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Mum gives birth in car using hypnobirthing

What is hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing is a complete birth education programme, that teaches simple but specific self hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques for a better birth. It claims to put you in control of your own birth, help you release fears and anxieties you have about giving birth, and enable you to overcome previous traumatic births.

Hypnobirthing allows you to experience birth in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear and tension that prevents the birthing muscles of your body from functioning as nature intended them to. It can help you discover and experience the joy and magic of birth, rather than see it as an ordeal.

This article is taken from a UK local newspaper. We'll be talking about pain management with hypnosis later this year.

Mum gives birth in car with no pain relief using hypnobirthing skills

Lisa BowmanFriday 2 Feb 2018

A new mum has revealed how she gave birth in the car on the way to the hospital with no pain relief – using hypnobirthing skills. 34-year-old Melissa Ayling from Geraldton, western Australia, had hoped to have a calm water birth in hospital with her second child, but wanted to stay home as long as possible before giving birth. However, she accidentally left it too late, with her baby starting to appear as she was being driven to the hospital by husband Sam.

She went into labour at 39 weeks after eating chilli and mussel pasta – the last thing she ate before going into labour with first son, Jarvis, now four. She felt the first contractions at 9am but didn’t leave for the hospital until 4pm, thinking she had plenty of time, and got into the car where 29-year-old husband Sam had put plastic bags on the passenger seat in case her waters broke. Another surge hit her as she got in the car, with Melissa feeling an urge to push. They were on the road when she screamed, ‘Sam! The baby is coming!’ Melissa immediately after giving birth at the side of the road.

She reclined the passenger seat and crouched on her knees as Sam drove, but he had to pull over three miles from the hospital when her waters broke. ‘While my baby’s head had emerged, some learner drivers went past and they looked in the windows and saw everything,’ reveals Melissa. ‘Sam said he saw the look on their faces and they quickly drove off.

Melissa explains how Sam had to shout to two children to ask them to get help. ‘When we pulled up on the side of the road, there were two children playing in a front garden,’ she says. ‘My husband called out, “Hey little girl, can you get your mum to call an ambulance? My wife’s having a baby”.’ Melissa felt the baby’s head emerge, followed by his shoulders and stomach, and she says he started to cry and wiggle his way out, as she said to her husband: ‘You’re going to have to catch the baby.’

With the help of a passer-by who pulled down Melissa’s bikini bottoms, Sam passed the baby through his wife’s legs and presented her with newborn baby Lockie. Luckily, Melissa is a hypnobirth practitioner and teaches the methods, which involve relaxation and breathing techniques, as well as self-hypnosis to help keep calm during birth.

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