Sibling Nurture

AS Birth image 2I thoroughly enjoyed teaching Hypnobirthing to Ally and her very supportive sister. They have such a great relationship and I just knew they would have a good experience during birth. Here is Ally’s birth story.

After a very traumatic birth experience with my first born I was apprehensive about giving birth to my second. I had heard of Hypnobirthing and thought it was worth a shot. My sister was my birth partner and came along to the sessions. 

When the time came I was woken up at 6am with definite contractions. Immediately I started to apply the breathing techniques and was able to stay calm and relaxed. I spent the day in the garden at home with my husband and 6 year old eating ice cream and colouring in, I even managed a couple of games of swingball! Throughout the day the contractions came closer and more intense. At 4pm I asked my sister to come over as the contractions were 10 minutes apart. 
For the next 2 hours, my sister helped me remain focussed and stay relaxed, she read the affirmations gently stroked my back through each contraction. At around 6pm we made the decision to leave for the hospital.
On arrival I was admitted to the Midwifery-Lead unit and was shown to the delivery suite. I had hoped for a water birth but was told all pools were in use so I made myself comfortable in the kneeling position and stayed focussed on my breathing and my sister played the music for birth and talked me though each contraction.
The time between being admitted and giving birth was 50 minutes. The midwife commented that the position I was in was helping baby move down nicely. The pain at this point was intense but I felt better prepared and managed to maintain breathing, I was offered gas and air but didn’t accept any until the last few minutes before she was born. At one point I tensed up and notice how much more painful the contractions felt. The third stage lasted 7 minutes and my little girl was born. She was beautiful and pink and healthy. The midwife placed her on my chest and there was an instant bond and feeling of love, I couldn’t believe how perfect she was. 
Overall the experience was controlled and calm and the breathing techniques really worked for me and helped me to focus on something other than the intensity of the contractions. I had managed to stay at home until I was fully dilated and when I got to hospital, there were no examinations and the midwife was very supportive of me having the birth experience I want. 
In comparison to my first experience, this was very straight forward and I felt a lot calmer, confident and in control, the 3 c’s mantra of Hypnobirthing. I can say with 100% confidence that Hypnobirthing made this experience what it was.
I’m now 4 weeks into my newborn adventure and I’m still using the Hypnobirthing techniques and recordings to help me relax and fall asleep in between night feeds. This whole experience has been invaluable. My sister is also sleeping much better thanks to the techniques she learned in the sessions!

Hypnobirthing in Manchester. A few quotes to keep you inspired for your natural labour

As my hypnobirthing in Manchester clients already know, words can be very powerful in inducing positive states of mind. So I have selected some quotes to keep you inspired for your natural birth!

Birth is as safe as life gets.

Harriet Hartigan

Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers ~ strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.

Barbara Katz Rothman

Sit! Walk! Stand! Squat! Get active – give birth.

– from a t-shirt

The power and intensity of your contractions cannot be stronger than you, because it is you.


Offer hugs, not drugs.

Adina Lebowitz

We’ve put birth in the same category as illness and disease and it’s never belonged there.

Carla Hartley, founder of Trust Birth and the Ancient Art Midwifery Institute

If I don’t know my options, I don’t have any.

Diana Korte

The truth for women living in a modern world is that they must take increasing responsibility for the skills they bring into birth if they want their birth to be normal. Making choices of where and with whom to birth is not the same as bringing knowledge and skills into your birth regardless of where and with whom you birth.

Common Knowledge Trust

I have been taught where women are free, we will learn how they give birth best. They will show us. They will trust us. Look at them and listen closely.

Dr. Michael Odent – Obstetrician

The more births I attend, the more I realise how much we disturb the birthing woman.

Gloria Lemay – Birth Attendant

The parallels between making love and giving birth are clear, not only in terms of passion and love, but also because we need essentially the same conditions for both experiences: privacy and safety.

Dr. Sarah Buckley

If we are to heal the earth, we must begin by healing birth.

Agnes Sallet Von Tannenberg

Fear can be overcome by faith.

Dr. Grantly Dick-Read – Childbirth Without Fear

If one went to the extreme of giving the patient the full details of mortality and morbidity related to cesarean section, most of them would get up and go out and have their baby under a tree.

– Dr. Dermot W. McDonald, Neel J. Medicolegal pressure, MDs’ lack of patience cited in cesarean‘epidemic.’ Ob.Gyn. News Vol 22 No 10

All pregnant women have the ability to give birth in a comfortable, relaxed way. The key to a wonderful birth experience is to have faith and confidence in your own body and mind however this does not always come easily. Hypnobirthing courses in Manchester will enable you to eliminate negative self-limiting beliefs thus empowering you to take full control of your childbirth experience. If you are thinking of investing in ensuring that your childbirth is the best it can be, contact me for more information or to arrange your free consultation so we can talk through your worries and make a plan that best suits you.

 Dr.Gouri Laher is a fully qualified hypnotherapist and Reiki Master offering both group and one-to-one hypnotherapy and Reiki sessions in Manchester for a variety of issues such as stress and anxiety, weight loss, stopping smoking and pregnancy and childbirth.  My practice is based in Didsbury, South Manchester, M20 and is within easy reach of Withington, Chorlton, Stockport, Cheadle and central Manchester.  If you are interested in hypnotherapy and Reiki in Manchester or simply want to get in touch and book a free initial consultation, telephone me on 07837380665 or e-mail me, in confidence, at