Having successfully used the hypno approach with the birth of Luc, our first child in 2008, we were naturally keen to do the same with the recent arrival of our second child in May.
With a three year gap and a total change of location, we recognised that we’d need a refresher and scoured the internet in an attempt to identify a course similar to that which we attended first time around – a process that resulted in us getting in touch with Wendy Wood.
From the initial conversation Wendy’s open, relaxed and welcoming style made us feel completely at ease – with an entirely more personal service when compared with what we’d experienced before, we opted for a “one on one” two session hypnobirthing course.
The sessions, both conducted at home (once again, different to what we’d experienced before) were informative and practical with none of the group pressure that we saw as a minor drawback of our first course. Wendy’s guidance on techniques was superb, equally was her constant contact via email with support messages, pointers and thoughts.
It was during the first session that we were discussing Wendy’s background and were interested to understand that she’d formally trained as a midwife with years of experience behind her and was now able to combine her medical background / knowledge with the hypnosis theory and techniques, whereas once again previously the two had certainly in our minds sat slightly apart. It’s this combination, in our opinion, that allows Wendy’s perspective and practical guidance to be so relevant when you’re considering options for child birth.
At that point, towards the end of the first session, we decided that we’d like to Wendy to work with us in her other capacity as a birth companion / doula to compliment her assistance with the hypnobirthing.
In addition to the two sessions of hypnobirthing, this would also involve Wendy giving us 3 further sessions (pre / post natal) with 24 hour access to her support and attendance at the birth.
It’s one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.
The birth two days ahead of estimated due date was a smooth, very quick and complication free affair which we put largely down to the hypno birthing process – Wendy’s support on the day was superb from taking Claire to the hospital while we urgently sorted out childcare for Luc to guidance on feeding after Max’s arrival. Her collaborative, partnership approach with the team at the Royal Surrey Hospital added further to what was an excellent (if not a little warm – the hottest of the year so far) day – we really couldn’t have hoped for better.
For the past few weeks since the birth, Wendy’s input and friendship has been invaluable with follow up visits and contact to support and advise Claire.
We plan to stay in touch with Wendy and would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone else wishing to explore their options for this most special of events”
Claire and Marcus Trench (Maximilien Matthew John)