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From Fear to Empowerment: How Hypnobirthing Transformed My Birth Experience

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

When I saw the word “pregnant" on the test, an overwhelming wave of fear and

uncertainty washed over me. The mere thought of giving birth filled me with anxiety

and fear about what was to come. This is an emotion shared by many expectant

mothers, but my journey took an unexpected turn that would ultimately lead me to

discover the transformative power of hypnobirthing.

It was a close friend who first recommended I delve into the world of hypnobirthing.

Little did I know that, at the end of the very first chapter of a hypnobirthing book she

recommended, my perspective on childbirth and my own capabilities would change

forever. I was left wondering why such empowering knowledge isn’t delivered as part

of the curriculum in schools. I felt a newfound sense of control and trust in my body's

abilities to bring a baby into this world.

Amid the challenges of being pregnant in a different country during the COVID-19

pandemic, my husband and I embarked on an online, self-paced hypnobirthing

course. It was a decision that would equip us with a catalogue of tools and

techniques, paving the way for a birth experience like no other. With each lesson, we

discovered how my mind held the power to influence the physical sensations within

my body. After completing the course and full embedding the practices into our daily

routines, we felt prepared and empowered for the journey ahead.

However, life often has a way of steering us down an unforeseen path. Two weeks of

not feeling quite right, reduced movements, numerous tests, and frequent trips to the

hospital culminated in a diagnosis of preeclampsia in the early hours of the morning

on Saturday 2 nd January 2021. Suddenly, I found myself being rushed into an

"emergency" C-section, in the truest sense of the word. What made it even more

challenging was living in a foreign country where my husband wasn't allowed to be

present for the surgery. I knew that I had to be strong and do

this on my own.

Thirty minutes later, my beautiful son, Ruben, made his entrance into the world,

healthy and with a huge set of lungs. In that moment, relief washed over me knowing

that I had done it; I had birthed my baby and we were both safe and well.

I will always describe my birth as an extraordinarily positive experience. In the midst

of the operating theatre, I drew upon the education and tools we had learned to help

me relax, stay calm, and manage my emotions—especially because I didn't have the

support of my husband by my side. Hypnobirthing had taught me to trust my body, to

listen to its cues, and to advocate for myself and my baby. I knew something wasn't

quite right, even when my concerns weren't always met with immediate validation.

With this newfound knowledge, I calmly and safely brought my baby into the world.

This life-changing journey led me down a new path. Inspired by the huge impact of

hypnobirthing on my birth experience, I made the decision to retrain as a

Hypnobirthing instructor. Now as my son approaches his third birthday and having

created a successful business doing what I love, my mission is to empower other

parents to embark on their own journeys of positive, calm, and confident births. I am

forever grateful to the friend who introduced me to this incredible practise.

Hypnobirthing didn't just change my birthing experience; it changed my life.

What are you waiting for?

Aimee xx

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