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Positive Home Birth Following Previous Birth Trauma

An Email from a mother who had a positive home birth following a previous traumatic birth. A cathartic experience for both her and her partner. A treasured memory for life.


Hi Maureen,

I found out I was pregnant with my second child and instantly started to feel anxious about the labour. My first baby was born in hospital. I was in labour for 12 hours and eventually gave birth to my daughter with the use of forceps. I had an episiotomy and haemorrhaged after I’d given birth. The whole experience was just awful and I did not want to go through that again.

 I started looking into hypnobirthing and this is when I spoke with you about it. I remember you saying to me that once I’d finished the course, I’d want a home birth and I remember thinking at the time that there is no way I will do that. I was convinced I was unable to birth without medical intervention.

My husband and I met with you at our home and we had a total of five sessions with you. I am so glad we did these sessions and you were right, by the end of the sessions I was determined I wanted a home birth. You explained everything so well and the fact that you are such an experienced midwife also put our minds at ease. My husband was also sceptical about the whole thing and by the end of our sessions, he was also of the opinion that we should have a home birth.  

I went into labour at 41 weeks. I had a warm bath and got into bed at 9pm. At 10pm I started having very mild surges which were 20-30mins apart. My husband came to bed at 11pm and I told him that I was having surges but that he should get some rest.  I lay in bed relaxed and sleeping between surges and then breathing through them when they did arrive.  I woke my husband at 12.30am and suggested we needed to go downstairs and fill up the birthing pool.

We called the midwife team and they said they were short staffed and that we should head to the Women’s hospital. I told them we were not willing to do this and that I wanted to birth at home (not to mention our 6 year old was also in bed). They told me they would try to get to me but I may need to free birth. In any event, I should call back if my surges are 5 minutes apart. We called them back 40mins later!

A midwife arrived at 1.30am and although I was doing it alone, I did feel at ease once she arrived.

She said that just by looking at me she could tell I didn’t have long left.  My waters still hadn’t broken and there was a lot of pressure in my back. The midwife suggested I try and break my waters and I

did this as I got into the pool. The instant release of pressure was immense. I breathed through each of my surges and can honestly say that whilst they were intense, they weren’t painful. I did have a moment of panic when the baby’s head was crowning and thought for a moment we should be in hospital but then the head popped out and I was calm again. 

Our beautiful baby boy was born at 2.34am. He was born with the cord around his neck and this was quickly moved by the midwife, no panic whatsoever. I was in labour for just over 4 1/2 hours and it went in the blink of an eye.

We climbed into bed with our boy at 5.20am and our daughter woke at 5.30am to the sound of her baby brother. She woke up a big sister.

I will be forever grateful to you Maureen. You put our minds at ease and gave me the confidence to believe in myself. Birthing my son at home is my greatest achievement in life. I will treasure the memory forever.  I am so proud of myself and what I am capable of doing. 

I would highly recommend KGH hypnobirthing to any woman who is expecting.  

Thank you so much. I won’t be having anymore baby’s but if I was, you’d be the first person I would call.

Forever grateful to you xxx

 Lesley Sullivan  Hi Maureen,

 

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Powerful Home Birth - First Time Mama

Hello Maureen
I hope you are well. We want to let you know that Florie arrived on Thursday 30th September at 2.49am, into water in our home! 7lbs 7.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you taught us, all the tools we were equipped with, the support and the confidence you instilled in the both of us. The three of us worked as a team and achieved everything as we hoped.
Here is our story, sorry it is quite long - labour, I think, would be classed as long, 30+ hours!
She started at 8pm on the 28th, but my suspicions were that the latent up stage actually started earlier and I did not know because when began that night was more than mild. I let the on call know and went to bed. Surges were exactly as you described when you said 'powerful'. Had to use my breathing each time and they were regular enough to mean barely any sleep! Started Wednesday with a big bowl of porridge and the day was a slow build of increasing intensity. I had expectations of what I 'should' be doing or what I had imagined I would be doing but the cues from my instincts were amazing to listen to and I knew I had to go with them. By the evening the intensity and pressure was quite something, longer and getting closer. I did manage to eat pasta as I was insistent I would be well fuelled! It was late evening when it really ramped up and I was feeling the exhaustion, I didn't feel it was time to call for our midwife but the surges were VERY strong and I did wonder how long of these I had. Ralph was amazing here because I was feeling a bit confused - and exhausted. I think it was the unknown i wasn't sure how to manage - I wasn't getting relief from back pain during the rests and I wasn't;sure this was normal and it also made it very hard and I maybe wasn't expecting this. The midwives said she may have turned (she actually hadn't). We got into bed and put the magic carpet on and we used our arm drop and my word, both of us has such an awareness of how much this had helped to calm me, really help me regulate my breathing and get through each surge with restored confidence too. Ralph and I feel looking back this was one of the very key moments of the hypnobirthing.
I suddenly felt the urge to get up and be all 4s and call the midwife! Looking back I realise this was probably transition as on the couch I did then feel confused and was saying I couldn't do it anymore. I was shaking a lot too.
I honestly didn't think I was THAT close so we had not yet blown the pool up. Shadae our midwife arrived and although I planned not to be examined, at this stage I felt I needed it. I was about 9cm!!!! Very shortly after I felt a change in the pressure. I had gas and air at this point and this really helped me with the 'rests'. The pool was being filled now!
The pool was incredible, Ralph got in with me too. I did stop my gas and air this point as I felt I needed more awareness of my body. At the point I was bearing down, again we had another key moment of our hypnobirthing. I wasn't quite getting it right as she was coming down and Ralph could tell Shadae was expecting more. With his hand on my abdomen and listening to my breath he could tell I was not putting force downwards I guess, with not using the power of the breath, I was letting breath out before putting any force downwards - so it was actually him that coached me on what to do here!
She came, Ralph caught her. Placenta came easily and naturally after 30 minutes.
It was long but it was the natural rhythm and flow of my body and the direction of my instincts all the way. All those words came to actuality.
She is wonderful and we are both doing so so well. She feeds very well (has only lost 1% of birth weight), and she's incredible calm and content.
Thank you 1000 times again!
Felicity, Ralph and Florie xxx


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Hypnobirthing for all births.

Dear Maureen, I just wanted to send a quick
email to say thank you to you- I took your hypnobirthing course back in 2014 while pregnant with my first baby. I’ve just delivered my third baby a few days ago - all 3 were water births using the hypnobirthing techniques you taught me, all with only gas and air for pain relief, no complications, no tears. I can’t thank you enough for the help and confidence your course gave me to give birth naturally and without fear!
Thanks again and take care
KateL
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Hypnobirthing - A Powerful Story.

Shannon lives in the US and took my virtual HB course:

While I was pregnant with Ellis, I knew there was a chance Matt wouldn't be able to attend the birth. I also knew I would need to have tools at my disposal to achieve my goals for Ellis's birth on my own. So when
Maureen Collins
offered to teach me The Hypnobirthing Method, I jumped at the chance. Her classes helped me mentally prepare for birthing on my own or with a partner, gave me tools for managing labor, and ultimately allowed me to achieve my goals for Ellis's birth.
When it turned out that Matt couldn't be there, I was so thankful for Maureen and the wisdom she graciously bestowed upon me.

From driving myself to the hospital (while in labor!) to "catching" Ellis myself, I was ready for it all. I had an empowered, peaceful, positive birthing experience and can't recommend Maureen and The Hypnobirthing Method enough.A
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