Kate and Ben

“Thanks very much to Jo for giving us the tools, the support and the confidence to have the relaxed and calm birth we had hoped for. We couldn’t have achieved this without attending the hypnobirthing course and without the support and encouragement of Jo and all the other hypnomums.”

Katie, mum of Miles. (4.5 hr labour)

“Cannot rate this course highly enough! Jo is the fairy godmother of E17 Hypnobabies! She’s an absolute gem who has created a wonderful community of confident and chilled out mothers-to-be. If you do any course to prepare for birth, make sure it’s this one”

Tessa, mum of Remy (4.15 hr labour – Induction, no pain relief)

“We just used our Hypnobreathing, music and the tens machine which was a winning combo for us. So a huge thank you Jo for all you’ve done and for teaching us so much, so well. We are delighted with how it went! To all the Hypnomums I met along the way, if you are still awaiting your babies rest assured you have nothing to fear – as Jo promised. See you down the pub soon! Xx”

Kim, mum of Henry. (5 hr labour, 3 wks early)

“I have no doubt that without hypnobirthing – and the wonderful guidance of Jo – my birth story would be very different. I raved about the technique to every member of staff I met in hospital. Even the most experienced midwives were shocked that a first time baby could arrive so fast. Hypnobirthing changed my life – and made the start of my son’s life the most serene I could ever imagine. Jo, I know you’re a modest lady but you truly work magic. There are not enough compliments under the sun I can pay you – or ever thank you enough.”

Katie, mum of Corrin (9lb 6oz baby, just a bit of gas and air)

“The fact that he was such a whopper came as a shock to everyone, including all the midwives. I am certain I would not have managed to get him out if it wasn’t for the strength and utter belief that I had in myself, my body and in the baby that I learned at Hypnobirthing. I didn’t have any pain relief apart from a bit of gas and air. As a result he’s a really happy, alert and placid baby. Life is so wonderful now with Corrin in it and he was worth every surge and every uncomfortable late pregnancy night. Thank you Jo for everything xxx”

Georgie, a second time Mum.

“A friend recommended Hypnobirthing, and also Jo Redmond. Jo pretty much saved my life. The course was amazing. Jo was amazing. I hadn’t fully realised how much baggage (of a negative nature) both my husband and I were carrying. Jo gave us the space to talk, face our fears, deal with the past and move on to ultimately look forward to the next birth experience. She gave us the tools to take control of our own ‘birth’ day, to be strong and have a voice during labour. The birth breathing techniques that we were both taught were priceless. No antenatal or yoga class had ever come even close to showing me such a specific skill. Without the hypnobirthing I know I wouldn’t have been able to stay at home feeling safe for as long as I did. My husband cooked supper for our eldest, bathed him and put him to bed. At 7.30 I knew we had to go to hospital. We called the delivery ward and were advised to stay away for longer. Knowing my body and trusting my instinct we drove in anyway. Arrived at 8pm. Examined at 8.30pm and Luca arrived in the pool just as I had dreamt at 10pm. No drugs and no trauma. It was the most incredible experience of my life and one I owe everything to Jo for.”

Chris, a Hypnodad!

“We both found hypnobirthing with you invaluable. I was much more prepared as a result and was more able to deal with the hospital and make sure that we got the room and the water birth that we wanted.”

Lisa had to have a procedure which is normally painful and upsetting.

“Towards the end it was discovered that my baby was breech. I tried Hypnobirthing scripts, acupuncture and homeopathy and by the time I came to have the ECV (external cephalic version – when they turn the baby manually) I felt so relaxed it worked really well. Normally it’s not a very nice procedure but I had prepared for it and was so relaxed the doctor said it was the quickest he had ever done. My baby turned easily and then stayed there.”

Emily was a VBAC.

“My partner and I slowly got ourselves together and went calmly in a taxi to the hospital. He told the midwife that I had only been in labour for about an hour so we were put in a side room that was not very nice. I could hear women screaming in other rooms but the midwife couldn’t believe that I could be in established labour as I was so calm. I really wanted her to examine me but she said they were too busy. I decided to pretend I needed help and started mooing like a cow to get some attention and my partner was trying not to giggle. The midwife thought she had better hurry up and examine me and found I was 8 cm dilated which sent her into a bit of a flap. I was moved pretty quickly after that. I still couldn’t quite believe myself that I was in established labour because I couldn’t feel my contractions that much. I had a sensation of pulling, it didn’t really feel like pain. During the entire time I didn’t feel any intense episodes. During the latter stage the midwife even needed to tell me when I was having the contractions so I could push!”

First time Mum, Tamara, had a home birth.

“We managed very well on our own, I was super, super calm and by the time the midwife arrived I was already 6 cm dilated. It’s hard to describe but it wasn’t painful, it just felt like pressure. Sometimes it was extreme pressure but it was manageable. I couldn’t lie down as my baby was posterior and it didn’t feel comfortable so I used the birthing ball and squatting positions. By 6cm the contractions were frequent and fast and I just got into the pool in time. The second stage was smooth. I actually breathed him down, hypnobirthing style, with no pushing. Ethan came into the water and I picked him up, we did skin to skin and he latched on quickly. My first time baby, posterior position, had been born in just 8 hours, calmly and at home.”

Faye had a family affair, dog and gerbils came too!

“I had my whole family there: partner Rob, Mum, Dad, brother, sister, dog and two gerbils! We were all in the sitting room together with candles, lavender burning, home made chocolates and ginger tea. I was having a lovely time in the birthing pool and it was really tranquil. I had the Hypnobirthing Affirmations CD on a loop continually, that’s all I wanted to hear. I don’t even remember pain at this point, I was just so excited to be in the pool. Everyone was amazed at how calm and quiet and peaceful I was. They couldn’t quite believe it.”

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