I really enjoyed the day and honestly have been raving about it since. I can’t get over the amount I actually learned and being a second time mother I thought I knew it all lol!!
Honestly, I feel so much more positive and I feel I actually am informed and confident in my capacity to make decisions on the day!
Thank you for that, it’s really helped me to calm down and enjoy the next few weeks!
"Sarah is fantastic! She is knowledgeable, calming, and empowering. Her wealth of knowledge from both a medical and a hypnobirthing perspective gave us all the information to take the mystery out of birthing. She delivered it with such an easy manner that at the end of it we were confident we could bring our baby into the world in the calm and controlled way that we wanted. " Cathy Molloy
Below are some comments from course evaluations (which are anonymous)
The birth of baby Norah
Mary's story - short and sweet
I had my baby on 17th June. Went two days early, no epidural. Waters broke at 7.30 pm on Thursday and got to hospital at 9.30 and had baby by 12.25. I got into the bath and when I got out they rushed me to delivery, two pushes and baby was there ! Used hypno in bath and it definitely helped . So another success story even if I was sceptical myself !!!
The birth of baby Bodhi
I had my little girl last Wednesday at 11:53 assisted by my wonderful partner, the midwife & the gas and air. My birthing experience started at 4 in the morning & I felt a squish. Which was my show after a few minutes the surges started. They came pretty steady every 10 minutes and I had a bath & used my birthing ball & the played the gentle birthing music. When I got out of the bath I put on my tens machine which had a boost for the surges which eased the intensity.
I had a cup of my raspberry leaf tea & then had another bath. When I was in the bath the surges became much more intense and came every 3 mins so we thought hmmm best start moving to the hospital. Of course it was the day of the strike! I guess my fear was challenged by my little one from day one. I had been fretting about her coming on a strike day.
The car journey was very intense and I felt I cried the whole journey but Brian told me it was about half way in when I started crying, which really helped me release the intense feelings and the surges were coming every 2 mins & lasting 1min 40 seconds by the time I got to the rotunda. The whole way in my other half kept repeating the affirmations for me, just one surge at a time & thats one closer to meeting our baby & he kept telling me how a amazing I was & how proud he was. The journey felt like forever but was only about 20 mins.
I was brought straight in by the staff out on strike , honestly midwives are beyond brilliant. So are nurses of course especially cos I am one myself the sooner we stop getting thanked for our service & paid for it the better.
My waters broke as soon I got into the emergency assessment room at 10:40 The midwife did the admission CTG while I stood and gripped Brian’s shoulder as the surges came back to back. I was actually on my tippy toes pretty much all the time. They did a VE and told me I was 3cm. This is when I started to feel overwhelmed & thought what?!? Brian told me to let go of the number and we were going up to the delivery suite.
They brought us up as soon as the CTG was done & the midwife on the delivery unit was so lovely. She had read our birth plan & asked me to get on the bed so she could assess me but I could only kneel on all 4’s. After a few mins i got on My back & she gave me the gas and air which helped me take a breath. I got a little light headed & closed my eyes & just listened to my love Brian repeating the affirmations & telling me how amazing I was doing. The midwife spoke a little to me to give me supportive suggestions and then I felt a bearing feeling. I leaned to the back of the bed and could hear Brian & the horns beeping for the midwives outside showing support. I kept my eyes closed and then I had the feeling that I had no control over so I didn’t try. Then I heard the midwife say ok breath the head is out & all of a sudden I hear Brian say oh my love you just delivered a baby. I opened my eyes and looked down and saw my lovely daughter. She was 7lbs & 14 & 1/2 ozs, the half is so important
She was born 83 mins after I got to the rotunda which just felt so quickly. I did have a second degree tear, her head came out and she supergirled her arm out too. We did skin to skin which was so truely amazing and all the bits after are a complete blur. The placenta delivery, the stitches. Well The toast was yummy
I was on the post natal ward having had a shower & a change of clothes by 230
I honestly believe the hypnobirthing helped me relax enough on a subconscious level to let me body just simply birth. I did think I was always strong but now I know I am.
Thank you so much for everything, all the advice & support. It helped me have the birth I wanted.
Anna , Brian & baby Bodhi