Home birth stories

"My birth was wonderful - exactly as I wanted"

Sarah Oakley-Mudge
Home/water birth
Listened to the Home birth track 20+ times

"My birth was wonderful - exactly as I wanted. Everything went really smoothly, 12 hours duration, no tears, felt in control whole time. The tracks helped me feel like I was taking control of my birth preparation - Thank you!"

"I went 7 days overdue and was despairing as wanted home birth and was getting to point of hospital induction"

Julie Walford
Home birth
Listened to the Home birth track 20+ times

During my pregnancy I found that listening to the tracks made me take time to concentrate on myself and baby during busy life and mentally prepare me for what was to come.

I went 7 days overdue and was despairing as wanted home birth and was getting to point of hospital induction. I then went into labour at 7:30am or became aware of it then- bleeding and pains. I had been at 4cm dilated for 2 weeks and had 3 membrane sweeps to induce labour but with no success. Contractions one on top of another within the hour. Tried to have a bath but felt restricted so laid on floor until independent midwife arrived.

I crawled into the pool in the living room and instantly relaxed and the contractions became more manageable. After about one hour I put the hypnobirthing track on and my notes record that within 20 minutes I was relaxing throughout strong contractions and sleeping in-between.

This was amazing and purely down to the hypnobirthing preparation. Pushing stage took 1 ½ hours still in water and my baby girl was born in the water - no tearing or damage. I used gas and air at the end of pushing stage to focus breathing. Very positive and fulfilling experience - felt amazing afterwards - the Natal Hypnotherapy techniques were great!!

"I wasn't sure how the relaxation technique would work with an active labour - but it did"

Lucy Hartwright
Home birth
Listened to the Pregnancy relaxation and Home birth track 20+ times

The Hypnobirthing tracks helped me have such a sense of deep relaxation, reassurance and confidence that my body had an innate ability to cope well with birth. I felt extremely refreshed after listening to them.

I wasn't sure if I had taken in the messages as I often felt as if I'd fallen asleep. Also I wasn't sure how the relaxation technique would work with an active labour - but it did! Having my baby at home meant I was totally relaxed. She was eventually born in the bath and the warm water definitely helped me to relax."

"My waters broke at 2am followed by a show at 9am. As I was three weeks early I did not really think I was in labour"

Zoe Percy - 1st time mother
Home Birth
Listened to the Home birth track 20+ times


"My waters broke at 2am followed by a show at 9am. As I was three weeks early I did not really think I was in labour. However at 12.30 it was like flicking a switch and my contractions came 2 mins apart. I did not feel scared or out of control, just like there was a job to be done and I needed to get on with it, my husband says it was like I was in a world of my own, totally focused.

The midwives arrived at 1pm and the next 3 hours whizzed by. Calmly and really peacefully our beautiful Violet came into our lives at 4 pm!! She was perfect !! 3. 5 hours (which seemed like an hour) and dare, I say it was a very enjoyable birth! I was able to focus all my energy into giving birth naturally and confidently. Thank you !!"

"They still couldn't believe I'd slept through the rest of the dilation during the night"

Alexandra Carter - 1st time mother
Home Birth
Listened to the Home birth preparation track 20+ times

"I am writing this as, I'm desperate to tell you about Freddie's birth! Labour was 7 hours long! I had a bit of tummy ache the day before with the show, but hardly noticeable- and then a glass of champagne on Valentine's Day with my husband before going to bed. The next morning at 5.50am my waters broke and contractions started straight away.

The midwife arrived at about 8:30am and was very surprised to find I was 8 1/2 cm dilated, and at 12:43pm Freddie was born. The midwives couldn't believe how calm I was. I don't take any credit for this as I'm not at all brave normally, but they were very surprised that it was my first baby as I seemed "so calm and so in control."

The midwives invented a time for the start of labour as midnight since they didn't believe it could have happened so quickly from 6 am to 8:30, but they still couldn't believe I'd slept through the rest of the dilation during the night.

I knew it would help me as I'd been at my sister's birth 4 years ago, and been quite traumatised by it, but I had no idea Natal Hypnotherapy would add up to such a feeling of being able to cope with it, being unafraid, and being able to control the intensity of the contractions with the dial- when the midwives arrived I was chanting- 5,5,5, 4,4,3,2,1... & apparently I was smiling all the way through it.

I really never could have imagined an easier birth! If anyone wants to know, I just keep extolling the virtues of hypnobirthing. Amazing."

"Thank you so much for encouraging me to believe in my body, my instincts, myself"

Roberta Evans
Home Birth
Listened to the Home birth preparation track 20 times

"The hypnobirthing track was great - a clear, easy to follow guide. Calm steady female voice - authoritative without being bossy! I felt really able to trust and let go. Thank you so much for encouraging me to believe in my body, my instincts, myself.

I did remember the key words and they did help me to focus and make the most of the experience."

"Even though it was my second child, I was terrified of the birth experience"

Amy Jones
Home Birth
Listened to the home birth preparation track 11 - 15 times

"Even though it was my second child, I was terrified of the birth experience mainly because my last planned home birth did not happen as my baby passed Meconium and the hospital experience - being strapped to a monitor was awful!

But the Maggie's Natal Hypnotherapy totally changed my outlook even though I only had it for a week before giving birth.

My midwives both expressed how relaxed I was and how well I did getting my 9lb 15oz baby out as she was posterior in 4 hour labour."

"I did not need any pain relief whatsoever, which amazed me. I actually enjoyed the birth"

Lucie Johnson - 6th time mother
Home Birth
Listened to Natal Hypnotherapy Programme 20+ times

"I have always hated giving birth and I would purposely not think about it as it scared me so much. I decided to try the Natal Hypnotherapy programm to see if they would help.

Not only did I stay perfectly calm and relaxed through out (I was even smiling through contractions) I did not need any pain relief whatsoever, which amazed me. I actually enjoyed the birth this time round and can't wait to do it again!

I found the tracks really relaxing I slept really well the nights I listened to them. Also, as the track suggested, I did not eat too much so did not pile on the weight while pregnant

It was my best birth yet - I actually enjoyed the birth for the first time. I want everyone to try hypnosis as it made such a huge difference."

"I was lucky enough to have the kind of birth experience I only dared to dream about"

Angela Dawson
Home Birth
Listened to Home birth preparation track daily for 4 - 6 weeks

"I often listened to it at night in bed, consequently so did my husband. We both slept well and he was equally as calm.

I was lucky enough to have the kind of birth experience I only dared to dream about. I am fully aware that these things don't always go to plan.

I felt no anxiety during the labour and did indeed trust my body to do the right thing…, which it did. I was able to have micro naps whilst in the bath between contractions - I do feel the hypnobirthing had a big part to play in that."