When I saw my baby girl for the first time her face was relaxed and curious, she was happy to come in this world!
Hypnobirthing helped me enormously to give a wonderful birth:
At 11 days past the estimated due date I sent an eviction notice to the wriggling mystery inside me, by way of eating an entire pineapple and a cycle to the other side of town for an Indian lunch. Things started to rumble in my belly and early labour officially started at 10.50pm Thursday. We were pretty excited and rushed about putting things into the birth bag and Toby finally started reading the instructions to the Maxi-Cosi. Throughout the night I focused on calm breathing and slipped in and out of a light sleep. Toby choosing to write down the surge patterns meant he didn’t get much sleep either. By Friday morning the surges seemed to be at a similar strength and pace and could still go for a walk outside. Focusing on the physiology of the surges really helped me understand and therefore work with with them. The visualisation of the blue satin ribbons around the uterus pulling upward opening and thinning stayed with me throughout the entire labour process. It wasn’t until late Friday night when the surges came stronger and closer together. At 1am I started to track the surges and by 5am it was time to call the hospital. We requested the room with the birth pool at the Saint Lucas Andreas and they said it was available. The reality of birthing in the pool finally hit me and I felt really excited now.
We arrived in the room and a midwife turned the lights down and checked my dilation I was a ‘big 4’. She filled the pool and left us alone. Here I could comfortably go into my breathing. Toby slept a few hours and it was all very relaxed all day. Later that evening a midwife started the conversation that I was progressing too slowly and when examining me stretched me and said ‘now you are a big 6.’ I yelled at her in the politest way… get out… get out…
She came back a little later and wanted to progress the labour more so we discussed breaking the membranes. I wanted to collect the amniotic fluid for an art project so it was done and it was clear. And everyone relaxed again.
The rest of the labour was a blur of moving about the room, leaning against table tops, visualising opening roses and Toby doing light touch massage which seem to work very well and occasionally surprising me with shaking the apple tree. His sense of humour really carried me through when I started to get too serious. When things felt like they were finally getting more urgent we refilled the pool and I slid in.
It was very calming being in the pool and the surges slowed down which the midwives became alarmed by as the labour was now in its 47th hour and fast approaching Sunday morning. They were worried I would get to tired for the actual birth so they suggested oxytocin. We said no and they left us alone. Toby and I spoke about our decision and 30 minutes later we called the midwife and said ok. The surges came on hard and fast and it was an hour of some very lizard brain primal noises from me and at times ‘GIVE ME ALL THE DRUGS NOW’ the midwife said ‘no’ as per my birth plan and left us alone. Toby held my head and kept saying encouraging words… I cant remember what exactly. I did start to feel the need to push though and switched to the J-breathing. Toby ran to get the midwife and she checked my dilation. “It’s beautiful. You are fully open”
And then everything just fell out of my head. The J-breathing wasn’t working with the force I felt I needed. So I asked her how to push. She said take a deep breath and push, don’t let the air out. 15 minutes later and the wriggling mystery was crowning. Toby said ‘It looks like a coconut’. That coconut was infinitely beyond any pain I have ever felt. She asked if Toby wanted to catch the baby but he said he wanted to stay with me which at that moment my love for him expanded. A minute later I felt arms and legs slide out easily and the babe was emerging from the water towards us.
It was some time before we even remembered to look to see if we had a boy or a girl. Toby said it looks like boy. We checked, and it was. Within the calm chaos a midwife said she was going to give me a shot of oxytocin for the placenta. Which came out a second after she injected me. After the cord stopped pulsating Toby and the student midwife made placenta prints while I had some skin to skin time with this strange, slippery, instantly loved new human in the world. The pool started to get cold and Toby and the babe went for skin to skin time as I had another very beautiful moment. I found myself standing in the middle of the pool which was now blood red and two midwives were washing and cleaning me down with such care. It felt wonderful bathing in endorphins and I believe it helped me transition back into myself. After that I felt like I had a new energy. We all laid down for more skin to skin and breastfed our very alert boy as meconium flowed out of him all over me and all over Toby.
Selena & Toby, Amsterdam 2016
on Friday 29th April I gave birth to our little boy Lucas Frederick George at the Lucas Andreas birth centre. He is absolutely beautiful and we are both totally in love.
The birth was hard work but a really positive experience. Surges started at 4:30am and I stayed in bed and slept a little until 9am. The surges were fairly mild at this point and pretty irregular. At 2pm they got more frequent and we called our midwife. When she came round I was 3cm dilated. We stayed at home until 6pm listening to the birth affirmations and rainbow relaxation recordings. I had two baths and Joris did some light touch massage which made me feel more comfortable.
Once we left for the birth centre at 6pm I was 6cm dilated and then things moved very fast. The surges came so frequently it became hard to cope but we used the birthing pool and I tried to let the contractions do their work without resisting them. I had a lot of pressure from my amniotic sac and once I was 9cm dilated I agreed to let the midwife break it which made things more comfortable for me as the water was released and the baby’s head could move down. Lucas arrived at 7:30pm after a very short pushing phase of 8mins!
I thought a lot about the opening of the rose during labour and took a lot of inspiration from the video of the english couple birthing at home together. The recordings were playing at the birth centre and they made me feel so much more reassured and confident. Hypnobirthing helped me so much, mainly by helping me stay calm in the run up to labour and having a relaxed and confident attitude to the process as a whole.
We are all at home now and enjoying getting to know one another.
Inbal, thank you so much for all your help we are so happy to have done the Hypno course and to have had a totally natural birth.
Hannah & Joris, Amsterdam 2016
On Wednesday, 13. April 03.21 our little baby girl Mille was born 🙂 She is healthy and has the proudest parents in the world 🙂 I had a quick and easy birth experience and I even walked out of the delivery room! Breathing exercises, accepting and letting the contractions come really helped, and I am happy that I mannaged to tell the staff that I preferred to stand when they told me to lay down. Being in the position that I felt was most right for me really took away the heaviness of the contractions, and I managed without painkillers. Thank you for the course, it really helped ! Again, thank you so much, you are doing something with a special purpose, keep up the good work 🙂
Marie, Amsterdam 2016
On June 25th 2015 our first child Lars was born in a pool in the safe environment of our home. This date is the start of new life, but also the end of my pregnancy journey, which changed my life in so many ways.
What has proven to be of major importance during this journey was to stay as close to my inner self as possible. There are so many people, regulations and scary birth stories out there in the world that make it almost impossible to distinguish the fears of others that are being projected on you as a mother to be from your own inner guidance. At these times for me it was wonderful to be able to reach out to a strong, wise woman who shares her wisdom and experience, but also listens (even when it’s the crazy hormones talking). This is what a Doula means to me and this is exactly what Inbal is.
Inbal doesn’t “work” as a Doula. She ís a Doula 24/7. She was there for me and my family with her beautiful Hypnobirthing course, knowledge of Ayurveda, deep relaxation classes and also a network of beautiful people that are the professionals that are so helpful during your pregnancy (and after).
When Lars kept us waiting for his arrival for a few weeks, Inbal gave us faith to stay calm and offered cupping, moxa and foot rubs. During labour she was there for us with warmth, care and nutrition. Continuously reminding me of the strength we have as mothers and not to worry. Even when meeting weeks later in the park for a tea, when she supported me in my wish to be able to breastfeed outside without worrying about what other people may think.
I am forever grateful for meeting Inbal at this time in our lives. And I know that it has made a huge difference in the way Lars was able to start his life. Surrounded by love and trust in the beauty of the natural process of birth.
Hypnobirthing with Inbal has made a huge difference for me, but also for the father and most important our son Lars. There was the relaxation which was of major importance, but Inbal offered so much more.
Becoming parents for the first time, our deepest wish was to make our baby’s transition from my womb to the world as soft and easy as possible. In the beginning there was also fear, basically for the unknown. We felt the strong desire to be informed as much as possible about the process of birth and the possibilities we had as parents regarding this. Of course our midwife was there with information, but being encouraged and informed by Inbal during the Hypnobirthing course gave us the confidence we needed to make decisions and do it “our way”.
Lars was born in the pool in our home. By sunrise the waves started and before the end of the day Lars arrived relaxed and happy. Now weeks later he is still this way. We are convinced that his relaxed birth (and pregnancy) are the main reason for this. Inbal was there as a Doula as well and her warm presence guided me during, but also after giving birth.
The journey of pregnancy and birth is so very special, but can be challenging as well. We highly recommend Inbal and are forever thankful for the energy and love we received from her in these amazing times.
When I heard I was pregnant of my second child last year I knew I wanted this birth to be very different of the first one. I gave birth to my first child in the hospital (it was my choice but also had a case of meconium) pretty much in horrible pain, without the epidural I asked for at some point and feeling like a victim all way long. Which left me with a post partum depression lasting about 2 months after birth.
This birth had to be different but how… Most probably I would ask for an epidural this time. I heard lot of good things about it but at the same time quite some bad experiences too… I was in lot of doubts. 2 of my friends had done hypnobirthing and swore it really helped them on the day of birth. I was really sskeptical.. but I was on the 7th month of pregnancy and the pregnancy yoga I was following at that moment was much more informative and made for 1st time Moms. I got in contact with Inbal who arranged for me to join an hypnobirthing class starting on the very short term. I quickly bought into the philosophy of hypnobirthing, everything seemed logical and the classes were very efficient. I was surprised how fast I got into deep relaxation and how good this was working on me… but would it work when surges would be there on the day of birth? Surprisingly it did… I managed to break the fear/tension/pain cycle. I did not pay attention to the first surges and went on with my daily activities. Then I dealt with first serious surges on a birth ball and with the hypnobirthing CD but I was still feeling very comfortable. When the midwife came at home I was already 8/9 cm dilated and it was too late to reach the hospital. Midwives were amazed I could still talk, eat, laugh and arrange things in the house! That’s how confident I felt that nothing wrong could happen, that everything was perfectly safe and that I would finally have my perfect birth at home.
Of course the news of the dilation brought a lot of excitement around me and I did not manage after that to keep a cool head. I thought I could have my baby in the following hour and stopped using my hypnobirthing techniques. As a result it took another 4 hours to effectively birth my baby. Last 2 hours being more difficult since surges became heavier. But positively I could still relax my body in between each of those surges. My baby came to the world in our bedroom at home surrounded by tranquility and a beautiful nursery song. This birth made it completely up for the previous one and even the first one now seems special to me and I gave the traumatic side a place. All midwives said hypnobirthing really helped me and for sure it did. It brought a sense of confidence and a positive mindset that are key to have next to the relaxation techniques. I’m really grateful to Inbal who effectively shared her knowledge and participated into the fact that I am a happy mum right from th e beginning!
Eevi Aili Esselina van Leijen joined our tiny family on Saturday August 1st 6.32pm. Overjoyed to finally meet her face to face!:)She was born perfectly healthy, feisty and strong but a little bit smaller than what had been expected, 2998g.The birth process itself started already Friday afternoon with regular contractions. The discomfort however was very little as I had good time between each surge and kept on focusing on “business as usual” without any stress. Berry also came home from work early to help me & joke around to keep things extra positive:). During each more intense surge he used the light touch massage or lower back pressing as both really worked well for me.We stayed home with no sense of urgency and were even able to sleep a little over the night. With contractions becoming stronger, but still remaining some time apart (5-8min cycles the whole labour) I could apply deep breathing through each one remaining relaxed and then falling back to sleep/semisleep.We finally decided to leave for hospital at 13.30 on Saturday. Mainly to check if the birth was proceeding good since the contractions were there for so long without chance in frequency. Arrived in joking, laughing and completely relaxed:). We were taken in to an examination room and the nurse felt that as I was “coping with the pain so well” it was unlikely that I was yet in labour. However, they promised to send a doctor to do the check up as soon as someone was available.“As soon as” turned out to be after 4pm & even at this hour I was still able to keep my good flow. The surprised doctor however told us I was already 8cm and had to be moved to the delivery room right away.Unfortunately, the rapid procedure of moving things ahead caught me off guard and I started to have more difficulty in keeping relaxed. There were also 5 different people to deal with and speaking English didn’t come without saying…After my water had been broke I asked to take a shower & Berry joined me to help calm me down but at this point surges had became very hard for me to manage.After the shower I decided to go ahead with remifentanil. I struggled with making the decision but doing so gave me a much needed opportunity to calm down a bit. Having the iv on for no longer than 25min, the doctor walked in to check my dilatation & without further discussion sat me down on a stool got the medication off and told me I needed to push. Apparently I was fully dilated and Eevi was ready to come. However, I didn’t yet feel urge to push and tried to tell this also to the doctor without success. The pushing against my own intuition was most difficult and this caused a lot of pain.I believe being in the birth stool was good for me but for visibility the doctor, midwife & intern present at the delivery wanted me to lean backwards towards Berry. Leaning back for me felt wrong and at this point I also became very angry, finally voicing that I didn’t want anyone to be pulling my legs, touching and telling me what rythm to breave in.After my outburst, Berry took over helping me to lean more forward & being the only one to direct me. Unbelievably this changed things a lot and I could feel Eevi move down with my pushes & felt a relief in pain. In total the pushing only took 30min and of that time the last 15min felt effective as well as quite comfortable.Eevi was born controlled and with out too much stress and directly put on my chest♡ I had also suffered no rips or tears at all & was able to stand up straight away. We were and are doing perfect needing no recovery!♡ In my opinion thanks to having prepared as a couple. I may not have had trust in the unfamiliar people in the quickly changing situation & felt out of control but there was still one person in the room I trusted and he was able to step up when needed. I was also able to utilize the techniques learned in hypnobirthing until the last 2,5h feeling in fact so comfortable that the hospital staff missed me being in delivery at all…heh:)From here on we will focus on after birth relaxation & getting to know our pretty girl who is a total feeding professional!♡Thank you for getting us prepared for anything as a unit Inbal, the end result despite hospital challenges is complete perfection!
I met Inbal at a workshop on Ayurveda in pregnancy and post-partum.
At that time, I was around 20 weeks pregnant and looking for a birth preparation course to follow – one that would prepare and empower me to have the natural birth that I was visualising and wishing for, both for me and my baby.
Another mama participating in the workshop recommended Inbal’s hypnobirthing course and when talking to Inbal, I immediately felt very comfortable with her and had the strong feeling that she was the right one to support me in this magic journey.
Right from the beginning of my pregnancy I was questioning the overly medical approach to pregnancy and birth that I had been witnessing so many times. Why would a healthy birth require any medical interventions? Why would something so deeply natural be unbearably painful? To me, this didn’t make sense. Instead, I was visualising a gentle and joyful birth, one that would transform my mind and soul. But I wasn’t sure yet if I could trust this feeling or weather I was just being naïve as a first time mama to be, as some people tried to make me believe.
Well and then I started Inbal’s hypnobirthing course and got all the encouragement that I could indeed have the natural, beautiful birth that I was imagining. Inbal taught us lovely and very effective techniques for deep relaxation, we learned using our breath as a means to fully let go and flow and connect with the rhythm of our body. We learned about different birthing positions and tried them out, heard a lot about the many choices we had in relation to birth and also about the different phases of the birthing process. I felt so well prepared and informed. Yet, what was even more important to me, based on her own experience and deep trust in women’s power and wisdom, Inbal made me gain so much confidence and trust in myself and my ability to birth naturally. At the end of the course, I felt truly ready to give birth to my baby and was looking forward to it without fear and with joy and anticipation.
At some point towards the end of my pregnancy I clearly felt that, next to my midwife, I wanted somebody else to be there with me during birth. Somebody, who I trusted and who could support and guide me throughout these magic hours. And again I felt that Inbal was the right one to ask. When she said that she was happy to be my Doula and that she would be at my side whenever and for as long as it would take, I felt totally at ease and safe to go into birth.
The day our baby was born, everything unfolded so quickly and easily that, when we called Inbal to come over, my baby’s birth was already in its last stage. Throughout birth I was totally attuned with myself, the rhythm of my body and baby and able to fully let go and surrender. When Inbal entered the room, where I was birthing in the pool, I looked at her like through a haze. At this time, I was floating off to another world both during and in between surges. And yet, I felt Inbal’s presence and calming energy in the room so clearly and was relieved, grateful and happy that she was by my side now. During some surges I held her hands strongly, looking at her smiling and telling me, without any words, that everything was perfectly fine and that she too was sensing this magic energy that I could feel filling the room. Very soon after, Leon was born gently into the warm water and my arms – a perfect, healthy and amazingly calm tiny boy. I feel that there are no words to describe this experience in all its power and beauty – it was beyond all I had dreamed about and wished for. I feel gratitude and deep love thinking back to Leon’s birth and am still completely mesmerised. Inbal played a big role in it; both in my physical and mental preparation for birth and during Leon’s birth itself. In the weeks following Leon’s birth and up to today, Inbal has always been there for me, listening, caring and supporting me in this emotional and special time. Thank you for this gift, dear Inbal. You are a beautiful and unique woman and I am so grateful that our paths have crossed. I am sure you will help many other mamas prepare for the birth of their babies, approaching this magic day with confidence, trust and happiness.
Hypnobirthing really helped me and my partner to get into the mindset of fearlessness and trust before, and during the birth of our son. My labour was relatively short and easy, and I feel this was mainly due to how relaxed I had become during Inbal’s intimate and supportive sessions with us. Thank you dear Inbal for being you.
6 Months ago I gave birth to Hendrick, a very happy and cheeky smileyface. Thanks to Inbal and hypnobirthing techniques my birth experience was beautiful. She taught my boyfriend and me how to experience a calm birth. We have never been more happy and proud of ourselves. To some this course might sound a bit ‘out there’ but I am a pretty down to earth person and I wish everyone to have this beautiful experience.
Inbal is a caring and sweet lady, besides teaching how to hypnobirth she has some great ‘ happy baby’ tricks up her sleeve. We love her!
Six weeks before the birth of my second child I visited Inbal’s yoga lesson. I began joining the sessions frequently in preparation for the birth and before I knew it, I started to completely change my mind about the type of birth I wanted. I went from an epidural hospital birth to a natural home birth. My first birth had scared me, so much so, that I was certain I would opt for pain relief a second time round.
Inbal helped me to loose my insecurities and gain trust in my body. The yoga helped me to feel confident about my body and the hypnobirthing gave me the tools and mindset I needed to relax. Working together with Inbal allowed me to shake away the fear I was feeling and enjoy a truly beautiful birth. I gave birth to my beautiful baby at home in a pool. Shortly after the birth, we were cuddled up in bed as a family of four. It was amazing.
I highly recommend Inbal’s support if you would like to overcome some kind of fear, enabling you to a experience a wonderful birth.
Hi! My name is Mariana. Four months ago I had my daughter Valentina and was feeling really detached from my body. Inbal helped me reconnect my body and soul! I love her classes and feel really blessed that I found her. Thank you Inbal!!!
One of the reasons why I never had gotten pregnant before was my fear of giving birth. I was absolutely terrified by many stories of people close to me who had gone through horrible pain for days and never seemed to be the same after their traumatic experiences. So, when I finally got pregnant I knew I had to do something to overcome my fear as it was evident that I would have to face giving birth somehow. I just didn’t know what to do until I met Inbal around my 15th week of pregnancy who told me about the concept of Hypnobirthing. Just one week later I had already finished reading the book and it was clear to me that I had to take the class.
I delivered my beautiful girl Catalina 7 months ago. It was my third birth , and a great experience.
I had a water birth, no medical support and it was amazing.
Inbal helped me with the hypnobirthing lessons and a few of the yoga as well. I feel totally prepare to do it again by myself. My midwife was not good at all, she was in a hurry I guess, and pushed me all the time to break my membranes, which stressed me when I was supposed to be relax and calm. But besides that, I’m very proud of my birth experience and I want to thank to Inbal for everything, she is such a nice woman.
I signed up for Inbal’s hypnobirthing workshop after talking to her about her birthing experience and meeting her baby son Adam. They were both so serene, happy and peaceful, that I had no doubt I wanted a similar experience for my baby and myself! The workshop was a really beautiful introduction to the combination of physical and mental tools that are the core of preparations for hypnobirthing. It was fantastic, and exactly what I expected it to be!
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