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The labour was absolutely everything I dreamed of

Brianna's Birth Story 
 
I just wanted to share my amazing VBAC birth story with you.
 
So after having two babies and never feeling "satisfied" post birth, my husband and I decided early on that we wanted to have a positive birthing experience so we sought out a hypnobirthing course with felicity from Avocado baby.
 
After completing the course we listened to the tracks every night and did our birth rehearsal practice initially once a week then every second night. It was amazing and such a great way to connect and relax at the end of a busy day.
 
So it was decided that I was going to be induced.
 
So on the morning of 21.12.21 my husband and I arrived at the hospital for our induction. As soon as we entered the room he turned the lights down and we relaxed into our zone. At about 07:30 my  OB came and ruptured my membranes, we had an hour and nothing started so we decided to started the syntocin drip. I had my positive birth mantras printed out...
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It really changed our point of view and helped us both feel empowered.

Rachel's Birth Story
 
We are absolutely delighted to share with you the birth of our son, Mathias, on Sept 1st.
Thanks to your help, we had a wonderful vaginal delivery without any complications and we are now very healthy and happy, leaving in Paris.
 
Mel,
You definitely have been with us during every step as we used all your tips!
I am French, we went back to France to have our child, and here I do not have 1 friend who was better prepared than I was.
 
Thank you so much for sharing your personal experience, explaining to us very clearly the possible interventions, helping us to have a clear birth plan, and for being so tactful while sharing your knowledge and answering our questions. We definitely used all your tips and the exercises/ postures you showed us to prepare me ahead of labour!
 
We loved the way you explained the role of the partner as well, it really changed our point of view and helped us both feel empowered. You have been a blessing in our...
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We didn't feel any fear leading up to birth and I was able to go with the flow of each turn my birthing journey took

Molly's Birth Story 
 
I'm a first time mum and our daughter Delphine (Delphi for short) is 6 months old - about time I managed to share my Hypnobirthing story! πŸ˜‚
 
Unfortunately my labour didn't go as I'd hoped, but hypnobirthing still helped us a lot and I look back on my birth as a very positive experience 😊 We did the online course and gave birth in a public hospital.
 
She was born at 39wks3days on 8th April, at 5:52am weighing 3.525kg/7.7lb and 50cm long.
 
When I was 39 weeks and 1 day my waters broke at 2:30am. Unfortunately I didn't start surging on my own, so at 8:30pm that night I had to go to hospital to start antibiotic IV and stayed the night on the maternity ward. Tried all the tricks in the book to get labour going but to no avail πŸ™ This was quite disappointing because I was really looking forward to laboring at home and I didn't get to.
 
Overnight I still didn't begin surges so in the morning my fiance came back, we were moved to...
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I was so proud of myself! I had achieved my dream! I calmly birthed my baby!

Dana's Birth Story

Hi! I am excited to share my birth story with you all! 

It has been almost 2 months since the birth of my hypnobub, Nikita! It was an amazing labour and birth experience, and it’s all thanks to the hypnobubs course! 
 
A little background information to start with: My first child was born in January 2019. I wanted a natural labour and birth and I did some light research going in, but never really committed to an actual course. I laboured 8 hours at home before I couldn’t talk through surges. After only being at the hospital for 2 hours (and 4cm upon arrival), my surges were getting really intense. I had some young nurses that while very nice, were a bit inexperienced. I asked them if they thought I could have made any kind of progress in such a short time and they told me that it was unlikely since it was the first labour. I figured they were probably right so I thought I had many more hours of this intensity left (not realizing I was...
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It was all so beautiful and everything I had envisioned for my last birth.

affirmations induction Jun 30, 2021

My birth story

It all began last Saturday when I was induced (due to a few different reasons). I felt like I was having random on and off contractions all week and had a feeling I had started dilating.

I had the first set of gels at roughly 8.30-9.00pm, the midwife checked my cervix and could feel it hadn't dilated (so I was wrong thinking I had started dilating during the week) 
After about an hour I started to get slight contractions. I couldn't sleep so I laid in bed and continued to watch the ranch while Roland got some zz.

As time went on it felt like the surges were getting stronger but I wasn't sure if it was all in my head or if it was really happening.

The midwife came back at 2am and inserted the second gels. I had only dilated 1cm. Pretty much as soon as the second gels were inserted the surges really ramped up and already felt close together.

I didn't wake Roland up and walked around the room on my own for about an hour or so as the surges became quite full on. I decided...

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Lily’s birth was the most empowering, transformative and amazing experience

Positive birth story! ✨ (sorry for the long post πŸ€ͺ)
8 days ago on the 7/6/21 my baby girl Lily was born (on her due date!) at 4:13pm weighing 4.014kg.
 
After a very long posterior (34 hours) and traumatic first birth with my first born, I was adamant to get the water birth I dreamed of and I have hypnobirthing and my amazing support team to thank for it.
 
So here’s how my birth story went... I woke up on my due date feeling perfectly fine. It wasn’t till about 11:00am that I noticed some super mild period pain twinges. I ignored them and went about my day. By about 12:00pm midday they started feeling more crampy (still mild but slightly more painful) and I decided to time them. They were consistently coming and going every 3-5 mins and lasting 30-50 seconds. It was then I realised I might be in early labour.
 
By about 2:00pm I was having to breathe through my surges as they had picked up in intensity. I was most comfortable bending over the birth...
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Oh, how a weekend changed everything by educating me!

I was made aware of hypnobirthing and did the weekend course when I was 34 weeks pregnant. I honestly thought I was too far into my pregnancy to do it but for me, this was the best thing I could've done.

Before the course, I was scared my anxiety would take over in labour and I didn't want an epidural as I wanted to be in control of my body. Oh, how a weekend changed everything by educating me! 
 
In the weeks leading up to the birth I read affirmations everyday, even making my visitors read one with me on the way out, and listened to calming music. I wrote a birth plan and visioned how I wanted my birth to be. My anxiety turned to excitement.
 
On 14th March, at 39+3 weeks, I had braxton hicks quite strong in the afternoon, I knew something was happening. At 5pm I started to feel tightening and cramping which was bearable. I rang the hospital about 9pm who advised me to take panadol and get some rest.
 
By morning the waves had gone but my show and plug had...
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Oh my gosh, these surges are the most beautiful and empowering thing ever.

18th of December. 40 weeks.

Millie June’s due date.

I woke at 6am after what felt like MJ doing a giant somersault and then some minor cramping. I got up, made my coffee and put on one of my many birth prep playlists. I sat and journaled to MJ (something we had been doing throughout the pregnancy). I had a feeling that perhaps she was on her way to us.

We had our 40wk appointment that morning. The midwife offered a stretch and sweep if we wanted to speed things along or to see if my cervix was ripe , but we declined. We left the hospital talking about the wild possibility of Millie not arriving for another 12 days or so, and a “just-in-case” induction was booked in.

That afternoon we had some spicy pho for dinner, took Luna on a sunset walk, did some perineal massage (Paz’s favourite) whilst listening to my Hypnobirthing Australia tracks, and other things that have been said to help induce labour au naturel

At 10pm as Paz was playing what we now know was his...

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My goal in taking this course was to have a drug-free birth that was comfortable. What I found was empowerment and encouragement.

I wanted to express my thanks for this program. Other women’s stories helped me throughout my pregnancy, so I wanted to post mine. Hopefully, it can encourage anyone whose pregnancy doesn’t go “as planned”.
 
I started Hypnobubs during my third pregnancy. This was a surprise baby and I was considered “high risk” from the outset because I would be 43yrs of age at delivery. My goal in taking this course was to have a drug-free birth that was comfortable. What I found was empowerment and encouragement.
 
My pregnancy did not go as I had hoped. At 21 weeks I was in a bad auto accident that left me injured and changed my prenatal plans. All the while I continued to repeat the affirmations that I had heard so often in this program…I am prepared to accept whatever turn my birthing takes. The affirmations and tracks brought peace and comfort when my pregnancy journey felt overwhelming. I completed all the modules, engaged in birth...
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We had the most incredible, empowering and perfect birth

We started our journey through Frances Perry private with Dr Sushen Naidoo who recommended that we do Hypnobirthing with Vanessa at Illoura Birth. We signed up not long after.

About halfway through our pregnancy journey, I had an intense intuition to switch to a home birth with private midwives. I loved Dr Sush so it was a hard decision but I desperately wanted a natural, Unmedicated and no intervention birth for me and my son. So, after a bit of convincing of my partner, we switched to home birth. We had the most incredible midwives and doula which helped make my partner more comfortable with the idea of birthing at home.

We had our hypnobirthing class which we both loved. I practised the techniques and recordings daily. I particularly love the tracks which I meditated to (and still do) daily.

George decided to come with no induction at 41+4 weeks. It was a 16-hour labour with a few complications making the labour longer and more painful than it needed to be. He wasn’t...

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