As many of you know, I recently gave birth to my second baby. (Birth story to follow).
Friends and clients often ask me what they should do to prepare for birth so I thought I'd let you all know how I prepared:
1. I listened to my hypnobirthing tracks from very early on. I started with'Pregnancy Relaxation' from the early weeks after I found out I was pregnant, and moved onto 'Effective Home Birth Preparation' around 32 weeks. I listened to this one a few times a week and loved the way it talks you through a visualisation of your birth, it made me feel so excited to meet my baby!
2. I involved my husband in my birth preparation. We talked through our birth plans and went over his role and all the things he can do to help me stay relaxed and calm. He was also really looking forward to the birth.
3. I decided to have a home birth and all the midwives I saw during my antenatal care were very supportive of this decision. Statistics show that a planned home birth was as safe for my baby as a planned hospital birth, BUT offered other benefits to me, as a mother, such as a lower risk of having a caesarean, a lower risk of an assisted birth and less risk of a haemorrhage.
4. I hired a birth pool from South Wales Doulas. The lovely Catrin came and showed us how to set it all up, and talked through any remaining concerns John had (mainly about the practicalities of a home birth!)
5. I put some of my favourite affirmations aroundthe house in obvious places. This helped me maintain positivity about my upcoming birth, and also made me feel really confident.
6. I watched a lot of positive births on youtube. I watched some with my toddler and explained how the baby was going to come out. I love watching beautiful birth videos (and really wanted to video mine but hubby wasn't so keen on that idea!)
7. Me and my husband went through our birth preferences and made sure he understood exactly what I wanted so he could protect my birth space. He had a birth partner card from my workshops which helped to remind him of the tools he'd learnt to keep me calm and in control during labour.
Hypnobirthing is a fantastic way to prepare for birth. It helps you to focus on what is important to you, gives you confidence in your body and gives you tools to use during labour to help you achieve a positive birth experience.
If you are interested in learning more about how hypnobirthing can help you, please contact me.