Birth Stories from Newfoundland 


Baby Alma was born just as it had turned June 26th (Saturday after midnight). I spent the day with Valerio and my mom at the Farmers Market and Bannerman Park as it was a lovely sunny day. When we got back home in the evening I felt like maybe tonight is the night but didn't want to get ahead of myself (by then I was 10 days past "due" and was a bit anxious even though we trusted Alma knows what she's doing... at times it was nerve-wracking).

Sure enough after a short walk around the neighborhood my mucus plug popped. Pretty soon very light pressure waves started. We took another shorter walk and timed the waves. I begun listening to one of my Hypnobabies tracks once back in the house and did some cat-cows (pelvis tilts on hands and knees). I went into the shower and we started noticing pressure waves are intensifying. 

It wasn't long before they got really intense and I did my best to remain focused on breathing and looking for positions that I was comfortable in. Then the water broke in a gush! I was also feeling urges to push so we decided it was time to head off to the hospital.

The nurses didn't even have time for triage. We told them I'm feeling like pushing and that we should call the on-call family doctor. They were a bit hesitant- thinking in disbelief it's too early- but when Dr. Duggan came as they moved me to the birthing room she found I was fully dilated. The whole time pressure waves and feeling of pushing were intensifying and I was trying to just breath but was talking loudly to Valerio each time they came...repeating what he's telling me and saying what I am feeling. As each wave finished I hung out silently taking advantage of the rest. I even made the nurse laugh out loud as I informed Valerio during one peak of a wave that his fly was open! 

Pushing took 45 minutes altogether and I was hanging out with my arms over the back of the bed in a deep squat (on the knees though with my back kind of upright). The nurse told me at one point that I should stay focused on just breathing and to conserve my energy for the waves (3 pushes per wave) and I listened to her. I was in control and each rest was a blessing.

The staff and Valerio (and my mom who was in the birth room acting as water girl) were amazing and I pushed baby Alma out completely in the position I was in...

We delayed the cord clamping and both Valerio and I got skin to skin time for as long as we wanted until they took her for measuring. The nurses finished up their tests on me and we were taken upstairs.

From light pressure waves until the point of her arrival it was a grand total of 4 hours! Even though I didn't have time to listen to relaxation tracks and practice my Hypnobabies techniques during birthing time (cause it was just so quick!) my Hypnobabies practice and prenatal yoga sessions the months prior prepared me wonderfully to just own my birthing time! I was in control during and super alert after...

We are truly blessed with a healthy, happy baby.

- Talia, Valerio, and Alma.


It was 6:50 am on Sunday May 24, 2015 when my waters broke. Myself and my partner, Ryan, were lying in bed when I felt a cramp in my stomach and then a gush of fluid. I ran to the bathroom all excited and informed my family of the news. A few minutes later I started having pressure waves so I started playing my Birthing Day Affirmations track and got ready for the day. I had just enough time for a quick bath and get dressed before I felt my pressure waves getting strong enough to stop what I was doing and focus. Poor Ryan was trying to cook eggs and bacon for breakfast but my waves were coming so frequently that he needed to call my mother and doula for extra support.

I spent the remainder of my time at home on my birth ball, listening to my favourite hypno-tracks to keep me relaxed. I felt calm, collected but also surprised that my pressure waves were coming so close together. I thought I’d have all day to bake cookies, finish a few projects and maybe go for a walk. Boy was I wrong! They were four minutes apart by 11:00 am so we decided to head to the hospital.

When we arrived at the Health Science, we gathered all my gear and made our way to the triage. I used my off switch and leaned against the wall during pressure waves while we waiting to be assigned to our room. I was 3 cm.

Once we were settled away, my birth team was very hands-on. My mother would read me scripts while my partner and doula would take turns applying pressure on my hips during a pressure wave. There were many times I cried during this phase because I was so happy with the development of my birthing experience and how beautiful it was. My body just knew what to do and my mind was focused on relaxation.

Around 3:30 pm I was 5-6 cm and found vocalizing with low “ahhhs” really helped release energy. My pressure waves were getting stronger and I was feeling very confident and peaceful.

At 7:00 pm I was 10 cm dilated. I would feel the urge to push in the middle of a contraction and it felt so good to get to this stage. Although my back was sore from all the squeezing, I felt absolutely no pain. The urge to push was so strong and satisfying. I had long breaks in between urges, which allowed me to rest. I visualized my pelvis and birth canal opening wider and wider so I could finally meet my baby. I had so much encouragement from my birth team. The room was full of love and support as I crowned my baby's head and pushed him out. At 8:48 pm I looked up and saw this beautiful, wet little baby. He was so wide-eyed and alert and I instantly fell in love with him as he lay quietly on my chest. I’m here writing this all teary eyed… It was the perfect birth and I couldn’t have done it without Hypnobabies and my incredible birthing trio. I strongly recommend this course to anyone who is focused on having a peaceful and calm birthing experience.

Thank you Fiona!

Lauren Angela

John Michael Alexander Patrick

I am so humbled to be able to share our birth story as it was, for all intents and purposes, the exact experience I had envisioned over my 41 weeks of pregnancy. I was fortunate to have been surrounded by such an incredible birth support team who graciously allowed me to follow my birth preferences to a tee! 

The days leading up to my birthing time were much like the previous 41 weeks of my pregnancy: I was comfortable, active and patiently waiting for our little one to decide that it was time to join us earth-side. 

As I had yet to have any "signs of labour" at my 41 week doctors appointment we talked through what our options would be if our baby decided to stay put too much longer, and I was offered a membrane sweep -- which I graciously refused, I wasn't feeling the need to rush this little one before their time! My parents had a flight scheduled to arrive from Ottawa at the end of the week and I was still confident that my baby was simply waiting for the last moment to ensure grandma would be here to greet us upon our arrival home from the hospital. 

The following night was the first sign that the time was near. I had consistent pressure waves that were 10 minutes apart, but they did not get stronger or closer together. After 3 hours I went to the washroom and lost my mucus plug. I knew I would have my baby in my arms sooner than later. I messaged my doula, Erin, to let her know that I felt the time was near. 

As the day went on I was back to my comfortable 41 week pregnant self, with no signs of an impending birthing time. I went for a nice long winters walk through the park, did some errands and tidied the house (for the umpteenth time!). 

11pm my pressure waves began 10 minutes apart, but this time I knew it was "the real deal". I suggested that Alex move to the guest room for the night as I knew one of us would need to be rested to prepare for what the next days would hold, and I knew that person wouldn't be me! Over the next few hours I alternated between my Birthing Day tracks and Relaxation Music as my pressure waves grew stronger and closer together. 
At 3am I woke Alex to tell him that I was sure our baby would be joining us today. I was sick to my stomach (a few times...) and messaged Erin, who assured me "that was great" and suggested I climb into the shower on my hands and knees to let the warm water ease the pressure in my low back (I stayed there until the hot water ran out, incredible!). 

At 8am my pressure waves were getting much stronger and around 3 minutes apart. I called my doula and she asked if I wanted her to come over or if I felt we should meet at the hospital. During our short conversation I had 2 pressure waves and we decided meeting at the hospital would be best!

We got to the hospital around 8:45am and as I made my way on to the birthing floor was met by a nurse, who later told me that if it wasn't for the beads of sweat across the bridge of my nose and the focus/determination in my eyes she never would have guessed that I was in my birthing time. I explained my pressure waves were 2 minutes apart and was brought straight to a birthing room where I was checked to find I was about 9cm dilated. My doctor and nurse were shocked that I was so calm and collected and able to communicate with them between pressure waves. 

My amazing doula arrived and suggested I climb into the tub where Alex (and my doctor!) sat withe me and ran hot water along my back and, as we were preparing a bath my waters broke with a warm gush that made me laugh. It was clear and everything continued to progress wonderfully. 

After some time working side-lying on the bed a nurse asked me if I wanted anything for the "pain". I immediately turned away from her, looked Alex in the eye asking him and Erin to answer her on my behalf-- I was so thankful for them being right there beside me to give me the strength I needed and send her away! Instead, we decided it was time for another position change and I got up to head to the washroom. I made it to the end of my bed and paused to let my team know it was time, and I needed to push. My body was naturally wanting to squat and push so my team assembled the squat bar on the bed -- this is when the resident, already trying to come to grips with a "natural birth", turned to my doctor who, upon seeing the question on her face said "yes, you'll actually need to catch the baby". 

As each of my final pressure waves began Alex would help me on to my feet as the "Pushing Baby Out" track played along side my bed.

It had been a long night/day and I was getting tired, at one point I turned to Alex and confessed "I don't think I can do this" to which he responded with tears in his eyes, "You're the strongest person I know, of course you can do this. Our baby will be here any minute. You've got this." It took all I could to muster the love and strength that was being sent to me and I knew I could do it. At 1:23pm our beautiful baby boy popped out and straight into my arms! 

He stayed on my chest as my team waited for the umbilical cord to stop pulsing before it was clamped and cut by Alex (they even got him left-handed scissors!) and my placenta was left to detach smoothly and naturally. 

It was the most incredible day of my life. My healthy beautiful little boy slept and nursed peacefully. 

On the recovery floor there were a few occasions that I was offered Tylenol for the "pain", and after the nurse left I actually turned to Alex to ask if I was supposed to be in pain -- to which he responded "she just doesn't realize who she's talking to, don't worry". 

We left the hospital first thing the next day and arrived home to be greeted by my mother - who had arrived from the airport just 5 minutes before! I knew what my little one was waiting for, and his timing could not have been more perfect!

We had a team of 3 incredible doctors present at John's birth. Our family doctor (who has not delivered babies in 10 years but had asked me if she could be there as a part of my support team), Dr. Miller (our family practice obstetrician), and Dr. Kennedy (the on-call resident) they all came by our room before discharge and individually expressed their surprise/congratulations at how smooth and calm our birthing process was. My doctor remarked that although it was my first birth and I had nothing to compare it to, for her it was a 1-in-1000 experience. I have since had multiple doctors from our family practice introduce themselves and congratulate us as they had heard about our incredible birth experience. 

Thank you Fiona for being an incredible teacher and giving us all the necessary tools to so confidently transition from maiden to motherhood! 

The 2 photos below were taken 1 minute apart!

Baby Liam

I was induced with Cervidil at 3:30 pm, spent an hour on the monitor as per protocol, walked the halls of the hospital including doing all the stairs in the Janeway twice for an hour, and then was put on the monitor again for 30 minutes to monitor the baby. At this point, the nurse said she expected to see me later tonight as my pressure waves were already getting more regular on the monitor. I didn't feel much and was just looking forward to going home. I arrived home at 6:30 pm, ate dinner, and managed to get a shower in before my pressure waves really started. In retrospect, I think I was having some pressure waves in the shower but I managed to blow dry my hair and get dressed afterwards. Around 9 pm I told my husband I was going to go lie in bed. He was shocked to hear that I was having pressure waves as I guess I was still functioning. I lay in bed and tried to time some of the waves but my phone kept timing out. I glanced at the clock and they seemed to be coming every 4 minutes and lasting about 30 seconds (my guess). This was around 9:30 pm. I was focusing on my breathing, completely disengaging from any surrounding noise or distractions and breathing my anaesthesia down to my lower abdomen and thighs. I put on the Early Stage CD before I lay in bed but was too focused on my breathing to really pay attention to the cues on the CD. At 10 pm, my husband called back our doula and my older son's babysitter and told them that instead of the presumed hour, we needed to go to the hospital now. At 10:15pm we left for the hospital and arrived at 10:30pm, and I was 8cm dilated. They tried to get me into the hospital gown at which point I used my bubble of peace and proceeded to take off my pants, leaving me in my own dress. I started walking to my room but didn't get far as my waters broke, I lost my mucous plug and the urge to push began. They wheeled me into my room where I was 9 cm dilated. I was already starting to push. My doula arrived, propped up the bed for me and I pushed for about an hour while semi-squating on my knees. My doula and hubby were gently promoting relaxation of my hands, shoulders and face in-between pressure waves. I was shutting completely off and disengaging every time I had a wave. It felt incredible to finally feel the so called "burning" sensation in my perineum when Liam's head finally came out. He was born at 11:30 pm.

I smile every time I think of the experience. It was incredible and exactly what I wanted; no IV's and no medications unlike my first birth. Thank you Hypnobabies and Fiona!  

Reed Abram Sweetland French

Thursday morning, November 14th, I started to have some pressure waves that died down and stopped again Thursday afternoon. After going to bed I started to feel them again around midnight and began timing. Almost immediately they were consistently 5 minutes, lasting a minute, for about an hour. I woke Fred up and we messaged our Doula. Stayed home until 2:30 and used all my Hypnobabies techniques to really focus on my cervix opening and feeling pressure not pain. At 2:30 we made the call to head to the hospital and our Doula and my mom met us there. When we arrived the nurse did not even check me because it was my "first baby and these things can take a lot longer than you think" but went ahead and called in my doc, Dr. Miller. When Dr. Miller arrived shortly after I told him felt like I needed to push. He checked me and said, “ feel like you need to push because you are fully dilated!” In just 3 hrs! At that point I was more determined than ever to focus on my hypno-training and do the entire thing drug free. They brought us to the birthing room and I put on my hypnosis tracks and went Into zen delivery mode! All the nurses and Dr. Miller were very respectful of our unique requests and birth plan. It was awesome! Dr. Miller was absolutely fabulous. He never left my side. He was in the delivery room with me the entire time and answered all my questions, gave me the support and encouragement I needed when I needed it most. I honestly cannot say enough about this wonderful Doctor. His energy was a big part of our amazing experience. Fred, my mom, and our doula were such amazing support during my active birthing time. I don't know what I would have done without them. I was able to have my dream birthing experience drug free!  The nurses said they could not believe how quiet I was and that this was my first baby. They said it was like I was in a trance! Apparently word spread around the hospital about the first time hypno-mom and a few other nurses mentioned they had heard about our birth and made a point to congratulate me when I was in recovery! The only small bump in the road was our boys big head! At the very last minute Doctor Miller needed to use the vacuum to get our boys head all the way out as he was in distress and his heartbeat was a concern. His head was 38 cm! Dr. Miller said if his head was smaller, Reed would have been born a few hrs earlier. Seven hours total birthing time start to finish drug free. Yay Hypnobabies! At 6:46 am, Nov 15th, Reed Abram Sweetland French, 8 lbs 14.5 ounces, was born and has been a pure joy ever since. 

Thank you so much Fiona. Fred and I enjoyed Hypnobabies so much and have been telling everyone about our experience.

Brendan Noble

Edward Drake

Edward was born on August 24th, 2012 at 9:44 pm weighing 7 lbs and 12 ounces.

At 4:45pm my water broke. I texted my friends and got a shower. We boarded the Jeep and I comfortably sat on rolled up towels on the way to the hospital.  I realized in rushhour traffic that I forgot my prenatal records and insist we go back to get them. I then had a comfortable ride to the hospital arriving at 5:45pm. 

I let the nurses know at the case room that my water broke and they brought me to triage to be assessed.  I still felt very comfortable.  The resident checked to see how dilated I was and I was at 4 cms.  The resident suggested I be sent upstairs to labour and to let the nurse know when I can’t handle it anymore at which point they will put me in a birthing room. I asked to stay in triage and told the resident I was content there.  I then laid back and listened to my Birthing Day Affirmations which were successful at relaxing me.

I had an idea that things were moving fast as I suddenly didn’t want to be touched or talked to as I found it distracting. I got up to use the washroom. The counter in the washroom was hip height so used it to rest my belly on which mimicked the movement of the belly lift.  I could feel myself dilate so I told the resident I wished to be checked again. I was at 6 cms. At this time they brought me to a birthing room. 

My pressure waves became pretty powerful and I had the sense that things were progressing quickly.  I got in the shower and Colin put the water on my back as I swayed to move the baby down. Just prior to this, while they were getting the shower ready, I did the belly lift technique on the counter a second time. I was in the shower for about 30 seconds when I realized that something was happening! I knew that I was experiencing signs of a woman in transformation so they checked me again and I was at 8 cms. I began to unravel a little at this point I believe out of fear more so than pain as things are going so fast and I didn’t know what to expect. I asked the nurse if it was too late for an epidural. Nurse says no... the real answer is yes because things were moving so quickly but they don’t want me to know. I say to the nurse how I’m so close and it would be a sin to give up now on the natural birth I want and I go ahead and decline the imaginary epidural. They bring me to the bed and check me again and I am at 9 and a half cms. I am feeling powerful pressure waves and I use horselips to get to 10cms and it works! (Horselips is by far one of my favourite things I learned in Hypnobabies class!!! Thanks Fiona!!!)  They offered me laughing gas and put the mask to my face. I declined it 3 times before the nurses took me seriously. This may be something one would want to add to birthing preferences, that they first get your consent to administer anything, as I just had this tank wheeled up to me and a mask put to my face that I really strongly didn’t care for. Outside of this I had a great experience with the nurse assigned to me.

I was informed it was time to push. I began pushing with the pressure waves.  While it very well may feel natural for you guys, it didn’t feel natural for me to breathe the baby out. I beared down with the pressure waves when they came.  After an hour the nurse tells me she wants to put me on the pitocin drip to make my pressure waves longer to help with the pushing.  I felt a "hell no" rising up in me and informed the nurse I would try harder.  At this point I prayed and let go of fear that was holding me back. When I let go of the fear pushing felt amazing. I also decided when I needed to push and would inform the nurse and my wonderful birth partners (Karen, my sister, and Colin, my partner).

Between pushes Colin would wet a cloth for my forehead and Karen would fetch more ice chips. We became a cohesive team all working together.

I began to feel the progress I was making. When my birth partners and the nurse all start getting excited around me, I knew my baby was near entering the world and for me it was a precious and powerful space of time.

The nurse warns me of how painful it is going to be when the baby crowns. I have to tell you I experienced no pain when the baby crowned and when his head came out, rather, I felt pleasure. It really, truly felt amazing and satisfying and powerful.

Edward came into the world and was placed on my chest. I spoke to him and his head turned to me and his eyes searched for me. I put him to my breast and he latched on like he already knew what to do. Seeing the love and pride in daddy's eyes was also a beautiful moment. Something I will never forget.

All in all I found I felt very much in control until I went into transformation and I credit Hypnobabies for that. Transformation didn’t last long and looking back I can really say it was more a feeling of powerful sensations than painful sensations. Looking back it amazes me how your body knows exactly what it is doing and is made to do it!  

Ryleigh Claire Barron

Ryleigh Claire Barron came into the world November 9th, 2012 at 2 am.

I do not know where to even begin because everything about the birth was such a great experience. I don't think I would have gotten through the whole pregnancy without Hypnobabies. 

I went to see Joanne (ob/gyn) at 38 weeks and when she checked I was 4 cms. I wasn't feeling any different so I went with my regular schedule and when I got home I got lunch, went to the gym, visited a friend and when I got in my car to drive home I knew something was different. I got home, cooked supper, took your advice in baking and just tried to " chill out". Nick came home from work and all I could do was laugh because they were 5 mins apart and I was so excited. All this time having no pain just pressure:) I listened to pretty well all the tracks, got a warm bath, and read up on the birthing info from Hypnobabies. At 11 pm the pressure waves were 3 mins apart and 60 secs long. We decided to head on in to the hospital. I didn't go earlier because I was almost waiting for the intensity to increase. We got to the hospital but not before Nick played "disk 4 track 1". Checked in thinking they were going to send me home and the Dr. said I was 8 cm! By the time I got to the birthing room I was 9! Time was flying by. I kept playing any track and I was able to listen to our nurse and handle the pressure with Nick’s help. I tried the laughing gas but that sucked! I didn't need anything else because she was born at 2 am! It was the most amazing experience we have ever been through. Did I mention I did not need one stitch! Other nurses were coming in not believing it and Nick just explained it was our hypnosis.

We cannot get over the effect that Hypnobabies has had not only on our pregnancy but the way we view life. It has truly changed our lives and we are forever grateful. I would recommend Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis to anyone who is pregnant.

Allyson Penney

I started my second pregnancy afraid and nervous about the journey ahead. My first child was born via emergency C Section and I desperately feared a repeat birth experience. I searched and found the answer to enjoying my pregnancy and having the VBAC that I wanted. Fiona was an incredible support and offered the neccessary tools and information I needed to keep my blood pressure down and deliver my second daughter without a single stitch. The skills Fiona taught me gave me the control I needed to deliver her and cope with the surprises after Allyson's birth. She has a condition called microtia. My husband says that through all of it I was calm and happy and made it look easy. Taking this course with Fiona was the best decision I could have made. ! I was happy, healthy and strong when I needed to be most! Thank you for everything Fiona!

Robyn Anderson

We will always be so grateful that our precious little angel was born without numbing drugs in her system. She was so alert I couldn't believe it, just a beautiful angel looking up at us and the world. Thank you so much for the top notch Hypno training, the extensive birthing information around every birthing detail that prepared us so well; and the incredible support before and after delivery. Should we ever decide to have another baby we would without a doubt use the Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Program! Thanks for everything. You have our fullest recommendation!
Claudine, Mark and little Robyn.