Emma had a phobia of hospitals and planned a home birth with her first baby with the support of her husband, Jim. She practised all her hypnobirthing skills during pregnancy and coped brilliantly, even during a hospital transfer. Emma describes Max's birth as traumatic but says that hypnobirthing helped her preserve her sanity!
Alison and Carl had their first baby at home 20 days beyond their due date. Alison found that hypnobirthing helped her to remain calm during pregnancy and to remember to breathe effectively during labour.
Fiona & Jon had their 2nd baby in labour ward in hospital. Fiona found that the hypnobirthing course helped her feel more optimisitic at the end of her pregnancy and both she and Jon had a very positive birth experience this time!
Karen & Tim had their first baby at home in their bedroom. Karen found using her hypnobirthing triggers and her affirmations as well as visualising "turning down the pain dial" really helpful. She thought she'd want a waterbirh but changed her mind on the day.
D and P had a very difficult first birth experience. When pregnant again they came to our hypnobirthing course on recommendation of their Consultant Midwife. D became much less anxious and feels she has learnt skills for life, even though she did have another caesarean.
Helen developed PTSD after the birth of her first son. When pregnant again, Helen's Consultant Midwife recommended hypnobirthing. Despite suffering with PGP and being induced due to pre-eclampsia, Helen & James found hypnobirthing invaluable. Helen acheived the birth she had dreamed of and feels elated and empowered.
Sarah & Miles did the day 1 of the hypnobirthing course with Zana and day 2 with Barbara whilst pregnant with their first baby. Sarah was classed as a high risk pregnancy and wanted to learn ways of keeping her birth experience as straightforward and natural as possible. Miles proved to be an amazing birth partner!
Emma and Joe had their first baby in Singapore and wanted to find a way to reduce Emma's fears around medicalised birth. Emma wanted to feel more confident and calm and they both wanted to learn ways to help labour go more smoothly this time. They chose to give birth in hospital and had an empowering and quick birth!
As first time parents Lauren & Ioannis were feeling anxious about the "unknown" of labour. They enrolled on Zana's NCT course and added one day of Zana's hypnobirthing course to broaden their skill-set. Lauren birthed their 9lb 7oz son calmly in the pool in the New Forest Birth Centre.
Katie and Ceri had their first baby in hospital. Katie found that hypnobirthing helped her remain calm and confident and even distorted time so that her labour seemed much quicker than it was. It also helped her cope with a small amount of medical intervention just before her baby's birth.
Carys and Matt had their first baby at home in a birth pool. They attended Zana's hypnobirthing course and found the skills they learned, along with yoga for pregnancy, to be perfect for labour. When Carys was pregnant again they saw Zana for a recap and their 2nd baby was also born at home, quite a bit faster!
Claire and Chris had a difficult first birth and were tempted to elect for a caesarean next time. After learning more about how birth works and attending Zana's hypnobirthing course, Claire felt more confident and planned a homebirth. Her skills became invaluable during a hospital transfer and her experience was really positive.
4 days from her due date with her 2nd baby, Izabela wanted to learn about effective breathing & relaxation to help her remain calm and more in control. She was feeling unheard and upset and feared a repeat of her 1st birth, with lots of medicalisation, rather than the natural birth she wanted. She booked 2 hrs with Zana and.......!!
Lauren really wanted a homebirth but events kept conspiring against her and she really needed to fight her corner to acheive what she wanted, culminating in the experience she had hoped for. Her short testimonial is a testament to her tenacity and stronger sense of self-belief.
The downloadable stories below are from women and their partners, just like you, who wanted to share their stories with you, so please do read them. These previous clients want you to know that birth doesn't have to be scary. They want you to know that, just like them, you can learn to remain calm, to feel in control and to feel empowered, even if labour isn't straightforward and needs medical help. Our courses aren't about promising you pain free natural birth; they're about empowerment, coping strategies and feeling in control, with a birth partner who knows how to help effectively in a way that suits you.
Angela found her first birth tough so she and Wayne wanted to feel more confident and capable this time. It worked! On the day, Angela felt calm, in control and focused on her breathing. Wayne knew exactly what to do, and when, without Angela needing to speak, and was a fantastic birth partner. An empowering experience!
Charlotte had a difficult first birth and wasn't convinced her body would be able to do it a 2nd time. Hypnobirthing helped her feel more confident and less anxious with more self-belief. On the day, her body knew exactly what to do with a surprise homebirth before the midwives arrived! It was fast and intense, but she coped admirably.
Emma's faced her greatest fear: induction of labour. She agreed to induction and with help from Dan to keep her focused she managed some very strong contractions using all their hypnobirthing skills, including focused breathing, staying in the moment, different positions, affirmations and great support from Dan and the midwife.
Joanna knew induction of labour was likely and wanted skills to help her and husband Tim remain calm, confident and capable. Tim was squeamish but wanted to overcome this to be the birth partner he aspired to. He used hypnobirthing not just to help Jo, but also on himself throughout, enabling him to be there, even in theatre.