Before I became a mum I had no idea what birth would be like, what I might want from a birthing experience and was ignorant to my choices. Thinking I would cross those bridges when I got there, I carried on happily with married life.
When the time to start a family came, we struggled to get pregnant. Seeking help we saw a consultant and tests confirmed that I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome).
PCOS a affects millions of women in the UK and is varying in the degree to which it inhibits women’s cycles and ability to have babies. It does not prevent every woman who has it from getting pregnant, but it can make it a lot harder. I was fortunate that a few appointments later I was pregnant.
Although getting to this point had been difficult, it made me look in depth at how our bodies work. I started to understand how amazing our bodies are, and how little the average woman probably understands about her reproductive system.
Now pregnant, this thought process led onto the next paths we were about to travel, pregnancy, birth and caring for a new born. I, like so many mothers, wanted the best for my baby; for me, this meant a safe, peaceful journey into the world.
I started to wonder how much the average person actually knows about how birth works, aside from the discouraging stories mothers tell about labour being agony and the media portrayal of every birth being an emergency of some sort. I had no reason to believe my body would “fail” at the time of birth but equally didn’t know how to achieve a calm natural birth either, so I was excited to find Hypnobirthing.
After completing the parent course and then enjoying a relaxed, safe birth for my baby, (read Alfie’s birth story here[coming soon]), I couldn’t stop telling people about the wonders of Hypnobirthing.
Inspired by everything I had read and learned, I now love all things pregnancy, birth and baby related. I feel proud to see parents looking forward to the birth of their baby with excitement and confidence and know that I helped them achieve that.