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Laura & Alex

Alex & Anth

Nicole & Adam

Katherine & Nick

Jenny & Nigel

Laura & Paul

Jo & Jamie

 



Emma & Andrew

Sarah & Dan

Livy & Steve

Jenny & Kevin

Charlie & Terry

Natalie & Ryan

Helen & Steve

 



Fabien & Alex

Sarah & John

Caroline & Mark

Liz & Wayne

Chrissy & John

Mike & Karen

Emma & Wayne

 



Mike & Claire

Joanne & Craig

Paula & Phil

Becka & Shaun

Aoife & Andy

Katy & Chris

 

Laura and Alex

I was looking online at water births when I came across HypnoBirths and the more I looked into it the more I knew I wanted a HypnoBirth they all looked so calm and beautiful. I then contacted Sandra and booked a place on the course. Before the course I wanted a hospital birth and thought people who had home births without pain relief where mad but after the course my outlook on birth changed, I was determined to have a home birth no matter what because I trusted my body and I knew I didn't need drugs to help me give birth because it was such a natural thing. I did get my home birth and it was the best experience of my life. Sandra was so lovely and friendly and answered all my questions. Even after the course she stays in touch so if you need help with anything she is always there and her biscuits where yum. I would definitely recommend this course to everyone better than any antenatal class.

 

Alex & Anth

Since I first began my training to be a midwife, I always knew that when I was pregnant I would want to have a HypnoBirth. I had heard wonderful things about HypnoBirthers having a calm and relaxed labour and birth. What I wasn't expecting were the other benefits that Sandra's course brought. Anth and I have not yet had our baby, but regardless of how the labour turns out, we would consider our money well spent. The HypnoBirthing course has brought Anthony and I even closer together than we were before. It has allowed Anthony to become involved in the pregnancy and to know what his role in the labour will be. We have both become more excited and bonded more with the baby than I ever thought possible. Just knowing that Anth will be involved in the labour and not feeling like a spare part I know will immediately have a calming effect on me. I have seen first hand how so many women are more concerned about and focused on their partners in their labour than about focusing on their labour that it can create anxieties and tensions that can only have a detrimental effect on the birth process.

The relaxation and breathing techniques have been a godsend in the pregnancy, whether it be as a sleeping aid or to cope with general ailments in pregnancy. I use the techniques whenever I feel anxious, angry or emotional and the effect is immediately calming. I feel prepared and calm, excited even about the thought of labour. Whatever the outcome, we both feel well equipped to cope with anything that is thrown at us.

What makes the East Yorkshire HypnoBirthing course so special in particular is Sandra. Sandra is so obviously passionate about all things bump and baby and incredibly knowledgeable. She is genuinely caring, refreshingly compassionate and goes over and above the call of duty. We really can't recommend Sandra or her course highly enough and just hope more women realise their birthing potential with HypnoBirthing

 

Nicole and Adam

March 2013

HypnoBirthing was first introduced to me by a close family member who had successfully birthed her son using HypnoBirthing. After seeing how relaxed and calm she was during her labour I was desperate to try HypnoBirthing myself, as I found myself quite anxious about what was to come when I first discovered I was expecting.

From attending our first class with Sandra, I instantly felt at ease about birthing our baby. The natural process of labour was explained to me and my partner, and a confidence started to set in that I could have the drug free, calm and controlled water birth that I wanted. By the end of the classes I even felt confident and comfortable enough that if things didn’t go the way I had planned, I would still be able to proceed calmly and confidently with whatever came my way in giving birth.

Sandra is a very warm and easy going person. Her kindness and generosity instantly makes you feel comfortable in her home. Sandra only hosts her course with a few couples at a time so the sessions are very intimate and personal. We had our sessions with only one other couple so over the weeks we got to know each other and felt comfortable enough to voice any questions or concerns we had no matter how silly they were! The hospitality and information Sandra provides is of the highest standard. There is nothing Sandra didn’t know and went the extra mile to provide any extra information we needed. Even though the sessions are 3 hours long, the time flies by as the exercises are fun and you really feel the benefit of each session. I found I looked forward to going each week, unlike I did with the antenatal classes provided by the NHS. Sandra provided plenty of refreshments throughout the 3 hours and made sure we had plenty of toilet breaks so there wasn’t any time you felt uncomfortable.

I would highly recommend this course to anyone. It is well worth the value for money, I would have happily paid more for the quality of the sessions and everything Sandra provided! That goes without all the drinks and biscuits we went through! I never believed I would feel this confident and excited to give birth, as I was so apprehensive before. I can’t wait to put everything I’ve learnt from our sessions with Sandra into action; I can’t thank her enough!

 

Katherine and Nick

September 2012

"We found your course thoroughly enjoyable. My husband and I had attended NCT where a fellow 'mum to be' had recommended HypnoBirthing and gave us Sandra’s name as a reference. Despite having less than a month to my due date, and therefore not being able to do the full course, Sandra kindly offered a condensed course which really met our needs. My husband and I found both the theory and the practical side of the course really interesting and I am certain that I will benefit from having been taught the 'tools' to help me cope during labour. Whilst I am aware that I am to some extent entering into the unknown, the materials provided on the course have certainly empowered me to feel more positive about what is to come. Also, I think it has given my husband a greater role in supporting me during labour, which we both feel really positive about. We found Sandra’s approach perfect for the stage we were at and want to thank her for the support she has given us. We will keep you posted after the birth!"

Thanks again!

Katherine and Nick

Brough

 

Jenny and Nigel

July 2012

I'm pregnant with my first child at 36, and was a little nervous about the birth as a result of years watching over acted portrayals of agonizing births on TV. My sister did a hypnobirthing course elsewhere in England for her second child after a very painful and upsetting experience for her first, and she couldn't recommend it enough. My partner, being from a clinical healthcare background, was a little skeptical at first with preconceptions about how hypnotism could play a role in pain free birthing (bearing in mind the only hypnosis we had seen was the type performed on TV to make people do stupid things!).

The course couldn't have been further from what he, and I, was expecting.

Sandra taught us that the key to natural birthing is to approach it in a relaxed way, and have confidence in my own body and my baby to birth without pain. She teaches that it's the fear of the pain itself which causes the body to tense, which in turn causes the pain. Sandra goes into great detail about how the body works and how it's designed to naturally birth a baby. This information, supported by the breathing, relaxation and visualisation techniques very quickly (after just one session) turned my initial fear into excitement and I couldn't wait to go back and learn more.

The course gives you the confidence and the tools to go away and practice these techniques, and if you feel like you want a refresher session before the big day, then Sandra is happy to do this for you.

Not having any family nearby, and feeling a little let down by the scant information provided by the midwives I have seen, Sandra taught us so much more than just how to 'hypnobirth'. She advised when I was on antibiotics for a bladder infection, and also helped me choose an iron supplement which wouldn't constipate me! She also helped with things like breastfeeding, bonding with your baby, writing your birth plan and lots more.

For the information she provides, and the time she commits you can see that Sandra clearly loves what she does as the fees she charges, as lots of her customers tell her, are just too low (a quarter of the price my sister paid)!

Sandra's teaching style is very informal, and she provides a lovely, relaxed environment with drinks and biscuits! I have found her advice a great comfort and would thoroughly recommend her.

The baby is due in 4 weeks and I am approaching it calmly and confidently, thanks to Sandra.

Jenny and Nigel xx

 

Laura & Paul

Sandra's HypnoBirthing course was fantastic. I had already read about the concept of HypnoBirthing and had heard from others that they had heard success stories. However my husband only knew what I had told him, which I must admit left him a little unsure about it all. Within the first hour of the first session, he was already supporting the concept.

The sessions were enjoyable, not only because of the way that Sandra presented the information but also because of the calm nature of the surrounds and Sandra's infectious personality. My husband and I both felt very comfortable and looked forward to each session.

The videos Sandra showed us had a particular impact on our belief that HypnoBirthing is something that we could do and do well. One video in particular that we felt we were able to relate to, has given us such confidence in our own birthing.

I am currently 34 weeks into my pregnancy. We began the course when I was 23 weeks which has not only given us time to practise the HypnoBirthing techniques, but has also meant that for the last 11 weeks we have been excited and calm about the birth, rather than fearful and unsure.

 We have since decided to have a home birth without any pain relief as we are confident that the techniques Sandra has taught us will enable us to allow my body and my baby to birth naturally. I feel incredibly excited about the birth, not only to meet my daughter/son, but to welcome them into the world in a calm and relaxed environment.

However, I am also aware that difficulties can arise and that our home birth plan may need to change. This does not phase us though as I know we will still be able to use the techniques we have learned in a hospital environment. And even if things do not go to plan, the fact that I am enjoying my pregnancy and looking forward to the birth has been well worth taking part in Sandra's course.

Thank you Sandra for sharing your knowledge, wisdom and experiences. We can't wait to tell you how the birthing goes!
Laura and Paul Andrew, South Cave

 

Jo & Jamie

We decided to enquire about and later attend HypnoBirthing classes after we had attended NCT classes. At the NCT class we learned and discussed a lot around interventions and becoming parents but we learned very little, if anything about breathing and being in control of the baby's birth or working with your body. I vaguely remembered a friend of a friend raving about HypnoBirthing from a few years ago so got in touch with Sandra. What a treasure Sandra is...a warm, personable, funny, calm and knowledgeable practitioner. Both my husband and I felt instantly at ease and it was great to find a class that meant my husband could also feel fully involved in the practical preparation and support of the birth rather than just being an uneasy on-looker. The classes are informative, fun and make a lot of common sense! Sandra personalises the classes to best meet your needs as a couple and helped us both to feel more confident about the upcoming birth of our little surprise. We are both looking forward to continued practising (homework is a given) and trying out the breathing and massage techniques for real on the Big Birth Day. Watch out for the video clips - very emotional and wonderful examples of calm, tranquil births and bonding. Huge thanks Sandra. Love Jo and Jamie x

 

Emma & Andrew

May 2012

I first met with Sandra for HypnoBirthing when I was 37 weeks pregnant. I had completed the NCT class but was still fearful of giving birth. The sessions really helped me to tune out my fear of child birth and enabled me to have a drug free water birth that I really enjoyed. I thought it might be a bit late in the day to start HypnoBirthing but I don't believe I would have had same birth without it. Thanks Sandra x

 

Sarah and Dan

June 2012

HypnoBirthing was recommended to us through a family member who had a very positive birthing experience with her first baby after initially feeling extremely nervous about the whole process. Sandra put us at ease straight away and we both felt able to ask any questions we needed to. We both learnt a lot about the natural birthing process and I now feel so much more confident about what will happen, and what the possibilities are if things don't proceed as expected. I found myself feeling quite strongly about the HypnoBirthing concepts and when people started talking about negative birth experiences I felt strong enough to tell them to be quiet!! At the beginning of the course we were considering a home birth and at first I couldn't really see myself having the confidence to do it. However by the end of the course I felt much more confident about home birthing and my ability to fully use the HypnoBirthing techniques I had learnt. I can't recommend the HypnoBirthing course enough and I am now really looking forward to welcoming our new arrival into our lives.

 

Livy and Steve

July 2012

"Disillusioned with the antenatal classes offered by my midwife (or lack of!) and looking for a positive birth experience, we decided to look into HypnoBirthing. Before we found we were expecting a baby, a friend and her husband had raved about their experience with HypnoBirthing so it seemed like a good option for us to explore. A quick Google led us to Sandra's website, and, from the first email, she was incredibly supportive and positive that we could have the birth we wanted. We really enjoyed the classes and Sandra's fun and candid attitude really helped to relax us. Now, just under two weeks before our baby is due, we feel positive, prepared and relaxed about the birth; Sandra gave us the tools we needed to create a level of control over this seemingly uncontrollable event. Thank you so do much for everything Sandra."

 

Jenny and Kevin

June 2012

After five and a half months I thought I had better get around to booking onto some antenatal classes for my first pregnancy but was a bit alarmed to find that they were all booked up...until three weeks after the baby was due!

I started to look around for some local alternatives and found Sandra's HypnoBirthing taster session, which happened to coincide with chatting to one of my mum's friends about the birth of her baby earlier in the year, and her telling me what a 'brilliant' experience it had been. As I read through the birth stories on Sandra's website I realised that my mum's friend had done the course with Sandra, and so I felt that fate had taken a hand, and I had to go and see what it was all about!

My partner and my mum came with me and after the first session we all decided that Sandra was great and felt that it would be worthwhile doing the whole course together. It has been really good going with my mum, as I have heard all about her different birth stories with me and my siblings, which don't regularly get an airing!

I started listening to the relaxation CD's as soon as I could and found it a great way to carve out some time in my busy work day for relaxation. I also learnt a great deal about what was going to happen, the options and decisions to be made and by using the CD's at bedtime I actually had some really good sleep and rest during my pregnancy! We were all a little sad when the sessions came to an end as we had all looked forward to them so much.

Sandra is a lovely person and helps you feel relaxed and able to ask anything in the sessions. She is incredibly knowledgeable and can easily find out anything you need to know. The course is well worth the money (actually, I feel she should have charged us more as there were three of us and we got through a lot of tea and biscuits!).

I haven't yet had an opportunity to put everything we have learned into practice for the birth yet (although I did try out the techniques at the dentist and they worked!) but I feel I can use the breathing techniques at any time in the future, and have recommended Sandra to several friends and colleagues.

The best thing about the HypnoBirthing course is that it has left us all calm and untroubled, rather than nervous and worried, about the exciting arrival of our child into the family.

 

Charlie & Terry

Firstly, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Sandra. She has stepped beyond all expectations we had and not only provided us with support outside of the course, but also welcomed us into a network of like-minded people. Many of which are able to give additional support to us, from breast feeding to Cranio-sacral therapy. The list is endless.

When I first fell pregnant (this is my first time) I was a bit anxious about giving birth. Portrayals of birth on TV seemed very traumatic and many birth stories from friends / family only seemed to confirm this. However, I had heard of a few natural births that were calm, very straight forward and in some cases painless. We both knew we wanted the best, stress-free birth for our baby. It must be traumatic enough for the baby without the added stress and tension passed on from the mother during birth. Not to mention ‘spacing’ them out on pain relief drugs, after all they need to be a bit compus-mentus to follow instincts and get themselves into the correct/best position.

My Mum had been lucky enough in the 70’s to have access to a course on self-hypnosis / deep relaxation for birth through her midwife, and had managed a relatively pain-free natural birth. After searching on the net for similar antenatal courses I came across HypnoBirthing. Not only did the course provide me with the tools for a calm, natural birth but also provided in depth education on how the body works during birth. It also taught me what happens to baby at various stages of birth. Not only could this course provide me with a potentially calm natural birth, but it also will enable my partner to have an active role in the birth. After all we made the baby together and we’ll raise the baby together, so why not birth the baby together.

Sandra was incredibly understanding (and patient) that although we wanted to attend the course, finances were very much limited as both of us didn’t know if we’d have a job from one month to the next. I am so glad I chose to sacrifice a few manicures, haircuts and other bits and bobs to save the money to attend the course. It has been worth every penny, most certainly good value for money! Now both of us are not only looking forward to meeting our little one, but we are very excited about the birth and putting into practice everything we have learnt.

Thank you again Sandra, we couldn’t have found anyone better to teach us the self-hypnosis and breathing techniques of HypnoBirthing.

 

Natalie & Ryan

Just to say thank you to Sandra for a brilliant experience on our HypnoBirthing course. When I initially spoke to Sandra she really explained a lot and put my mind at ease, not rushing me or pushing me to come on the course. She answered lots of questions before I had booked on the course.

I have had two babies previously but suffered a great deal of anxiety and unfortunately didn't enjoy either pregnancy due to fear of birth. Since learning techniques on the course I’m really looking forward to giving birth to my baby and actually feel excited. I’ve explained to a few sceptics that even if I have intervention at the last minute, the fact I’ve been relaxed and excited throughout my pregnancy means more to me than any last minute anxieties I may come across.

Not only was the course brilliant value for money compared to others but it exceeded our expectations and really provided an educational experience for myself and my, at first, reluctant partner. He was however converted after the first session.

The best thing about the course is it was so easy to comprehend, Sandra provided a friendly comfortable atmosphere where we felt free to ask all sorts of questions.  Learning what exactly is happening physically to your body gives you a greater level of acceptance and understanding, enabling you to deal with it calmly, instead of panicking and wondering what the sensations are. Even after two previous births I learned things I didn’t know which will help me be calm during this birth.

I have recommended this course to lots of people.  I feel the government should offer this course using professional practitioners such as Sandra; it would save the NHS a lot of money with regards to giving out drugs. Watching HypnoBirthing mothers on DVD’s birth their babies without drugs and pain is amazing. It would provide a link to a more care in the community approach allowing for more mothers to feel empowered by accomplishing what they are all naturally designed to do, give birth without the need for unnecessary surgical intervention, welcoming their babies into the world in a peaceful serene environment.

Through this knowledge and education in time HypnoBirthing mothers will help spread the word!

 

Helen & Steve

I had never heard of HypnoBirthing until I came across a talk Sandra was delivering. I was intrigued by the way she described how birth could be. I had previous had a caesarean section and wanted to avoid a second caesarean if I could. A natural birth this time with little or no intervention was most appealing. I had learned from trained medical staff prior to meeting Sandra that the more intervention I had in my labour meant a higher risk of a second caesarean. As I listened to Sandra and I thought this is for me and I knew I could get on with Sandra and relax which is something I don't always do easily. The thought of using breathing techniques and relaxing to bring your child into the world was something I wanted to learn more about and give it a go.

I went home to my husband and explained about HypnoBirthing and the techniques used and a small grin appeared on my husbands face. Let’s just say I asked him to support me on this one and to throw himself into this for my sake as I was now 36 weeks pregnant and things were getting very close.

Steve came with me to the first session and learnt techniques to support me in labour and then I saw Sandra on my own, due to the limited time left. I learnt so much more about birth, how the body works and how to relax completely all benefits of HypnoBirthing. Sandra empowered me to complete a comprehensive birthing plan and also advised me on what I could request during and after the birth. This including things  which would benefit me and my baby, such as keeping my baby close to me following the birth and having the cord clamped whilst on my chest and having him weighed at a later time. I listened to my birth affirmation disks and relaxation disks leading up to the birth and I can safely say I was not frightened but ready for my baby to arrive. I would recommend HypnoBirthing to anyone who wants to take control over their birth and have the birth their way.

 

Fabien & Alex

I first heard about HypnoBirthing through my aunty who told me about her sister-in-law, Claire using it.  When I spoke to Claire she asked me if I was excited about the birth.  Excited! No I was scared, how could I be excited. I had heard so many horror stories and knew it was going to really hurt. Claire went on to tell me that she had the most amazing birth and that it was easy. Now I was interested, I had never heard anyone talk about birth in such a way .I contacted Sandra who gave me all the information and I knew the course was for me. Unfortunately my partner Alex did not share my enthusiasm and initially said “there’s no way I’m going to something like that” (with more colourful language lol) I decided to go to the course with my mum but then he changed his mind and reluctantly came with me. After the first session he admitted it made sense and was a little less sceptical but still didn’t think it would work. We both enjoyed the course and learnt lots of things about how the body works in the absence of fear and what to expect in pregnancy and labour. As well as all the practical information and techniques, I learnt how to completely relax, which was lovely.  By the end of the course I felt happy and confident in my ability to birth naturally and knew that my birth would also be amazing for me and my baby. I even decided to have a home birth, something I would not have even considered before the course. I would highly recommend the course to everyone, Sandra is friendly and knowledgeable and her passion for HypnoBirthing shines through. Thank you Sandra for making my pregnancy more enjoyable.

 

Sarah & John

My partner John and I really enjoyed our hypnobirthing course, Sandra is easy to get on with and we felt comfortable talking to her about our worries. I have always been interested in birth so knew a lot that happened, but we learnt so much more. Such practical information like how your muscles work during labour and how there could be pain if your body was not relaxed. It was just common sense and meant that any worry I had disappeared in our first lesson. The course was great and I recommend it to everyone having a baby especially "non-believers" and people with fear about birth. I cannot see why you wouldn't invest the small amount of time and money in making your baby’s birth the best it can be for yourself but most importantly your little person. Thank you very much Sandra. Sarah and John, (very excited about the birth of our 2nd baby).

 

Caroline & Mark

What can I say.  I found the course brilliant.  If I was worried about having a baby well Sandra put me at my ease very quickly.  We had 4 sessions altogether and by the end of it I felt really comfortable with the thought of giving birth.  The relaxation was brilliant, the music we listened to was so calming. Mark and I were so chilled and not worried at all about having the baby.  We chose not to know what we were having and instead nicknamed our bump 'Horace'.  By having everything explained about the birth process, what to expect and what not to expect, Mark and I felt fully informed.  A key factor for me was not having any fear about giving birth.  If you are frightened, this can make the process much worse.  As Sandra explained if you can change your perceptions about giving birth it is more likely to be a positive experience and not like the horror stories that you hear all the time.  Giving birth is so natural, the media and lots of people tend to make it sound like an awful experience, it certainly doesn’t have to be that way. When I was at the women and children’s hospital, actually on the delivery suite I had an excellent midwife called Betty who was amazed how calm Mark and I were.  We were playing our music and I was doing my deep breathing and visualization techniques - I was at Victoria Falls looking at the waterfall and admiring the rainbow which was completely circular, it was beautiful.   Doing this helped me stay calm and cope with the surges as they came and went.  They were a bit uncomfortable but not painful.  I also used a tens machine and Mark was doing light touch massage.  The combination of all this meant I didn't have any pain relief like an epidural or pethadine which I really didn't want.  At the very end I used some gas and air as I did have to have an assisted birth, but I didn't like it very much and wouldn't bother with that again. When Sophie was born as a consequence of a drug free birth, she was very alert and was very keen to feed. Mark had the first hold and she was trying to feed from him!  I felt very alert also despite been a bit tired, but I wasn’t drugged up and so I was able to thoroughly enjoy those first few precious hours of bonding as a new family I had such a good birth experience, would I do it again? Oh definitely and I'd do it tomorrow. Hypobirthing is the way to go for a positive birth and I can't recommend it or Sandra highly enough.

Caroline, Mark and Sophie

 

Liz & Wayne

I am so grateful that I heard about Hypnobirthing and found Sandra! I’d wanted to have a baby for so long, but had always been put off by all those horrible birth stories that you hear (and see on one born every minute). After finally taking the plunge my fear of labour increased, all I could think about was what could go wrong and by 20 weeks I could not even think about it without my heart racing. Without sounding too dramatic, I was terrified and had no idea how I was going to cope during labour.

This course is fantastic. It explains the one thing that the NHS antenatal classes don’t: normal child birth should not be painful. And it goes further than just explaining the mechanics of labour; it provides practical techniques that can be used during labour that don’t rely on drugs and medical intervention.

I really enjoyed the classes and always felt really chilled out after them. I practiced the relaxation techniques every day and as a result the last few months of my pregnancy were so calm despite stressful personal circumstances and suffering severely with pelvic girdle pain (PGP). By using the affirmations and the visualisation techniques from the course instead of being scared I was really excited in the run up to my due date, not just about meeting my baby, but I was actually looking forward to the actual birthing experience.

Sandra is wonderful. She is friendly, informative and has an amazing calming effect. The support she has provided has been above and beyond what I could have possibly expected. Sandra believed in me and gave me the confidence to trust my body. She also did an extra session with me when my labour stalled.

The course is also great for the guys too. My partner had fears of this own from experiencing his daughter’s premature birth 13 years previously. Sandra spent time with him to help him to overcome his fears and to understand the support he could give me during the birth.

I’ve also enjoyed becoming part of Sandra’s growing hypnobirthing community. I’ve made new friends and gained lots of valuable advice and support from them all.

In the end my birth didn’t go to plan due to my PGP, but with Wayne’s help I stayed calm and relaxed throughout it all. Above all I was not scared. Welcoming my beautiful baby boy into the world was the most amazing experience.

The best thing about the course is that the relaxation technique taught is not just for birth, it is a life skill that I hope never to forget. It has already come in useful when breast feeding and comforting a colicy baby!

Thanks Sandra, Love Liz, Wayne and Baby Jacob xxx

 

Chrissy & John

Having two previous children, with very different experiences ten years ago, I came across HypnoBirthing. The whole ethics of Hypnobirthing was to provide you with the "tools" to a relaxing, calming beautiful birthing experience. After having a ten year gap between my first two children and my 3rd, I thought this was a brilliant opportunity to get my partner more involved in the pregnancy and the birth as well as the care of our child.

Sandra is a lovely, kind, conscientious lady who has conviction that Hypnobirthing, deep relaxation and breathing techniques is the way to beautiful births. The course was in depth, informative and tailor made to your own needs.

Both my partner, John and myself found it extremely helpful. Having 2 previous births, I already felt confident but needed a little reassurance because of the time lap. This was Johns first child, and within the course, his confidence to help and be involved through pregnancy.labour and birth grew within the 6 week course. Sandra also give me the confidence to relax and forget our "due date" and just enjoy the last few weeks without fear or stress.

The birth of our son, Jacob was beautiful, calm and serene. I had bonded more with my " bump" through Hypnobirthing to the point I was calling his name and talking to him while he was being born within the warmth of a birthing pool. I feel that Hypnobirthing has solidified the bond, not only between Jacob and Myself, but with the whole family.

 

Mike & Karen

Dear Sandra

Mike and I want to say a massive thank you for all you did for us in preparation for the birth of our beautiful boy.  We really enjoyed our hypno-birthing classes and missed them when they finished.  We felt we were more than prepared for the birth and would highly recommend hypno-birthing to all that asked. We will never look at a rose the same way again!

I also wanted to say that when we knew the baby was breach you went above and beyond to help me try and move the baby.

Thanks again for everything 

Mike, Karen and Baby Fynnan

 

Emma & Wayne

Sandra's course was fantastic, we loved going every week,  she was so welcoming and friendly. My labour was excellent, all down to Sandra and the calming effect of the Hypnobirthing techniques which we were taught. I especially enjoyed the deep relaxation scripts she did with me - even going out of her way to do an extra one for me after my course finished as my little man was overdue.

My friends/work colleagues did not think it possible that as this was my first baby I would be able to have a drug free calm labour. I was so happy to have proved them all wrong!! Sandra was fab! She really believes in her teaching and because she also believed in me, I believed in me and I DID IT!

My beautiful baby boy Arlo was born on 20/1/11 7lb 6oz. I am so proud to have had a successful Hypnobirth, which could not have been possible without Sandra and her dedication to me and her belief in the Hypnobirthing technique

Thank you Sandra! xx

 

Mike & Claire

I first heard about HypnoBirthing through a work colleague who posted her birthing story on Facebook! I was instantly fascinated as it was the first positive birth story I had heard ever! I had been filled with all the usual horror stories, which people love to tell, since discovering I was pregnant.

My husband and I had been through IVF to get pregnant and every twinge and ache had me worrying and stressing that something was wrong, which in turn then affected my already present IBS! I spoke to Mike, my husband, and other family members about the hypnobirthing and they all agreed it wouldn't hurt to find out more about it. I was about 4 months pregnant when I first rang Sandra, who was extremely easy to talk to, and she gave me a quick description of the hypnobirthing methods. It sounded amazing, not only the benefits for me but also for our precious baby.

We arranged to meet her for our first session, at her house, 6 weeks later. She explained that often people come to her a little later on in pregnancy but that coming earlier would only give me more chance to practise and that would only be beneficial.

Sandra was so welcoming and Mike and I were made to feel relaxed and at home straight away (and fed lots of biscuits!!) Mike had been a little apprehensive about attending the hypnobirthing sessions but after our first visit we both left Sandra's home feeling very positive and with a much greater understanding of exactly what would happen to my body during labour. Everything Sandra told us made complete sense especially the part about pain in labour being related to fear which in turn results in tense muscles and therefore pain. Basically if your body was relaxed the muscles would relax and lead to a quicker and less painful birth experience.

The four hypnobirthing sessions we attended were three hours long and the time jut flew by. Sandra was very flexible with her appointment times and fitted us in when we were available. We learned about the history of hypnobirthing, the effects of drugs during labour, how to overcome any fears and were shown positive clips of women giving birth using the hypnobirthing methods. We were taught different methods of relaxation using a CD, breathing methods and light touch massage techniques.

Since finishing the sessions I am in touch with Sandra regularly. She is always on call with my constant questions and queries or just for a general chat.

We are now only 3 weeks away from our estimated due date and I can honestly say, when anyone asks me, that I am looking forward to the birthing process. I feel this is the way every new Mum should be feeling not filled with the dread and fear, which many people are, when considering labour. This is the most amazing time of our lives, the thought of bringing a new little person into the world. Thanks to Sandra I have been able to enjoy the build up to 'D' day and put any fears I previously had about giving birth aside. I know Sandra is as excited as we are about meeting our baby and more than ready for those all important cuddles!!

 

Joanne & Craig

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I first heard about HypnoBirthing through my pregnancy book, and then I researched it on the internet.  There were a number of things I hoped to get out of the classes, particularly techniques that would help me to be more positive and calm during my pregnancy (I kept stressing about anything and everything) and help to prepare me for a labour that was a more relaxed, natural labour.

My husband is a stereotypical construction type and considered anything like this to be on par with voodoo and his opinions on labour where that it was done in a hospital bed (he thought I was far out wanting a water birth) with as many drugs a possible and that he would, at some point pass-out during the process.  I convinced him to attend and support me which he did reluctantly at first, but after the first class he was really positive about it and actually said he had enjoyed it!

We haven’t had our baby yet but feel that the course was everything I had hoped for at the beginning.  I feel more informed now about what to expect and what options are available to me and less overwhelmed.  My husband and I are both on the same page now and he has plenty to do to keep him busy and out of trouble through both the pregnancy and labour. 

In addition to this we really enjoyed attending the classes and meeting Sandra and the other couple on the course and Craig and I would certainly recommend it to others.

Joanne and Craig.

 

Paula & Phil

Just wanted to say a big thank you Sandra. We came to the HypnoBirthing course expecting to learn relaxation for our baby’s birth, what we got was so much more. The techniques have made us both much more positive, relaxed and confident for our forthcoming birth, we are really can’t wait now. The amount of information and knowledge you have given us surpassed our expectations and it was lovely to share laughter and experiences with the other couples, we already miss coming. You really made the whole course FUN and we are busy recommending your course to all mums- to- be we meet.  We can’t wait to bring our little girl to meet you when she is born.  See you soon
Paula and Phil.

 

Becka & Shaun

I had never heard of HypnoBirthing before a colleague gave me a leaflet. When I read the leaflet I realised that HypnoBirthing offered everything I had been looking for. The opportunity to have a calm safe birth where I was in control and one that was not a medical drama. My husband on the other hand took a little more persuading. After a lot of jokes about him making whale noises in my ear and my inability to cope with labour without screaming for an epidural within 10 minutes he agreed to come along.

Sandra was really helpful and friendly from the start. We were unable to attend the regular course times so we agreed weekly private sessions around mine and my husband's shifts. Each week made me feel much more relaxed and confident in my own ability to give birth naturally. My husband even suggested switching our birthing plan from the hospital to our local midwife led birthing centre, including the use of their birthing pool.

I'm due any time now and we're really excited about the birth. People have asked me if I'm scared and to be honest that doesn't really make sense to me any more. I know that even if things take an unexpected turn we now have the knowledge to make informed decisions and feel fully equipped to deal with anything calmly in a way that is best for our baby and us.

 

Aoife & Andy

We decided to do the HypnoBirth course after talking to friends. Our view quickly became that if it didn't allow me to achieve the natural birth I wanted at least it would keep me calm and relaxed through what was an emotionally difficult pregnancy. We really looked forward each week to our sessions with Sandra, she made us feel very comfortable and was able to answer all our questions.
My birth was everything I had hoped it would be, I felt so great after the birth that I could have done it all again the next day. All my visitors were really surprised at how well and even refreshed I looked just hours after the 7 hour labour.

I will recommend this course to anyone who will listen to me. Thank you Sandra for all your help, relaxation and biscuits. Love Aoife, Andy and Baby

 

Katy & Chris

Even before getting pregnant, I knew I wanted to experience all that labour and birth have to offer as my sister in law spoke so warmly about her experiences and said she felt empowered – that she could do anything after it.  However, I have heard so many horrific stories from women and men that I knew I needed help to really trust myself and not panic.

I came to Sandra’s after hearing Nadia Sawalha’s experience of HypnoBirthing.  I chose to take the course because she was immediately enthusiastic, expressed similar ideas to my own and I didn’t feel like ‘just another pregnant woman’.  My partner was initially sceptical but after he did his own research, he was soon on board.

I found the course really helped me to focus on what I wanted and the relaxation materials were an excellent way to facilitate this.

I would advise any woman to try the course and use what you learn to your own advantage to take on anything that arises as you give birth.   The whole experience was nothing like the horror stories I was told and like my sister in law, I do feel part of something powerful every time I look at my daughter.


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