There is a better way to give birth!
If you’ve read my birth story, you’ll know what a huge fan I am of Gentlebirth. This is the self-hypnosis for childbirth programme that I used when I was having Little Man. Charlie and I completed a weekend course when I was about 20 weeks pregnant. Over the course of the weekend, we learned about the relationship between fear and pain in childbirth. We learned to question the portrayals of childbirth that we saw in the media, and to block out the horror stories that people love to tell about labour, and we learned some basic self-hypnosis techniques. I’m the first to admit that I was a real sceptic that weekend. I just kept telling myself “It’s worth a shot”, but in the back of my mind, I was thinking “There’s always the drugs if I need them!”
Once we had completed the course, I started doing my “homework” every night. This meant listening to my relaxation and self-hypnosis tracks every night, training my mind to go into a deep state of relaxation, and learning to quell any unfounded fears that entered my mind. The weeks went by, and my attitude to birth started to change. The programme had encouraged me to seek out positive birth stories, and I did just that. I filled my head with wonderful stories of calm, inspiring births.
As a result, I had a wonderful relaxing pregnancy, and a fantastic birth experience. Don’t worry – I’m not trying to convince you that it was pain-free – it wasn’t. But I felt so relaxed, calm, and in control for the whole thing, and that was all down to the Gentlbirth preparation that I had done. I was able to allow my body to do what it needed to do, to birth my baby.
Since that experience, I’ve become a real advocate of Gentlebirth, making sure to tell any pregnant women I speak to about it. You can’t control what will happen on the day, and using this programme is no guarantee of a drug-free or intervention-free labour, but in my experience, it does improve your chances of both. I believe so strongly in the Gentlebirth experience that I recently contacted Tracy Donegan, the woman who ran my weekend class, and asked her if I could advertise Gentlebirth on my site. This is the closest I can get to shouting about it from the rooftops! So I was delighted when she invited me to sign up for the Gentlebirth affiliate programme, and tonight I’ve done just that! If you check the right-hand column now, you should see a little banner ad for GentleBirth. If you or someone close to you is expecting a baby any time soon, make sure you check it out! I can’t recommend it highly enough.
And if you have your own Gentlebirth story to share, please just comment here and let me know. I’d be delighted to publish it here for you!