My thanks to Melissa at Studio Blossom.....
When I found out we were pregnant, I went through mixed emotions of excitement, nerves but most of all, fearful of labour.
We decided to book a ‘babymoon’ 4 months before our baby was due, and it was there that a new mum we got chatting to suggested this thing called hypnobirthing. I hadn’t heard of it, and although it seemed to have worked wonders for her, I was sceptical.
I couldn’t get my head around how I was going to have to lay on a bed, in all my glory and push a small human out of me. How could a 10 hour course change my mindset?!
Due to the sheer panic I was in about labour, I started to do some research and it was then that a few friends recommended Studio Blossom to me. I made an enquiry and within hours, Melissa got back to me.
It was about the same price as an NCT one, and we couldn’t afford to do both so we bit the bullet and booked onto a full hypnobirthing course!
By the second week, my outlook on birth had completely changed; as had my husbands view on things. Melissa helped us understand that we were in control of our birthing experience, and helped me to come up with ways to make me relax. I instantly felt calm, in control and actually excited about the process.
It was also thanks to Melissa that I recognised the signs of a serious health condition towards the end of my pregnancy, which resulted in my little girl arriving early due to the risks involved.
My 3 hour labour was absolutely incredible. The hypnobirthing techniques we were taught kicked in, and believe it or not, I got through labour with only 2 paracetamol as pain relief. To go from how fearful I was before, to feeling as though I could ‘do it all again tomorrow’ was an actual miracle.
The support Melissa has continue to provide to me since the birth of our girl has been invaluable and I will be eternally grateful. I have also made a group of wonderful new friends, and we have been there for each other through our pregnancy, labour and new baby journeys!
Hand on my heart, I cannot recommend Melissa’s course at Studio Blossom enough.
Beth Louise - January 2018
Pui - February 2015
"Hey Melissa I know I've said this already but wanted to put this on your wall. As you know, I was...cynical about hypno birthing and the impact this would have on my birthing experience. But from the moment we met you we knew that we had chosen the right person to guide us through it all (I was secretly terrified you were going to be one of those "airy fairy tree huggers" ). You were calm and reassuring and completely non-judgmental. I strongly believe that it was ONLY because of what we had learned in hypno birthing with you that allowed me to stay at home with what I thought were just "cramps" (I refused to refer to them as contractions or surges because the intensity levels were so low!) until I was 7/8cm dilated! Although the last stage of labour was massively intense and gruelling, this was more a reflection of the size of our son and his positioning than my ability to keep calm and relaxed. I was so chilled that the hospital staff were a bit taken aback! Whilst I am in no hurry to do it again, I truly believed before that birthing would have actually killed me. So I can say with confidence that "I DID IT!" With no pain relief (except an hour of gas an air towards the end!) Thanks to you and your programme. Will contact you to arrange a visit with baby Tyler soon of what we had learned in hypno birthing with you that allowed me to stay at home with what I thought were just "cramps" (I refused to refer to them as contractions or surges because the intensity levels were so low!) until I was 7/8cm dilated! Although the last stage of labour was massively intense and gruelling, this was more a reflection of the size of our son and his positioning than my ability to keep calm and relaxed. I was so chilled that the hospital staff were a bit taken aback! Whilst I am in no hurry to do it again, I truly believed before that birthing would have actually killed me. So I can say with confidence that "I DID IT!" With no pain relief (except an hour of gas an air towards the end!) Thanks to you"
Scott - July 2014
"The midwife said that she could tell we had done Hypnbirthing because of the way I was able to support my partner. I learnt so much from the classes and am grateful to Melissa for evrything that she taught us."
Mum - July 2014
"Thank you. We really appreciate what and how you have helped to prepare for our babies arrival.
Lyndsey - April 2014
"Melissa gave me everything I expected from a Doula & Hypnobirthing teacher. From the initial contact I felt comfortable and able to trust Melissa. Melissa was flexible and arranged times to suit me. I wanted a Homebirth and I found Melissa to be very knowledgeable on this. Melissa is clearly very passionate about what she does and it was a privilege to have her involved in my pregnancy and labour. I think my homebirth would not have happened without her, as with Melissa there I felt able to say no when I was pressured to go to hospital. I felt I have developed a great friendship and have shared the most important day of my life with someone who truly cared about my physical and emotional wellbeing."
Gina January 2014
"I am writing to tell you how grateful Tom and I are for your help in teaching me how to deal with childbirth. We had an amazing experience and I would never have been able to do it without your advice and Tom reminding me how to breathe properly. The midwives said they hadn't known a baby's heart rate to stay so steady and calm throughout and they put thaat down to me being calm - which I put down to you. Thank you so much for helping us to bring our beautiful girl into the world in a calm way."
Katie B - May 2107
I'd considered hypnobirthing throughout my pregnancy but for some reason or another I kept putting off properly looking into it and as my due date was getting closer and closer I was getting more anxious at the thought of giving birth, so me and my husband decided to take the plunge and give it a go.
It was absolutely fantastic. My birthing plan went the complete opposite to what I wanted and a lot of intervention was required but by doing the hypnobirthing class I felt prepared and in control and I took away valuable knowledge which I believe hugely contributed to having a calm and positive birthing experience.
I feel the class was also great support for my husband as he was able to help distract me throughout my contractions by using the breathing exercises that we learnt together which made us both feel more relaxed on the day.
We were also faced with a lot of questions prior to and throughout the labour and by taking this class we felt in control and confident enough to not make any quick decisions and to consider all of our options first.
Thank you so much Melissa! Coming to your hypnobirthing class was one of the best things we could of done and due to everything you taught us I had a great labour experience and given the chance I wouldn't change any of it. For anyone reading this, I can not recommend this class enough xx