Calm and relaxed-"the most empowering thing I've ever done!"
As a first time "mum to be", I was scared of the unknown and worried that I might be reduced to a jibbering wreck in the delivery room, so I signed up to a "Wise Hippo Hypnobirthing Course", in the hope that they could help me!
A few weeks later, whilst watching “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”, I started to get slight pains which felt like period cramps. My husband and I went for a walk, about 5 mins down the road. On the way back, I had a contraction, then another and another. Very quickly, only about 3 walking steps apart. With each one I stopped and swayed, doing my “Waves of Relaxation.”
In the car, on the way to the hospital, I focussed on my breathing exercises and being “calm and relaxed”. It wasn’t hard at all. On arrival at Stepping Hill Hospital, I was suprised and excited to be told I was already 10cm dilated. I remember thinking "I’m ready to see my baby, I only have a bit of discomfort and tons of energy left in the tank. I can easily do this!” 20 mins later, my son was born, alert but calm.
From start to finish, my labour was 3 hrs and 8 mins. My husband told me later, that because I was delivering 8 weeks early, the room was flooded with people, frantically running around trying to get everything ready. I had no knowledge of any of the chaos, as I was eyes closed, focussed on staying calm and relaxed by using techniques such as "The Sea of Serenity". I was never scared, and I absolutely knew throughout that I could do it - a massive contrast to the jibbering wreck that started the course!
I was so proud of myself for birthing my baby naturally and without any pain relief. It is definatly the most empowering thing I have ever done. Afterwards I felt like I could do anything and I knew I had to help other pregnant women feel the same.
So now, rather than teaching secondary school children, I teach "mums to be" that with a bit of help they have the ability to do anything!
As a hypnobirthing practitioner....
Inspired by the experience of birthing my own child, I am fully committed to improving the birthing experience for all women.
I will teach you techniques to help you stay focussed during labour so you are able to distance yourself from any discomfort. In fact some mothers are able to achieve a completely pain free birth!
The knowledge you will gain will help you to feel confident about making the choices that are right for you and your baby.
As a Drama Teacher.....
Before becoming a qualified Hypnobirthing practitioner, I worked for many years as a Head of Drama in a Secondary School. Here I developed the communication skills and techniques for leading successful Hypnobirthing sessions.
My confidence and ability as an educator means that I can remove barriers and break the ice, and make everyone feel involved. That said, I promise there won't be any "Drama games!"
As a mother....
I feel the benefits of hypnobirthing long after my son's actual birth, as Hypnobirthed babies:
Are often more relaxed and calm (meaning that they cry less!)
Often adjust better to new surroundings.
Often eat and and sleep better.
Are often more confident.
Often have less colic and digestive problems.
Often establish breastfeeding more easily.