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Birth Stories

Laura & Jeremy

Laura & Jeremy did the Positive Birth Program in a private setting in the comfort of their own home over Zoom.

They were not sure if Hypnobirthing was the right fit for them, however with antenatal classes cancelled at their hospital and after chatting to friends that had recently finished the Positive Birth Program with me, they decided to book a private program.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the program was done over Zoom.  Even though they had never used Zoom before they found it easy to navigate and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I am so pleased that they dived in with an open mindset to the potential of the online program.

Jezey & Matt

Jezey & Matt booked after one of their friends completed the Positive Birth Program with Sacred Space Hypnobirthing and heard amazing things.

Jezey already had a positive mindset about birth, however after doing the program she realises there was a lot she didn’t know and she now feels she has the tools to ensure she has a positive birth experience.

Matt has witnessed a natural and csection birth in a previous relationship and shares openly about his opinion on Hypnobirthing from a male perspective

Sarah & Julian

Sarah & Julian own a fitness business and understand the importance of preparing your mind and body for a marathon like birth. They share openly about how unprepared they were feeling before doing the Positive BIrth Porgram.

Julian shares his opinion on Hypnobirthing from a males perspective, he believes it is something that all dad’s should do to help them prepare for their role as birth partner.

Louise & Nathan

​I just want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your help with the hypnobirthing classes. I honestly don’t think I would have been able to get through childbirth as confident as I did without all the knowledge you gave us and all of the techniques and meditation to enhance all my natural endorphins, what a fantastic experience I had!

Miss Molly Rae Mckeown was born Saturday 18th April @ 00.54am

My membranes ruptured Tuesday at 9.30pm, we went to the hospital to get it checked and they did a sterile swab to check for amniotic fluid and then they discussed induction as now I would be susceptible to infection. I’m so glad I talked to you and got the reassurance I needed to trust my instinct and I asked them if I could push an induction out as far as I could without risk to the baby.

They allowed 72hrs which made me so happy as I was sure labour would come on naturally in that time. They just wanted me to come into the hospital every day to monitor the baby on the CTG scan and to see if anything had grown from my swab test, so we were still all good to wait, It was a long couple of days having surges at night mostly then they would drop off in the morning. We did everything from pressure points to massage and light touch to clary sage oil, hot showers, spicy food and bouncing on my ball. Finally on Thursday night I got surges again but this time they stayed and were getting stronger and closer together. I listened to my affirmations and relaxing music, I was even able to take a couple of naps listening to Surge of the Sea and Rainbow Mist. But in the afternoon when the surges were about 5 mins apart, I decided we best go to the hospital. They put me on a CTG scan again and said they would really like the surges to be a lot closer and I’m still better off to keep doing what I’m doing at home as we only live 2 mins from the hospital. So back home we went and I got into bed to listen to some meditation only to be woke up by a pop and a gush, it was quite surreal feeling but after my forewaters had ruptured it was game on, the surges came on hard and fast and another few hours at home I couldn’t stick it any longer. Poor Nathan was about to sit down and have his dinner and I was just like we need to go now 😂

So back to the hospital again and she did a cervix check and I was 7cm, so they got me straight into the Birth suite at 8.30pm. Nathan was an amazing support, we were able to take a hot shower which was amazing relief. I had over prepared for the hospital but because we had done so much work at home and I was so far along, it all went out the window. 😂 All my lovely nightlights and aromatherapy didn’t get used, but at that stage I just wanted my baby out. We tried different positions and I got to the stage where I was exhausted and actually felt like I needed to lay down on the bed. I lay down for a couple of minutes and my body just got this mad urge to start pushing and I started to grunt really deep. It was a crazy feeling but the midwives were amazing and just let me do what I felt was natural.

After an hour, the babies heart rate was a bit elevated so the doctor came in and she changed up my position to be on my back which I kept thinking you’re going against gravity but for some reason it actually worked. I could finally feel the baby coming down and another 20 minutes later she was here.

I delivered her myself and lifted her to my chest and it was instant love. We had delayed cord clamping than Nathan cut the cord, it was a very proud daddy moment. I did have a second-degree tear internally but I couldn’t have planned the birth of our Miss Molly any better. It was such a positive experience coming from me being so fearful over my own birth which was so traumatising on my own mother that she had such bad PTSD and I always feared I would be the same. So, without your help I would have never been able to push that out of my subconscious mind, much love from the Mckeown’s 💓

Braide & Gareth

I woke at 1am to a big gush of fluid as my membranes released in bed. After getting over the initial shock and excitment of this (and the clean up) I started to feel things beginning. From your class, I knew this was normal and not to panic, to get rest when I could and let my body do what it’s meant to do. By this stage my 3 yr old had woken up and came in. He wouldn’t go back to bed and insisted on being by my side. So we went to bed, him snuggled up next to me holding my hand and patting my arm gently while I put in my earphones and listened to my hypnobirthing tracks. It was really quite beautiful. I drifted in and out of sleep until my son woke me at sunrise.

Things started to intensify as my family went about their normal morning routine. I called the hospital and they strongly suggested I come in asap or risk not making it. We got to the hospital at 7:30/8am and Ava was born naturally at 9:58am. I’m so glad I stayed at home for so long and felt totally comfortable doing so. We are very grateful for the support and knowledge we gained from you and your course. It really did help so much and on so many levels. Thank you! X

Nikki & Ken

We welcomed our baby girl Katheryn Elizabeth into the world on her guess date on Valentine’s Day ❤️

She was born healthy at 3kgs 50cm and was a very quick birth – 3hrs from when we arrived at hospital for an assessment (I was bleeding quite a lot) to holding her in our arms.

I had spent the whole day listening to my hypnosis tracks and relaxing through what I thought were practice surges then at 7pm I went to the bathroom and had a huge amount of bleeding with clots which the midwife now thinks must have been my mucus plug dislodging but at the time she was quite worried that I was haemorrhaging so got me straight to hospital for a pregnancy assessment. The baby’s heartbeat was calm and my surges we quite intense by then and 15mins apart. They wanted to induce me and break my membranes but I asked if I could have an hour to see if she could come naturally. They put in a canular in case it was needed and I couldn’t have a water birth but my waters broke naturally 55mins later and I birthed her on my hands and knees then squatting in about 30mins. There was 2nd and 3rd degree tearing that needed stitches because she came so quickly but I was just so relieved to have her out and healthy with no intervention or pain relief.

Although I didn’t have time to play my tracks/change the lighting or put up my affirmations I truly believe that the time I spent using hypnosis during that day and every night in the weeks leading up to the birth helped us to all keep calm and focused. During my stitching I also used the glove of endorphins visualisation to help me keep calm while having the local anaesthetic.

Katheryn latched easily and fed for 40mins straight after the birth. We did delayed cord cutting though only a couple of mins but I had the syntocin injection to birth the placenta as I had lost so much blood already and was still bleeding quite a lot.

I have been playing the relaxation for breastfeeding tracks which seems to really calm Katheryn down, perhaps she remembers the music and voice from listening to the pregnancy tracks ❤️

Thank you x

Noah

Natasha & David

Noah James Emery…7 pound, born at home in the pool. Arrived safely, happy and healthy yesterday at 6.22pm. Couldn’t have asked for a better birth experience, your course played a big role in that.

Once I was in the pool, I actually spent a lot of time in that zone where I felt like I was asleep in between surges.

Dave was my absolute rock. He knew exactly what I needed and when. What to say and he didn’t leave my side and I got so much strength and security/safeness from him.

Dave mentioned how valuable the course was as it helped him to support me the way he did.

I will share more once we are out of our newborn bubble. Natasha.

Madeleine

Krystal & Fano

We had another little girl, we are so thrilled! Her name is Madeleine, she is perfect 😍 I went to the hospital on the Friday 23/08/19 for decreased fetal movements and got induced that night. I was 5 cms when my water broken and little Madeleine was born at 5:51am on Saturday 24/08/19. I had the midwife I loved on call and it was an amazing experience. I couldn’t have a water birth because I was induced but I got to have her using the ball and yoga mat which was what I wanted if I couldn’t have a water birth. The hypnobirthing was great, we had the tracks playing while I was having contractions which definitely helped. It also helped Fano keep me on track and centered. I would really recommend you and Kindred. Thank you for sharing hypnobirthing with us. Krystal.

Reign

Jess & Chops

Our beautiful little man entered this world at 3.44am on the 31st Jan. Reign was born via a beautiful natural waterbirth after a 6 hour labor. I felt so light and weightless in the water, I surrounded myself with tea light candles and calming music in preparation to bring him into the world.

Water birth wasn’t even in my birth plan, however it was where my body felt the safest, and be able to bring him into this world.

The hypnoborthing course I did with Sacred Space Hypnobirthing changed my life as I was able to focus on breathing and bearing down to give him the last few pushes into the world.

Our beautiful boy was born alert and awake and stared straight into my eyes like we had known each other forever.

We had different midwives pop in to have a quick look because they said they hadn’t witnessed such a beautiful birth in so long!

Thank you for the sharing the program with us and your support till the end. Jess

Eliza

Michelle & Adam

So it started on Tuesday afternoon around 3pm with just period pains and they slowly started to increase and noticed there was a bit of a pattern, I was bouncing on the ball while watching ‘queer eye for a straight guy’ haha I felt really positive and calm.

By 9pm I needed to walk and move while I was having a surge. I called the hospital and said that I thought I was in early labour, they said to ride it out as long as possible and hopefully that it wouldn’t fizzle out. I put on my hypnobirthing tracks to relax and save my energy as I was starting to feel exhausted, every surge I almost did a lap around the house and really focus on my breathing.

By 2am I was ready to go to the hospital, I woke Adam up (he was really sick and had fevers, but he was still really supportive). The car trip was hard! I had a clary sage oil roller and would just breathe it in during a surge as I felt like I couldn’t do anything else to feel comfortable.

I went into a room at the hospital and they weren’t sure if it would fizzle out, so I just continued to walk around and breathe. At 5am they asked if I would like to be checked, I was 50/50 about it but I did and found out I was only 1cm dilated and was a bit disappointed mainly because I didn’t want to get back in the car.

We got home around 6am and Adam went to bed and I was in our spare room on all fours on the bed with a pillow between my legs. I just moved my hips, breath and would collapse onto the pillow to rest in between each surge. I was really uncomfortable by this stage and was doubting myself, I think being by myself for most of my labour I just needed reassurance and encouragement…. but I now know this was my transition period.

Around 8:30am I was stomping my feet and moaning/being a bit more vocal (I had only been breathing, other than that I was silent), Adam rang the hospital and said we were coming back, WORSE car ride! Peak hr and school zones.. not enjoyable!

We got to the hospital at 9:00am, and the midwives quickly checked me which was horrible because I had to be on the bed, but I was 10cm dilated and ready to push! Which I thought in the car I wanted to push, but also didn’t think I would’ve progressed that quickly. My waters broke and really started to bear down, I was on a mat and Adam was on a chair in front of me, each surge I would hang onto the chair and pull back into a child’s pose (like yoga) and then would rest my head on a pillow on Adam lap to try and recover.  I found pushing really hard, I hadn’t slept in 24hrs – I was lacking energy.

They wanted to put a catheter in as I couldn’t wee so they thought it might help baby move down, but then they realised her head was right there and was too late. The midwife suggested I turn around on the bed and hold onto the back of the bed and I would continue to go into child’s pose each surge which I really liked and Adam was at my face.

It turned a little hectic in the last 5-10mins as her heart rate dropped and they didn’t want to waste time, so I had to get an episiotomy. I was very calm still and wasn’t scared when the room filled with people. I felt like no time and she was out, which was 11am on Wednesday.

She had a tiny cord so I could only get her to near my belly button but she did have to be checked over by the paediatrician, so unfortunately didn’t get delayed cord clamping. I did get the shot to get my placenta out as I was exhausted and knew that she wasn’t connected to it anymore

We had an hour or more of really lovely skin to skin and did some breastfeeding, I think I was in shock and couldn’t believe what just happened! I was really proud of myself that I did it without any pain relief and laboured mostly by myself, and I really do believe because I was educated in all areas of the birth I wasn’t ever worried or didn’t understand what was happening

We only spent one night in hospital before getting the all clear to come home, she’s been a little trooper and loves extra cuddles at night time haha and breastfeeding is going well. Thank you for helping us prepare for a our beautiful birth. Michelle.

Pele

Hannah & Joseph

My ‘guess date’ was 19 June 2019. On 17 June 2am, my waters broke in a big gush. My midwife suggested that I go into hospital to check and they confirmed it was broken. They said I have 48 hours to give birth before higher risk of infection. For the next 40ish hours I was in early labour, I was going for walks, we went shopping, doing spinning baby exercises, using hypnobirthing techniques and just breathing through. The surges were getting slightly stronger but not consistent. It was actually a fairly enjoyable 2 days and Joseph and I spent some quality time bonding.

We went into hospital at around 8pm on 18 June and hospital midwife said they actually detected Strep B in an earlier test. Hospital policy was that they induce me as I was nearing 48hours plus Strep B. At this point my surges were coming on really strong and regular and even walking into the hospital didn’t deter them. They started to put the drips into my wrist etc, I remember turning to Joseph at this point and saying “This is not what I wanted.” My midwife arrived at this point and I was admitted at 11pm. When she checked my dilation prior to induction she found I was 6cm already. She did a stretch and sweep. I asked her to talk with the doctor and allow me to continue naturally. Doctor agreed.

For the remaining 6 hours of active labour I did a lot of spinning baby exercises as her head was slightly angled. These were really hard as I did them during surges, many times I thought I couldn’t go on! I felt the urge to push and asked my midwife to do another examination and I was at 10cm. An hour and some exercises later she arrived. Joseph caught her. 🙂 We did the golden hour and we delayed cord clamping until after the hour. I was absolutely exhausted so I fell asleep. Pele Rose was born at 5.55am 19th June, her guess date!

I lost significant blood after the placenta delivery and I stayed 1 night and checked myself out the next day as I was feeling good and the Paediatrician was taking too long haha.

I actually accidentally left my mp3 at home so I didn’t use any of the hypnobirthing audios! Still, I’m very thankful for having learnt the skills because I breathed and focused through my surges and I knew my body could do it even though at times my mind was telling me otherwise.

Pele is 2 months and 5 days today. She’ll be flying for the first time on Tuesday to Samoa. In October she’ll be travelling the world with us for the next 6+ months. 🙂  Thank you so much for doing what you do and I hope you’ve enjoyed my birthing story and being a special part of it.

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