So far at 31 weeks pregnant I have put the idea of labour into a little box and pushed it to the back of my mind. But as my due date approaches, I know that it is something that I need to start thinking about.
My labour with Ava was pretty straight forward. I unfortunately couldn't have her at our local midwife led unit as I wasn't dilating and due to not being able to deliver the placenta last time I'm considered "high risk" this time around and need to deliver my baby in a hospital 40 minutes away, as the hospital where Ava was born no longer has a labour ward! You can read more about Ava's birth story here.
When asked about any fears that I have for this birth, it isn't the labour itself that worries me, although the pain relating to it is also something that I have tucked away in the back of my mind, it's the fear of not being able to deliver the placenta again. For me having had a relatively easy labour and then having to have an epidural and a manual removal was pretty awful. I am truly keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn't happen again.
Over the past year or so I have heard the term hypnobirthing being used and have become increasingly intrigued. Hypnobirthing is for those looking for a positive birthing experience and those who want to learn to let go of any worries and fears surrounding childbirth. I have recently started an online hypnobirthing course with Natal Hypnotherapy, founded by Maggie Howell who has had wonderful births with the help of hypnobirthing and reading the testimonies from other women who have completed the course I am confident that hypnobirthing will also be able help me have the positive, happy birth experience that I'm after. So far I am very much enjoying the course, it is broken down into modules that you can come back to whenever you please. These modules contain multimedia, quizzes, downloads and worksheets (amongst other things) to teach you all about the wonders of hypnobirthing and it's benefits. I am currently learning about how hypnosis works and am looking forward to downloading the pregnancy relaxation track onto my phone to listen to as my due date approaches.
I am hoping that hypnobirthing takes away the current fears that I have surrounding childbirth, I am hoping to be able to grasp the true concept of hypnobirthing and to, if possible, have a drug-free birth. Although this is not at the top of my priorities, as we all know, there are no medals in childbirth unfortunately, I do think that a drug-free birth would be a fantastic personal achievement.
I have high hopes for my Natal Hypnotherapy course and am very excited to learn some more and more importantly to have a positive birthing experience when the time comes.
I shall be giving you some more information about the course itself and how I am prepared for hypnobirthing once I have completed the course.
*I am currently undertaking the Natal Hypnotherapy course free of charge in exchange for an honest review