Just thought i would drop you a quick email and let you know that Henri Douglas Coles was born 17th December.
We (myself and Steve) cant 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 Nicki (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.
Since attending your hypno birthing course i religiously listened to your CD every day and we had down loaded the Almost in F music so i could listen to that with aromatherapy and candles whilst in the bath each night… it proved to be relaxing and prepared me/us for the day ahead.
I went into labour on Friday the 16th December and contractions began but slowly, i talked myself through all my confirmations and breathing techniques throughout my contractions that i had learnt and been reiterating daily to myself in preparation. As labour progressed i began taking myself into more self hypnosis and relaxation.
We had planned a water birth and the pool had been reserved for me when i got to the hospital. The hospital water birthing room was very clinical and didnt appear to be relaxing when i initially looked around the unit prior to the birth. With this in mind we remembered what you had said about making the room more comfortable and took in our own lava lamp and some battery operated tea lights to enable us to have low lighting and the ambiance we wanted. With the lighting sorted we also took the Almost in F music on the i pod in order for me to focus like i had been doing daily.
We stayed in the pool until i was 6 cms dilated, at this point we had to get out as i stopped dialating due to the baby being back to back. I then had to have the hormone drip to encourage the contractions (not what either of us wanted but no other options to encourage labour again!) I knew that the hormone drip was not going to be pleasant as it made contractions more painful and stronger but was adiment to remain focused on what i had been training myself to do. With this positive attitude we continued to have a natural birth with no other intervention (ok a little bit of gas and air!!)
We were focused throughout and had the most wonderful birthing experience thanks to the hypno birthing course and using this method. We can honestly say that it was a positive experience and cant thank you enough for introducing us to this.
Since the course and our own birthing experience we have recommended to people we know who are pregnant that is the way forward and to attend the course to get the best possible out of their birth.
Thank you again for making our birthing experience so special and relaxed. We had/have chilled out parents and a chilled out little man!!
Sam, Steve and Henri xx