Childbirth without Fear

My name is Steph, mum to three boys aged 16, 14 & 10 and I am a Birth & Post Natal Doula and Hypnobirthing (HB) teacher.

I first learned of the benefits of HB when I attended a birth as a Doula in early 2011. My client was having her third baby and was using HB during the birth process, as she had done with her last two s. She delivered her baby at home, in a calm and quiet atmosphere with no pain relief. She had achieved the birth SHE wanted. It was an empowering experience to be part of and I just knew that this was something I had to learn more about, it truly inspired me.

I decided to investigate further and then trained to be a HB teacher with Katharine Graves in May 2011.

My personal experience of pregnancy and birth was that the  only childbirth ante natal groups I attended were hospital Parent craft classes  at around 34 weeks of pregnancy. Whilst they were very informative, a lot of the focus was on pain relief options.

HB clases are the complete opposite to that. We never focus on the 'pain' aspect of childbirth; in fact Mothers that use HB are far less likely to describe the birth of their baby as painful or traumatic, and less likely to request an epidural or other medical pain relief.

Before becoming a Doula I would disregard positive, empowered birth stories I heard, believing it to be luck, or that maybe she had a higher pain threshold than me,  and how on earth can you believe childbirth to be wonderful! Of course now I realise I was completely jealous as my birth experiences were not at all as was being described to me.

Hypnobirthing gives you many skills to use during your pregnancy, birth and afterwards and also many that can be used after birth and early days with your new baby. HB is just like any new skill, the more practice you get the better the results.. It doesn't guarantee you a pain free, perfect birth, but it does guarantee you will feel more in control of your birth, you will feel confident to make choices that are right for you and your family throughout your pregnancy and birth, come what may!

HB can be learnt with your birth partner and enables them to be an active, supportive and confident presence during the birth experience; leaving them feeling they have played a part in the birth of their baby too. In fact birth partners usually become the biggest advocates because it really leaves them feeling informed, empowered and euphoric! (Below is a recent testimonial from a Dad I taught)

'When my wife said she was interested in Hypnobirthing I didn't have a clue what it was and even when she explained what she knew of it I still was sceptical of it, but was happy to go along with it as my wife was scared and I wanted to help and support her. Then we met Steph and after just one session I was confident that we would be able to get through this together.

I looked forward to each week and finding out more about breathing techniques and how clever the body is. The more we learnt the more I believed we could do this together and have a pleasant, peaceful birth. Everything about giving birth the Hypnobirthing way is common sense and just allowing your body do what it naturally wants to do. I highly recommend Hypnobirthing as every family deserves a stress free natural birth, especially your baby!'

HB isn't just for natural birth, I have taught couples that are planning a C-Section birth too. It will not only bring relaxation to the birth experience itself but also in the run up to it. Antenatally you'll be more relaxed, prepared and in control leading to a calm and confident birth and postnatal experience. Techniques taught will also benefit your stay in hospital, aid bonding and help with feeding choices. Our classes are taught over five sessions in a group setting, or on a One to One basis with each class lasting 1 to 2 hours. Our group classes are located in Chelmsford and Ongar and we are happy to offer One to One sessions in the comfort of your own home throughout Essex. For further details please visit our website www.consciousbirth.co.uk or email steph@consciousbirth.co.uk Steph Grainger