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“Hi there, Sorry a bit of a long story but wanted to share all the background too… Thank you for all your tips and info you provide, it’s made such a difference to my birth! I’ve given birth to my second baby a week ago at home. My first one was a hospital birth in the MLU, but despite it being a very positive experience using hypnobirthing techniques, towards the end I felt a bit out of control. After 6 hours in the pool it was my choice to get out for a VE, because it seemed like not much progress. Once out the pool I couldn’t move anymore and gave birth on my back – exhausted from hours of labour, pushing and feeling drained. This time I knew I wanted a home birth, but I was consultant led because my first one was quite small at birth (6lb), despite her being perfectly healthy. This time, for my whole pregnancy I felt I had to fight against consultants, them mentioning c-sections when I wasn’t even 20 weeks yet. They kept talking about my “small baby”, despite this one measuring fine and not small (or large) in the slightest. They kept creating problems where there weren’t any. This led to severe anxiety every time I had an appointment coming up. Every time I ended up in tears because I felt like decisions were being made for me, and no one seemed to think a home birth would be appropriate (although there was no medical reason). Your teachings gave me the confidence to stand up for myself. I seeked help from a friend’s friend who is a midwife. She managed to put me on the home birth list without my consultant’s consent, but approval of the consultant midwife. After my 36 week growth scan was absolutely fine too, I decided to not go to any of the other scans and consultant appointments. They told me I can’t refuse to go but I did (every midwife I spoke to approved of my decision!). I ended up having a beautiful home birth. My little boy was a bit in a hurry, so I didn’t get the water birth I intended and the midwives only arrived 20 minutes before he was born. But I laboured unmedicated on all fours, repeating FFFF to myself using KICO. After 2.5 hours from start to finish my 7lb 8oz boy was born – I didn’t feel like I pushed at any point, my body did it all for me. I felt amazing, empowered and in full control – I didn’t even have a graze and enjoyed cuddles with our little newborn on our sofa with a cup of tea right after the birth. Recovery was super quick, even the day after I felt amazing and didn’t feel like I had given birth the day before. Every woman should have access to the knowledge you share on here. We are often made to feel like we don’t have a choice but it’s so important to know that we do! And the birthing techniques are seemingly small adjustments but made birthing so much more comfortable and gave me full control over my birth. Can’t thank you enough!”

No matter who you are, what your past life or current life entails it’s safe to know that YOU can influence with the power of the mind and when you do, magical things really do start to happen!

Much love
Emma aka The Naked Doula

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