“Hi Janet, just wanted to let you know I had a baby girl. 8 hour labour, very swift 2nd stage, didn’t make it into the pool. Breathing worked a treat & once I was reminded by hubby to switch from “Up” breathing to “Down” breathing for the delivery, she came very quickly.
Thanks a million again for everything, the whole hypnobirthing experience definitely proved invaluable xx”
“ Hi Janet, Really wanted to write up our birth story and share with you because her birth was truly a wonderful experience! I was so happy that we did the “refresher” course with you. (Following a Full Hypnobirthing Course with another “brand”. with a previous pregnancy) You made us feel so at ease and went above and beyond to support me afterwards -you are a truly special lady in my opinion !
Just after my husband left for work (8am ish) I felt a tightening sensation (very faint at this stage), however with lots of false starts over the previous few weeks I didn’t want to get my hopes up!! I had my little girl with me that day so was determined to keep going with her until I knew something was definitely happening.
So, we set about our day (a trip to Sainsbury’s and to visit a friend) all the while I was keeping an eye on the tightening sensations which were becoming more frequent.
I still wasn’t allowing myself to get too excited but I felt very empowered and probably in the back of my mind knowing this was it felt like one of ‘those people’ I’d heard about just getting on with life in the early stages of labour (never thought I’d be one of ‘them’ lol).
Anyway once I got home (3ish) I was pretty sure this was it so rang for my husband to come home and for my parents to collect our daughter. I had a lovely time just cherishing some last moments with her, just us. My parents arrived at 5ish to get our daughter and I felt so relaxed. Although the tightenings were more intense and more frequent we sat and had tea and biscuits before they left with her half an hour later.
I felt as though my body had been holding on whilst she was with me as once she left, things started progressing. During surges I just wanted to be in dark spaces and concentrated on my breathing – this felt very instinctive.
With a storm raging outside and snow on the roads – and with surges feeling pretty intense and frequent – we set off for the 30 min journey to the birth centre. I was prepared with my Hypnobirthing CD, headphones and a scarf wrapped around my head so I couldn’t see anyone or they see me (again very primal just wanting to be within my self).
I arrived and I knew I wanted to be examined ASAP to see how far along I was- which was 4cm. This was 7pm ish. From there things progressed really quickly. Again it was as though my body had been holding on until I was in a safe space.
While my husband was outside the room going through my birth preferences, the pool was running and I was feeling the urge to push! I knew things were progressing quickly and it was very intense . At this stage I decided I needed gas and air which was great! (I had worried it would interfere with breathing but being aware of this, the two worked well together).
When I got into the pool it was HEAVENLY and I can honestly say I haven’t felt much more relaxed than that (other than when the surges came – now that was intense!) Inbetween though I felt on cloud 9. Things progressed really quickly and intensely and our baby was born at 7.45pm after only a short while pushing (I struggled with the down breathing and at this stage so I just allowed my body to do what it wanted!)
I was in such shock and relief when she was born and so proud of myself and our little girl!!
Thank you again for all of your support. I will cherish the memory of our baby’s birth forever.
“Hi Janet, Just wanted to let you know we had our baby girl and we had such a brilliant birth. We’d done lots of practising and had just had a really relaxing weekend with Epsom salt baths and nice meals and I was feeling really ready and happy.
When my waters broke in the morning I was really excited and not scared and did my “Up” breathing with every surge as they got stronger throughout the day. We had a little walk on the beach and lots of relaxing at home. At 8pm we arrived at the hospital and straight away my husband put on “River Dawn” (Hypnobirthing Music) and kept the lights low and we felt safe and settled.
My husband was brilliant, reminding me about visualisations and having my chin up and keeping me going. The “Up” breathing was so effective and the midwives commented on how good it was. Things sped up pretty fast and I did have a bit of a wobble as the surges were coming quickly and strongly, but the last bit happened really quickly (I think because of all the preparation we’d done) and our baby girl was born at just over 3 hours later.
I can honestly say that until about 9pm the surges were pain free, almost pleasurable as I knew each one was getting closer to the baby arriving. I had some gas and air when things became intense but that was all I needed. I never imagined we could have such a positive birth experience after our first.
Our first baby was back to back and his head was tilted – after lots of pain and pushing we were transferred from the birth centre to hospital and had an epidural and forceps. I felt panicked and had no control. I didn’t heal well and it was quite traumatic for both me and my husband. Because of this there were times we’d considered an elective Caesarean this time and I’d been very scared about labour.
So, a massive thank you for your course and your advice and for helping us achieve a magical birth experience which I would never have believed possible. My husband felt confident in being able to offer me effective help and that was a really big part of me being able to stay strong. It’s been wonderful for our relationship to have gone through all the preparation and the birth together as a team. Our baby was so calm when she was born, it was lovely
Thanks so much Janet.” Born in a North West England Hospital.
I am delighted to say our little bundle of joy has arrived….the hypnobirthing really paid off! Birth story below.
I started getting surges on Sunday evening (4th March) very irregular but thought i would take a trip to the hospital to check everything was ok. There I was put on the monitor to listen to baby and surges, the midwife confirmed they were surges but I was coping well and to go home. They kept coming but once again very irregular and probably only 2 a day. I just had a feeling that it would be a while off, mainly because Ashley (husband) was still working and was set to do a few nights out.
I lost my mucus plug on Saturday 10th March, surges were still very intermittent so wasn’t sure how long it would be but I felt relaxed. I felt really prepared for what was ahead, very excited and very positive. We had been hypnobirthing from 30 wks pregnant, daily practice without fail, even though Ashley works away some nights he had recorded the lavender script on whatsapp and sent it over. We chose 2 scripts to focus on, lavender and stroking relaxation, plus I had the river dawn music and the colour and calmness CD which i listened to regularly.
I also had affirmations round the house and pictures of the rose and position of baby plus a checklist so I could tick off each day what I’d done. My reason for doing the course was that my previous birth was a C section, as much as all the staff were lovely during the birth of my first child, I really felt so out of control and that I was happy to go along with whatever was suggested….I didn’t want to be a pain and cause any problems plus I didn’t have much knowledge regarding having a baby as I’d never done it before.
After the birth of my first child I suffered major anxiety issues and that I wish I could of done more, I often questioned alot that had happened. Anyway I knew this time round I wanted to be fully prepared for whatever path this birth was to take and I wanted to feel more in control.
Monday morning rolled round (12th March). Ashley had planned to go to wildlife oasis with Franchesca (Our Daughter). I was tidying in the kitchen and all of a sudden I felt a small trickle, I thought it was my waters but was only slight so kept doing what I was doing. I told Ashley just as he was about to leave with Franchesca and he asked “should I go?” I said “of course, have a lovely time”. I got a shower and felt the surges coming, this time more regular but I felt very chilled. I read my affirmations, ‘I can do this, I have the strength and the power’. The surges started to increase so i decided to ring Ashley. While waiting I rang my mother in law, she came straight away to comfort me. Ashley appeared not long after. He rang the hospital to which they said come in.
In the car on the way there Ashley was saying “so soft, so serene, you can do this!” I felt great, I felt so In control and really excited for what was about to happen. We got to the hospital at 1pm and we’re shown to the birthing room with a pool. They were very respectful at the hospital that we were hypnobirthing. Vaginal examinations were mentioned to which Ashley said no…this was in my birth plan but I suppose it’s something that they like to do.
I had “river dawn” playing, (Hypnobirthing music), battery candles and the lights dimmed. Ashley stroked my arm, along with telling me I could do it, I kept my jaw relaxed, I remained in the zone. The pool was filled and i was allowed to get in….i struggled getting in to which I felt like I had a football between my legs. The minute I was in I needed to push, the intensity of the surges had decreased to which I was surprised at. I was asked if i could get out so they could monitor baby better. Once out of the pool they did a vaginal examination, all was fine and I heard “not long now” I was on my hands and knees, as each surge came I felt the urge to push, I felt down and could feel the baby’s head, Ashley said it was amazing.
With each surge I pushed using the “downward” breathing visualising a ski jump/skate ramp (bizarre I know) but it worked. I didn’t focus on time I just focused on myself, saying “I have the strength and the power” I just massively believed that i really did have the strength and the power! Baby Jake then arrived at 5pm, 38+4 days. I pulled him through between my legs, all slimey and warm….i held him to my chest, it felt so emotional, we had done it!
Ashley cut the cord once it had stopped pulsating. I received the injection to birth my placenta to which it was out with 10 minutes. Afterwards i had skin to skin with Jake, the midwives left us to enjoy this special time. I am so proud of myself. Jake, Ashley and I all worked together. Ashley is my absolute rock! I cant thank Janet enough for the knowledge, love and support she has given, I’ll never forget it x”
“Following the induction of my first birth due to Pregnancy-induced Hypertension and the resultant complications, my husband and I decided to join Janet ‘s two day KGH group hypnobirthing course. As firm believers in a woman’s ability to give birth naturally, we wanted to be more informed and empowered should we need to make difficult decisions this time.
The course was excellent and Janet ‘s extensive experience, passion and down-to-earth manner made it both informative and enjoyable. By the end of the first day I had decided I wanted a home birth and my husband didn’t take much convincing.
My blood pressure was again on the high side and started to cause me some anxiety, which of course only raised it. I started listening to the hypnobirthing cd in the parking lot before antenatal appointments and Janet recommended visualising a healthy blood pressure reading and this kept it under control.
Even before going into labour I could feel the benefits of my hypnobirthing practice. I slept very well almost every night right until my baby was born and it also worked wonders whenever my anxieties surfaced and I felt a bit panicky.
My blood pressure was closely monitored and my community midwife visited me at home every week towards the end of my pregnancy. All the midwives I saw were very positive about hypnobirthing, my wish to have a home birth and supportive of my desire to avoid induction unless absolutely necessary. When I reached my “due date” I felt very calm and empowered in the knowledge that my baby was going to be able to choose when to arrive this time.
Labour started with mild contractions on the afternoon of 40wks+11. My husband called for a midwife shortly after midnight. The first of two sets of two midwives arrived a few hours later and they were totally respectful of our birth preferences. I had been doing my KGH “Up” breathing, visualisations and had the cd on repeat in an upstairs bedroom I had prepared for the birth. Every time I felt like perhaps I may have needed some pain relief, the midwife reassured me that I was doing very well and gave me the confidence to continue without it. I had a couple of blood pressure readings which were too high and the midwives consulted with a doctor at the hospital.
Although not witness to these conversations, I understand that it was decided by the consultant and midwives that as I was hypnobirthing and calm, it would not be in my best interests to be transferred to hospital by ambulance. For this I am eternally grateful.
In the morning, my 3 year old son woke up and was told that mummy was getting ready to have the baby. He had his breakfast downstairs with the midwives and went to preschool with our neighbour. The midwives shift changed bringing my community midwife to our home, giving me that continuity of care which is so rare.
At 13.30 after just 12 minutes of “breathing out” our baby, our 8lb 9oz son was born. My placenta was delivered naturally almost immediately and the midwives remarked on what a “youthful” placenta it was considering our son was born at 40wk +12, and had I got my dates wrong? I didn’t need any stitches and we had optimal cord clamping and as much skin to skin as we liked in the peace of our own bedroom.
The labour was longer than we expected, and was exhausting and intense, but all the preparation paid off and I could not be happier with how it went and that I managed to achieve what I always believed I could!
The best thing was introducing our 3 year old to his baby brother when he got home from school. We all sat down as a family for a meal that evening, did bath time and read stories and had lots of newborn cuddles as if we had always been that way.”
My Hypnobirthing clients prefer to remain anonymous but added “You are welcome to include this photo of our calm and chilled out hypno baby” 💜 They usually are very calm babies, as their mothers have practised daily deep relaxation techniques…..so baby benefits from her relaxation hormones whilst in the womb. 💜
“Hi Janet, Here is our birth story 🙂
I started to write it when he was 3 weeks old and then Christmas got in the way….so just finished it now. It still makes me warm and fuzzy thinking about it! We are all doing really well. Hugh is just a delight and I am treasuring every precious moment with him.
The Birth of Hugh Edward ❤
After visiting you (Janet) for a reflexology treatment the evening before, (and hearing some calming and wise words too), John and I went to a consultant appointment as I was 41w+4d.
We were both fully prepared with knowledge, questions (I’d swatted up on both AIMS booklets Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC) and Induction) and confidence to make our own informed decisions. Following this appointment, we decided to accept a sweep. John then returned to work and I went for a walk; it was a beautiful cold day and I enjoyed the fresh air and exercise.
At about 11pm I began to feel twinges. Unsure if things had started, I went to bed to try and get some rest. At about midnight, I still couldn’t sleep and felt more regular, gentle surges. As our childcare help lived in the North East (and they had snow!), I phoned my parents to drive across (just in case) and they happily ‘holed up’ in our lounge without a sound. As soon as they were here, my surges became more frequent.
Knowing that Clara was safe, probably helped this. We got up to eat (!) and become more mobile at 5am. We played “River Dawn” (KG Hypnobirthing music) constantly; the Colour and Calmness meditation (KG relaxations) helped through this early stage too. Once we had an empty house (at about 8.30am), John ran me a bath and I focused on my breathing.
John phoned RLI at about 11am (apparently) and explained I was in labour, hypnobirthing, aiming for VBAC water birth. We headed down to Lancaster (me plugged in to “Colour and Calmness”) and arrived quietly and calmly.
We went straight into the pool room and the lovely midwife respected every wish of ours. She even found my affirmations sheet that I had made and stuck it up so I could focus straight in on that. John advocated that I would be happy to have an initial vaginal examination (VE) once I was settled. Following this, the mw (and John) were happy for me to get into the pool; the water was soothing and I kept my focus on my “up-breathing” (KG Hypnobirthing breathing)
Being continually monitored wasn’t done intrusively and gave me the reassurance that all was well. Baby’s heartbeat did start to drop later so after a discussion with the doctor (via John) we chose to check on baby. After this quick procedure, all was well so I got straight back in the pool – bliss!
Our beautiful boy was born in the water at shortly after 8pm. After some skin-to-skin with me in the pool, John then enjoyed some skin-to-skin time too when I then needed to get out of the water.
It was an incredibly emotional and positive birth for both of us; I would happily do it again tomorrow and John felt much more ‘helpful’ and confident in questioning the medics! Our contented little boy is thriving and surrounded by love, particularly from his big sister Clara.
Thank you so, so much Janet for empowering us to enjoy the birth we wished for. You are amazing!
Love Naomi xxx”
”We are delighted to share our home birth story below, I’m going to share a little background about the journey to get there because hopefully it will be of help to others.
Without too much detail, we already have a beautiful daughter who is almost 4. Her birth was a hospital birth that leaves me unsettled still, so my initial thoughts towards having another child were that if we were going to do it I would have a planned section. I couldn’t allow myself to go through the trauma I had been through before so I would take away all of the “unknowns”. Deep inside I knew this wasn’t what I wanted but all I could focus on was “but what if” eventually I went with my heart and decided to put my faith in my body and have the birth I wanted.
My husband and I decided to do the hypnobirthing course with Janet Naylor who we had met in various capacities with our first child… the course was fantastic, we felt like a really strong team and we felt in control of our experience. It was then that we took it another step based on a class visualisation that we would have baby at home by the fire and so we went away and practiced daily for what would be our perfect birth. I also had a few reflexology treatments with Janet which were the most relaxing treatments, I hope I didn’t snore too loudly Janet !
It was a tough time for our family leading up to the birth due to the passing of a very special relative. The funeral was to be held on the 18th January in the Cotswolds and we were to soon have to accept that we would be unable to attend. Our emotions, mine especially were all over the place but in the times of clarity I used the tools I had been given. Tools given to me by the wonderful Janet during our Hypnobirth course. I focused my energy on the outcome I most desired, my home birth and with the amazing support of my husband we would achieve this.
On Monday 15th I started having some surges, quite close together. My husband was keen to get the pool up just so it was ready, only to discover the liner I had bought was too small!! No need to panic, I thought I have friends in the home birthing world, someone will be able to sort this. A quick message to my wonderful friend Alice and a new pool complete with liner arrived. When I found out about the liner I was ok, I remembered Janet’s voice saying if plans divert use the tools, keep calm, everything will be fine and sure enough it was… then came the bomb shell.
My husband reluctantly tells me at around 3pm that after 8pm there is no one on call to come the the house for our home birth, so we will have to go to hospital. Calm did not save me this time.
Every part of my body was conflicted, all that hard work, practice and dedication….. to have the choice taken away from me. I was devastated, luckily or perhaps not so much luck… my body stopped, no surges would run through my body until I was ready again to do this right. (No surprise that the crucial oxytocin hormone stopped!)
On Wednesday morning around 11:30 I felt a little pop. The same experience I had had with my daughter, no big gush but maybe my fore-waters? No surges, so at 7pm we decide to take a trip to the supermarket, back at home at around 9pm I pop to the toilet and this time my waters have definitely gone. We go downstairs back to our birthing environment with the candles on, log burner lit, the lavender diffuser, lower the lights and eat some food. At some point through the quiet, my husband kisses me and says the midwives are on their way, one of them is Janet.
I had visualised Janet being on call at night the whole way through this process and sure enough all the energy I had focused in the right places was having an effect. Anyone who knows Janet will know the calm I felt, hearing her arrive in my living room 😘. I can’t really tell you any time frames or much really after that other than the surges came and the up breathing I had practiced gently saw me through, I sat, breathed, relaxed and listened to the hypnobirthing tracks, mainly the Affirmations and “River Dawn” (Hypnobirthing music).
Then I felt my breathing change and my body was pushing down so after a few confused breaths I went with it. I could no longer sit down but stood and swayed until I decided I would like to get in the pool. The pool was warm and the weightless feeling was really calming. I don’t again know any time frames but what I can tell you is gently and without fear or pain my baby’s head arrived, followed by a little wiggle of his shoulders and he was born at 6:15am on the 18th January weighing 7llb 11 1/2oz in the pool.
I looked at my husband and said “We did it” – a moment I had visualised for many years that I almost didn’t allow myself to experience! P.s no pain relief, no internal examinations and no stitches. I don’t remember having my temperature, blood pressure, baby’s heart rate taken/ monitored although this did happen. We delayed cord cutting and had a physiological third stage.
Words cannot express how grateful we are to Janet who supported us above and beyond throughout the whole pregnancy, the fact that we were privileged enough to have her at our baby’s birth still hasn’t quite sunk in. She really is a special person.
What I have learnt is to trust your body is the most powerful gift you can give to yourself. Focus your energy on the outcome you want to achieve not on the what if’s. Relaxation is a very powerful tool. The skills Janet gave to our family were clearly invaluable in bringing our son into this world but they are skills we will use for life.
Thank you again Janet, we love you 💕
“Thanks for a fantastic course. I am feeling so much more empowered and confident about birth and the time between now and then it has been a very inspiring course. Now need to get practising 🙂“
“Hi Janet, Many apologies for the delay in writing to you. Been so hectic in recent weeks. We are all well here. Little Oliver is alert, happy, healthy and chilled. My mum keeps saying how peaceful he is and how it must be related to the hypnobirthing. Here is a testimony finally! I would like to start by saying a huge thank you to you Janet for supporting me and giving me the skills and the power to have an amazing birth.
I would like to share my birth story to highlight how Hypnobirthing had such a positive impact on my birth.
At around 2am my waters broke, as it was my first child I felt both excited and nervous, I rang the midwife who gave me directions of what to do next. After a couple more hours I went to the midwifery led unit, to see the midwife to confirm that I had started labour, I had! I went home and after another couple of hours I decided to call the midwives to come round to the house because I was having a home birth. Whilst we were waiting, my boyfriend was putting up the birthing pool in the next room.
My surges were quite intense but manageable. I got in the pool and it was quite amazing how different the surges felt. They felt less intense and lighter.
Just before the midwife swap at 10am and was asked if they could do a VE (Vaginal Examination) so that the next midwives had an idea of where I was up to. I agreed and asked if they could let my boyfriend know as I didn’t want to know.
The new midwives arrived. They didn’t keep asking me regarding taking my blood pressure, pulse or baby’s heartbeat because they knew my birth plan had said I preferred not to be interrupted during labour unless medically necessary.
During my surges I was applying the breathing techniques learned in the Hypnobirthing course and my boyfriend was great and reminding me to do this. I also reminded myself to relax my body when I had moments of tension. I starting pushing at around 12 midday and I could feel the difference in my body.
What came into mind at this point was Janet saying ‘trust your body’ which is hard to believe until you are in the moment. My body just took over, when my body told me to push, I pushed and in between times I kept hydrated.
At 3pm the baby’s head was born , after nearly 3 hours of pushing! The midwives suggested that I come out of the pool and to sit on the chair, so a quick position change did the trick ! Baby was out in one more push!
Welcome to the world baby Oliver !! Baby Oliver, was given to me for skin to skin time, he was so peaceful and looked very chilled.
When I reflect on the labour and birth, I remember being in a zone throughout. I could hear things going on around me and processing it but yet not responding or thinking too much, it was like I was looking in on my birth in a way. I was very vocal during labour but my heartbeat and pulse remained the same throughout the entire labour, as did baby’s heartbeat. I believe this is the result of Hypnobirthing.
I learned to trust my body, get into the zone and to apply the skills and knowledge from Hypnobirthing to get a drug free natural birth. I cannot thank Janet enough for not only the skills of Hypnobirthing but the knowledge surrounding labour and birth which was invaluable”
“After a few sessions of hypnobirthing with Janet, (for our first baby) we were unable to complete the course as our daughter decided to arrive 6 wks early by emergency c-section.
At the time, everything happened so fast but I was very aware of what we had been learning with Janet, most importantly, my breathing techniques to keep me calm.
In my next pregnancy, I still had my Hypnobirthing book and CDs, so most days I would listen and read to familiarise myself with the techniques again.
I also started reflexology with Janet, in pregnancy, which I found so relaxing and had it in my mind that it could possibly shorten labour!
When the time came, I breathed my way through my contractions very calmly, and much to my midwife’s surprise, I was quite quickly at 7cm.
Following the birth, the midwives said our little boy’s birth was one of the loveliest they had seen for a while.
Thank you Janet xx”