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HypnoBirthing on the rise in NZ

Featuring Kate who completed the HypnoBirthing course with Helen in 2017, her birth of Mia, and Helen

Focus: HypnoBirthing on the rise in NZ

The practice of HypnoBirthing is rising in popularity in New Zealand. #NZHFocus Content warning: Contains birth scenes.

Posted by nzherald.co.nz on Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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My story begins with my waters releasing at 0230hrs, I felt so excited as I knew soon I would get to meet our baby. I got back into bed and put my rainbow relaxation and birth affirmations on repeat and went to sleep. Within about 40 minutes my surges began coming and going, I felt calm and let my body continue with its journey. By morning I got up with my family had some breakfast and decided to continue my day as normal to allow myself to keep relaxed and calm. I called and updated my midwife of my progress and she informed me to call her when I felt I needed her.

We planned for a homebirth, everything was in its place and ready for our baby. As the day continued my body decided it was far too sunny to continue with surges so they decided to stop. I went for my afternoon nap and continued with the rainbow relaxation and my surges commenced again. By 6pm they were becoming regular, I did my surge breathing and my 5,4,3,2,1 as needed. By 9pm I knew my body was progressing, I continued breathing through and being at complete rest in between surges.
I had an amazing support team which included my mum, husband, midwife and two cat doulas Indie and Mila. Indie never left my side she sat on the side of the breakfast bar as I breathed with my surges while Mila helped with some light touch or light “lick” massage on my legs.
Nick my husband was an amazing support he did light touch massage and constantly reminded me to breathe and keep relaxed. He remained so calm and supported me the whole way through. While my mum was on heat pack duties, and pressure point massage.

I called my midwife at 130am to come to my house, when she arrived she checked to see my progress and I was already 7cm!!
I was ecstatic and felt so empowered. I continued with a combination of rainbow relaxation, affirmations and a soft music playlist. I listened to these tracks so many times im sure its well engrained in my subconscious and feel I could resite them word for word.
I stayed at 7cm at next check and my surges has slowed down to 2:10 so my midwife put clary sage oil on my belly to increase them. My surges became more frequent and strong instantly it was incredible how my body responded. Some hours later I was still 7cm and found that my baby’s head was not well flexed. I felt teary and worried that she would not get into the correct position, I refocused with my birth affirmations and support from my midwife and family.
With a combination of left side lying and standing with one leg up on my birth ball lots of crying and determination she rotated into the correct position. At 730am my midwife checked my progress and I had reached 2nd stage. By 822am I gave birth to our beautiful daughter Sienna. 

It is such an empowering experience that I will never forget. I am so grateful we attended Helens hypnobirthing classes as it has not only given me skills for birthing but for life. I am also a registered midwife, it has given me invaluable knowledge to work in partnership to empower women to use the incredible power which is our mind.

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Pianika’s first birth to Blaise born 9th Sept 2010

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Kia Ora Helen, 
Just writing to let you know that Blaise Boddington arrived on the 9 th September weighing 7lbs 6oz.  I had a fantastic pregnancy.  Both Luke and I went into the Birth feeling confident and good about what we were about to endure. 
The Birth:  On the 8 th September, 1 day after her due date, we were having dinner at my parents place.  After I had dinner I was feeling some different tingles, I thought to myself, this is different.  After not been able to sit down for about an hour and clearing my bowels I said to myself, I think something is going to happen tonight!  I let everyone know I was felling different and decided to go for a hot pool.  Whilst in the hotpool I felt a couple of tingles, really good ones, I said to Luke, something is definitely happening and we better get home so he could get everything sorted and I could start my relaxation.  

When we got home, I got Luke to run across to the video store to get a couple of comedies as I thought we were in for a long night. (We dropped the videos off on the way to the hospital 40  minutes later). I rang the midwife to let her know what was happening and she said to ring her back when the surges were closer together and longer.  I had a hot shower, played the rainbow relaxation CD, 30 minutes into the relaxation surges were getting much closer, 5minutes apart and lasting 90 seconds, at this stage my HypnoBirthing body had truly taken over.  Luke rang Debbie and she said to get in the car and come to maternity.  The drive felt like it took all of 5minutes.  Once arriving at Maternity, I was in a bit of daze, feeling completely relaxed.  The hospital room was great, dimmed lights, calm and peaceful.  I continued to play the rainbow relaxation CD and relax with the surges.   

Surges were manageable and relaxing through them was great!  Debbie decided to do a VE, she explained to me, not too get my hopes up, usually for first time mums there is little cervix dilation at this stage.  When she examined me  my cervix had completely dilated. This was a complete surprise to Debbie…  As baby was posterior, Debbie confirmed that baby was still sitting high and hadn’t rotated and the membranes were bulging, she indicated we had plenty of time to get baby rotated and gave me several positions to try and rotate baby.  Debbie briefly consulted with the second midwife, and she come back telling me she had ordered an ambulance and we were going to Rotorua as she had concerns that the umbilical cord might fall before baby had rotated.  A complete surprise! 

After being in the ambulance for 20minutes baby had rotated on her own and I needed to push.  I managed to hold out till we arrived at Rotorua Hospital, 17minutes later baby was born. No stitches Needed.  So in total the birth was 5 and half hours. 

HypnoBirthing was the best thing Luke and I could have done to prepare us for the arrival of Blaise. We went into the birth with confidence which in turn made us both relaxed.  As the affirmations say, I completely trusted my body and my baby and never let my mind interfere with the process.  Being completely relaxed allowed my body to do everything it needed to and baby come out on her own in a short period of time. 

My midwife was really impressed and has never seen a woman using HypnoBirthing, she said my birth was amazing, and usually for first time mums it takes much longer and birthing a posterior baby usually takes twice as long. 

 Now I find I can use HypnoBirthing daily, when baby is sleeping I play the rainbow relaxation, this allows me to fully relax and I usually doze off for a half an hour. 

So…  I just want to thank you taking the time to see Luke and I back in May, I know it was out of your usual day to day practice and we really appreciate your time that you spent with us.

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Our new baby girl Milly was born in the water on Friday 14th August 2009 after a 3 hour labour. She was well past her due date by at least 10 days and I’d been experiencing practice labour for a week leading up to her birth.

Throughout the week I’d been relaxing through any of the practice labour, breathing and listening to affirmations. I found the CDs very useful to get to sleep to – just like I’d found them very useful throughout most of my pregnancy. I felt I was well rested by the end of the week.

On Thursday night I went to bed with the usual mild practice surges (contractions/Braxton hicks) hoping that tonight would be the night. To be honest I was totally fed up of being pregnant – along with the constant pressure from friends and family enquiring as to when this baby would be born! I woke a few times in the night disappointed that nothing seemed to be progressing. However I slept soundly between 3-6am and was woken suddenly at 6am with a stronger sensation.

The surges weren’t regular – some coming every 5 mins, others every 2 or 3 mins and some were long, some short. So I was unsure of where I was at. Nevertheless we called my Mum to come look after the older kids and by 7.40am I’d decided it was time to start to make a move to the birthing centre.

Meanwhile I’d been focusing on breathing and relaxing through each and every surge; plus I had some breakfast and a shower.

We got into the car and towards the end of our 10 minute journey I noticed feeling pressure intensifying and very low down.

On arrival at the birthing centre at 8.15am my midwife checked baby and me, I was 8 cm dilated, baby had descended right down and her heartbeat was fine.

I got into the pool – bliss to be emerged in warm water. Phil used some affirmations and an anchor through the next couple of surges, but very quickly I felt the intensity and pressure increase and the need to breathe downwards. Our baby crowned and I continued to breathe her out – relaxing and letting go as much as I could. My body and my baby did all the work – all I needed to do was breathe through each surge.

It was truly an amazing experience to feel her head crown and feel it emerge – the water giving incredible support to my body. After her head was born one more surge and out came her body.

My midwife passed her to me, cord still intact and we just enjoyed watching her in my arms, waiting for the placenta to detach. It felt like a long time for this to happen as I felt this part of the process was quite uncomfortable, and it was harder to remember to breathe and relax when you have this new little person in your arms! Finally after 30 mins the placenta detached and was born, the cord was clamped and Milly had some bonding time with her Dad while I got out of the pool.

I then breast fed Milly, enjoying the surreal feeling of having had an incredible experience over the past one hour. A lot had happened in a very short time.

I feel incredibly grateful to have been able to give our daughter a gentle and calm entry into this world. Once again I credit the tools and techniques of HypnoBirthing that helped give me the knowledge and confidence to release, relax and let go. My body and my baby truly knew what to do. Plus – and very importantly I had the complete support of my midwife Kate, who is totally dedicated and committed to a natural birth experience.

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We had the most amazing amazing experience… I felt things sort of start to happen about 5ish am on the 3rd of July baby was still sitting quite high and apparently it was baby making it’s descent into my pelvis… So my husband and our 2year old and I just hung out most of the day, surges were strong but nothing too bad I was feeling quite comfortable, just listened to the cd’s and tried to relax and sleep as much as possible.

About 3pm we decided to pop in and see my midwife, she did a check (must admit here guys I was quite keen to see how far I was :0). I was 4cm; it was about this time we decided to send our son to nanas’ house and Chris and I went back home watched a dvd and did some relaxation techniques. I was quite big on the shoulder one deeply relax so we did that. About 5ish pm things started picking up and although no real sequence to my surges I noticed about every 5th one seemed to be stronger than the rest, Chris and I did the glove relaxation, which I think helped a little. The surges were strong but bearable (amazing experience enjoy every one of them ladies!!). About 6ish pm we decided to make our way into hospital my midwife had said to wait until surges were about 3 min apart and although I wasn’t timing them I was keeping an eye on how regular they were. By this stage they felt a lot more intense and regular so we thought we’d better drive in as it’s about a 10-15min drive.

In the car I put on my cd through my ipod as I was nervous Chris might fall asleep; the car ride was an interesting experience and it was a bit harder to relax but the cd helped a lot…. Once at the hospital my midwife who was amazing told us to put our cd’s on encouraged us to get comfortable and we decided she could do another check… much to her astonishment and my amazement I was 9cm!!!!! Which was exactly what I wanted I did not want to be in hospital for ages so this was just perfect….

By this time the surges were quite intense but every time I had one on the breath out I’d raise my hand and Chris would do the shoulder technique which worked wonderfully on helping me to relax my breath through them. Chris also used the prompts from the folder on what words to say etc at each stage we used the balloon filling up and letting go which was great…. Man was I letting those balloon’s go!!!!

I did spend a bit of time in the spa which was nice but decided to bear down back in the room, my midwife was fantastic and left Chris and I to it, although when I did look up to see her she was also very focused on me and completely there if I needed her…. We had a trainee midwife who was there a lovely young girl so I’m pleased she got to see hypno birthing in action…. Bearing the baby down is the most unreal sensation I think I will ever experience, I don’t really want to use the word again but amazing!!!! I didn’t think i’d know when to change my breathing from surge to bearing down, but your body is prepared and ready and you know.

I hadn’t really spoken to my midwife about wanting Chris or I to receive the baby or tell us the gender as she had been at births the last 3 appointments I’d had with her so I hadn’t actually seen her, but when the baby came out she just made sure the baby was safely out of me and onto the bed told me to turn around and pick the baby up to see what it was…. My god what an awesome awesome feeling…. I picked baby up and said “It’s a girl!!” “I think isn’t it”…. I was sure we were going to have another little boy so what a delight to find out she was a girl!!!

So we got to hospital at 6.50pm and Indeg Lily was born at 8.30pm, hopefully I haven’t bored you with the details but it was such a great experience such a joy to go through it and come out smiling at the other end….

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We had the most amazing amazing experience… I felt things sort of start to happen about 5ish am on the 3rd of July baby was still sitting quite high and apparently it was baby making it’s descent into my pelvis… So my husband and our 2year old and I just hung out most of the day, surges were strong but nothing too bad I was feeling quite comfortable, just listened to the cd’s and tried to relax and sleep as much as possible.

About 3pm we decided to pop in and see my midwife, she did a check (must admit here guys I was quite keen to see how far I was :0). I was 4cm; it was about this time we decided to send our son to nanas’ house and Chris and I went back home watched a dvd and did some relaxation techniques. I was quite big on the shoulder one deeply relax so we did that. About 5ish pm things started picking up and although no real sequence to my surges I noticed about every 5th one seemed to be stronger than the rest, Chris and I did the glove relaxation, which I think helped a little. The surges were strong but bearable (amazing experience enjoy every one of them ladies!!). About 6ish pm we decided to make our way into hospital my midwife had said to wait until surges were about 3 min apart and although I wasn’t timing them I was keeping an eye on how regular they were. By this stage they felt a lot more intense and regular so we thought we’d better drive in as it’s about a 10-15min drive.

In the car I put on my cd through my ipod as I was nervous Chris might fall asleep; the car ride was an interesting experience and it was a bit harder to relax but the cd helped a lot…. Once at the hospital my midwife who was amazing told us to put our cd’s on encouraged us to get comfortable and we decided she could do another check… much to her astonishment and my amazement I was 9cm!!!!! Which was exactly what I wanted I did not want to be in hospital for ages so this was just perfect….

By this time the surges were quite intense but every time I had one on the breath out I’d raise my hand and Chris would do the shoulder technique which worked wonderfully on helping me to relax my breath through them. Chris also used the prompts from the folder on what words to say etc at each stage we used the balloon filling up and letting go which was great…. Man was I letting those balloon’s go!!!!

I did spend a bit of time in the spa which was nice but decided to bear down back in the room, my midwife was fantastic and left Chris and I to it, although when I did look up to see her she was also very focused on me and completely there if I needed her…. We had a trainee midwife who was there a lovely young girl so I’m pleased she got to see hypno birthing in action…. Bearing the baby down is the most unreal sensation I think I will ever experience, I don’t really want to use the word again but amazing!!!! I didn’t think i’d know when to change my breathing from surge to bearing down, but your body is prepared and ready and you know.

I hadn’t really spoken to my midwife about wanting Chris or I to receive the baby or tell us the gender as she had been at births the last 3 appointments I’d had with her so I hadn’t actually seen her, but when the baby came out she just made sure the baby was safely out of me and onto the bed told me to turn around and pick the baby up to see what it was…. My god what an awesome awesome feeling…. I picked baby up and said “It’s a girl!!” “I think isn’t it”…. I was sure we were going to have another little boy so what a delight to find out she was a girl!!!

So we got to hospital at 6.50pm and Indeg Lily was born at 8.30pm, hopefully I haven’t bored you with the details but it was such a great experience such a joy to go through it and come out smiling at the other end….

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The birth itself was really quite surreal, I had done a hypnobirthing course as I really wanted a natural, drug free birth for both of us. I had a show and started leaking water at 2pm and after visiting the midwife for a scheduled check up half an hour later the Midwife did a sweep on me to move things along as I didn’t want the hospital intervening if my waters hadn’t fully broken 24 hours later. She told me to keep myself busy for the rest of the Afternoon so both Jon and I went to the shopping mall and to Harvey Norman to buy a heat pump for the house.

My contractions started to intensify whilst I was in Harvey Norman so I went and found some massage chairs sat on those for a while and did my breathing exercises before heading home. Once we got back home Jon managed to convince me to sit down so he could time my contractions as he was concerned that they were getting closer together and the midwife had told him that he needed to call her when I was having three contractions in ten minutes.

I had pretty much zoned out of it by this stage so I didn’t pay any attention to the look of shock on his face when he timed the contractions for 10 minutes and I had actually had four. He insisted on calling the midwife even though I was insisting it was too soon as it was 6pm by this time and all I kept thinking was that I would really like to watch the six o’clock news but this whole labour thing was making me pace up and down and want to keep moving or just sit on the toilet!. In addition to that I so didn’t want to go into to hospital too early and have them intervene but I just let him go ahead and call her just to stop him worrying really!

The midwife didn’t seem to believe him and asked to speak to me so I responded to her with yes/no answers as I was experiencing a surge throughout the conversation and she suggested that I go into the clinic so she could examine me before she headed back home for the day just to see if it was worth her traveling home for the evening.

Once we arrived at the clinic the midwives were waiting for me and made a bit of a joke of my face being that of a woman in labour, asking where my sense of humour was now and should they run for some hot towels! I basically looked through the three of them stuck my hands on the counter and breathed through another surge.

They all went quiet and my midwife suggested I get on the bed so she could examine me, I said to her please don’t tell me I am only 1-2cm’s dilated as these surges are pretty full on. I can tell you I was pretty relieved when the voice came from between my legs actually you are 9cm’s dilated and we really need to get you to hospital quickly (I don’t think the midwife quite shared my sense of relief!).

We got back in the car after the midwives had put a pile of towels in my passenger seat and told me under no circumstances to push if I felt the urge to in the car, and so with the midwife in hot pursuit behind us we made the 10 minute journey to the hospital.

We arrived at North Shore Hospital and after escorting me up to the Birthing suite Jon went back downstairs to park the car. I stripped off into a hospital gown and insisted I needed to go to the toilet (not for a wee) to which the midwife assured me it was the pressure of the baby not my bowels.

I told her I didn’t care I wanted to sit on the toilet and so sit on it I did, after about half a minute I felt a strange sensation called in the midwife who entered the bathroom to be greeted by the what seemed to be a tsunami that was indeed my waters, membrane and all exploding into the toilet bowl / up in front of me etc!!.

I was told in no uncertain terms to get off the toilet and into the other room as the baby was literally on his way down, I got onto the bed feeling absolutely elated as the sensation to push had taken over the sensation of pressure and I just wanted to get the baby out (in the nicest possible sense of course).

Problem was Jon was nowhere to be seen as he was still parking the car and Charlie’s head had started crowning at this stage, after a desperate call by the student midwife on the mobile Jon reappeared with all the bags and was told by the midwife he could see his Son being born if he would like to move down the other end.

Jon looked extremely shocked but this was soon forgotten as he saw Charlie’s head crowning again and after about six pushes Charlie came into the world at 7.36pm with one of his famous cry’s and apgar scores of nine just 25 minutes after we arrived at the hospital.

The memory of it will stay with me forever as it truly was the most wonderful experience of my life, I can only describe the crowning as a stinging sensation and when Charlie was finally born he literally slipped out of my body, I will never forget the sensation. He was put straight onto my breast and started feeding straight away whilst I spoke to my Mum, my In-Laws and my Brother who were all in England. As you can imagine they were all pretty shocked as Jon had only called them all less than an hour earlier when we were on our way to hospital.

As I say it was all pretty surreal and the adrenalin really kicked in a few hours later when I was in the hospital bed by myself after Jon had gone home and I recalled the events of the afternoon and Charlie’s subsequent birth.

It was an amazing experience which I totally put down to the HypnoBirthing techniques I practiced and the only thing I will do differently next time is to have my next baby at home as I really didn’t enjoy being in hospital away from Jon and away from home.

So there we go my birth story in all its glory, it’s a bit of a novel but you hear so many stories about nightmare births I think it makes a nice change to read about a positive birth story. Four months on Charlie is the most amazing baby, he is so chilled out, has been sleeping through the night since he was three months and quite honestly gives me looks and smiles that convinces me he has been here before! He took to breastfeeding from day one like a duck to water, is absolutely thriving and is chomping at the bit to start on solids.

I thoroughly recommend HypnoBirthing to any expectant Mums out there it made my labour and Charlie’s birth the most amazing experience I have ever encountered and I am so looking forward to delivering my next baby in exactly the same way (but at home next time!)

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