I am writing to pass on my
sincerest thanks for your support during my pregnancy and arrival of our
second beautiful son, Benjamin.
I initially came to you to learn
about hypnobirthing techniques, in the hope that I could create a
calmer and less painful labor and birth. I thought I would learn some
psychological techniques that, hope-of-all-hopes, would get me through
this second birthing experience, after having a difficult birthing
experience the first time around.
It’s difficult to find the words
to convey the experience of the sessions I had with you, and my
introduction to hypnotherapy/hypnobirthing. What an amazing and powerful
experience. I found that I was able to become much more in tune with
my own self; thoughts, feelings, fears, hopes. But more than this, I
was able to feel a clear and strong connection with my baby.What
a profound and unexpected experience, to be able to move past all of
the daily ‘busy-ness’ of pregnancy and parenthood, and find this clear,
unbreakable, loving connection between my baby and I. All I had to do
was close my eyes, relax and there he was, just waiting for me. There’s
few words to describe the joy and wonderment of it. Through the guided
sessions with you, I was able to tap into this connection and just ‘be’
with him.It’s an experience I will always be thankful for, and never forget.
As the weeks passed, to my great
disappointment (and at times, distress), I found that I wasn’t able to
have the natural birth that my husband and I had hoped for; instead
having a planned caesarian section to enable the safe arrival of our big
(and stubborn!) breech baby. You intuitively provided me with the
exact support and guidance that I needed at different times. This
spanned from exploring different techniques to get Ben to turn around,
through to making the choice for a caesarean, adjusting and accepting
this change in birth plan, preparing for a surgical birth, and for
healing after Ben’s birth. You were there through each step, with
support and encouragement.
While I didn’t have the
opportunity to use the hypnobirthing techniques for a natural birth, the
techniques were invaluable in helping me to cope with the lead-up to,
and pre-operative preparation for the c-section. Whenever I became
stressed or overwhelmed by what was happening, I was able to call on the
things I’d learned from you, to enable me to relax and feel calm.
I also found the reiki
incredibly beneficial in terms of preparation for birth and healing
afterwards. There were more than a few “wow” moments for me, that
convinced my inner-skeptic of the powers of reiki!
Throughout this whole
experience, I have been so thankful for your support, encouragement and
compassion, and for the skills you have shared to make this pregnancy,
birth and parenting experience so much better than it might have been.