If you’d looked at me in the middle of a contraction, you’d think I’d just closed my eyes and nodded off for a few moments. No screaming…no shouting…no pain.
Unbelievable? Impossible even?
That’s what I used to think too. But I was wrong…
Looking for an alternative
When I became pregnant for the first time, back in October 2001, I had some real worries about giving birth.
I wanted to find a method that was less painful than what I was being offered. Something that helped me get over my fears and put me in control of my birth – not the hospital or the doctors.
So, I went looking for an alternative – just like you’re doing now.
What I discovered shook everything I thought I knew about birth…
The myth of painful birth
Everything you see or hear about birth – from friends, family, or on TV – tells you giving birth is going to hurt.
At worst, it’s portrayed as some agonising and traumatic experience you have to endure, with your partner standing helplessly by while you scream and suffer in pain.
Your friends and family mean well. They want you to know what to expect.
They think they’re helping, by preparing you for ’the inevitable’.
The only thing is – they’re WRONG
Pain is not inevitable.
How can I be so sure?
Because, as you’ll see, my experience of giving birth was very different. And I’m not alone.
There’s thousands of women who’ve discovered the power of what I’m about to tell you…
I found a method that teaches you that you don’t have to suffer agony when you give birth. A method that shows you how it is possible to have a pain-free birth.
Most importantly, a method that puts you in control of your birth.
The name of that method is HypnoBirthing®.
HypnoBirthing®? I don’t want to be hypnotised!
If you’re like most people, you’re probably thinking “HypnoBirthing®? Does that mean I have to be hypnotised? I don’t like the sound of that!”
Yes – but hypnosis is almost certainly not what you think it is.
No party tricks
Unfortunately, stage and television hypnosis has given many people a very negative and mistaken view of hypnotherapy in general. You know the sort of thing I mean.
You probably think of a stage hypnotist (as opposed to a hypnotherapist) making people eat a lemon, talk in Martian or believe they’re naked in public. Not a very appealing idea for most people, I’m sure you’ll agree.
But you can be sure that if I indulged in these kinds of ‘party tricks’, as a member of the British Institute of Hypnotherapy I’d be struck off.
Nothing to fear
Perhaps you’re simply afraid of hypnosis? Worried you’ll be in a trance, and out of control?
Maybe you’re scared you’ll feel compelled to blurt out some deep, dark secret? Or be made to do something you don’t want to?
This is, quite simply, not possible.
Hypnotherapy cannot override your basic instincts.
No hypnotherapist can make you do anything you really don’t want to.
What hypnosis really is?
Clinical hypnotherapy, and HypnoBirthing®, means you are always in control.
Hypnosis is simply a feeling of relaxed concentration, just like when you’re absorbed in a good book. If it’s a really good one, you’re still awake, and aware of what’s going on around you – but you just ’tune out’ the distractions.
Maybe you’ve had times when you’ve driven a familiar journey, and when you arrive you realise you’d done it on ’auto-pilot’?
That’s hypnosis too.
There’s really nothing to be scared of. We all go in and out of hypnotic states naturally, on a regular basis.
How do you know HypnoBirthing® works?
Simple – I “put my money where my mouth is” – twice.
Less than 3 months after qualifying as a HypnoBirthing® practitioner, I put the techniques to the ultimate test – and used it successfully when I gave birth to my son, Joseph.
I managed fifteen hours of induced labour – with contractions so strong they had the needle of the monitor off the chart – but I could only feel pressure.
By using the same self-hypnosis and breathing techniques I will teach you, I was able to relax and be completely comfortable. The midwives couldn’t believe what they were seeing (and neither could my husband!)
I then went one better in May 2005, when I gave birth to my beautiful, 8lb 13oz daughter, Grace. (A fair size, when I’m only 5’ tall myself, and a size 6/8!).
Again, the labour and birth was incredibly comfortable. There was a very brief “ouch” moment as her head came out, but other than that I thoroughly enjoyed the labour and birth. (How many mums do you know can say that?).
However, this time, HypnoBirthing® gave me the confidence to give birth to Grace in the peace and quiet of my own home, rather than hospital. Grace was born completely naturally, and again without needing any pain relief.
So, having proved to myself how powerful these techniques are, I’m now incredibly passionate about wanting to teach you that birth can be a pleasant and enjoyable experience.
So what is HypnoBirthing® about?
HypnoBirthing® allows you to rediscover the truth that birth should be a calm and natural process – not a fraught and traumatic medical event.
Women in many other cultures give birth successfully and safely without all the intervention we in the West take for granted. HypnoBirthing® will teach you why…and how.
The focus of HypnoBirthing® is on teaching you and your partner some simple but specialised relaxation and breathing techniques. These easy to learn techniques make the whole birth easier, calmer and more comfortable.
HypnoBirthing® doesn’t require any particular belief system, or prior experience. Some of our mums (and especially their husbands) have been very sceptical at first – until they experience it for themselves.
Just imagine – instead of screaming and being in pain, welcoming each surge. Feeling peaceful… relaxed… and even smiling as your baby comes closer to you.
Finally – something useful for the dad to do
Instead of your husband or partner being a helpless onlooker, they become a central part of the birthing process, helping you to stay calm and focussed on the techniques you’ve been taught.
As a result, the fathers feel proud to have been able to help, and to be an active part of the birth.
Just imagine how close that makes them feel to you and the baby…