To anyone expecting a baby, I 100% recommend Kerry at Beautiful Births hypnobirthing. The classes took place in the comfort of our own home, feeling totally at ease with how lovely Kerry was and they made a complete difference in how much my labour experience was going to pan out.
I was so lucky to have such a straight forward birth with Libby, yet I was left feeling traumatised because I felt so out of control and every time I told my story, I’d make it just that bit worse for myself! Mainly due to the fact she was back to back and this expression had scared me because of horror stories people can’t wait to tell you. I was sent home due to being only 1cm dilated, FGH being on divert to Lancaster due to being full and being totally out of it on diamorphine and just going into it completely blind with no technique. I always said I would be so terrified throughout my whole pregnancy to do it again, but then realised it’s totally worth it and we decided to start trying for baby number 2.
We started taking Kerry’s classes and instantly felt excited to be doing it again. I couldn’t believe I was feeling that way especially after how I remembered labour first time round. I knew in my head what I wanted and it was the water birth I longed for with Libby, but couldn’t have because I needed stronger pain relief and this prevented me using the pool. These classes gave me so much confidence in both my body and my mind and I knew that I could do it, because after all that’s exactly what my body was designed to do.
I practiced my breathing and listened to music and this was honestly an absolute god send when in labour. Although Poppy was also back to back and I was in labour for such a long time in hospital, I never once lost it, I never thought I couldn’t do it, I was totally zoned into my music, we had candles on, we had aromatherapy oils burning in a colour changing diffuser and I got the water birth I had dreamed of for so long, such a different experience from last time. I pulled her out of the water myself and onto my chest and it was the most incredible feeling in the world, especially being totally with it and not away with it on drugs.
Thank you so much Kerry for making my second time feel like the first again. But also for Chris, we were able to engage in conversation the whole time and he felt so much better this time round. If it wasn’t for your classes, I could have totally lost control again but you helped me believe that I could do this and I’ll forever be grateful