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Hi, I'm Kate and I had my first baby, Jonah, in November 2012. I used hypnobirthing techniques for the birth and was lucky to have a relaxed and beautiful experience as a result.
Like a lot of women, I was nervous about the birth, not knowing what to expect and scared that I wouldn't be able to cope with the pain. I first heard about hypnobirthing via a friend when I was seven months pregnant. It was completely new to me and sounded interesting so I researched as much as I could on the internet. I read story after story from women who had successfully used the techniques and had experienced calm, relaxed and even pain free births. It all sounded a little too good to be true but I decided that it was definitely worth a try. What could I lose?
I had a very strong idea of the birth that I wanted – as natural as possible in a birth pool. When the time came, my waters broke but I didn't go into labour. 48 hours later I still had no sign of contractions and I was advised that an induction was necessary due to risk of infection. The birth centre pool experience became a distant dream.
I was hooked up to a monitor and induced via a hormone drip – basically everything I hadn’t wanted. The doctor warned that I was likely to need an epidural but I was able to use the techniques that I had learnt to keep myself calm, relaxed and in control. Despite things not going quite according to plan, I went on to have a beautiful birth experience. My lovely midwife, Hannah, was supportive of hypnobirthing and all of the skills I had practised just kicked in. I was relaxed and focussed and went on to give birth in just over 3 hours using only a tens machine for relief. I felt completely calm and in control and the pain I felt was minimal. My partner says that I made more fuss when they put the drip into my hand than when I actually gave birth!
Choosing hypnobirthing was the best decision I could have made, for me and for my baby. My experience has changed my perspective on birth and inspired me to become a hypnobirthing teacher so that I can help other women have a positive and relaxed birth experience. I trained in Natal Hypnotherapy with Maggie Howell in March 2013 and, in order to provide the most relevant and up-to-date techniques, I've also recently trained with the Wise Hippo Birthing Programme. I'm passionate about helping other women have a positive birth and have been actively involved in my local Positive Birth Movement group since it started in 2014, being group facilitator since May 2015. I've also been a guest speaker at Kingston and St.George's University talking about hypnobirthing and positive birth.
I look forward to working with you and your babies.