Liz – your Practitioner

Liz Stanford of Enhance Your Birth

Liz Stanford of Enhance Your Birth

I became pregnant with my first child at the age of 27 and was so terrified of what lay ahead of me for the next 9 months (and beyond) that I began reading all I could about pregnancy and birth. I empowered myself with knowledge and felt more in control. I had a fear that the pain of childbirth would be so great that I would not cope and would need all the drugs going. This was not an avenue I was willing to pursue so I scoured the Internet and came across Hypnobirthing. I signed up immediately to the classes some 20 miles away and immersed myself in the philosophy and technique. My beautiful daughter was born on the 31st August 2007 and although I did require intervention, I fulfilled my desire not to have drugs and felt relatively in control for most of the labour. The moral of the story is that despite the complications, I knew it was possible to birth easily and safely and that I would achieve it next time round!

On 9th December 2009 I gave birth to my gorgeous son with whom I achieved the most wonderful calm, drug free, intervention free birth I had desired! As with my daughter the support from my Birthing Companion (my husband) was the foundation of my success. I was home from hospital the same day and felt fantastic.

These two experiences and my continued interest in pregnancy, labour, birth and babies inspired me to train as a Hypnobirthing Practitioner in April 2011. I really love the HB technique and know that it works for a lot of women, so I devoted much of my savings to going on the training course. I have now been teaching for 4 years!

I have since given birth to my 3rd child using HypnoBirthing which was another wonderful experience (which certainly had some challenges!) read about in my blog http://enhanceyourbirth.co.uk/2015/04/14/my-own-experience-with-hypnobirthing/

In essence, I believe that a natural, drug free birth is possible for every healthy, low risk woman if that is what she truly desires. However, all women should be allowed to birth in the manner that she wants but these decisions should be made after all the facts (pros and cons) have been addressed. Women need to be supported in their choices and feel empowered by the knowledge/information they receive from their peers or antenatal educators.