Annaliese - Thurrock

Firstly, I’d like to say congratulations on your pregnancy!

Pregnancy is a very exciting and significant time in anyone’s life; one which prompts lots of planning and preparations for your new arrival. The majority of preparations are for after the baby's arrival, and very few women plan and prepare for labour and birth as much as they research the latest buggy or sling!

Hypnobirthing with Babies in Waiting is a unique and comprehensive antenatal course which supports couples to prepare for the birth of their baby by eliminating fear, and increasing confidence in normal childbirth through the use of relaxation and self-hypnosis. Many women experience a comfortable, gentle, beautiful birth of their baby when using hypnobirthing.

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. It was the most amazing experience so much so that I jumped at the chance to join the franchise and train to support other couples to have the wonderful experience I had.