Iain's story of Scarlett's birth
We gave birth on a Thursday at home using Hypnobirthing and labour lasted around 4 hours. It was the most incredible experience.
My fiancé religiously listened to the birthing affirmations and we constantly practiced our deepening relaxations in the build up to the due date and when the time came we were well prepared with the birthing pool all set up and confidence in our practice and belief that a drug free, comfortable birth would happen. It did.
Within 2 hours Penny had fully dilated without any unbearable pain. Pure breathing techniques and a birthing ball. I gave a lot of soft touch massage, played ambient music and spoke soothingly to my amazing partner with confident words about the birth of our beautiful child.
By the time I managed to get the pool at optimum heat Penny's surges where constant and I knew it was happening. She got fully into the birthing pool and before the midwives had even reached the front door, the head had popped out. I knew it was down to me to birth my child and as the rest of the body was coming out, the midwives arrived and I called out in relief that they had arrived ( it was 4 hours at this stage - very fast for what I'm lead to believe) they unwrapped the umbilical cord that was around her neck and handed our beautiful daughter to Penny
Penny didn't tear at all and has not only recovered but she is pretty much back to normal within 48hrs and we are blissfully happy.
Without Hypnobirthing, we know that this experience wouldn't have been as magical as it was and fully believe in the power of a positive mind and belief in oneself can accomplish unbelievable feats.