This surprising birth story gives me goosebumps whenever I read it. I can’t believe how calmly first-time mum Ally walked into hospital, while her baby’s head was out. Amazing. She trusted her instincts and breathed through all her surges with ease. Enjoy reading this fab story…

The best day of our lives happened on the 7th of October 2016. I felt love I never imagined feeling when my baby boy Leo was born.

Although the day didn’t go as planned, I don’t know what I would have done without my Wise Hippo hypnobirthing techniques.

A surprising birth story

As I sat on my sofa, almost a week over my estimate due date, laughing at Friends (I had by now watched every series of Friends – time well spent I think), I knew I felt different and something was going to happen tonight!

I had been getting Braxton Hicks for the last month of my pregnancy, which I used my breathing techniques to get through. Every night I told my partner Sam ‘this is it’, so when the real thing happened you can imagine that he didn’t believe me.

As I felt different I asked my mum to come over and stay, as she had offered to drive us to the hospital to keep everything really calm and relaxing.

As we tucked into our Indian take away, the discomfort was getting stronger. I was breathing through what I thought were Braxton Hicks, which Sam, as always, made me laugh through.

We went to bed as normal, but shortly after a restless hour of not being able to sleep through the discomfort ( which we know now where surges),  Sam rang the hospital and explained the situation. But, as I was so calm they wanted to speak to me and we got told to wait until I was having surges for four hours non stop.

Sam suggested putting on a Disney movie to distract me. To be honest, not even a prince saving a princess could distract me. We started doing all of the breathing exercises, which really helped.

Then Sam ran me a warm bath and we laughed at the thought of this actually being it and went back to bed. I got up to go to the loo and saw blood, so asked Sam to call up again. We were told to come in so I could be checked over, but that we would be going home shortly after. I calmly went into our spare room and woke up my mum and asked if she would take us now.

The car journey was pretty long, as we had recently moved house and were about 40 minutes from Reading. In the car I just felt the need to push (without going into too much detail, I just felt that I needed to go to the loo and would be slightly embarrassed when I got there).

Sam was using the soothing strokes technique on my back, as we counted down and breathed together. Once we got there I couldn’t wait to get out of the car, as I waddled out I knew something more had happened.

‘The head is out’!

I said to Sam ‘the head is out, the head is out’, as we walked into the hospital. We got into the lift, luckily a nurse was in the lift with us, as I said to her, my mum and Sam: ‘I’m not joking the head’s out’. No one would believe me so I (not thinking straight as you can imagine ) pulled down my trousers so everyone could see little Leo’s head was out! Luck was on our side as we slowly walked to the delivery room a midwife was walking past. Before she even had time to get her gloves on our perfect little boy was born. Everyone was shocked how calm and relaxed I had stayed, especially as a girl who suffers from anxiety attacks, and even I was proud of myself. I could not have done it without Deborah and would highly recommend her courses to everyone having a baby.

Even though I had a very fast birth, for it all to be so calm and relaxed made me feel so happy throughout. I couldn’t have wished for a better experience.

The love of our life has now made our little family complete. We are so happy and very blessed. I can’t thank my partner Sam, my mum and Deborah enough.

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