From Elective C-section to Waterbirth

As the course progressed I let go of my fear, began to trust my body and even started to look forward to a natural birth.

Allison is a wonderful, gentle, supportive teacher and her HypnoBirthing course was absolutely the best way to prepare for my daughter’s birth, completely transforming my expectations and therefore probably my experience of birth. The first time we watched a DVD of HypnoBirthing mothers giving birth, I was astounded and inspired. You have to see it to believe it: the calmness, the gentleness, so very different from how it is portrayed in the media. As the course progressed I let go of my fear, began to trust my body and even started to look forward to a natural birth. This was huge progress for a woman who had been threatening to book herself in for a c-section under general anasthaetic!Practising the relaxation/self hypnosis exercises built my confidence and when the day came, it went wonderfully. Alice’s birth in (lovely warm!) water was a beautiful amazing experience and at no point did it even occur to me to ask for pain relief. I felt relaxed and confident, and everything went exactly as we had hoped, just as I had visualised during the course, and only five hours start to finish! The midwife said it was a ‘textbook delivery’ and we went home six hours later. Our baby Alice has always been a calm happy baby and I am sure this is partly due to the lovely gentle birth she had. I wish all women could do this course.

Gigi, North London