HYPNOBIRTHING - Caroline Laskowska CHBP HPD
I became interested in hypnobirthing after the birth of my daughter. I had a long labour with a lot of intervention and felt traumatised by the whole experience, which put me in a vulnerable place to start motherhood. I felt that I must have had an unusually difficult time in my labour, only to discover when speaking to other mums that my experience was pretty common and was seen by all these women as “just the way childbirth is”.
This seemed so wrong to me on so many levels. Why was this a normal experience? Childbirth is something the majority of women will go through at some point in our adult lives, it is a natural process that we have been doing forever. It should be something that we look forward to experiencing as a right of passage, knowing that our bodies are designed to do this – surely it shouldn’t be such a trial? And I found that it really doesn’t have to be!
In my search for answers I became interested in hypnotherapy and trained at the Clifton Practice and then went on to specialise in hypnobirthing with Sharon Mustard who teaches the Easibirthing method – a course only available to fully qualified hypnotherapists.
When I became pregnant again I had my son at home in water using the hypnobirthing techniques I had learned and I had such an amazing time. What was the difference? I felt calm and confident and in control of my experience at all times. I was able to allow my body to do what it needed with out interference from any anxieties or worries. I came out of the experience of childbirth feeling empowered and strong and it meant that I bonded easily with my baby, felt confident in my abilities as a parent, recovered quickly physically. I was able to let go of my previous birth experience and move on.
This is why I teach hypnobirthing. I am passionate about passing on this knowledge to empower women to have a positive birth experience – leading to a confident start for them and their babies. I run a complete course of 5 sessions each lasting an hour.
Session 1: Introduction to Hypno Birthing - Relaxation and Breathing
Session 2: Managing Anxiety
Session 3: Stage 1 Labour
Session 4: Stage 2 Labour
Session 5: Birth and Beyond
The cost for the course is £250. I can come to your home, work on Skype or you can come to me at my home in SE London, or to our clinic in Clapham.
Caroline Laskowska CHBP HPD
I have been lucky enough to work with many couples. Here are some of the lovely comments they have made about their hypnobirth experiences:
"Hypnobirthing was an invaluable part of my preparation for labour, birth and becoming a mum. The course helped me understand each stage of labour and my body's physiological responses. Instead of feeling anxious and unprepared I was able to visualise my body and baby working together. It helped me realise what an amazing process labour is, helped me trust that my body would know what to do. Having my husband take part in the sessions was a lovely experience. It really consolidated his role as my birth partner giving him the confidence to fully support me during the labour, helping me to bring our baby into the world. Mostly hypnobirthing helped me to focus, remain calm and feel in control of the process. When my birth plan changed drastically late in my pregnancy it gave me the confidence to make my wishes clear when discussing my labour with my midwife and in the delivery suite. It helped me look forward to my labour, strengthened me throughout and helped to make it a truly positive adventure I am proud to have experienced." Sally
"Caroline was a brilliant support, just what I needed during unexpected complications! We had been focusing on my birth plan and a home birth when a curve-ball of necessary C'section arrived. With her usual calmness and sensitivity Caroline recorded hypnotherapy sessions tailored to keep me calm and my blood pressure down pre-birth and during the Cesearean. I still find myself using some of the key words when my now 4 year old is pushing all my buttons and getting himself in a state. Her relaxation methods and visualisations were so useful and still are over 4 years later. Thank you. Absolutely wonderful support, I thoroughly recommend her. " Maud
"Your sessions and recordings were super helpful - I really used them a lot and they went a huge long way towards me maintaining a really positive mindset throughout. Alex had to talk about the beach to me a lot!! And I had your recordings on most of the time and recited a lot of positive thinking mantras to myself to keep mentally focused. Even despite the speed of events, her size, and the fact that the cord was wrapped around her neck so we needed some swift action at one point (but she's totally fine) it was a genuinely all round super positive experience and I was counting my blessings immediately afterwards ... no trauma or anxiety to speak of at all so a big thank you for your part to play in that." Laura