Read from parents who have prepared with us
I've been meaning to email you but have been flat out! So Lucas and I welcomed into the world nearly 5 weeks ago a little girl named. Stevie was induced 2 and half weeks early due to my amniotic fluid levels dropping way too low. The breathing techniques helped me a lot! It managed to relax me as much as I could and Lucas was extremely proud! I'm glad we did the Birth Sense course with you as I was very calm during the whole process and confident my body knew what to do. I believe that came from what you taught us! So thank you Birth Sense! Elise & Lucas
We wanted to share our great news with you - we had baby Harry on Friday! He is perfect and divine; we are completely besotted with our gorgeous man. I have attached a few photos of him!It was a quick and intense labour. My waters were broken at 8.30am with me already 2cm dilated. My contractions still came fast and strong and I was ready to push by midday! We used our Birth Sense techniques over that intense three and half hour period of very regular contractions along with a tens machine. I had a low level of gas through three contractions later on but decided it wasn't for me. I thank Birth Sense and the tens machine for a drug-free labour (except for a tiny bit of gas!) where I stayed in control and was able to go into my own world to manage each contraction. She might say it to all her patients, but our doctor commented on how amazingly well I had done! I had apologised in advance to Dave for anything I might say or any less than loving gestures, but I'm pleased to say there were no antics or screaming. Instead I stayed extremely calm. Dave felt empowered to support me and did a superb job. He was there by my side using the deepening techniques, providing me with lots of positive reinforcement and communicating with the staff on my behalf when I was in my special place. So a huge thank you, we are both so grateful we did your course.. Many thanks for your great advice. I recommended Birth Sense to a friend from work who signed up to one of your courses Warmest regards
My wife Daniela & I attended your course on 19 & 20 January. Our gorgeous baby Emilia was born on 8/4/13 2 weeks late after being induced & going through about 10 hours of labour. Mother & baby are doing really well. Daniela used all of the relaxation & breathing techniques to get her through the labour & managed to do so without the aid of pain relief aside from a tens machine. The 4 different midwives we dealt with were so amazed & proud of her as was I. I'd just like to say a big thank you for teaching us those excellent techniques!
I have been meaning to email you sooner, but the days seem to fly by! I wanted to let you know that we had a beautiful baby girl, Daisy, on 11 July at St Vincent's Private. I ended up being induced as my blood pressure was too high, which was a bit scary as I was very nervous about the Syntosin. The drip went in at 7.30am and she arrived at 11am, so it was a fast and furious labour. In the early stages I found the breathing and deepening exercises were fantastic at focusing me, as it went on I confess I probably lost a bit of focus as it all happened so quickly! I also got a TENS machine which was great, I used the gas and by the time I called for the anesthetist I was fully dilated - so they convinced me to power on without the epidural. I was really glad that we did the Birth Sense course as I feel it prepared us both for labour and the stages. I also found that the recordings and techniques were so useful in the last weeks of pregnancy to help me sleep and relax. James said that it gave him something to focus on in terms of helping me during labour. So thank you for your help, and we are loving our first few weeks as parents, it is amazing.
My apologies for the late email to you, it has now been 9 weeks and 4 days since Jayden is born. Life has been very busy since his arrival. I would like to introduce to you our little one, Jayden Christian Cheng, he was born on Friday 3 February 2012, weighing 3.62kg at Mitcham Private Hospital. You know. although this is the first time I have given birth but I must say it is the best experience I have ever had. At least I wouldn't say no to given birth to a second child. From the moment of when my water broke to the moment I pushed him out, ever second of it was enjoyable and calming. Colin was extremely surprised at how calm and quiet I was from the moment my water broke. The only time I made some sort of noise was when I started to push. The whole way through I was quiet as a mouse and the fact that I keep falling asleep kind of really helps. Even the nurse and Sophie Leong said I had a very good birth, they wished there were more like me, hehehe! All my friends who I have spoken to about my experience were extremely surprised as well, they do know how low my pain tolerance is and just surprised to hear of a good birthing experience. Colin and I highly recommend your program, we have been directing a lot of our friends who are expecting to your website. Even one of our cousins from Malaysia. Here' s some photos of Jayden. I look forward to speaking to you soon.
Sorry were a bit belated in letting you know but we had a beautiful baby boy Lachlan on Fri 27th April. Had a great delivery and as I suspected followed in my sisters footsteps! Had Lachie (vaginal delivery and no pain killers) in 3 hours 42 mins. Birth Sense was awesome in the lead up to birth keeping me positive and relaxed in the weeks prior. The tens was my life line during labour!! If I'm totally honest, while going through the contractions (which were very intense very quickly - started at 4-5mins and within 40 mins were 2 mins apart) I didn't think the breathing was helping at all but on reflection just after the birth I knew it definitely had helped. It gave me something to focus on. I listened to the birth affirmations on repeat through the whole process. I found it really helped. The breathing also really helped in the pushing phase to keep me focused on what I was to do. I didn't freak out at all during the process (only at one point did I think to myself- I'm not sure if I can do this, but then the pushing phase started). I felt confident in my body and knew it was all natural which really helped. I can imagine if you didn't have that understanding and view it would be easy to panic at what your body is doing. All in all though I would definitely recommend Birth Sense to everyone! Having the perspective that birth is natural and your body is capable was the best thing leading up to labour and during. The breathing exercises and deepening techniques give you a bit of an anchor to focus on during the process. I attached a pic for you too. I hope all is well. Thanks again for being part of our journey.
I’ve been meaning to email you for ages to say thank you for the help Birth Sense gave us. We went to a weekend course in September last year, and ended up welcoming Gabriella in early December. Whilst we didn’t end up using a lot of the “distraction” techniques (I just wanted Andy to put his fist to my lower back very hard, and not to go near my head or arms or shoulders!), the breathing helped a lot (although, how anyone can breathe slowly through surges with just a couple of breaths beats me!). It was also really good to know more about what my body was doing at each stage, and how everything was coming together to bring our gorgeous Gabi into the world. We ended up giving birth naturally and drug free, which was our goal although not necessarily our expectation. I believe your guidance helped enormously with that outcome. Now, if only there was a course you could do to make the first 3 months go as smoothly! Thanks again, and I hope all is well with you.
I would like to start by saying thank you for sharing your Birth Sense knowledge and equip couples like Chris and I with these amazing life tools. I would like to share my/our story with you as I feel so passionate about my Birth Sense experience. I’m so grateful to know the techniques and truly believe they have given me the opportunity to stay calm and given me strength when I thought I was running out of it. (Please excuse the length and potential spelling mistakes.. Still a bit sleep deprived). When we found out we were pregnant with our second child it was a natural decision to start thinking about Birth Sense again. We've had such a great and empowering experience with our first child that I was starting to feel nervous that the second labour wouldn't be as great as the first. As the time went by I started to worry more and more and found it very hard to stay positive. The course was amazing; as soon as Bec started to talk it all came back to us. We walked out of the course feeling super confident and excited again. When I came back to Australia I wasn't feeling the best, I just knew something wasn't right so I went and saw my obstetrician. They still can't explain exactly what happened but from 32-35.5 weeks we were in and out of hospital, on bed rest and on strong medication to try to stop our little boy from coming early. During this challenging period my surges would come as regular as 4 minutes apart for a few hours each time. Every time it happened we stayed calm, relaxed and used all the Birth Sense techniques we learnt. The midwives in the hospital were fantastic and supported us a 100%. They quickly stopped asking me if I wanted painkillers as they could see how well we managed. On Tuesday the 18th June (35 weeks and 3 days) the contractions were coming on a bit more intense. At this stage we were home with our first son but I thought it would be best to call the hospital and let them know it was going.. Again. The midwife in charge stayed with me on the phone for a good 10min and then asked us to come in. After consulting with our obstetrician they decided to let me go and not try to stop it. I was so relived and happy to finally be in proper labour. But by midnight not much had happened, I was only 2cm dilated so my obstetrician came in and broke my waters to help me get things moving a bit more regular, unfortunately this didn't help at all. It did the complete opposite. Everything just stopped!! After having regular waves on and off for over 3 weeks I was starting to feel very frustrated and decided to go for a walk around the hospital hoping that would help. Nope, still nothing! I just couldn't believe it when the midwife told me that they wanted to put in a drip. We've been trying to stop it for so long and now we had to get it going with medication. My head was spinning at this point but I refused to let it get to me. My husband was amazing; he stepped in and took control of the situation. He prepared the room with our beautiful aromatherapy, salt lamp, calming music up and told the midwife that we wouldn't allow them to put it too quickly. About 5am I could tell the midwife was starting to get a bit tired & funny about things not progressing quicker. Her language changed and she kept telling me that things needed to come on stronger, be more painful and that we had to turn the drip up. Up until then I had felt in control, calm, relaxed and confident. Another check showed that I hadn't dilated more and she suggested I have a shower to gain some strength and wake up a bit as things would have to increase. I was feeling so disappointed at this stage, I was crying and telling my husband and friend that I thought I had to have an epidural as they would turn the drip up heaps and things would get out if control. The midwife told me that she thought it would be a good idea and called the anaesthetised straight away. As he walked in to our beautiful calm room he looked a bit surprised and asked if he was in the right room, he proceeded to ask me what was going on and why I needed an epidural. It was at this point I closed my eyes, took a deep breath, looked at my husband and said - I don't want this. I know I can do this, I trust my body, I trust you and I trust our baby. The anesthetist looked at me, put his hand on my shoulder and said good luck, I think you made the right decision. I'm around if you need me later. Puh, he wasn't angry with me. This all happened at the same time as a new shift started. At 7am our beautiful midwife Ali walks in. The first thing she did was to turn the ugly big bright lights off; she asked my friend to put the Birth Sense tracks on again and told my husband to close his eyes for a while. She sat down next to me and told me to try to relax, focus on my breathing and listen to the tracks again. Ahhhh I was back in my zone, I felt great, and I was focused and was meeting each surge with my breath again. I was repeating the affirmations in my head and I knew at this point I was back on track. Around 9.00am our midwife asked if she could check me. I was 5cm, I was so happy to hear we were progressing well and thought to myself that I would probably meet our little boy in another 5-6hours (all based in my first labour experience) After the check things started to get slightly more intense so at 9.30am I told the midwife that I wouldn't mind a hot shower again. As I was standing in the shower I was feeling intense pressure but I was still able to put myself into relaxation, but it defiantly was taking more work and more concentration. Our midwife came in to the bathroom looked at me, told me that she wanted me to get out of the shower. I asked her why and she calmly told me... Cause I can see your baby’s head. Oh... Ok I'm coming. I remember my beautiful husband asking if I wanted to put my top on but I just brushed him off and told him that there was no time for that. The bed was raised so I was able to stand up, grab my husband’s hand and lean forward before the next big wave came. Our lovely midwife told me to just follow my body and that's what I did, with the next 2 surges I half pushed and at 9.40am on the 19th June I caught our beautiful little Lucas coming out between my legs. In 40min I went from 5cm to holding our boy - amazing! We were able to reunite with our older son and leave the hospital after only 2 days as Lucas didn't need any special care and I was feeling great. Despite all the interventions I feel blessed because I’ve got to welcome both my sons into this world in the way I always dreamed of - a perfect calm way. It has been the most amazing experiences of our lives and my husband and I will always cherish them. Love to you from proud parents and our Birth Sense boys