The Birth Story of Alice

"I felt no pain, just immense pressure...I really enjoyed having Alice."

When we found out we were pregnant we were very happy and excited. About half way through I got scared and had no idea how I was going to cope having our baby. I did not want to watch One Born Every Minute and wanted minimal information but enough to get me through. A friend suggested Hypnobirthing. Although I was sceptical, I thought the positive approach would be better than fear. Finding you was a a god-send. After the first lesson I knew I could trust you as you were so friendly and honest. I really believe that the Hypnobirthing empowered us both to make informed choices and ask why, whilst we were in hospital. I truly enjoyed having Alice.

Here is her birth story...

Saturday I experienced some mild sensations every now and then. We went to bed thinking we should get one last good nights sleep. At 2am I gently woke Dan and told him I was quite uncomfortable. I was on my knees, concentrating on the up breathing and telling myself that I needed my muscles to come up and open. I kept telling myself that I needed to be calm and relaxed and to simply breath. Dan was great - he put on the positive birth statements track and sat by me. I was encompassed by the pressure that was going on in my body but there was no pain. As the pressure increased Dan kept me calm.

Once in hospital, they told Dan that our baby had pooped inside.  This meant I needed to be monitored and was unable to go to the birth centre. The Hypnobirthing was great as it had given Dan the confidence to ask what was going to happen and why. We went to a lovely side room and had two lovely midwives who explained what was going to happen. At this point I was 8cm and very tired, as it was about 8am (I'm a wimp with no sleep!).

I still felt no pain just immense pressure. I believe this is down to trusting that where my mind went my body would follow. I concentrated on breathing and trying to stay calm.  At this point, I opted for an epidural as this would help relieve some of the pressure I was experiencing.

For the rest of the birth, our original birth plan was followed with just our dedicated midwife in the room with us. We chatted, laughed and shared our tv guilty pleasure Made in Chelsea. There was a lot of laughter! I really enjoyed the progress of my birth and watching my body take over and do the job it was made to do. I still felt all the sensations and was able to push our baby out in just under an hour. We had a beautiful baby girl at 14:04 on Sunday 5th Feb -  Alice Audrey Sweetenham.

Proud Mummy - just look at that smile! Just beautiful.

Proud Mummy - just look at that smile! Just beautiful.

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We just wanted to say thank you for all the information you gave us, as it allowed us to have a really calm and happy birth.

Can you please let me know if there is any way I can help in spreading the positivity I have experienced about birth as I feel it will make a massive difference if women think about birth in a positive and calm way.

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