I wasn’t just scared of labour, I was scared of everything to do with pregnancy! It was like, as soon as I became pregnant; anything that could ever maybe go wrong in my pregnancy or labour, was a very VERY real possibility and it was definitely going to happen to me! I was very anxious about the whole thing really.
I had heard about hypnobirthing via the hospital and decided to do a bit of research into it, and that’s how we came across Mel. Something about her stood out for me, and after some very warm e-mail exchanges, we organised to meet up and have our first session. My partner and I were a little sceptical! (As you would be, hypnobirthing sounds so… I dunno! Out there) but we were very open… and with Mel’s big smile when she opened the door, we knew we had made the right decision. Not once did we feel awkward throughout our sessions… and as soon as we left the first one, I felt excited.
The way that hypnobirthing incorporates your partner into the picture is such a beautiful concept. It made me feel like I wasn’t going into the labour alone, but that we would both be not only experiencing it, but completely in it together. My partner also felt relief in knowing that he could confidently make educated decisions on my behalf, if things were to go a little off the plan, which let’s be honest, most births do! We quickly found ourselves really looking forward to each class! Yep, that’s right! Even my partner! The tracks became a staple for every good night’s sleep. I barely got a wink before them… and slowly, my anxiety around pregnancy and birth dwindled. I couldn’t really explain it. It just worked for us… and I became not only content with the thought of facing labour, but actually pumped to absolutely smash it out of the ball park! That’s right, I was actually EXCITED for my birth! I know this sounds almost too good to be true, right? WRONG. If you commit to these classes and keep an open mind, there is no way that you will walk away without gaining something.
Our birth didn’t go to plan- shock! We were overdue and went in to get induced. I wasn’t worried though…maybe a little nervous? Like, excited nervous, but calm. It was intense, but the tracks were playing, and the room was beautifully set up, and I found myself focussed and calm. I’m not saying it was easy, but I feel that the hypno did its job. My partner was a great support, and although not everything went the way we had wanted it to… we walked out of there using no pain relief throughout the labour, and were very content and proud of what we had achieved.
Mel is so professional and warm, she supported us so well throughout the whole thing. We knew we could call her at any time throughout the pregnancy and she was willing to help and answer any concerns or questions we may have had. The fact that she is a registered midwife really helped us to feel at ease, as we knew that if she was confident in hypno (and she would know), we could be too. It wasn’t all serious and we had some giggles and chats throughout the classes too, and we found that we really missed them once they were over.
Doing these classes with Mel really changed my whole birthing experience. I honestly don’t know what we would have done without them, or how our birth would have gone, but I couldn’t recommend it enough. I have told all of my friends about it, and intend to do a refresher for our next bub!