Birth Instinct hypnobirthing course recommendation

by Lyndsey

I am so happy to let you know that our son, Theo James, was born at home at 10:10am today, one day after his due date, weighing in at a massive 9lbs 14oz! I couldn't wait a moment longer to email - I had the most perfect birth experience and I cannot thank you enough. I want to shout it from the rooftops!

I was still a little sceptical of hypnobirthing - despite putting in a lot of practice this last few weeks. My skepticism disappeared last night - hypnobirthing is AMAZING and I can't believe everyone doesn't birth like this!

I had backache all day yesterday but just thought it was things starting to move. I listened to my relaxations and bounced on my ball. I went to bed at 10pm and woke at 3:30am to pee - my waters broke on the toilet. Surges started about 4am and I breathed through them easily. By 6:30am they were every 5 minutes, but I was handling them so easily that I thought they couldn't be doing much so didn't want to call the midwife - James did anyway. The midwife arrived at 7am and examined me - you could have knocked me over with a feather when she told me I was 7cm!! I continued bouncing on my ball for the whole labour - eating, drinking. I was chatting away to the midwife and James at 10cm!! I got into the pool when I felt like pushing. This stage was a little harder as he was so big and back to back. His head was born after 20 minutes, but his body didn't follow for another 3 minutes - he needed to turn. I needed to change position, and the midwives had to hold my legs back to get him out - throughout which I remained completely calm. He was born very serene a few minutes later - I didn't even need a paracetamol throughout the whole thing!!

I am absolutely gobsmacked at Theo's birthing experience, particularly considering how my last birth went! I cannot thank you enough - your course was the best money we have ever spent, and we will remember this magical, empowering experience for the rest of our lives.