Just to let you know Rupert was born last Sunday. The hypnobirthing was a huge help and I am sure it was part of ensuring we had a great birth experience, alongside keeping active throughout my pregnancy.
My waters broke at 4am, contractions started at 1pm post a sweep in the morning at 9am. We managed to avoid any further intervention despite my waters having broken without labour starting and the hospital being keen to move things along. We also managed to labour at home (or with an ice cream in Battersea park from 3-4pm) by agreeing to pop into the hospital at lunch and then at 6.30pm. I used the recordings in the car on the way to and from the hospital as I found being in the car less relaxing. I used my up breathing through my contractions and a tens machine from about 5pm. When I got to hospital I was told I was 3-4cm dilated, which was far below what I expected given the increased intensity. However within an hour I felt I wanted to push and encouraged them to check my dilation again (something they were not planning to do for another hour). Listening to my body had been key and we moved on to delivery with Rupert arriving at 8.29pm. Amazing :) Thanks for all your support. I have been raving about hypnobirthing to everyone.