My mother gave birth to me and my siblings in the late '70 and early '80 using relaxation and calm breathing as a tool to give birth naturally. As we know that babies remember their births, I must have remembered mine because Hypnobirthing appealed to me from the word go.
I am married to a wonderful man and together we have two children. The first, Stefan was born in a normal hospital setting, all too familiar to most of us in South-Africa. Things did not go exactly as I planned and my experience was less than desirable. When I fell pregnant with Claudia, I knew that this pregnancy and birth had to be different. I found Kim and through her, Hypnobirthing. My pregnancy with Claudia was calm and relaxed after our Hypnobirthing course. We waited in excited anticipation for the birth and were not disappointed. Claudia's birth was as calm and easy as the pregnancy. An easy 6 hour labour, spent mostly chatting or sleeping, was topped by the most amazing experience I have ever had.
I was so inspired by the birth that I wanted all other parents to experience the same wonder of natural birth. That is why I trained as a practitioner and joined forces with Kim to open a Pretoria branch of Beautifully Born. I also trained as a doula so that I could offer extra support to parents doing Hypnobirthing.
I trained as a doula through Village Doulas and soon after completed my Hypnobirthing practitioner's certification through the Hypnobirthing Institute in South-Africa. I am a registered Hypnobirthing Childbirth Educator.
Anina Aucamp BEd, HBCEFind out more about HypnoBirthing®