After several intense and powerful surges Hugo’s head was born and the rest of his body with the next surge. Natalie told me to reach down and catch him and she supported me to lift him up onto my chest. ‘I did it!’
Without the hypnobirthing course with Hannah I would have really struggled to stay calm with the changes in my birth plan and the techniques that I learnt were invaluable.
James had started blowing up the birthing pool and all my candles were lit. It was 5.00am at this point and I was surprised to hear that I was 6cm!
Everything was so calm and peaceful and all of a sudden with one big surge came our baby boys head (husband running out to get the midwife) and on the next surge our baby boy arrived and floated to the surface for me to catch him face up!
I just wanted to share with you my experience whilst I can remember the most amazing experience in my life!
I am so grateful to have had two amazing birth experiences. Both our babies have be content calm babies who are also absolute water babies and love the water. If you’re thinking of doing Hypnobirthing – do it!
We felt relaxed knowing the kids were safe, we were safe and we were armed with lots of hypnobirthing tools to make sure we still had a positive birth.
My husband started to get the house ready with low soft lights and running a bath. As soon as I got into a bath I felt much more relaxed, and it was easier to meet each wave but even at that point I wasn’t sure if that was the “real thing”.
Zachary is a chilled out little man, similar to his big sister, something we put down to a chilled out pregnancy full of relaxing, calm music and amazing affirmations.
The whole thing was magical. I felt an enormous sense of achievement. Like I was invincible and could do anything.
If we hadn’t of done hypnobirthing with Hannah, I honestly don’t think I would of been able to deal with the changes to my birth preferences as calmly and as well as I did. I really, really enjoyed my birth experience and it was nothing but positive!
I BLOOMING WELL DID IT! I still wouldn’t say it was painful just an incredible, intense experience.
After been told we only had 10% chance of conceiving naturally, multiple miscarriages, two failed IVF cycles, we have our two beautiful baby boys both naturally. Our final piece of our jigsaw is complete, Jonathan George William Fretter born 21.15 at home in the pool with no pain relief weighing 7lb 6oz.
Hypnobirthing got me through my 36hr on and off labour that was intense and very empowering but so worth it.
Abby I can’t tell you enough how thankful to you we are. Without the Hypnobirthing course I know I couldn’t have done that. It meant I was fully prepared and informed. Thank you so so much and I can’t wait to introduce you to her at February’s coffee morning.
I really think the Hypnobirthing played a huge role in my quick labour. Not only did the course provide us with an in depth understanding and awareness of birth, what to expect, our choices, the options and the different routes birth can take, but it taught us to be comfortable, calm and trusting of my body, making it an amazing and wonderful experience.
The birth was the most perfect experience that I could have wished for. I felt hugely empowered by Abby’s support and her hypnobirthing course; the main thing I took away was to trust my instincts and do what I felt was right for my baby and my body.
I remember looking down into the water at her thinking ‘I DID IT!’ In fact I probably shouted it out! I picked her up and scooped her in. I don’t think I’ve ever been as proud of myself as I did right there. I felt empowered!
Hypnobirthing helped me cope with everything that was thrown at me calmly and rationally and we have Abby to thank for that.
Another pain relief free birth with the help of Hypnobirthing and not a single examination this time round.
When I realised what was happening, I think I just went calm – because of all I’d learned in hypnobirthing about the process, and all the positive birth stories I’d read and watched. I remember whispering between ‘pushes’ ‘come on baby, we can do this’. And we did. Women’s bodies are just amazing.
What could have been a challenging experience was a really positive one for both of us thanks to the tools, knowledge and confidence that hypnobirthing equipped us with as a couple. We felt empowered and calm in the run up to and the birth and the birth itself and are loving being parents to our beautiful baby boy.
We felt very grateful and blessed. I could not have got through the first stage of labour without the hypnobirthing skills that Hannah had taught me.
I honestly feel like a warrior. I know I wouldn’t have been able to deal with any of these curveballs if it wasn’t for you and for the hypnobirthing knowledge you gave me.
The midwife commented on how it had been a long time since she had seen a couple work so well together and that is what Hypnobirthing taught us!
The birth was so positive. I managed to stay at home until I was 9cm. I was then in active labour for 3 hours and all I needed was the breathing techniques and 2 paracetamol at the start of labour.
I don’t remember pain; I just remember joy, pride, and amazement. I want other women to feel that way, too.
Hypnobirthing truly taught us the techniques to an amazing, calm pregnancy and birth, which enabled us to not panic and remain calm at home and resulted in the perfect birth for us
Hypnobirthing really helped us not only to cope and enjoy the birth of our daughter but enabled us to stay in control of the whole experience by being so well informed.
The hypnobirthing breathing worked a treat and I kept thinking “she’s getting closer to arriving!” It was so exciting!
The pool birth was calm with no gas and air or meds at all. Alex felt confident when to switch to down breathing.
It wasn’t my hypnobirthing water birth but I was calm and in control throughout and have a beautiful baby at the end of it!
Thank you so much for everything, Abby. I found strength I never knew I had and I am so proud of myself, my husband, and the birth I was able to have this time around.
Reggie was a great & healthy weight, 10lb 6oz! I didn’t tear, graze, have gas & air, paracetamol or need stitches
I felt so relaxed and didn’t feel any sensation at all. I didn’t even need any pain relief or gas an air!
So the moral of the story I guess is, hypnobirthing isn’t just for a ‘normal’ birth, it helped me enormously to deal with the changes and challenges we were confronted with… thank you hypnobirthing, and thank you Abby… we couldn’t have done it without you!!
Throughout the whole birth I just trusted in my body and baby to know what they were doing, and so I didn’t feel scared or any anxiety, I was just really excited to see my baby!
People still don’t believe me when I tell them it was a painless birth, my body did what it was made to do. Thank you Abby and thank you Hypnobirthing.
We would like to thank you so much for the valuable techniques you have taught us. I believe we would not have had the same experience if we had not attended your course. It made both me and Chris feel empowered that we could achieve the experience we so desperately wanted.
We definitely feel that Hypnobirthing massively contributed to us having the positive birth that we hoped for. The strategies played a key part in us remaining calm, relaxed, focused and most importantly in control.
If I can push a nearly 12 pounds out, you girls can do it too!
I can honestly say I wouldn’t change a thing, it was an incredible experience.
Thankfully due to my downward breathing I did not tear and I can truly say it was such a great experience! The surges were very powerful and they were uncomfortable but with the help of Lee guiding me through these they became manageable.
I feel so grateful for the hypnobirthing course, which meant that we had a good and memorable experience through the day in labour, and coped well when things didn’t go as we had hoped.
I can honestly say I had the most wonderful birth experience and there isn’t a single thing I’d change, It was such an enjoyable and relaxing experience all thanks to what you taught us I cannot tell you how gratefull we are for Hypnobirthing techniques it allowed me to have a natural, pain relief free water birth- eveything I had visualised and wanted from the moment I found out I was pregnant.
I have to say that the trainee midwife who tended to us during the birth congratulated us on how well we had done and what a calm and focused birth it had been, thanking us for allowing her to experience it with us!! This I feel is testament to how useful your sessions were to us and how well the techniques of hypnobirthing aided the birth of our son.
If it hadn’t been for hypnobirthing I would look back at my birth and think of it as all the things I didn’t want but instead I focus on all the positives things and the control we had over it. Thank you so much Abby!
After Libby was born the anaesthetist remarked on how calm I was throughout the whole process and if I was meditating as he’d never had anyone’s heart rate go down during surgery before. Which was all down to focusing on my breathing and the techniques you taught me.
I breathed through the theatre prep and I have no doubt that Hypnobirthing allowed me to take it in my stride. I always felt empowered even if I couldn’t follow the original idea of what a natural birth would have been like.
hypnobirthing did really help and having the tools to remain calm as much as possible and make decisions that felt right for us was empowering. James felt it especially helped him to know how to keep me calm and focused and how to ask the right questions and not just accept what we were being told.
I’m totally convinced that the combination of a homebirth and Abby’s course were what gave us the happy birth we had. Everyone remembers giving birth forever so I’m eternally grateful to Abby for our happy memory.
I got in the birth pool where I spent the next 7hrs on all fours. Calmly breathing through each surge, having Chris massage a tennis ball into my back and nodding in between. At one point I was so relaxed I let go of the side and went under water! I had my birth playlist playing, tealights lit, munching jelly babies and we were having a lovely chat with Julie.
I truly couldn’t have done this without my hypnobirthing practice. I was incredibly fearful of labour and all it entailed beforehand and yet the course with Abby guided me through the fact I had choices and some control to labour in a way I felt comfortable with.
This is definitely the most wonderful experience I could have had, in fact it is better than even I could have imagined.
I am so glad that we did the sessions with you as it totally made us feel empowered going into labour and allowed us to not at any point feel anxious about the birth.
Hypnobirthing really is a brilliant way to stay focused, calm and in control. I learned to just let go and trust my body, and in the end, it lead to a fabulous birth. Better than I could ever have hoped for!
I still can’t get over what a relaxed event it all was, we were all in bed eating ice creams from the ice cream van shortly after I gave birth!
Having those initial minutes of skin to skin with him was the moment I desperately wanted to have since it was taken away from me last time. It was a moment I’d rehearsed over & over in my mind and to finally get to enjoy it was truly wonderful
We got the lights turned down as much as possible and I was able to cope with the surges that came strong and steady and breathe through them all nicely.
The knowledge and skills Abby gave Patrick, enabling him to be a calm and supportive birth partner were invaluable- I couldn’t have done it without him. I would recommend Abby’s classes to anyone expecting a baby, it’s the best preparation we did for bringing our beautiful, calm, Hypnobaby, Max, into the world.
Hypnobirthing helped me refocus, let go of the things I couldn’t control and hold onto those I could, and it turned out to be a fabulous experience
George’s birth was clearly more challenging than we had anticipated, and I think it could have easily resulted in lots of intervention. However, because I was so well rested and in the right frame of mind, I truly believe this is what gave me the strength to be able to deliver naturally and give the birth the ‘welly’ it required.
Mark felt that having a clearly defined role helped him to help me to make informed decisions and not panic when unforeseen issues arose. Even the midwives commented on how calm we were and how “in the zone” I was throughout labour.
I really had an amazing experience and although things didn’t go to plan I feel so happy with the way it went. Not once did I feel anxious or any fear, the hospital completely accepted all our decisions and not once did I feel pushed into anything. I don’t think I’d have lasted as long at home without the hypnobirthing course. Both me and my partner Luke had prepared as much as we could for labour and we felt that we had a good understanding of our options.
Looking back on the birth, it may not have been the ‘ideal’ scenario, but we went in to the situation informed and in control, which counted for a lot, and faced the situation positively – and Hypnobirthing gave us the tools to do that.
Brilliant concise classes and techniques that helped me even though my birth didn’t go to my plan. I didn’t panic and felt in control the whole time and that was exactly why we went to your classes. We can’t rate you and hypnobirthing highly enough.
It was a perfect experience, regardless of a couple of bumps in the road. Words cannot thank you enough Abby!
I really think the Hypnobirthing was a major help for both of us. It certainly helped calm us and I’m sure it contributed to getting Seamus out easily and quickly. Oh and he was born in the caul too, it only broke as his head emerged.
We had THE most amazing labour & that is without a doubt down to you teaching us Hypnobirthing & its wonderful techniques.
Gav was amazing and our initial midwife had done Hypnobirthing and completely respected our plan and left us to it.
I needed no pain relief throughout the labour which is testament to how effective hypnobirthing was for us.
For me hypnobirthing has given me an amazing liberating experience, it just felt very natural. The most important thing hypnobirthing has given me is the recovery after birth or lack of it.
Thank you so much for all of your support and guidance, you have made the birth of our baby such a positive, empowering experience and we will always be very grateful to you.
The best part of Hypnobirthing for me was keeping control of my birth and getting the best out of every situation.
I am very very happy and amazed with whole experience and even though to some it might sound scary it wasn’t with right help and information and preparation even over 80 hours I coped and did it all
Despite the need for medical help, I’d had the birth I wanted. I had remained calm and did not scream or shout. We’d remained in control of the options and staff had respected our wishes at every step.
The techniques you taught me were amazing!! It was quite a quick birth.
It was such a different experience to my other two births!!
I’m happy to say, I dealt with it as best as I could with just my breathing techniques, visualisations, no pain relief whatsoever and not one tear thanks to you.
I just wanted to email you to let you know that I could not have done any of my birth the way I wanted without yourself or Hypnobirthing.
Although I ended up having a c section the techniques really kept me calm and positive throughout and really helped us make informed decisions.
I got to use my hypnobirthing techniques when I started going into labour as they were deciding when to do the surgery, also it made the c section itself such a calm and positive experience and I have you to thank for that.
Thank you for all your help in preparing us for the delivery of our baby and giving Thomas the tools to be an excellent birth partner!