We had a
baby girl on
was 6 days
early, born at
home and I
didn’t have any pain relief.
My labour start in the early hours of
Monday 26th April. It was all fine and I
used the hypnobirthing breathing
techniques to manage the surges. I
went to get my legs waxed when I was
having surges every 5/6 minutes. Sue
who did the leg wax couldn’t quite
believe it but I had this real thing about
not giving birth with hairy legs. Anyway
she was amazed how calm I was at the
time. To be fair though the leg wax was
worse than the surges at that stage!
read rest here
Our little girl was born just yesterday
as planned in the birthing centre,
naturally in only 4 hours!! We are
ecstatic and amazed how effective the
techniques were and we can’t wait to
do it all over again. We will send you a
full birthing story really soon and want
to say many thanks for helping us
have a fantastic experience.
Love John and Harriett
Beverley Turner & James Cracknell: Our Experience.
Hypnobirthing gave me a birth experience that I could only have dreamt about.
Like all women I was anxious and uncertain about what to expect. We were
aiming for a natural birth at London's Birth Centre but everyone kept telling me it
was a ridiculous idea and I should go for the drugs. I was determined to prove
them wrong and I did! I was in the middle of writing a book about Formula One
and knew that being laid up with a caesarean scar would be very debilitating. As
it turned out, I gave birth at 9.30 am and was back home, watching the Grand
Prix and taking notes by 10pm. The next day I went for a walk to the river.
When my waters broke I was calm and confident that my body would do exactly
what I needed it to. I stayed at home and began cleaning like a mad woman. As the evening drew on
my tummy felt tighter but not at all painful because I was so relaxed. James and I watched TV in front
of the fire with lots of pillows. The midwives had been round and checked on me once but I wanted to
watch the end of Sex in th City and said I would call them if I wanted to go to the Birth Centre. It was
all very instinctive and I firmly believe that is because of the Hypnobirthing training. The midwives
knew that Hypnobirthing mums give birth much more quickly but accepted my decision totally.
Finally at 3am I called them and we went into the Birth Centre where I got in the birthing pool. We
played the hypnobirthing tape over and over and in my notes I apparently said "This is bliss." James
wasn't as well-rehearsed as I would have liked (I have made him suffer with that ever since) but he
counted my breaths and turned the tape over. I did get very tired towards the end but when I got of
the bath in order to get gravity on side our little boy appeared pretty quickly. Because I was relaxed
and because I had spent a few hours in the water, I didn't need any stitches and had no tearing
whatsoever. Croyde fed well and was a lovely calm baby (he is less so now...maybe Helianthe can do
some hypnosis on a boisterous 14 month old!!)
I will never give birth any other way. It was a revelation and I'm afraid I have become a bit evangelical
about it. I recommended Helianthe to a friend who had had a terribly traumatic time with her first - lots
of intervening doctors and an emergency c-section. She has since had a beautiful big baby girl
completely naturally at home and is elated by her experience - all the doctors had told her it wasn't
possible. My ante-natal pals also suffered a myriad of complications as a direct result of meddling
doctors and their own - understandable - anxieties. Over half were given c-sections.
I cannot recommend Hypnobirthing enough. I even find myself doing some of the breathing techniques when I am about to broadcast on TV
or Radio! The relaxation skills are very useful in everyday life.
When Bev said she wanted to do Hypnobirthing I was very sceptical. You might think that as an athlete I would believe in the power of the
mind but I needed some convincing. The main problem with our lessons with Helianthe were Bev's giggles. She couldn't stop laughing and on
a few occasions she had to go into the garden to get it out of her system. I had hoped to be able to put her in a trance every time I needed a
shirt ironing but no luck. The lessons themselves were great for me too as I got to have a lie down and do some deep relaxation. As I had
normally come straight from a training session on the river I quickly fell asleep. But it didn't matter - although Bev was embarrassed by my
snoring. I was away a lot during our pregnancy but Bev listened to the tapes and seemed very relaxed about the whole thing. I realized during
the birth that I wasn't as well prepared as I should have been and felt bad about it. At one point I asked bev if she was ok and she growled
back "Don't ASK me if I'm ok, TELL me I am!" She was more annoyed with me than with giving birth...tip for the dads...do your homework. it
will make your lives a lot easier and your partners birth much calmer. I was so proud of Bev and the way she kept in control throughout. I held
her head in the water for about 4 hours and all the callouses on my hands peeled off. It hurt like hell when I got back in the rowing boat. Bev
said it served me right for not being better prepared. Next time I will try harder and we will certainly do the training again. I think it is
understandable to be nervous and I expect that Bev will need to have any negativity erased again. People are always telling us their horror
stories. Helianthe's service actually went beyond the hypnobirthing and she ended up giving us an afternoon of marriage guidance when the
stress of the pregnancy, me being away and the looming Olympics all came crashing in on us. Bev was struggling to explain how she was
feeling and I wasn't doing a good job of listening. Helianthe gave us a safe, objective space to discuss our concerns in and it worked
brilliantly. We owe her and hypnobirthing an awful lot.
We had the Dream Hypnobirth we hoped for- 5 hours, water birth with only natural endorphins for pain relief! Beautiful baby girl,
3.6kg. Thank you so much for helping us achieve our calm, intuitive, joyful birth! We're so happy. x, We are singing your praises
Love you, George & Femi & Baby x
Here is our birth story:
Phoebe was born within 5 hours in a birthing pool at St Thomas home from home birth centre using only hypnobirth techniques.
At 2pm whilst listening to my induction tracks I was suddenly aware the sensations I had been
feeling in my body over the past few days were now regular and getting stronger. I was excited
and had a warm shower to relax me whilst I waited for my husband to come home from work. He
then read through some of the Hypnobirth techniques whilst I rocked in a position on all fours in
our lounge. The sensations were so frequent we called the hospital and notified them we would
be coming in.
In the taxi I had my eyes closed for the whole journey and concentrated on my breathing and
visualisations as my husband stroked my arm and shoulders. On arrival to the reception I was
relaxed (even after being stuck in the lift!) and paced and rocked whilst waiting to be seen. On
examination I was 9cm dilated- The midwife could not believe it and offered me a wheelchair! I
walked to the birthing suite and my husband massaged my back and spoke calm, reassuring
words as I stood and swayed waiting for the pool. Once in the pool I lent on my husband with the
midwife and students that had asked to attend quietly behind me. I focused on my breath and my
husband’s support and at 7.24pm reached down into the pool and picked up our baby girl out of the water. She opened her eyes
and looked right at me... now it was my husband’s turn at heavy breathing!
We waited for the umbilical cord to stop pulsing and my husband cut the cord and announced we had a baby girl.
Phoebe was in my arms skin on skin all night. Family and friends visited and I was euphoric- there was so much love and joy in
the room! It was the most wonderful experience, we are truly blessed.
Thank you Reshma. xxxxx
Carl & Stine's Birth Story
Daniel was born six days after his due date on 6th of December at 19.25. His birth was a
wonderful experience thanks to the hypnobirthing techniques.
I started having surges in the morning approximately 10 minutes apart. Carl and I got up and
started doing the 20/20 breathing.
The surges were slightly painful before I got up, because I could not concentrate, but when I
focused on what we had learned at the course and what we had been practicing at home the
pain disappeared. Carl made a big packed lunch and we checked the bag to bring to the
hospital. At lunchtime the surges were 5 minutes apart and we rang the hospital. They advised to come in if I could not manage
the surges, but it was not a problem. We went for a walk instead. Carl got a bit nervous about the whole thing and he told me in
the middle of the street to breathe the baby out. I told him it probably was not the best place for that!
We arrived at the hospital at 15.00 and went to the birth suite. The midwife had not heard about hypnobirthing, but she could see
we knew what we were doing and left us alone most of the time. We had a midwife student present throughout - she was
amazed about how relaxed the atmosphere was. She got the job of getting ice water and keep the CD going.
An hour after arrival my water broke and soon afterwards I went into a trance like state pretty much up to Daniel's birth. Carl was
invaluable. Without his prompts and shoulder press I could not have done it so easily. Unfortunately I relied on him so much, that
I nearly panicked when he was not by my side and the poor guy never had a chance of getting anything to eat. So much for his
I started having the urge to push at 18.45 and 40 minutes later Daniel was born. Seeing him for the first time was unbelievable
and the whole experience was amazing for both Carl and I. I did not really experience any pain during labor except stinging in
the last few minutes before Daniel was born. I was in control during the surges and able to focus on relaxation, and as soon as
Daniel was born I was ready to do the whole thing once again. Daniel is a content baby, feeding well and sleeps well between
feeds at night, so much so that we are already looking forward to give him a brother or sister sometime in the future!
Thanks Hilly for helping us have such a relaxing and joyous birth!
Love Carl, Stine and Daniel
We are extremely happy to inform you about the miraculous arrival of our baby boy Alexander. That was unbelievably easy and
comfortable birthing. Waters broken at 5 a.m., that I went back to sleep and woke up at 7:15 because
of surges (very mild surges). I remained in bed and we chatted over different things. At 8:15 the interval
between surges became 7 minutes and each surge lasted for 1 minute, so we phoned our midwife
Maddie. When she arrived one hour later the surges were already with the interval of 2-3 minutes each
lasting 1 minute. Surprisingly I felt no discomfort at all, just mild tension. I was easily coming back after
each surge and we discussed whether we are going to the Birth Centre or staying at home.
Having considered all risk factors we decided to stay at HOME (and that was the right decision). At
about 10 am went to the toilet and felt really strong and very painful surge. At this moment I started
panicking, thinking that this is it, this is the real birthing starts, and now this pain will be there for at
least several hours (Mikhail felt absolutely the same, he came to me wishing to help me back to bed).
While I was in the toilet Maddie and Rachel (midwives) quickly unpacked birthing matte and covered
everything with disposable sheets. On my way back to bed I had to stop and get on my knees, as I had a strongest wish to push.
I was expecting the midwives would tell me not to push and breathe, but they kept saying that everything is OK. So one push -
and Alexanders head was born together with one of his hands (he was holding his ear). Another push - and Alexander arrived to
this world. 16 minutes later placenta was born. I had no bruises no nothing. I was absolutely shocked by the ease and comfort of
the process (it seems to me now that till the very end I was not 100% sure that this is possible at all).
Mikhail was absolutely delighted. He also was not expecting everything to be so perfect and great. Alexander is one week old
now. He is a very calm and smiley boy, sleeping and eating a lot. He almost never cries (only when I change his nappy). Anna
was at home and came to see her little brother just 20 minutes after he was born. She adores Alexander and really likes to
spend time with him, showing him toys, talking to him or singing to him.
We would really like to thank you for everything you have done to make our experience unforgettable and just perfect.
Elena, Mikhail, Anna and Alexander
Thought I’d send you my story – thank you from the bottom of my heart for making my
birthing experience a very happy one. I believe that the hypnobirthing techniques helped
on 2 levels – The first to help me cope with the pain and the second, to allow me to
communicate with my baby and help him on his passage. The picture was taken as he
had just been placed on my chest and taken his first breath – amazing! And to top it all – I
have an angel baby – he is so relaxed and happy being a mother is a breeze – I’m so
Thank you ! Ali xx
I am really delighted to let you all know that Geoff and I had a beautiful little girl on Monday 12 July and we are of course
completely over the moon. I think this is the last of the group! We're calling her Sophie Mathilda, and she weighed 7lb 4 at birth.
My surges started quite suddenly at 2am on Sunday evening, and started to come quite strongly - though erratically - over the
course of the next few hours. We had planned to have a home waterbirth in a pool. By 4am we were timing the surges, and felt
fairly sure that it had all started, although we were a bit unsure because my waters hadn't broken or anything. I was fairly active
and coping fine listening to some of the downloads we had on the ipod. I did find the surges quite painful, but I was managing to
focus totally on staying relaxed - Geoff said he thought I was asleep! All the time I was thinking of my cervix opening with every
surge, and being closer to having the baby.
At about 7am we called the midwife who came over at 9.30am and told us that I was 7cm dilated, which was fantastic news.
Geoff filled the pool, and I carried on breathing and relaxing. The pool was great, and allowed me to find somewhere comfy and
helped with moving around. Anyway, everything progressed nice and quickly, and at around 1.30pm I gave birth. I did have to
push a little harder than I had anticipated, I must admit, and that bit was quite intense! The midwives were fantastic, I didn't tear
at all - largely due to the pool I think but also using the epi-no which had given me a vague idea of how it might feel. We are so
pleased that we had pretty much had the birth that we had planned, I feel very lucky. Thanks so much Helianthe for your help
and guidance - the course was great and was the reason I was able to feel in control. It also meant that I could feel really
relaxed, and keep the baby relaxed throughout.
Anyway, thanks again Hilly, and I hope you are all having wonderful first few weeks and months with your new babies. On to new
Geoff, Fiona and Sophie (pictured at one week old!)
I've been meaning to email you ever since giving birth two weeks ago, but things have been quite busy as I'm sure you can
Little Xanthe was born on 6th June weighing 7lb 5oz. She's doing really well and is now 8lb 9oz!
I will send you a longer email with our birthing story when I get a bit of time (will be at some point in next few days) but wanted to
just let you know the hypnobirthing was amazing! My surges started three days before she was born, but the birth itself was very
calm and I felt very in control the whole time. It was really nice that Will was so involved during the birth and we used all the
anchoring techniques and breathing exercises you'd taught us. I just had gas and air and found the birth completely
manageable. The only bit which was hard work was the pushing at the end, but by that stage I at least knew I was very nearly
there. The delivery took 10 hrs in total which I was told was pretty good for a first baby.
Anyway I will email you with a more detailed birth story soon.
Thanks so much for helping us to make the birth such a calm and happy experience!
Here is the Bennett birthing story:
We heard about Hypo birthing through our wonderful friends Kate and Phil who had a little girl 4 years ago. The experience and
concept always interested me and when we found out that I was pregnant I instantly knew that it was something that I wanted to
pursue. I have always hated hospitals, needles, people prodding around with me. The thought of natural childbirth and the
discomfort it might bring was easier for me to imagine than an epidural with needles or a c-section. People had a mixed reaction
when we told them of the concept and the course that we had booked; a mixture of people who had heard of someone who had
experience it and when I did,
I heard of nothing but positive stories. And others who looked so puzzled 'how can it not be painful, it is childbirth for goodness
sake.' The entire concept for me seemed to be logical - the more tense you are the more difficult it is going to be to push
something out of your body. We signed up for the course and we did it early so that we had plenty of time to practice. Phil and
Kate came to visit us the weekend before I gave birth and showed us their birthing video - it spurred me on even more...it was
calm relaxed and in control. It was just what I wanted.
The course was excellent - I had never felt so relaxed!! When we did the group sessions I easily fell asleep and came out of the
days feeling so refreshed. I knew it was something that we could make work, especially with such a supportive husband in
Russell who threw himself into it without question and I was so proud of his contribution. We had all the tools that we needed to
make it work and I knew that if we worked hard at it that we could make it happen. We didn't do enough practice immediately but
as my pregnancy progressed we did more and more and I loved it. It brought us so much closer together as a couple and was as
much about us bonding together as it was about the birth. My favourite memories will always be our holiday in Majorca....I
wanted a water birth so spent hours in the pool practicing my breathing and relaxation techniques- it really helped with my
visualisations. Heaven, I don't think I had ever felt so relaxed. We did the readings every day and I got more and more into it.
So we were all ready - when I started my mat. leave I took time out most days to listen to affirmations, the CD's, and Russ had
recorded a hypno. I became more relaxed. My due date came and went but I was calm and ready. On the Saturday (was due on
the Thurs) we went for a long walk shopping in Clapham Junction. That morning I had my 'show' but didn't panic or on reflection
think that much about it! After 4/5 hrs of walking about I was going up the steps at Clapham train station and I felt a trickle. No
gush, no embarrassment but like for a moment I had slightly lost control. I was a bit worried but it was all over so quick, we got
on the train and went home. No contractions started and I woke up the next morning and said to Russ that perhaps we should
just go to the hospital to get it checked and see whether my waters had actually broken. Skyped Kirsty our friend in Australia that
morning at 10am and then off to the hospital - we had to wait 2hrs to be seen, Russ was thinking 'what are we doing here, I
wanted to go out for Sunday Lunch!' We were not expecting to hear that my waters had actually broken....she looked at me
strangely when I asked her to check again.
I remember instantly feeling anxious when firstly they told me that I would have to be induced, that I was not able to go into the
mid-wife led unit due to the drugs that are administered and that a water birth was not possible as I would be on a drip and they
would constantly have to monitor the baby's heartbeat. All our plans were going wrong. We collected ourselves a bit, nervous
and excited that it was all about to happen and we would soon meet our little boy. Russ went home to collect my bags as they
showed me to a bed and the waiting game began. We waited both for a consultant to come and see us and for them to start the
induction process. Finally after a few hours of waiting the consultant came to see us - she was lovely, I told her about our birth
plan and she had heard about hypnobirthing and was really supportive. She said that the pesserie might start the contractions
without the need for full induction. I was excited and reassured but she was leaving her shift in the next half hour. It made me
realise that so much of this process was going to depend on the people involved.
A few more hours ticked by and the nurse came to administer the pesserie. To my horror whilst checking me she attempted a
sweep which I asked her to stop immediately, I was determined to stay in control. The contractions began but were slow and
weak. I couldn't sleep and I knew not enough was happening to avoid being fully induced. The nurse had set up a bed for
Russell and he was able to get some sleep. The ward was hot and noisy (a new baby next to us where the couple spoke at the
top of their voices and snored like you wouldn't believe). I couldn't wait for the morning to come.
When it did we moved fairly quickly down to the main ward, all the staff had changed overnight. We went into our room to find a
midwife setting up the room. I was laying on the bed and she told me that I would probably be prepared for an epidural as in her
own words 'most people can't take the pain' when induced. I immediately span into another panic. I didn't want her anywhere
near me, or be a part of our birth and I began to worry that since it was not going to be a natural birth the pain would overwhelm
me. Russell was brilliant at calming me down and it soon became apparent that the lady who spoke such words was about to
leave her shift. We were completely blessed with the midwives who then came into speak to us - it was a male midwife called
Angel who was accompanied by a trainee called Crystal. My plan said that I did not want any students in the room and I had
never imagined a male midwife but they both had calm aura and they had read our birthplan, we immediately felt comfortable in
The induction drip was administered and the process officially started at 9.30. The contractions began almost immediately, it was
a good sign that my body was responding. We had been clear about what we wanted from the birth and although I had a drip
and they had to monitor the heartbeat via a strap around my tummy the entire time I insisted that I stand up and was able to use
the birthing ball as we had practiced. It was not what I had imagined. I could not walk around and I was constantly on a monitor.
But we made sure we controlled the rest of our surroundings. We had created a playlist of music but actually the only thing that I
wanted on in the background was and the track that repeated birthing affirmations. As the day went on, I was listening and
repeating the affirmations that I wanted, everyone else must have been so bored of hearing them but that, as well as Russell
repeating the visualisations kept me calm. I used the 20/20 breathing from the first contraction and I quickly got into a pattern
where I was confident that I could cope. The first 20/20 breath was the most uncomfortable and I knew that once that set was
over the other intervals were going to get easier....and it did every time. I counted in my head more than I thought I would but it
gave me the confidence that I was in control and that it would be over before I knew it and that once that first breath was over it
would get easier. I felt in control and still had lots of energy by midday. The contractions were coming quickly, not much of a
break in-between and steadily increased in strength and intensity. I remained standing up and buried my head in cushions piled
up on the bed, constantly swinging my hips from side to side, occasionally sitting on the birthing ball. I remember Russ
suggesting to me that I laid on the bed for a rest and I was adamant that I was not moving, I had found my 'zone'. The only time I
was really more aware of what was going on around me was when they asked if another student could come into the room, I
said no immediately. The rest of the time I was completely focused, quiet, eyes shut.
The encouragement of the midwives telling me how well I was doing and the fact that his heartbeat remained steady throughout
increased my motivation to keep going - he was in exactly the right place and was happy to be born. It got to about 3pm and the
contractions were really at their maximum strength and intensity. Up until that point I was coping fine but I began to get tired and
mentally was struggling a bit - the discomfort nearly overwhelmed me but I focused on my breathing and I got through it. They
said at 3.30pm they would examine me and see how far dilated I was - I began to worry whether I was going to be able to
continue if I was not ready to push. Just before they examined me I began to squat, I didn't realise it but the transition phase had
begun. Thank goodness when they did examine me I was 9cms dilated and ready to go - I felt a new surge of energy.
The transition phase felt strange rather than uncomfortable, I continued to react to my instincts which were to squat down and
said I was worried I was going to give birth on the floor! I was immediately told that wasn't an issue with blankets and paper
towels being set up beside me. I was now on all fours and began to breath downwards, all the time the affirmations repeating in
the background and Russell reminding to stay relaxed. In fact, I can't remember anything other than being excited at this point,
no discomfort, just excitement that I was about to meet my little man. I remember asked continuously whether they could see his
head, hugely impatient for him to be born! Angel at one point said 'go for it' and at that point I began to push harder - Crystal was
excellent telling me that I did not need to push hard and that I was progressing well with breathing down as I had been doing but
the excitement overwhelmed me and I pushed harder than I had practiced. Jules was born an hour later at 5.01pm. The final
phase had only taken an hour and his heartbeat remained constant throughout - he emerged into the world a perfect and happy
little boy. I glanced round to see Russ in tears and he was quickly passed up through my legs for my first cuddle. My first thought
was how beautiful his lips were, I was so thrilled to be finally meeting him. I was quickly back up on the bed where I placed Jules
onto the breast and the bonding began. After a few final contractions I delivered the placenta naturally - we had done it, we had
the birth that we wanted despite the induction! After a few stitches we took a shower and decided on the name Jules - it could
only be Jules after calling him during our hypno practice!
Russell was amazing throughout - I could not have done it without him and I am so glad that my husband had such a large part
to play in my birth. He constantly told me to relax my face, muscles, shoulders and repeated the visualisations that we had
practiced. He used light touch massage throughout and understood completely what I needed and when.
He left to go to the toilet about half way through I was so reliant on him I screamed for him not to! But without realising he had
gone Angel was behind me, pushing down my shoulders and telling me to relax. I was so pleased that our midwifes were so
supportive and seemed to be really getting into it. They never mentioned pain or pain relief as requested and although at times
they could see I was in discomfort I now understand why the different use of terminology is so important. If anyone had made
those suggestions my focus would have been lost and I would have concentrated on the discomfort. As they didn't I was able to
focus on my breathing and positivity that I was able to get to the end of each contraction. The room was calm throughout; Crystal
seemed fascinated by the process. She said at one point it was so relaxed in the room that she being lulled into sleep! Her
comments at the end were amazing; she said that they had never seen such a calm birth or a couple so connected. I felt so
proud. Angel and Crystal were a huge support in making it happen the way that we wanted and we were so lucky to get them
from beginning to end.
I found our birth to be a truly magical and empowering experience. I am now in awe how you can use your mental strength and
focus to achieve the goal you set yourself. It has given me confidence in so many other areas of my life. The experience
undoubtedly brought Russell and I closer together and Jules is a calm, happy child, exactly how he entered the world.
I love that I have a positive birth story to share with others and I can't wait to do it again!!!
Dear Reshma and all,
We are delighted to announce the arrival at 01.06pm on 01.06.10 of Elijah Lancelot Forestdale Jin Hu Chmelik, weighing in at
8lb12oz. Delivered naturally at home by his mother, everybody is deliriously well and happy. The birth was a magical, joyful and
very safe time and when Bonny thinks back on it, she has a sort of nostalgia - she loved it!! Thank you for giving us some
powerful and deep techniques to help little Elijah enter the world peacefully.
The attached picture was taken when Elijah was about 20 minutes old.
We have some videos you can look at if you like Resh, and if anyone wants their placenta prepared I am doing this now ;)
Look forward to hearing all your results.
Stephan & Bonny x
Hi Resh & fellow hypno-ites!
Baby Gleave is here, and he's brilliant! So is Mummy, who got fully
dilated in the birth pool using the hypno techniques and hardly any
gas & air. She was 5cm dilated when we got to the birth centre. I did
light touch massage for around 12hrs straight. The birthing ball was v
helpful. She was even joking with us between surges at one point and
the midwife was amazed how calm and controlled she was throughout.
Unfortunately he didn't seem to want to come out after that point and
we had to have a little bit of medical help, so we are pleased we
chose a hospital with both a birth centre and medical ward as back up.
7lb 10oz, name TBC
First night at home was ok and he's half got the hang of feeding. And
done some NUCLEAR poos!
We are so chuffed, it is an amazing feeling.
Hope you are all doing well,
Rach, Tris & ?(Nimrod)
Our little Emma was born finally in time for Father's Day: 20 June, 2 weeks after her due date. On our 41week antenatal check
her heart beat sounded irregular, so we decided to go ahead with the advice given and booked a date for induction, something I
was hoping to avoid. I was induced on Friday 18th June 2010 in the evening. The 2nd prostaglandin tablet took effect in the early
hours of Saturday morning. Unfortunately my body didn't take over completely, and Saturday afternoon I was transferred to the
labour ward to have my waters broken, and later the Oxytocin drip. It was pretty intense and awful, especially the hours between
getting the drip and finally getting an epidural.
Richard was outstanding. He loved and encouraged me the whole way, helping me relax and use the hypnobirthing techniques
despite the medical interventions. Thanks to hypnobirthing I was able to stay (relatively) relaxed throughout it all. I managed to
breathe away panic and extreme distress, staying focussed and present. I couldn't have done it without Richard.
The midwives were pretty impressed that I seemed so calm, and that my first stage of labour lasted just less than 6 hours, and
my second stage only 1hour 9 minutes, despite it being my first baby and the epidural. We put it down to hypnobirthing.
Emma's heartbeat was monitored throughout and stayed constant indicating her peace with the whole process.
She is a lovely calm little girl. We're having a few issues with breastfeeding in that I've got breast thrush, but between us we're
being patient and perseverant and trust all will come right. Once again, hypnobirthing breathing comes into play! And we have
fantastic support from the community midwives.
I'll send a picture at a later point. This email's taken me a few days to complete already! And the technicality of finding and
attaching a picture is a bit confounding to my booby-brain!!
Our little girl was born just yesterday ( 10.07) as planned in the birthing centre, naturally in only 4 hours!! We are ecstatic and
amazed how effective the techniques were and we can't wait to do it all over again. We will send you a full birthing story really
soon and want to say many thanks for helping us have a fantastic experience.
Love Rebecca and Kenith
Hi Reshma & everyone!
Just to let you know that Carter Stuart Olivier was born on Wednesday 28th July at 06:45 at home in water. It was the most
amazing experience and I know you all wonder the same thing and YES Hypnobirthing works!! I mean...not that I ever doubted it
won't work but it was amazing how my body just took over and even when I went through a little 'difficult' period my mind just
gave me the energy to carry on.
I was also very lucky to have two supporting mid-wives who both supported Hypnobirthing and they did affirmations with me and
reminded me to relax my shoulders etc when Justin was not able to. He was amazing and I would definitely not have been able
to do it without him.
I just want to mention one thing and that is that I had gas & air with two contractions in the beginning but - and I'm actually happy
about this - I couldn't carry on with it because I was so trained to breathe through my nose both with sleep and 20/20 breathing
and gas and air you take through your mouth so it didn't do anything for me but give me a bit of a headache. So if you do breathe
through your nose just take that in mind.
Here is the birth story:
Carter was due on Thursday 5th August but because we were moving house on Saturday 31st July I basically 'willed' him to
come early! I know this sounds weird but I spoke to him every day telling him that he can come out if he's ready LOL! I started
doing my last week affirmations the week before he was born but kept on telling myself (and him) that he will/can only come out
when he was ready. On Sunday 25th July I got this overwhelming feeling to stimulate my nipples...you must think I'm being very
weird but the feeling was so strong I sat and played with my nipples for what seems like ages. The next morning (Monday 26th
July) I woke up with what I can only describe as mild period pains. I only had 3 of these and they all started as soon as I was
I went to the toilet and had a bit of a 'show' but it was more pinkish discharge and I knew it was the start of things. I was calm the
rest of the day and the pains went away. I kept busy and went for long walks. Did all my affirmations, listened to stress release
mp3. (The stress release mp3 On a Lake is my favourite and I still listen to it now when I feel very stressed!) Nothing else
happened on the Monday and then on
Tuesday morning at around 2am I woke up with more period type pains.
It was really uncomfortable when I lied down so I went downstairs to sit on the couch in the living room. I eventually fell asleep
The next morning I tried to take a nap but I couldn't as every time I lay down the discomfort would return. At around 4pm they just
started coming every 10min or so apart and I timed them on my Blackberry (with Contraction Calculator VERY handy little app!).
When Justin got home an hour later I asked him to do a few relaxation exercises with me. We did glove relaxation and some
20/20 breathing and once we were finished the surges came every 5min!! I went for a walk in the garden and we had dinner and
by 6:30 I decided to call the hospital more for something to do than anything else. They told me to call them when the surges
were 1-3min apart but the midwife said she'll come out if I want her to but I was in no means in any discomfort so told her not to.
By 10:30 the contractions were 1-3min apart lasting anything from 30s - 1m. I called the MW and asked her to come out. By that
time Justin decided to put up and fill the pool. By this stage it was still in its box as we never had a chance to test it! We opted for
the La Bassine pool as it has a padded bottom. While he filled the pool the MW arrived. She asked me if I wanted to be
examined and I said yes as I firmly believed I was dilated far enough to get into the pool. I was 4cm dilated so at 12am I got into
the pool. What a relief. And through all this we talked, ate, and drank tea, listed to chilled music and the surges were nothing
more than strong 'period' type 'pains'. Oh I forgot to mention that I had gas & air with two contractions...now remember in my
previous email I said that gas & air didn't do anything for me as it interfered with the breathing techniques I learned in
Hypnobirthing. So I really 'forgot' to use the gas and air again as it also gave me a slight headache and made me feel a little bit
At around 4am Lisa the MW called Maddie the second MW to come out as Carter was about to be born. I could feel him in the
birth passage and just imagine that little baby to be a slippery eel...Maddie arrived and then...NOTHING. At around 6am I was
exhausted and that's when I had my 'wobble'. I just couldn't anymore. I begged them to call an ambulance to take me to hospital
so I can have an epidural so I can get some sleep. I tried to imagine all sorts of positive things but all I wanted to do was sleep.
Now this is where I was lucky to have two MW who both supported and knew Hypnobirthing! Lisa have read Marie Mongan's
book and with every surge she and Maddie and Justin will tell me to breathe, relax my shoulders and 'you can do it'. After I
begged them for a second time to go to hospital Maddie said: 'Marileze, you cannot go to hospital now but what you can do is
get out the pool and walk up and down the stairs a few times and I bet you that baby will come'. Ha ha she was like a mother
figure just what I needed!
Now I just want to add this too...I was lying down on the couch when they drained my bladder and I had a surge straight after
and that was the most uncomfortable one by far. I really don't know how women can give birth lying down because it is 10 times
worse than when you move around or sit up.
I then got back into the pool and got a second wind. I was wide awake, we did some affirmations, Justin made me relax all over
again and Carter was born not long after in two pushes. He came out with the membranes intact! Lisa had to pull the sack off
him as he emerged from the water. It was the most amazing feeling/experience and I'm still on a high from it.
It felt like the whole process took 20 min and the only reason I can remember some sort of time line is because we talked about
it after wards.
Justin was just amazing and I could never have done it without him.
This is from a husband who was very reluctant to have his child born in anything other than a hospital but he now preaches
home birth and Hypnobirthing to anyone who will listen.
I got the exact birth I visualised since starting Hypnobirthing and I can sit here and carry on and on about how good it is and I do
hope that everyone who does Hypnobirthing will experience the positive amazing experience I did!
Marileze, Justin and Carter
Ok here goes with the birth story:
I started having very mild surges at 8am Sunday morn- it took us until midday to actually believe that things were starting! At this
stage, I was happy just wondering around the house, sleep breathing was enough to keep me calm at this point. I had a big
lunch and Kurt and I watched a movie.
Things started to become more intense around 9pm- still totally in control though, and I had a bath, slow breathing through each
surge. They were 1 in 5 at this point. I found sitting on the loo very comfortable as well!
When the surges were 1 in 3 we called the birth centre. She didn't believe I was ready to come in as I sounded so comfortable-
despite having 2 surges while on the phone! I told her we were Hypnobirthing and she understood that I was probably further
along than I seemed so we booked a cab and arrived at midnight at the centre.
I was 4cm dilated and once I'd reached 5 I was allowed in the pool. My midwife was so amazing and kept telling me how great I
was doing which helped a lot!
The pool felt incredible- relieved any pressure on my back and allowed me to relax even more. I was very conscious of the need
to relax my jaw- this really really helped- same with hands and shoulders.
I started to feel the urge to push down-u could feel that I had something to breathe with on my out breaths, and at this point I did
use some gas and air to give me a bit more oomph! It just made it easier to recover between surges.
I made noise in the last stage which I hadn't done until then- not in pain, I just felt the need and Kurt told me I sounded like a
Scarlett was born at 6.23am Monday 6th September weighing 7.9 lbs. She didn't cry and was totally alert straight away.
The placenta followed through with one more surge shortly afterwards and I was taken to my room. I felt great- tired, but in good
spirits and really proud that we'd had the birth we'd planned and prepared for!
Love Lizzie, Kurt & Scarlett xx
Wanted to let you know that Sheldon and I had our baby!
We had a little girl, born on 23rd September (3 days early) weighing 8.65llbs and with a full head of black hair!
On the Tuesday afternoon I threw down the book that I was reading and ran into the kitchen where I proceeded to scrub the
oven and fridge! This was followed by about 2 hours of intense spring cleaning. By the time I finished Shel was home and that
was when I started to notice some very feint surges. It turned out that these were actually 'false contractions': though the
sensations were intense and started out regular they eventually tailed off and this pattern continued for about 24 hours.
On Wednesday evening at 10pm I started having the real surges. I spent most of the time in the bath as I found this the most
soothing, and also used the 4 and 8 breathing (I tried 20,20 but found it too slow and felt the need to get more oxygen in!). I also
did a lot of pacing around the living room!
When the surges started getting more intense I continued with the 4 and 8 but started to use sounds on the out breath which
was really helpful. Shel was also there keeping count and making sure that my 4 and 8 didn't turn into rapid panting, which is
very nearly did on a couple of occasions!
We arrived at the hospital at about 6.30am and I was 4cm dilated. After a couple of hours the sensations changed and I felt the
need to get down onto hands and knees sitting back on my heels. I found myself making very loud and weird
gutteral/cavewoman type sounds! I then felt that I absolutely had to get into the bath and baby Sade was born at 9.50am in the
She came sliding right out, exactly as I had visualised!
Unfortunately when they took the placenta out I ended up losing a lot of blood and so had to stay in the hospital overnight.
However I can say that apart from that my postnatal recovery was wonderful. I didn't tear and though I had some grazing which
they decided to stitch I didn't have any pain whatsoever after the birth. My muscles didn't ache as I managed to stay so relaxed
throughout the whole birthing process, I had no pain whatsoever 'down there' as I was able to pause during the pushing phase
and take a moment for my body to expand, so even though I didn't actually use the 'j breath' and did in fact push, because I did
so in a controlled manner I didn't tear.
The Hypnobirthing course was extremely helpful and powerful. I think for me the most amazing elements were the visualisation
and the positive affirmations that we made: the baby slid right out which I visualised, and I asked for a 'gentle' and 'natural' birth
as part of my positive affirmations which is exactly what I had (I didn't have any pain relief at all). I also listened to the CD's
pretty much every day and think that they helped to keep me relaxed and focused during the birth. I focussed on keeping my
shoulders relaxed and my jaw unclenched which are two things that you mentioned often during the course.
All in all I can say that although the birth was intense and the sensations were definitely there for me to feel (!) the whole thing
was perfectly manageable, and I am happy and proud of my experience especially considering it was my first child! I'm looking
forward to the next baby and believe that I
can use the skills and techniques to even better effect next time.
I feel completely confident that in the future I can have whatever birthing experience I want, as long as I put in the time and effort
Thank you so much for your dedication!
Warmest of wishes,
Tarah, Sheldon and baby Sade
This is my birth story...
My due date came but nothing happened so the day after, I woke up in the morning and listened to the download 'how to induce
my labour'. Surges started immediately but faintly. I told my husband before he went to work but he still went into the office as I
could barely feel them. A couple of hours later, I'd written a long shopping list and was about to do a big shop when I thought I
might just time the surges out of interest. They were three minutes apart lasting over a minute. I called my husband to come
home and I rang the hospital, who told me to come in immediately.
When I arrived at the Birthing Centre at 12:30pm, I refused an examination as I wanted to relax and get settled in. I was
concerned that my surges might stop as they had with my first baby. I just relaxed listening to my birth downloads and music and
doing the breathing exercises. Two hours later, the midwife came back and I still refused an examination. Because I was so
calm, the midwife declared me to be in "early labour" and said if the hospital was any busier, she would send me back home. I
knew I was further on than early labour at that stage.
I then really needed to be in the dark so I shut myself in the loo with the lights off listening to my music. An hour later, a different
midwife came to see me and, using the heart monitor, realised that the baby was really low. She said, "Quick, quick, get out of
the loo, I don't want you to give birth in the loo!". The midwives then ran the birthing pool but were worried it wouldn't fill up quick
enough. I concentrated on my breathing and visualisation. When the pool was ready, the midwife said, "Close your legs going up
the steps, we don't want the baby to fall out!" In the pool, I did about five pushes and really relied on my husband's support at
this stage (he'd been playing Angry Birds on the iPad up to this point as I'd just wanted to be left alone). Gorgeous little Annie
arrived at 3:50pm weighing 8lb2 and alert as anything.
The whole birth was amazing. The two midwives kept thanking me that they had witnessed a Hypnobirth; they couldn't believe
how relaxed I was throughout. They said they hadn't seen anything like it. The midwives had been brilliant as they really
respected that I wanted to be left alone to concentrate on my breathing. They dealt mainly with my husband and followed my
birth plan to the letter, for which I am very grateful.
Reshma, thank you so much for all your advice and encouragement. I am sure that the smooth and relaxed birth is entirely due
to you and the Hypnobirthing techniques. I was in two minds about it initially as I am very cynical but it definitely works and now
I'm recommending it to everyone!!
Physically, I felt great two days after the birth and reckon I was fully recovered after only two weeks. Also, Annie has been
sleeping like a LEGEND, should I put this down to Hypnobirthing too?
Many thanks indeed, Reshma.
Love Laura & Michael xx
Right now I need to MASSIVELY
THANK YOU!! my Hypnobirthing
Master, Reshma Sidhpura Tiwari, for all
the beautiful tools you taught me. In
particular the wonderful breathing
techniques that kept my calm during
the whole long journey that I faced.
Thank you so very much, Resh, you
are the best. Me and Edd do
recommend your Hypnobirthing course
to all our friends, our dear ones! Mind
conditioning is the BEST! :-)
Lots of love Lazia and Edd xx
“The birth of our son Felipe was a wonderful experience
and I am so pleased I attended your course!”
Kirsty & Luis Gonzalex, Leatherhead, Surrey
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