The beautiful birth of Kai By Babiesinwaiting | 10 / Feb / 2018
My name is Annaliese and I am a mother to two beautiful children. My Hypnobirthing journey began in 2013 when pregnant with my first child. I attended pregnancy relaxation with Emily and Jo and although it helped me a lot I didn’t have the necessary knowledge or tools to naturally birth with confidence. My daughter is an amazing 4-year-old but the memory of her birth is not a positive one!
When I became pregnant again in 2016 I was determined to do what I could to make this birthing experience a positive one. I enrolled on Jo’s hypnobirthing course and attended group classes with my husband. After the first session we were both completely convinced about this beautiful and natural approach to childbirth. Hypnobirthing, contrary to what it sounds like, is grounded in scientific theory and so we came to understand how birth worked from a physiological perspective. Most importantly we learnt to focus on the mind as it is the most powerful tool for birth and relaxation required to birth a baby naturally.
Hypnobirthing empowered both myself and my husband by giving him an important role in the birth of our child and equipping us with the tools needed to create a positive, calm and beautiful birth for myself and our baby. The practice my husband and I did in the lead up to our baby's birth brought us closer together, helped us prepare physically, psychologically and emotionally for the arrival of our baby and enabled me to approach my birth with confidence.
When the time arrived we were very excited, positive and both extremely relaxed. We knew this was going to be an amazing experience!
My waters broke that morning and by lunchtime I had suggested to Barry that he make his way home from work! At 3 o’clock we began our journey to hospital, I sat quietly with my eye mask and headphones on listening to my relaxation tracks I was never uncomfortable and it was very peaceful.
I imagined that each surge was a wave and as I breathed it in and out it was as if my body went into a totally relaxed state.
Time was completely distorted and in no time at all I felt ready to immerse into the birthing pool and prepare for the birth of my beautiful baby!
As soon as my body touched the water my surges completely changed in intensity I knew it was nearly time to breath my baby out. I changed to my birth breathing and 4 surges later Kai was born! A 7lb beautiful boy.
The Hypnobirthing course with Babies in Waiting gave me the confidence to birth him naturally and drug free it really was one of the best experiences of my life! With each surge I felt very happy and confident.
Labour is a beautiful thing and I wish everyone could experience the peace and calmness that I did whilst birthing our baby.
I cannot wait to do it again!