We had our son Rex on 19th December after a 10 hour labour. He was born in the birthing pool at home with no pain relief apart from a tens machine. He scored a 9 at 1 minute on the apgar test and then a 10. Monitoring of his heart rate throughout the birth showed him to be very calm the whole time. I would give a score of 9 for how in control I felt.
I don't think I could have done it without the hypnobirthing - I played the tracks throughout and drew on different visualisations and breathing techniques at different points. The hypnobirthing gave us both confidence and calmness in the birthing process, as well as a better understanding in what was happening and why and how to create an environment to encourage calmness. The midwives were brilliant and just let us get on with it- I even pulled the baby out myself and no stitches required!
I have been telling all my friends to try hypnobirthing as I really believe it changed my whole mindset towards birth and has made me a calmer person in general. Thank you very much for all your help with this! I have also used the hypnobirthing post-birth to help with breastfeeding.
Thanks again Sharon.
All the best,