Having had a difficult first birth, I was very nervous about the birth of my second child. We found the HypnoBirthing® course really helpful – not just because it fully explained labour in a more helpful way than any antenatal course but because Gemma provided it in a positive environment.
I had to be induced, which I started to dread as didn’t not want a lengthy or medicalised birth but with my HypnoBirthing® skills and Gemma’s support, I approached it in a positive way, which helped me to have a straight forward labour. In particular, I found HypnoBirthing® really helpful in the early stages of labour and even sent my husband home for a sleep! The midwife didn’t think I was particularly progressed and she’d checked on me and found me asleep but I was actually listening to the CD and using the skills to deal with my surges. She was surprised to find that after a few hours of being “asleep” I was already 4cm!
I would encourage anyone to take the HypnoBirthing® course, as even if your labour does become more medicalised that you’d hoped - such as being induced – you can still use the exercises and skills to help.
In addition, not only did it assist with my birth but also provided with me with support in other tasks in life I was nervous about. Having not driven for 4 years, I have begun driving again and used the skills from the course to help combat my fears.
Gemma and the course allowed me to become more empowered and set the direction of my birth and also my life. I can’t recommend them both enough.