An amazing support team alongside hypnobirthing techniques make for a positive birth!

This mum and dad did the Hypnobirthing Australia Positive Birth program with me just a month before their baby arrived….

“Hi Kerry ,

I thought u would like to know that me and Stav gave birth to baby Andreas on the 13/9/19 at 3:51am.

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I think you will be pleased to know that we used our Hypnobirthing techniques which made for a more positive birthing experience!

I had my diffuser burning essential oils with my hypnobirthing tracks and affirmations in the background with dim lights and my gym ball was my best friend ! I also found my tens machine and sitting in the shower very helpful for my contractions!

In the end I only used gas as pain relief and birthed my baby in a bath, within 2-3 pushes we got to meet our baby and I had minimal tearing!

I have to say my support team was pretty awesome (husband and midwife) don’t think I could’ve done it without them!

Overall thank you for helping us get through this life changing event, happy to have found you! 🙂

Kind regards
Anne & Stav”

I could not have asked for a better birth and I know for a fact that was due to the hypnobirthing class!

It’s never too late to do a Hypnobirthing Australia course. This couple attended with just a few weeks left until their estimated due date and this is the birth they went on to have…

“Hi Kerry,

Sorry for delay in response, but so glad to be able to email you news of Alistair Edward Collins born today, 4 August @ 11.51am.
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I could not have asked for a better birth and I know for a fact that was due to the hypnobirthing class!
I went into labour (exactly one week before estimated due date) at around 1am this morning, waters broke around an hour and a half later. I laboured at home until 9am, using Aromatherapy, birth ball and music/affirmations.
We arrived at the hospital around 10am, 9cm dilated! After just under two hours of stronger surges and doing my best with my breathing during the bearing down phase we had a beautiful healthy baby boy! I had a second degree tear, but no medical/pain interventions at all, not even a Panadol at home!
It was super challenging to stay focused on breathing techniques/relaxation etc during the bearing down phase, I think I said ‘I can’t do this’ around 50 times, but I firmly believe the prep I did thanks to the hypnobirthing course, particularly envisaging the kind of birth we wanted and being kind to ourselves and bonding with baby really set us up for the incredible birth we had.
Thank you!!!”
Fiona & Anthony – proud parents to Alistair
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My second birth has healed the experience of my first in more ways than I knew I needed.

Check out this empowering and healing birth written by mum Cath and the beautiful photos that dad Rudi took of these special moments.
Good morning Kerry,
I finally got my birth story written down!
Thank you so much for the work you do. I am still thrilled by Charlie’s birth each time I think of it.
I’ve put in a few of the pictures Rudi took. The first for me is what hypnobirthing gave to me. The strength to approach childbirth with such a positive mindset.
Charlie will be 6 weeks this Sunday, I’m enjoying her growing out of the newborn stage now. Getting some cute smiles and she’s chit chatting away with us now….
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“At 39 weeks I started getting stronger Braxton Hicks tightenings and thought things may kick off any day. Having my first daughter, Abigail, come spontaneously at 41+3 though I knew best not to get too excited. I was right. Unfortunately this time the pressure to induce was much stronger. Abigail was born in Malaysia and our obstetrician was happy to wait. This time though there was a lot of talk of stillbirth risk. We found it very strange as I was healthy and I had no doubt baby was doing well. We refused induction at 41+3 and agreed instead to do wellbeing checks at day stay. Her movements were good and blood flow through the cord was good, there was no concern beyond the dates.

Regardless the strong recommendations were to do the induction and by 41 weeks and 5 days we decided to go ahead and were booked in to start the next day (Saturday) with cervical ripening. I’d had had 4 stretch and sweeps, had been doing daily exercises to get baby in the best position, was drinking raspberry leaf tea by the litre, acupressure and massage with clary sage oils. The ongoing tightenings with no labour were starting to drive me nuts. I was happy I’d given baby the extra days and had utilised well the BRAIN technique we had learnt in the hypnobirth course.

 

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I was more than ready to meet her and her Dad was supportive of my choice. From our research it didn’t seem we could do much harm giving her the nudge at just a day shy of 42 weeks. Kerry, our hypnobirthing educator, gave advice that if we were to go ahead then just give it everything and don’t look back and that’s exactly what we did!

I let go of the image I’d had throughout pregnancy of birth starting at home, labouring in our apartment and Abigail being part of those early hours before we went to the Birth Centre at RPA. We went into hospital as if checking into a hotel. It was Saturday morning. I was examined to see if Cervidil pessary would be necessary. If not I’d have the choice to go straight ahead with ARM (artificial rupture of membranes) either the same day or coming back the following day (at which point I’d be 41+6). I was 2.5cm dilated and we decided even though I could go straight to ARM, it would be beneficial to try and see if the Cervidil would get labour going. It went in around 10am.
My husband and I went for a walk, spent some time at a nearby cafe. By late afternoon he went home, expecting the big day to begin early the next morning with the ARM and possibly oxytocin drip. Even though induction was something I’d wished to avoid, we were excited to know this baby would be coming out the next day!
That evening labour began!
Around 6pm contractions started coming on and within an hour I was getting 2-3 every 10mins. I noticed a phone call from my brother stalled them, as did change in midwives. I decided to lock down mentally, nothing was going to stop this labour progressing! I put headphones in with hypnobirthing tracks and blocked everything else out.  In hindsight I was so lucky the bed was empty next to me and I had a room to myself. When midwives came in I just closed my eyes and let them check my blood pressure etc without talking. They were all great and barely entered the room. I really appreciated the privacy, At 8pm I went to the bathroom and the pessary dropped out, a good sign!
Things really started to kick off from there, at 10:25pm I messaged my husband to come back, I was starting to need him. I didn’t want to have to deal with anyone or make any decisions. I felt my full concentration going inwards now and was using verbalisations to get through.
Looking back I’m so glad of the discussion I’d had with Kerry after our hypnobirthing weekend. I told her how the relaxation techniques she taught were so wonderful. How with Abigail I used Juju Sundin’s active Birth Skills to manage the pain but I was really looking forward this time to using just the hypnobirthing techniques. I had a rosy picture of giving birth in a real zen mode. She advised to have all the tools I can in my toolbox as I may need them still. She was right!
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The hypnobirthing carried my through the early stages, kept me calm and focused listening to the tracks and reserving energy. It  gave the mental strength, the affirmations were absolutely fundamental to how I managed up until the the final stages and even after with the after birth pains. But around 10pm I really needed something physical. The Birth Skills were great at this point. I used stomping and clapping matched with visualisations. Before I knew it, my husband was there, I was in the shower. I remember the TENS machine. We got it out and put that on. Things were really ramping up. The first contraction with the TENS machine was super strange and then a big pop and my waters broke, I ripped the TENS machine off, I did not like the sensation.
The midwife called delivery ward and we made our way down. The Birth Centre was not available as the midwife was attending to two other women in the delivery ward. By now I was not at all concerned where I gave birth. From there it was not long at all. Once we got down there and got the antibiotics in for the StrepB, not many more contractions and I knew transition had arrived.
Again all the hypnobirthing tracks I’d listened to and the positive affirmation cards came to full use, doubt and fear did not enter my mind. It was powerfully intense like nothing else, yet I had flashing bright words in my mind saying I am STRONG, I CAN do it, I AM doing it. It was an incredibly empowering experience.
I asked for the bath and a few more contractions then I had the overwhelming expulsion reflex. The midwife had a look and said 8cm and suggested panting. Babies heartbeat started dropping and I had to get out of the bath. Doctors came in. I had my eyes closed but from the experience with my first (vacuum delivery), I knew either I pushed or that vacuum was going to do the job. I gave it absolutely everything I had, it was one of the most important moments of my life and I knew it. If I wanted a healthy baby and a good recovery I had to push with everything I had. I used the coffee plunger technique from Birth Skills that I’d also used with my first. I released tension by screaming out how painful it was and then screamed at baby that it was time to get out!

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I locked eyes with my husband and I swear I was drawing strength from him through his eyes! Her head came out, I looked down, I saw her. The doctor asked me to hold off as she eased babies shoulders through. Then I had her, she was there on my chest.
We then got to stay in the delivery room for 3 hours as the ward upstairs was full.
It was 2:23am. It was magical.
Later we moved to a free room in the Birth centre where we stayed until later in the day when we went home. It was a treat. A big room and familiar midwives I’d met during pregnancy. The best part was having our 4 year old be able to come in straight away to visit in the morning and jump up on the bed with us.
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Meeting Charlie Rose was wonderful, but this time, the most incredible experience was my own feeling of empowerment. I cannot describe just how powerful it was.
After 4 years of processing Abigail’s birth and wondering if things could have been different. I now felt in my body just how different they could be. The birth was just 2.5 hours with 12 minutes of pushing! I never would have believed that possible after the days of early labour and long active labour with Abigail that had ended with vacuum and an episiotomy, followed by difficulty breastfeeding, hospitalisation of our just 3 days old baby girl due to jaundice and long recovery due to the stitches.
This time we went home the same day and stayed there.
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Just as I had dreamed, my second birth has healed the experience of my first in more ways than I knew I needed.
I’m so glad we took the time to learn hypnobirthing. It provided a positive mental framework that enabled me to overcome any fears or doubts and relish in the experience. It was intense, it certainly was not quiet or calm towards the end like some of the videos I’ve seen. I was very loud and very physical but not out of fear. It was a strength this time that has taught me I can conquer any mental or physical challenge. Empowering, mother-led births are no longer a theory I preach in a society fearful of childbirth, but a lived experience I can truely own. “
Cath & Rudi – proud parents to Charlie Rose

“We feel such a closeness from the incredible birthing experience we had!”

I love it when news of the latest hypnobubs land in my inbox! This mum feels it is so important that positive birth stories are shared, wants you to know it is called ‘labour’ for a reason, but also that with the right preparation there are ways to manage the pain and focus on the many good aspects of birth!

“Hi Kerry,

Introducing – (drum roll please)
Ella Rose Harper Keating.
Born at 3.27am on Friday 26th July, weighing 6lbs 4oz. (2.96kg).
The birth was the most amazing experience. I feel so proud of myself.
It didn’t go according to plan (but then, what birth ever does?!) We had to be induced (which was not at all what I wanted originally), but it was still just incredible.
They induced me with a dose of prostin gel in my cervix. A super intense 8 hour labour followed just 3 hours later but I did it all on just gas and air and a bit of morphine in the early stages.
The hypnobirthing techniques helped us SO much!  The tracks playing constantly, the affirmations, the soft touch massage, breathing techniques and the positive loving outlook we embraced.
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Louis and I feel such a closeness from the incredible birthing experience we had; all thanks to your hypnobirthing course, mixed with our other ante natal course and the fantastic MGP Barker midwives at the Royal Hospital for women.
I even got to be in the water most of the time too. Didn’t get my full water birth this time but next time I will, maybe even a home birth!?
😊
Thank you for everything Kerry
Love Jo, Louis and baby Ella Rose
xxx

A ‘textbook’ delivery!

I love it when clients surprise even the midwives with how well they manage their labours!

“Hi Kerry,

Happy to say everything went really well, and Philip and I are having a wonderful time finding our way as parents of the very gorgeous little baby Gabriel. He arrived during 38 weeks – slightly earlier than expected as for some reason I had assumed he would arrive after 40 weeks so it caught me by surprise and I was still adding things to my hospital bag while in labour.
The birth went so ‘textbook’ smoothly that at the end as we were leaving the birthing suite, one of the midwives said to me “you should be very proud – it doesn’t often happen like that”. Then she paused and added “actually, it almost never happens like that!”.
I felt really proud of myself and know all our preparation including your hypnobirthing course helped a huge amount. Also, thank you for your recommendation of our doula Amanda (“Essential Me”), as she was also a wonderful pillar of support for preparation and post-birth.
Love,
Kate & Philip”

The ANZAC Day homebirth of baby girl Maavi!

 

During the hypnobirthing and childbirth education course, Severin & Nick expressed their desire to explore the idea of a home-birth and after they completed the Hypnobirthing Australia course with me they went away and were able to change their birthing scenario and find a home-birth midwife.

Below is the message I received from Sev and Nick, proud new parents to baby girl Maavi….

Hi Kerry,

Little Maavi would like to say Hi.
She arrived on ANZAC Day peacefully at our home with the support of our amazing midwife and doula. She is happy and healthy and has a good set of lungs. So far it’s been a wonderful ride, she is very contented.
I felt so empowered that I could prepare for birth (who know if that was the reason why it went so well). To prepare for birth I did the hypnobirthing meditations very regularly, almost every night (with just a few exceptions),  the spinning babies three sisters techniques from fairly early on to make sure bubs was in a good position, I went to chiro appointments towards the end to make sure my hips and pelvis were well aligned, I ate healthy supported with raspberry leaf tea and ate dates towards the end. 
The birth went fairly quick for first time mums (so they said)…I had early labour signs starting in the morning, went for breakfast with a friend, went to a chiro appointment at 3pm. Once back home it didn’t take long and it ramped up (around 4:30pm), with quite some throwing up too.
My midwife and doula arrived at 7pm, and I was in the pool around 8:30pm.
On the day to have a quiet, comfortable and “dark” setting with no vaginal exams or other disturbances was so important to me. I wouldn’t have thought that before, but even the midwife putting the Doppler on now and then to check on the baby was a “break” from the normal flow and I realised that, I can’t imagine how it would have been in a hospital with lots of machines ticking next to me or be monitored the whole time. The thought of someone checking my dilation  between my contractions is so so foreign and would for sure have changed my progress in that moment. So it is so true what you teach in your course about how important the environment is, I fully understood that during the class and it made sense, but it was so eye opening to really see that working during the birth itself.
At 9:30pm Maavi arrived and circa 70min later the placenta.
I definitely wasn’t the “tranquil birth” like we saw in the video, rather the opposite. It was very primal. Nick is just happy he still has all fingers as I apparently developed some super powers during the “pool party”.
We are so so happy with the choice we have taken and again would like to thank you so much as your course was the ignition to that path. We can just 100% “endorse” a homebirth.
We haven’t ventured too far from the bed yet so the below are the only pics to show her off 🙂
Thanks Sev and Nick”

I’m even looking forward to having an even better birth experience if we’re blessed with a second baby

Here is the latest birth story from proud parents Dannielle and Brendan on the birth of their baby boy James…

 

“Hi Kerry,

Just wanted to let you know that we welcomed our beautiful baby boy James Walter Duval to the world! He was born at 3:08am on Sunday April 7.

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Labour was fast! 4 hours from membranes releasing to meeting baby James so I didn’t have a lot of time to employ all the hypnobirthing techniques but I breathed through and got there with no epidural, just a bit of gas. We had a midwife from the birth centre with us in delivery ward and she and Brendan were working so well together to help me. Brendan said I was very good at breathing “down” haha. 

We’re all doing really well at home now and enjoying our new little family member! He was due yesterday and we took him to one of best friends weddings, Brendan was a groomsman so very happy we got to go! 

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The more I think about it, I still can’t believe I did it! And I’m a mum now!! But I did, and how cool is that! I’d recommend Hypnobirthing to anyone preparing for birth – even though things went quick for me and I did feel overwhelmed at times – just preparing for birth with a calm mind and trying to let go of fear that I felt (we did one last fear release exercise the night I went into labour – I must’ve known something was coming haha) made a big difference for me I think. It gave me confidence that I could do it before I had to and I did have my doubts during labour when things got really intense but I’m sure without the course I would’ve been less equipped to handle what my body and mind was going through.

 in a year or so (even though everyone is saying I might have an EXTREMELY short labour next time haha). 

Here’s a couple more pics after birth – Brendan took these like 3 mins after James was born. And one of our whole family (fur baby Ziggy included) on our first trip to the park.

Look forward to seeing you at the next coffee and cuddles catch up 🙂 

Dannielle (mummy to baby James)

 

 

A marathon birth with baby calm and relaxed throughout.

“Our baby girl finally arrived on 4 April, at 41+3.  Meet Lilith Clementine Fawcett Hand.
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She came after three days of contractions with no sleep. We discovered in the second stage after I had been bearing down for two hours that she was posterior! I kept pushing her down and she kept going back up…
After the first two nights and heading into the third  I had to pull out all the stops to move my labour along, despite the fatigue. My contractions had been irregular and slowed down so I did squats and other movements to bring on active labour. Then I was straight back into the birth centre and headed directly for the bath for some relief! Ollie and I were so tired we were both nodding off between contractions.
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I was so close to having baby in the water like I wanted, but when it was discovered she was posterior I had an epidural, a half hour sleep, and resumed pushing so that she could be a forceps delivery. I ended up pushing for about 6 hours all up.
It was a marathon but I’m glad we got as far as we did. Our baby stayed calm and relaxed throughout, I had all of Ollie’s love and support, and the midwives and doctors were amazing, understanding and respecting our preferences. I won’t ever forget Ollie practically lunging across the theatre to ensure they did delayed cord clamping.
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Hypnobirthing was great preparation as a couple, thank you. You never know how labour is going to go so it’s good to have a range of tools to draw strength from no matter what.
Beck and Ollie”
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The birth of beautiful baby Ahelia…

“Our baby girl Ahelia was born a few weeks ago and it can only be described as a GREAT birth!

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My membranes released on a Saturday night but with no signs of labour so I spent the Sunday doing lots of things to encourage the onset of labour. The obstetricians and midwives who cared for me were aware of my wishes for birth and gave me time to see if labour would start spontaneously. Due to the time since my waters had released I was administered antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection.

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At 1:30am on the Monday morning I started having waves and found myself going into spontaneous labour. At 7:30am I was 3cm and agreed to have my labour augmented. The surges now became much stronger and I used my hypnobirthing techniques to remain calm. Marvin was with me every step of the way and was a wonderful birth partner, and I had my mum massaging me – I actually managed to fall asleep!

My baby’s heartrate remained good throughout – I felt calm and baby felt calm. The midwife was aware of my hypnobirthing approach and was respectful and supportive at all times. At times when I felt like I was going “off-track” they would help to refocus me.

The pushing stage was less than an hour and I did it all without an epidural. That was one of my main goals and so many people commented on how well I coped. The labour from the start of my surges until Ahelia was born was about 12 hours.

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I feel positive and so happy and really feel like my body and my baby were working together! I had 2 hours of skin-to-skin after she was born and the whole experience was pretty amazing! Ahelia has been such a great baby so far – she even calms down when we put the hypnobirthing tracks on!

Marvin has taken to fatherhood so well, he is so involved and it was great to have my mum with me too – she was so proud of me and my family have been such a great help since Ahelia was born. She is such a content little baby and the hypnobirthing techniques you taught us can really transform the birth experience into an amazing one!”

Verna & Marvin – parents to baby Ahelia

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The Birth Story of ARIEL BLAIZE, in the words of her mum, Betty.

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“I was convinced that I would go into labour after my 40th week, as it was my first full term pregnancy and people never held back telling me how small my bump looked. It came as a great surprise to me that on the same night we finally sorted out the house (I was 39+2 days), I began to have that old familiar feeling of period pain cramps .
Over the course of a few hours, the feeling became more distinct and I began to have moderately uncomfortable surges that lasted for a minute and were arriving every 5 minutes.
I rang the birth centre and they convinced me to stay home and have a panadol and a bath, which I did with my Hypnobirthing track playing and tried to get some sleep. I slept through the night and the next morning, all that remained was a mild cramping feeling.
I went to have acupuncture, ate a hot curry, had sex, diffused some clary sage oil and the same thing happened — the surges returned that evening, 5 minutes apart, painful but tolerable. They seemed to come on especially strongly when my husband touched and held me. Day three, I woke up determined to bring on active labour. We went on a bushwalk for an hour, listening to the birds and the wind moving through the trees. I hugged my husband Billy and confided that maybe I was deep-down afraid that I couldn’t do it, that maybe I wasn’t as strong as I was telling myself. He talked me back round, reminded me of all the preparation I’d been doing and that I could only do one moment at a time.
After a similar night, we went to the Birth Centre on the morning of Day 4 for our scheduled check-up. I felt emotionally exhausted from the pain and anticipation. The midwife suggested that since we had “tried” everything, perhaps we should consider embracing the unknown and not “trying”. 
That evening, I was watching a documentary about birth in a dark, cosy room and at 6:30pm I felt something swell inside me and pop. Just like in the movies, I had a huge gush as my membranes released.
We were so ready.
I kneeled in the shower listening to my track as my surges ramped up to 3 minutes apart. We called RPA and they told us it was time to come in. Billy put our bags went in the car, I put the TENS machine on my back (the pads were held to my skin with band aids after four days of use!) and an eye mask and Billy drove us carefully to the hospital. I was checked over when we arrived and shortly after we were ushered into the birthing suite.
My close friend Scott came to meet us there. I wanted him there as a support for Billy because potentially this could take a really long time. Billy set up some low light and put up some pictures of our family and cat and the midwife filled the tub.
We played the Affirmations and Surge Of The Sea over the speakers. The water gave me lots of pain relief and after only 2 hours, I felt a deeper pressure and a need to shift positions. The midwife encouraged me to listen to my body and never told me to push.
I just breathed through this different feeling and felt the baby descend. The midwife suggested that I reach inside and feel for our babies head and when I did I was amazed — their little head was only a few centimetres away.
In the last few surges, I used all my effort to bring her down. Her head was born, then with after two more surges, her body was born.
We were so stunned we forgot to check the sex of our baby, so both of us shrieked when we saw that she was a baby girl! She looked around the room, not crying just deeply taking everything in. Within 10 minutes, she had firmly latched to my breast.
The placenta took close to an hour to come out and my surges had subsided so the midwife gave me an injection to bring and shortly thereafter it came out intact. I had no tearing, just a minor graze.
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I held our beautiful baby girl, Ariel Blaize Judd in my arms, she was a sizeable 3.68kgs and 53cm long, the perfect size for my body. 
I felt high on love and absolutely empowered by the experience. And still do! We are loving every moment we have with our gorgeous little girl. Thank you so much for giving us the tools and knowledge to approach this birth with calm confidence. I would wish for anyone to have this same opportunity.”
Love and many thanks,
Betty, Billy and Ariel Judd.
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