Ilse DeKoeyer_Laros University of Utah Hospital 12th October 2005 Listened to the Prepare for a caesarean CD 15+ times My pregnancy was one of the best experiences of my life. I don't think I've ever felt so good before! But, because I had had uterine surgery before, I was told early in my pregnancy that I needed to have a Caesarean. I've always been a strong proponent of unmedicated, natural births, so I was disappointed at first. I asked my doctors at least three times whether I really could not have a vaginal birth. But, no, the risk of uterine rupture was too great, and this would have gravely endangered my baby and myself. So after my initial resistance, I realized I needed to have a C-section to ensure a safe birth. Knowing this, however, I still realized that it would be very important to mentally prepare for this experience. I started to look (online) for tapes or CDs focused on this purpose. This is how I found your CDs and I was happy to see you offered one specifically for C-sections. I think I started to use it around week 28 (but I could be wrong). My Ob/Gyn recommended that I have the baby around 36 or 37 weeks, to reduce the risk of contractions and uterine rupture. For a period of about two months, I listened to the CD at least once a week. I used the CD when I really wanted to relax my pregnant body, and to feel secure with myself and my pregnancy. I also listened to the CD at times when I had a hard time sleeping (later in the pregnancy) and it helped me calm down enough to sleep, or at least relax profoundly. When the scheduled day of birth was there, we first had an ultrasound and amniocentesis to ensure that the baby's lungs were mature. They were! So immediately after, I was prepared for the surgery. We were delayed an hour or so because we had to wait for some test results, but the waiting time was still enjoyable because of the presence of my good friend, and my husband. We played the CD and Chopin to relax us. When I finally lay on the operating table, the sensation of being numb from my arms down was pretty scary. I tried to breathe calmly but that was hard, too, because I needed a breathing mask. What calmed me most was my husband's voice repeating the healing statements from the CD. He kept repeating these statements until we heard our beautiful son crying and saw him rise above the screen!" Hannah Drewell October 17th 2005 Listened to the Birth preparation CD and then the Prepare for a caesarean CD "I have been meaning to send you a quick message for months! I did have to have a CS in the end as my son remained in breech position. Just to let you know the CD proved really very useful and I had a really really positive birth experience, we played the music during the birth and my son (now almost 19 weeks) Xavier was born on 17th October, he is a wonderful, healthy, relaxed and happy baby and we are having a great time! Thanks again, Hannah."
About the Author
Maggie didn't set out to become a birth expert - in fact, she's an unlikely convert. She was a busy international sales executive who only reluctantly attended a self hypnosis course to help her with her first birth. But she was blown away by the mind's ability to control the body's response to pain and 3 months later, she had a peaceful, manageable birth at home without so much as a paracetamol - to the surprise of her and her NHS midwife who said: "Maggie appeared to be 'sleeping' during most of her contractions, breathing slightly more deeply as they peaked. She used no pharmacological methods of pain relief and conducted her labour and delivery entirely under self-hypnosis. She appeared to experience no pain and very little discomfort." It was the turning point in her life. Inspired by her experiences, she trained to become a clinical hypnotherapist and left her job to pursue her new life goal: to teach other women the techniques which help them have a positive birth. The result was Natal Hypnotherapy(t), the UK's leading provider of hypnosis for childbirth. The philosophy is simple: to help women have a better birth. Maggie's work is revolutionising women's birth experiences by teaching them to overcome fear and work with their bodies during birth. Maggie says: "In our society, fear has become the overriding emotion pregnant women feel about childbirth - something fuelled by TV depictions and horror stories other mums love to tell. We have not been brought up to see birth as a positive thing, so we've lost confidence in our own ability to give birth naturally and so go into it fearful and anxious - feelings which cause much of the pain and complications in birth." The facts speak for themselves: Natal Hypnotherapy(t) users have an average caesarean rate up to half the national average and are recommended by 97% of users. Medical research has repeatedly found that hypnosis reduces surgical intervention, use of pain medication, mum's pain perception, and labour times. Maggie says: "This could revolutionise the way women give birth. If we could give every pregnant woman in the UK a Natal Hypnotherapy(t) CD to listen to we could save the NHS a fortune and change birthing culture!" It may not be on prescription yet, but Maggie's work is already changing the birthing world. Thanks to Maggie, effective birth preparation is no longer only available for those with the luxury of money and time. Her range of self-hypnosis CDs for pregnancy and birth, and new book "effective birth preparation - your practical guide to a better birth" are accessible for everyone, and designed to fit into a hectic life. From terrified teenage mums to women planning their sixth home birth, the techniques have helped women from all walks of life have a more positive birth. Today, Maggie has personally trained over 500 midwives, has a network of practitioners who teach the techniques in comprehensive workshops all over the country, regularly appears as a birth expert across the media, and has used the techniques for the births of each of her five sons plus helping in excess of 100,000 women have a better pregnancy and birth experience!