Hi, I'm Kate an experienced hypnobirthing teacher and a hypnobirthing Mummy. I had my first baby, Jonah, in November 2012 and, using hypnobirthing techniques during my pregnancy and for the birth, I had a relaxed and beautiful experience. I felt so empowered afterwards and wanted to share what I'd learnt with other women - hypnobirthing is something that all women should have access to. I've now been teaching for over 5 years and worked with hundreds of couples.
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!
A positive birth is not about having a 'perfect birth', it is about being in control, making informed decisions and knowing the best ways to keep you calm, relaxed and comfortable so that you have the right birth for you.
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 the positive and relaxed birth experience that they deserve. I am a Royal College of Midwives accredited hypnobirthing instructor, having trained in Natal Hypnotherapy with Maggie Howell in 2013 and then furthering my training in 2015 to become a certified teacher of 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.
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