Positive Birth Story: An Informed and Calm Induction

I am delighted to able to share Sophie and Richard’s Positive Birth Story with you today. Sophie and Richard took a Positively Birthing Course during their pregnancy, and felt able to make informed decisions around induction for their personal circumstances.


”I went in to be induced at 10am on the Tuesday and had the propess at 12pm. Unfortunately the initial CTG suggested that Lara wasn’t coping very well so we needed continuous monitoring, which I found very restrictive as had to stay pretty static.  I was able to go for a walk round the hospital at about 4ish and that really helped my outlook (it was good to get mobile and get some fresh air). At 5 I put my hypnobirthing tracks on my headphones and Richard and I cuddled up on the hospital bed to make the most of the relative lack of movement. Within 1/2 hour my waters had broken, and I definitely think the relaxation of the hypno tracks helped get me in the zone! 


Lara was born at 8.43pm after a short and intense labour with just tens machine and gas and air for pain relief. She required ventouse delivery in the end as the doctors were getting worried about her heart rate and she seemed to be in distress. However I’d pushed until she crowned so it was a relatively simple instrumental delivery in the end. 


The Positively Birthing course really helped us navigate the decision re. Induction and the hypnobirthing techniques were invaluable during the labour itself. I honestly think that if we weren’t practicing hypnobirthing I would have ended up having a c-section as staying calm and relaxed really helped me. I also felt really positive about the instrumental delivery, as we were aware of our options and felt that we made an informed decision. 


Lara scored a 9 and then a 10 on Agpar and we got to go home the next day, so all going well so far! 


Thank you so much for your help and support!”



If you are interested in taking the next step to a positive birth, Positively Birthing Hypnobirthing and Antenatal Classes run throughout Surrey and SW London- areas including Surbiton, Esher, Teddington, Cobham, TwickenhamSt Margarets, Thames Ditton, Molesey, Richmond, Wimbledon, Kingston, Sunbury, Epsom, Ewell, and beyond. All bookings can be made here.