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Ana & Cristiano's baby Theo - born October 2019

Ana and Cristiano were expecting their first baby and decided to do a HypnoBirthing course with me to help understand the Dutch maternity system, and to help them prepare for a comfortable birth.  They're from Brazil where birth is very medicalised and so natural birth was very new to them.  Read all about their beautiful home birth here:

"Our baby Theo was born last 25th October, at home, in the birthing pool, as we wished!

Deciding to have a home birth was a process for us, during the whole pregnancy I was gaining more confidence to do so and for sure the HypnoBirthing course was a great contribution for that.

When I discovered myself pregnant in a foreign country where most of the births are at home I must confess that I was scared.  I come from a country where birth is almost always medicalised, where I would delivery besides a hospital? 

During Miranda's HypnoBirthing classes I realised that the fear was in my mind and I start thinking “why to focus in the worst case scenario (if this really exists in birth since our body is made for that)?”  Every week, with the techniques and birth experiences that she shared with us I felt more empowered.  Every time that I listened to the positive birth affirmations I repeated thousands of times to myself “I put all the fear aside as I prepare for the birth of my baby” and “I trust my body to know what to do and to follow its lead”.

At a certain point I was 100% sure that I was able to do it, that I want to do it, that I would do it. My mind was convinced that this is the natural way to go, that it would be safe for me and my baby.

I practiced the Rainbow Relaxation hypnosis every night, positive birth affirmations every day, breathing techniques and light touch massage as well!  Since week 37 I did the perineum massage for 5 minutes after my shower, which I am completely sure that was the reason I had no stitches even given birth to a 4kgs baby!

And how was labor and birth? Fast, everybody was impressed how fast it progressed and how focused I was.  My surges started at night, 10 minutes apart, no longer than 30 seconds; that question: is it or not in my head, and yes, it was the beginning of birth. I slept pretty well, every time that I woke up during the night I felt that the surges were still there.

The next morning I went for a walk to the grocery shop, had lunch and the waves got stronger.  5pm my waters broke and here we go, stronger and stronger. My midwife came a little bit later, checked my cervix and I was 3cm dilated, really focused on my breathing through each surge, soft blue light in the room, my favorite yoga playlist playing, sitting on the birthing ball while my husband was doing light touch massage, everything was going nice and comfortable.

When the midwife left, she told us that the next check would be at 10:30 pm and if I felt anything different or the urge to push to call them.   I sat on the toilet (the most comfortable place that I could find), my husband helping me to breath correctly and eliminate tension, I just wanted to push, it was something that I could not control but I was trying to since I didn’t know if I was 100% dilated or not, so we called the midwife again at 8:30pm and she came at 9:15pm.  My body and my baby were ready, 10cm and really strong waves.  I went to the pool, how relaxing, I felt really good in there and things got stronger, I followed my body, the urge to scream and scream and scream.  I screamed my baby down with each surge but it was not painful, it was only a reaction from my body and I followed its lead!  After maybe 5 waves and no more than half an hour in the pool, Theo was on my arms!

The feeling after the birth was of peace, love, relief, joy, all together in a moment that I will never forget – my baby boy born in his room!!! I did it, we did it!!!  After my waters broke it took 5 and a half hours of labor, really quick, the midwifes were amazed how fast it progressed, how calm I was!

I could not have done this without Miranda’s classes, support and the HypnoBirthing techniques.  I am completely sure that this preparation lead me to this wonderful experience!

Patricia & Pedro's baby Gael - born January 2019

Patricia and Pedro did the HypnoBirthing course with me for the birth of their second baby.  Here's Patricia's birth story:

"I would like to tell you about our experience. It was very good Miranda, we had a great delivery and I think it went that good because of your classes 😊


The day before birth I started to feel some little waves so I knew Gael was arriving soon.  I relaxed and went walking and even went to have my hair cut!

That night the surges were appearing more often and around 4am they were more and more intense.  Actually I was not afraid at all.  Pedro was sleeping and for some time I listened to my audios until I woke him up as I was already having very intense surges.  He was supportive and kept a calm ambient and gave me courage and relaxation talkings.  He called the midwife around 8am and she came around 9am.  She gave me an exam and I was already 6cm opened.  I was feeling very intense surges but with the breathing I was controlling them.  I really felt the difference between the ones I was relaxed and without fear and breathing correctly than some others in which I lost a little bit of control and felt the pain.  


In the hospital I went into the shower for almost an hour I guess, until they brought me the gas which I had asked for in one weak moment.  Actually I tried the gas but I didn't like it,  it made me feel dizzy and uncomfortable so I breathed it just for a while and took it off.  I also think it was due to the fact that I was already 9 or 10 cm when they gave it to me so it was at the end.  When I was in the shower I started to feel different surges as I felt my body wanting to push.  So when they helped me get onto the bed, I was on my side and I started breathing down and pushing as my body was feeling to do so.  It felt good.  I knew Gael was coming really soon and after around 4 or 5 surges, Gael was born. At 12:35pm.


Pedro was by my side during the whole birth and he was really encouraging me and whispering me nice things and doing some of the HypnoBirthing techniques.  He also cut the umbilical cord when it had stop pulsing.


I felt really calm during the whole delivery and that is really thanks to HypnoBirthing.  We couldn't have done it that way without your classes, that is for sure.  I could never imagine I would have this great birth without epidural and without fear. With no episiotomy, without one single stitch, even without hemorroids.  Also Gael is a really calm baby.


We are very happy to have done your classes.  I will surely recommend them to my Friends."

Claire & Nick's baby Grace - born July 2017

Claire and Nick had a gentle and calm birth for their baby daughter Grace.  When I asked Claire if she had a positive birth experience, she replied:

"Positive is an understatement.  I was fully dilated when I got to the hospital.  My waters broke when I got to the hospital and Grace arrived within 1 hour 20 minutes.  I had no pain relief, not even gas and air.  I put this down massively to Hypnobirthing and the wonderful lessons and knowledge you gave us.  I stayed relaxed at home, listened to Rainbow Relaxation on a continuous loop and when we got to the hospital, I breathed baby down and only pushed when my body naturally had those urges.  The work we had done during the course took away worries and stresses and kept me calm even though it happened earlier than expected (two weeks before her due date).  Thank you!"

Amy & Joe's baby Joshua - born December 2016

Amy and Joe welcomed their adorable little baby boy into the world around Christmas time. 

Amy was relaxed and calm, even when Joshua needed a little help:


"I wanted to thank you so much for preparing me for Joshua's birth. Although I ended up in theatre with forceps, I feel I had a lovely HypnoBirthing experience. I went into labour naturally, and made it into the midwife led unit into the pool and got to 10cm with no pain relief. It's a shame that I couldn't have had in him the water, but regardless, I don't feel that it took away from my birthing experience. I can't tell you how calm and stress free the whole experience was - all the staff (and I went through a lot of midwives and doctors!) kept commenting on it too. I truly believe that had I not been HypnoBirthing, Joshua would have become stressed much earlier on and it would have led to a more rushed situation/birth at the end."

Marianne & Tim's baby Thea - born October 2016

Welcome to the world beautiful Thea!

First time parents, Marianne & Tim, gave birth to their little cherub, Thea, after a 30 hour labour.  Thea was born in water, gently and calmly using HypnoBirthing. What a beautifully inspiring story:

"Hi Miranda, this little girl arrived this morning. Had a wonderful Hypnobirth in water and everything went perfectly. Tim was in the pool with me and was the first person to hold Thea, and passed her to me. Such a special moment that I will remember for the rest of my life. Don't think he would have felt comfortable doing that without your classes.


We were also able to make some informed choices along the way, which was brilliant.  I actually enjoyed breathing baby down (I hummed her down!).  We had so many comments from midwives about how well it went.


A huge massive thank you for everything.  We would not have had such a wonderful birth if it wasn’t for you"

Nicole & Aaron's baby Alexander - born May 2016

"Welcome to the world Alexander Aaron Lowndes. Born 30th May at 03.38am weighing 6lb 5oz. We used the hypnobirthing technique as taught by the wonderful Miranda and can honestly say it was an amazing experience!! Nicole was totally composed, focused, and delivered my wonderful Son with only 3 hours and 10 minutes of labour and no pain relief whatsoever. The midwives (two who were hypnobirthing trained) couldn't believe it!!! Thank you Miranda for guiding us on this journey and allowing our wonderful baby boy to arrive into this beautiful world in such an amazing and calm way. Happy Birthday Alex, love Dad xx"

Lucy & David's baby Florence - born April 2016

"Our daughter’s birth went really well, and we felt in such control thanks to your help and work with us.  I started to have surges around 11pm, and we headed to the hospital fairly soon after.  I was able to keep really calm and we had Marie Mongan doing the Rainbow Relaxation on a loop for ages.  They completely left us alone to do our thing and we wouldn’t let them examine me until around 8am, when they had a look and I was already 10cm!!  


In the end I gave birth in the pool, which was amazing, and completely naturally with no pain relief.  David was absolutely amazing and helped me immeasurably - it really felt like a joint effort and I couldn’t have done it without him.  


And most importantly we have the most beautiful baby daughter; she is so calm and has such a happy, warm, beautiful spirit.  She has been very alert since the first moments after being born - I’m sure lots of that is to do with how she came into the world.


We can’t thank you enough for everything you did for us - we had exactly the birth we wanted, the techniques we learned made the whole thing feel like we were in control and our choices belonged to us.  After my experience with my first baby, I can’t tell you how much that means to me."

Kathryn & Tim's baby Harry - born August 2015

Laura & Richard's baby Jemima - born February  2015

"Not knowing much about hypnobirthing, my husband and I were convinced it was not for us, as I for sure could not imagine having an unmedicated labour and birth after an epidural and a stressful birth for my firstborn. Thankfully we had the good fortune of meeting Miranda and hearing about her beautiful birth experiences and we decided if we could achieve anything even a tiny bit calmer for this baby than our first time round then it was worth a try!


We had private sessions with Miranda, which were relaxing bonding sessions with each other and our baby. Miranda’s passion and knowledge gave us the confidence to believe in ourselves that we were capable of giving our unborn baby the calmest of birth experiences.


My labour started with surges 2 minutes apart increasing in intensity – how different from my first already! We went to the hospital equipped with all our tools and materials and spent an hour using our breathing and relaxation techniques. Not having a minute to catch my breath between each surge was exhausting so as they intensified I wavered and requested for an epidural. It was incredible how in this moment of weakness I fully experienced the effectiveness of our practiced. Thankfully I was well equipped to stay strong and recover as before I could have an epidural my son decided that he was good and ready to make an appearance! Thanks to hypnobirthing I was able to reach a very deep state of relaxation and birth my son completely calm and painfree – yes painfree!! 


We are so grateful to Miranda for giving us the tools and confidence to achieve something that I never thought possible – a calm, painfree birth experience with no medication! And we like to think our son’s arrival into this world had an impact as he is the most chilled out little dude on the planet!"


"The HypnoBirthing course helped us to learn about and focus on all aspects of ensuring a smooth, easy and natural birth experience.  Miranda was always so positive, responsive and always listened to us.  A very welcoming and well-informed practitioner."

Celine & Laurent's baby Trystan - born December 2014

"When I was being wheeled out of the labour room after giving birth to my first baby boy I remember saying to myself “I don’t think I will be able to do this ever again. How will I manage to have a second child?”.  I was drained and my body ached.  I was relying solely on an epidural to relieve me from any pain or discomfort. This year I fell pregnant with my second child here in Singapore. I had never considered going for a natural birth and I even used to wonder why women would by choice put themselves through so much pain whilst delivering their baby when there are drugs available to relieve the pain.  But as I was searching through the web for antenatal classes I came across HypnoBirthing and I became curious to find out more. Life has a funny way of leading you in the right direction. A week later I met Miranda.


Miranda offered me the most beautiful gift that anyone could have given me and my second baby. The experience of a beautiful, unforgettable birth that brings a smile to my face and makes me so proud every time I think of it.


HypnoBirthing helped me to understand that my husband and I could have control over the birth of our baby and that we did not need to hand it over to the doctors to decide what was best for us.


On the day of Trystan’s birth, I went out for a lovely evening to see the Christmas lights with my loved ones whilst I was having surges. Every time a surge came on, I would stop, close my eyes and do the surge breathing Miranda taught us.  I felt strong, confident and in control. My husband later told me that I looked so peaceful and relaxed.


When I got home I plugged myself into Marie Mongan’s Rainbow Relaxation CD and listened to it until the final birth breath. I ended up going to the hospital 6 hours after the surges had started and I gave birth very shortly after reaching the labour room. The doctor didn’t even get a chance to get there in time to assist me. I did it, with no assistance, no drugs… I think this is probably one of the proudest moments in my life. My husband’s eyes were glowing when he saw his son and I had never seen him so proud of me.


HypnoBirthing has offered much more than an unforgettable birth experience: it has taught me how powerful the mind can be as long as you trust your body to do the right thing, listen to yourself, focus and relax.  I now have a beautiful birth story to share with expecting mothers which does not involve any drama or emergency procedure.  And this time, when I was being wheeled out of the labour room with my baby in my arms I was smiling and that little voice inside of me was saying “I could do this again, anytime… “.


Miranda is now part of our life story and we will always have a thought for her when sharing Trystan’s birth experience.  Whatever your birth plan is, whether you are unsure if you feel ready to opt for a natural birth, HypnoBirthing will bring you inside peace, it will reinforce the connections between you and the daddy, answer all your questions regarding baby, your pregnancy, the options available for delivery and most of all it will help build your confidence as you get ready for the big day. Miranda is truly a special person and has a gift for it."