Birth Anxiety Breakthrough Coaching - Let's Get You Birth Ready With Our 1-2-1 Sessions
Our Birth Anxiety Breakthrough Sessions will take you through this transformation phase of your life with ease. Comprised of 10 x 1-2-1 sessions to be taken pre and/or postnatally plus fully comprehensive antenatal education materials, our birth anxiety breakthrough sessions have helped 100's of expectant Mums to release their fears and create positive birth experiences and start to parenting.ENROL NOW
The Birth Preparation Online Programme - Did You Know The Way You Think Can Affect Your Baby's Birth?
Our signature birth preparation course for overly anxious minds is a life changing mindset training programme for expectant Mums. Comprising of an intensive six-week online antenatal course plus weekly LIVE group Q&A sessions, the birth anxiety breakthrough formula has helped 100's of women birth calmly, confidently and courageously. Combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) & Hypnobirthing
The anxiety breakthrough formula is multi layered, one of which is about your thinking style. There are 7 natural styles of thinking, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Find out which one is yours and take the path of least resistance for birth.
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Hypnobirthing Home Study Course - What if you could achieve a calm birth regardless of where and how?
My hypnobirthing home study course is an advanced hypnobirthing antenatal course. With step-by-step guides, practice exercises and how-to's on how to make hypnobirthing practically foolproof.ENROL NOW
In-Person Workshops & Events for Pregnancy, Birth & Motherhood
Throughout the year we hold various events and workshops to help you and your partner prepare for birth.LEARN MORE
Read what some of our clients say...
When I got to the room the doctor said he’d examine me to see if I was starting to dilate and saw a little bottom facing him! I was starting to dilate she was on her way! So I was told to push when I had a contraption and that I was going to have to deliver a breech baby,I asked if that was possible (I didn’t realise it was) and I was told I had no choice because she was on her way down! Haha...The birth was obviously not what I was planning at all but I am convinced that I successfully, positively, birthed! I was shocked when I first started contracting but then something just completely came over me and I felt like I was in a trance. I felt like there was just Tom And I in the room even though I could hear when the doctor was giving me instructions. I just counted 4 then 8 and thought of the surges in my stomach going up and down. I’m really pleased I did the whole thing with no pain relief and thought minutes afterwards and still think now that I would do it again tomorrow! L xx
Louise, Tom & baby Etty (first hypnobaby)
Thank you so much for all your help! I had two brilliant births and I’m 100% sure it was down to everything you taught us. I shall be recommending you to all my friends and family, haha. Thanks again. Best wishes Lxx
Louise, Tom & baby Hector (second hypnobaby)
Hi Sarah, following attending your workshop I wanted to share our story with you. I've been meaning to for a while as my baby came early at 33+5 22nd May so I didn't get to complete the online course in preparation (he still wasn't due yet until 5th July).
So anyway, id been having light cramps for about a week, I put this down to my womb stretching and General preparation until the weekend I didn't quite feel right but couldn't put my finger on it - exhausted, low mood, period cramp feelings and generally run down. I had a feeling something was happening and considered the possibility it could be the start of labour but quickly brushed this off as I thought it was too soon. I called the midwives a couple of times who also said it was possible stretching as the cramps were long lasting.
Sunday morning I went to buy a new phone with my partner and mum, whilst talking to the sales advisor I felt my waters go but still wasn't sure..rushed to the toilet to find it was in fact definitely my waters. We left the car in the multi-storey car park and got a taxi to the hospital. I had to stay as my cervix was dilated and waters were definitely broken, although they said there was a possibility I could go home if my contractions stopped and would continue to be monitored.
Over the next few hours whilst I was still not in established labour it was all very calm, I asked to be monitored upright so I could sit on the birthing ball. I had a playlist of relaxing music I listened to, mum helped with the light back massage we learnt at your workshop and I continuously reassured myself with the positive affirmations and calm counted breaths. We managed to go for a couple of walks around the hospital grounds and my contractions were quite mild for a long time. It was very relaxing at this point and I found the tools I learnt from you really helpful.
It wasn't until around 10.30pm that they started to get more painful and over the next couple of hours all sped up very quickly. Admittedly towards the end I did start to panic as there wasn't great communication from the midwife as to how far along things were or what was really happening (mum had to figure this out) and I assumed I still had a long way to go, however, through the knowledge from your workshop I trusted my body and trusted the process and the positive affirmations got me through.
I never managed to get into the position I wanted to be in but I did manage a natural birth with no pain relief as intended but with an assisted birth (episiotomy and forceps as little one started to get tired). I believe that although it could have gone more smoothly given the right communication, the knowledge and confidence me and mum gained from your workshop made the whole journey a lot more relaxing and empowering than it would have been had we not attended.
We worked together really well to deliver my baby safely and as calmly as possible. She helped me count my breaths when I couldn't keep count in the later stages and was my rock to lean on. Alfie John Rhodes was born a healthy 5lbs and is now thriving, growing and developing extremely well - I'm so proud of him. We stayed 3 weeks on the neonatal ward with him and have now been home almost 3 weeks.
I just want to thank you for your invaluable knowledge which coming from someone who had a deep fear of pregnancy and labour managed to conquer labour relatively calmly considering the circumstances and lack of control and although I couldn't complete the online course, what I did take from it helped me so much. Here are some pictures of our perfect little boy xx
Emma and baby Alfie
Hi Sarah, I wanted to introduce baby Jasper to you who was born on the 27th April 2017 at 2pm weighing a healthy 8lb 4oz.
During labour and delivery I employed all of my learnt hypnobirthing techniques and personal mantras. I didn't listen to the MP3 during labour, but had a pre-prepared playlist which was wonderful to birth to.
Hypnobirthing enabled me to stay relaxed throughout and the midwife commented numerous times on my calm nature. I felt happy, calm and in control and would certainly recommend Hypnobirthing to any expecting parents, especially as my husband found my relaxed nature enabled him to feel at ease and have confidence in my birthing abilities. With thanks & kisses from baby Jasper, Helen and Tom
Helen, Tom and baby Jasper
Our hypnobirthing baby, Annabelle Lily arrived Thursday 28th April, weighing 7lbs 12oz. My labour was super quick- the very first contractions started around 1.30am, we got to QMC at 5.45am and she was born at 9am. I had the water birth I was hoping for. I believe that the hypnobirthing helped me to remain calm, focused and relaxed and I gave birth with no pain relief at all. I felt like I didn't have time to even think about it!
Thanks Sarah and wishing all mums-to-be in the group a positive birth experience xxx
Lucy, James and baby Annabelle Lily
Hypnobirthing home birth baby Samuel arrived 11 days early on the 23rd March. It all kicked off around 5am and Samuel arrived 12.37am. The attending midwife was amazed how calm & controlled I was. No pain relief either! Not that I felt ‘pain’…more discomfort & strong sensations. I had the birthing track on repeat all the time.
Would I do anything differently? Yes. I’d listen more regularly to the relaxation tracks (should have done it every day). Practice with my partner trigger words or phrases. Listen to my body more… When the stinging sensation started I should have listened to my body and slowed down.
Would I have had the amazing experience if I hadn’t used hypnobirthing….Not a chance. The hypnobirthing made all the difference to my capability and confidence. Highly recommend Positively Blooming to anyone.
Rachael, Stephen and baby Samuel
My hypnobabe!!! Didn’t want to wait and arrived a month early on Saturday 9th April weighing in at a whopping 7lb1 Despite the abrupt arrival and the reduced time I had to practice my relaxation I truly believe that I wouldn’t have been as prepared as I was and I wouldn’t have been able to achieve my goal. Natural birth, no pain relief at all! I’m not going to say I didn’t have a few wobbles or consider pain relief in the final hour but I do believe hypnobirthing is the way forwards and helps you keep your focus.
Michelle, Lee and baby Jenson
Morning! At 0820 yesterday morning we welcomed our little boy into the world! It was all very unexpected but thankfully all doing fine. The hypnobirthing was amazing and things progressed at quite a speed. Not entirely how I would have planned but apart from the initial bit where I freaked as went from closed to 6cm in under an hour I got it together and refocused. They were very complimentary about breathing and how calm I was. From 0 to pushing was in total 5 hours 5 mins. I would do it all again tmrw. Just love him xxx
Katie, Paul and baby Barnes
My husband and I attended one of Sarahs hypnobirthing sessions 2 weeks before our son was due as I have started to hear more about it. Sarah has such a calming presence about her and we really enjoyed the session. I had been using hypnobirthing method’s at home and my husband thought it was all a bit ‘ mumbo jumbo ‘ so i bought him along to hear Sarahs story. after the workshop my husband started to see the upcoming birth as an exciting experience, rather than a daunting one. He even kept reminding me about releasing our oxytocin rather than adrenaline ( even now in every day life).
I felt so positive about our birth, my friends and family thought I was crazy to be looking forward to the birth. I listened to sarahs pregnancy track every day for 4 weeks ( he arrived two weeks late) whilst ihad a bath.
I was told I needed to be induced which rang alarm bells to me. But with the help of hypnobirthing I just kept calm. The birth was long with early labour lasting two days. I was then ‘ stuck’ at 3cm dilated for which seemed like hours. I did have to accept an epidural 3 hours before the birth but mainly due to the reason..I needed sleep!
The midwives did comment about how calm our birth was and sarahs birth mp3 was being played in the background.
if it wasn’t for hypnobirthing the run up to the birth would not of been as positive as it was. Thank you Sarah.
Julia, John and baby Cameron
Hi Sarah, I thought I’d email you after the birth of our son on 31st December.
The hypnobirthing techniques that you taught us combined with the MP3 worked wonders! Before seeing you I was absolutely petrified of labour, however through breathing and relaxing I turned my black stone into a white stone!
The labour lasted in full just over 3 hours and I used your breathing techniques throughout. They really helped me cope with the pain and kept me so much calmer as they gave me a focus. I really can’t thank you enough and I have been singing your praises to all my pregnant friends!! Thank you again.
Becki, Shaun and baby Harrison
Hi, I just wanted to let you both know I had my little princess born Wednesday 9th Dec at 13.12pm at home weighing 6lb 5oz. It wasn’t as calm as some of the hypno videos I have seen (still mooed like a cow) but I did it with no pain relief and kept trying to zone into the background birth track between each contraction which definitely helped keep me calmer during the contractions! I couldn’t have asked for a better birth! Will post pics over next few days smile emoticonxx
Samantha, Arron and baby Kiera
Sarah, thank you so much for today's session. Both of us I really enjoyed it. His mind has been opened (thank goodness!!) and you have given us both the tools to know how to deal with what’s ahead. Looking forward to plenty of practise before the big day. xx
Katie, Paul and baby bump
Hello Sarah, Thank you for the MP3s you sent after I completed the course. I hope you got my thank you card in your mailbox. My sister was amazed that I was 9cm on arriving at hospital!! Hope you have a lovely Christmas.
Ali, Stuart and baby Archie
Hi Sarah, Just a quick email to let you know our little one got impatient by 3 weeks and decided to surprise us! I gave birth at 1.06am this morning …. Thanks to your course I was able to stay calm throughout (especially as my birth plan of a water birth fell through) and apart from a small spell of gas and air I was able to birth completely natural and drug free!! So thank you again.
Kate, Pat and baby Sophia
Hello Sarah, I had a little boy on 23rd November at 12.24pm weighing 7lb 8oz. We were in hospital for a week though because of feeding and weight loss. He is struggling to latch on to the breast although we keep trying, I am expressing so he is having this through a bottle.
I found the hypnobirthing session so helpful and really feel that this helped me to have an overall positive birth. I listened to the MP3s loads and made a positive affirmation poster.We are getting used to life as a little family, A xx
Alison, Andy and baby William
Hi Sarah, I can't thank you enough. We had to stay in till Friday as she had an infection from cord. I was so calm I wasn't upset at all. I just let the doctors do their thing. I've never felt so good, I'm Not tired, I'm not emotional, I'm just loving every minute. The pain from the episiotomy has been uncomfortable, but I just kept using the deep breathing techniques which really helped. I will be back to see you again in the future no doubt. Have a lovely Sunday
Kind regards, Rachael
Rachael, Nick & Tabitha October
Hello Sarah, Here is my birth story ….My husband Chris and I chose hypnobirthing as our baby is an IVF miracle and we felt we’d had enough medical intervention already. We’d also had some awful pre-pregnancy experiences in the gynae unit of our local hospital, where I’d had a HCG x-Ray and hysteroscopy with no pain relief or aftercare offered, and I felt I was quite roughly handled and was left emotionally traumatised and frightened of giving birth at our local hospital. I was then told I was too high risk for a home birth, and all other hospital options were over an hour away.
My waters broke dramatically at 1am whilst I was in bed. We were fairly shocked as it was two weeks early but there was no mistaking it so we called the hospital and they said to come in to be checked. We presumed we would then be sent home to labour so only took our medical notes.
On arrival the unit was full to capacity, so we were sat in a small room waiting to be seen for an hour. I had no pains though so we did not mind. The room was then required for a woman in active labour so we were moved to the recovery suite used post c-section and carried on waiting to be seen. I had very swollen, purple hands and feet, so my blood was taken and urine checked, and I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and told I was going nowhere until baby was born, and if my labour did not start within a few hours I’d be induced, something I really did not want. At this point we realised that Chris would need to go home to collect the hospital bag, so we called my mum, who was my second birthing partner, to come up, as I did not want to be alone.
About 3.30am I started to have very mild period like cramps and was excited that my labour might be starting. Unfortunately, the hospital had 2 c-section patients who were then wheeled into the room with their babies! I was stuck behind a curtain sat on a bed whispering to my husband and mum so as not to disturb their much needed sleep. Whilst Chris was gone the pains increased but were still mild so I sat bouncing on a birthing ball practicing my breathing techniques learnt in the class. I really wanted to walk around but due to the other people in the same room felt I had to stay still and be quiet. I decided that whilst not ideal I was fine, so carried on bouncing and breathing, and as the pains increased I stood leaning on the window while my mum rubbed my back. I concentrated hard on my breathing and was coping really well.
Things progressed very fast, and by the time Chris got back around 5am, he and my mum had to speak to the midwives to get us into a proper room, as my pains were only 4 minutes apart and strong. I was able to walk calmly to the room they had cleared for me, and Chris put the music I had chosen on the Bluetooth speaker we had brought in. I asked to be examined as I wanted to know how far along I was. The midwife was shocked to discover I was 6cms as I was still chatting between pains and not making any noise during them. We thought we’d give the TENS machine a go, but as I was 2 weeks early we had never got round to reading the instructions, so we abandoned that!
I positioned myself on my knees leaning over the back of the bed and focused on breathing. Chris and my mum were an amazing team, rubbing my back, stroking my neck, hands and arms, making sure I had water and keeping me focused. I had one almighty pain and asked for gas and air, and at this point my body started to push and I just had to go with it. I don’t remember much detail: I remember Chris being at my head passing me water, stroking my arms, hearing our music in the background – it was as if no one else was there, everything else was out of focus. I remember being supremely calm, and occasionally hearing the midwife gently telling me to relax my shoulders and let my baby move himself down (she was amazing and totally committed to hypnobirthing). Chris tells me I would turn to him and smile after every pain had finished but I don’t remember doing this! This part of labour was a really beautiful experience where I just felt really close to my husband.
After a while the midwife asked me to change positions as baby’s heart rate was dipping. This was the point things started to go a little bit wrong. I remember whinging a bit about this (I wanted to be upright!) but it was for the baby so I let her help me onto my side, and carried on as before. Again I was zoned out, I remember the music, my husband’s voice, breathing as taught in class and using the gas and air, which I loved! After a bit longer things were not progressing and baby’s heart rate was dipping and not recovering, so I was told I needed to be on my back. I really really did not want this and was a bit upset, but I trusted the midwife so decided to do as she asked. The baby was not moving down, and at this point things got a bit hairy with his heart rate – the obstetrician and paediatric team were called in. In the meantime the midwife gave me an episiotomy and then the head became visible.
The doctors arrived. I remember the obstetrician being the stuff of my nightmares: he came in demanding his instruments (!) and bossing the midwife around. She was brilliant and told him she thought that we only needed a couple more contractions, and could he wait until then, and that she had called him in to be ready if needed. He was not happy! Luckily, with lots of hard pushing, and with my mum and Chris cheering me on over the next 10 minutes or so, Arthur was born. He was totally pink and cried immediately, so the paediatric team packed up and left. I’d been in the final stage of labour for 90 minutes, and overall labour was about 7 hours. I had a second degree tear caused by the quick labour so needed a fair amount of stitching, and luckily a nice lady doctor came to do this. Even while waiting to be stitched I told Chris I would happily do it again.
The midwife said afterwards that my birth was so calm she was going to use hypnobirthing herself (she was pregnant). I remember it as a beautiful experience and even though things went wrong I was so calm and focused throughout. I only had gas and air, and I truly believe that had I not been hypnobirthing I would have required much more intervention.
Thank you Sarah!
Louise, Chris & baby Arthur