Primrose Ivy's Birth Story
My daughter Primrose Ivy was born on 24th January 2017 after just 5h 41min. Her birth was ever so different from the birth of my son William who was born with an emergency c-section after 12h in labour. With my first born, I experienced a very long, painful and traumatic labour. The pain was unbearable, as expected, and even after loads of pain relief (gas&air, 2x pethidine injections, and epidural) I was still in a lot of pain and ended up having a c-section. It was a traumatic experience and it took me a long time to recover (mentally more than physically).
I have never heard of HypnoBirthing before, but a good friend of mine introduced me to it and I was curious and wanted to give it a go. Before I learned about hypnobirthing, my view about birth was very different to what it is now. I was angry that women had to go through this ordeal of child birth in the 21st century. All the negative stories from friends and relatives plus my own experience proved to me that there is no other option but painful child birth.
OMG how wrong I was!! Hypnobirthing completely changed my view about child birth and gave me courage and confidence in my own capability and body. I was actually looking forward to the birth this time and I wanted to prove to myself that I could do this.
I started getting minor surges at 9pm which felt more like menstrual pain. At about 11pm I took a bath to try and relax as the surges were stronger and really painful. I doubted myself and I wasn't sure if I could go without pain relief. But I didn't concentrate on myself, I was worried as we didn't have anyone to look after my 2 year old son. But within half an hour we found a friend who took him in for the night and I started to relax. I was able to breath through every single surge and I just concentrated on breathing the oxygen through my body down to the baby and womb. I was comfortable and relaxed on the bed when my waters broke. We left for the hospital shortly after and arrived at about 0.30am. I agreed to be examined and was about 8cm dilated. I was thrilled that after just 3 1/2 h I was already that far along. I knew I could do this. I managed to go into the birthing pool but had to get out after a while as my temperature and blood pressure rose. No major issue I just had to cool down. I then stayed in bed as it was actually the most comfortable position for me, on my side with one leg raised. I just let my body do the work and breathed deeply in and out. All of a sudden I had the feeling to push and I couldn't resist this urge. I just let my body carry on. The mid wives did not interfere at all just worked with me until the head of the baby was born. My surge was over and the midwife told me to push to get the baby out but I didn't feel like pushing, my body didn't tell me to push. So I ignored her and kept on breathing. With the next surge I felt the urge to push again and my daughter popped out at 2:41am!! I can still remember that moment as if it was yesterday. I felt excited, proud, relieved and absolute total joy. I couldn't believe what I had achieved.
Hypnobirthing changed my life and I am ever so grateful that I was able to have this wonderful experience. If someone had told me 2 years ago after the birth of my son that it is possible to have a positive and amazing birth experience I would have declared them crazy. But now, after having such an amazing experience, I know it's achievable. It wasn't totally pain free but it was absolutely bearable and doable and nothing compared to my first birthing experience. I went from having all the pain relief that was on offer to having none at all!! I didn't even need any stitches.
I can't recommend hypnobirthing enough!! It is fantastic and great and even if you are a pessimist like I was, it will change your view about child birth forever! Thank you Sandra, you have been an amazing teacher!!!
Birth of Paula
My name is Xisca and I am currently the mother of two magnificent children: Julià (3 years) and Paula (1,5 month). I want to take advantage of the opportunity to thank Sandra for her professionalism and the great human quality, with which she treated me and my family.
We met in the last trimester of pregnancy and, although I would have liked to meet her before, it was enough time to learn and internalize the different techniques of HypnoBirthing. Sandra showed us how to turn our perception of childbirth into a wonderful experience. Our traumatic experience of the first birth left fear and mistrust behind. However, the different tools that Sandra taught us, allowed us to change those thoughts and let us looking forward to the birth of our second child in a much more constructive and positive way with calm and trust.
During the sessions, apart from working with relaxation and visualization techniques, she gives the couple a more active role in the whole process. We learned to bear responsibility which gave us more confidence in what you have to do at all times. Sandra always mentions the flexibility with which she recommends parents to enter into this experience and this helped us enormously in our case. Even if you have visualized your birth, you always have to remain open and flexible to any unforeseen events that may arise and being able not to see it as a failure as it happened in our first childbirth.
Without doubt, HypnoBirthing has helped us to live the birth of our second child from another perspective and much more positive and satisfactory.
Finally, I can only thank Sandra for all her interest and help in the days after the birth. It was a sign of her generosity and care, not only as a professional but as a person.