I just wanted to let you know - albeit belatedly - that
I gave birth to Anna on the 16th of october - and had a
really wonderful HypnoBirth. My labour started around midnight
on the 15th - I wasn't really wasn't convinced I was in
labour at all... I had no other indications other than the
surges - which felt very mild. As a result, we didn't contact
the midwife until about 5am on the 16th. she came over and
said she thought I was in the early stages of labour and
to contact her in a few hours... however, she examined me
to double check and found I was 5cms dilated. She was very
surprised, as I was ! So off we went to the birth centre!
Up until 5am I had been sleep breathing and slow breathing
- all great. I got into the pool at about 6.30am and just
listened to the HypnoBirthing cd and other relaxing music.
Time seemed to go by fairly quickly...
Looking back, I can definitely say that I couldn't have
done it drug-free without the HypnoBirthing techniques and
the pool (and of course the support from Stephen and my
two midwives)... but I basically got on with it myself by
going into the hypnozone and was told that i was the quietest
birth either of the two midwives had ever seen. Looking
back I can't remember pain, but certainly if I ever have
any more children I will look forward to the experience
and definitely use the hypnobirthing techniques and the
water pool. Anna was 8lbs 2.5oz and I had no tears at all
(i did the massage religiously)... plus she scored 10s on
all the apgar tests. Above everything else I was just delighted
to have a healthy and non-stressed daughter which much of
that being down to having such a relaxed birth - although
I'm sure the psychological and physical benefits I reaped
thanks to hypno techniques ensure that hopefully Anna will
have a brother or sisiter or two in the future!
I hope you're all well and wishing you all the best.
Tabitha, Stephen & Anna
"...Chiara was born so healthy that she was crying
as her body emerged. Her Apgar scores were 9,10 and 10.
The midwives said they should really have been 10, 10, 10
but they just don't give perfect scores. I had one small
tear, internally, but it didn't require stitching. I have
not had any pains going to the toilet or any other trouble.
When the doctor examined her, he commented on her above
average muscle tone. Look, a bragging parent already! It
just that I feel my major achievement of the birth was delivering
such a healthy baby. The midwives were great. When I subsequently
discussed my HypnoBirth with my main midwife, she said was
impressed with how well I did, given it was my first baby.
She says that the major difference betweeen my birth experience
and other mothers is that I didn't fear each contraction.
I just let it come and relaxed through it ... as much as
I could! I was more relaxed throughout, and she felt that
she learned that a longer second stage could be beneficial
to mother and baby.
So thumbs up all round - my birth experience was wonderful."
Brigitte & Chiara
Just to let you know that we had the baby on Saturday September
was 5hrs and she weighed 7.9 1/2 pounds. She is lovely.
I still had my water birth and the relaxation tapes did
help until I got in the water. Everyone was amazed at the
shortness of the labour for a first time Mum. We have named
her Ameera and she is doing great.
Hope all is well with you.
"...Due to the fact that I was Group B Strep positive
and my water had to be broken, I had to be admitted to hospital
and be artificially induced. Thus, most of the active and
natural preferences that I had planned could not be carried
out. For example, they had to put me on an IV drip and be
monitored straight away and throughout the first stage of
labour. (Despite this initial intervention) as a result
of HypnoBirthing, Benjamin was born drug-free and was very
calm and healthy on delivery and throughout his first few
days in hospital. I have seen other women in the same recovery
ward as me, who have had drugs e.g. pethidine, epidural,
during labour, ended up with their babies pretty much sedated
for the first days of their lives and suffered much more
trauma in their first moments of life.
Benjamin scored a 9 at 1 min after birth and a perfect 10
after 5 minutes on the APGAR score at hospital. It is not
very common that a newborn scored full marks, apparently.
I am sure that some of it is down to the fact that his birth
was not interfered by drugs or other instruments.
The hospital staff were amazed that I did not need any form
of drugs as pain relief. They said that very few women (1
in 100) could withstand the pain of an induced labour without
asking for an epidural. In most cases, women will end up
having an epidural, leading to ventrouse or even C-section
I believe that if I hadn't done the HypnoBirthing class,
I would have probably ended up needing to have a Caesarian."
Emily, Mother of Benjamin