Hollie De Cruz, creator of YESMUM cards is also a trained hypnobirthing teacher. Below is Hollie's story and a bit about YESMUM cards.
My hypnobirthing story begins when I found out I was pregnant with my son. I was very excited, but absolutely terrified of giving birth. I was convinced that I would be in excruciating pain, that my baby would be too big for my small frame, that I would be screaming and shouting my way down the labour ward before giving birth in a corridor.
I was so scared, that I put the thought of the birth out of my mind and tried to forget about it. A few months later, my partner was telling me about some friends who had just had a baby. I asked how the birth was, and he told me they’d described it as “romantic, peaceful and calm”. How could anyone describe giving birth as any of those things? The answer, apparently, was hypnobirthing. Needless to say, I did my research and booked us onto a course pretty quickly.
The course was amazing. It opened my eyes to the true beauty of childbirth, and empowered me to trust in my body and my baby. I could do this. Over the weeks, we were taught simple self-hypnosis along with some wonderful relaxation and breathing techniques. Before I knew it, I could take myself into a state of deep relaxation (which made for a wonderful pregnancy!), and gasp…I was actually looking forward to giving birth.
I had a fairly long and challenging labour, but with the skills we had learned in hypnobirthing, we were able meet each turn with an amazing sense of calm. At no point did I feel worried, panicked, or in any kind of pain or distress. At no point in that time did I want it to be over, ordoubt my ability to carry on. I had total faith in myself, my partner and in our unborn child.
And then he was born. My beautiful boy, Oscar, weighing a long and healthy 7lb 14oz.
I cannot speak highly enough of hypnobirthing and quite frankly I don’t know how I would have given birth without it, let alone got through a long labour feeling wonderful. And wonderful I did feel. The serene and peaceful environment that my partner and I had created allowed us to be completely together in our own world – totally united in birthing our baby. I have never felt so profoundly close to another human being, so safe and held and so able to trust in myself. I felt absolutely no fear, anxiety or pain. I felt totally safe, calm and relaxed.
How could I not want to share that with other women?
Being a mum isn’t easy, yet you rarely get told what a great job you’re doing.
Drawing on techniques from mindfulness and hypnobirthing, yesmum affirmation cards are your daily pat on the back. A quick, straightforward way to access the power of positive programming and start each day with strength and self-assurance.
Place the pack on your bedside table, your desk, near a chair you feed in or next to the kettle; anywhere you are likely to see them on a regular basis. Aim to turn a new card over each morning, read aloud the affirmation and embrace it for the rest of your day.
A simple habit of positive thought processes help shift your mind-set. And brilliantly, a change in emotional state directly affects the way you experience the world around you. The more you tell yourself something, the more you believe it, and ultimately the more you live by it.
Each pack contains 31 YESMUM affirmation cards and comes in a clear box with instruction card.