I am a first time mum with the goal of having a pain free birth ("What the F?!" I hear you say) not only is this my goal but, I believe it is possible...In this series I will be sharing 100 days of Hypnobirthing practice from the experience of a novice.I am not a Midwife,I am not a Hypnobirthing teacher,I am not even a mum yet. If you are pregnant, or a partner, if you are confused or intrigued or the question "What the F is Hypnobirthing?" crossed your mind then this is the podcast for you!
Day One Hundred- Hypnobirthing is a Revolution
Episode 100! I wanted to make this episode special and so, in some ways it is a summary of my learnings, experiences and opinions of Hypnobirthing and in some ways, I expect this to be the start of a new conversation, and that’s really exciting!
This episode explores the idea that Hypnobirthing is a revolution. Which, I wholeheartedly, believe it is. Although the idea of people, particularly women, taking control of their birth is not a new idea... it’s one that has been clouded by the medical world over the last century.
Controversial as it may sound, many women have lost trust in their own bodies to birth and handing over all decisions and processes to the medical world has seemed the only way forward.
Hypnobirthing is changing that. Everyday, women are going into their births informed, in control and confident about birth!
But, is there a downside to this? Not women being in control of their own births- that’s incredible! But is there a downside to joining a revolution when your pregnant?
Is it the right time? Can it create anger, frustration? Distrust? Can it create guilt and even feelings of failure....
In this episode I explore the idea of Hypnobirthing as a revolution, it’s pros AND it’s possible cons...
Day Ninety-Nine- Pregnancy 2- What am I doing differently?
In this episode I am going to share with you how I am preparing for my second pregnancy! Yes, heaps of you have messaged me about this and I PROMISE to keep this podcast going long enough to share my second birth story!
I am sharing how I am preparing practically, physically & mentally for this birth, I am also exploring a BIG shift I have had in my mindset since starting out on my Hypnobirthing journey!
Speak soon, I hope you are all having the most wonderful pregnancies!
Day Ninety-Eight- Pain in Labour
*Potential Trigger Warning* I am talking about pain in labour!
Yes a controversial topic but one that CANNOT be brushed under the rug. People have very real fears and experiences of pain in labour and I think it is important this is honoured without women feeling like they have failed or done something wrong.
Yes, I agree that labour CAN be pain free, but for a MULTITUDE of reason (which I discuss in the episode) it may not be.
But let's stop avoiding the topic, it needs to be addressed and honoured as a very real fear & experience.
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Day Ninety Seven- Birth Preparation- a quick guide!
I have had lots of messages from people, which read along the lines of "HELP! I am due in 2 weeks and have done no prep!"
and so, I am REALLLY, excited to give you this episode. It is your quick (I say quick, i mean it is an hour but that is quick in antenatal education terms!) guide to birth preparation! So whether you are due in 2 weeks, at the start of your pregnancy or, like me, mid-way, this is a great check in point. A summary of the key points... see it as your checklist!
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Day Ninety-Six- Scans
How has it been this long and I have not recorded an episode about scans?! Well, because they are routine, we just go to them. They are exciting, they give us life-saving information and allows us to see our baby.
BUT, have you ever thought that there might be side-effects to Scans?! I had not thought about it either! (probably why I never thought they warranted a whole podcast) but they do!
Listen to this episode where I explore the amazing impact having scans has for our pregnancy experience but also hear me explore the little evidence which has been done into having them and whether we should be having them (spoiler alert, I still do !!).
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Day Ninety Five Parent Guilt
GUILT. Why do we have it? What makes us feel guilty? How do we banish it?? OR does it actually have a purpose in parenting?
In this episode I explore the above questions, and attempt to answer them for my own sanity as it is my daughter's first day of nursery and I am full of it!
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If you use pain relief you are not a loser
Very opinionated for someone who hadn’t given birth yet
I’m a mum of 2 and pregnant with my 3rd baby. I have always practiced Hypnobirthing to a degree and so far have had 2 natural water births. I enjoyed the content quite a bit but I think the overwhelming tunnel vision mind set that Alice has is really frustrating. It’s like someone learning to drive a car, practicing her theory test and then telling someone who’s driving how to drive. I think the podcast should have been approached with a far more open ‘learning as she went’ attitude and with the amount of knowledge Alice had seemingly absorbed during her pregnancy, you’d think she would be more open to the fact that even with 100% best intentions, mindset, practices, environment etc, things don’t always go to plan and the way in which you use Hypnobirthing is to deal with any eventuality the universe throws at you. The fear pain episode is ridiculous. Again, like someone who has not broken their leg, ‘breaking your leg doesn’t hurt, it’s in your head’ (not trying to draw any comparisons on how much that hurts bs labour). The bashing of the medical practitioners is also hard to listen to, we can all take it upon ourselves to advocate for ourselves or our partners, we can think* we know everything but criticising professionals on something you have spent a matter of months researching and thinking you know better than medical interventions, but then not giving any suggestion on an alternative? Not actually that informative. 2* for loosely based theory for a backseat driver for the majority of this series had not broken her leg !
A tad judgmental
I started listening to this having read 2 Hypnobirthing books and reading a lot of women’s birth stories as such deciding that I would practice Hypnobirthing for my forthcoming birth. A tad disappointing as I thought this podcast would be good to listen to someone going through it but by episode fear of pain I realised that she hasn’t really got into the spirit of Hypnobirthing!!
No single Hypnobirthing practitioner declares birth to be pain free nor condemns mothers for accepting pain relief in fact to the contrary. Whilst I have yet to give birth although imminent I understand the idea is to manage that pain with relaxation and breathing, not to be naive into thinking its like shelling peas and anyone who feels pain is inferior!! Christ you get pain from a period and that’s not due to fear...... appreciate its a learning experience but the tone is somewhat condescending at times.