The breeze team
Jane Wallington, Breeze Birthing Founder, Mother of Ruby and Jessica, Instructor of The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme, Mongan Method Practitioner (Gold Seal), Positive Birth Movement Facilitator (Royston & area), & Hospital Volunteer
AREAS: Royston, Baldock & Biggleswade
Sammy Lewis, Mother of Evan, Breeze Birthing Partner, Instructor of The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme, Support Worker at the Children's Centre Group, Positive Birth Movement Facilitator, Breeze Birthing Hypnobirth mum
AREAS: Buntingford & Ware
Emma Hogg, Mother of Elora, Instructor of The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme, Positive Birth Movement Facilitator, Breeze Birthing Hypnobirth mum
AREAS: Flitwick & Bedford
WHY WE ARE HERE... (OUR BIRTH STORIES)
"Ten months after the birth of our first daughter, I fell pregnant again. A whole bag full of mixed emotions fell over me, but the biggest by far was fear. Fear of a repeat of Ruby's birth, fear of intervention again, fear of post natal depression.
I was actually planning a caesarean this time around and we saw two specialists at The Rosie, Addenbrookes, who both said I'd need intervention, yet again.
I listened to my midwife-who recommended we do Hypnobirthing classes and decided to do the course. It changed my life. After the course I felt very different, positive, calm and prepared.
At 40+3 wks I was in Asda, food shopping with Ruby, when my surges started. I continued on as normal, came home, unpacked and cooked a roast dinner!
My husband went off to work at 9.30pm and I continued with my relaxation and breathing practice. At midnight my surges were 2-3mins apart, my husband came home, my mother arrived to babysit and we went to The Rosie Hospital, Cambridge.
Just an hour after arriving, Jessica Nala was born gently and calmly (and fast asleep!) in the water and with no pain relief. No intervention was required, at all. This time, it was the most amazing experience, I had so much energy afterwards- fed, showered and ready to go home after another hour and I hoovered in the afternoon!
Jessica was a very typical hypnobirth baby- calm, content, alert and she had a very high APGAR score of 10. She fed exceptionally well, smiled early at 2 weeks and was laughing by 5 weeks. A very different bond exists between us.
This is why I love what I do."
"As soon as I found out I was pregnant I knew that I wanted to do a hypnobirthing course. I had heard several friends and relatives birth stories using hypnobirthing and I knew it would be helpful for me- being prone to anxiety.
I found Jane from Breeze Birthing, and she took me and a couple of friends through the Wise Hippo Birthing Programme when I was around 30 weeks pregnant.
I really enjoyed the course, it taught me so much, and helped me to look forward to labour with excited anticipation.
The day I went into labour, I had been pottering about at home, willing things to start. That morning I had a bit of a show so I knew things would be starting soon.
My surges started regularly at about 4pm. I carried on as normal, went for a walk and spoke to my Mum on the phone - I didn't tell her I was potentially in labour as she always said she'd rather not know because she would worry.
I managed to have a bit of dinner, but didn't feel particularly hungry...I was nervously excited that this could be it!
Early evening I decided that if the baby was arriving soon, then I wanted the hoovering to be done and the house to be as spotless as possible, so I set about with my Hetty hoover and hoovered the entire house from top to bottom, only stopping for my husband to time my surges.
Later that evening I bounced on my birthing ball and tried to watch a film, but the surges were coming quicker and more intensely making it difficult to concentrate on anything other than my waves of relaxation.
At about midnight, my husband started saying he thought we should go in to hospital so he rang ahead and spoke to the midwife who agreed that it sounded like labour was progressing. I dragged my heels a bit, as I was happy at home so we didn't actually arrive at the hospital till about 2am, and my surges were now 1 and a half minutes apart and lasting for about a minute.
On examination, I was found to be 8-9cm dilated which I was over the moon about because it meant we could head straight to the birthing pool. I got in at about 3am and a little while later my surges changed and intensified and I could feel my baby moving down.
Several surges and only 20 minutes later, my baby was born so calmly she laid sleeping peacefully in my arms and didn't cry until many minutes later.
It was an amazing experience, I felt completely in control and I was so happy that I had given birth exactly the way I wanted to, with no pain relief or even gas and air!"
Breeze Birthing featured in a large article in the Cambridge Evening News and all the local Weekly News titles in March 2013. You can read it here...
And in the Biggleswade Chronicle in March 2014, featuring Sam Rogers and baby Ronnie of Royston :)