The Positive Birth Movement’s Milli Hill agrees that a Positive Birth does not have to be ‘natural’ or drug-free. And as Katharine Grave’s says? Hypnobirthing always makes a difference!
But however you birth? Birth is a big deal! And aside from your life-long memories of giving birth – studies have shown that Hypnobirthing can have profound and positive effects on both you and your baby. With benefit of lower c-section rates & reduced need for pain relief as well as increased feelings of confidence, control and comfort. Plus higher Apgar scores for babies. So the value of a good birth is immeasurable.
Birth in 2 hours!
Baby arrived today and it was the perfect hypnobirthing experience! I had her at home in 2 hours with no pain relief. I’m overjoyed I was able to do it & can’t send enough thanks to you for helping me, it made the world of difference. Thank you Steph, we’re ecstatic & I don’t have another birth trauma to get over!!
Nancy in Bicester
I'd felt nervous about birth
I’d been induced before was worried about a “natural” birth without the epidural!! I decided to give hypnobirthing a go and I’m SO GLAD I did!
Induced again I had an entirely positive experience. It was incredibly helpful for my husband too. He was more involved & helped remind me of what I’d learnt.
I really liked Steph’s balanced approach. I loved how she was realistic, talking about cs, induction & hypnobirthing.
I would encourage anyone thinking about Hypnobirthing to give it a go. I wish I’d known about it earlier!
Judith in Headington
We took it in our stride
Steph’s Hypnobirthing classes helped us stay calmer through pregnancy & birth and to feel more confident & informed. It was wonderful to hear such a positive & empowering perspective on birth. My husband knew exactly what to do to support me as my birth partner.
In early labour my contractions were only about 1 minute apart from the beginning but the hypnobirthing breathing & visualisations allowed me to keep my energy up and my focus positive.
Katy in North Oxford
I just breathed my baby out! Hypnobirthing allowed me to go with the flow of pregnancy & birth! It put me in a positive, calm & accepting state of mind which was so important. Especially because this was my first pregnancy and I didn’t know what to expect from labour!
Hypnobirthing prepped me with the tools to go! As a result, it made me feel more confident & efficient during my partner’s labour. Meeting Steph taught me that a calm environment is essential for birth. I know the process helped my partner as birth was just over 8 hours.
A perfect birth for my 2nd
Steph is absolutely amazing. I had a difficult & stressful first birth so needed lots of support going into my secod. Steph gave me the power to believe in myself, my mind and my body and gave me the gift of a perfect birth for my 2nd. I would never have believed I would feel so positive and so confident about birth.
I would witout doubt go further than to recommend, I would urge you to hire Steph, it was the best thing we ever did. Thank you Steph, will forever be so thankful.
Nina in North Oxfordshire
My views changed dramatically!
I wasn’t sold on the idea of Hypnobirthing but after the course with Steph my views were changed dramatically. It’s been really great for me to have a tool to help my wife & feel like I can support her more through her pregnancy.
I would and have been recommending the course to mums to be & partners. I believe what we learnt will not just be used in birthing but everyday life too.
Mike in Bicester
I birthed on my back!
Super quick note to say we had our little boy this evening in the lovely dark room at the JR Spires. I had no pain relief (including no gas & air or paracetamol!). The first half of labour was back to back which was incredibly challenging. I laboured in the birth pool then wanted to deliver lying on my back(!!).
I loved the whole experience and can’t thank you enough for helping us prepare. Within half an hour I said I wanted to do it again!
Catharine in Oxford
I used the techniques before theatre
Steph was wonderful. Giving me the confidence to approach whatever was thrown at me during birth with a quiet calmness. When mine became a high risk case, instead of using the techniques Steph had taught me during labour, I used them in the scary, anxious period before I went into theatre. The midwives & theatre staff then help me use the same techniques during theatre.
Later the midwives were excited to tell me how steady my blood pressure had been and how little blood I had lost.
Ellie in Thame
Hypnobirthing – your birth stories
Be inspired! Good birth help reframe your thoughts bout birth & are a useful part of your Hypnobirthing practice.
Hypnobirthing is all about layering!
So read these (really) good hypnobirthing stories, do your Hypnobirthing practice & use your hypnobirthing anchors to reframe your mindset of birth – consiously & subconsiously.
Then send me your good hypnobirthing story!
Can I Do Hypnobirthing classes alone? A birth story to inspire you!
Can I do Hypnobirthing classes alone? "Can I do Hypnobirthing Classes alone? asked Laura before she booked my Hypnobirthing course. "Yes! I did hypnobirthing classes alone and it worked for me" I said... "I've had 3 babies and every single time? I did hypnobirthing...
Another good birth at the Spires
Hi Steph, I’m just getting round to letting you know we had a baby girl on 27th March 2020, one week into full lockdown. I had been getting lots of practice contractions and thought labour was starting at 37 weeks but it never came to anything more than Braxton...
Hypnobirthing helped my Cesarean at the Oxford JR!
Hi Steph, this is my positive birth story! You were wonderful in giving me the confidence to approach whatever was thrown at me during birth with a quiet calmness. This was never more so than when mine became a high risk pregnancy as my placenta was too low (placenta...
Hypnobirthing gave us more control
Steph's breastfeeding & hypnobirthing programmes more than EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS. We were so eagerly awaiting every session! As first time parents We wanted to gain as much information as possible and to be as PREPARED as we could possibly be for the arrival...
Calm c-section when my cervix wouldn’t fully dilate
Jayne thought she might go into labour before the end of her Hypnobirthing course. But she thought it through & hopped onto the last class of the course before hand. Such a good choice - because she was right! Here's her birth story: Hi Steph, Been meaning...
My Home birth in Lockdown
Hi Steph, Been meaning to message you & let you know how amazing my birth was.Levi was born at home on 27th January at 06.55am. After 15 hours of labour. It was a slow & relaxing build up. And intense from about 4am when the Midwife arrived. I started to get...
He didn’t believe me & caught our baby like a rugby ball!
Imagine this: You're planning a home birth. Your reasons are based on past experience and you're determined to have a positive birth. On the advice of Alex (@selfandbodyfitness) - and every pregnant person in Oxfordshire seems to knows Alex! You decide to stack the...
My calm birth after a painful miscarriage
Following five failed rounds of fertility treatment, including a late miscarriage, we were very anxious about our baby during pregnancy and turned to hypnobirthing classes to help. Hypnobirthing quickly became a highlightHypnobirthing quickly became a highlight of our...
Hospital or Homebirth? – A Thame Hypnobirthing Story
"I don't like hospitals" this mama said as I sat in her gorgeous Thame home. "We'll cover home birth in class four" I replied with a smile. This was her first hypnobirthing class and we had a lot ground to cover. But it quickly became clear that this was a less...
Share your good birth story!
Like it or not we’re surrounded by birth negativity. And it’s easy to be scared, because everyone’s telling us to be! But by telling our good birth stories and talking about our birth confidence we can start to turn to turn opinions around and help other people to talk fondly about their births too.