Katie’s Calm And Quick Second Birth
Honestly we can't thank you enough for your help and teaching - as you may remember my first birthing experience was endlessly medicalised - induction, labouring in a 4-bedded bay, giving birth on my back under bright lights.
This time round everything was different, and a lot of that was thanks to hypnobirthing. I knew my birth would be fast, so as soon as the surges started we headed to the midwife-led unit. Thanks to the visualisations and the sense of empowerment they gave us, there was no panic, no sense of impending doom. Max got our stuff ready and organised transport, while I headed into the dimly lit living room and surged in peace. Once we were at the hospital the calm continued. Max felt so pleased to have a real role as my birth partner, and talked me steadily through the up breathing visualisations, while putting on the soundtrack you sent. The lights were low, our midwife was familar with hypnobirthing and was quiet and supportive, and I wanted to give birth standing up and that's exactly what happened.
The birth was extraordinarily quick (1 hour 20), but I didn't once feel terrified - I knew my body could do it thanks to your teaching - and so it proved. Our son arrived and it was magical - and everything I could ever have hoped a birth could be. Even better, the calmness has stayed with us - I still use the longer out breaths if I feel any slight amount of stress and they work every time. But best of all? He is a pretty relaxed little baby. Our first was wired from the outset, whereas he seems to trust the world - and I suspect this has a lot to do with the way he entered it.
Anyway, thank you, thank you, thank you for your help - we really are incredibly grateful.