Never had I ever been so acutely tuned in to time as when it came to growing and birthing a baby.
Right from the beginning of our maternal journey – so much rides on time.
The timing of conception, the timing of gestation, when will labour start? How long since your waters went? The timing of surges; the time it takes for your cervix to dilate. How long have you been in that second stage? How long will it take for your placenta to be birthed?
And it doesn’t stop at birth.
You are then swiftly moved on to how long your baby has slept? What time did you last feed the baby...and so on.
So what are the best ways of keeping time on your side with hypnobirthing?
Well if you are pregnant and reading this, you are probably aware that the moment there is any evidence of something growing – people seem to feel you are fair game for comments.
This may be predictions of your baby being ‘early’ or ‘late’, the size of your bump, to the woman on the bus vehemently telling you about her 3 hellish days in lab...
Rachel and Fi were so welcoming when I met them and teaching them was an absolute joy! Their enthusiasm and commitment was so evident each week and I was so delighted to get their message when Mabel made her appearance. Read their story below...
I knew from the beginning of my pregnancy that I wanted to do hypnobirthing in preparation for birth. We worked with Ashley during my pregnancy and she came to our home to do the sessions.
We spent a lot of time as a couple talking about what was covered in her sessions and working on the relaxation techniques she taught us.
As my pregnancy progressed and my hypnobirthing practice increased I began to feel really positive, as opposed to scared, about the birth – this was such a wonderful gift during my pregnancy and made me look forward to going into labour!
Myself and my partner had initially had a clear intention to have the birth occur in hospital, as we felt this with was the safest place. After working through the hypnobirthing sessions with A...
Just last week one of my lovely pregnant friends sent me a late night text; she was keen to know how common it is that couples I teach are concerned about who will be around to look after their other child(ren) when they go in to labour.
The answer is – the majority.
Even when their families live locally – the biggest and most pressing question that both first time parents and couples in their subsequent pregnancies is how they will know when to go to hospital or when to call the midwife.
There just simply isn’t an easy or definitive answer.
There are of course signs that labour is progressing which I talk about extensively in my classes, but what I do have certainty about is that every woman is unique and therefore labour at varying speeds.
So when is the right time to have your child(ren) picked up?
Only you can make that call.
As it often seems to be such a great source of anxiety – I always encourage couples to have a plan!
Laura and Graham were an absolute dream to teach! From the moment I walked in to their home, I knew that I was going to love them...and I did!
Here is Laura's story in her own words...enjoy!
I had chosen to try Hypnobirthing after 2 upsetting births where I had every drug possible, both in theatre; I was never the first person to hold my baby and I had never been able to breastfeed.
Ashley came into our lives and put those worries to one side which I didn't think was possible.
The breathing she teaches is invaluable through labour and the relaxations allow you to focus on getting to that final goal, through the practice we did most nights we were confident with the scripts and knew exactly what worked for us.
She was also able to answer all my pregnancy and labour questions and make me think about what I really wanted to happen and how I could get it.
This made me feel so empowered and in control of my labour, something I had never experienced.