"She couldn’t believe I was still laughing as I entered the birthing unit...
"My sister in law introduced me to Hypnobirthing Online, having had huge success with it when expecting her second child. I will admit to being extremely dubious, but at the half way point in my pregnancy, I was willing to try anything.
I listened to the tracks at every opportunity; my children even became accustomed to them on the school run. It was working. I began to plan my labour in a much calmer manner.
I was watching television with my husband on the evening of 8th November. I had been experiencing braxton hicks for most of the day and had used the tracks to manage them. It was only when my husband noticed that I was tightly gripping the headboard of the bed with each ‘practice’ contraction that I realised that this was real labour.
I took myself downstairs and allowed the tracks to lead me for the next two hours: through what I thought was the early stage of labour. My husband spoke to the hospital, who asked him to bring me in. I was in my calm birth bubble and shared none of the urgency. I was telling my husband that I was fine and to go back to bed only two hours before my baby was born...
Things became more intense on the journey to hospital and I felt the urge to push. I kept listening and kept calm. My waters broke almost immediately upon arrival at hospital; my lovely midwife had spotted us in the lift on the way up. I remember her saying that she couldn’t believe I was still laughing as I entered the birthing unit.
I had hoped for a water birth and it was filling as I laboured leaning against the bed. My husband kept the music and affirmations playing in the room and the calm lighting was perfect. My daughter was born before the pool was even close to filling up!
My husband always says he cannot believe how calm I was, and I must admit to being really proud of myself. There was none of the panic and fear of my previous delivery. I delivered the placenta naturally as my beautiful daughter breastfed. It was perfect and I felt completely healed.
I am so grateful to Alice for what she has given me. I have only positive memories of my labour; they eclipse those more painful ones from the past.
With hypnobirthing, birth without fear is truly possible! It is a message that I share with my friends and family who are expecting."