Preparing for the birth of your baby is an exciting time, but it can sometimes feel a bit daunting. Even though I am expecting my third baby, like a lot of mums I still have worries. My second birth experience was a straightforward natural birth so you would think I'd take it all in my stride. But my first birth experience was a very scary, very traumatic category 1 emergency caesarean section. It has taken me a long time to come to terms with what happened, and if I'm completely honest, I don't think I will ever truly get over it. I've been advised to plan for a home birth for this baby, which I love the idea of, but I can't help thinking, "what if this birth goes like the first?" That's why I've decided to do Natal Hypnotherapy's Online Hypnobirthing Class.
When I was expecting my second baby, I used Natal Hypnotherapy's VBAC CDs to help me prepare for the birth. The CDs made such a difference, by helping me to relax and deal with a lot of the negativity and fears that I had been holding on to throughout the pregnancy. Then when the time for the birth came I instinctively seemed to draw on the techniques that the CD had taught me and I felt so much calmer and much more in control of the situation. In the end, I had a very quick labour and birth which had no complications and the only pain relief I needed was my breathing techniques, visualisations, and a few puffs of gas and air. It was the polar opposite of my first birth experience which was long, painful, required an epidural and ended with an emergency c-section. If the CDs made that much difference to my birth experience then imagine what difference it would make if I could do a full hypnobirthing course!
With two young children to look after, attending a physical class is just impossible, so the online classes that Natal Hypnotherapy runs seems, to me, to be the next best thing. The online course, which retails at £97, is split into 16 bit sized modules with videos, presentations, quizzes, hypnosis downloads, handouts and worksheets. I am reviewing the course so I will be writing a second post to tell you more about it in depth at a later date.
I'm really hoping that the course will help me push the negative thoughts to one side and encourage me to focus on having a positive birth, as well as teaching me the techniques I need to remain calm and in control during labour. Letting go of my fears is really important, as I don't want that to hold me back. I know that if I am scared and tense then that will slow things down. Hopefully, if all goes to plan, this birth will be as straightforward, drug-free and uncomplicated as the last. I will be writing a third post after the baby is here to let you know how the course affected my labour and birth experience.
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