Hey there Mama Bear! My name is Kirryn and here is my story on how I stumbled across hypnobirthing. I fell pregnant early 2017 and after the initial first few weeks of pure joy and excitement that we were finally pregnant, my mind quickly wandered to how on earth I was going to get this baby out (dun duuuun!).
I knew that if my (loving and supportive) husband told me to relax during labor, I would most likely not take to kind to it. So, I started looking for a birth doula (in my mind, a referee) but I couldn’t find one. My estimated due date was 2 January so of course everyone was going away with their families over Christmas break.
I gave up my search and tried to put it out of my mind and managed to for a little while. But as I hit my third trimester the fear was creeping back and getting stronger and stronger every week. I knew I needed help so started trawling google again for something, anything that might help me. That is when I stumbled upon hypnobirthing. Again, I looked for someone who could teach me but at the late stage of pregnancy I was at (about 36 weeks), I couldn’t line anybody up. More searching and I found the Hypnobubs online course which is the same Hypnobirthing Australia program that I teach today.
My husband and I watched all the videos and I madly practiced the techniques in my last few weeks of pregnancy. Now I was educated, excited and knew that my husband and I were on the same page. We were going into the birth as a team and we each had our roles. If he told me to relax my face, I knew exactly why he was saying it and what it would mean for my body if I listened to him (good things Mama, good things!). Our beautiful 3.5kg baby girl was born via drug free waterbirth after 7 hours of active labour and I only have joy filled memories when I think back on the day.