Here a mum shares her experience of hypnobirthing......................
“I was searching for a positive birth. So many people tell you horrendous birth stories in our society it makes us think that giving birth will be the most painful experience we might ever go through. There is however a huge amount of inspiring support out there to assist you through it and help you to ward off other people’s negativity and to achieve an experience worth cherishing.
When my husband and I first heard of hypnobirthing we knew that the focus on birth being a natural, positive experience was right for us and so we booked onto a course with Louise without hesitation.
Louise’s classes are small, personal and well-coordinated so that each partnership in attendance is given the support and resources that are suited to them. Louise teaches a range of meditation, use of birth affirmations and relaxation techniques to give you a selection of tools to help you as and when needed; you are not expected to do all of the techniques all the time during labour but it is hoped that you may find one or two useful options to help you to maintain a positive frame of mind when it matters most. Louise has extensive knowledge and experience in this area and is able to back up her teaching with real-world examples and the physiological factors that are at work-my husband is a scientist and was particularly interested in how the techniques ‘really’ worked.
Louise talks about using personal cues to help you to reduce anxiety in the more difficult moments of labour, for example I found the scent of lavender and rose geranium essential oils to be really comforting. My other personal cue was the use of music, which really helped me during my labour. And finally, I really liked the birth affirmations that reinforced the concept that birth is a powerful, beautiful experience that all mothers have been through. With Louise’s help, my husband and I crafted a mini-script combining birth affirmations and relaxation techniques that helped us into the necessary state of tranquillity. As with all things, the more you put into something the more you will get out of it, my Husband and I really worked on the techniques so that when the big day arrived I felt well prepared for what was about to happen.
My labour brought a few complications and I was eventually induced in Wrexham Hospital. The whole experience had the potential to become really stressful as this was not what I had hoped for, however I was able to stay on top of the anxiety with the support of my family and by using the techniques that I had practiced. After about 8 hours in the labour suite (and 24 hours in total at the hospital) I gave birth to our beautiful baby boy at 7.30 in the morning. The final stages were intense, but I managed to have the drug-free, natural birth that I wanted just by using my breath, a TENS machine and a positive, optimistic outlook. When my baby was placed on my chest, it was the most wonderful experience of my life.”
Louise Jenkins of Bump.Birth.Baby runs Hypnobirthing classes at Baby Bird Cafe. You can contact her with your questions or to book on: 07798 843808