Hypnobirthing Hero’s

I often have parents attend my classes , having their second or even third baby.

While you might think Hypnobirthing is only for first time parents , in fact repeat parents recognise how the lack of knowledge about birth and what to expect , often leaves them a bit shell shocked . Second time around they know what they didn’t know first time around .

Second time parents have often experienced the feeling that there should be more tools shared with them about how their body works , how their own hormones can help , what partners can do .

This couple attended my classes a couple of months ago and dedicated time to practising the tools .

 

Heres their positive birth story

Hi Kate,
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> I just wanted to update you on how things went with the birth of our son… Kai Elliott Cummings following attending your hypnobirthing classes in October.
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> On Monday the 1st of November, I woke up to a small show then had pre labour surges all day. They were about 5-10 minutes apart but I was able to walk and talk through them and they weren’t overly strong. They continued whether I was lying down, standing up or moving around so I knew they were different from Braxton Hicks. It felt like my uterus was trying to turn our baby into the correct position (as at my last midwife appointment, he was ROT) so I did lots of googling of different stretches on the Spinning Babies website and visualising him being in the best position for birth. We also organised for Scott’s mum to stay overnight to be with our son just in case we had to go to the hospital. Of course, once I got into bed at night, the surges slowed down and eventually stopped. The hypnosis tracks definitely helped me to get a few hours sleep which I was very grateful for. I found that I needed to do the ‘fear release’ track again as I was starting to worry and feel out of control- How many more days these pre labour surges were going to last? How was I was going to handle the pain when true labour started? How was our son was going to go while we were in hospital?
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> When I woke up in the morning, I felt much more at peace about everything. My son always goes to childcare on a Tuesday so Scott dropped him there as normal in the morning and Nanna went home. Within half an hour, it was like my body knew that I was finally able to focus on myself, so surges started again at about 9:30am. These felt very different to the day before so I messaged my midwife but she didn’t reply (I found out later that it was her day off). I thought that I would wait a bit longer before calling the on-call midwife at the hospital, in case it was just pre labour surges again, but by 11am I was pretty sure that they were the real thing. The midwife advised that she could come around and do a cervix check to see what was happening or we could just wait it out a bit longer at home. I was still feeling very calm and relaxed so opted to just stay there.
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> I felt the need to be alone for a bit so I went into our bedroom and shut all the blinds, used the TENS machine, did some hypnosis tracks, rolled some clary sage essential oil on my wrists and sat on the yoga ball. My husband came and sat with me after a couple of hours, timing the surges based on when I pressed the TENS boost button so he didn’t have to ask. They remained about 4-5 mins apart but were lengthening to be about 1:20-1:30 mins long and increasing in strength. By about 1:30pm, I was needing Scott to use counter pressure on my sacrum for each surge while I was leaning over the yoga ball to get some relief. They were very strong but I was still able to have a good rest between them so it was  manageable. Scott was starting to (silently) panic so rang the midwife again who happened to be at a home visit 5 mins away and said she would call in. She arrived, watched me for 2 surges and said that we could head in to hospital or stay at home if I felt ok. My husband very quickly answered that we would go in (it was almost school traffic time!) so we got in the car. The midwife assured Scott that she would be following very close behind us the whole way.
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> I had one very strong surge in the car that was really horrible as Scott wasn’t able to do counter pressure while he was driving. But then the surges seemed to stop and I was worried that they were going to send me home from the hospital because I wasn’t even in labour! Little did I know, as with the next surge I felt an overwhelming urge to change my breathing and could feel him moving down. When I told Scott, he apparently got a bit worried as we were still about 15 mins away from the hospital in pretty heavy traffic, but as I had my eyes shut, I was unaware of any of this! I think I had 2-3 more of these surges in the car before we arrived and parked in the 15 min drop off zone. A midwife was there to meet us and escorted me straight into the lift. I got up to the right floor, got out of the lift and almost made it to the door of the MGP department when I felt another surge coming. I felt something pop and my waters broke in the corridor! One minute earlier and we would’ve had a very big car clean up to do! The midwives had the bath waiting so I climbed straight in. The room was already dark and barely a word was spoken by anyone. Three pushes later (with the most amazing primal roars coming from somewhere I had no idea was inside me!) and he was here- six hours after my first surge and under 15 mins after we arrived at the hospital. Scott even had enough time to get back to his car before getting a fine!! For comparison, my first labour lasted 32 hrs and we were at the hospital for 12 hrs!!
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> I guess we both want to say a huge thank you for all that you taught us in our classes and for making our second labour experience so much more amazing than we could ever have hoped for. I was so calm that Kai could’ve very much been accidentally born at home! We certainly put in the work and practiced every day- whether it was listening to the hypnosis tracks, doing light touch massage, visualising the perfect outcome or just working on keeping a positive mindset- but it was all worth it. Even during labour, we both knew that my body was doing what it was meant to which enabled us to just roll with whatever happened. None of this would’ve been possible had we not attended the course!
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> I have recommended hypnobirthing to everyone who will listen, so expect plenty of my friends in years to come!

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> Thank you once again