I started having a home birth and we were doing really well without any pain relief, not even gas and air. The massage was amazing. I got to 7cm dilated like this, so we did the hard bit at home, but our baby Alex’s heart rate kept dropping so we had to go into hospital. The staff said it had been the busiest night of the year so I felt very relieved that they could find me a bed.
You would have laughed if you’d seen me, because every time I got a contraction I said “surrrrge” to make Ed focus and massage my back. The midwives at home were used to it but when the consultant at Wexham came in she said, “What is search?”
The results of the monitoring showed Alex was in distress so they suggested a caesarean and Alex was airlifted out. We made sure the cord had completely stopped pulsating before it was cut.
Although it was exactly the opposite of what we had planned, we managed to ask the right questions and explain the concerns we had and we stayed calm and felt reassured from what we had learnt on the course. So, despite our baby breaking all the rules and going completely against mummy’s homebirth plan, we are both still very glad we did your hypnobirthing course. I think the experience would’ve been much scarier had we not been so well informed by you.
Bonnie (September 2019)
I started looking into hypnobirthing whilst pregnant with my 3rd baby, both of my other 2 babies were born naturally, but on a labour ward and I had decided I wanted a home birth this time round with the hope that the relaxation and breathing techniques could only help things along.
There was lots of information online, however I felt to really get the most out of it, speaking with someone one to one would be more beneficial. I got in touch with Jo and we spoke about the benefits of hypnobirthing and how she could help and what was included in the course she ran.
I read the Katherine Graves hypnobirthing book in advance and attended the course dates with my husband who was completely new to all things hypnobirthing too. The information on the course was a lot more in depth than expected, going through how the body actually works during labour and then more practical elements with the breathing techniques and relaxation options.
There were a few other couples on the course also and Jo made all of us feel at ease and answered any questions we had along the way.
Jo was really knowledgeable on the subject as well as being a midwife so her views on both aspects were really interesting. Whilst learning the breathing and relaxation were the main elements for me, all the information on informed choices was probably the most fascinating because it had never been fully explained to me in that way before, even after having two children! I only wish I had done hypnobirthing when pregnant first time round. My third baby is due very soon, so I am looking forward to putting my new knowledge into practice and having my baby at home, thank you Jo for all your help!
Amy and Paul (February 2019)
My husband and I attended the hypnobirthing session with Jo for our third baby. It was really good to have such a different and more natural approach rather than so many medical interventions, which personally gave us a very protracted labour with our 2nd baby. I am really hoping this will give me the tools to avoid the same thing again! I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a way to work with your own body to make labour easier.
Anje and Ben (February 2019)
Joanna is super teacher, both my hubby and I found her warm, friendly and kind, very informative and a great help on our journey into birth and beyond...I don’t think I’ve ever been so relaxed! Thank you So much :)
Nathalie (Michael's partner) (February 2019)
I reluctantly went with my wife to meet Joanna on a group hypnobirthing course, I had no idea what to expect, would Nathalie be clucking like a chicken during birth??
What I got from the course were the tools in which to help & support my wife throughout the birth of our son. As a male, we look for jobs to do, I found this course gave me that.
Rather than being the ‘spare part’ in the birthing suite, I was my wife’s focus. I got her mindset in the right place and we went through the whole thing together. I can highly recommend that any father to be complete this course, it is fun, interactive & gives you the tools to actually help during labour!
Michael (Nathalie's partner) (February 2019)
I would highly recommend hypnobirthing for all parents. There are numerous benefits for mum, but it is also a fantastic opportunity for a birthing partner to become an integral part of the process, both for the birth and the hours, days, weeks and months before. A personalised hypnobirthing session in a nurturing, intimate and trusting environment nurtures an incredibly strong pregnancy bond between partners.
Jo is excellent at explaining the reasoning behind all the actions and making you feel comfortable and safe when it comes to some of the bits where you may feel a bit embarrassed in a bigger group. Jo has a great conversational style of training, so you don't feel overwhelmed with information. Jo's professional and personal experience of childbirth are also an invaluable resource when it comes to any questions you may have.
The hypnobirthing kept both of us much more relaxed during the labour. I don’t think either of us would have gotten through what turned out to be a difficult birth without the hypnobirthing skills Jo taught us. Hypnobirthing was one of the best decisions we took when planning for the birth of our beautiful daughter and with Jo you will be in the safest pair of hands.
Ben and Elaine (January 2019)
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