Following an unplanned caesarean birth for my son in 2016, when I fell pregnant in 2018 with my daughter, I knew I wanted a natural birth and wanted to do everything I could to make this possible. I had heard of hypnobirthing and when I began to read more about it, I was sure this could help me achieve the natural birth I longed for.
As my pregnancy progressed, I was mindful that the majority of babies are born after 40 weeks and knowing the baby would come when it was ready, I tried to keep myself calm and relaxed. I filled my days on maternity leave by doing things I enjoyed and I very much focused on the birth I hoped to achieve. My husband and I discussed my birth preferences in the later weeks of my pregnancy and although he was still unsure that hypnobirthing would have a positive impact on my labour and birth, he was fully supportive, and we listened to relaxations together at bedtime in the final few weeks.