Hello, Welcome to my page
My name is Lynne and I am a fully certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner based in Scotland. I am the proud wife of James and mummy of two young children Sophia (4), Jamie (3) and now pregnant with my third baby. If I am not with my family, I am in the kitchen baking or in the gym.
I have always been inspired by the strength of women and the miracle of birth. The main reason I became a HypnoBirthing Practitioner however, is because I am incredibly fortunate to have had two very positive HypnoBirthing babies myself. My own experience is what drives me to share my knowledge now with other women and families out there. Birth doesn't have to be stereo-typically 'painful, awful and something you'd quite frankly rather forget, but forever feel traumatised by.'
My husband, James and I took the Marie Mongan HypnoBirthing course back in 2017 to prepare for our first baby after hearing about it on Giovanna Fletcher's Happy Mum, Happy Baby audible book. The idea of having a gentle, calm and comfortable birth was very appealing to me and as the first of my friends to have a baby I really didn't know much about birth or pregnancy.
The course 'blew our socks off'. James and I were instantly in awe of the programme and worked really hard to practice and prepare.
My husband was my absolute rock throughout both pregnancies and births. James was so supportive of my wishes and how I wanted to prepare. He always encouraged me to take time for myself and exercise throughout pregnancy. He really was the most amazing birth companion I could have ever wished for. James was immersed in the HypnoBirthing practice from the outset, always reading scripts to me, reminding me to relax, helping with light touch massage and breathing.
He was my everything and I would highly recommend every mother to have a birth companion whether that's the baby daddy, mum, a best friend, a Doula. The role of birth companion is not to be underestimated.
It really was the birth of my son that urged me to become a HypnoBirthing practitioner. Every woman deserves to be educated about her choices, understand her body and to birth with power, integrity and a supportive birth companion by her side. Every woman deserves to have someone to guide and assist her in making educated choices about her pregnancy, and to remind her that she can trust the strength of her body during this experience. I’m here to provide unbiased information and emotional support.
HypnoBirthing sure has been an incredible, life changing experience for me and I am confident it can be exactly that for you and your baby too.
Please get in touch to find out more, I'd love to hear from you.
My First Birth Story
A little more personal..
I chose to have an induction at 40+1 because there was a very low measurement of amniotic fluid (3) around the baby (normal range 5-22). This is called 'oligohydramnios' - it is very uncommon. This meant my birth journey was off to an 'unplanned' start but we felt very much prepared for any twist or turn. I decided to have a very slow induction, which was gentle and as drawn out as possible because baby and I were both doing really well. I turned down roughly 11 points of intervention where the hospital were trying to encourage me along, but baby and I stayed strong and were in no hurry. After 4 days our beautiful baby girl, Sophia was born naturally and drug free. I had no pain relief and only very small amounts of artificial Oxycontin to help surges along. (May I also add no tears, stitches or otherwise!)
This journey was unique and I believe the only reason it didn't end in c-section or traumatic vaginal delivery was because my husband and I had the teaching and philosophy of HypnoBirthing under our belts. I was relaxed, smiling and excited throughout the entire process. We felt in control (almost all the time) and apart from feeling tired which is only normal, we were thrilled with the experience and couldn't wait to do it all over again.
Sophia was a wonderfully contented baby who fed and slept very well and is now a thriving, excitable toddler who is coming on 'leaps and bounds'.
My Second Birth Story
A little more personal...
I fell pregnant when Sophia was 6 months old and again had a wonderful positive pregnancy. This time thing were VERY different!
I went into labour naturally at 7pm one Monday night at 40 weeks. The surges were gentle initially and then started to get closer together and grow in intensity by about 9:30pm. James packed his hospital bag whilst I watched Friends and bounced on my birthing ball. We were both very calm and most excited. By 11:20pm I had an urge to go to the hospital, I knew things were stepping up a gear, so we made our way there. I phoned my mum and she talked me through each surge and kept me company whilst James was driving.
By 11:40pm surges were frequent, rhythmic and quite intense. A quick triage session found that I was already 7cm and the pool was being prepared. I got into the pool at 12:10am and after a few gentle birth breaths, our beautiful son, Jamie floated into the world at 12:35am. There was only one midwife and my husband in the room, the lights were dimmed, the pool was so relaxing and it was the most sensational experience of my life. I felt refreshed, energised and full of life immediately after. So much so, that I wanted to relive the experience all over again. I birthed Jamie naturally in the water, with no pain relief and again not a single tear or stitch.
Jamie is the most incredible little bundle of energy, he is very contented and happy in his own skin. He is a fantastic sleeper and is literally trying to run before he can walk. It is amazing watching him develop into a fabulous little toddler.