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With my first daughter I decided I wanted to try out hypnobirthing and have as ‘natural’ a birth as possible. My labour started with my waters breaking and what followed was a 26 hour labour which ended in forceps, despite all that I didn’t have any pain relief and really benefitted from the techniques I learnt from my Babies in Waiting course.

Fast forward 2.5 years and I was expecting my second baby. After my positive hypnobirthing experience the first time I was determined to use the techniques once again and did a refresher course with Emily. I was a bit apprehensive about whether I would actually be able to birth a baby on my own without medical intervention following my first birth. It turns out I needn’t have worried! Second time round I had a midwife appointment at 41 weeks and remember sitting in the waiting room feeing niggles. Later that day I went for a long walk and kept busy and by 7pm we were putting my daughter to bed and the surges really started. I swear my body was waiting for her to go to bed!

My surges were mild until bedtime at around 10pm and by 11pm I decided sleep wasn’t happening so started bouncing on my birthing ball. At about 11.30 we decided to call my in-laws to come over to watch our daughter. At this point my surges were every 3 mins. I decided to go for a quick wee and things changed in an instant. My surges were coming every minute from that point. We were advised by the hosp to call an ambulance. They arrived at 12.10 and thought the baby wasn’t imminent but my body was telling me differently. I think because I was using my hypnobirthing techniques they thought things were a way off...they were also two young guys and probably a bit worried! Apparently one had delivered a baby before, the other hadn’t! Anyway, needless to say, I wasn’t getting off the bed and 40 mins later my daughter was born, all 9lb 7oz of her. It turns out she was in a hurry and I needn’t have worried about birthing a baby myself as I practically did it all by myself with the help of my amazing husband (and the paramedics!). She was over a 1lb bigger then my first daughter. Goes to show what your body can do if you’re in the right mindset! A quick trip to the hosp for some stitches and we were back home before my other daughter woke up! Amazing! Xx