What They Are Saying...

Maddy & Tim   Wokingham

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Super anxious and scared which made me less excited about pregnancy than I should have been. I only imagined the worst due to multiple horror stories I had heard from friends along with the typical, painful labour scenes on TV. I had no idea of the process or stages involved in labour and assumed it was agonising from the start.

How did you feel before the course?

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You get out what you put in! With preparation and knowledge of the process, I feel I will be more in control and that the experience will actually be enjoyable rather than terrifying. I now know what my body is doing during surges, what breathing techniques and positions to use to ease the pain, what to pack in my hospital bag but more importantly, what options I have when faced with difficult questions or scenarios. The best part is that Kezia showed us some birthing videos which proved that applying hypnobirthing techniques can transform the journey into one that both myself and my partner can embrace.

 

Maddy

How do you feel now?

Hypnobirthing with Kezia was completely different to what I expected from ‘HYPNOBIRTHING’. If honest, I was a little sceptical before starting the course but after the first half hour I realised I was wrong in my preconceived ideas. 

Before starting the course, I was apprehensive and worried about labour – predominantly because I felt useless, unaware and unable to support my partner when she will need me most. Since completing the course I feel prepared and confident that I will be of help during the birthing journey. It’s given me more excitement about ‘the big day’ and I thank Kezia for helping us achieve this. 

Tim

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Rachel & Mark   Exeter

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Anxious about how I might manage in labour, fearful about things going wrong, worried about how my husband might cope.

How did you feel before the course?

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I am reassured, better informed & pleased

my husband has found it useful.

I have had a complete 180 shift in my thinking from believing I could only safely labour under consultant care to considering and being signed off for a potential home birth (all being well).

We've felt able to ask everything we wanted to and were unsure about, and weren't made to feel that any questions were silly or off limits. We also appreciate the resources you've sent, and the willingness to support after the course

 

Rachel

How do you feel now?

I was very nervous and unsure about the whole process. I was worried for my partner and what she would go through,

I didn’t feel like I had much of a role.

Now I feel much more confident, we went

full circle and ended up agreeing on a

home birth. I learned what I role I have to play. We have a plan and if it goes off track, we are in control.
The baby letter that Kezia read to us really touched me and made me think of not only the change for us but for our baby too. I would definitely recommend it!

Mark

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Jenny & James   Wallingford

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Confident that my body was designed to do this, but unsure of the process and how uncomfortable/painful it would be; curious as to how it will go!

How did you feel before the course?

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I am the kind of person who loves to read every book available to find out more about something, but hypnobirthing isn’t something you can learn about from a book; it requires practice and discussion to truly understand and benefit from it.

Kezia was extremely knowledgeable and supportive from start to present, as she has made herself completely available to support us right up until the birth of our baby.  We covered breathing and relaxation techniques, which are essential to hypnobirthing and can’t be learned or experienced as well from a book alone, as well as all of the practical elements of labour, birth and the fourth trimester. The course was inspiring and comforting and we feel positive and confident to take on whatever my labour may bring as we move closer to our due date. Thank you Kezia!

Jenny 

How do you feel now?

Before I found out about the hypnobirthing concept, I was quite scared and nervous about labour and birth.

The Oxfordshire Hypnobirthing course was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

As a birth partner, I learned a huge amount about the process of birth and how I can play an important role in helping the birth proceed calmly. Kezia was extremely knowledgeable and informative, while the course was a great range of discussion, videos and practice to learn the various hypnobirthing techniques.  I would strongly recommend Kezia and Oxfordshire Hypnobirthing to all future mothers and birth partners who are worried or anxious about what labour may bring.

James

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Shannon & Johnny   Thatcham

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I felt positive about having my home birth but I still had anxiety about things too.

How did you feel before the course?

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It was so fantastic to have a group where I could see everyone and relate to others. I learned so much on the course and gained so much confidence. I'm feeling super positive and happy and its great to have someone I can ask my questions to and know that no question is stupid. The parts of the course that I found particularly helpful were learning what is normal after birth and what to look out for, breathing techniques, relaxation and what to pack in hospital bags!

Shannon

How do you feel now?

I wasn't sure what to expect from the course but I gained so much confidence and now I feel prepared and understand how to best support Shannon and I also know what is normal and whats not in terms on birth itself and in the days and weeks following.

Johnny

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Laura & David   Oxford

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Before the course we did of course feel excited and we had been reassured by our midwife but we still felt nervous. I was unsure how I would react on the day, fear of the unknown and worried about losing control. "I was unsure how to navigate labour" (David)

How did you feel before the course?

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We are very grateful. We both feel much more confident in ourselves and most importantly, more confident that all will be ok, that we will have the most amazing experience ever. We will continue practising the techniques, and will be looking forward to telling you how it all went.

Thank you for the information about the cloth nappies. I have found a nappy library in Oxford that we will try.

Thanks again for all your support and positivity. You have made a very important change in our preparation for the big day.

Laura & David 

How do you feel now?

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Charlie & Jack   Oxford

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I was really nervous about the whole birthing experience. All you ever heard was negative stories or of complications that happen which you start to put you in a negative spiral.

How did you feel before the course?

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I feel so much more excited and relax about birth now, but you definitely get out what you put in! I feel that I will be more in tune with my body and be able to listen to how the birth is going to go. Kezia really put my mind at ease and really helped with using different
techniques to find what worked for us. I really enjoyed looking through the birthing videos that Kezia shared with us, this was a totally new experience and everything was so calmed and chilled. Not what you first expect when you watch things on TV.

I would 100% recommend anyone to do hypnobirthing if you are worried or scared about what is going to happen through birth and labour and how you can transform your mindset!

If you are ever in doubt I would definitely sign up

to a taster session first. This way you can ask
any questions there and then!

Charlie

How do you feel now?

The course was really insightful. Kezia really put my mind at ease on ways I can support my partner whilst in in labour. I learnt about how important the role I have to play and what I can do to help the birth experience be calm and relaxed.

I would 100% recommend Kezia and Oxfordshire Hypnobirthing. She has been a great support.

Jack

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Alice & Lewis   Wallingford

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I wasn’t particularly nervous as I knew it was just something I would get through. However reading ‘your baby your birth’ inspired me to do the course.

How did you feel before the course?

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I am really excited to put all the tools and techniques into practice to try and stay as calm and relaxed
as possible. I am treating it like a running challenge and telling myself that I can do it and the importance
of staying relaxed.

I really enjoyed the anatomy and physiology, learning about the hormones and how the mind links to the physical process.

We really enjoyed it and found every aspect useful and interesting - thank you so so much!

Alice

How do you feel now?

Pregnant Hypnobirthing Expectant Parents

Prior to the course I felt very nervous and lacking in knowledge with regards to anything to do with the birth process. 

 

I now feel a lot calmer about the birth and excited for the process and feel I now understand the process in order to better help Alice relax. I look forward to going through it with her.

 

The part that stood out for me was that the body really is designed to give birth and the whole process is incredible.

 

Lewis

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Fortunately, we had a relatively straight forward first labour and birth so I’m feeling relatively positive about it second time around. I didn’t however feel at all prepared; we were keen for my partner and I to have a good plan in place to help us both cope!

How did you feel before the course?

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A lot more prepared! Kezia equipped us with a great tool kit that we feel confident about using.
Feeling like we are now armed with a good variety of tools and techniques to get us through the various stages of labour and birth.
We really appreciated the flexibility of having something bespoke to our needs (in terms of content and timing).
Kezia has really helped us to prepare for the birth of our second baby. We wanted something bespoke and that fitted in around our busy lives with a toddler, and Kezia was incredibly accommodating and created a bespoke programme for us that covered everything we need. Thank you Kezia! Highly recommend!

How do you feel now?

Fleur & Guy   Wallingford

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