Giving birth intuitively
On the first visit to my midwife as a pregnant woman in 2018, I picked up the first book I saw in the midwifes’ library. A book written by a lady of colour about a natural way of giving birth. Her grandmother was born in Ghana. She described how women in her grandmother’s homeland intuitively know how to give birth and believe in themselves, something she did not always take for granted here in the Netherlands. That’s why she had immersed herself in Hypnobirthing, a method of relaxing and confidently going into childbirth.
Getting started with hypnobirthing
This story really appealed to me, since my upcoming baby was also half-Ghanaian. After some inquiries it turned out that a good friend of mine had also done Hypnobirthing. When I had to choose a pregnancy course, the choice for this method was made quickly. As a result, I booked a hypnobirthing course in Nieuwegein and learned a number of hypnobirthing methods: Breathing techniques, visualising, affirmations, massage, physical exercises and preparing me for childbirth together with my partner. In addition, I received a lot of information about pregnancy and birth and became familiar with the different possibilities of how, where and with whom to give birth.
Since I already had experience with body-mind techniques as a naturopath therapist, I found that with hypnobirhting I could build on this basis. So I practiced only what suited me and I added my own sauce to meditation and body work. As the course progressed, my confidence in my body and mind grew. Giving birth. I’d never done it before, but I still believed I could do it.
Positive birth story
Finally, as a 39-year-old, I gave birth at home with a bath birth to my first child. What a gift to give birth as a woman in my own familiar home environment. It went as I wished for, with a small circle of people around me that I liked to have. All this while there was a lot going on around me. I moved along on the waves of life and my body. My baby came into the world healthy and the seed for Natural Waves was also born.
Choice KG Hypnobirthing
I like to pass on the tools for a positive birth story to other women. I have chosen to do the training with the British hypnotherapist Katharine Graves, who is a world leader in this field. She keeps her teachers up-to-date with the latest developments and can count on a global community of birth workers who continuously feed her with knowledge and skills. Moreover, as a university-educated Social Geographer, I also enjoyed being able to do the training in an international setting in Glasgow, together with British midwives, hypnobirthing mothers and other body-mind specialists.