The Lancashire Hypnobirthing Co.
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Positive Birth Stories | Hypnobirth

We offer antenatal & Hypnobirthing classes to parents-to-be in the Preston and wider Lancashire area.

Our training has been accredited by the Royal College of Midwives and our courses have been designed and developed to support your entire pregnancy, birth and journey in to parenthood.

We offer private classes, group workshops and online coaching sessions as well as meet-ups, access to private communities through Facebook and a complete online birth resource to help you find accurate, safe and practical pregnancy and birth advice.

We are proud to offer a complete birth support package to all our clients, which includes extensive birth resources, books and an exclusive welcome gift of beatifully curated essentials for our Mama's-to-be.

 

BIRTH STORIES FROM our Mama's & PAPA'S

 

VBAC

HANNAH’S BIRTH STORY   I felt tightening’s around 5.30pm on the Sunday and after feeling the same a couple of days before I didn’t want to get my hopes up or get too excited!  I’d been quite emotional on the Saturday and saw my friend who’s also my midwife and she told me now was the time to relax and slow down and baby will come. I had a bath on Saturday and Sunday, a rarity for me! and felt myself relax. It must have worked, the tightening’s were only mild but were around every 15 minutes for a few hours then they subsided. We decided to get in bed at about 10ish. They started again and ramped up, at about 11pm, I knew this was definitely it! My friend Amy was fortunately on nights and working - perfect timing. My parents came to look after Evelyn around 11.30pm and we headed out for a walk around the block at midnight - we had a walk when I was in labour with Evelyn and felt it helped. The surges were pretty intense by now and we headed to the birth center at 1am. I took the stairs, as I hate lifts! By about 1.30 I was 8cm.  I kept moving and breathed through my surges for another hour whilst drinking loads of water, eating toast and having a cup of tea! I used the gas and air for a few more surges which really helped then I suddenly felt the need to push (I didn’t feel this with Evelyn)  I felt myself transition to the final stage and loved knowing exactly what my body was doing. Every breath I breathed the contraction away. I knew it was time to get in the water - I got in and within 4 surges, Annie was here, the first surge I felt her move right down, the second I knew she wasn’t ready, the 3rd was her head and with the 4th she was here. I felt my body push her down itself! (What a feeling!) Annie Rose weighed 6lb 14oz and was born at 2.51am. After having some skin to skin in the water I got out to deliver the placenta, she fed straight away, which was amazing.  I was given the injection after about 40 mins and after an hour the placenta still hadn’t come. I started to panic a little bit at this point, knowing I had 2 babies to care for. So I just said ring Preston please I’d rather just go. The transfer was fine, the staff were lovely. I just felt disappointed & cheated we weren’t staying at the birth center, like we did with Evelyn and staying in the lovely room and resting within the hour. At Preston it felt so clinical. I had a spinal and had the placenta manually removed. I cried so much and felt so sad this was the way things had gone but kept saying to myself, ‘I know it doesn’t matter as long as we’re both ok’ It was a long day at Preston but we finally left the hospital 12 hours after we arrived a family of 4.  I didn’t want to mention Preston at first but it’s my story and shouldn’t take away from such a lovely birth.  I think along with Hypnobirthing we were so lucky to have Amy as our midwife, she did all my appts for both Evelyn & Annie and delivered them both - in the same pool..how lucky are we!! So I think the continuity of care really helped too.

HANNAH’S BIRTH STORY

I felt tightening’s around 5.30pm on the Sunday and after feeling the same a couple of days before I didn’t want to get my hopes up or get too excited!

I’d been quite emotional on the Saturday and saw my friend who’s also my midwife and she told me now was the time to relax and slow down and baby will come. I had a bath on Saturday and Sunday, a rarity for me! and felt myself relax. It must have worked, the tightening’s were only mild but were around every 15 minutes for a few hours then they subsided. We decided to get in bed at about 10ish. They started again and ramped up, at about 11pm, I knew this was definitely it! My friend Amy was fortunately on nights and working - perfect timing. My parents came to look after Evelyn around 11.30pm and we headed out for a walk around the block at midnight - we had a walk when I was in labour with Evelyn and felt it helped. The surges were pretty intense by now and we headed to the birth center at 1am. I took the stairs, as I hate lifts! By about 1.30 I was 8cm.

I kept moving and breathed through my surges for another hour whilst drinking loads of water, eating toast and having a cup of tea! I used the gas and air for a few more surges which really helped then I suddenly felt the need to push (I didn’t feel this with Evelyn)

I felt myself transition to the final stage and loved knowing exactly what my body was doing. Every breath I breathed the contraction away. I knew it was time to get in the water - I got in and within 4 surges, Annie was here, the first surge I felt her move right down, the second I knew she wasn’t ready, the 3rd was her head and with the 4th she was here. I felt my body push her down itself! (What a feeling!) Annie Rose weighed 6lb 14oz and was born at 2.51am. After having some skin to skin in the water I got out to deliver the placenta, she fed straight away, which was amazing.

I was given the injection after about 40 mins and after an hour the placenta still hadn’t come. I started to panic a little bit at this point, knowing I had 2 babies to care for. So I just said ring Preston please I’d rather just go. The transfer was fine, the staff were lovely. I just felt disappointed & cheated we weren’t staying at the birth center, like we did with Evelyn and staying in the lovely room and resting within the hour. At Preston it felt so clinical. I had a spinal and had the placenta manually removed. I cried so much and felt so sad this was the way things had gone but kept saying to myself, ‘I know it doesn’t matter as long as we’re both ok’ It was a long day at Preston but we finally left the hospital 12 hours after we arrived a family of 4.

I didn’t want to mention Preston at first but it’s my story and shouldn’t take away from such a lovely birth.

I think along with Hypnobirthing we were so lucky to have Amy as our midwife, she did all my appts for both Evelyn & Annie and delivered them both - in the same pool..how lucky are we!! So I think the continuity of care really helped too.


BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT!   Look at this Mama’s face.    Catching up with Liz following the birth of her second baby girl has me bursting with happiness!  I loved working with Jon and Liz through 1:1 sessions to help them release fears and worries held from the birth of their first baby.  Watching Liz grow in confidence week on week was inspiring. They completely embraced the classes as a team and I am so so thrilled for them both that it had such an impact on their birth experience. .  I’m excited to share Liz’s birth story in the future but for now…  “...my birth plan completely changed but ended up remaining really positive. 6 months ago I was really scared of giving birth again, did Hypnobirthing and was considering a home birth but settled on a chorley birth Centre then ended up with a c section...but I was able to focus on the excitement of meeting baby which was great xxx’  It’s important to remember that our hypnobirth courses don’t just prepare you for home births, vaginal births and births without medication! .  Our Hypnobirth classes are REALISTIC.   Birth can unfold in many ways and so a whole session of our course is dedicated to the ‘what if’ scenarios. We prepare you for the possibility of inductions, caesareans and other possible changes to your ‘original plan’ - so that you don’t feel blind sided, or out of control and can continue to make informed decisions for birth at any stage in pregnancy, or labour.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT!

Look at this Mama’s face.

Catching up with Liz following the birth of her second baby girl has me bursting with happiness! I loved working with Jon and Liz through 1:1 sessions to help them release fears and worries held from the birth of their first baby.

Watching Liz grow in confidence week on week was inspiring. They completely embraced the classes as a team and I am so so thrilled for them both that it had such an impact on their birth experience. .

I’m excited to share Liz’s birth story in the future but for now…

“...my birth plan completely changed but ended up remaining really positive. 6 months ago I was really scared of giving birth again, did Hypnobirthing and was considering a home birth but settled on a chorley birth Centre then ended up with a c section...but I was able to focus on the excitement of meeting baby which was great xxx’

It’s important to remember that our hypnobirth courses don’t just prepare you for home births, vaginal births and births without medication! .

Our Hypnobirth classes are REALISTIC.

Birth can unfold in many ways and so a whole session of our course is dedicated to the ‘what if’ scenarios. We prepare you for the possibility of inductions, caesareans and other possible changes to your ‘original plan’ - so that you don’t feel blind sided, or out of control and can continue to make informed decisions for birth at any stage in pregnancy, or labour.

KIRSTEN’S BIRTH STORY: FIRST BABY HOME BIRTH   The thought of labour terrified me!! I’d heard every horror story going (all very true too). Since a traumatic life event a few years back, I’d been getting on top of anxiety & depression & was concerned that a traumatic birth could set me back.  I didn’t want to leave a gentle & clam birth to chance, so at 30 weeks I did a two day group KG Hypnobirthing course with Leanne. I can’t stress enough how much this then put me on the right track. Firstly with hours of further research: KG Hypnobirthing book, AIMS, WHO, Cochrane reviews, NICE guidelines, the positive birth book, Rebecca Dekker, the positive birth movement, a local home birth group, Janet Naylor & my fave of all Ina May Gaskin (I just adore her ❤). Now all of that may sound OTT but I’m a Solicitor (so love a bit of research 🤓) plus birthing proved to be a fascinating (not terrifying) subject. The more I knew the better I felt so for me over preparing was key to feeling empowered & knowing my rights. Secondly, it set my heart on trying for a home birth.  The preparation & Hypnobirthing proved handy when midwives kept referring to my “huge” baby along with comments about how I’d get him out & assuming I would just be accepting a sweep at 40 weeks. No thank you!! ✋🏼  Every single day without fail, I listened to relaxations with lavender aromatherapy as an anchor (total bliss!), watched/read positive birth stories and did perineal massage.  On days when I had a wobble or was approached with negative birth stories, my amazing husband, Matt, got me back on track, he never once doubted me & Hypnobirthing also helped him understand his huge role in labour too. Leanne was also incredible at supporting and reassuring me, such amazing advice to keep me feeling empowered.  So here’s my birth story...When I woke that morning I knew that today was the day I’d go into labour, I don’t know why but I just did & it was.  Later that day, I started to feel really intense pressure in my groin but I thought maybe I was imagining it because of my earlier thoughts.  Unsure if I was in labour, I called the midwife who wasn’t concerned & said I’d know if I was. My husband was in a meeting so I didn’t want to unnecessarily get him to come home. Was I even in labour? I bounced on my ball, listened to relaxations, sniffed clary sage, did calming breathing exercises & tried my best to time the difference between the pressure & intense pressure (actually very difficult as it all kinda felt the same...was it even a contraction?) 🤷🏻‍♀  An hour later I still wasn’t sure...where was the pain? I started to panic that I didn’t know what it was & wanted my hubby with me! By the time Matt arrived home (a 10 min trip 😂) things really ramped up...each time the pressure came I couldn’t be on the ball anymore, I HAD to be on the floor. I used a tens machine, lit some incense sticks & candles to help calm me. Matt called the midwife again who kept asking if I could still talk (I could talk fine). Matt stressed that I’d done Hypnobirthing (we’d been told if you’re too calm it can be mistaken for you not being far along by Leanne). They agreed to send someone to check.  Matt started setting up the birth pool in the living room, closed the blinds, lit candles, put fairy lights everywhere & put lavender aromatherapy oil in the diffuser. Then Matt cuddled & kissed me & we looked through our wedding pictures in between timing contractions.  Matt had my birth plan & I’d given him permission to speak on my behalf to keep me in the right frame of mind, so when the midwife arrived he told her what I did & didn’t want so I wasn’t disturbed.  I didn’t want to have any cervical examinations but out of politeness to the midwife I agreed to one (in case she could just go home). She didn’t seem convinced I was in established labour especially with it being my first pregnancy & I was still able to talk. The examination (which was very unpleasant & hurt!) revealed that I was in established labour (4cm), so our midwife stayed but went to sit in the kitchen to give us the privacy needed to get things going.  I started vomiting, so the midwife put some of my peppermint oil in a bowl of hot water (an amazing instant nausea cure).  Matt read out the “releasing” visualisation from the KG Hypnobirth book & I got in the pool - which was nothing short of AMAZING!! OMG!! So soothing & calming. So it’s strange that at this point, I started to bottle it...telling Matt I just wanted a C-section & couldn’t do it. Why? I don’t know as I wasn’t in pain just scared of the unknown. Matt was my absolute rock & got me back on track to feeling empowered then did another fear releasing visualisation.  Nature & your body just takes over in a natural birth, I kept feeling the urge to do kind of lunges in the pool which eased the pressure in my groin & I floated around the pool chilling & listening to my relaxations.  Matt fed me Ben & Jerry’s ice cream (yum!) & I drank electrolytes to keep my energy up. In the last bit of dilating I started using some gas & air which also really helped.  I then transitioned which last about 45 mins. I had a laugh & joke with the midwife & Matt. I realised it was dark outside & to my amazement it had gone from 2pm to 2am in what felt like only a few hours. Nothing was happening so I took the time to enjoy the stillness.  Now this is where things got really weird!!! There had been times when I’d been practicing my relaxations beforehand that I’d fall asleep & when I woke I would have a tingling sensation all over my body...endorphins working their magic & the most incredible light feeling. The same thing happened for me in labour. The relaxations worked so well that I didn’t feel like I was even in the room. In the visualisation it describes going to a special place only you know about & when you arrive your baby is there waiting to meet you. You cuddle & bond with your baby & when it’s time to go home you take your baby with you. The next thing I knew I was back in my living room & there was no mistaking that my baby had started to descend down the birth canal, it was probably the most surreal & emotional experience I’ve ever had.  I announced to the room that he was coming!!! Then my body & nature just took over, the urge to push started gradually & before I knew it I was experiencing the most intense, animalistic sensations I’ve ever felt. The sounds I made, I had no idea where they came from or what I was even doing. It was a cross between a roar and a cow mooing 😂 anyway that all seemed to get the midwife on the phone to the second midwife (for the baby) to come out ASAP. She arrived not long after.  My body knew what to do, it was doing it for me & somehow knew what position to be in & where to move next. Poor Matt was doing laps of the pool with the gas & air canister 😂  The midwife had been suggesting that my waters had burst & I hadn’t noticed but I confidently knew they hadn’t. At this point I felt them burst. Me & Matt kissed to keep everything relaxed & especially my jaw (an Ina May tip). The baby’s head came out & Matt saw him turn ready to arrive. On the next contraction, I felt the baby fly out! There was SO much built up pressure behind him pushing him out. I told everyone he was out 😂 & Matt scoped him out of the water & placed him on my chest. Our baby looked up at me in a way I will never forget. We all had a beautiful golden hour with skin to skin. Matt cut the cord, once it had stopped pulsating. There we were a new mummy & daddy to our precious Joshua James Reay...all 8lb 9oz of him.❤👶🏻 I was over the moon that all my hard work had paid off & his Apgar score was 9,9,10!🌟  I put a lot of effort into the prep, more than needed, but honestly if I can do it anyone can. I was lucky to have such an amazing birth partner Matt with me throughout, he was just incredible & so tuned into what I needed. Labour for us was a real joint effort. I’m so glad we achieved what we set out to do by creating a calm, loving & spiritual energy to welcome our baby boy into world.

KIRSTEN’S BIRTH STORY: FIRST BABY HOME BIRTH

The thought of labour terrified me!! I’d heard every horror story going (all very true too). Since a traumatic life event a few years back, I’d been getting on top of anxiety & depression & was concerned that a traumatic birth could set me back.

I didn’t want to leave a gentle & clam birth to chance, so at 30 weeks I did a two day group KG Hypnobirthing course with Leanne. I can’t stress enough how much this then put me on the right track. Firstly with hours of further research: KG Hypnobirthing book, AIMS, WHO, Cochrane reviews, NICE guidelines, the positive birth book, Rebecca Dekker, the positive birth movement, a local home birth group, Janet Naylor & my fave of all Ina May Gaskin (I just adore her ❤). Now all of that may sound OTT but I’m a Solicitor (so love a bit of research 🤓) plus birthing proved to be a fascinating (not terrifying) subject. The more I knew the better I felt so for me over preparing was key to feeling empowered & knowing my rights. Secondly, it set my heart on trying for a home birth.

The preparation & Hypnobirthing proved handy when midwives kept referring to my “huge” baby along with comments about how I’d get him out & assuming I would just be accepting a sweep at 40 weeks. No thank you!! ✋🏼

Every single day without fail, I listened to relaxations with lavender aromatherapy as an anchor (total bliss!), watched/read positive birth stories and did perineal massage.

On days when I had a wobble or was approached with negative birth stories, my amazing husband, Matt, got me back on track, he never once doubted me & Hypnobirthing also helped him understand his huge role in labour too. Leanne was also incredible at supporting and reassuring me, such amazing advice to keep me feeling empowered.

So here’s my birth story...When I woke that morning I knew that today was the day I’d go into labour, I don’t know why but I just did & it was.

Later that day, I started to feel really intense pressure in my groin but I thought maybe I was imagining it because of my earlier thoughts.

Unsure if I was in labour, I called the midwife who wasn’t concerned & said I’d know if I was. My husband was in a meeting so I didn’t want to unnecessarily get him to come home. Was I even in labour? I bounced on my ball, listened to relaxations, sniffed clary sage, did calming breathing exercises & tried my best to time the difference between the pressure & intense pressure (actually very difficult as it all kinda felt the same...was it even a contraction?) 🤷🏻‍♀

An hour later I still wasn’t sure...where was the pain? I started to panic that I didn’t know what it was & wanted my hubby with me! By the time Matt arrived home (a 10 min trip 😂) things really ramped up...each time the pressure came I couldn’t be on the ball anymore, I HAD to be on the floor. I used a tens machine, lit some incense sticks & candles to help calm me. Matt called the midwife again who kept asking if I could still talk (I could talk fine). Matt stressed that I’d done Hypnobirthing (we’d been told if you’re too calm it can be mistaken for you not being far along by Leanne). They agreed to send someone to check.

Matt started setting up the birth pool in the living room, closed the blinds, lit candles, put fairy lights everywhere & put lavender aromatherapy oil in the diffuser. Then Matt cuddled & kissed me & we looked through our wedding pictures in between timing contractions.

Matt had my birth plan & I’d given him permission to speak on my behalf to keep me in the right frame of mind, so when the midwife arrived he told her what I did & didn’t want so I wasn’t disturbed.

I didn’t want to have any cervical examinations but out of politeness to the midwife I agreed to one (in case she could just go home). She didn’t seem convinced I was in established labour especially with it being my first pregnancy & I was still able to talk. The examination (which was very unpleasant & hurt!) revealed that I was in established labour (4cm), so our midwife stayed but went to sit in the kitchen to give us the privacy needed to get things going.

I started vomiting, so the midwife put some of my peppermint oil in a bowl of hot water (an amazing instant nausea cure).

Matt read out the “releasing” visualisation from the KG Hypnobirth book & I got in the pool - which was nothing short of AMAZING!! OMG!! So soothing & calming. So it’s strange that at this point, I started to bottle it...telling Matt I just wanted a C-section & couldn’t do it. Why? I don’t know as I wasn’t in pain just scared of the unknown. Matt was my absolute rock & got me back on track to feeling empowered then did another fear releasing visualisation.

Nature & your body just takes over in a natural birth, I kept feeling the urge to do kind of lunges in the pool which eased the pressure in my groin & I floated around the pool chilling & listening to my relaxations.

Matt fed me Ben & Jerry’s ice cream (yum!) & I drank electrolytes to keep my energy up. In the last bit of dilating I started using some gas & air which also really helped.

I then transitioned which last about 45 mins. I had a laugh & joke with the midwife & Matt. I realised it was dark outside & to my amazement it had gone from 2pm to 2am in what felt like only a few hours. Nothing was happening so I took the time to enjoy the stillness.

Now this is where things got really weird!!! There had been times when I’d been practicing my relaxations beforehand that I’d fall asleep & when I woke I would have a tingling sensation all over my body...endorphins working their magic & the most incredible light feeling. The same thing happened for me in labour. The relaxations worked so well that I didn’t feel like I was even in the room. In the visualisation it describes going to a special place only you know about & when you arrive your baby is there waiting to meet you. You cuddle & bond with your baby & when it’s time to go home you take your baby with you. The next thing I knew I was back in my living room & there was no mistaking that my baby had started to descend down the birth canal, it was probably the most surreal & emotional experience I’ve ever had.

I announced to the room that he was coming!!! Then my body & nature just took over, the urge to push started gradually & before I knew it I was experiencing the most intense, animalistic sensations I’ve ever felt. The sounds I made, I had no idea where they came from or what I was even doing. It was a cross between a roar and a cow mooing 😂 anyway that all seemed to get the midwife on the phone to the second midwife (for the baby) to come out ASAP. She arrived not long after.

My body knew what to do, it was doing it for me & somehow knew what position to be in & where to move next. Poor Matt was doing laps of the pool with the gas & air canister 😂

The midwife had been suggesting that my waters had burst & I hadn’t noticed but I confidently knew they hadn’t. At this point I felt them burst. Me & Matt kissed to keep everything relaxed & especially my jaw (an Ina May tip). The baby’s head came out & Matt saw him turn ready to arrive. On the next contraction, I felt the baby fly out! There was SO much built up pressure behind him pushing him out. I told everyone he was out 😂 & Matt scoped him out of the water & placed him on my chest. Our baby looked up at me in a way I will never forget. We all had a beautiful golden hour with skin to skin. Matt cut the cord, once it had stopped pulsating. There we were a new mummy & daddy to our precious Joshua James Reay...all 8lb 9oz of him.❤👶🏻 I was over the moon that all my hard work had paid off & his Apgar score was 9,9,10!🌟

I put a lot of effort into the prep, more than needed, but honestly if I can do it anyone can. I was lucky to have such an amazing birth partner Matt with me throughout, he was just incredible & so tuned into what I needed. Labour for us was a real joint effort. I’m so glad we achieved what we set out to do by creating a calm, loving & spiritual energy to welcome our baby boy into world.


DANIELLE'S BIRTH STORY.   I started getting some twinges at Pregnancy Yoga Thursday evening and told Paul I thought that it was possibly starting when I got home. I had been for a walk that day for longer than normal and think this played a part in moving things forward. We had some tea and I bounced on my birth ball whilst we watched one of our favourite shows First Dates. Paul lit lots of candles and turned the lights down making things as relaxed and peaceful as possible. I could feel things were progressing and I started to feel a bit panicky knowing this was it. Having nipped to the loo I had noticed some bleeding which made me worry but speaking with the hospital was reassured this may be part of a normal show.  I had been getting progressively anxious in the days leading up to this but we had used what we learnt with you doing our relaxations each evening and using the affirmations as well as spending our evenings trying to rise my oxytocin levels, lighting candles and watching comedies and feel good movies. I honestly feel this made a huge difference in my pregnancy as it gave me something to focus on to help with any worries.  As things got further a long I decided to have a warm shower which really helped then moved into the bedroom and continued using the birth ball and listening to relaxing music with Paul. I noticed in the shower I was having further bleeding so called the hospital again and they advised to monitor it for an hour.  At around midnight we made our way to the hospital as the surges felt quite intense now. I listened to my music in my headphones all the way there whilst smelling some lavender on a tissue. When we arrived I was assessed and was 5cm dilated but the decision was made to break my waters due to the bleeding I was experiencing. I was also told I would need to be monitored to listen to the baby’s heartbeat so would not be going to the birthing centre like we had wanted. The Dr and Midwife talked us through things and we felt informed and that we were making the right decision in doing so.  I used gas and air and then asked for some pain relief as I was tiring and felt very low on energy.  At around 9am the next morning the later stage of labour began but things then seemed to slow down and after 2 hours of not much progression I was put on a drip to move things along then the decision was made to take me to theatre for an episiotomy and forcep delivery with an emergency c section on standby.  Imogen Ada Smith was born at 12.30pm on Friday 24th August 2018 weighing a healthy 8lb 6oz. We had skin to skin in theatre straight away.  It wasn’t the birth I had hoped for in any way but we are so glad she is here safe and sound. Our relaxations certainly helped us whilst we were at home and also in asking the questions we needed to to feel informed when we needed to make decisions about how to move forward.  I had felt really anxious from the start of my pregnancy following a previous miscarriage and I found what I learnt through yourself really helped with my concerns and for me to feel more prepared.  I especially wanted to thank you for your support before I went on holiday. Being away from home at that stage in my pregnancy felt very scary but your advice and the relaxations and affirmations I downloaded beforehand really helped. I still listen to them now with Immy when we are getting ready for bed or having some quiet time and I regularly still practice my breathing when I’m feeling like I need to relax. What we learnt on the hypnobirthing course has proven to be invaluable. Thanks so much!  Danielle xx

DANIELLE'S BIRTH STORY.

I started getting some twinges at Pregnancy Yoga Thursday evening and told Paul I thought that it was possibly starting when I got home. I had been for a walk that day for longer than normal and think this played a part in moving things forward. We had some tea and I bounced on my birth ball whilst we watched one of our favourite shows First Dates. Paul lit lots of candles and turned the lights down making things as relaxed and peaceful as possible. I could feel things were progressing and I started to feel a bit panicky knowing this was it. Having nipped to the loo I had noticed some bleeding which made me worry but speaking with the hospital was reassured this may be part of a normal show.

I had been getting progressively anxious in the days leading up to this but we had used what we learnt with you doing our relaxations each evening and using the affirmations as well as spending our evenings trying to rise my oxytocin levels, lighting candles and watching comedies and feel good movies. I honestly feel this made a huge difference in my pregnancy as it gave me something to focus on to help with any worries.

As things got further a long I decided to have a warm shower which really helped then moved into the bedroom and continued using the birth ball and listening to relaxing music with Paul. I noticed in the shower I was having further bleeding so called the hospital again and they advised to monitor it for an hour.

At around midnight we made our way to the hospital as the surges felt quite intense now. I listened to my music in my headphones all the way there whilst smelling some lavender on a tissue. When we arrived I was assessed and was 5cm dilated but the decision was made to break my waters due to the bleeding I was experiencing. I was also told I would need to be monitored to listen to the baby’s heartbeat so would not be going to the birthing centre like we had wanted. The Dr and Midwife talked us through things and we felt informed and that we were making the right decision in doing so.

I used gas and air and then asked for some pain relief as I was tiring and felt very low on energy.

At around 9am the next morning the later stage of labour began but things then seemed to slow down and after 2 hours of not much progression I was put on a drip to move things along then the decision was made to take me to theatre for an episiotomy and forcep delivery with an emergency c section on standby.

Imogen Ada Smith was born at 12.30pm on Friday 24th August 2018 weighing a healthy 8lb 6oz. We had skin to skin in theatre straight away.

It wasn’t the birth I had hoped for in any way but we are so glad she is here safe and sound. Our relaxations certainly helped us whilst we were at home and also in asking the questions we needed to to feel informed when we needed to make decisions about how to move forward.

I had felt really anxious from the start of my pregnancy following a previous miscarriage and I found what I learnt through yourself really helped with my concerns and for me to feel more prepared.

I especially wanted to thank you for your support before I went on holiday. Being away from home at that stage in my pregnancy felt very scary but your advice and the relaxations and affirmations I downloaded beforehand really helped. I still listen to them now with Immy when we are getting ready for bed or having some quiet time and I regularly still practice my breathing when I’m feeling like I need to relax. What we learnt on the hypnobirthing course has proven to be invaluable. Thanks so much!

Danielle xx


KIRSTEN’S BIRTH STORY: TOLD BY DAD   ( From Dad!) …. She absolutely smashed it! Kirsten gave birth to all 8lb 9 of Joshua, at home, in a pool, in the living room, during the early hours of the morning. It was an amazing, beautiful, calm and intimate birth. Just us and a midwife keeping an eye on things / checking heart rates etc. Kirsten was calm and relaxed throughout, she completely blew my mind, we had a beautiful birth and a tiny little bundle of joy at the end of it. I had an amazing view of him turning on his way out, he looked up at me from under the water before I caught him and brought him up to see mum for the first time. Kirsten was nothing short of incredible, I'll never be able to repay her for what she's done and Joshua is absolutely perfect. Indescribable experience and I'm so proud of them both. Selfie taken a few hours after birth when we retired for the night (at 7am!). Thank you Leanne and everyone else for helping us have the perfect hypnobirth, even more amazing given it was her first time!

KIRSTEN’S BIRTH STORY: TOLD BY DAD

(From Dad!) ….She absolutely smashed it! Kirsten gave birth to all 8lb 9 of Joshua, at home, in a pool, in the living room, during the early hours of the morning. It was an amazing, beautiful, calm and intimate birth. Just us and a midwife keeping an eye on things / checking heart rates etc. Kirsten was calm and relaxed throughout, she completely blew my mind, we had a beautiful birth and a tiny little bundle of joy at the end of it. I had an amazing view of him turning on his way out, he looked up at me from under the water before I caught him and brought him up to see mum for the first time. Kirsten was nothing short of incredible, I'll never be able to repay her for what she's done and Joshua is absolutely perfect. Indescribable experience and I'm so proud of them both. Selfie taken a few hours after birth when we retired for the night (at 7am!). Thank you Leanne and everyone else for helping us have the perfect hypnobirth, even more amazing given it was her first time!

Preston | Wigan |  Lancashire | Hypnobirth

Hypnobirth wasn't just about relaxation and birth, it covered so much more than that. I feel really prepared now. for the whole ride!

Emma.


CLARE'S BIRTH STORY: A VERY FAST BIRTH!   So my waters broke at 11:30pm and we went to Chorley birth centre to be checked. I started having surges whilst I was there but I was so calm they sent me back home, even though they were about 30 seconds and 2 mins apart. I think the midwife thought I’d be ages.  Had a couple more surges in the car on the way home and then when we got back to the house they became much more intense.  I had a bit of a wobble (lost my shit a bit) because I was thinking if this is early labour I’m not sure if I’ll be able to cope with established labour. Little did I know!  We had been home from hospital about 45 mins to an hour and I was on all fours on my birthing ball with the candles on and the relaxation track and I felt like I needed to push. I told craig he was going to have to ring the hospital back and they told us to come in (I’m pretty sure they thought they were going to be sending me back home!!)  I had some intense surges in the car and one outside the hospital and I was pretty much pushing at this point and there was a moment where I thought he was coming on the car park!  I got into the birth centre (with the help of my amazing husband who was incredible keeping me calm), and into the assessment room.  I didn’t want to be assessed so they listened to the baby’s heart beat which was difficult because I was having such regular surges. The midwife told the student midwife to go and run the pool and then I had a surge and made an animal like noise haha! She said nope don’t bother this baby is coming now!  About 10-15 minutes later (after a mixture of breathing and pushing the baby out) Arthur David was born! The midwife said I was amazing and couldn’t believe how quickly he came!  It was a little bit of a shock whilst we both got our heads around him being here in a grand total of 2 1/2 hours from waters breaking to being in my arms! I didn’t need any stitches either, all hail perineal massage!!  We had delayed cord clamping and then over an hour skin to skin where he had a feed and latched on really easily.  It definitely wasn’t the calm, relaxing water birth we planned haha but it was incredible! I know it would not have been the same without hypnobirthing!

CLARE'S BIRTH STORY: A VERY FAST BIRTH!

So my waters broke at 11:30pm and we went to Chorley birth centre to be checked. I started having surges whilst I was there but I was so calm they sent me back home, even though they were about 30 seconds and 2 mins apart. I think the midwife thought I’d be ages.

Had a couple more surges in the car on the way home and then when we got back to the house they became much more intense.

I had a bit of a wobble (lost my shit a bit) because I was thinking if this is early labour I’m not sure if I’ll be able to cope with established labour. Little did I know!

We had been home from hospital about 45 mins to an hour and I was on all fours on my birthing ball with the candles on and the relaxation track and I felt like I needed to push. I told craig he was going to have to ring the hospital back and they told us to come in (I’m pretty sure they thought they were going to be sending me back home!!)

I had some intense surges in the car and one outside the hospital and I was pretty much pushing at this point and there was a moment where I thought he was coming on the car park!

I got into the birth centre (with the help of my amazing husband who was incredible keeping me calm), and into the assessment room.

I didn’t want to be assessed so they listened to the baby’s heart beat which was difficult because I was having such regular surges. The midwife told the student midwife to go and run the pool and then I had a surge and made an animal like noise haha! She said nope don’t bother this baby is coming now!

About 10-15 minutes later (after a mixture of breathing and pushing the baby out) Arthur David was born! The midwife said I was amazing and couldn’t believe how quickly he came!

It was a little bit of a shock whilst we both got our heads around him being here in a grand total of 2 1/2 hours from waters breaking to being in my arms! I didn’t need any stitches either, all hail perineal massage!!

We had delayed cord clamping and then over an hour skin to skin where he had a feed and latched on really easily.

It definitely wasn’t the calm, relaxing water birth we planned haha but it was incredible! I know it would not have been the same without hypnobirthing!


STEPH’S BIRTH STORY: LEARNING THE ART OF RELAXATION TO IMPACT PREGNANCY & BIRTH   We found out about The Lancashire Hypnobirthing Co through a recommendation of a friend, it turned out to be the best decision we made to give Leanne a call.  One of the main reasons for us getting in touch was my partner’s anxiety around what would be her second birth. The first birth didn’t go to plan (not that we had a plan) and resulted in an induction and eventually forceps intervention due a combination of reduced movements and high blood pressure. The result of this slightly traumatic experience is that my partner was very worried about the second time round and this heightened the risk of her symptoms last time appearing again.  I was slightly reserved about the whole “hypnobirthing” topic as I believe most people are at first, as it sounds a bit hippy. But after a the first session with Leanne, it became clear its message is quite simple, empowering you through being able to make your own informed decisions on whatever birth plan you feel is right for you”. You could really see the difference in my partner quite quickly, she was able to control her anxiety and controlled her blood pressure throughout the whole of second pregnancy and she began to talk more confidently about birth and to look forward to it again.  With Leanne, we mapped out our birth plan and planned for several different outcomes, whilst also learning lots about pregnancy, babies’ ongoing development, and relaxation tips for coping with various scenarios.  At 25 Weeks of pregnancy my partner got diagnosed with gestational diabetes, although she was on the lower risk end of the spectrum this was a chance for her to again become quite anxious, but after discussing it with Leanne she again remained calm and managed the situation admirably.  As we got closer to the birth there was a lot of talk about a possible induction as my partner was classed as high risk due to the gestational diabetes, however at 39 weeks the doctor said my partner was able to have the water birth she was hoping for and was able to wait until 12 days after the due date to induce (if we got there) as my partner was controlling the Diabetes through diet and was controlling her blood pressure through relaxation techniques that Leanne had taught her.  Throughout the labour (which was very quick!) from first pains at 4am to our beautiful baby boy Georges arrival at 5:50am) My partner used the information from LHB to control her breathing and remain calm, right up to birth and was able to do the skin on skin bonding for over an hour and waited until the cord went white (another thing we had hoped to do this time) I was able to cut the cord (well 3/4s of it, it was tough work for a left hander to cut!!)  (My partner) remained calm and focussed throughout and delivered naturally as she had hoped and planned with very little gas and air, she didn’t have the water birth as planned but that was simply because the pool was not ready for her to get in as we were only in hospital 30 minutes… She was amazing.  I genuinely can’t endorse the course enough, if you’re anything like me and my partner there are so many questions that arise through that 9 months that go beyond what most midwifes and healthcare professionals provide and it doesn’t stop there, Leanne has been there for support after birth too.

STEPH’S BIRTH STORY: LEARNING THE ART OF RELAXATION TO IMPACT PREGNANCY & BIRTH

We found out about The Lancashire Hypnobirthing Co through a recommendation of a friend, it turned out to be the best decision we made to give Leanne a call.

One of the main reasons for us getting in touch was my partner’s anxiety around what would be her second birth. The first birth didn’t go to plan (not that we had a plan) and resulted in an induction and eventually forceps intervention due a combination of reduced movements and high blood pressure. The result of this slightly traumatic experience is that my partner was very worried about the second time round and this heightened the risk of her symptoms last time appearing again.

I was slightly reserved about the whole “hypnobirthing” topic as I believe most people are at first, as it sounds a bit hippy. But after a the first session with Leanne, it became clear its message is quite simple, empowering you through being able to make your own informed decisions on whatever birth plan you feel is right for you”. You could really see the difference in my partner quite quickly, she was able to control her anxiety and controlled her blood pressure throughout the whole of second pregnancy and she began to talk more confidently about birth and to look forward to it again.

With Leanne, we mapped out our birth plan and planned for several different outcomes, whilst also learning lots about pregnancy, babies’ ongoing development, and relaxation tips for coping with various scenarios.

At 25 Weeks of pregnancy my partner got diagnosed with gestational diabetes, although she was on the lower risk end of the spectrum this was a chance for her to again become quite anxious, but after discussing it with Leanne she again remained calm and managed the situation admirably.

As we got closer to the birth there was a lot of talk about a possible induction as my partner was classed as high risk due to the gestational diabetes, however at 39 weeks the doctor said my partner was able to have the water birth she was hoping for and was able to wait until 12 days after the due date to induce (if we got there) as my partner was controlling the Diabetes through diet and was controlling her blood pressure through relaxation techniques that Leanne had taught her.

Throughout the labour (which was very quick!) from first pains at 4am to our beautiful baby boy Georges arrival at 5:50am) My partner used the information from LHB to control her breathing and remain calm, right up to birth and was able to do the skin on skin bonding for over an hour and waited until the cord went white (another thing we had hoped to do this time) I was able to cut the cord (well 3/4s of it, it was tough work for a left hander to cut!!)

(My partner) remained calm and focussed throughout and delivered naturally as she had hoped and planned with very little gas and air, she didn’t have the water birth as planned but that was simply because the pool was not ready for her to get in as we were only in hospital 30 minutes… She was amazing.

I genuinely can’t endorse the course enough, if you’re anything like me and my partner there are so many questions that arise through that 9 months that go beyond what most midwifes and healthcare professionals provide and it doesn’t stop there, Leanne has been there for support after birth too.


SANDRA’S BIRTH STORY: CHANGING YOUR CARE AND TAKING CONTROL.   Choosing to do the KG hypnobirthing course was one of the best decisions I made during my pregnancy. Leanne was amazing, she is so knowledgable and made me think about what choices I had during my pregnancy, labour and beyond! She made me feel confident that the decisions I made where right for me and my family!  My liittle boy was born 8/04/18 weighing 10lb 11oz and I laboured mainly at home with a little gas and air and delivered in hospital with a little assistance from midwives. My labour from the first twinge to holding him in my arms lasted just over 12 hrs! The tools that Leanne taught me were brilliant, they helped me stay calm and focused and this has definitely rubbed off onto my baby! He is the most chilled out, contented boy!  I would highly recommended choosing the hypnobirthing course, especially with Leanne as she is so passionate about what she does, knowledgable and gorgeous! Thanks again Leanne xx"

SANDRA’S BIRTH STORY: CHANGING YOUR CARE AND TAKING CONTROL.

Choosing to do the KG hypnobirthing course was one of the best decisions I made during my pregnancy. Leanne was amazing, she is so knowledgable and made me think about what choices I had during my pregnancy, labour and beyond! She made me feel confident that the decisions I made where right for me and my family!

My liittle boy was born 8/04/18 weighing 10lb 11oz and I laboured mainly at home with a little gas and air and delivered in hospital with a little assistance from midwives. My labour from the first twinge to holding him in my arms lasted just over 12 hrs! The tools that Leanne taught me were brilliant, they helped me stay calm and focused and this has definitely rubbed off onto my baby! He is the most chilled out, contented boy!

I would highly recommended choosing the hypnobirthing course, especially with Leanne as she is so passionate about what she does, knowledgable and gorgeous! Thanks again Leanne xx"


JO’S BIRTH STORY: FIRST BABY HOME BIRTH!   Around five years ago I was someone with a very real fear of child birth, namely because of the medicalisation of it and the negativity surrounding it. Since learning the philosophy behind hypnobirthing, the physiology behind how women’s bodies are designed to work naturally in labour and reading many evidence-based articles on medical and natural childbirth, I completely overcame those fears and decided a home birth was going to be the right decision for me. That said hypnobirthing is all about gaining knowledge, making informed choices, female empowerment, considering all your options in advance of your labour and ultimately birthing wherever you will feel the happiest and most relaxed. I wanted to share the birth story of our son in November 2014 and do my bit for the positive birth movement!  I didn’t realise I was in labour with Aaron until I must have been at a fairly advanced stage. I was 39+1, had been feeling tightenings in my uterus most of the day and had assumed they were just Braxton Hicks. We’d been out walking in the afternoon and in the evening, I’d made myself and my husband Chris a roast chicken dinner. I think it was around 7pm. I couldn’t sit comfortably on the sofa but wasn’t in any pain so decided to just go and relax and lie down upstairs. We had hired a birth pool, but confident this couldn’t be the real thing, I told Chris I was getting in the bath. My tightenings became stronger over the next hour or so and I began timing them. I was convinced I was doing it wrong because they were coming very close together. I was using the hypnobirthing breathing techniques I had been practising and although the sensations were strong there was no pain. I realised it was the real deal when I felt my waters break and told Chris to get the pool set up and call the midwife. As it turned out he had already made a phone call to tell them the baby was coming and when he phoned back to say my waters had gone my midwife set off.  I was still in the bath when she arrived, and I was delighted that it was the same midwife I’d had the most contact with during pregnancy. She was very pro home birth and fully supported my no unnecessary intervention approach. I declined an examination to see how dilated I was because I didn’t want any distractions slowing the birth process and pulling me out of relaxation and focus. When the birth pool was set up I went downstairs and got in. My contractions gradually grew stronger and I knew intuitively that it wouldn’t be long. I was in some discomfort at this stage but it was always manageable. It was never scary and the only way I can describe it was that it was like an energy rather than an injury pain. I felt a shift in my body and knew that my baby’s head must have engaged and I just carried on breathing, waiting for the final stage of birthing him to begin.  I experienced my body’s natural expulsive reflex take over and strong urges came in waves, which I went with and my baby moved down over a period of probably around 45 mins to 1 hour. This was the most intense part of my labour but again manageable. I didn’t get to a point where I felt a need for any pain relief. If I had of, I would have requested it. I had done perineal massage almost daily for several weeks leading up to the labour and I am convinced that this practise, along with choosing a water birth, played a huge part in me not tearing or sustaining any injury other than a few minor grazes during the final stage, crowning and birth. Aaron was born in the water at 11:40pm weighing 7lb 2oz.  I am currently pregnant with our second baby, a girl, who will be born this Autumn. I am also planning to birth her in water at home. Huge congratulations to all you expectant mums (and dads!) and I wish you all well.

JO’S BIRTH STORY: FIRST BABY HOME BIRTH!

Around five years ago I was someone with a very real fear of child birth, namely because of the medicalisation of it and the negativity surrounding it. Since learning the philosophy behind hypnobirthing, the physiology behind how women’s bodies are designed to work naturally in labour and reading many evidence-based articles on medical and natural childbirth, I completely overcame those fears and decided a home birth was going to be the right decision for me. That said hypnobirthing is all about gaining knowledge, making informed choices, female empowerment, considering all your options in advance of your labour and ultimately birthing wherever you will feel the happiest and most relaxed. I wanted to share the birth story of our son in November 2014 and do my bit for the positive birth movement!

I didn’t realise I was in labour with Aaron until I must have been at a fairly advanced stage. I was 39+1, had been feeling tightenings in my uterus most of the day and had assumed they were just Braxton Hicks. We’d been out walking in the afternoon and in the evening, I’d made myself and my husband Chris a roast chicken dinner. I think it was around 7pm. I couldn’t sit comfortably on the sofa but wasn’t in any pain so decided to just go and relax and lie down upstairs. We had hired a birth pool, but confident this couldn’t be the real thing, I told Chris I was getting in the bath. My tightenings became stronger over the next hour or so and I began timing them. I was convinced I was doing it wrong because they were coming very close together. I was using the hypnobirthing breathing techniques I had been practising and although the sensations were strong there was no pain. I realised it was the real deal when I felt my waters break and told Chris to get the pool set up and call the midwife. As it turned out he had already made a phone call to tell them the baby was coming and when he phoned back to say my waters had gone my midwife set off.

I was still in the bath when she arrived, and I was delighted that it was the same midwife I’d had the most contact with during pregnancy. She was very pro home birth and fully supported my no unnecessary intervention approach. I declined an examination to see how dilated I was because I didn’t want any distractions slowing the birth process and pulling me out of relaxation and focus. When the birth pool was set up I went downstairs and got in. My contractions gradually grew stronger and I knew intuitively that it wouldn’t be long. I was in some discomfort at this stage but it was always manageable. It was never scary and the only way I can describe it was that it was like an energy rather than an injury pain. I felt a shift in my body and knew that my baby’s head must have engaged and I just carried on breathing, waiting for the final stage of birthing him to begin.

I experienced my body’s natural expulsive reflex take over and strong urges came in waves, which I went with and my baby moved down over a period of probably around 45 mins to 1 hour. This was the most intense part of my labour but again manageable. I didn’t get to a point where I felt a need for any pain relief. If I had of, I would have requested it. I had done perineal massage almost daily for several weeks leading up to the labour and I am convinced that this practise, along with choosing a water birth, played a huge part in me not tearing or sustaining any injury other than a few minor grazes during the final stage, crowning and birth. Aaron was born in the water at 11:40pm weighing 7lb 2oz.

I am currently pregnant with our second baby, a girl, who will be born this Autumn. I am also planning to birth her in water at home. Huge congratulations to all you expectant mums (and dads!) and I wish you all well.


Click the image to read my birth story with Evelyn.

Click the image to read my birth story with Evelyn.


BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT! (Birth story to follow…)   I was honoured to support Carrie and Mark through their birth journey.    After discussing all of the options, they decided that a positive birth for them would be a planned caesarean.  It’s so important to remember that everyones birth is different and being able to look at your needs, rather than what other people are doing, is the key to making it positive. Do you.  Listen to your instincts.  Remember you have choices.    There is so much support and preparation available for planned caesarean births that forms part of our course.  I often say, hypnobirth is more relevant for caesarean birth and induction.  Carrie said…  “Single happiest moment of my life.  So so much love to Leanne @Thelancashirehypnobirthingco for helping us get the special birth we wanted.  What a journey we had…”

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT! (Birth story to follow…)

I was honoured to support Carrie and Mark through their birth journey.

After discussing all of the options, they decided that a positive birth for them would be a planned caesarean. It’s so important to remember that everyones birth is different and being able to look at your needs, rather than what other people are doing, is the key to making it positive. Do you. Listen to your instincts. Remember you have choices.

There is so much support and preparation available for planned caesarean births that forms part of our course. I often say, hypnobirth is more relevant for caesarean birth and induction.

Carrie said…

“Single happiest moment of my life. So so much love to Leanne @Thelancashirehypnobirthingco for helping us get the special birth we wanted. What a journey we had…”


JO’S BIRTH STORY: SECOND HOME BIRTH   After taking a hypnobirthing course and having a brilliant labour and birth with my son in 2014 I wanted to do a re-cap when expecting my daughter this year. This was mainly because I knew it was the positive mindset I had achieved after the first course that equipped me so well for my first home birth and I wanted to get back in that headspace. Since the birth of my son I maintained an interest in positive birth and read plenty of evidence-based articles covering different aspects of labour and birth. Katherine Graves Hypnobirthing supports these which should encourage anyone having a baby to trust it will work for them too.  What I wasn’t expecting was the level of care, professionalism and knowledge we encountered from Leanne. After my first course I felt confident in my ability to birth at home but this time around I knew what my rights and options were if I needed to transfer to hospital. I highly recommend her to every parent to be.  My birth story…I woke up in the early hours of 16th October feeling my stomach ache. I thought it could be the start of things but wasn’t sure. The only thing that made me wake my husband Chris was the fact that I had thought something similar the first time round with my son and assumed the sensations were warm ups and not the ‘real deal’ then too. They also felt different this time. The first time they were all felt at the front and were strong tightening’s but this time it seemed like I could feel my cervix opening. Chris suggested going back to sleep for a bit but I had become convinced this must be it or I wouldn’t have woken up, I also wanted to get in water which made me think I was probably quite advanced already. I also instinctively felt it was going to be a fast labour.  So up we got, me in the bath and him setting up the birth pool downstairs. He phoned the birth centre and said I was in labour. When they knew it was my second home hypno birth and after asking him a few questions and they said they’d send someone straight away. I got in the pool as soon as possible because I find it hugely relaxing and get in the zone really easily in there. When the midwifes arrived together they spoke to Chris and read my birth plan. They came into the kitchen to see me and at my request were happy to wait in the front room while I laboured. I was concerned at around 6am because my son was still asleep upstairs at this point and I had visions of him coming downstairs in an hour or so to find me literally giving birth so Chris decided to wake him up and take him to my mums. He thought he was going on an adventure and was delighted!  Although I had listened to the hypnobirthing relaxations a little bit in pregnancy I used different meditations while in the pool that I listen to regularly. I knew they would lend themselves well to labour and as I was used to them I knew they would aid relaxation. It was a very fast and pretty intense labour but I felt happy, calm and confident throughout. As with my sons labour I felt the first stage pass followed by a period of nothing whilst transition occurred. My waters were still intact at this stage and I rested waiting for the urge to push to start. I don’t know how long it took for that to happen, maybe only a few minutes. Next I felt her head engage and the urge to push started. My waters broke as I was pushing her down to crowning and after a number of more intense pushes she came to meet us. Julia was born in water at 7;14am after only a 2hr active labour.  Having a baby is obviously an emotional experience but as well as being overjoyed to birth her in the way I most wanted I found it was also the most incredibly empowering, spiritual time. I fell in love with her immediately and felt so connected to her.  We had an amazing golden hour where we could easily establish breast feeding and relax and cuddle her. The midwifes were outstanding. They fully supported our wishes and totally understood what we did and didn’t want and need from them.

JO’S BIRTH STORY: SECOND HOME BIRTH

After taking a hypnobirthing course and having a brilliant labour and birth with my son in 2014 I wanted to do a re-cap when expecting my daughter this year. This was mainly because I knew it was the positive mindset I had achieved after the first course that equipped me so well for my first home birth and I wanted to get back in that headspace. Since the birth of my son I maintained an interest in positive birth and read plenty of evidence-based articles covering different aspects of labour and birth. Katherine Graves Hypnobirthing supports these which should encourage anyone having a baby to trust it will work for them too.

What I wasn’t expecting was the level of care, professionalism and knowledge we encountered from Leanne. After my first course I felt confident in my ability to birth at home but this time around I knew what my rights and options were if I needed to transfer to hospital. I highly recommend her to every parent to be.

My birth story…I woke up in the early hours of 16th October feeling my stomach ache. I thought it could be the start of things but wasn’t sure. The only thing that made me wake my husband Chris was the fact that I had thought something similar the first time round with my son and assumed the sensations were warm ups and not the ‘real deal’ then too. They also felt different this time. The first time they were all felt at the front and were strong tightening’s but this time it seemed like I could feel my cervix opening. Chris suggested going back to sleep for a bit but I had become convinced this must be it or I wouldn’t have woken up, I also wanted to get in water which made me think I was probably quite advanced already. I also instinctively felt it was going to be a fast labour.

So up we got, me in the bath and him setting up the birth pool downstairs. He phoned the birth centre and said I was in labour. When they knew it was my second home hypno birth and after asking him a few questions and they said they’d send someone straight away. I got in the pool as soon as possible because I find it hugely relaxing and get in the zone really easily in there. When the midwifes arrived together they spoke to Chris and read my birth plan. They came into the kitchen to see me and at my request were happy to wait in the front room while I laboured. I was concerned at around 6am because my son was still asleep upstairs at this point and I had visions of him coming downstairs in an hour or so to find me literally giving birth so Chris decided to wake him up and take him to my mums. He thought he was going on an adventure and was delighted!

Although I had listened to the hypnobirthing relaxations a little bit in pregnancy I used different meditations while in the pool that I listen to regularly. I knew they would lend themselves well to labour and as I was used to them I knew they would aid relaxation. It was a very fast and pretty intense labour but I felt happy, calm and confident throughout. As with my sons labour I felt the first stage pass followed by a period of nothing whilst transition occurred. My waters were still intact at this stage and I rested waiting for the urge to push to start. I don’t know how long it took for that to happen, maybe only a few minutes. Next I felt her head engage and the urge to push started. My waters broke as I was pushing her down to crowning and after a number of more intense pushes she came to meet us. Julia was born in water at 7;14am after only a 2hr active labour.

Having a baby is obviously an emotional experience but as well as being overjoyed to birth her in the way I most wanted I found it was also the most incredibly empowering, spiritual time. I fell in love with her immediately and felt so connected to her.

We had an amazing golden hour where we could easily establish breast feeding and relax and cuddle her. The midwifes were outstanding. They fully supported our wishes and totally understood what we did and didn’t want and need from them.


IONA’S BIRTH STORY: VBAC   Hi guys, hope all parents and babies are doing well! Thought I’d share my story here...  My waters broke at 7:30pm on Fri 12th Oct, I was 41+5. Laboured through the night calmly and happily and then went into hospital at 7:30am with hub and met my doula there.  Refused all interventions and checks aside from the telemetry constant monitoring. Surges became much stronger and I played the downloads, used the aromatherapy blends I’d made which I found extremely helpful, and got in the tub. Spread out the affirmations on the throw we’d brought and sat on the peanut ball, I also had some different gemstones which I’d pick up and hold at different times - very hippie territory I know!  Doula and husband helped loads and were beside me at every surge in one form or another - I found the back massage with aromatherapy blend soo comforting.  I’d avoided watching the clock at all but when I noticed the doula lighting the electric candles again I knew it must be evening. I managed to doze off between surges.  Then a consultant came in and said that baby’s heart rate had some decelerations during the last few surges that didn’t recover when the surges ended. She was worried about the placenta potentially coming away as blood loss seemed more than what it should be and advised a C section.  I was disappointed but worried for baby... the anaesthetist turned up and both he and the doctor commented on how calm the room and how little noise I made.  Everything stayed calm in theatre and there was enough time to follow the protocols for a gentle Caesarean, and my daughter was born 24 hours after my waters broke.  Hypnobirthing made it such a calm and empowering experience, even though I didn’t get my VBAC in the end. Thanks so much Leanne!

IONA’S BIRTH STORY: VBAC

Hi guys, hope all parents and babies are doing well! Thought I’d share my story here...

My waters broke at 7:30pm on Fri 12th Oct, I was 41+5. Laboured through the night calmly and happily and then went into hospital at 7:30am with hub and met my doula there.

Refused all interventions and checks aside from the telemetry constant monitoring. Surges became much stronger and I played the downloads, used the aromatherapy blends I’d made which I found extremely helpful, and got in the tub. Spread out the affirmations on the throw we’d brought and sat on the peanut ball, I also had some different gemstones which I’d pick up and hold at different times - very hippie territory I know!

Doula and husband helped loads and were beside me at every surge in one form or another - I found the back massage with aromatherapy blend soo comforting.

I’d avoided watching the clock at all but when I noticed the doula lighting the electric candles again I knew it must be evening. I managed to doze off between surges.

Then a consultant came in and said that baby’s heart rate had some decelerations during the last few surges that didn’t recover when the surges ended. She was worried about the placenta potentially coming away as blood loss seemed more than what it should be and advised a C section.

I was disappointed but worried for baby... the anaesthetist turned up and both he and the doctor commented on how calm the room and how little noise I made.

Everything stayed calm in theatre and there was enough time to follow the protocols for a gentle Caesarean, and my daughter was born 24 hours after my waters broke.

Hypnobirthing made it such a calm and empowering experience, even though I didn’t get my VBAC in the end. Thanks so much Leanne!


Preston | Wigan |  Lancashire | Hypnobirth

i wish i had discovered hypnobirth with my first baby...it's helped in ways i would never have expected!

Ella's Mama.

AMY’S BIRTH STORY: BIRTH AFTER LOSS   A birth story after loss.  (Please be aware that this may be a trigger for some people)  I wanted to share the hypnobirthing story of my second baby as it was one of the most profound and empowering experiences of my life.  I had a difficult pregnancy with Orson for several reasons, severe hyperemesis and weight loss physically, but emotionally it was extremely hard as we had lost our first son Orpheus 6 months prior, stillborn at 34 weeks. I first discovered there was a problem at my routine midwife appointment when she couldn’t find his heartbeat and after a dash up to the hospital an ultrasound scan confirmed he had died.  I was admitted to hospital 2 days later to be induced into labour. I had a quick and uncomplicated delivery and thanks to the marvellous midwives of the Sharoe Green unit it was also a very beautiful experience. I had a candlelit room with my favourite music playing. We stayed another day to have cuddles and photos with our perfect little boy, but the real challenge began when we went home without our son.  Despite the unbearable grief, I had the overwhelming desire to get pregnant again, and luckily we conceived 6 months later. This is when the stress and anxiety began, I couldn’t believe that I could ever carry and birth a living child. I felt like I was just waiting for the day this baby would die as well. Fortunately, the support of my husband and family kept me going, but others seemed to assume that everything was all ok for me now I was pregnant again, and I worried Orpheus was being slowly forgotten.  By the time I (finally) reached the third trimester my consultant was ultrasound scanning me every few weeks and gave me the option to be induced when I reached 37 weeks if I was feeling too anxious.  I was extremely torn with this decision as part of me felt like every day that passed was a step closer to my baby dying, but the other part of me wanted to trust my body and aim for a natural labour. This is when I decided to attend a hypnobirthing class. It helped me view my options more clearly and gave me the relaxing and affirming tools to get me through those difficult last few weeks.  When I reached 37 weeks my instincts told me I needed to get this baby out soon and the concerns I had about induction, such as increased pain, longer labours and increased rate of instrumental delivery suddenly seemed so insignificant at that point, I just wanted my baby out alive and well.  I was admitted at exactly 38 weeks and had my first pessary of prostin at 12 noon. Before the midwife even left the room I started to feel the surges and also the excitement began. I spent the next 6 hours walking around the hospital and bouncing on a birthing ball to my ‘happy playlist’. I used lavender and clary sage aromatherapy, and became so relaxed that I fell asleep around 5pm and the midwife had to wake me for an examination at 6pm. I was having 4 surges every 10 minutes and was 2-3cm dilated so I was transferred to the delivery suite and had my waters broken at 8pm.  The next 6 hours were wonderful, spent listening to music, drinking tea and relaxing with my husband in candlelight. He massaged my back and feet and I felt so blissful with all the oxytocin flowing. I had minimal intervention from the midwife who snuck in and out to listen to baby’s heartbeat, but otherwise left us to it. I was examined at midnight and was 4-5 cm but still very comfortable using upbreathing techniques.  At around 2 am the surges quickly became much longer and I noticed I was taking 12 and then 14 and then 16 deep breaths per contraction. I remember getting an intense urge to get onto all fours so I jumped (ok not exactly jumped…. clambered maybe) up onto the bed and used gas and air to help me focus on breathing. I remember just before I got the urge to push, the contractions became very intense and there were a few moments during transition where I lost my calm state and was asking (ok, maybe begging) for an epidural and wanting to give up. My husband stayed so calm and continually brought me back into relaxation by getting me to focus on breathing.  As soon as I felt the urge to push I felt a sense of relief as I knew my baby was coming soon. Using down-breathing techniques I felt so clearly my boy’s head moving down and after only 4 contractions he was out. Hearing him cry was the most amazing moment of my life, I don’t know who was crying more; Orson, me or my husband!  I’m so glad I used hypnobirthing during this pregnancy and labour. I think without it, my anxious, frightened mind would have taken over and I don’t think I would have had such a wonderful birth.  Thank-you Leanne for all your help and support x  If you have been affected by baby loss or would like to know how to support someone who is going through loss please visit www.tommys.org

AMY’S BIRTH STORY: BIRTH AFTER LOSS

A birth story after loss.

(Please be aware that this may be a trigger for some people)

I wanted to share the hypnobirthing story of my second baby as it was one of the most profound and empowering experiences of my life.

I had a difficult pregnancy with Orson for several reasons, severe hyperemesis and weight loss physically, but emotionally it was extremely hard as we had lost our first son Orpheus 6 months prior, stillborn at 34 weeks. I first discovered there was a problem at my routine midwife appointment when she couldn’t find his heartbeat and after a dash up to the hospital an ultrasound scan confirmed he had died.

I was admitted to hospital 2 days later to be induced into labour. I had a quick and uncomplicated delivery and thanks to the marvellous midwives of the Sharoe Green unit it was also a very beautiful experience. I had a candlelit room with my favourite music playing. We stayed another day to have cuddles and photos with our perfect little boy, but the real challenge began when we went home without our son.

Despite the unbearable grief, I had the overwhelming desire to get pregnant again, and luckily we conceived 6 months later. This is when the stress and anxiety began, I couldn’t believe that I could ever carry and birth a living child. I felt like I was just waiting for the day this baby would die as well. Fortunately, the support of my husband and family kept me going, but others seemed to assume that everything was all ok for me now I was pregnant again, and I worried Orpheus was being slowly forgotten.

By the time I (finally) reached the third trimester my consultant was ultrasound scanning me every few weeks and gave me the option to be induced when I reached 37 weeks if I was feeling too anxious.

I was extremely torn with this decision as part of me felt like every day that passed was a step closer to my baby dying, but the other part of me wanted to trust my body and aim for a natural labour. This is when I decided to attend a hypnobirthing class. It helped me view my options more clearly and gave me the relaxing and affirming tools to get me through those difficult last few weeks.

When I reached 37 weeks my instincts told me I needed to get this baby out soon and the concerns I had about induction, such as increased pain, longer labours and increased rate of instrumental delivery suddenly seemed so insignificant at that point, I just wanted my baby out alive and well.

I was admitted at exactly 38 weeks and had my first pessary of prostin at 12 noon. Before the midwife even left the room I started to feel the surges and also the excitement began. I spent the next 6 hours walking around the hospital and bouncing on a birthing ball to my ‘happy playlist’. I used lavender and clary sage aromatherapy, and became so relaxed that I fell asleep around 5pm and the midwife had to wake me for an examination at 6pm. I was having 4 surges every 10 minutes and was 2-3cm dilated so I was transferred to the delivery suite and had my waters broken at 8pm.

The next 6 hours were wonderful, spent listening to music, drinking tea and relaxing with my husband in candlelight. He massaged my back and feet and I felt so blissful with all the oxytocin flowing. I had minimal intervention from the midwife who snuck in and out to listen to baby’s heartbeat, but otherwise left us to it. I was examined at midnight and was 4-5 cm but still very comfortable using upbreathing techniques.

At around 2 am the surges quickly became much longer and I noticed I was taking 12 and then 14 and then 16 deep breaths per contraction. I remember getting an intense urge to get onto all fours so I jumped (ok not exactly jumped…. clambered maybe) up onto the bed and used gas and air to help me focus on breathing. I remember just before I got the urge to push, the contractions became very intense and there were a few moments during transition where I lost my calm state and was asking (ok, maybe begging) for an epidural and wanting to give up. My husband stayed so calm and continually brought me back into relaxation by getting me to focus on breathing.

As soon as I felt the urge to push I felt a sense of relief as I knew my baby was coming soon. Using down-breathing techniques I felt so clearly my boy’s head moving down and after only 4 contractions he was out. Hearing him cry was the most amazing moment of my life, I don’t know who was crying more; Orson, me or my husband!

I’m so glad I used hypnobirthing during this pregnancy and labour. I think without it, my anxious, frightened mind would have taken over and I don’t think I would have had such a wonderful birth.

Thank-you Leanne for all your help and support x

If you have been affected by baby loss or would like to know how to support someone who is going through loss please visit www.tommys.org


EMMA’S BIRTH STORY: ANXIETY & INDUCTION   To fully explain my birth story and how hypnobirthing has worked for me I need to start with what happened last year. In April 2017 I found out I was pregnant for the first time. It was a very happy surprise and we were thrilled. Sadly at the end of June that pregnancy ended with a silent miscarriage. As well as struggling to cope with the grief it also sparked off my anxiety - something I had worked hard to get under control and had been managing successfully for a long while. Luckily I was able to receive counselling and had excellent support from family and friends. Amazingly at the end of October we found out that we were pregnant again. This time as well as being overjoyed it was sadly tainted with an overwhelming feeling of dread and worry that it would happen again. I’m not ashamed to admit that I did not enjoy being pregnant. For me the anxiety was at times crippling and debilitating. Unfortunately we experienced a few episodes of bleeding on and off up until around the 20 week mark. This resulted in time off work and more time for my mind to wander and worry. As the pregnancy progressed there were times I was able to relax more but as we got further along my anxiety about birth increased. I had heard about hypnobirthing from a friend and found Leanne on Instagram - I was intrigued so tentatively sent an email enquiring. From the start Leanne was amazing - so supportive and knowledgeable and able to answer all my questions. My partner is wonderfully supportive. However he is also a very logical and skeptical person and was unsure if hypnobirthing would be worth it. After reading through the emails exchanged he also felt it would be of great benefit to me and worth it if it eased my anxiety.  We chose to have the private sessions at home as we felt it would suit us more to be on our home environment. Leanne tailored the sessions to us as a couple and we felt so at ease. We felt so informed about birth and the different options available to us. Together with Leanne we put together a flexible birth proposal - my main wishes were to labour at home for as long as possible, use the pool and most importantly the golden hour after birth. This was not meant to be for us as at 40 weeks plus 2 days Ruby reduced her movements and together with the doctors we made the decision to go in for an induction. Being induced had been one of my biggest fears as I had only heard negative things/ horror stories about it . I emailed Leanne and she got back to me straight away with some amazing advice. The night before we set up our birthing environment - my favourite candles, low lighting and music. We had our favourite tea, watched a funny film and I had a long soak in the bath. We listened to the relaxations before bed and thanks to the hypnobirthing I felt fully in control and prepared for what was to come. The induction process was long and began early Sunday morning. Throughout the early stages (2x pessaries with 6 hour waits after each) I was able to use my hypnobirthing techniques to keep calm and relaxed. At 6am  on Monday morning after having my waters broken I went into labour. Sadly I was unable to use the pool due to being dehydrated and on a fluid drip and eventually needing the induction drip to help the labour progress further. All of the staff at Preston in the delivery suite respected my hypnobirthing wishes and made the environment as calm as possible with sensory low lighting, my music and aromatherapy oils for my partner to rub into my back. After being in labour for several hours and struggling to continue to use my breathing techniques due to vomiting I made the decision it was time for an epidural. I had understood that this could be a possible outcome of having an artificial induction, whilst it is not what we had wished for I am very glad I was able to have it. I was then able to remain in a meditated relaxed state until 10pm and it was time to begin pushing. This part was truly magical - I was able to feel enough pressure to know when to push and at 10.26pm our little girl was born. I felt empowered and ready to meet our baby. The golden hour we wished for was perfect and I can’t thank the midwives enough for ensuring this part of our “plan”  was as we wished it to be. The birth we had could not have been further away from the one I envisioned- however hypnobirthing still worked for us, just not in the ways we expected .

EMMA’S BIRTH STORY: ANXIETY & INDUCTION

To fully explain my birth story and how hypnobirthing has worked for me I need to start with what happened last year. In April 2017 I found out I was pregnant for the first time. It was a very happy surprise and we were thrilled. Sadly at the end of June that pregnancy ended with a silent miscarriage. As well as struggling to cope with the grief it also sparked off my anxiety - something I had worked hard to get under control and had been managing successfully for a long while. Luckily I was able to receive counselling and had excellent support from family and friends. Amazingly at the end of October we found out that we were pregnant again. This time as well as being overjoyed it was sadly tainted with an overwhelming feeling of dread and worry that it would happen again. I’m not ashamed to admit that I did not enjoy being pregnant. For me the anxiety was at times crippling and debilitating. Unfortunately we experienced a few episodes of bleeding on and off up until around the 20 week mark. This resulted in time off work and more time for my mind to wander and worry. As the pregnancy progressed there were times I was able to relax more but as we got further along my anxiety about birth increased. I had heard about hypnobirthing from a friend and found Leanne on Instagram - I was intrigued so tentatively sent an email enquiring. From the start Leanne was amazing - so supportive and knowledgeable and able to answer all my questions. My partner is wonderfully supportive. However he is also a very logical and skeptical person and was unsure if hypnobirthing would be worth it. After reading through the emails exchanged he also felt it would be of great benefit to me and worth it if it eased my anxiety.

We chose to have the private sessions at home as we felt it would suit us more to be on our home environment. Leanne tailored the sessions to us as a couple and we felt so at ease. We felt so informed about birth and the different options available to us. Together with Leanne we put together a flexible birth proposal - my main wishes were to labour at home for as long as possible, use the pool and most importantly the golden hour after birth. This was not meant to be for us as at 40 weeks plus 2 days Ruby reduced her movements and together with the doctors we made the decision to go in for an induction. Being induced had been one of my biggest fears as I had only heard negative things/ horror stories about it . I emailed Leanne and she got back to me straight away with some amazing advice. The night before we set up our birthing environment - my favourite candles, low lighting and music. We had our favourite tea, watched a funny film and I had a long soak in the bath. We listened to the relaxations before bed and thanks to the hypnobirthing I felt fully in control and prepared for what was to come. The induction process was long and began early Sunday morning. Throughout the early stages (2x pessaries with 6 hour waits after each) I was able to use my hypnobirthing techniques to keep calm and relaxed. At 6am

on Monday morning after having my waters broken I went into labour. Sadly I was unable to use the pool due to being dehydrated and on a fluid drip and eventually needing the induction drip to help the labour progress further. All of the staff at Preston in the delivery suite respected my hypnobirthing wishes and made the environment as calm as possible with sensory low lighting, my music and aromatherapy oils for my partner to rub into my back. After being in labour for several hours and struggling to continue to use my breathing techniques due to vomiting I made the decision it was time for an epidural. I had understood that this could be a possible outcome of having an artificial induction, whilst it is not what we had wished for I am very glad I was able to have it. I was then able to remain in a meditated relaxed state until 10pm and it was time to begin pushing. This part was truly magical - I was able to feel enough pressure to know when to push and at 10.26pm our little girl was born. I felt empowered and ready to meet our baby. The golden hour we wished for was perfect and I can’t thank the midwives enough for ensuring this part of our “plan”

was as we wished it to be. The birth we had could not have been further away from the one I envisioned- however hypnobirthing still worked for us, just not in the ways we expected .


MICHELLE’S BIRTH STORY: CAESAREAN SECTION    Told by Dad...   I feel the knowledge I picked up from the Hypnobirthing Course greatly enhanced the birthing experience.  Before I started the course I was very apprehensive about the birth date and felt overwhelmed by the fact I didn't really know what to expect and had so many questions. Also, because my wife was very nervous about the birth I felt like I needed to be strong in order to support her the best I could.  The course was very comprehensive and covered a great deal of content, I found this really useful as it gave me an overall better understanding of what happens, why it happens and generally prepared me for what to expect. It was also useful to understand what our choices were and it was interesting to understand that many more options are available rather than the traditional paths people tend to follow. Our course teacher was extremely knowledgeable and could answer all the questions I had. My wife and I found the breathing exercises and mind distraction techniques really useful on the day of the birth.  From a personal point of view I went from feeling I knew nothing about birth or what to expect, to feeling well informed. This made me much more calm and confident leading up to and on the day of the birth.

MICHELLE’S BIRTH STORY: CAESAREAN SECTION

Told by Dad...

I feel the knowledge I picked up from the Hypnobirthing Course greatly enhanced the birthing experience.

Before I started the course I was very apprehensive about the birth date and felt overwhelmed by the fact I didn't really know what to expect and had so many questions. Also, because my wife was very nervous about the birth I felt like I needed to be strong in order to support her the best I could.

The course was very comprehensive and covered a great deal of content, I found this really useful as it gave me an overall better understanding of what happens, why it happens and generally prepared me for what to expect. It was also useful to understand what our choices were and it was interesting to understand that many more options are available rather than the traditional paths people tend to follow. Our course teacher was extremely knowledgeable and could answer all the questions I had. My wife and I found the breathing exercises and mind distraction techniques really useful on the day of the birth.

From a personal point of view I went from feeling I knew nothing about birth or what to expect, to feeling well informed. This made me much more calm and confident leading up to and on the day of the birth.


RACHEL’S BIRTH STORY: HOME BIRTH WITH HOSPITAL TRANSFER   From the moment I started to read Katherine Graves Hypnobirth book the information just clicked for me. It felt like common sense. Do I want a calm baby, calm birth - yes! Did I want my body to relax enough through a contraction to labour quickly and safely -yes!  As my pregnancy progressed I practiced my breathing and kept positive about the birth ahead. I'm in no doubt that the reason my labour was relatively quick and babies heartbeat remained steady throughout was down to hypnobirth knowledge, controlled breathing, the soothing warmth of the birth pool, and my husband Carl keeping me focussed (and maintaining my pool temperature and endless scented candle lighting!)  I took the decision to plan a home birth, a decision I only shared with a few people to avoid those closest to me worrying uneccessarily.  This is when my one to one session with Leanne at The Lancashire Hypnobirthing Co. was so invaluable. The home session was the missing piece to my jigsaw. I spoke to Leanne about what to expect from my body & how I'd been preparing. The resources she suggested and gave me access to helped me so much. I borrowed 'The Positive Birth Book' by Milli Hill from her birth library and if I ever had a wobble about the impending birth, I'd read some of the great stories on The Mama's Hub  I'm happy to say my experience is such a positive one, even though I had to transfer to hospital as my baby girl was a little stuck in a back to back positon. Again the ambulance transfer was so calm, baby joined us within 20 mins of arrival at hospital.  And now Liberty is here, the support from Leanne continues!  At a recent postnatal check, the midwife and student midwife who were at my home birth gave me the best compliment...they said how impressed they were with the level of calmness for a first birth and they personally hoped for a labour just like mine. I have to give Leanne and hypnobirthing some credit for that!

RACHEL’S BIRTH STORY: HOME BIRTH WITH HOSPITAL TRANSFER

From the moment I started to read Katherine Graves Hypnobirth book the information just clicked for me. It felt like common sense. Do I want a calm baby, calm birth - yes! Did I want my body to relax enough through a contraction to labour quickly and safely -yes!

As my pregnancy progressed I practiced my breathing and kept positive about the birth ahead. I'm in no doubt that the reason my labour was relatively quick and babies heartbeat remained steady throughout was down to hypnobirth knowledge, controlled breathing, the soothing warmth of the birth pool, and my husband Carl keeping me focussed (and maintaining my pool temperature and endless scented candle lighting!)

I took the decision to plan a home birth, a decision I only shared with a few people to avoid those closest to me worrying uneccessarily.

This is when my one to one session with Leanne at The Lancashire Hypnobirthing Co. was so invaluable. The home session was the missing piece to my jigsaw. I spoke to Leanne about what to expect from my body & how I'd been preparing. The resources she suggested and gave me access to helped me so much. I borrowed 'The Positive Birth Book' by Milli Hill from her birth library and if I ever had a wobble about the impending birth, I'd read some of the great stories on The Mama's Hub

I'm happy to say my experience is such a positive one, even though I had to transfer to hospital as my baby girl was a little stuck in a back to back positon. Again the ambulance transfer was so calm, baby joined us within 20 mins of arrival at hospital.

And now Liberty is here, the support from Leanne continues!

At a recent postnatal check, the midwife and student midwife who were at my home birth gave me the best compliment...they said how impressed they were with the level of calmness for a first birth and they personally hoped for a labour just like mine. I have to give Leanne and hypnobirthing some credit for that!


A POSITIVE CAESAREAN SECTION BIRTH.

Thanks for all your support, we used our techniques as much as we could, using breathing and positive affirmations when stress levels were going up. In the theatre we used some visualisation techniques which also helped. It was definitely an overwhelming experience but alot of the areas I was most concerned about I was able to cope with when it came to it so thank you once again for your excellent course!

I'm still in hospital, but delighted with our little boy and going to continue the techniques for recovery too. 

Michelle x