Hypnobirthing London and Brighton & Hove
It was a home birth… I laboured really well from 8pm to midnight, relaxation breaths were great for surges, Tim did some excellent light strokes and although I wasn’t in a deep trance as there was worry about not hearing back from the midwives (service was overrun) the MP3’s kept me calm. After that it got a lot faster and we were more worried about lack of midwife, I wanted to be in the pool but just focused on the breathing. It was a mixture of just getting on with it and trying to visualise the balloon in my stomach, I tried positions I’d seen in the vids but nature took over somewhat! If a midwife had been able to come earlier (a midwife arrived at 01:34, time of birth 01:39!) I think we could have had a really special, amazing hypnobirthing. As it was, thank god we had some hypno management skills – although we were in a situation we had not prepared for, we were able to get through it confidently and powerfully. So thank you for your help!
Our birthing experience wasn’t quite what we had hoped, had a few complications, Austin was back to back… I required an epidural and unfortunately I did end up requiring an emergency c-section, which was the safest option for Austin & I.
I did however use all the hypnobirthing techniques and we were so glad we did the course. The music, affirmations & breathing were all very helpful both during and after the labour and it helped us to stay calm and in control. We feel really lucky to have such an amazing little bundle of joy and thank you once again for all your help and support – we really enjoyed the course.
Emilia Rose was born…another lovely home birth helped massively by calm breathing and hypnobirthing! Thank you Maya!
(2nd hypnobirthing after a refresher session. First birth and original course with Maya taken in 2015)
Zach was born a healthy 7lb 5oz. Born naturally and in the water pool only four hours after arriving to the maternity ward! Unfortunately our home birth plans were changed in the week before due to a positive Group B Strep test. There was a slight hiccup in my zen like state when I became concerned about delays in moving to the pool, but I managed to recover it, get back in the zone and deliver our little boy in a stress free environment! I know it’s hypnobirthing that enabled me to have a natural birth without intervention (the only one out of 7 mums on our NCT course). Thank you so much Maya for your teachings!
I know I never would have made it through without the hypnobirthing techniques and also just the actual mindset that hypnobirthing taught me. At the most challenging times I was able to completely focus and go into my self. There was a stretch at home that I thought was half an hour but Mikey tells me was actually 4 hours and then at the birth centre I lost track of time altogether…
On that note, I also feel like the hypnobirthing sessions really made Mikey and I a team and consolidated exactly what we both needed and expected from the birth so that every time I think about how supportive Mikey was during every single surge and how focused and present he was it makes me feel tearful.
I feel triumphant and proud of myself but also grateful for having received training that made me feel so empowered and in control. I feel very lucky.Thank you very much for all your help and support!
I want to thank you so so much! Without the skills and knowledge I learnt from hypnobirthing I know my labour wouldn’t have been so fast and stress free!
Full blown labour lasted about 3 hours in all…I gave birth to a lovely baby girl and on my due date can you believe! I woke up at about 5:30am with what I thought were just stomach cramps but I thought nothing of it and fell back to sleep. I woke up properly at about 9:00am. The cramps were still there and getting stronger but I thought they could be Braxton Hicks because I was yet to experience them. I thought that even if I was in labour I’d have a long while before I’d need to go to hospital…I put on the Sea of Serenity recording in the background and started to make sure I had everything ready for the hospital. Fast forward to about 12:30 the surges started to get really strong…All the while I was practicing my breathing techniques…I was unable to get dressed because every time a surge took over my body I had a primal like instinct to rip my clothes off. I couldn’t concentrate to talk on the phone, I just kind of went into myself. All the time the recording was playing in the background…I don’t know how long this went on for but it must have been a couple of hours. I was in and out of the shower and pacing around my room. I began to feel an immense baring down feeling and could feel what I thought was a head! I realised that the baby was nearly here, I wouldn’t be able to get to the hospital on my own and didn’t want to have the baby in my place alone so I called 999. The ambulance arrived quite quickly and they escorted me to the hospital where I had some gas and air… When I arrived, the staff must have thought that I was exaggerating…but I knew the baby was basically here so I started to try and hum the baby out. The midwife said I was more than ready and literally 2 minutes later Willow was here! She’s so lovely, she didn’t cry when she was born and has continued to have a contented temperament.
I can’t thank you enough for equipping me with the skills and knowledge to birth my baby efficiently!
The birth of Raya was amazing. I did experience pain, however I managed to get through the birth without pain relief. I was put on a hospital trolley for a while and I was quite disempowered AT FIRST until I managed to pull myself together and I remembered a lot of the breathing exercises. As soon as they allowed me to get into the birthing pool I was able to really utilise the hypnobirthing and it turned into a very spiritual experience. I breathed Raya out and it was incredible. I’m so glad I took the hypnobirthing course and thank you Maya for being a great coach.
We want to say a big thank you for the hypnobirthing which definitely helped a lot with the labour. I felt totally calm and prepared as the labour started…doing the breathing exercises and using dim lighting and warm baths to stay calm until we went into hospital. Once we were there the labour sped up a lot but I stayed very calm and Olly used lots of the phrases from the hypnobirthing to help me stay focused. I had some gas and air then but not for that long.The second stage of labour was a lot harder and it went on for a really long time but I did manage to stay calm between the surges and my mum (who was also there) was amazed at how I conserved my energy between surges. It got slightly frantic at the end because they were worried about how long it was taking but I got her out without needing instruments and hardly any pain relief which was great. Overall I feel very pleased with how the birth went.
Thank you again for all your advice and teaching, it helped me so much and we both really appreciate the role you played in allowing us to have our baby naturally and without fear.
Just wanted to thank you for everything. Baby Reuben was born on Valentine’s Day. He’s so gorgeous and I’m absolutely in love! Things went a bit wrong after [a scheduled] induction. It was very intense and unfortunately I then got an infection, had to have an epidural and then a C-section. This was due to me becoming poorly and exhausted, it wasn’t an emergency situation. However, everything I learned on the course I used throughout the first part of my labour. I got to go into the birthing pool and did a lot of the relaxation techniques. My mum was very impressed at how calm I was. Thank you very much for all your help and support!
A friend recommended Maya to me and although hesitant at first about hypnobirthing as we didn’t know a lot about it, I can honestly say it has been an extremely positive experience. I feel so much more relaxed, confident and excited now about going into labour and would highly recommend to anyone thinking about doing it.
We both LOVED the course! I’m feeling a lot more chilled and confident about giving birth than I would have been without your wisdom and help, so thank you!
(Before the birth)
The course was extremely helpful and Maya was all you could ask for in a teacher: patient, knowledgeable and fun to have around. She always made time for any questions and made it clear that she was available if we were unsure about anything between classes. The course was broken down into sections that weren’t too overwhelming; each week there was ‘homework’ but it was enjoyable and didn’t take long to complete. It was great to do the course with my partner – he knew exactly what to do and was an absolute hero when the time came! Little Vivi is an absolute star, and the birth was perfect! We were very lucky and everything went exactly as we wanted. Thank you thank you thank you again for all your help!
So it happened, early at home. It was perfect! Thank you for all of your support and encouragement! …And a few words from baby Lilyana: I was born calmly at home with relaxing music playing… My mummy said that you helped her and daddy prepare fr this experience. So I would like to say THANK YOU very much!
I got pretty much exactly the birth I wanted to have, which is amazing and I feel very lucky! I went in to labour in the early hours, not much really happened for quite sometime…I was completely exhausted, so decided to go to the labour ward to be assessed… Then was extremely disheartened to discover I was only 2cm dilated despite being in labour for nearly 24hrs. After trying to get some rest (whilst listening and practicing my hypnobirthing techniques) I decided to have a bath to try and relax and suddenly got the uncontrollable urge to bare down and push… a home birth midwife came to see us. At this point I was only about 7cm and still getting the urge to push that I couldn’t control. She told me that this was potentially turning in to an abnormal situation, and was concerned this was endangering the baby and potentially me, so I was transferred to hospital…
I wasn’t at all scared or worried, just completely accepting of the situation and prepared to do whatever needed to be done, none of which is remotely characteristic of me if I am honest, I am usually very much worse case scenario!
Turned out that everything was fine… got in to the pool. I felt truly AMAZING as all the weight, tension and tiredness was lifted from my body as the water was so warm and soothing… it all felt very primal, instinctual and empowering. I took my time and listened to my body, trusting my instincts and gave myself time to breathe him out. After 36 hours, Milo had turned from back to back and was born!
I wasn’t afraid, I just trusted and knew that everything would be fine, which thankfully it was! I can honestly say I loved every moment of the last phase of giving birth, I didn’t find it painful or anything other than empowering and natural – I felt like a true warrior, ready and equipped for every and any eventuality with no fear at all. I have never felt more empowered and brave in my life. I truly feel very lucky, to have had no tearing, bruising or stitches and without any drugs or intervention…
Overall had a really beautiful amazing and positive experience, and achieved a near perfect birth plan. I truly believe that hypnobirthing really helped to relax and equip me both before and during my birthing experience and feel it was an invaluable tool… I most likely wouldn’t have coped as well without it. It’s quite amazing how none of it was how I imagined or feared it would be, considering I used to break down and cry in fear at the prospect of birth in my early pregnancy, and I was convinced it would be unbearable/awful etc. The pain really wasn’t that bad at all and certainly nothing I felt needs to be numbed etc, I just knew and completely trusted myself, my body and my baby…all very primal – as it should be!
I wouldn’t say the birth was pain free but it was empowering and with Sion’s help I breathed through it! She is a wonderful, calm and content baby. We are absolutely head over heels in love with her. Thank you for all your help and support!
Thank you so much for the hypnobirthing course – since then I wasn’t nervous…it was a natural birth…the breathing techniques and massage skills helped through the contractions, I didn’t suffer much pain.
Although I had quite an interesting labour and after all, having had an emergency cesarean, I can honestly say I got a lot of benefits from the course and it helped me throughout!
Maya really helped us to get back to the basics in our perceptions of child birth and taught us how to look forward to and relish in the experience rather than fear it. The relaxation techniques were invaluable and having the knowledge she had given us helped us to feel in control of our daughter’s birth. We would highly recommend her to anyone considering an alternative to traditional ante natal classes where the focus seems to be on medical intervention and pain relief for a process that ultimately should be an enjoyable and bonding journey for you, your partner and you new little arrival!
Maya was instrumental in helping us have the birth we dreamt of. She succinctly explained how hypnobirthing facilitates the relaxation so crucial to a positive experience. My boyfriend was quite skeptical at first, but Maya eliminated those doubts. We came to realize that there is nothing wishy-washy about hypnotherapy. It is based on factual research, biology, experience and common sense. Maya earned our trust and was an excellent teacher and communicator. As a result, we had a wonderful experience that I’d previously thought was impossible for a first time mum: a birth at home, in water and with no drugs or interventions. Maya gave me the confidence to trust in my body’s ability to give birth, and that is exactly what it did. I’m convinced that without hypnobirthing, that would not have been possible.
We all want to thank you for your skills, patience and inspiration around hypnobirthing. We enjoyed the sessions and found that they turned our ideas about birth around. We have used the techniques during the pregnancy and especially during the birth and this has resulted in the joyful birth of our beautiful calm baby…The start of the labour was very easy and we moved through this phase very quickly…we stayed pain free and relaxed…The next stage was quite a jump in terms of discomfort and it happened very suddenly. I had a couple of trickier surges but a bath really helped and between surges I was able to relax in a trance-like state…the next stage I felt like my body was telling me to push. We couldn’t believe that things were moving so quickly especially as the midwives were convinced we were still in early labour!…I was either in intense surge or intense trance…The final part of the birth was easy, pain-free and absolutely beautiful and joyful! She arrived alert and calm and I felt amazing! The massage, relaxation techniques, affirmations were all effective and the practice paid off because we moved smoothly between them. The midwives commented that they hadn’t see such a calm birth for ages.
Thanks Maya for all your knowledge and learning, I practiced the relaxation in the weeks leading up and my general attitude toward having a relaxed birth definitely helped me during the birth. Birth was very quick… 4 hours! Woke up to surges at 5.30am…breathed my way through them ok, got in the bath at about 8 and it just accelerated very quickly, was quite intense, didn’t get an opportunity to use the birthing pool, and midwife arrived on scene 10mins before Flo did…she arrived the way she wanted to. I ended up needing to go to hospital (after the birth), but we felt very much in control the whole time, I think hypnobirthing gave us that confidence!
(This testimonial was written after just one session of Sedona Method for post-natal support)
The method was quick and simple. Maya explained to me that it isn’t past events that are upsetting, but emotions you feel when you are thinking about them. Through a few simple questions she was able to get me to focus on my feelings and then almost ‘trick’ my brain into not feeling them any more. I wanted to work on the anxiety associated with having a small baby who had colic for 2 months and to help myself and my family adapt to having a new member. During the session, it was a really odd sensation to have emotions that felt quite entrenched disappear, and leave me with a feeling of contentment. The technique can be used by yourself whenever emotions surface that make it hard to cope, and I’ve found that since the session I’ve been noticing my feelings more and being able to attribute how I’m acting to the emotions behind them. This makes it easier to stop myself from getting worked up and angry when looking after the kids, and I am more aware. I have used the technique a few times when everything has felt like it is getting on top of me. Overall since the session I have generally felt a lot calmer and am enjoying my kids a lot more.
After a stressful birth experience with my son Seb in 2009, I made every effort for a peaceful uneventful birth with my second son, which included getting in touch with Maya Zack, hypnobirthing and Sedona Method expert. I am so glad I did! Maya was very focused and passionate about her work and in turn about my story and how I could turn my experience of birth (and motherhood) around. I gave birth as I had hoped, at home, without intervention, without drugs or drama. Although I did experience some “pain”, it was as uneventful and straightforward as a birth could be. I made use of the techniques Maya taught me, listened to the CD, and visualized myself having the kind of ecstatic birth that Maya shared with me on various DVDs. Surges came and went, my body birthed my son all by itself as I concentrated on relaxation. Not a stitch was needed as I never forced or pushed Charlie out, he arrived safely on to my bed and in to our world at a healthy 9lbs! My recovery time physically was about two days and emotionally, it was as if the trauma from my first birth (which stayed with me for at least a year later) was delivered out of my body with the best birth experience I could have hoped for. Thank you Maya, I am so grateful to you!
I’d gone from 4 to fully dilated in just 1.5 hours and baby’s head was there. With a few gentle pushes, she flew out so the pool would have not been filled in time anyway!
I must say all the midwives at Brighton hospital were fantastic and cooperative. Despite having had to ‘fight’ for our natural birth, the hospital experience was very good and in fact, due to the presence of meconium, we were very glad to be there and not home where we would have had to transfer. Hypnobirthing has been very helpful in our experience, even though our birth was not like the videos. I found I needed movement, deep birth breaths and low and loud tribal noises to see me through each surges.
Ed was amazing at coaching me through, making sure my breathing was calm and deep, pushing on acupressure points on my lower back at each surge and giving me words of encouragement. Fear was definitely out of the equation. I wouldn’t describe the experience as painful either. Just extreme intensity and power.
Thank you Maya for your course and support.
Daisy-Mae finally made her appearance…the Hypnobirthing affirmations and relaxation kicked in beautifully. It was a rather long 16 hour labour…the home-birth went out of the window due to meconium in the waters…we were glad to be in hospital in the end because she got stuck (shoulder dystocia) with the cord around her neck and it was a bit frantic. But she’s absolutely gorgeous, healthy and we are so happy. The staff commented on how calm I remained even though things were difficult. Hypnobirthing really helped keep me positive…thanks Maya!
I had 5 days of strong labour, intense surges against a cervix that wouldn’t dilate further than 2.5 cm…by day 4 baby’s heart rate was disappearing off the monitor. They were very worried and we went straight to C-section on day 5, rather than a pathway of interventions. The C-section and aftercare were great, and Gabriel was born happy, healthy and un-traumatized.
We both feel that the hypnobirthing – particularly the breathing and visualization – was the thing that helped us get through the ordeal. John says he wouldn’t have known what to do to talk me through the relentless, intense surges without all he’d learned on the course, and it also helped him stay calm, grounded and focused. For me, it was having him talk me through each surge calmly, and having the ability to breathe through them and not fight their intensity, that enabled me to endure it for so long…
We saw (and heard!) other women on the ward labouring, and not coping at all. The midwives were all very impressed with my breathing techniques! And I think it was my being able to endure it for 4/5 days that allowed us to go straight to C-section, rather than be forced onto the long intervention pathway (induction, epidural etc) which I feel certain would have ended up in C-section anyway.
I am also certain that Henry – and/or me- would have come to harm had we not had him quickly lifted out. Also that we felt so informed and empowered about our choices, should special circumstances arise, the pros and cons of each intervention, etc… So in short, hypnobirthing helped us, and our special circumstances, HUGELY! We really value the work you do and the way it can help people.
Unfortunately I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes so could not give birth at the birthing centre as planned. I ended up being induced, which of course was really not what I had wanted. The birth ended up being a very positive experience and I am very glad we did the Hypnobirthing course. I’m sure it helped with a quick delivery – [from] fully dilated to Ellie being born – 35mins, no pain relief needed.
Our birthing experience unfortunately didn’t go according to plan…he was breech and the advice from the doctors was that the chance of the turning procedure working was relatively small and likely to lead to an emergency C-section. We opted to have a ‘planned’ C-section the following day instead, the day before he was due.
In the end, it was uncomplicated and a relatively comfortable experience. Whilst hypnobirthing didn’t come in handy for the birth itself, it definitely helped us get out of hospital faster and bond well with our new baby together. We managed to get out of hospital 22 hours after Magnus was born, due to our strong belief that birthing is a normal human experience and our ability to deal with the situation calmly. In particular, hypnobirthing gave us the courage to believe in our convictions – everything from asking lots of questions of the medical staff to ensure we knew what was happening, to continuing breast feeding exclusively despite the health visitor’s assertions… Above all, the course gave us a dedicated time to really think and talk about the birth of our baby together, in a way we wouldn’t have done otherwise, and gave us a shared understanding of what we wanted for us as a family, not just in birth but in the first weeks and months of his life too.
Thanks, Maya, for the instruction and support…we had a wonderful water birth…we found the hypnobirthing techniques useful during the birthing time…really helped me to relax and focus. I think hypnobirthing is an excellent tool for birth – even if my experience was nothing like the videos! But we were well-prepared that every birth is different and we are happy to report that neither M. nor I felt fear at any point during the birth.
The first phase was very slow but I remained focused, had a bath, went for a walk, tried to eat, and used the birthing ball which was a blessing. We arrived at Brighton hospital at around 7pm and I was 4cm dilated…the hospital advised that I should expect to dilute 0.5 centre meters every hour, but I went from 4cm to fully dilated in 4 hours and 30 minutes!
Nick said he couldn’t believe how focused I was! I remained calm the whole way through using my breath (which also reserved all my energy) and used the lotus flower visualisation. I drank 7 jugs of water too! I couldn’t stop drinking it! It’s really funny as when I tell people this they always say “are you allowed to drink during labour?” I reply and say “yes of course! Better than being hooked up to a drip!” – another thing we learnt from your classes… Emilie’s heart rate kept dropping. The medical team were very concerned and asked me not to push for 1 hour but to use my breath…
How I would have done this without hypnobirthing is beyond me! 40 minutes later I had a whole team around me advising I had 20 minutes to push her out… Nick was fantastic and questioned everything. The consultant looked quite surprised when he did as I think they just expect you to do as they say without question! Emilie was born naturally and I truly believe Hypnobirthing got me through it. I am so proud of what I achieved and I can’t thank you enough. Emilie was so alert when she was born, she breast fed instantly and she’s such a contented little baby.
I can’t thank you enough for what we learned during your classes!
Our labour was induced as I developed pre-eclampsia…waters had broken for over 24 hours. The labour was calm & relaxed, no pain relief & Betsy was very happy & alert when she arrived. The hypnobirthing breathing & relaxing techniques I believe helped us through it, Lewie was an amazing birthing partner – keeping me focused when things got tough!
I tried a lot of the breathing but have to confess I swore a hell of a lot too! I managed on two paracetamol and the pool… I had to get out of the pool as I just couldn’t push him out but the midwives were amazing at encouraging different positions, and eventually I managed it at home and no stitches! We are already sleep deprived but very happy!
Thank you for introducing us to hypnobirthing! Our baby came 3 weeks early…I think the combination of denial that he was really coming that day and my hypnobirthing practice enabled me to stay calm, relaxed and happy throughout the majority of his birth…
I found the affirmations helpful during the early stages and used the breathing techniques throughout, which really helped me keep pain at bay! We managed to have a completely natural birth, much to my surprise and delight as I’d previously had an emergency caesarian with my daughter. Sadly I suffered 3rd degree tears as there was meconium in my waters so I was urged to push before my body was ready. Apart from this everything else was brilliant and amazing. Our baby came into my arms as a perfect bundle, calm and sleepy. It was such an amazing experience I will never forget. I will continue to recommend you and hypnobirthing, it completely opened my eyes to birthing and taught me to believe in my body!
We really enjoyed doing the hypnobirthing course. Although we were both quite relaxed about the idea of birthing
before the course, learning and practicing the techniques gave us a lot more confidence to continue to be relaxed when the time came! We were having a home birth but the midwives didn’t come out to us very quickly as they were busy having a shift changeover and probably thought my birthing would take a while since it was my first baby. Things were progressing quickly though and they asked us to go to the labour ward to get checked out. The baby was fine but when they examined me I was 9cm dilated already! It is a testament to the hypnobirthing that they didn’t even realize I was in active labour when I walked onto the ward! And indeed, I’d managed to get that far feeling really in control. Just before we went to the ward it had started to get very intense but when I found out how well my body had done I felt so good about it and it gave me even more confidence to keep going. We managed to persuade the midwives to let us go home and have the home birth we wanted.
I felt in control. I enjoyed the hypnobirthing course, and I definitely think it was a good decision to take it. I felt much less stressed before the birth than I would have felt if I did not take the course. We are really grateful!