Kingston Upon Thames
Being a Doctor, I was initially skeptical about hypnobirthing but having heard about its benefits from a few friends I decided to look into it and found Marie. Marie was incredibly passionate and knowledgeable in supporting us as parents to be. We felt we could trust her expertise. The hypnobirthing helped us realize that birth is a normal process which the body is designed to do and this helped me feel more confident. My husband wasn’t sure about hypnobirthing but was a total convert in the end. The birth ended being quite quick however we learned on the day doing hypnobirthing and practicing beforehand helped me enter the experience with a positive confident mindset. I really believe that this helped the labor progress quickly and unfold as it did; we had a waterbirth using gas and air only.
What I really appreciated; Marie was there for me after I completed the course. With the over-medicalization, it was a really good thing to have such an experienced person in my corner. Marie helped me find up to date research to answer the questions and concerns that I had during my pregnancy. From 34weeks onwards I practiced the hypnobirthing when I needed to de-stress and relax, it became part of my day to day relaxation and therefore easy to apply during the birth. During the birth I visualized my baby coming through the birth passage, Marie has a great little prop that helps you visualize this in a really positive way. My husband felt he had the tools to be in control of our birth preferences
Marie supported me to become emotionally stronger, through hypnosis and birth breathing techniques, as well as becoming closer to my lovely husband, feeling comfortable to share my pregnancy worries and fears. Baby Kadmos decided to arrive after a very short and almost enjoyable birth! Hypnobirthing helped me so much to keep calm, to save energy. I’m convinced the breathing and the visualizations got me so fast to 10cms. Between the down breathing, I managed to relax my shoulders so I had no after body pains.
We both fully trusted we had chosen the correct route. Although we learned enough to know that, should things not go according to plan, we could still use hypnobirthing to keep control and stay calm. By the end of the course, I was genuinely excited about the birth. Our gorgeous baby girl arrived in July after an unmedicated water birth. I could not have done it without the knowledge we had gained from Marie and I look forward to doing it all over again.
We started hypnobirthing sessions with Marie with the plan to have a natural birth. I had a fairly traumatic birth with my first child so was looking for a more positive experience with my second birth. A few weeks into the sessions we found out that I had to have a caesarean birth instead of a natural birth. Marie tailored all the hypnosis scripts I enjoyed to suit my cesarean birth. I love listening to her calming voice before I went to sleep at night. On the morning of my cesarean birth, I listened to hypnosis scripts before going into the operating room and I actually felt quite calm and not anxious which was very much unlike me! The birth went really well and I truly believe that it was more positive because I was relaxed before it using hypnobirthing. After the birth, Marie was very supportive and I am really grateful for her support when I had a difficult time in the months after the birth.