Georgie’s Positive Birth Story – Birthing in a lockdown

I went into hospital to be induced at 41+2 which was really daunting going on my own due to birth partners not being allowed. 

At the point of induction, my waters were accidentally broken which meant I was then admitted onto the antenatal ward, as my surges began to come and I was facing the unknown with the birth of my first baby, listening to my hypnobirthing tracks and focusing my mind really helped, including spraying my favourite calming perfume, to help me relax into it. 

Later that evening I was taken into the labour suite and told I was unable to give birth in the pool, so a change to my original plan, but with the lights dimmed and music playing I created a calming environment, made even better when my boyfriend was finally able to come in. I delivered Indie Sophia Eileen Newman 7 hours later with just gas and air, without medical intervention despite the Midwives and doctors saying I would need assisted delivery as we got to the later stages. 

In my birth plan, assisted delivery really worried me and something I really didn’t want, so I gave everything I’d got by taking myself out of that room, letting my partner speak to the medical team and taking myself to my calming place, repeating affirmations over and over again, and had a natural birth xx

Birthing in a pandemic – The Birth of Wren – A positive hypnobirthing story

There really has to be something said for hypnobirthing and then some more! When I found out I was pregnant I was massively excited but equally just as anxious and petrified. I knew I needed to find something to help me cope mentally and train my brain into a more positive state about birth and labour, as this was something I thought would genuinely be the end of me. Pretty dramatic, but true.

I found Laura’s hypnobirthing classes in Otley at 15 weeks pregnant and joined instantly, and WOW!

I gave birth exactly on my baby girls due date and through these weird and troubling times, I can easily say I had the best birth. All my plans for a home birth / pool birth were no longer an option to me towards the end which threw me a little emotionally, but with daily hypnobirthing practice throughout my pregnancy, I was able to labour in complete control…

Hypnobirthing really does provide women with extremely valuable tools not just for pregnancy but for everyday life and one thing I cannot stress enough is NEVER underestimate the power of breathing!!!!! With using the specific breathing techniques I was shown for different stages of my labour I was able to gain all the control, stay in the right frame of mind, stay focused and in the zone.

If anything, my breathing worked a little too well. So we’ll, that I had been dilated for longer than I thought because I had calmly breathed through my strongest contractions for a long time. In the end, no pain relief or medication was needed and the amazing midwives worked with me, my body and my choices to help deliver my baby safely.

If there’s one thing I can take away from hypnobirthing, it’s how much practicing a variety of simple techniques can give you the positive and controlled birth every woman deserves, wherever you end up giving birth. It also allows you and your partner to work

together affectively as a team. I can’t thank my partner, Joe enough for his encouragement, guidance and the ability to know what I needed when I needed it.

Overall, I cannot thank Laura enough for not only providing ongoing support during my pregnancy and afterwards, but also having the passion and knowledge in hypnobirthing to help encourage woman to take control and be the boss of there own births!!!!

Things may have panned out a little differently but using my hypnobirthing tools helped me to regain the control and positive outcome we all deserve!

Bonny x