Thank you so much for supporting us through our pregnancy. HypnoBirthing transformed what had twice previously been a difficult and traumatic process into an amazingly smooth and relaxed birthing experience that myself, husband and mother have nothing but great memories of. I used HypnoBirthing a little for the first born, but this was self-taught and although it helped me cope with the prolonged second stage I always thought it could have helped further. I couldn’t convince the other half in time for number two but by number three he was willing to try it and I am so glad he did.
I have vague memories of the first two births but exhaustion definitely played it’s part in missing out on some of the special moments of each birth that I wish I could get back. Although, having experienced the difference between with and without HypnoBirthing has made it all the easier to write this now. Our birth took place at a midwife led centre approximately half an hour away from our home. The journey was easily bearable and I was already using most of the techniques that we learnt.
When we arrived we (myself, my husband and my Mum) were left to settle in. When the midwife returned I was already in the birthing pool and in the zone. No internal examinations and I think as I was so still and relaxed and babies heart rate was good, she decided to come back a little later. A few minutes later and unbeknown to anyone other than myself at the time, I went through transition easily. The next time my husband spoke to me was when he asked if I felt any urges to push which was when I informed him that I had been for about 15 minutes and I was crowning! He got the midwife back in and she couldn’t quite believe what was happening as she thought I was still a long way off. 15 minutes later with no intervention at all, my husband and I brought our gorgeous 7lb 10oz baby boy to the surface of the water. We were the first to hold our little boy which was amazing!
I can honestly say that it was not so much painful as uncomfortable, it felt so natural and I was in control the entire time. Best of all, I remember the whole experience and would have no fear of doing it all again if we didn’t already have 3!
Thank you again Jo for helping us experience our perfect birth.
Aimee and Fraser
We feel so lucky to have found Jo, we could not have wished for a better HypnoBirthing teacher, I’m sure no-one better exists!
We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of our HypnoBirthing course with Jo, from learning all about the relaxation techniques and the birth process and having time to ask all the questions you’ve ever wanted to ask about labour and birth, to the delicious homemade lunches and scrummy puddings!!
We found that we were even closer as a couple during our HypnoBirthing practice, learning all about HypnoBirthing and birth got Joseph more involved in the pregnancy and planning for the birth. As a result, I felt totally supported and relaxed. And Jo was always there throughout the rest of our pregnancy to talk through any concerns or issues that arose and continually put our minds at ease with her expert knowledge, experience and lovely kind heart. We couldn’t have done any of it without you Jo, our births wouldn’t have been the same without your input and I thoroughly recommend your HypnoBirthing course to everyone. Don’t give birth without going on a course with Jo first!!
Laura and Joseph
Sam and I are both really glad that we undertook the hypnobirthing course with Jo. It was excellent preparation for us both. We found Jo’s delivery very reassuring, as every point was backed by good science. We found it inspiring, informative and myth-busting. It empowered us through newly acquired knowledge and confidence to choose a homebirth, which was the perfect start for our little girl. The breathing, relaxation and visualisation exercises I practised in the lead-up to labour, really helped me to stay calm and focused during the latter stages of pregnancy. We felt equipped mentally and emotionally to deal with whatever turn labour might take. It helped us understand what labour would entail, what would help it progress naturally, and enabled us to strengthen our bond before parenthood by discussing and working through any doubts and fears we had. The midwives at our homebirth all commented on how calm I was, and we managed to birth naturally using only breathing techniques, visualisations, water and massage as pain relief, with some gas and air at the end. It was a wonderful experience, where pleasure dominated over the pain. Thank you Jo!
Emma and Sam
Also thank you for all your support and advice. Betty was born at EMU in the water - we arrived there at 8pm and she arrived at 9.15pm. All calm and the hypnobirthing techniques were brilliant. So was the gas and air - I had no idea how good that would be! Didn't need it for a while and just added it in towards the end. I understand what you mean now when you say you notice when things are changing with the breathing as it suddenly became impossible to do the slow breathing as I couldn't breath in properly doing that so my body automatically wanted to switch to surge breathing. It was like everything suddenly started to push down in my stomach so breathing up had to be stronger - and thanks for the tip about surge breathing with the gas and air - they were laughing at how much I was taking in as the breathing was so good ha ha! Although they had to take it off me at one point as it was making me paranoid and apparently for about 30 seconds I started thinking something was wrong and being adamant that the midwife was lying to me when she said there wasn't - oops. I just remember her saying 'I think you've had enough of this' and taking the gas and air off me for a few seconds ha ha!! Although I felt very surreal with the gas and air I was really able to feel Betty moving down and the shape of her head moving down too. Sounds a bit weird but I was completely visualising her head as it moved and breathing her down. It was like I could see it in my minds eye as I felt the shape of it coming down and I was working with it and seeing it as it happened - like the two things were working gently together. Bri asked me afterwards if I had been using hypnobirthing during those final stages as he said I was very quiet and within - but I think this is where the hypnobirthing became most powerful - beyond the CD and scripts and more external elements that maybe Bri was expecting to see - in those final moments (half an hour or so) just being completely immersed in visualising and feeling as if I was working with Betty to bring her out, completely oblivious to anything around me - it's just mind blowing. I still can't quite get my head round it. I mean - to actually feel the shape of her head easing down - is that even possible! Maybe I imagined it! Anyway I am waffling on a bit now - it's hard to put the experience into words! But SO glad we went to EMU and of course to see you for hypnobirthing!
Sian and Brian
The HypnoBirthing® course with Jo made what was portrayed as a traumatic, very painful and stressful experience for both mother and baby something to look forward to and enjoy. We were expecting our first baby at the end of June and had spent time looking at diferent ways of managing labour and birth but with no experience were struggling to feel positive. After our first session with Jo, my husband and I both came away feeling relaxed and happy, we felt that a huge amount of stress and worry had been lifted from us and over the next few weeks we learnt to look forward to the birthing experience. The knowledge that giving birth can be an enjoyable experience and totally something that the mother with the support of her partner can manage herself, working with her own body and controlling the pain was a huge relief! HypnoBirthing® was not what we were expecting having only come across hypnosis on television, but working through the sessions we realised that you remain in complete control of your body and feelings throughout the whole experience and are totally aware of what was going on around you. The feeling was one of total and complete relaxation and control over your body.
Jo made us feel relaxed and at home so we were able to concentrate on the session and what we were learning. Talking us through the techniques and breathing she was calm and friendly and very supportive of both couples at the session and the different problems that had been faced to get to this point. We felt totally able to ask any questions that we had on a very personal level and Jo explained these to us.
We ideally wanted a calm, dignified, no fuss labour and birth for us and our baby and we feel we now have the knowledge and techniques to achieve this. Our baby is due in June and we feel relaxed, prepared and in control of what is going to happen, we can't wait!!
Benn & Abigail Nicol
As Jo's a family friend I was very lucky to have her to call on for advice whenever i needed it, whether it be her professional opinion or her opinion as a mother of five.
Quite late on in my pregnancy I borrowed a yoga DVD from a friend, which was fantastic for practicing breathing techniques and visualizations, which I especially enjoyed. Although I didn't practice them very often at all as my idea of a relaxation was laying in front of the television with a cup of tea and a pack of biscuits!
I was nine days over my due date, and me and Jo were on the phone discussing how I was getting on and Jo offered to come over to practice some HypnoBirthing® visualizations with me. Even though it is advised to be practiced throughout pregnancy we decided it was definately worth a go. I was laying down when Jo began taking me through a visualization and i remember feeling so at ease and very relaxed by the sound of her voice. My mum practiced this with me and she felt the same, relaxed, at ease and very safe and assured by Jo's talking.
When the practice was finished i was left feeling very relaxed and peaceful for the rest of the day. Little did we know less than six hours later my contractions would begin, and with them, my journey birthing my beautiful baby.
I had a fantastic support system made up of my mum, who was my birth partner, Jo and my dad. They all took it in turns to help me visualize different things to help me through my contractions and i can not stress enough just how helpful, soothing and beneficial i found them. Along with the slow breathing it was a brilliant distraction, despite how funny some of my parents' adaptation of the visualizations were!
I was having strong contractions for twenty-seven hours. I had a homebirth with a birth pool in my front room and in the way of pain relief I got by with paracetamol alone. The whole experience was euphoric, and i have no doubt whatsoever that my wonderful twenty-seven hours would have been a completely different one without the HypnoBirthing®, and I can only imagine how fantastic it would have been if I had done more HypnoBirthing® throughout my whole pregnancy.
I would definitely recommend both HypnoBirthing® and Jo highly to anybody birthing a child, and i will, without a doubt use Jo's services HypnoBirthing® with children i hope to have in the future.
We cannot recommend HypnoBirthing®, the Marie Mongan method, highly enough, an amazing experience during the pregnancy, and changed our perception of, and indeed our experience of childbirth.
Jo creates a friendly, calm and relaxed atmosphere in a beautiful and informal setting for the sessions, really helping Sam, my partner, and I to relax during the excercises in class. Jo's experience as a midwife really shines through also, and she is able and willing to give in depth answers to even the silliest of questions, both relating to HypnoBirthing®, and pregnancy/childbirth as a whole, with a working knowledge of how the system operates in hospitals and the community.
The excercises in the sessions are simple, but enormously useful during the pregnancy too, and helped Sam to relax at will throughout some stressful times towards the end of the pregnancy, and this is worth the minimal effort required on it's own! There are skills taught we used before, during, and will continue to use afterwards, in other situations.
During the birthing of our beautiful baby, the relaxation tapes and breathing techniques enabled Sam to keep relaxed during all of her surges, and what is described as pain by other mothers was far from what Sam experienced. The techniques worked as they are meant to, and for a fair sized first baby, the birthing was shorter, easier and a much more enjoyable experience than we believed possible, with little intervention and no pain relief required - an incredible achievement we can only put down to what we learned in HypnoBirthing® classes, expertly explained and demonstrated by Jo.
Before our first class we were not quite sure of what to expect, even having read the first half of the book provided, but within minutes any concerns were allayed and we knew HypnoBirthing® was for us. Any fears about a hypnosis element are completely unfounded as Sam was aware of everything happening to and around her throughout the sessions and main event, but as deeply relaxed as possible. Also, we had concerns about what may happen at the hospital, with midwives trying to push the classical model of childbirth onto us, or being dismissive of the techniques, but contrary to our fears, our midwives had not only heard of HypnoBirthing®, but understood the basic principles, and had either seen, or heard of it's successes and were keen to go along with it and assist us as much as we needed, but not interfere if we didn't, even taking on the little bit of altered vocabulary used.
Overall we had a wonderful experience in the sessions and an unbelievable birthing experience too, and we can only put that down to our HypnoBirthing® classes. And the thing that makes it so unbelievable is how easy it is, a few basic principles, and a little practice both during sessions and at home and we arrived at hospital feeling prepared and in control, something every expectant couple should do. Thank you Marie, and thank you Jo!
Wil, Sam and beautiful baby Ophelia