Good morning Danielle,
How are you ? I hope that you remember me, I had the hypno-birthing course at home with Gavin a few months ago.
I am finally taking the time to send you an email. I gave birth on the 25th of July to a baby boy called Alexander. Although he was 8 days late, I managed to give birth in the birthing pool at home all naturally (I was not induced and i did not have any pain relief)
When my water broke on Sunday night at 2.00 am, I contacted the hospital and a midwife was sent to check on me and the baby, everything was o.k. The contractions started the following day around 16.30pm. At that point the midwives thought I would have to go to the William Harvey hospital on the following day to speed up the labor. Alexander was born three hours later!
I entered the second stage of labor around 18.30pm. The midwife (who was reluctant to come at home so early) arrived around seven. I just had the time to jump in the birth pool and the baby arrived at 19.40pm.
I am very glad that I did the course. It really helped me to stay calm from when my water broke until the second stage of labor. I used the breathing technique, the visualisations. I listened to the cds and we did the exercises with Gavin several nights per week.
I also helped me to stay calm , positive and focused. Firstly, the hospital told me that they were full and that I would have to go to Margate or Canterbury…and secondly , the midwife refused to come at home. Although the midwife was very polite, she seemed unorganised and flustered. She didn’t bring any gas and air , didn’t give much support after Alexander was born. I think that it stressed me seeing her being unorganised and for that reason I felt I had lost track of the breathing techniques on the second stage of labor.
Fortunately, Gavin was amazing. I was the perfect “hypnobirth” partner! He was in control of the situation the whole time. He stayed calmed and focused. He reassured me and assisted me with the breathing.
I am so happy that we did the course and I would like to thank you for the time you took to visit us. The course was so interesting and I learned so much. In my opinion, it made the birth so unique and unforgettable. Without it I think I would have had a much more stressful experience.
I cannot thank you enough and will recommend you to anyone I know who is / will expect a baby.
I am sorry it took me so long to contact you. Those three months have just been ridiculously hectic.
PS I have attached two photos of the birth , hope you got them.
I wish you all the best,
Warm Regards, Nang