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Congratulations on your pregnancy. How are you feeling?

Overjoyed. Excited. Scared. Overwhelmed.

All of the above!

Pregnancy can bring up a rollercoaster of emotions and for the most part that’s fine, normal in-fact.

But sometimes those anxious thoughts can easily take over and put a dampener on the whole nine months. Making your upcoming birth and transition into motherhood a daunting experience.

Maybe you’re worried about the significant changes having a baby will have on your life? Or you are worried how you will cope emotionally?

Are you feeling concerned, not sure if you are ready for the impact a baby will have on your life? You see and hear all the time, the demands a young family can have on you.

You’re pregnant. You’re pleased of course you are but how you think and feel about yourself, and your life is changing.

And you’re questioning your readiness.

If you’re anything like my previous clients you have one hundred and one questions filing your mind.

Questions such as…

What can I expect in labour ?

When will I know it’s right time to go to the hospital?

Will I bond with my baby once it is here?

How will I cope with being tired and sleepless nights?

What will parenting be like?

And will I be good enough?

Will I experience complications that affect me and my unborn baby?

Is labour going to be painful and how long will the whole birthing process be?

Will my partner be ok during the labour process?

Will having a baby change things with my partner?

You could be concerned as…

  • Maybe you have a fear losing control and you’ve started to give your self a hard time.
  • Perhaps you worry about your performance in labour and your body’s ability to give birth
  • You maybe concerned that you will be unable to cope with labour and suspect it will be a traumatic experience
  • Maybe you have a strong dislike for hospitals
  • Or you’re worried about interacting with health care professionals
  • Perhaps you distrust the obstetric staff
  • Or you are concerned they wont be friendly
  • You worry you might be left alone in labour and that frightens you
  • You fear you’ll look silly or not be involved in any decision-making

Deep down you know that childbirth is safe and having a baby is a positive thing but you can’t help but think about the possibility of negative or harmful outcomes.

There is an underlying fear surrounding you that something is bound to go wrong. So strong is this feeling you’re carrying that maybe you’ve put off telling some people that you are pregnant.

Everyone expects you to be happy and glowing now you are pregnant. Dutifully you put on a show for them. No one understands why you’re not permanently brimming over with happiness and you don’t feel you can share these worries with your friends and family for fear of looking daft.

You’re scared of losing control and equally as scared of the responsibility a baby brings.

You are not alone.

The majority of expectant Mums worry about the impact having a baby will have on their life.

Some of those of women suffer so badly with this fear that it can overshadow the whole pregnancy, complicate childbirth and even lead to difficulties bonding in motherhood.

However, research shows that regardless of how deep rooted your fear is, by preparing for childbirth not only will it enhance your birth experience, but it can also promote bonding with your partner and baby leaving you to experience positive parenting once baby has arrived.

Preparing for childbirth is as important as preparing for any other of life’s events.

The Birth Anxiety Breakthrough Formula will help you to:

  • Build on your confidence to birth your baby and mother your child
  • Reclaim your emotional control before during and after birth
  • Increase your knowledge and awareness of your body’s responses
  • Prepare you for any challenges that may occur during your baby’s birth
  • Allow you to respond confidently to any challenging situations in pregnancy, birth and motherhood
  • Trust in your ability to cope with whatever birth brings
  • Manage your thoughts and emotions well in all situations
  • Gain invaluable self insight allowing you to love and accept yourself
  • Build a bond with your baby in pregnancy that will strengthen in motherhood
  • Strengthen your bond with your birth partner making you a formidable team

When you perceive a sense of personal control over your baby’s birth you will feel more capable, confident, calm, courageous and comfortable putting your coping skills into action on the day.

The Birth Anxiety Preparation course provides you with an environment where you can learn and share from other expectant Mums who are experiencing similar thoughts and feelings to you. This will help you to move forward with a positive mindset and feel prepared for birth.

Feeling prepared for childbirth and having an awareness of your own amazing abilities makes labour easier, shorter and more comfortable for both you and your baby.

Having an awareness of your birth choices and making those decisions during labour from a place of calmness and confidence will provide you with a positive start to motherhood.

It’s amazing how easy it is to nip in the bud any unhelpful thoughts and feelings around pregnancy, birth and motherhood easily allowing you to move forward as the capable women you are.

Understanding you unwittingly create and maintain those fears and anxieties around birth is the key to be becoming free of them.

Together we:

  • Will learn relaxation techniques that help now in pregnancy, during birth and become an invaluable part of your motherhood experience too
  • These same relaxation techniques are a crucial part of breastfeeding should you decide that is what you want to do when your baby arrives
  • We will build up your self esteem and self confidence, stop that habitual comparing and contrasting your self to others
  • Feel confident as a mother and banish self doubt
  • Learn how to manage your worries and greatly reduce your anxiety levels for good
  • Resolve any pesky anxiety based symptoms you maybe experiencing
  • Understand the process of birth and the important part you and your baby play in it
  • Greatly reduce any fear, worries or concerns you maybe having
  • Inform and equip your birth partner in order to be huge support to you and become your advocate
  • Learn effective bonding techniques along with your partner to build on your new relationship with your baby before birth

And if you’re worried about asking silly questions along the way, you needn’t be as we answer all your questions even the ones that you don’t want to ask. There really is no such thing as a silly question in our community, we give honest, researched based answers where we can or signpost you if necessary.

You and your baby are in safe hands.

Birth Preparation for Overly Anxious Minds will increase your preparedness for childbirth leaving you with a positive birth memory that’ll last you a lifetime.

Birth Preparation for Overly Anxious Minds is an Easy Enjoyable & most importantly Effective Course.

I don’t normally care for statistics. Spreadsheets are not my thing!

But as part of my business it has been suggested to me that I should gather data on my clients experiences.

All I really care about is you and your perception of birth. Because I know from both years of working with Mums and becoming one myself that when you feel good about your baby’s birth it sets you up for motherhood in a positive way.

And that is so important.

The knock on effect of a negative experience can be enormous. I have first hand experience of this from my first birth. As do many of the second or more time Mums that I work with.

And if I can show you how to avoid this as much as you possible, my work is done.

Having gone through the figures it looks like I achieve exactly this.

I’m blown away that 85.71% of my clients take the time to share their positive birth stories with me.

Out of those, 84.85% of them have had positive experiences of birthing in hospitals and 61.67% of my clients achieving this are first time mums.

But like I said, I don’t do this for the numbers I do this so that you and other women like you can birth their baby’s feeling calm, confident, capable and courageous.

I look forward to sharing your birth preparation journey with you.

See you on the inside!

Sarahx

P.S Discover ONE simple effective technique that will help you to remain calm, relaxed & in-control during labour regardless of the type of birth you have.  Enrol for FREE today & get immediate access to this tried and tested technique AND our regular email series where we share more hints, tips and positive birth stories.

 

Sarah Brent is The Birth Anxiety Coach and Hypnobirthing Specialist in Southend, Essex.  These day most of our sessions are done online for convenience however, you may still have in-person appointments at our location practice on the corner of Thames Drive & London Road, Leigh on Sea, Southend.

In easy reach of BenfleetChalkwell Park, Eastwood, HadleighLeigh on Sea, Rayleigh, RochfordShoeburyThorpe BayThundersley,  Westcliff On Sea

Hypnobirthing Workshop South Benfleet

Come and join us for a  Hypnobirthing Workshop South Benfleet where you will discover everything you need to know for a positive birth.

Join Us If :

  • You’d love to discover exactly how to enhance your mind and body ready for labour
  • You’d love coping skills that’ll keep you feeling calm, confident and in-control of thoughts and emotions
  • You’d love to manage labour positively no matter what happens
  • You’d love your birth partner to feel confident and a part of the experience
  • You’d love full access to all the course materials online to consolidate your learning after the workshop

Join us for four hours of hypnobirthing essentials covering the tools and techniques for a calmer, more comfortable, positive experience of birth in South Benfleet.

Our workshops are an advanced hypnobirthing antenatal courses.  With step-by-step guides, practice exercises and how-to’s on how to make hypnobirthing practically foolproof.

Together we will give you a fresh perspective on birth.  Packed full of tried and tested techniques for a more comfortable birth experience.

Perfect your skills in your own time and get full support from me every step of the way until you’ve birthed your baby.

This practical Hypnobirthing Workshop South Benfleet  includes:

  • Demystifying hypnosis & perfecting your skills
  • Understanding how your mind works for & sometimes against you
  • The mechanics of birth for baby & you
  • Working together as a dream team, you, your baby & your birth partner
  • The power of bonding before, during and after birth.
  • Fully comprehensive online hypnobirthing course materials
  • Birth Partners Support Plan
  • An online community of hypnobirthing mums & full support from me

Group Hypnobirthing Workshop South Benfleet  £149 (1-2-1 workshops are available £249, email sarah@positivelyblooming.comfor availability)

LOCATION: South Benfleet

DATES: 

September No Group Workshops Scheduled 1-2-1’s are still available (Email me sarah@positivelyblooming.com  to book).

  • Saturday 20th October 12-4pm
  • Saturday 10th November 12-4pm
  • Saturday 8th December 12-4pm

Secure your place : Email me sarah@positivelyblooming.com with the date you require and I’ll get back to you to confirm availability as soon as possible.  Payment in advance will secure your place this can be made by bank transfer or Paypal.  I’ll sent you the details along with availability (payment options are available).

I recommend you come around 20-32 week, the earlier the better as it will give you time to consolidate your learning and get to grips with your new found knowledge. (birth partners are welcome).

Hypnobirthing Workshop South Benfleet In easy reach of BenfleetChalkwell Park, Eastwood, HadleighLeigh on Sea, Rayleigh, RochfordShoebury, Southend, Thorpe BayThundersley,  Westcliff On Sea

Course

Courses
Let’s Get You Birth Ready With Our 1-2-1 Private Coaching Sessions
Birth Anxiety Coach Online Southend Hypnobirthing Courses

Our Birth Anxiety Breakthrough Sessions will take you through this transformation phase of your life with ease.  Comprised of 10 x 1-2-1 sessions to be taken pre and postnatally plus fully comprehensive antenatal education materials.  Using a combination of CBT & Hypnotherapy for Birth The Birth Anxiety breakthrough has helped 100’s of expectant Mums to release their fears and create positive birth experiences and start to parenting.

Book an complimentary consultation here: https://sarahbrent.as.me/pregnancyandbirth

 


Did You Know The Way You Think Can Affect Your Baby’s Birth?

Birth Anxiety Coach Online Southend Hypnobirthing CoursesOur signature birth preparation course for overly anxious minds is a life changing mindset training programme (incorporating of CBT & hypnotherapy) for expectant Mums. Comprising of an intensive six-week online antenatal course plus weekly LIVE group Q&A sessions, the birth anxiety breakthrough formula has helped 100’s of women birth calmly, confidently and courageously.

ENROL NOW

What if you could achieve a calm birth regardless of where and how?Birth Anxiety Coach Online Southend Hypnobirthing Courses

Not overly anxious but do want to be Birth Ready.  My hypnobirthing home study course is an advanced hypnobirthing antenatal course.  With step-by-step guides, practice exercises and how-to’s on how to make hypnobirthing practically foolproof. You can consume these materials  in a weekend so you and your partner are birth ready!

ENROL NOW

 

Birth Anxiety Coach Online Southend Hypnobirthing CoursesSince 2008 Sarah, has been helping expectant Mums prepare for birth and eliminate their anxiety for good using a her Birth Anxiety Breakthrough Formula, found in the Birth Preparation for Overly Anxious Minds Course and 1-2-1 Sessions.

 

Read what some of our clients say…

When I got to the room the doctor said he’d examine me to see if I was starting to dilate and saw a little bottom facing him! I was starting to dilate she was on her way! So I was told to push when I had a contraption and that I was going to have to deliver a breech baby,I asked if that was possible (I didn’t realise it was) and I was told I had no choice because she was on her way down! Haha…The birth was obviously not what I was planning at all but I am convinced that I successfully, positively, birthed! I was shocked when I first started contracting but then something just completely came over me and I felt like I was in a trance. I felt like there was just Tom And I in the room even though I could hear when the doctor was giving me instructions. I just counted 4 then 8 and thought of the surges in my stomach going up and down. I’m really pleased I did the whole thing with no pain relief and thought minutes afterwards and still think now that I would do it again tomorrow!  L xx

Louise, Tom & baby Etty (first hypnobaby)

Thank you so much for all your help! I had two brilliant births and I’m 100% sure it was down to everything you taught us.  I shall be recommending you to all my friends and family, haha.   Thanks again.  Best wishes Lxx

Louise, Tom & baby Hector (second hypnobaby)

Hi Sarah, following attending your workshop I wanted to share our story with you. I’ve been meaning to for a while as my baby came early at 33+5 22nd May so I didn’t get to complete the online course in preparation (he still wasn’t due yet until 5th July).

So anyway, id been having light cramps for about a week, I put this down to my womb stretching and General preparation until the weekend I didn’t quite feel right but couldn’t put my finger on it – exhausted, low mood, period cramp feelings and generally run down. I had a feeling something was happening and considered the possibility it could be the start of labour but quickly brushed this off as I thought it was too soon. I called the midwives a couple of times who also said it was possible stretching as the cramps were long lasting.

Sunday morning I went to buy a new phone with my partner and mum, whilst talking to the sales advisor I felt my waters go but still wasn’t sure..rushed to the toilet to find it was in fact definitely my waters. We left the car in the multi-storey car park and got a taxi to the hospital. I had to stay as my cervix was dilated and waters were definitely broken, although they said there was a possibility I could go home if my contractions stopped and would continue to be monitored.

Over the next few hours whilst I was still not in established labour it was all very calm, I asked to be monitored upright so I could sit on the birthing ball. I had a playlist of relaxing music I listened to, mum helped with the light back massage we learnt at your workshop and I continuously reassured myself with the positive affirmations and calm counted breaths. We managed to go for a couple of walks around the hospital grounds and my contractions were quite mild for a long time. It was very relaxing at this point and I found the tools I learnt from you really helpful.

It wasn’t until around 10.30pm that they started to get more painful and over the next couple of hours all sped up very quickly. Admittedly towards the end I did start to panic as there wasn’t great communication from the midwife as to how far along things were or what was really happening (mum had to figure this out) and I assumed I still had a long way to go, however, through the knowledge from your workshop I trusted my body and trusted the process and the positive affirmations got me through.

I never managed to get into the position I wanted to be in but I did manage a natural birth with no pain relief as intended but with an assisted birth (episiotomy and forceps as little one started to get tired). I believe that although it could have gone more smoothly given the right communication, the knowledge and confidence me and mum gained from your workshop made the whole journey a lot more relaxing and empowering than it would have been had we not attended.

We worked together really well to deliver my baby safely and as calmly as possible. She helped me count my breaths when I couldn’t keep count in the later stages and was my rock to lean on. Alfie John Rhodes was born a healthy 5lbs and is now thriving, growing and developing extremely well – I’m so proud of him. We stayed 3 weeks on the neonatal ward with him and have now been home almost 3 weeks.

I just want to thank you for your invaluable knowledge which coming from someone who had a deep fear of pregnancy and labour managed to conquer labour relatively calmly considering the circumstances and lack of control and although I couldn’t complete the online course, what I did take from it helped me so much. Here are some pictures of our perfect little boy xx

Emma and baby Alfie

Hi Sarah,  I wanted to introduce baby Jasper to you who was born on the 27th April 2017 at 2pm weighing a healthy 8lb 4oz.

During labour and delivery I employed all of my learnt hypnobirthing techniques and personal mantras. I didn’t listen to the MP3 during labour, but had a pre-prepared playlist which was wonderful to birth to.

Hypnobirthing enabled me to stay relaxed throughout and the midwife commented numerous times on my calm nature. I felt happy, calm and in control and would certainly recommend Hypnobirthing to any expecting parents, especially as my husband found my relaxed nature enabled him to feel at ease and have confidence in my birthing abilities.  With thanks & kisses from baby Jasper, Helen and Tom

Helen, Tom and baby Jasper

Our hypnobirthing baby, Annabelle Lily arrived Thursday 28th April, weighing 7lbs 12oz. My labour was super quick- the very first contractions started around 1.30am, we got to QMC at 5.45am and she was born at 9am. I had the water birth I was hoping for. I believe that the hypnobirthing helped me to remain calm, focused and relaxed and I gave birth with no pain relief at all. I felt like I didn’t have time to even think about it!

Thanks Sarah and wishing all mums-to-be in the group a positive birth experience xxx

Lucy, James and baby Annabelle Lily

Hypnobirthing home birth baby Samuel arrived 11 days early on the 23rd March. It all kicked off around 5am and Samuel arrived 12.37am. The attending midwife was amazed how calm & controlled I was. No pain relief either! Not that I felt ‘pain’…more discomfort & strong sensations. I had the birthing track on repeat all the time.

Would I do anything differently? Yes. I’d listen more regularly to the relaxation tracks (should have done it every day). Practice with my partner trigger words or phrases. Listen to my body more… When the stinging sensation started I should have listened to my body and slowed down.

Would I have had the amazing experience if I hadn’t used hypnobirthing….Not a chance. The hypnobirthing made all the difference to my capability and confidence. Highly recommend Positively Blooming to anyone.

Rachael, Stephen and baby Samuel

My hypnobabe!!! Didn’t want to wait and arrived a month early on Saturday 9th April weighing in at a whopping 7lb1 Despite the abrupt arrival and the reduced time I had to practice my relaxation I truly believe that I wouldn’t have been as prepared as I was and I wouldn’t have been able to achieve my goal.  Natural birth, no pain relief at all! I’m not going to say I didn’t have a few wobbles or consider pain relief in the final hour but I do believe hypnobirthing is the way forwards and helps you keep your focus.

Michelle, Lee and baby Jenson

Morning! At 0820 yesterday morning we welcomed our little boy into the world! It was all very unexpected but thankfully all doing fine. The hypnobirthing was amazing and things progressed at quite a speed. Not entirely how I would have planned but apart from the initial bit where I freaked as went from closed to 6cm in under an hour I got it together and refocused. They were very complimentary about breathing and how calm I was. From 0 to pushing was in total 5 hours 5 mins. I would do it all again tmrw. Just love him xxx

Katie, Paul and baby Barnes

My husband and I attended one of Sarahs hypnobirthing sessions 2 weeks before our son was due as I have started to hear more about it. Sarah has such a calming presence about her and we really enjoyed the session. I had been using hypnobirthing method’s at home and my husband thought it was all a bit ‘ mumbo jumbo ‘ so i bought him along to hear Sarahs story. after the workshop my husband started to see the upcoming birth as an exciting experience, rather than a daunting one. He even kept reminding me about releasing our oxytocin rather than adrenaline ( even now in every day life).

I felt so positive about our birth, my friends and family thought I was crazy to be looking forward to the birth. I listened to sarahs pregnancy track every day for 4 weeks ( he arrived two weeks late) whilst ihad a bath.

I was told I needed to be induced which rang alarm bells to me. But with the help of hypnobirthing I just kept calm.  The birth was long with early labour lasting two days. I was then ‘ stuck’ at 3cm dilated for which seemed like hours. I did have to accept an epidural 3 hours before the birth but mainly due to the reason..I needed sleep!
The midwives did comment about how calm our birth was and sarahs birth mp3 was being played in the background.
if it wasn’t for hypnobirthing the run up to the birth would not of been as positive as it was. Thank you Sarah.

Julia, John and baby Cameron

Hi Sarah,  I thought I’d email you after the birth of our son on 31st December.
The hypnobirthing techniques that you taught us combined with the MP3 worked wonders! Before seeing you I was absolutely petrified of labour, however through breathing and relaxing I turned my black stone into a white stone!
The labour lasted in full just over 3 hours and I used your breathing techniques throughout. They really helped me cope with the pain and kept me so much calmer as they gave me a focus.  I really can’t thank you enough and I have been singing your praises to all my pregnant friends!!  Thank you again.

Becki, Shaun and baby Harrison

Hi, I just wanted to let you both know I had my little princess born Wednesday 9th Dec at 13.12pm at home weighing 6lb 5oz.   It wasn’t as calm as some of the hypno videos I have seen (still mooed like a cow) but I did it with no pain relief and kept trying to zone into the background birth track between each contraction which definitely helped keep me calmer during the contractions! I couldn’t have asked for a better birth! Will post pics over next few days smile emoticonxx

Samantha, Arron and baby Kiera

Sarah, thank you so much for today’s session. Both of us I really enjoyed it. His mind has been opened (thank goodness!!) and you have given us both the tools to know how to deal with what’s ahead. Looking forward to plenty of practise before the big day.  xx

Katie, Paul and baby bump

Hello Sarah,  Thank you for the MP3s you sent after I completed the course.  I hope you got my thank you card in your mailbox.  My sister was amazed that I was 9cm on arriving at hospital!!  Hope you have a lovely Christmas.

Ali, Stuart and baby Archie

Hi Sarah,  Just a quick email to let you know our little one got impatient by 3 weeks and decided to surprise us! I gave birth at 1.06am this morning …. Thanks to your course I was able to stay calm throughout (especially as my birth plan of a water birth fell through) and apart from a small spell of gas and air I was able to birth completely natural and drug free!!  So thank you again.

Kate, Pat and baby Sophia

Hello Sarah,  I had a little boy on 23rd November at 12.24pm weighing 7lb 8oz. We were in hospital for a week though because of feeding and weight loss. He is struggling to latch on to the breast although we keep trying, I am expressing so he is having this through a bottle.

I found the hypnobirthing session so helpful and really feel that this helped me to have an overall positive birth. I listened to the MP3s loads and made a positive affirmation poster.We are getting used to life as a little family, A xx

 Alison, Andy and baby William

Hi Sarah,  I can’t thank you enough. We had to stay in till Friday as she had an infection from cord. I was so calm I wasn’t upset at all. I just let the doctors do their thing. I’ve never felt so good, I’m Not tired, I’m not emotional, I’m just loving every minute. The pain from the episiotomy has been uncomfortable, but I just kept using the deep breathing techniques which really helped. I will be back to see you again in the future no doubt. Have a lovely Sunday
Kind regards, Rachael

Rachael, Nick & Tabitha October

Hello Sarah, Here is my birth story ….My husband Chris and I chose hypnobirthing as our baby is an IVF miracle and we felt we’d had enough medical intervention already. We’d also had some awful pre-pregnancy experiences in the gynae unit of our local hospital, where I’d had a HCG x-Ray and hysteroscopy with no pain relief or aftercare offered, and I felt I was quite roughly handled and was left emotionally traumatised and frightened of giving birth at our local hospital. I was then told I was too high risk for a home birth, and all other hospital options were over an hour away.

My waters broke dramatically at 1am whilst I was in bed. We were fairly shocked as it was two weeks early but there was no mistaking it so we called the hospital and they said to come in to be checked. We presumed we would then be sent home to labour so only took our medical notes.

On arrival the unit was full to capacity, so we were sat in a small room waiting to be seen for an hour. I had no pains though so we did not mind. The room was then required for a woman in active labour so we were moved to the recovery suite used post c-section and carried on waiting to be seen. I had very swollen, purple hands and feet, so my blood was taken and urine checked, and I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and told I was going nowhere until baby was born, and if my labour did not start within a few hours I’d be induced, something I really did not want. At this point we realised that Chris would need to go home to collect the hospital bag, so we called my mum, who was my second birthing partner, to come up, as I did not want to be alone.

About 3.30am I started to have very mild period like cramps and was excited that my labour might be starting. Unfortunately, the hospital had 2 c-section patients who were then wheeled into the room with their babies! I was stuck behind a curtain sat on a bed whispering to my husband and mum so as not to disturb their much needed sleep. Whilst Chris was gone the pains increased but were still mild so I sat bouncing on a birthing ball practicing my breathing techniques learnt in the class. I really wanted to walk around but due to the other people in the same room felt I had to stay still and be quiet. I decided that whilst not ideal I was fine, so carried on bouncing and breathing, and as the pains increased I stood leaning on the window while my mum rubbed my back. I concentrated hard on my breathing and was coping really well.

Things progressed very fast, and by the time Chris got back around 5am, he and my mum had to speak to the midwives to get us into a proper room, as my pains were only 4 minutes apart and strong. I was able to walk calmly to the room they had cleared for me, and Chris put the music I had chosen on the Bluetooth speaker we had brought in. I asked to be examined as I wanted to know how far along I was. The midwife was shocked to discover I was 6cms as I was still chatting between pains and not making any noise during them. We thought we’d give the TENS machine a go, but as I was 2 weeks early we had never got round to reading the instructions, so we abandoned that!

I positioned myself on my knees leaning over the back of the bed and focused on breathing. Chris and my mum were an amazing team, rubbing my back, stroking my neck, hands and arms, making sure I had water and keeping me focused. I had one almighty pain and asked for gas and air, and at this point my body started to push and I just had to go with it. I don’t remember much detail: I remember Chris being at my head passing me water, stroking my arms, hearing our music in the background – it was as if no one else was there, everything else was out of focus. I remember being supremely calm, and occasionally hearing the midwife gently telling me to relax my shoulders and let my baby move himself down (she was amazing and totally committed to hypnobirthing). Chris tells me I would turn to him and smile after every pain had finished but I don’t remember doing this! This part of labour was a really beautiful experience where I just felt really close to my husband.

After a while the midwife asked me to change positions as baby’s heart rate was dipping. This was the point things started to go a little bit wrong. I remember whinging a bit about this (I wanted to be upright!) but it was for the baby so I let her help me onto my side, and carried on as before. Again I was zoned out, I remember the music, my husband’s voice, breathing as taught in class and using the gas and air, which I loved! After a bit longer things were not progressing and baby’s heart rate was dipping and not recovering, so I was told I needed to be on my back. I really really did not want this and was a bit upset, but I trusted the midwife so decided to do as she asked. The baby was not moving down, and at this point things got a bit hairy with his heart rate – the obstetrician and paediatric team were called in. In the meantime the midwife gave me an episiotomy and then the head became visible.

The doctors arrived. I remember the obstetrician being the stuff of my nightmares: he came in demanding his instruments (!) and bossing the midwife around. She was brilliant and told him she thought that we only needed a couple more contractions, and could he wait until then, and that she had called him in to be ready if needed. He was not happy! Luckily, with lots of hard pushing, and with my mum and Chris cheering me on over the next 10 minutes or so, Arthur was born. He was totally pink and cried immediately, so the paediatric team packed up and left. I’d been in the final stage of labour for 90 minutes, and overall labour was about 7 hours. I had a second degree tear caused by the quick labour so needed a fair amount of stitching, and luckily a nice lady doctor came to do this. Even while waiting to be stitched I told Chris I would happily do it again.

The midwife said afterwards that my birth was so calm she was going to use hypnobirthing herself (she was pregnant). I remember it as a beautiful experience and even though things went wrong I was so calm and focused throughout. I only had gas and air, and I truly believe that had I not been hypnobirthing I would have required much more intervention.

Thank you Sarah!

Louise, Chris & baby Arthur

Let’s Get You Birth Ready With Our 1-2-1 Private Coaching SessionsBirth Anxiety Coach Online Southend Hypnobirthing Courses

Our Birth Anxiety Breakthrough Sessions will take you through this transformation phase of your life with ease.  Comprised of 10 x 1-2-1 sessions to be taken pre and postnatally plus fully comprehensive antenatal education materials.  Using a combination of CBT & Hypnotherapy for Birth The Birth Anxiety breakthrough has helped 100’s of expectant Mums to release their fears and create positive birth experiences and start to parenting.

Book an complimentary consultation here: https://sarahbrent.as.me/pregnancyandbirth

 


Did You Know The Way You Think Can Affect Your Baby’s Birth?

Birth Anxiety Coach Online Southend Hypnobirthing CoursesOur signature birth preparation course for overly anxious minds is a life changing mindset training programme (incorporating of CBT & hypnotherapy) for expectant Mums. Comprising of an intensive six-week online antenatal course plus weekly LIVE group Q&A sessions, the birth anxiety breakthrough formula has helped 100’s of women birth calmly, confidently and courageously.

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What if you could achieve a calm birth regardless of where and how?Birth Anxiety Coach Online Southend Hypnobirthing Courses

Not overly anxious but do want to be Birth Ready.  My hypnobirthing home study course is an advanced hypnobirthing antenatal course.  With step-by-step guides, practice exercises and how-to’s on how to make hypnobirthing practically foolproof. You can consume these materials  in a weekend so you and your partner are birth ready!

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The Anxiety Breakthrough Formula

The Anxiety Breakthrough Formula Southend

Work with me on a 1-2-1 basis and let’s eliminate your anxiety for good.

Lets face it your are unique and so is your baby so a one size fits all approach to your birth preparation probably won’t cut it.  Pregnancy, birth and motherhood is a time of emotions, sometime they are up and then down.  And this out of control feeling we experience during this time of our lives can aggravate our anxieties and anxiety related symptoms even more.  So when this happens it stands to reason that we could use a little bit of extra help.  Especially when we are going through major lifestyle changes like having a baby and growing a family.

My name is Sarah and I’ve been supporting women’s emotional health and well-being.  Since 2008 I have helped women resolve their anxiety for good with The Anxiety Breakthrough Formula.

Together we:

  • Discover how you unwittingly create and maintain your anxiety without dragging up the past
  • Strengthen your core psychological roots, build up self confidence and build up social resilience
  • Learn how to stay in-control of your thoughts and emotions in pregnancy, birth & motherhood
  • Eliminate anxiety from your life once with unique self insight via our Anxiety Breakthrough Formula
  • Prepare you for a positive birth regardless of the type birth you have leaving you feeling truly empowered
  • Bring out you Mum Super Powers so you can be the best version of you as you go through Motherhood

The Anxiety Breakthrough Formula Southend could be an excellent fit for you If you have suffered in the past with or are currently experincing any of these symptoms:

  • Pregnancy Anxiety
  • Birth Anxiety
  • General Anxiety
  • Lump in throat
  • Feeling Low
  • Fear of Birth
  • Needle phobias
  • Social Anxiety
  • Emetophobia
  • Emetophobia & pregnancy
  • Excessive sweating
  • Panic attacks/Panic disorder
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Self harm
  • Feeling embarrassed/on the spot/judged by others
  • Shyness
  • Blushing or fear of blushing
  • Feeling uncomfortable in front of others
  • Stammering/stuttering
  • Shy bladder (unable to pee in front of others)
  • Obedience to authority
  • Persistent fear of failure
  • Preoccupation with how you look
  • Setting unachievable standards
  • Insomnia
  • Pregnancy Insomnia
  • Persistent tiredness
  • Nightmares
  • Fear of c-sections
  • Fear of Blood
  • Birthing Nerves
  • Vaginismus
  • Vaginismus & Birth
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Low Self Confidence
  • Fear of being out of control
  • Fear of induction
  • Obsessions & Compulsions
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Skin disorders
  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Allegies
  • Asthma
  • Migraine headaches
  • Persistent headaches
  • Anger
  • Grief
  • Guilt
  • Depression
  • Post Natal Depression (PND)
  • Unhappiness
  • Worry

Symptoms like the ones listed above can be debilitating.  They can really hold you back form achieving the life you want to live and being the person you want to be.  The symptoms are exaggerated by your levels of anxiety and will come back time and time again unless you resolve that anxiety once and for all.

Not to mention the negative effect anxiety can have on your pregnancy, birth and parenting experience and the fact that it will get heightened as you go through the challenges that being a new Mum brings.

Anxiety in Pregnancy can:

  • Aggravate your symptoms
  • Leave you feeling out of control
  • And feeling low
  • Cause sleepless night
  • Relationships issues

Anxiety in Birth can: 

  • Cause labour to slow down and in some cases stop
  • Leave you open to more medical intervention than you may have really needed
  • Make you experience more pain
  • A longer labour and more complications
  • Leave to agreeing to everything for the sake of it even if its not what you what
  • Prevent you from asking questions
  • Keeping perspective

Anxiety after birth can:

  •  Slow down your healing process
  • Hinder your breastfeeding journey
  • Interfere with your relationships
  • Prevent you from bonding
  • Hold you back from experiencing motherhood in a positive way
  • Cause exessive tiredness and the baby blues

On the surface it can sound hard to beat your anxiety but trust me when I say its simple when you know how.

SPOILER ALERT : Only you can eliminate your anxiety, you just need to know how!

It’s like this, you use a product or service that masks anxiety , you feel better for bit.   Sometimes there are even signs that the symptom has gone – great!

But then it comes when life gets challenging its back either exactly the same as it was before or sometimes in the form of another symptom.  It’s not gone, just been masked with what I refer to as a sticking plaster or fire fighting tool or technique.

It hasn’t shown you how to eliminate the anxiety for good.  It hasn’t show you how to prevent the fire from lighting.

I’ve seen this time and time again in my practice.  I’d teach ‘hypnobirthing’ or use ‘hypnotherapy’ with my clients they’d get their results say a calmer more comfortable birth BUT then they’d be back.

They’d say “Sarah I saw you a couple of years ago for hypnobirthing but now I’m having trouble sleeping, can you help?” Or “Thanks for your help with my birth but can you help me now I don’t know how to describe it I just feel like somethings bound to wrong, I have this fear that something bad is about to happen and I cant shake it off.  I can’t discuss it with anyone else because they’ll think I’m just being silly.  My life should actually be so good.”

And this is more common than you think.

Hypnobirthing and hypnotherapy are great for reducing anxiety and anxiety related symptoms such as those listed above.  Hypnobirthing is great as you approach birth BUT what about afterwards.  When its all worn off.  When that sticking plaster has peeled off, your left holding the baby and the anxiety and its related symptoms are still there.

Anxiety and its related symptoms have a habit of coming back and hitting you like a wave when a your finding your way as a Mother.

I discovered early on in my practice that sticking plaster or fire fighting therapies weren’t enough.

They are great quick fixes but not so great if your really want an end to those symptoms and seek REAL SELF EMPOWERMENT.

There is a lot of talk around these days about empowering women but most of it is just hot air. Its tokenistic empowerment.

Real empowerment comes from within.

Its an internal resource, not one that means you need to rely on someone or something else.

Freshly scented fragrances, guided meditations and relaxation, firefighting tools and techniques, touch, positive thinking, taping, being still, exposure to your fears, medication and of course hanging out in an environment that makes you feel good  – it’s all short term – whilst you’re there.  Then as soon as you leave – BOSH! The anxiety and its related symptoms creep back in.

I know it doesn’t have to be this way.

I know there is an answer to the puzzle that is your anxiety and it’s related symptoms, and I know we can get rid of it for good.

And that’s what we do when we work together throughThe Anxiety Breakthrough Formula.

We get rid of your anxiety and its related symptoms once and for all.

We improve your pregnancy, your relationships, you birth experience and we bring out those Mum Super Powers that are resting inside you.

It’s your time to shine.

The Anxiety Breakthrough Formula SouthendIf you feel like your ready to be free, once and for all, from your anxiety and its related symptoms book a consulation with me and we’ll chat.  During the call we will make a plan forward for you, allowing you REAL SELF EMPOWERMENT and achieve that anxiety free life that you desire and deserve for good.

The Anxiety Breakthrough Formula  – It really is life changing!

Book a free  Consultation here: https://sarahbrent.as.me/pregnancyandbirth  & let’s start planning a way forward for you today.

The Anxiety Breakthrough Formula Southend CBT & Hypnotherapy for anxiety and anxiety related symptoms In easy reach of BenfleetChalkwell Park, Eastwood, HadleighLeigh on Sea, Rayleigh, RochfordShoeburyThorpe BayThundersley,  Westcliff On Sea

Contact

Contact Southend Hypnobirthing - Birth Preparation for Overly Anxious Minds Southend HypnobirthingDrop me a line and say hello, I’d love to here from you. You can do this anyway you like, by booking in a time to meet and chat via Skype, by emailing me sarah@positivelyblooming.com or go old school and pick up the phone 07908 765745. Either way I look forward to chatting with you and supporting you through your hypnobirthing journey.

Appointments available at our in-person location practice on the corner of Thames Drive & London Road, Leigh on Sea, Southend. We are above Hair & Sons, opposite what used to be Wings & Wheels.

southend hypnobirthing chalkwell parkHypnobirthing home birth baby Samuel arrived 11 days early on the 23rd March. It all kicked off around 5am and Samuel arrived 12.37am. The attending midwife was amazed how calm & controlled I was. No pain relief either! Not that I felt ‘pain’…more discomfort & strong sensations. I had the birthing track on repeat all the time. Would I do anything differently? Yes. I’d listen more regularly to the relaxation tracks (should have done it every day). Practice with my partner trigger Contact Southend Hypnobirthing - Birth Preparation for Overly Anxious Minds Southend Hypnobirthingwords or phrases. Listen to my body more… When the stinging sensation started I should have listened to my body and slowed down. Would I have had the amazing experience if I hadn’t used hypnobirthing….Not a chance. The hypnobirthing made all the difference to my capability and confidence. Highly recommend Sarah’s course to anyone.

Rachael, Stephen and baby Samuel.