Hypnobirthing & Postnatal Support
Birth Stories
Max’s Positive Induction When I found out I was expecting my second baby, I was very excited to start planning my birth. I had planned a home birth, because my first pregnancy and birth was so straightforward, and I’m not the biggest fan of hospitals, we began discussions about making preparations for that. However, this baby had other ideas and I was admitted to hospital at 28 weeks after losing a part of my placenta (we think) and a significant amount of blood. Thankfully the bleeding stopped, and after four days I was discharged but following this I was under close obstetric observation and my pregnancy was monitored by the consultants team to ensure the rest of the pregnancy went smoothly. At 37 weeks there was evidence to suggest that the placenta was working too hard to give the baby what he needed, and his growth had tailed off so we made the decision to induce me a few days later. I started my sessions with Jennie shortly after I was discharged after my scare, because I realised my hope for a home birth was probably out the window and I was quite upset. I really didn’t want to go into hospital if I could help it, I’d heard lots of scary stories about inductions and Caesarian births and I felt that I was being led to a decision I didn’t want and I had no choice, but I was also scared for the health and well-being of my baby. Jennie’s hypnobirthing and antenatal classes helped me to feel informed, and empowered to make the choices that were right for us. I began to feel more relaxed about my pregnancy from the first session and had more faith in my body and a better understanding of what it needs to do to go into labour. We also did a breastfeeding preparation session to boost my confidence there, my daughter is five, so it’s been a while since I breastfed a child! When the decision was eventually made to induce me, I felt it was the right choice to make, given my circumstances instead of just being told that’s what would happen, and I had the hypnobirthing techniques to work with to help me feel calm and relaxed while my body got to work. Then when my son was actually born it was the most beautiful experience, it was so relaxed and positive. I had been in hospital for 24 hours with the pessary before I was taken to the delivery suite to have my waters broken and the drip put in to speed up my labour. I’d barely even pressed play on my hypnobirthing playlist and active labour just started. I was fully dilated before I even knew it and two minutes later my son was handed to me. He didn’t even cry when he came out he just snuggled into my breast and went to sleep. Six weeks on I have a wonderful little boy who still loves his sleep and his boobs, I have dealt much better with the hormone shifts than I did with my daughter and I feel much more calm, relaxed and positive in my role as a new mother. Jennie is also at the end of the phone still when I need her support, so her continuity of care is excellent too.
photo by Jennie Corcoran
Hypnobirthing & Postnatal Support
Birth Stories
Max’s Positive Induction When I found out I was expecting my second baby, I was very excited to start planning my birth. I had planned a home birth, because my first pregnancy and birth was so straightforward, and I’m not the biggest fan of hospitals, we began discussions about making preparations for that. However, this baby had other ideas and I was admitted to hospital at 28 weeks after losing a part of my placenta (we think) and a significant amount of blood. Thankfully the bleeding stopped, and after four days I was discharged but following this I was under close obstetric observation and my pregnancy was monitored by the consultants team to ensure the rest of the pregnancy went smoothly. At 37 weeks there was evidence to suggest that the placenta was working too hard to give the baby what he needed, and his growth had tailed off so we made the decision to induce me a few days later. I started my sessions with Jennie shortly after I was discharged after my scare, because I realised my hope for a home birth was probably out the window and I was quite upset. I really didn’t want to go into hospital if I could help it, I’d heard lots of scary stories about inductions and Caesarian births and I felt that I was being led to a decision I didn’t want and I had no choice, but I was also scared for the health and well-being of my baby. Jennie’s hypnobirthing and antenatal classes helped me to feel informed, and empowered to make the choices that were right for us. I began to feel more relaxed about my pregnancy from the first session and had more faith in my body and a better understanding of what it needs to do to go into labour. We also did a breastfeeding preparation session to boost my confidence there, my daughter is five, so it’s been a while since I breastfed a child! When the decision was eventually made to induce me, I felt it was the right choice to make, given my circumstances instead of just being told that’s what would happen, and I had the hypnobirthing techniques to work with to help me feel calm and relaxed while my body got to work. Then when my son was actually born it was the most beautiful experience, it was so relaxed and positive. I had been in hospital for 24 hours with the pessary before I was taken to the delivery suite to have my waters broken and the drip put in to speed up my labour. I’d barely even pressed play on my hypnobirthing playlist and active labour just started. I was fully dilated before I even knew it and two minutes later my son was handed to me. He didn’t even cry when he came out he just snuggled into my breast and went to sleep. Six weeks on I have a wonderful little boy who still loves his sleep and his boobs, I have dealt much better with the hormone shifts than I did with my daughter and I feel much more calm, relaxed and positive in my role as a new mother. Jennie is also at the end of the phone still when I need her support, so her continuity of care is excellent too.