My waters broke at 7.30pm Sunday evening, went to get checked and they booked me in for an induction for the Tuesday if nothing happened. Well contractions started about midnight, went got to hospital about 4.30am and I was 5cm. I can't remember why I couldn't go to the singleton unit at the time but they took me to labour ward in their low risk room which was lovely with a pool. I could have moved to the singleton but I'd have had to walk so I said no.
I was really just listening to my body the whole time and focusing on my breathing. I don't know how I'd have coped with the contractions at home without the square breathing!! I also did the 5,4,3,2,1 breath when I was coming off the gas and air. I could hear the midwives say I was just breathing baby out and was doing amazingly. They said after that it really showed I'd done a hypnobirthing course. I felt like superwoman and so proud of myself. Just had a 2nd degree tear, no issue getting stitched up either!
We can't thank you enough Kelly, our birthing experience was so incredible because of the knowledge and confidence we gained from your course and the relaxation classes. We went in open minded with no fears and it couldn't have gone any better.
P.s. I took 12 tea lights and didn't have time for those either!
Hypnobirthing and all that it offered us was truly an incredible learning experience and something we’ll never forget.
Kelly is the most incredible teacher — she’s a naturally inspiring, passionate and supportive person, with a wealth of her own experience and insights. Her knowledge gave my husband and I so much hope for a positive birth. I’d learned from my Mum my whole life that the women in my family went overdue, had long labours and difficult births. Now, my family are in awe of the fact I went only 3 days overdue and had a 6 hour labour! Always happy to set a new record
I looked forward to our private Zoom sessions with Kelly every Sunday, and felt sad when they ended! Yet I never felt that Kelly was far away — she was available for a word of wisdom even up until the end of my pregnancy. This was such a great support and I just can’t thank Kelly enough for being our cheerleader all the way! We really felt the effects of hypnobirthing during labour and had so many tools to tap into. We’d recommend it to anyone, especially those feeling fearful or anxious of childbirth. It will change your perspective!
One of the personal insights you gave me was the idea of saying ‘no’ when asked if pain relief was wanted. By saying no, you give yourself the challenge to keep going, not wanting to go back on your decision. I distinctly remember thinking, should I ask for an epidural, if things get harder?! And then I stopped myself and thought of you, and thought - no way, I’ve got this!!
Tessa and Alex
“I would definitely recommend for anyone expecting a baby, even if not their first, to do a hypnobirthing course, especially with Kelly. Kelly ran the sessions in a warm, relaxing, fun and informative way; I immediately felt at ease talking about the pregnancy and upcoming labour.
After the course I felt calm, in control and prepared for any eventuality during labour. It also helped show what an active role my partner could play during labour, so that I could focus on myself and the baby.
I truly believe that the hypnobirthing course with Kelly enabled me to both have the labour I had wanted but also feel ready and able to be relaxed should things have had to go off 'plan'.”
Isla and Ian
"We first took part in hypnobirthing due to my partner being quite anxious about giving birth and wanting to know more about the process. I entered into the course believing it was completely for my partner, but I was doing my bit by attending with her and supporting her. Little did I know how much it would support me as a first-time dad.
I had never held a baby before and had never wanted to. I am not someone who gravitates towards a baby when they are in the room, it is more likely I would sit quietly and hope I wasn’t asked if I wanted to hold them. So, going through pregnancy I saw my role as supporting my partner and encouraging them along the way; however, after taking part in a hypnobirthing course with Kelly I realised how important my job was during the pregnancy and, more importantly, during the birth.
Kelly was fantastic at giving all the information we needed and supporting us through the journey. I learnt so much and was able to be confident supporting my partner during the birth of our beautiful baby boy. I knew what my partner wanted, and I knew that we had every right to get it. I knew what was happening at every moment of the birth and when my partner was in pain needing support, I was there to give it to her.
I would not hesitate to recommend hypnobirthing to anybody and would particularly recommend Kelly who was fantastic throughout."
I am naturally quite an anxious person – in fact, I’m a real worrier! So with the pure elation when we found out we were pregnant, also came the fear of ‘Oh my goodness how am I going to birth a baby?!’. It seems so far off from that moment when you get your first positive test, but the fact I was already thinking about it, I knew I had to do something! And I will be forever thankful to have found the lovely Kelly!
My husband and I did a private course in the comfort of our own home and we learnt so much! For me, it really helped to know about all the options available to me and be able to discuss different scenarios in a safe space. The exercises were brilliant and I always did my weekly ‘homework’ tasks, reading up on things, writing down the gazillion questions I had, practising the breathing and visualisation exercises as well as doing daily affirmations. By the end of the first session, I already felt a weight lifting and I very quickly came to truly believe that I absolutely could handle this because “my body was made to do this.”
Kelly always answered our questions honestly and in detail and we had a really great relationship where we were able to have a giggle too! We looked forward to our sessions and welcomed her back with open arms to meet our son in the weeks after he was born.
When I started having surges, I used the breathing exercises during the waves and felt I had a real toolkit to use. I never felt scared because I knew it would be ok, which for me, is nothing short of a miracle! There wasn’t a ‘fear of the unknown’ because we had discussed so many scenarios and what ifs. Once things ramped up a notch, I was able to manage the pain using the visualisations and the prompts that my husband could remind me of. It gave him a real purpose and focus during the birth, which I know he was thankful for and I honestly couldn’t have done it without him! I don’t think I looked at him the whole time (my eyes were shut tight concentrating on the techniques) but being able to match his breathing pattern, listen to the affirmations and encouragement he was giving me, was amazing. Also, having done the course together, he was 100% confident about what I did and didn’t want and was able to be my voice when I couldn’t respond myself.
In fact, even now when I hear the music, I instantly relax … and it helped to calm my son as a new born too! Winning!
“I was recommended hypnobirthing by a friend and provided with Kelly’s details - I am so glad I was as I think despite our birth not quite going to “plan” it would of been completely different without Kelly’s tools, advice & insight.
My husband and I completed the 3 hour Hypnobirthing Essentials Workshop via zoom due to the pandemic. I was dubious because it was online but instantly Kelly put both my husband and I at ease and there was no issue with it being via zoom! Kelly arranged for all the materials to be delivered to me so we had everything we needed ahead of our online course.
Kelly is brilliant at explaining the birth process in such a relatable and relaxing way... she puts you at ease and fills you with confidence that regardless of the birth outcome or situation you will manage it and stay in control. Even though there were parts where I lost control during my birth Kelly had provided my husband with the tools to be able to keep me calm and this was incredible and because of the course my husband was able to put these into action when I needed them most !!
I would not hesitate in recommending Kelly and the course... she is the first thing that should be considered on anyone’s pregnancy journey!!"
Izzy & John
We had such a positive experience working with Kelly on our Complete Hypnobirthing Course. We had some fears and anxieties surrounding birth that she was so helpful in discussing and she helped us to completely reframe our view of the birthing experience into something we felt we could look forward to. We particularly loved the idea that every surge brings us one step closer to meeting our baby!
Kelly was so approachable, easy to talk to and put us at ease straight away. We felt that no question was trivial and that we could ask her anything, knowing she would give us an honest yet supportive answer.
Kelly taught us some excellent relaxation and breathing strategies and these have already helped me when I’ve had to attend some intimidating hospital appointments where I needed to keep calm.
To anyone considering hypnobirthing classes with Kelly-I would say do it! It was a gamechanger for us and has made this final trimester so much more enjoyable.
Emma and Matt