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!

10 reasons to do a Hypnobirthing Australia course…

As a pregnant woman hopefully you are feeling excited about the upcoming birth of your baby, but you may also feel nervous, worried or even fearful of childbirth. We often hear how painful or scary birth is from TV, movies or from family and friends, but what if you were told it doesn’t have to be this way? What if you could give birth in a calm, positive and empowering manner!

 

Kerry from “The Hypnobirthing Mum” runs the Hypnobirthing Australia™ programme and is here to tell you how you can achieve that!

 

At Hypnobirthing Australia™ we believe that every woman and baby should have an amazing birth and we have several courses to reflect this – courses for both vaginal or caesarean birth as well as being able to do these courses in-person (group or private) or online.

The term ‘hypnobirthing’ is well known but you may not be aware of what it means and how it can help you in the lead up to your baby’s birth. Here are 10 reasons why you should look into the Hypnobirthing Australia™ programme:

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  • Remain calm and relaxed throughout labour and birth

 

The fear-tension-pain cycle works on the concept that if we can eliminate fear, we will feel more relaxed and experience lower levels of pain. The hypnotherapy element of hypnobirthing tackles these fears with self-hypnosis and positive affirmations. Alongside this, breathing and visualisation techniques are also incorporated so that both the psychological and physical elements of birth are covered. The result is a more calm and relaxing environment in which to birth your baby.

 

  • Benefits to baby

 

Babies born when the mum has been using a hypnobirthing approach are often said to be calmer babies who sleep well and feed better. Studies also show that they have higher APGAR scores (these indicate how well a baby is doing outside the womb) in the moments after birth.

 

  • Involves the birth partner

 

The Hypnobirthing Mum course isn’t just geared towards the mum it also places a heavy emphasis on the role of your birth partner. Whether you choose your partner, mum, friend or a doula to be your birth partner, the course will show them how they can support you during pregnancy, how to be your advocate during the birth, and gives them real, tangible things to do in a situation where they can so often feel quite useless.

 

  • Be informed about your choices

 

When a mother and her birth partner can approach childbirth feeling prepared with the right knowledge, information and tools this results in a positive and confident mindset that can lead to the beautiful births that so many women hope for. The Hypnobirthing Mum courses cover many aspects of the birthing process that equips you with the knowledge needed to make informed choices about the options you have when giving birth.

 

  • Reduced medicalisation of birth

 

More and more research is providing independent clinical evidence that a Hypnobirthing approach to birth reduces the need for medical interventions including epidurals and caesareans, less drugs used during labour and shorter hospital stays following birth. Throughout the ages giving birth has been a natural event that woman would celebrate and embrace, and it is only in the relatively recent past that we have started to use increasingly medicalised interventions. The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that only approx. 10-15%% of births require a caesarean for genuine medical reasons yet statistics show its currently more than 30% and is continuing to rise. It is time to go back towards more natural methods for supporting childbirth – the act of giving birth isn’t changing, our approach to it is!

 

  • Offers you strategies for childbirth

 

For arguably the most important event in our lives, women often go into childbirth unprepared, uninformed and unsuspecting of what is about to happen. A Hypnobirthing Mum course will provide you with tangible skills and techniques that you can weave into your birth-plan and builds a strategy for both you and your birth partner to follow – “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” Benjamin Franklin.

 

  • You can’t re-do the birth

 

Welcoming your baby into the world should be the most joyous occasion you ever experience. There’s no doubting once you are holding your new addition to the family in your arms you will be consumed with love and happiness, but wouldn’t it also be great to look back on the whole of your labour with fondness and affection. Investing in a Hypnobirthing Australia™ course where you develop the skills, techniques and knowledge for a positive and calm birth can help you achieve this and have the most empowering start to motherhood possible. “Childbirth education is one of the most important investments you can make for you baby. You can sell the pram if it doesn’t suit…but you don’t get to ‘re-do’ their birth” Melissa Spilsted, Hypnobirthing Australia™ Director.

 

  • Can be used regardless of how and where you give birth

 

Courses devised by Hypnobirthing Australia™ and run by Kerry at The Hypnobirthing Mum have been created to support mother, baby and birth partners regardless of how and where you give birth. There is no judgment on one of our courses, in fact, there is even a course specifically designed for Caesarean births! The techniques you learn and the knowledge you gain will be invaluable to you whatever path your birth takes.

 

  • Techniques can be used before, during and after giving birth

 

You will learn breathing techniques, positive affirmations and self-hypnosis on a course. All of these can be used to help enjoy your pregnancy, to have a positive birth experience, and then also once your baby has arrived to create a beautiful bond with your baby.

 

  • Positive and empowering birth experience

 

If you want the opportunity to have a positive and empowering birth experience with all the benefits listed above then visit www.thehypnobirthingmum.com.au for more information, course details and how to book into a course.

 

Kerry Sutcliffe is a Certified Hypnobirthing Practitioner and Childbirth Educator (HPCE) based in Sydney. She is a hypnobirthing mum to 3 gorgeous children – Hollie, Bethany and Jack – and doing a hypnobirthing course was “without doubt the best thing I did to prepare for birth and welcome them into the world!”

Three calm and positive birth experiences led her to being a passionate advocate for this approach to birth and she now runs ‘The Hypnobirthing Mum’ where she delivers the Hypnobirthing Australia™ programmes to pregnant women and their birth partners.

Kerry has a background in counselling and psychology primarily with clients experiencing anxiety and depression. She loves teaching this approach to other women and would love to hear from you if you are interested in hypnobirthing so that you too can start your journey towards a wonderful and beautiful way to meet your baby!

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Web – www.thehypnobirthingmum.com.au

Facebook – www.facebook.com/thehypnobirthingmum

Email – kerry@thehypnobirthingmum.com.au

Phone – 0451771723

 

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Gina – acupuncturist, Chinese medicine herbalist and energy healer

Introduce yourself in 50 words or less…

Hi, I’m Gina Yallamas, an acupuncturist, Chinese medicine herbalist and energy healer. I’m a local Inner Westie living in Lilyfield and practicing in Birchgrove. I’m a huge advocate for alternative therapies and anything natural as I believe in our bodies ability to heal if given the right love and care. I have 3 wild daughters aged 16, 13 and 8 that are my inspiration and joy! Nature and animals (we have a dog and rabbit) are close to my heart and combining those with family and friends makes me a happy soul!

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How can you support women BEFORE birth?

I assist women pre-pregnancy with fertility and preparation of the body and mind for conception. Both acupuncture and energy healing are beneficial for this depending on your concerns/situation. Our modern lives can create stress that can affect conception so allowing you to be as calm and relaxed as possible is essential for the enjoyment and success of conception.

How can you support women DURING birth?

I educate you and your partner about various acupressure points that can be accessed during labour to assist you with pain, relaxation and ease of birth. Pre-birth acupuncture is also very useful for supporting and preparing the body for the birthing process.

How can you support woman AFTER birth?

Post-birth the body is in a depleted state and requires added nurturing and nourishment, particularly with the demands of breast feeding. Chinese herbs, acupuncture and other nutritional education help to rebuild your energy and restore your body as it contracts back to its original state of wellness.

What are the main benefits a pregnant (or recently given birth) women could gain from your services? 

The main benefits are a supportive, calm, nurturing and wholistic experience that helps to empower you before and after the birth.

What do you love most about your job?

Helping people become their best in all situations and providing a wholistic experience that balances the body, mind and spirit.

If you could give pregnant women 1 piece of advice, what would it be?

Your body knows what it is doing, it was designed to give birth so focus on being calm and feeling supported.

What’s your favourite quote/mantra?

Shine bright like a diamond!

 

 

Where can new and expectant mums turn when they need a little extra help?!

Preparing for and having a new baby can be a tiring time. Meet Vanessa from Bedrest Solutions who is here to help new and expectant mums with pretty much anything and everything you may want help with!!!

Introduce yourself….

I’m a mum of a young toddler who shares my love of reading. When I was pregnant, I developed pre-eclampsia and was on bedrest for 10 weeks. I found that experience so difficult and that’s why I became a maternity concierge. Previously I used to work as an early childhood teacher and train adults to work with children. I love being organised and helping others.

How can you support women BEFORE birth? 

I’m a maternity concierge, giving pregnant women a helping hand. Our services include Baby Showers, Nurseries, Packing the hospital bag, organising baby items, household chores, babysitting, errands and completing the items on your never ending to do list. While we help pregnant women who are run off their feet, we also specialise in helping women on bedrest.

How can you support woman AFTER birth? 

We provide new mums with a helping hand while they are busy bonding with their newborn. We can mind the baby while mum catches up on her sleep, look after the household chores, complete errands and more.

What are the main benefits a pregnant (or recently given birth) women could gain from your services? 

Expectant mothers gain more time to enjoy their pregnancy and newborn, reassurance that they are prepared for the baby and they can take back control during a difficult pregnancy.

What do you love most about your job? 

I love meeting expectant mothers during a very special time in their life and helping them to enjoy their pregnancy.
If you could give pregnant women 1 piece of advice, what would it be? 

Pregnancy can be hard, so it’s important to nurture yourself, both physically and emotionally. Whether that means a pregnancy massage, getting more rest, or taking your mind of all things baby related by doing something you enjoy.

What’s your favourite quote/mantra?

Live your dream

The Hypnobirthing Mum is on YouTube!

I have created a YouTube channel – “The Hypnobirthing Mum with Kerry Sutcliffe” – where you can view some short videos about things such as what courses are on offer, the benefits of hypnobirthing, and what kind of women do hypnobirthing for their baby’s birth.

 

I will be adding videos to this at regular intervals on various topics about pregnancy and childbirth so feel free to take a look (have a laugh at the hilarious still shots next to each video – why do they stop at such unflattering moments?!) and share with friends and family who you think would benefit.

 

Kerry xx

Here are some of the videos that have been uploaded…..check out the photo for the “Who does hypnobirthing” video!!!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Training for birth like an Olympic athlete!

This former professional athlete prepared for birth like she was going to compete at the Olympics! I often say that giving birth is like training for a sporting event and this mama’s training paid off. Read below what she did to get ready for birth…

 

“Lola was born on the 1st of June at 8.54am and weighted 3.4 Kg. I went into labour during the night and just 5 hours later she was born! I couldn’t even believe it myself. I was mentally prepared for a full day in labour but at 5am I was 4cm dilated and at 8.30 am I was 9! No time to even consider any pain relief. I spent the whole time repeating to myself the words “relax and down” (in Spanish) and visualising my uterus doing its job as I kept rocking my pelvis sitting in the shower, maintaining controlled breathing was the key to control every surge. It was tough but I’m very happy with my birth experience and we both are healthy and doing well. 

 

On a side note, I would like to share with you what I did in the first stages of labour before going into hospital. Maybe this can help other moms: To stay away from anxiety, I sat down on a Swiss ball rocking my pelvis and watched stand-up comedy on my computer for a couple of hours. That really helped keep my stress levels down and feel more relaxed. 

 

During my pregnancy I complemented all the hypnobirthing training along with other therapies: I did 3 acupuncture sessions through the week before my due date, on that week I also started to put some drops of clary sage in my pillow and for 4 weeks I’ve been also taking raspberry leaf tea prescribed by my naturopath. Also I used the Epi NO device every day for 10 minutes since week 37 to help me improve the elasticity of the perineum tissues. I think it all contributed to such short labour. Ah! And I took bicarb soda the last hour of labour to help me with muscle fatigue (remember the research I sent you?). 

 

For the last month I also spent every day for about 5 to 10 minutes in a deep squat position visualising the baby engaging in the pelvis and positioning correctly, I kept walking every day for an hour till my last day of pregnancy and swimming twice a week till week 39. I did gentle strength training with elastic bands up until week 40 and all my core training was based on diaphragmatic breathing involving the deep core muscles (no crutches, planks or anything similar, JUST BREATHING. After two weeks postpartum, my belly it’s almost flat and I started Kegel exercises and back to the diaphragmatic breathing the day after birth. 

 

Little Lola started breastfeeding just 10 minutes after being born and she seems pretty good at it! We are just working out the feeding routine, but that will take a couple more weeks I’m afraid. But overall I think I’m very lucky with her. 

 

Thank you Kerry for all the knowledge you provided me with to have the best birth experience I could imagine. 

 

Here’s a picture of the hairy little one!

Paula – mummy to baby Lola

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