Mel’s Hypnobirthing Story

“Dylan Spencer Allan decided to make an early appearance on a recent Monday morning, 3 weeks early! He eventually passed his blood sugars so we are now home.

So, as I expected, it was all a little bit quick… Surges began at 1:15am. I initially thought it was baby doing his usual head butting my pubic bone/pelvis and then started timing them…40-60seconds every 2.5 minutes! So I thought it best to wake Jonny, who good as gold, calmly rang my mum and the hospital.

We got to hospital and met the midwife at 2:12am….and Dylan arrived at 3:53am! So hypnobirthing… Understanding the process of labour, what options I had for positioning, the affirmations, breathing, massage and background music were all utilised – in my own unique way!

I did use gas and air but intermittently, mostly using my take on breathing – I struggled mostly to breathe in rather than out, which had been the case when I’d been practicing!! I did also ask for pethidine but then I changed my mind (as it affected me badly last time) – my inner hypnobirthing voice must have known better.

I bossed Jonny about a bit… He would say “breathe” and I’d say “no! Count!” as that was more helpful to me! He massaged my back but again I could only tolerate the heel of his hand and not his fingers or palm as he made me too hot!

At one stage I felt like I couldn’t do it and I said I was scared, but Jonny and my midwife were super encouraging and kept reassuring me. Also (I don’t remember) Jonny said I was also telling myself I could do it – must have been my inner hypnobirthing voice again.

I wasn’t a picture of serenity like the videos but I was able to zone in from time to time on the music and the spaces in between, which must have helped. Jonny really says hypnobirthing helped me. He thinks I was a star.

Thanks Liz. So very glad to have done the hypnobirthing course. It made this experience so much better!!”