I gave birth to our daughter Imogen on Saturday 15th June at 05:55. How is she six weeks old already!? She was 40 weeks plus 5 days!
On reflection I think everything went pretty much as I had hoped for as I had her at QA on the midwife lead unit in the birthing pool which was amazing!
I listened to the river dawn music a lot during early labour and we played it when I was in the birthing pool. James tried to do the light touch massage which I normally loved but I just couldn’t
have anyone touching me by that point! The music and breathing definitely helped to keep me calm and I could feel myself drifting off between the surges even quite near to the end. The midwives
commented on how calm and controlled I was throughout.
We are so glad we signed up for the hypnobirthing course with you, Wendy, as it really helped prepare us both for the whole experience, especially being first time parents. It definitely helped me
to stay calm throughout the labour and I think perhaps most importantly, it allowed me to look forward to giving birth! I didn’t feel scared or apprehensive, just intrigued and excited!
Laura and James Lintott
"Thank you Wendy for all your time spent with us and your wonderful words of
wisdom and tips and tricks it made what could have a scary experience so calm and positive!
I have been singing your praises to all, particularly to those of my friends who are expecting or trying to conceive!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
All my love
Maria and Jason
(Hypnobirthing taught me to)..."be calmly excited about the birth rather than fearful, and to trust that my body is able to birth my baby safely just as it did the first time. It also helps James feel he has a vital role and what he can do when I’m in the zone, what his responsibilities are. "
"Wendy's hypnobirthing course made me feel excited and welcome my labour when it arrived instead of feeling scared. My husband and I both found it extremely beneficial before and through labour and even though I had complications hypnobirthing helped me have a quick labour because I was relaxed. I will definitely do a refresher before giving birth again."
"K W was born after a 3 day labour and is welcomed to the world.
I couldn't have my water birth or monitor free experience I was hoping for in the Mulberry suite, but what I did have was some intervention due to meconium.
I had a pain relief free birthing experience (not even gas and air), which was a slog! But managed it so thank you for all your help.
I couldn't have done it without your classes."
"I can't recommend Wendy's hypnobirthing classes highly enough. It completely changed the way I saw my labour. I was calm and relaxed and positive and slept well throughout my pregnancy. And ended up having my perfect labour! It's not at all hippy-ish or just hypnosis as people imagine. Although the partners tend to be more skeptical, they are always converted because it helps them find their role in the labour and understand what is happening when and how to best support their partner. Give it a try, you won't regret it!"
"Overall we found the course really useful, and your teaching style and ability to come into our home and make us feel comfortable with something new and different, and quite personal, was
Bringing us a lemon cake on the second session after we had our hospital stay was a really lovely thought (and the cake was absolutely delicious!)
I felt there were lots of practical ideas throughout our discussions that helped with lots of different things, e.g. Birth plan, ideas for time in early labour (not that we needed those!), ideas for hospital bag, journey to hospital.
It obviously worked for us. The fact he arrived one day after his due date I feel was because I felt calm and ready for him, having listened to the scripts so frequently. We practised quite a lot and I am sure this helped.
I felt there were lots of ways for partners to get involved. A is quite quiet and you were able to bring him into discussions, it helped that he was up for taking on his role as birth partner, but again the practical, real solutions made it easy for him to think about his role, e.g. Practising massage techniques, the focus on language and use of words."
"Wendy, just wanted to say a huge thank you from Peet and myself for your help and support with the hypnobirthing....(more in the Birth
Story Section) I think it really made it such a positive experience, filled with calmness and control. And that's real evident in how serene and alert Margot is!" ...(Peet) "said he found
the hypnobirthing course made him feel like he could really practically help someone in labour - and he was an amazing support for me during the whole thing as a result."
Peet and Becci Denny
"Loved the hypnobirthing course with Wendy. It was terrific for relaxation and focussing my mind especially at stressful times...it helped me focus and get through the surges (contractions)"
A link to her hypnobirth photo gallery:
"We cant thank Erika enough for assisting us in having the positive birth that we were looking for. We were able to experience this together, Owen didn’t just feel like a spare part in the delivery room and I managed to have a natural birth with minimal tearing. We were the only couple in our NCT group that were lucky enough to experience such a positive birth and I really believe this is down to our hypnobirthing preparation. I cant recommend this highly enough, if for nothing else but to feel calmer leading up to the labour. Our son is a very happy and calm little boy and I think this could also be due to the fact that I was so calm in the months leading up to his birth.x"
SJ and O Thomas
"We would highly recommend the class, I have actually already suggested the course to a couple of friends. I really enjoyed the fact my husband was made to feel an important part of the whole labour process and what he could do during the labour to assist me. I found the class really helped us grow a bond together with the baby, which I had not experienced before this class.
Thank you Wendy for making the course relaxing and enjoyable. I think it is fantastic we are still able to contact you with any concerns up to birth, even though the course has now ended!"
Harj and Jas Randhawa
"We had a water birth with our first and we are now planning a second home birth with our second. I didn't get to do the a Hypnobirthing course the first time around but doing the course has armed me with even more techniques to use when birthing. We really enjoyed the relaxation exercises and it was nice to have a refresher about all the options available when giving birth. We really enjoyed the course and Wendy is very good at explaining the different options and at providing guidance and information."
Ally and Jonathan Mansell-Cook
"So sorry for not getting back to you sooner but everything started at the weekend and I gave birth to baby Isabel on Monday at 13:06. We managed to have a successful home birth using the pool
although she was much larger than expected so it was a very slow labour - mainly the pushing part ( 4 hours). The hypnobirthing really helped all the way through and I only needed a little gas and
air just before transition and despite her being 10lb 9oz I had no tearing. Overall a great experience...
Thank you again for all your help Wendy."
"...(hypnobirthing) has given us everything we need in preparation for our birth experience. I would highly recommend."
Jessica and John Irving
"I'm surprised how much calmer I feel about the birth after only 2 weeks of sessions... We are definitely going to make sure we practice as much as possible to ensure the birth is an enjoyable experience for both of us. Thank you for all your advice and information"
Alison and James Duffy
"Hypnobirthing was really valuable and I found the techniques that we learnt to be really helpful in labour. They helped me to achieve a positive mindset for birth, developed my self-belief and helped my husband feel more involved before the birth."