with susanne grant
What I absolutely love about Hypnobirthing is that it gives your partner handy and easy tools to assist you and your baby in having a great birthing experience. During the course he will learn hands-on how to do this effectively. This way is a great approach for most men as they learn differently compared to us women, simply just because our brains are wired differently (and we love them for it!). From massage techniques to pressure points for pain relief, dad (or anyone else for that matter) will know it all and if necessary he can instruct the caregivers around you as well.
A KG Hypnobirthing Course not only equips you with the Hypnobirthing information, but uniquely gives you the knowledge to understand your options and the implications of the choices you make. As well as teaching you the techniques you need for a successful hypnobirth, it gives you the information to navigate the system in which you find yourself to achieve the best outcome for you and your baby. It is up-to-date with the latest evidence and research, and constantly evolving as well, to ensure mothers they can benefit from the most recent knowledge out there!
What if pregnancy and birthing could be a heck loads more loving, sacred and empowering?
When I moved to Scotland and became pregnant with our first born I stumbled across hypnoses and relaxation as a type of pain relief during labour and birth. The folder I was reading was very detailed; however on this bit there was only one line of information. I decided to look into it and discovered something called ‘hypnobirthing’. It was like a whole new world that suddenly opened its doors for me. It was amazing! Suddenly women could give birth! I could give birth! I wasn’t just an illness that had to be subjected to protocols and checklists. No, I was a woman and this is what women do; give birth to our next generation. Pieces were falling together and I was starting to understand there is a different way to give birth.
Of all the things that I thought I would learn about in this world, never would I have imagined one that could be so calming, relaxing and self empowering (and I was just the help!!). As the day wore on, all I could do was really look at my partner birthing in the way that she was meant to and making it look so easy, and thinking “wow”.
Our ‘due date’ got changed many times, but we just knew that our little girl would be born on the 15th of May. No surprise there, I started to have surges early in the morning on the 15th of May. It was different than I always was told. You know, the surges come and go, like 20 minutes apart, and continue to go closer together. From four in the morning I had surges every 3 minutes, for the next 18 hours to come (which I didn’t know at the time). As her dad tried to get some more sleep, I was doing breathing exercises and trying to rest as much as I could in between.
Birth doesn't always go the way we want to, which can be a hard pill to swallow. You can feel like you failed yourself, your baby, even your partner. Your body didn't do what it is designed to do. First of all, if you feel that way, I would like to tell you didn't fail, you did your best in the situation and you need to forgive yourself that things didn't go like planned. Secondly, you are not alone mum. Let me share my story and how hypnobirthing can help you too.