First time Mum Cheryl shares her experience of how Hypnobirthing had a huge part to play in helping her manage her somewhat unexpectedly long labour…
I signed up to do a Hypnobirthing course to basically try take the fear out of giving birth (being one of those people brainwashed by TV imagery) and based on the positive feedback I’d heard from friends. I admit I was a bit sceptical of the name “Hypnobirthing”(as was my husband!) but I was willing to try anything to make the birthing experience as positive as possible – and I’m so glad we did.
Due to some unexpected complications, our labour ended up being 50 hours! Although it was tough, reflecting back, I’m still not entirely sure how I managed it?! However, I’m sure that it was the Hypnobirthing techniques we learn’t from Karianne that helped me push me through.
In the early stages of labour, the breathing techniques and visualisations made my surges much more bearable and I had a relatively relaxing day, pottering around the house before finally going into hospital as my surge frequency increased and became more intense.
As my labour became increasingly prolonged and intense, our plan A of a water birth went out the window (despite making it into the birthing pool at one point) and all the other skills we learn’t on our Hypnobirthing course came into play. They were invaluable – in particular, our time with Karianne taught us how to discuss and prepare for all eventualities. So when things didn’t go to plan, we knew exactly what options we wanted to go for (via our birth preferences) and were well equipped to agree/challenge the medical recommendations given to us (using our B.R.A.I.N).
Our baby boy was finally born after over 2 days in labour (!) and although a few curve-balls came our way throughout the birth, it was still positive. I really have surprised myself at what my body can do!
I would highly recommend Hypnobirthing to all future parents. Karianne especially, is a wonderful teacher who is personable, passionate about empowering to have a positive birth and truly cares about her couples. Thank you so much Karianne – I doubt our experience would have been quite so positive without you!