From 4cm to holding her baby within an hour – “everything went extremely smoothly at birth”!

Read this wonderful account by Tina who arrived at the hospital at 4cm dilated and was holding her baby within an hour!

 

“Hi Kerry

Lovely to hear from you.

Baby girl Olena arrived over 2 weeks ago at 40+4 weeks, on the night before the hospital booked me in to see the obstetrician to talk about induction options.

I had a minor case of Gestational diabetes, which meant I was moved to the delivery ward system… and they had  only let me go back to the Birth Centre system toward the end of pregnancy on the condition that baby should come by 40 weeks. Otherwise induction.

As it turned out everything went extremely smoothly at birth. Spontaneous water birth. Arrived at hospital 4cm dilated and she was birthed within one hour of arriving at hospital! Very fast and intense.

She popped out from head to toe, all in one enormous surge. BEN caught her in the bath. No stitches needed. She was born with very high Apgar score and breastfed immediately.

I definitely used all the tools and techniques we learnt in hypnobirthing with you. 

Had the Tranquil Chambers Soundtrack playing throughout the one hour at hospital and thereafter.  And Melissa’s voice playing in lead up to going to hospital.

BEN was a fantastic birth partner“.

Tina – mum to baby Olena.

“I can’t recommend hypnobirthing enough … I had the most amazing waterbirth with no intervention!”

First-time mum Aisling describes her AMAZING birth…

I could not recommend Hypnobirthing and the work that Kerry does any more, as a way to prepare for labour and birth.

As a first time mum, I was very fortunate to be put in contact with Kerry through researching Hypnobirthing Australia during my second trimester.
Kerry informed me of my natural birthing options, importance of an active labour, natural pain relief options and the vital role a partner plays as an advocate during birth to name but a few.
Her guidance and passion for hypnobirthing helped inform all our decisions, and as a result I had the most amazing water birth experience, with no intervention!!!

I am now a proud mum to a beautiful baby boy!

I wanted to share my experience to spread awareness that there is such thing as a positive natural birth, for both you and your partner and how informing ourselves gives us the confidence to follow our gut instincts and know, we have options!

Thank you Kerry! :)”

 

Using hypnobirthing for a happy birth when it isn’t the circumstances you imagined.

Mum Jodi tells us here about how despite wanting a vaginal birth, she still had a positive birthing experience overall. Towards the end of pregnancy Jodi had been prepped for the possibility of a caesarean birth due to a few factors so was aware this may be the way her baby would be born..

“Hi Kerry

Our son Clarence was born by c section on 17 December but I think it ended up being a positive experience overall. 
Even though I felt like we’d made the right choice and did feel like it was my choice for the caesarean, I was still scared a little during the surgery. The scariest part was the anaesthetic, but I did try to focus on the bubble of comfort.
The surgery went smoothly even though it felt like an out-of-body way to have a baby. But we still managed to have some of our requests met. Steven was able to announce the gender and cut the cord. And the midwife, Bree, was great and helped me do skin to skin and start breastfeeding even though the drugs started making me drowsy and not really with it after a while, so I couldn’t hold onto him.
And Clarence came out fine, fully cooked with no issues with breathing or anything and didn’t seem phased by being yanked out butt-first into the world, so all well from that point of view.

Not the birth I’d imagined, but Clarence and I are both well and I’m happy with the way things turned out. And I can still try for a vaginal birth with my next baby. 

Thanks for all your advice and words of comfort during this whole process.”

I didn’t believe I was in labour because I was able to easily breathe and get through each surge without any stress.

Mum Giulia attended one of my courses as she was wanting to learn tools and techniques to make this a different experience to her first birth a few years prior. John didn’t know much about hypnobirthing to begin with but soon became a great birth partner. They went on to have a very positive birthing experience with their baby boy Max…

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“Hi Kerry
Just a little update 😊

Max was born on the 13/12/18 at 4.18pm.  I woke up at 7am with mild period pain cramps and waters leaking.  I went about my day as usual even going shopping at Kmart. I didn’t believe I was in labour until 3pm because I was able to easily breathe and get through each surge without any stress.

I stayed upright the whole day, I was walking, bouncing on the gym ball, massaging clary sage, diffuser on. When 3pm came I felt the pressure and thought wow I must be in labour I think he’s coming so off we went to hospital. We arrived at the hospital around 3.30 and that’s when I had that “I can’t do this moment”.

John was amazing he used the techniques he learnt in the classes to help me get through that 1 bad hour.  When I arrived at the hospital I was worried I wasn’t dilating like I didn’t in my first birth so I gave permission for the midwife to examine me and she said I was 8cm dilated and after that my body just did what it needed to do.

Max was born in the birth pool at 4.18pm after 15 minutes of pushing.  I must admit during that pushing stage everything went out the window and I just kept saying sorry because I wasn’t staying quiet haha.  I felt his head as he was crowning and I’ll never forget it.  When he came out I scooped him up but as I did that the cord snapped and sadly the blood in the cord was lost.  In the moment I was upset because I wanted delayed cord clamping but the joy of holding him topped everything.

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Those first moments of skin to skin contact with him and being able to hold him for hours before they did all their assessments was great.  We arrived home 4 hours after delivery and it was definitely the best birth experience even if not everything went to plan.”

Giulia & John – parent to baby Max.

When your dreams of an amazing birth come true…

Here is the birth story of first-time parents Lixia and Faisal. Faisal is a doctor who initially was a little sceptical of hypnobirthing but who was sure he wanted to support Lixia in whatever way she wanted for the birth of their baby. They made a wonderful birthing team and enjoyed an amazing birth when meeting their son…

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“A blessed magical birth by Lixia and Faisal….

To have a normal vagina birth is everyone’s dream and certainly it’s ours too. But words from all of my friends and family are that to have a perfect birth only happens in fairy-tales. I do not want to think of it this way though. Hence I tried to search around for the many births everywhere in the world and finally when I come to know about water-birth and hypnobirthing, I was elated. Then when I come to know that it is supported here in Australia, I got even more excited!

The time finally arrived that me and my hubby got pregnant. From the start of my pregnancy, I started to look around for hypnobirthing classes available around my area. Eventually we found Ms Kerry Sutcliffe from The Hypnobirthing Mum.

Nothing is enough to express how grateful we are for her class and guidance, even following the class, towards our birth journey. She has given us a hope that we can have a fulfilling and joyous birth too.

My labour began at exactly on the 1st day of wk39. I got woken up with mild squeezes in my tummy, similar to that of menses cramp from 5am. I was still able to rest on the bed, listening to the relaxation music provided from the hypnobirthing class. As the duration of every waves got more intense and frequent, I began to walk around the home, sat on the ball and had to start using the TENS machine in the end before we left for the hospital. It remained on me along the way to the hospital which really helped to divert every discomfort especially at every turns and bumps of the drive. All of these relaxation tips wouldn’t have been known to us without Kerry’s class.

I also kept thinking of the affirmations I’ve learnt at Kerry’s class. From there, I’ve learnt to write my own affirmations onto sticky labels, then sticking them at every corners of my home so I could read them whenever I see them. I was told that this can help to tune my thought process that I will be able to have a safe vaginal birth. Indeed I did.

At the hospital, I was blessed with my midwives who remained with us throughout the birth process. They spent time chatting with us and providing ideas on how to relax. A waterproof mobile monitoring machine was also hooked up around my belly which was really useful as I was then able to keep moving.

During the cooling periods in between the surges, sitting down or resting on the bed got uncomfortable so I would walk around my room instead. Also, I never stopped using the TENS machine. I would also walk towards my affirmations sticky labels which I had them pasted onto the toilet door so that I could read them. They all reminded me of my strength and the power which I knew I certainly have. I just need to keep remembering it. One especially made me relaxed: “I am safe. My baby is safe.”

During the surges, I would either lean onto the wall or onto my hubby, took deep breaths and concentrate on not tightening my jaw to stay relaxed. If I tensed up, the pressure could get intolerable. Surprisingly, I prefer to lean onto my hubby. Smelling him really made me more relaxed and loved. He would hug me, rub me, give me massages and apply pressure at the acupuncture points. We were given printouts on them by Kerry which we brought along with us for the labour and they really came in handy!

Shortly after when my water broke, the surges became urges to bear down. I started to sit on the birth ball with the level of my TENs machine turned up. My midwife had been so nice by helping me to press my acupuncture points too. About another hr later, I decided to go into the water and immediately I started to bear down. Soon after my doctor came and she stayed with me for the next 2hrs, which I’m so grateful of. I was in my own zone, doing whatever I could, growling with every might I had at every breath. Nothing beats the power of positivity. All I could hear are the encouragements from everyone there. These are exactly what I need to believe that we can do it.

And we did! Everyone, especially my hubby, myself and our bub have done it all together to make it happen.

Our bub got born naturally in the water, peaceful and calm. We have had the most amazing non-medicated birthing experience which we cannot imagine we would ever have if we did not attend the hypnobirthing class.

Moreover, we wouldn’t have done it without the constant support from my obstetrician and midwives.The most amazing and miraculous part was that I have sustained only a few grazes and no tear, thus would not require any stitches at all! 🙂

Then there is the everlasting love from my hubby that gives me the force to go on. He is always with me at every appointment, is always staying with me all along throughout the birth, is always staying in the hospital with us……never ever have left me and bub alone. He is my superhero!

Now we know that fairy-tales do happen in reality too. It is just whether you want the magic to happen or not. We certainly feel so empowered from the whole experience. Thank you Kerry for making our dreams come true.”

 

We were able to have the birth we wanted!

These notifications of new arrivals joining us is why I do what I do. To see parents work together to have a positive birth experience that sets them up well for parenthood is so satisfying. Congratulations to what I’ve named the “A-team”….

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“Hi Kerry,

Just wanting to let you know that we welcomed Alice Ruth Jarkey to the world at 1am on the 9th of November.
We were able to have the birth we wanted – completely natural which was wonderful.
The hypnobirthing techniques were very helpful to get me through the 24 hours of labor. We used quite a few of the tools that you taught us.
Thank-you for all your support and guidance.
Angela, Alex & Alice Jarkey”

Learning that hypnobirthing techniques could help, whichever pathway the birth took…

Here is the birth story of the beautiful ‘Baby E’.

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It shows how her parents were able to use their Hypnobirthing Australia knowledge and techniques in a pregnancy and birth where there were series of changes in circumstances…

“A friend of mine had, in her words, a “blissful” birth using hypnobirthing in the UK. We enrolled in Kerry’s group class. As first time parents, we learnt a lot about the delivery process that prepared us as well as any formal antenatal class.
Kerry was professional, warm and generous with her training and time.
As my pregnancy went on however, I developed a number of complications and ended up being re-categorised by the hospital as “high risk”. These complications impacted greatly on my pregnancy and I was unable to give birth in the Birth Centre and had to go into the ward.
I ended up being admitted three weeks earlier than the “guess date” as a result of one of these complications, and I was unable to have the natural, no-intervention birth I had initially hoped for.
However classes still proved useful: learning that hypnobirthing techniques could help, whichever pathway the birth took helped me to accept the myriad of perinatal and delivery interventions and helped with pain relief antenatally.
It also helped my partner learn ways to support my labour and delivery. It helped to prepare me for the whole process and helped with pain relief and relaxation towards the end of a difficult pregnancy.
And, as the cliche goes, all of it was worth it in the end – here is our daughter, Miss E.”
Cindy & James.

From the very start until the time we first held him in our arms, we handled every situation the calmest way possible!

Here is a great birth story from parents Kathrine & James about the birth of their baby boy James Alexander. It highlights how despite encountering circumstances that changed their original birthing preferences, it is still possible to have a calm, exciting and positive birth experience!

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“Hi Kerry!

We’re two weeks and few days into this new journey called parenthood. James Alexander has been the biggest blessing we have ever received!

We cannot thank you enough for helping us prepare for his arrival.

The trip to the hospital was the calmest and most exciting drive ever. James made the birthing room as homey and cosy as possible with led candles and oil diffuser. Something that the midwives said doesn’t happen often!

Our labour didn’t go as planned as our little one decided to do his first number 2 while still inside mummy’s tummy. My Obstetrician wanted to induced right away as to avoid prolonged exposure of the baby to his own meconium. But the midwives were very accommodating of our request to wait and see how my surges will go to avoid being induced. However it’s been 4 hrs since I got admitted and I’m not dilating as quick as we hoped for (still at 1cm). My Obstetrician and midwives were concerned already as it has been 8 hrs that the baby has been swimming in his meconium and might end up ingesting it.  We decided to be induced to avoid it.

We also ended up getting epidural as the pain was too much for me to handle already. You were right about how frequent and intense each surge becomes after being induced. It was beyond imaginable for me.

The breathing exercises helped me through out the final stage of labour. Baby came out withOUT the use of forceps or ventouse. Practice makes perfect!

With everything that we learned from your class, I am proud to say that from the very start until the time we first held him in our arms, we handled every situation the calmest way possible.

I breathed each surge as best as I can with James by my side. He was the best support I could ever dreamed of having with me through out this journey. We knew what to do in every situation that came our way, and when we were at a crossroad, you were there to answer our call and enlightened us to make the best decision.

James Alexander came into this world in a room filled with calmness, love, and excitement.

We cannot wait for you to meet him. ❤

Kathrine & James.”

 

And I can’t wait to meet this gorgeous little boy either!

Kerry xx

NEW – Supportive Caregivers Training!

Are you a midwife, obstetrician, doula or other professional working with pregnant women?

I know that the support you offer pregnant women during their pregnancy and birth can make a huge difference to their birthing experience and outcome.

We are all working with the same goal in mind – to help birthing mothers and babies achieve a safe and positive birth experience.

If you would like to learn more about the philosophy and tools of hypnobirthing so that you can best support parents who choose to use this method of birthing then this is the course for you!

This intensive training does not qualify you to teach the Hypnobirthing Australia Program – it is designed for support only.

This course is endorsed by the Australian College of Midwives as CPD Recognised Activity (10 CPD Hours).

In our Supportive Caregivers Training you will cover:

  • Introduction to positive mindset of hypnobirthing
  • Causes of fear and how it affects labour (psychological, emotional, physical)
  • How caregivers can best help and support hypnobirthing parents
  • What is hypnosis and how it is used through pregnancy and birth
  • Re-programming the subconscious – conditioning techniques used
  • The importance of a calm birthing environment
  • The language for empowered birthing
  • Releasing endorphins through touch
  • Introducing our toolkit for birth – breathing, visualisation, relaxation
  • Self-hypnosis techniques – how parents use them through pregnancy and birth
  • The power of triggers, anchors, suggestions and self-hypnosis during birth
  • Prompts that can be used during birth
  • Birth Preferences – the importance of open communication, negotiation and respecting women’s choices
  • Special circumstances
  • Releasing our own fears and reservations
  • Techniques and tools to manage stress. Deep relaxation techniques for caregivers (caregivers need nurturing too!)

This course will be running at regular intervals, to register your interest for the next course please email me at kerry@thehypnobirthingmum.com.au

The beautiful baby Freya – welcomed to the world in 3 pushes!

Mum Maria tells us about the quick labour of her baby and how “The birth was not what I expected but I wouldn’t change it, it was a magical experience in the end“….
“So we’ve had our baby girl, Freya!
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On Sunday the 7th I lost the mucus plug at 5.30pm. At 6pm my waters broke. Went in to hospital to do a CTG scan with our midwife Lauren, all was well and we were sent home. Started having light contractions throughout the night from about 11pm. Went back to hospital on Monday at 1pm for another CTG, all was fine and was sent home again. Apparently when your waters break first they want to check that all is well as there’s a higher risk of infection.
I went from having manageable contractions (5min apart) around 3.30pm on Monday which subsided and became less frequent and irregular to out of nowhere becoming regular and 3 min apart at 7:30pm. Called the midwife but she didn’t think It was time to come in yet. At 8:15pm shit got real and my contractions were so strong and 2 min apart.
All of a sudden my body was pushing and I felt like I a needed to do a poo and sat down on the toilet. Brett was on the phone to our midwife and she said to come in straight away. So Brett grabbed my bag and car keys and tried to lift me off the toilet but at that point my legs wouldn’t move and my body was pushing (I had no control!) Not sure how he got me in to the car but I remember trying to fight my body pushing in the car and when we got to the hospital at 9pm, she was born 22 min later. She was out in 3 pushes.
Due to her speed I got a second degree tear and had to have a catheter put in for one night. Had the option to stay an extra night for monitoring (making sure I could wee after they took out the catheter) So we decided that me and Freya would stay the extra night and Brett went home to get a proper night’s sleep. It was a good idea not to have two tired parents. He picked us up Wednesday and we’ve been tag-teaming since to get some sleep. So happy to go home, two nights in hospital was too long. The midwives said that for our second baby we would have to come in straight away as it’s likely to be a faster birth as well.
The birth was not what I expected but I wouldn’t change it, it was a magical experience in the end. Hypnobirthing really helped in terms of not being afraid of the pain. I knew it was a “good” pain, as in, we soon got to meet our baby. (But boy did it hurt!) I totally forgot about my breathing techniques though, everything went so fast and I could never had prepared for that.
I think all the tools used in hypnobirthing prepared me for labour, I did a bunch of acupuncture, aromatherapy, meditation, hypnobirthing tracks etc. the birth just happened so quickly. I didn’t get my waterbirth or the birth centre (straight to delivery ward) or listening to my hypnobirthing track during birth. But it was all super special.”
Maria & Brett – parents to the beautiful baby Freya!