Stella & Beto's baby Cristina
Born in hospital, Amsterdam - November 2019
Stella and Beto birthed their third baby together in Amsterdam in 2019, with me by their side as their doula. Stella chose HypnoBirthing, as she wanted this birth to be different, than her previous two births. It was amazing to see Stella and Beto working together as a beautiful team. Stella was extraordinary, she was soft and relaxed but also strong and powerful. She breathed her baby into the world, with Beto holding her close. Here's Stella's story:
"Birth is powerful! For my third pregnancy I needed a doula. I had decided that long time ago. I found her in Miranda. She was also the one introducing me to HypnoBirthing. I attended Miranda’s classes, and they changed everything for me. They empowered me, they taught me about my birthing rights and options, the various ways of giving birth. A whole new world revealed itself in front of me. I learnt how to birth a child. And this changed my life.
Our daughter Cristina Aaliyah was born November 20, 2019. I breathed her into this world and I felt every bit of my birth while having my eyes closed for four hours. I was relaxed, I was breathing, I did not allow anything external to ruin the state I was in. I was so close to my partner, my rock. Miranda and he were taking care of me, they made sure my needs were met. We were all in tune.
Every time I felt a contraction, I imagined a wave, the waters of my favourite beach on my beloved island Chios. Every wave gave me new strength, imagining myself in the waters giving life to my daughter empowered me. I knew exactly what I was doing, and I was determined to do it my way.
Miranda was there for me, she called me beautiful, she witnessed my power and reminded me what I could do. She taught me that birth is powerful in a different way that I had learnt and experienced before.
I wish that every woman can experience what I experienced. It healed my heart and mind. So be ferocious in taking care of yourself, asking questions and changing the narrative we view birth and give life."
"Miranda is a wonderful person and a great HypnoBirthing teacher. She taught me so many things and empowered me in my birthing experience. She was also my doula and her presence plus the things she had taught me made such a difference and I experienced giving birth as something beautiful and empowering. Last but not least, she is also an amazing massage therapist"