from the start Keeley put us at ease with her warmth and friendliness, and
we were confident we had made the right decision. The sessions covered lots of areas
not just the actual hypnosis element (history of childbirth, the physical
changes that take place in your body leading up to and during labour etc).
We also talked about any
fears or worries that might be holding us back.
favourite part of each session was when Keeley took us through one of
the relaxation scripts. I'm sure I probably fell asleep on at least
one occasion as I was so relaxed! :) These were great
to practice in our own time and rehearse ahead of the big day.
I wanted as
little to think about as possible when the time came, so we had some
"dress rehearsals" in the birthing pool at home, even filling it
up, dimming the lights
etc to help me to visualise the atmosphere I wanted
to create for the birth. This helped me find which positions were comfortable
too. The affirmation and Rainbow
relaxation CD was on every bed time although we rarely got to the end without
into labour at around midnight on the Saturday, and was able to keep
calm through the first few hours with some of the breathing exercises
we had practiced. I
found the calm breathing most helpful to
gather strength and rest in between surges.
The early stages of labour were very calm and relaxed at home,
exactly as I had planned with the CD playing and soft lighting. I also
pinned some of the handouts to the wall next to the area I planned to
labour in to help with the visualisation element.
around 20 hours of slow labour, we made the difficult decision to be
transferred to hospital (meconium in the waters, plus we later found
out baby had flipped and
gone back to back which made the surges trickier
to deal with)
Unfortunately I had
lost my concentration at this point and was no longer using
the hypnobirthing techniques but once I got to hospital and got
some pain relief, I was
able to chill out a bit and get back to the breathing. As soon as I got into active labour,
Thomas arrived in around 4 hours. I actually enjoyed
the "pushing stage" (I think!)
and only needed a few
stitches, which I think is due in part to the perineal massage.
I didn’t manage to use hypnobirthing for the whole labour, I
definitely feel it had huge benefits in terms of relaxation throughout the
pregnancy, and took away
any fear I had of labour and birth. It was also really
good for me to understand exactly what was happening to my body at each
is a very happy, smiley baby and only really cries if he needs something
(usually food or sleep)". Naomi,
We were both sceptical at first but HypnoBirthing helped us
to have the birth we wanted and our only wish is that we had known about HypnoBirthing when we
birthed our other children. Lilly was born calmly and has remained a
calm, alert baby since. She fed
immediately and breastfeeding this time has been successful, enjoyable and
fulfilling something I struggled with previously with my other children. It was an amazing experience and I still
think of it now and can’t believe we had
such a beautiful birth and how alert
Lilly was due to her gentle birth and no drugs to interrupt her passage into
Gemma, Steve and Lilly 2014
Beautiful birth but I am a little bias on this one. Watch and see. Gem and Steve 2014
"How Hypnobirthing helped us - We started the sessions when I was 30wks pregnant. I really think that the relaxation techniques helped me to have a very smooth end
to my pregnancy - in particular I was able to sleep well with only 2 nights of interrupted sleep throughout the whole pregnancy! Getting quality sleep meant I felt really
good and was able to work comfortably up to 37wks. My husband also benefitted from the relaxation as he'd had trouble sleeping, and as soon as we started having the sessions he slept very well.
The sessions also gave us a lot of antenatal information which helped to consolidate the information we were getting at our NCT classes - it was useful to hear things
twice to take them in and understand better, and a more relaxed environment to ask questions.
Both of us were also much more relaxed going into the birth as we fully understood how the body works, so we didn't have any fears about labour.
Unfortunately our home pool birth didn't quite go to plan as my waters broke but I didn't get any surges for a few days. This meant having to be induced to avoid potential infection, but Keeley was on the end of the phone when we had questions about how long we could request for the induction to be delayed to try to let nature take its
course. During the induction process, I quickly started getting very strong surges - I was able to use the surge breathing techniques to help me - the surges were very frequent and strong, but time seemed to fly by in my trance-like state whilst playing the Rainbow Relaxation track in the background. The baby's heart rate also remained stable throughout, despite him being unable to easily make his way into the world.
In the end, our beautiful boy was born by c-section as he had moved into a back-to-back position and the risk of infection was too high to proceed naturally. From using
the affirmations, we were both able to cope well with all the diversions from our birth plan.
I would definitely use Hypnobirthing again and would recommend it to others. It helped us to be calm, relaxed and prepared, and the relaxation techniques can still be
used now and in the future". Vikki, Ian and Oscar, 2013