after too as she is very laid back which I put down to the birth so thank you again Sharon for all your help!

All the best wishes

Su Morgan and baby Imogen

Su

Julia’s Hospital Birth Story 

The news is that Romilly Violet arrived safely Sunday evening after a 2.5 hour labour (Stages 1,2 and 3) with NO pain relief except gas and air… except a LOT of pushing my index finger and thumb together!

I had a massively long latent phase once more, which exhausted me utterly – but active labour itself was very quick. I have to say, Stage 2 (the pushing stage) wasn’t really bad at all – I found stage one by far the hardest to cope with. The things that really stuck in my mind were the pushing together of thumb and forefinger, the blue balloon filling up and floating away and visualising a lower number on the blackboard and the phrases “each contraction brings you one step closer to meeting your baby”, and “calm, confident and in control”.
 
I won’t lie, labour was hard (I think the clue is in the name), it felt much harder and longer than the first one, even though it was a good 14 hours shorter! But I have to say the utter amazement and shock that “I did this all myself” has been, once the sheer weight of it hit me, quite empowering. Losing control or “being at the point of no return” has been a persistent and horrible fear of mine forever. Having faced that fear “you’re now 10cm, no you actually can’t have pain relief at this stage now, you’ve nearly done it, you HAVE to do this now” and just getting on with it, has been a big hurdle to overcome. Perhaps I CAN actually do things, perhaps life isn’t quite so scary after all! To be honest, I’m still in complete and utter shock about how quickly it all happened and that I actually did it myself.
 
THANK YOU for giving me the opportunity and the tools to be able to find the reserves in myself somewhere to do it – without your help I would not have had the guts to do that myself and you’ve allowed me to be able to sit here and say that I gave birth all by myself without help, which genuinely feels like an absolutely massive achievement. You are amazing! xxxx
Julia

Beth’s Hospital Birth Story 

Mark and I just wanted to email to let you know that our daughter- Rowan Jay arrived on 07/07/12 (2 weeks early!) after a very quick delivery! I thought the story of the birth might be a positive one to tell your groups in the future as the circumstances were far, far from my birth plan!!

I woke up on Saturday 7th thinking my waters had broken but it was blood from my placenta as it had started to come away from uterus wall so we rushed straight to hospital where I was examined and told although I was already 2cm dilated that they would need to break my waters and commence induction of labour using a syntocin drip.

Mark and I were really upset as we’d planned a completely natural birth- no interventions and hopefully using water as pain relief and instead I was going to be hooked up to a drip and monitor!! They managed to hook me up to a mobile monitor and drip with long lead so I could remain active and I began using physical techniques to help babies descent.

As my contractions were slow and they were concerned about the bleeding (i was on a tight time frame before they took me into surgery for a c-section) they turned the drip up quite quickly and within a few hours I was having 5 contractions in 10 minutes, each lasting about 1.20 minutes so I went into established labour quite intensely. From this point I found I entered a zone and focussed on my breathing and visualisations to handle the intensity of the contractions. I didn’t speak at all I just let my body take it’s breath in and then focused on the out breath- breathing out that used up oxygen, it was almost as though I went ‘into’ myself deeply- it was quite surreal looking back!

With each contraction I just kept imagining a flower opening, each time it got bigger and bigger and i just kept repeating in my head “you’re body knows what it is doing”, “you’ll never be sent more pain than you can handle”, “I am calm, confident and in control”… I practised the techniques from the classes every day during the last few weeks before she was born and although I often drifted off when practising it’s amazing how much came through to me when I needed it.

After 3 hours 48 minutes, labour was over and I had our beautiful daughter on my chest, happily feeding! I believe wholeheartedly that without hypnobirthing in my armour it could have been a completely different story. I was so positive about childbirth following the sessions and my ‘jar’ of negativity was full to the brim as I became so accustomed to putting any anxieties straight in there before they even had time to take hold!!

Our daughter came into the world through the power of positivity and we have been blessed by a calm and contented baby, who feeds and sleeps well and I am sure this has been influenced by her calm delivery. Doctors and midwifes were incredibly complimentary to me after labour, making comments such as ‘that was incredible’, ‘I have never seen anyone so focused and in the zone’ and all of them wholly surprised by the fact I had no pain relief when delivering on a syntocin drip- apparently unheard of!!!

I could go on and on about the day she arrived as I feel very empowered by it, as does mark but I will leave it there and just say ‘thank you’. I don’t know where we’d have been without easibirthing- I’ll be singing your praises to all pregnant women I meet in the future!

Forever thankful

Beth, Mark and Rowan Wycherley

Beth

Miyuki’s Hospital Birth Story 

I was hoping to inform you this earlier, but it’s been a busy but very exciting weeks!

Michael and I are proud parents of a beautiful girl, Alice Erika Griffin. Alice arrived at 6.49 pm on 14th February (Valentine’s Day!), weighing 7 lb 15 oz (3,620 g), after 16 hours of labour. She has loads of Japanese black hair!

We managed with ‘gas and air’ and a birthing pool (although I had to come out just before the 2nd stage due to the water supplied to the pool was not so clean).  I tried to follow the breathing technique learned from you (at least during the 1st stage labour) and it was amazing how much I was able to control and stay calm during the contractions.

During the 2nd stage labour, I could not quite control myself, but just went along with the body’s natural urge of pushing and meeting my baby. It was such a joy to pick up my baby by my arms and hold her on my chest at the end.

I am very pleased that I attended your sessions – hypnotherapy provides life-time skills for controlling your body and mind in any stressful situation. I am now prepared to face the challenge of being a mum!

Many thanks again xx

Miyuki

Miyuki

Kate’s Home Birth Story 

I have been meaning to e mail you for a few weeks to announce the safe arrival of Ella Zinnia Rose on the 10th January. How time flies. And also mainly to say thank you for your brilliant tuition. I ended up having Ella at home because I didn’t think I was in fully established labour as my contractions didn’t feel strong enough or last for very long. All thanks to the techniques you taught! I envisaged each contraction as a ball shrinking, and of course did the steady breathing.

I also repeated the words calm and in control to myself. (I had tried to do positive thinking and say positive attributions in my mind all the way through my pregnancy). Anyway the above obviously worked well, although I felt quite anxious and didn’t think I was coping!

It wasn’t until I started to want to push that I thought maybe things were happening. Indeed they were as I was 9 and a half cm dilated when my midwife came to examine me. She advised a home birth as my waters were close to breaking and would bring baby with them. Being relaxed and completely trusting my midwife I felt fine with this. Phil was great and rushed around getting sheets and tarpaulin. My Mum came to take Jake (my 4 yr old). He was brilliant and even popped in to say bye, unaware of any drama. Ella was born about an hour after the midwife arrived weighing in at 8ILbs and 7oz.

So thanks to all your coaching,brilliant approach to labour and taking the anxiety out of it I had a really wonderful, special and relaxed experience. So relaxed in fact, that Phil and the 2 midwives sat having tea and toast as we waited for the placenta, while talking about traffic in Salisbury.(I had switched off and was busy marvelling at Ella!

I should point out that my labour lasted about 5 and half hours but it was my lack of awareness about the strength of the contractions that meant I left it to the last minute to inform the midwife! When I attended the course, in one birth story you told the mother had mentioned she had only felt discomfort and strong sensations. I didn’t think I would be able to achieve that but I have to say I felt nothing more than discomfort. Strong at times and I felt a bit agitated but when I started to want to push I relaxed again as I knew baby was coming and it wouldn’t be long.

Although things intensified in the last stages, I would describe contractions as very strong sensations but no real pain. Amazing! My hope was not to give in like I did lst time and have pethidine and do it on just the gas and air. In fact I had more gas and air for the stitches than I did during the labour. So thank you again for enabling me to have this wonderful experience. I feel very lucky.

Kate

Mariane's Elective Caesarean Birth Story 

Sharon,

Thank you very much-we can only say a HUGE ‘thank you’ for your help and support – the birth of our 7.11 pound baby boy, Llewelyn, was a wonderfully happy experience in which we both found ourselves amazingly calm, aware and very connected to each other and our little boy. The experience was further enhanced (rather surprisingly!) by Tina Turner belting out Nut Bush City Limits on the theatre radio the moment we heard his voice for the first time!

Baby is very healthy and a perfectly well behaved, John is on a high and my health is so good the midwife commented on it in my hospital paperwork when I did not feel the need for pain killers on day 2. My blood loss during surgery was also noted to be on par to that of women giving birth naturally. A testament to Mr Fountain’s excellent skill too.

Overall a very positive experience and one all of us will cherish forever. Thank you again for the huge part you had to play in making it possible. I will certainly pass it on to other women with similar concerns over natural birth and that there are equally safe and viable alternatives available.

Best wishes to you.

Mariane

Michelle's Hospital Birth Story 

My husband Chris and I felt like we had to contact you after the birth of our son. To be totally honest we were both sceptical about the hynobirthing but after the experience we had with our first child we thought we’d give it a try as we had nothing to lose.

Firstly this time he turned using the cd’s, then Joseph was born healthy and naturally with no pain relief last week in a shorter labour than I had with our eldest.

The experience was completley different and I amazed myself with what I was able to cope with, even with a long second stage ‘pushing’ (as he had his head in the wrong position). I didn’t panic and baby stayed calm throughout. He is now a calm, amenable baby that is different to how my eldest was.

We just wanted to say a massive thankyou for what you taught us, as we are so pleased with how well it worked we wanted to show our support and appreciation of hypnobirthing by giving you feedback on our experience.

Michelle and Christian