“The VBAC of our dreams!”

Read this wonderful VBAC story – a tale of being patient, making informed decisions, the importance of having the right support team and riding on a high following the birth!!!

“Dear Kerry,

I’m thrilled to let you know we got the VBAC of our dreams and little (4.1kg!) Dorothy Matilda was finally born on Sunday.
After Winnie’s early arrival at 36 weeks, it was hard going “overdue” but thanks to our hypnobirthing course, the Facebook VBAC support group you suggested and the Australian Birth Stories podcast, I felt so calm and in control of every decision we made along the way. RPA were so supportive of me trying for a VBAC. I’ve had daily monitoring this last week for high blood pressure and protein and kept saying no to induction. By Saturday I decided to take their recommendation that starting induction may be the best chance for VBAC, rather than coming in and suddenly having a spike in blood pressure and having to whip baby out straight away. This long story becomes pretty short from here; I had the balloon put in on Saturday evening, my waters broke by themselves overnight and I started labouring around 5:30am. I started active labour around 8:30 and had a baby at midday!
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Although I didn’t have any time to listen to hypno tracks during labour, they really helped in the lead up. During the labour I used gas (mainly to help focus my breath) but it was the power of knowledge from our course that got me through. Feeling confident in trying different active labour positions (I loved the shower, kneeling over bed head and the power of the birth stool!) and knowing the sensations were normal and happening for a reason (like when the baby was turning while it was descending, having the urge to poo/push and the ring of fire) took all the fear out of the process. Ned was AMAZING support and nailed the perfect birth partner title like a boss, and again, I attest that to everything we learned at our course! Our midwife deserves a shout out too – I was chuffed that they allocated someone not only who had also VBACed before but spoke all the same language as us during the birth. I asked Ned if he had given her our birth preferences because I couldn’t remember but he hadn’t, she was just amazingly on the same page about the best way to achieve a natural birth.
Although I don’t want to turn around and do it again tomorrow like you(!) I’m absolutely over the moon and so proud! I thought I’d be sad about not labouring at home but the birth was so empowering and couldn’t have been better with the situation we had at hand. I’m so happy I got the opportunity to trust in my body and feel the euphoria of naturally delivering my baby.
Thank you so, so much!
Love from Lindsey, Ned and Dorothy”
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“I had done so much meditation and placed so much focus on remaining calm that I found I never got hysterical or panicked.”

This is such a great account of how the Hypnobirthing Australia program prepares parents for when the circumstances change and a different birth for your baby is needed…
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“Hi Kerry,
Tony and I are so excited to let you know we had a baby girl!! Phoebe Claire Kastelan born 10/10 weighing 4.09kgs and 56cm long! She’s a very healthy girl!
Our birth took eventful roads and Tony and I remained calm and happy throughout the process. Tony was the most amazing birth partner providing me with exactly what I needed and I know that’s because of your course we did! I honestly couldn’t have done it without his calming supportive nature.
I got an infection last Wednesday with a high fever and baby and my heart rate very high. I was induced and we laboured all day Thursday then my temperature went back up so we had a c-section because my infection was too worrying for the health of bub.
I would have reacted extremely differently to all of this had I not done your course, I had done so much meditation and placed so much focus on remaining calm that I found I never got hysterical or panicked.
I feel so grateful I got to experience labour and work as a team with Tony and have our beautiful girl arrive safely!
We were treated with respect and provided exceptional care and my infection has cleared up.
I can’t wait to introduce Phoebs to you!
Lots of love,
Tony, Prim and Phoebe”
And I can’t wait to meet her too!!!
Kerry xx

It really was a super positive and life changing experience despite being longer and tougher than we both expected.

Hi Kerry,
So sorry we haven’t been in touch until now. I’ve been meaning to email you! We had a beautiful baby girl called Nora Lucia Wallace at 11.25am on Sunday 25th August. 3.59kg, 51cm long and very healthy 🙂 Can’t believe she’ll be 6 weeks tomorrow!!
I had a drug free birth at RPA. My hind waters broke at home at 4.20am on the 24th and we went into the hospital at about 10am to get the IV antibiotics as I was GBS positive and we had decided to take the antibiotics (after much research in the weeks prior). We knew we wanted to labour at home so after the first IV dose we were sent home with oral antibiotics to take every 6 hrs. I had lunch at home and then had a nap in the arvo. The surges slowly started at about 3.30pm and just intensified gradually throughout the evening. I really enjoyed early labour as it was a beautiful evening and we had candles on and music and Luke was being so incredible. I even ate a small bowl of minestrone soup that Luke had cooked and was feeling pretty confident and excited!
Our doula, Nadine Fragosa, was the best decision we made for our birth! She was messaging Luke throughout early labour and he was sending her screenshots of the contraction timer app. She came to our house at about 11pm when I think I was in active labour. This was just after my waters broke again very dramatically in the bathroom when I had just put on my nice Lulu Lemon trackies that I had planned to wear to the hospital lol. I was more concerned about my trackies than anything else and made Luke dry them with a hair dryer which was pretty funny in hindsight. I got a bit freaked after that as things intensified a lot more so that’s when we called Nadine. I stayed at home labouring for a few more hours and Nadine helped me to do the hypno breathing a bit better as I was letting some of the bigger contractions get a little overwhelming. I wanted to be upright throughout all the contractions so I was mostly leaning on a wall in my hallway with Nadine sitting on the floor helping me to breathe through them and giving me encouragement. We continued at home until about 1am then I decided I wanted to head to hospital because it was pretty full on.
We began in the birth centre for a few hours with just Doppler monitoring of Nora and regular checks of my blood pressure. I did three massive vomits throughout this time (including all the minestrone soup haha) – the pain was more intense than I had imagined! I laboured in the shower a lot as well as leaning on walls and hanging off random coat hooks haha. The midwife kept checking the colour of my waters on a pad and a couple of hours after we arrived she found a tiny bit of meconium in my waters. They told us that they could monitor Nora better in the labour ward with continuous monitoring through the bands around my tummy and recommended that we move there. Even though no one seemed overly worried and Nadine said it was the tiiiiniest amount of meconium, we decided to move to the labour ward as we didn’t want to risk anything with the baby. They made the new room dark and a similar atmosphere to the birth centre room so it didn’t bother me. Only difference I think was that I couldn’t give birth in the bath but there was still a bath I could use to labour in.
I dilated slowly but fairly consistently. I asked not to get vagina examinations in my preferences but in the end I was curious so I had a few. Labour was verryyyy painful as she moved into posterior as she was moving down but came back around eventually. Just crazy painful back/bum labour! The breathing tequniques really helped especially through the surges and Luke was soooo amazing as a support person. He felt like he knew what to do and how to help which was really beautiful for me. Nadine was incredible and I think I would have given up without her. She kept me going when I was exhausted and was such an amazing support. I stopped believing I could do it towards the end and she convinced me that I could. I also started saying that I thought I needed drugs (even though in my birth preferences I said I didn’t) but Luke and Nadine were great and were able to keep me going without them. I was offered the gas but didn’t want it because I was so nauseous and and I didn’t think I could keep breathing the way I was with the mask thing. Nadine inquired about sterile water injections as she could see me starting to give up as the back/bum pain and pressure was soooo intense. The midwife organised a few more midwives to come and give the injections (two on each side of my spine). I was warned that they would be excruciating as they went in but to be honest everything was so painful I didn’t really mind. Nadine and Luke said they noticed a difference in how I was coping after the injections which was good! I felt like it alleviated some of the back pressure but not the bum pain.
I was a really upright labourer the whole time and wanted to be standing pushing against a wall throughout all the surges. I think this was because of how Nora was positioned. Nadine said she’d never seen such an upright labourer. I also laboured in the shower a lot and in the bath towards the end. I had a cervical lip which the midwife was able to move the second time she tried and then I was able to push (although it actually felt like I was involuntarily pushing way before that point with sooo much pressure in my bum). I tried pushing in so many different positions including on the birth stool, on the floor on all fours, side lying on the floor but in the end I ended up on the bed in like a clamshell position with Luke holding up one knee and Nadine holding the other. I had a big cheer squad by the end including two lots of midwives as there was a shift change. There was also an obstetrician in the room by the end as Nora’s heart rate was a little unsteady so they were just monitoring that. She was crowning for ages and I was pushing at 300% but her head just wasn’t coming out past a certain point. I probably would have gotten there in the end but there was lots of meconium too by this stage and her heart rate was just a little concerning still so they asked if I wanted an episiotomy and I agreed in the end. She then came out in two more pushes and was perfect! She cried straight away when they put her in my chest and she stayed on my chest for about 2 hours. I was a bit disappointed that I had to have an episiotomy but I’d been pushing for almost 2 hours and was soooo exhausted by then that I think it was the right thing to do. Even though the labour and pushing stage were far more painful than I expected, I felt really supported and the whole day had a wonderful energy. Luke and I found the labour and the first two weeks at home (when Luke was off work) to be the best weeks of our life because of all the love and support and visitors. It was amazing.
Nora has been an awesome little baby. She’s feeding and sleeping really well so we feel very lucky! Thank you for all the guidance in the course. I had three weeks of mat leave before she came so I used that time to go through the folio and watch some videos. Luke and I also talked through what we wanted and used the example hypno birth preferences as a template for ours.
So yay!
Thanks for checking in and sorry this email is so long! I wrote half of it in the middle of the night and I think I got a bit carried away haha. I have attached some photos from the last 6 weeks 🙂
Thanks again for everything!
Bridie and Luke and Nora xx

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

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.
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)