These are just some of hypnobirthing testimonials people have sent us after attending the class. We’ve kept them anonymous but there are some doctors and midwives amongst this group. After reading the hypnobirthing testimonials you can also read our Birth Stories here.
“Excellent 1 day course, particularly for birth partner and their role in making labour and birth the experience I wanted, also useful tips for birth plan”
“We just wanted to thank you again for the class today which we found incredibly positive and helpful. You’ve made two people who were very anxious about the pregnancy and birth feel a lot better, so thanks.”This course was invaluable to us both and we now feel that we will be as prepared as possible for the birth once we have practised the techniques we learnt. Thank you.”
“The course was fab! Presented in an accessible way so it doesn’t feel like we need anything more to be able to go on from here. It was lovely to be able to define roles and involve partners and helped us focus on the process as a couple with shared responsibility rather than me taking all the ownership. Thanks!”
“I thought the course was excellent, and provided my husband and I with enough information and techniques to recap on what we had learned from having our son 2 years ago. I now feel more confident in aiming for a natural labour.”
“The course was brilliant, although we were somewhat sceptical beforehand it was great experience, and a super day to share together our expectations and needs.”
“The class definitely made me feel more in control and confident about what I want from my birthing experience. It was also invaluable for my husband. He was greatful for the list of tasks he has on the day and it helped to be in the company of other men whilst discussing childbirth. He feels much more relaxed now, which in turn relaxes me. What a good class.”
“We both thought the course was excellent in every way and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.”
“Really enjoyed the course and we both got a lot out of it.”
“I’m looking forward to my birth experience and left the venue with a smile on my face and a bounce in my stride. This Course should be standard for every pregnant mother and her birth partner.”
“I felt so relaxed after the course i thought i may fall asleep while driving home. Even my sceptical husband enjoyed it (even though it think he felt some elements difficult to do) but at least he now really understands the concepts behind it and is supportive of my decision. Thanks again.”
“Fantastic course – would recommend to everyone.”
“I have been meaning to write and say how much we enjoyed the class! I have practiced every day since and really feeling the benefits of the relaxation. The turbo-heartburn I was suffering has also calmed down which must be related.”
“Thank you so much for the class/program on Saturday, it was really helpful and informative and outlines (and makes clearer) the options for a more natural/physiological relaxed birth. Combining this with the hypno birthing side of the class I can say with confidence we are both really looking forward and excited about the birth of our son! We have already spoken about the dedication we both need to put in prior to the birth to make this work for the 3 of us and this is thanks to yourself for the reassurance and the techniques that you have taught us both that will pass through to our baby. Mu husband has already started doing the 5-4-3-2-1 relaxation to get him back to sleep in the middle of the night and then the counting down from 10-1 to deepen his sleep…… he can only remember getting to 6 before he was obviously flat out!!….. Maybe he should be the one birthing lol!! At least it proves to me he has learnt and on board with me on this one which installs further confidence into me for our birth.”
“Thanks for a brilliant class. I feel so much more relaxed about the whole thing and as a lovely bonus am now sleeping at night (after practising with the CD). Feel like a different person.”
“A quick note to thank you for a brilliant day yesterday. We both really enjoyed and found it very beneficial. I have just been on to our nct facebook site that one of the girls created for us. I have entered your details and suggested they contact you. “My husband is a professional development consultant, running his own business and I head up HR for a division of Bank (where I am a professional trainer/manage a large training function and have actively encouraged and run courses to support working parents – we run programmes through pregnancy and returning for both mothers and their managers, also had next generation coaching course insourced to continue the ongoing support of parents balancing the work of managing their children and work etc). So working in the practice you are always a little more “expectant” of standards. We both came away saying how brilliant you were and are!”
“Chris and I just wanted to say thank you for such an excellent course last week. Chris came along with no real preconceived ideas about the labour (and he’s generally quite a positive person anyway) and, although I have seen many labours before, they’ve not always been great experiences for obvious reasons, so was beginning to get quite scared. However, the course, whilst opening up lots of questions (a good thing!), firstly put us much more at ease and secondly got us talking more about what we wanted for our labour. I learnt so much that I didn’t know about before.”
“Thanks so much for this, and a really great class on Saturday. Both Jay and I really enjoyed it and have already done our first practice session last night! Given that Jay was really sceptical when I first mentioned the class to him the fact that he came away so engaged is a glowing endorsement really.”
“Thanks for the class back in mid November. I had my little boy Freddy with gas and air and managed to avoid all drama. It was a tough 29 hours, but it was certainly helped along enormously by my attitude which was down to Mindful Mammas. He came 15 days late and weighed 9 pounds 1oz!”
“Hi! I just ordered your relaxing MP3 and was delighted immediately with the quality of the recording, the voice, the music, and the relaxing, reassuring words spoken. Yay!”
“Had a fab day yesterday! The great thing for me is that I was feeling calm about labour and birth already, but the closer we get to D-day the more people have been telling me it won;t go as i want and i will be asking for epidurals and such, and i started thinking maybe I was mad to feel calm. And chris also thought that I was being too calm. We have left your course feeling confident that actually I can do this! To know that Chris is now confident in my decisions is fantastic. Thank you!!”
“My boyfriend and I have had a wonderful day on the Nottingham course today….I’m feeling extremely relaxed and calm and cannot wait to try out the techniques learnt and get the birthing preferences written down on my notes 🙂 Thank you Sophie :)”
“Thought that tonight I was going to have to make the difficult decision of whether to be induced or not as my baby would be 14 days ‘overdue’ tomorrow and I wouldn’t be allowed to deliver in my local midwife unit and would have to make 50 mile round trips for daily monitoring otherwise. Instead I gave birth naturally in water with no pain relief this morning. First baby to be born in the brand new Hexham birthing pool and had her first photoshoot this morning for the local press :-)”
“I just wanted to say that Dave and I really enjoyed our Day with Sophie in Nottingham yesterday. I will obviously be able to share more when we have had the baby – but i think the preparation between this time and september will be ever increased and improved by what we learned yesterday – the things we learned seem to require partnership – which can only serve to strengthen our relationship and our birthing – and parenting – experience.”
“I just wanted to drop a quick note to say thank you for a fab day – we are both buzzing from the session and really excited about the next few weeks”.
“I did really enjoy the course yesterday and I am definitely feeling much more positive, I was surprised actually by how much Luke and I talked about the course immediately after and the impact it has had on Luke, We both feel like he is more involved now and that he has got an invaluable role to play! ”
“Thank you again for the course last weekend which we both enjoyed and learned new things from.
Generally quite excited about the birth now, and I think the course was a real turning point.”
“I came in with a very sceptical husband who was telling his mates on Saturday night how fantastic the course was and giving tips to those who are going to be Dads later in the year.We also learned so many simple things that we wouldn’t have even thought about before like the fact that I find it so much easier to relax when Mike is touching me.”
“I just wanted to say thank you, for such an interesting relaxing and empowering day. Both Martin and I really enjoyed it, and he’s got just what I hoped he would out of it – some confidence in his own abilities as a husband, supporter, advocate and future Dad!”
“I just wanted to drop you an email to thank you for the fantastic course on Saturday. We have talked about almost nothing else since we left your home and both feel that we have gained so much from it.”
“I would just like to commend you on designing and running such a really fantastic course! It really has empowered both of us,to the point where most of our fears about birth have disappeared already. We have always wanted to go down the natural birth route, but felt that there was not enough support & advice out there about how to do it drug and pain free. Your course, although short, covered pretty much all aspects that I felt were missing from our antenatal classes & many more. Vic now feels a lot more confidant, and I actually feel like I have a proper role in the whole event, other that driving her to the hospital & sitting on the rocking chair! ”
“I listened to this CD in the last few weeks before giving birth to my son. I was really nervous following my ante-natal classes which only made me more stressed. The cd helped me focus on the positive aspects of child birth and I listened to the same track almost every day in the last weeks, sometimes along, sometimes I even got my husband to listen to it. I am convinced this helped changed my mind set towards labour and I looked forward to the experience and most of all the arrival of my little baby. Having been so nervous, I had a very calm and relaxing birth and now also have a very calm baby.”
We just wanted to let you know and thank you for giving us the confidence to give the home birth a go and that I could have a better birth experience second time round. I found the techniques from the class really useful and we listened lots to the cd in the run up but most of all the class gave us time to focus on the birth and the knowledge and advice to give us the confidence to try and have the birth we wanted. It was such a different experience and one we will treasure, there was nothing nicer than waking up in my own bed the next morning and us all being together at home.
“We can’t thank you enough for the course that we attended it was amazing when the day came and we put it into practice. We were also grateful that you let my sister, a midwife, observe on one of your courses prior to our birth. She was totally taken back by the course and its content. As my sister was delivering our baby, it made such a difference her understanding what we wanted by her attending your course.”
“Thanks so much for a really great class on Saturday. Both xx and I really enjoyed it and have already done our first practice session last night! Given that xx was really sceptical when I first mentioned the class to him the fact that he came away so engaged is a glowing endorsement really.”
I just wanted to let you know that both xx and I firmly believe the hypnobirthing course was a
huge factor in allowing me to stay calm and focused during Alice’s birth. I did not even realise I was
at the pushing phase until her head appeared- my body really must have taken over. Jason would
go as far as to say that it was the best thing I did during my pregnancy, taking me from being very fearful
about giving birth to looking forward to it in a calm and positive manner.”
“xx and I just wanted to thank you again for the class today which we found incredibly positive and helpful. You’ve made two people who were very anxious about the pregnancy and birth feel a lot better, so thanks.”
Between Wednesday and Friday I applied the techniques you taught us and used the CDs to help me relax enough to get some rest during the night which was amazing really.
Established labour went really well and Mike said how relaxed I remained throughout.
We opted for the birthing pool and hoped for a water birth but as it turned out baby wouldnt turn the corner and I had to find different positions to try and help her out.
Kessie was born at 17.21 on 25th May at a really healthy 7lb 15oz and measuring 51cm in length.
She was totally calm throughout the whole experience as demonstrated each time her heartbeat was monitored, she was so relaxed!
We are convinced that this is all down to the techniques we all learnt together which were invaluable.
The midwives were amazing and supportive and regularly commented on how calm and relaxed we remained during the birthing experience.
“The MW I’d seen earlier was very surprised to see me and 45 minutes after getting there, Martha was born! I had a very quick whiff of gas and air and I have to say the birth itself was almost pleasurable. Martha weighed 7lbs10 (same as Jack) and we were at home twelve hours later.”
“I am thrilled the birth went the way I wanted, especially as this will be my last pregnancy. The midwives at Basildon Hosp were brilliant and couldn’t do enough for us (including endless cups of tea and toast).”
“xx is a delight and slept well from the very beginning. I could put this down to chance but I think having a relatively calm and stress free labour has a big part to play in it. She is just a very calm and relaxed little girl!”
“I used relaxation/visualisation tools between contractions and used the time to rest and conserve energy. Later the midwives remarked that I was “one chilled out mumma” during the delivery and were surprised of how far along I was when I got the hospital as I was “not behaving like other mothers to be in the transition period”. They also remarked that I had a high pain threshold. Looking back now, I realised that the “Braxton hicks” or cramps I was having overnight in the preceding days before my labour were actually pre-labour pains. I had used the relaxation techniques to deal with them and go back to sleep!
“I do think that the Mindful Mamma course was helpful for preparation for and during labour. It also was helpful that the midwife during my delivery was from the UK and her acent matched that on the CD! Lucky for that as I didn’t get a chance to even put the CD on as everything happened in such a hurry.”
“Thank you so much Rachel.I can’t tell you enough how much we got out of the workshop. You have a
fantastic presence, a reassuring manner and a great teaching style.”
“It was at this point that I decided to try and take back some control and thankfully within an hour of bouncing on the birth ball and using your visualisation techniques the real labour began in earnest. We didn’t get chance to whip out the mp3 player but I found I didn’t need it as the whole thing must be hard wired in my brain and I’m sure I must have been word for word perfect as I ran through it!
At 5.30 pm just 5 and a half hours after the pessary Maggie came into the world with no need for pain relief and a very calm mummy. The midwives were absolutely lovely and very surprised at the turn of events. I had no internal examination after removal of the pessary (at which point I had been 1cm dilated). Luckily i had very quiet calm midwives who completely left me to it (I think they decided it best after ten minutes of trying to chase me around the room with the CTG monitor).
Not only have the techniques allowed me to have the birth I hoped for against the odds but I have used them to beat insomnia in the third trimester, manage my emotions during difficult antenatal appointments.”
I can’t thank you enough for the techniques you have given us, we wouldn’t hesitate to use them again should we have more children and have recommended you to our friends. The birth of our son is a day we remember every second of and will cherish forever. Thank you.”
“The class truly made a difference and I don’t look back at the whole experience as traumatic or disempowered. I was able to stay cool and rationally the whole time and make the right decisions without freaking out. And keep it going when we got to the theatre as well. Highly recommended for anyone going through a C section also.
It was a long two days and not the outcome I had aimed for, but I did it
all with no fear and ur techniques were amazing.”
“First of all, thank you so much for the session yesterday. We both left feeling completely different about birth, sooooo much more positive and calm about everything. And we both feel really excited about it now, which I’d completely lost over the last month or so. We feel like a massive weight has been lifted off our shoulders 🙂 ”
“Thank you so much for Saturday. It was a fabulous day, we really enjoyed it, learnt a lot (in fact Neil was really taken with the fact he could also use some of the techniques to improve his running and race techniques) and it was wonderful as second time parents to spend the day focused on the new baby, which we realised we have not actually done!”
“The birth was such a beautiful experience & we owe that to the hypnobirthing session we had with you.”
“Even though things didn’t go quite as planned I did use the hypnobirthing breathing techniques through out most of my labour, to the extent that this was the only thing I was using at one point much to the anguish of the midwife!!!! At the very start of my labour my midwife visited me at home and commented on how calm and relaxed I was. I put this down to the knowledge and skills I gained from your course as I felt prepared and ready for my baby’s birth. I would and have recommended your course to others and should we have a second child we wouldn’t hesitate to enrol on the course again.”
“Just a quick email to say a belated Thank You 🙂 for our chat the other night. It really took us out of the hospital environment for a bit and gave us the confidence that we could still have the beautiful birthing experience we had planned. xxx came out screaming into a very calm and loving place which you helped us to create.”
“We attended your Nottingham class back in February, and we had our little girl, Emilia Belle on the 21st April. I have attached my birth story.We wanted to say a big thank you for your class. My labour started out with me being scared into an induction, but changed into a, mostly fun, and very postive experience. Without the Hypno-birthing I know it would have been a very very difference experience.I have been telling everyone what a great course it was and what a difference it made to us. Thank you so much.”
“The midwives commented on how serene and calm I was. I can only credit your support and Mindful Mamma for preparing me so superbly for the task – so thank you! I didn’t feel calm the entire time but I’m guessing I mustn’t have kicked up too much of a fuss for them to have commented!There were a couple of times during that 10am-1pm period when I thought I couldn’t do it and Ed’s encouragement and support was invaluable in keeping me focussed and strong – he really was a peaceful papa. Again, the time spent with you thinking about his role and preparing him for the big event was totally invaluable!”
“Ive been meaning to email you but never seem to have a min to myself. I came on your course in Nottingham in Jan (I think) with my partner Matt and I just wanted to say a big thank you for everything that you taught us.
I had a wonderful home water birth on 18th May and the hypnobirthing worked a treat!!! I was amazed at how well it worked and how confident and calm I was through out the labour. I found the best thing that worked was for me to listen to your CD (the 1st track) on repeat with headphones in. When I was examined when the midwifes arrived & I took the headphones out and opened my eyes, the pain levels shot up and I couldnt wait to get the headphones back in my ears! xx was quite big at 9 pounds 6 but I kept relaxed about the birth during my pregnancy using the positive affirmations. Just after xx as born, i turned to xx and said ‘I could do that all again’ and the Midwifes laughed, and I could have done it again there and then! I don’t think I’ve ever felt more proud of myself – and I genuinely mean that.The course helped xx too & he knew what his role was & felt less like a spare part at this birth. Your course really helped me to banish any negative thoughts about labour during my pregnancy too, especially when people would pull a face or say negative things when I said I was having a home birth. Thanks again, your course is amazing.”
“I was so pleased that I had given birth to xx naturally, with no drugs required. I would also say that I only ever felt in discomfort as the labour wore on, rather than in pain. The only ‘pain’ was the stinging feeling as xx head crowned, and that was fleeting. I felt that what we learnt on the course was extremely helpful, both in terms of the practical advice given and the way in which it gave me an opportunity to consider my preconceptions about birth, gleaned from friends and colleagues, and to reframe my expectations of my own experience. I have decided that I shall definitely point any women I know who become pregnant in the direction of Mindful Mamma. In fact, my sister in law is attending a course on my recommendation. I just hope her birth is as good as my experience was.”
“We met earlier today at your class and I just wanted to reiterate how completely thankful we both are. I know that James feels for the first time that he has a real role to play and I have had my views on birthing totally turned around and now I am feeling completely different about the experience.”
“My partner and I took part in a 1 day hypno birthing class in July, with Louise. The location, small group numbers and positive atmosphere facilitated by Louise enabled us to learn a great deal and her delivery style was inclusive, thoughtful and knowledgeable. Since this session I have been thinking about all the positive aspects of birthing and as this day soon approaches practicing and listening to my hypno birthing CD daily.I am feeling more prepared for this time now and hope to have a home birth in a safe, calm and positive atmosphere.”
“It still amazes me how calm and happy Beth is. She is the smiliest, most content little thing and I imagine that part of it, at least in the early days, was due to her uncomplicated, calm birth. It has meant that life with two of them (excluding todder tantrums) is a joy.”
“I just wanted to say a (belated) thank you for the workshop that myself and my husband attended on 12th October. It was a real pressure to meet you and be introduced to the hypnobirthing practise. We found the content and additional info really helpful, and the pace and time for reflection another positive point.”