On the coach to London to take the first of our two-part KG hypnobirthing course with Katharine Graves, we were unsure of what to expect. We both admitted uncertainty about what it actually entailed or what we’d get out of it (if anything!). We didn’t know that this experience was going to be powerfully transformative, for both of us.
KG Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal course, so everything you expect to be covered in a childbirth preparation class, from what happens physiologically in birth to medical complications, is discussed. But it goes so much deeper. It’s a chance to get to the heart of what you fear about birth and, beyond that, an invitation to think differently about your life.
I know I may have just made the whole thing sound borderline esoteric but it is utterly grounded in common sense. I’ve written about the KG Hypnobirthing course here and here if you’d like to read more about it.
The most important thing we both took from it at the time was a release of all our anxieties surrounding our first baby’s birth. We began to dare to believe that it didn’t have to be frightening and out of control but could be a calm, healthy and welcoming experience, no matter what form it took.
In the lead up to Ophelia’s birth, we listened to the CD “Colour and Calmness: Relaxation for a Gentle Birth” most nights. I don’t think Laurence ever heard more than the first couple of lines. He just instantly went to sleep. Most of the time, I didn’t hear all of it either. I relaxed into an easy, restful sleep.
When I was consciously listening to it, I found Katharine’s voice calm and assuring. The practice of visualisation allowed me to find places where I could so deeply relax, finding them more easily each time as the pictures became familiar.
On the big day, we had the audio ready, along with the scripts that Laurence could read. I found I mostly wanted to listen to Katharine’s voice. Even now, Laurence tells people how surprised he was by the effect that listening to the CD had on me. I was obviously having surges (in hypnobirthing we don’t call them “contractions”) and yet I was able to relax into them.
For me, I was completely unaware of how many hours passed or how many times I had listened to the CD. I had no real experience of fear, even in the irrationality that transition brings. And although it was difficult work, intense and uncomfortable, I couldn’t describe it as pain in the sense we’d usually consider, not until Ophelia was coming out and even then it was more a case of getting fed up than anything that could prompt fear.
Having known how well KG hypnobirthing has worked for us, I’m pleased to be offering you a chance to win The Hypnobirthing Book and the Colour and Calmness – Relaxation for a Gentle Birth CD, both by Katharine Graves.
To enter, tell me who you hope to have with you when giving birth and enter to Rafflecopter widget below.
Open to UK residents only.
Giveaway ends on 1 June 2015.