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"Helped me to achieve a fantastic birth experience…"
For years I was so scared of childbirth that I was deterred from having children. That started to change when I read about self-hypnosis techniques and I began to believe that birth might not be the horrific experience I'd expected. When I became pregnant I knew that I wanted to try self-hypnosis and these CDs were the first thing I purchased after my 12 week scan.
I listened to them as recommended and, towards the end of my pregnancy, also used to listen to the CD at night, if I woke up and couldn't get comfortable. This was always a relaxing experience and I was surprised to find that, as my due date approach, I didn't really feel nervous about giving birth.
My birth experience was fantastic. I woke up at 3am on my due date feeling a few twinges. Within an hour these had developed into what were clearly contractions, lasting at least a minute and happening every 3 or 4 minutes. We arrived at the hospital at 6.30am and I was told that I was 5cm dilated but that I was fully effaced and my labour was progressing quickly. I went up the delivery suite and got into the birthing pool, where my daughter was born at 8.29am. If I'm honest I did find my contractions painful but I never felt that I couldn't cope with the pain, I used gas and air but nothing else and my midwife commented on how calm I was. My daughter was immediately calm and alert and we went home later the same day. I'm convinced that Natal Hypnotherapy played a big part in my positive birth experience.
I wish that I'd listened to the postnatal CD more than I did. When I did use it, it made me feel much more able to cope with a newborn and seemed to help my daughter to relax as well. If I'm lucky enough to have another child, I'll definitely try to make this part of our early routine.Read moreLess
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"I hope it is ok to share my birth story…"
I hope it is ok to share my birth story here, as after my recent experience, I would love to encourage women to use the Natal Hypnotherapy CD. My two sons were both born at home and were great experiences but the recent birth of my daughter was something really special. Five weeks before her birth I went to visit my sister who had recently had a wonderful home birth. I was feeling quite nervous at the time, I was finding it hard to trust that I would have another good experience, and I was (for no good reason) concerned about my baby's health. Hellen had used the CD and on her recommendation I started listening to it every day. There was an immediate change in my attitude and for the first time I dared feel a real connection with my daughter. On several occasions I cried while listening to the cd and it was such a relief to be feeling positive enough about the forthcoming birth to admit my fears. I started to talk to my daughter more and more.
As I listened to the CD more I did become increasingly relaxed and this continued despite being four days overdue. Each time I listened to the CD I pictured going into labour in the early hours of the morning so that I could manage early labour alone before my 2 and a half year old son, Anton, woke up. I woke up at 3am on 17th March because of a good contraction and was able to spend the next two hours sat in the dark relaxing well. At 5.15 my Anton woke up so I woke my husband and mother (we were staying with my family). My mum played with Anton and I walked around the house just swaying and relaxing through contractions. At 7am I rang the midwives and was told that I may have to go to hospital because of a lack of staff. I actually didn't become anxious although I really wanted a third home birth. Thankfully a midwife, Debbie, agreed to start her shift early so that I could stay at home. Debbie had done one of my antenatal checks and I had taken to her immediately and felt delighted she would be there. At 7.20 I put the CD on and listened to it while my husband rubbed my back.
The midwives arrived at 8am into a relaxed and busy household. I was 4 centimeters dilated. Four of my younger siblings were hanging around, full of curiosity, asking me and the midwives questions. Anton came to chat to me and then off to play. I was able to stay on my feet, walking around. I felt no nerves at all and felt very focused on allowing my daughter's birth to happen. When the contractions became almost continuous around 8.45 I sat on a birthing ball and used gas and air. At 9.30 I asked my husband to prepare a bath and at 9.50 I walked up the stairs with the membranes breaking on the way.
When I, my husband and the two midwives got into the bathroom and shut the door the atmosphere became completely calm. Debbie turned off the light and they began to whisper. They showed my husband how to pour water on my belly, which was lovely. I lay in the bath visualizing what would happen when I was ready to push. I felt like a diver or gymnast practicing the moves in my head so I could perform them perfectly. I held Debbie's hand for a few moments and felt very serene. Her calm was incredibly reassuring. Just after 10 I first felt the urge to push and welcomed it with relaxed excitement. My daughters head was out within a couple of minutes and Debbie knelt beside the bath stroking her head under the water, while we waited for the next contraction. It was such a perfect moment. My daughter's birth took 7 minutes. Neve was placed straight onto me. The placenta was out quickly with no need for an injection and I was quickly in bed feeding Neve.
I really felt that using the CD improved both the time leading up to the birth and the birth itself. All I did was listen to the CD 26 times, mostly managing to stay awake! I felt such confidence that my body would do all the right things and that I just needed to relax and let it happen. I have had an experience I will always treasure.Read moreLess
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"I was recommended this CD and the natal hypnotherapy website…"
I was recommended this CD and the natal hypnotherapy website (http://www.natalhypnotherapy.co.uk/) in our hospital antenatal class and just wish I had known about it sooner.
Having heard from my friend (a midwife) and my pregnancy yoga teacher how self hypnosis could really help you manage pain during childbirth I was interested to learn more but I didn't have much time or money to invest. At our hospital antenatal class (5 weeks before due date) this CD was recommended to us and purchased it shortly after.
I was unconvinced that in the few weeks I had left it would make much difference but was prepared to give it a go. I was desperate to have a natural delivery with little or no drugs and wanted to feel like I had done everything I could to prepare for my labour of choice. The CD arrived within a couple of days and I started listening to it immediately. The programme lasts about 40mins so once I started maternity leave somedays I would listen twice. At the time I had no idea whether it would help me during labour but found the CD very relaxing and enjoyable to listen to.
My baby was nearly 2 weeks overdue and those last couple of weeks seemed to go on forever but as my due date came and passed I didn't feel nervous about the impending labour. I was full of excitement and any nerves about labour felt previously in earlier pregnancy seemed to have disappeared.
My labour was fairly straight forward, waters broke at home and contractions started shortly after. I was advised by my midwife to stay at home as long as I could manage the pain and until contractions were 2-3 mins apart. We eventually arrived at hospital to discover I was 8cm dialated already. I used the birthing pool in the natural birth centre and gave birth to my baby girl naturally after a small amount of gas and air. I really amazed myself how well I dealt with the pain, it was all a bit of a blur but my husband says I just went into my own little world and breathed through the contractions in a controlled manner. It was as if I was in a state of hypnosis.
I am sure the birth preparation CD helped me manage my labour pain hugely and would highly recommend it.Read moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.
"I was quite anxious for most of my pregnancy and…"
I was quite anxious for most of my pregnancy and paniced at every twinge or pain. I had heard about natal hypnotherapy from one of the girls from my NCT class so decided to look into it further. We found a workshop and went along in early April (I was 7 months pregnant) I came away that day feeling much more relaxed. The discussions we had were informative and realistic. I bought the preparing for a better birth cd and we listened to it at home at least once a weeek and then more often as I got closer to my due date. Each time I listened to it I felt more relaxed and excited about the birth. The main thing going through my mind was how I was doing the most natural thing in the world and that the more relaxed I am and the more I let nature take its cause the easier and te better the birth will be and it worked!! The day I went into labour I woke up in te morning knowing that 'today was going to be the day' I had mild period type pains thoughout the day and my husband and I stayed calm and relaxed. At about midnight we decided to go to bed and I thought I should listen to the cd again knowing that this would probably be the last time! I was right because 10 minuites into the cd my waters broke!! From then on I used the tens machine and gas and air when I got to the birth centre. I gave birth in the birthing pool naturally (I even gave birth to the placenta naturally) and everything went to plan. Thanks to the preparaton and natal hypnotherapy cd I was able to remain relaxed and calm and kept thinking abou the 'pain dial' and that with 'each contraction I was closer to meetng my baby'. I was able to zone out and although I still felt A LOT of pain I was able to cope much more than I ever thought I would. I would recommend Natal hypnotherapy to anyone who is feeling anxious about the birth. Relaxation is the key to a better birth.Read moreLess
3 people found this review helpful.
"Having gone through IVF, specifically egg donation, I was nervous…"
Having gone through IVF, specifically egg donation, I was nervous about birthing and labour. Very early on I realised I needed to overcome my fear of giving birth and enrolled on the workshops. I read the Effective Birth Preparation book prior to the workshops and asked myself why I was fearful. It was obvious, I had lost faith in my body to do what is natural, partly because of not being able to conceive naturally. However, my body was blooming during pregnancy and doing exactly what it should be doing so it was time to believe in it. I listened to the CD's from about 32 weeks, sometimes when I came in from work, other times during the early hours of the morning when I couldn't sleep. I eventually was able to 'switch off' as soon as they come on and everyone commented about how calm I had become.
My labour started on Monday, when I was 4 days overdue. They were slow uncomfortable 'pains' - although they weren't painful. This continued for 3 days before I went to hospital as contractions became 3 minutes apart. (although still not painful). I was only 2 cm dilated so was happy to return home to wait for the 'true' contractions. Early hours Saturday morning, my labour started to become more painful , the contractions took my breath away but I was reminded by my other half to use the techniques I learnt and I was back on track breathing through them. We stayed at home for a couple of hours then went to hospital at 4am. I was only 3cm but was allowed to stay and continue doing what I was doing.
My other half was amazing during the labour; he read my emotional phases. At 8am I was 7cm and was allowed gas and air. The pain was becoming worse and I mentioned pethidine, something I didn't want but my other half managed to gently persuade me that I didn't need it (saying if I did, I could have it in half an hour, by which time I'd forgotten - he knew I didn't want it really but I was in my self doubt phrase).
I gave birth to my daughter at 12.12pm, although it felt like 4 hours labour to me. I used a tens machine and gas/air. She was a healthy 8lb 12oz too. Very proud I did it naturally and it is down to Natal Hypnotherapy. I recommend it to everyone now!!Read moreLess
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"I discovered the Natal Hypnotherapy programme during my last (third)…"
I discovered the Natal Hypnotherapy programme during my last (third) pregnancy and have found them to be amazing. I was able to listen to them in my own time at home (ideal when you have older children) and they really helped me to rest. The pregnancy one helped to keep me calm and healthy. The birth preparation and music CD's helped me to visualise the birth in my head so that when it happened I was confident and found it an amazing experience. I felt so prepared that things like moving, breathing and relaxing all became very instinctive - I think it also helped that I gave birth at home. I felt excited and confident about birth rather than fearful and found it to be a very positive experience. The postnatal CD was great to listen to as it made sure I rested at least once a day during the first few weeks. I really recommend this programme as I have found it so beneficial.Read moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.
"I used the Pregnancy Relaxation CD in early to mid…"
I used the Pregnancy Relaxation CD in early to mid pregnancy and used to find it so relaxing that I would fall asleep! Then I moved onto the Effective Home Birth Preparation CD from 32 weeks onwards. Whilst I found some elements of them a bit "New Age-y" for me, there were also some really useful elements, particularly the breathing techniques. Although my birth did not go to plan and I ended up being induced in hospital, the breathing and visualisation techniques were great in the early stages of labour and the midwifes kept commenting on how good my breathing was! I would definitely recommend these CDs for relaxation and preparation for birth.Read moreLess
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