A bit about me:
I am first and foremost a mother to a beautiful daughter, Edith (born in 2013), and twin sons, Arlo & Odin (born in 2017). I am a wife, a happiness seeker, a music lover, an art-house movie junkie, a birth nerd, and a believer in positive birth for all women.
I have been pregnant, and given birth twice.
My first experience of pregnancy was truly amazing; I was healthy, everything went smoothly, and I invested time and money into my journey. My first experience of birth was not without its twists and turns, but I came away from it feeling great. Feeling like I’d achieved what I’d set out to. But, if I’m truly honest, I always had a seed of doubt as to ‘what could have been’ had the circumstances been slightly different.
My second pregnancy was tough; hyperemesis, gestational diabetes (that’s a whole other story), a change of mode of care halfway through, and the aches and discomfort that comes with carrying two babies. My second birth however, blew my effing mind! (Birth story to come…).
The big difference between my first and second births? Choosing truly supportive care providers and support team; researching and exploring all of my options; making confident decisions that were right for me and my babies; and drawing on a range of tools learnt through my work as a Hypnobirthing Australia practitioner.
On my way home from hospital after giving birth to my twins I said to my husband,
“I have no desire to ride roller coasters or go skydiving; I don’t need that kind of thrill. But, giving birth?! I’m ready to do it again. That’s where I get my rush. There’s nothing greater than the rush of oxytocin and endorphins”.
So here I am. Ready to share my experiences with you, and to support you on your journey to meet your baby. Are you ready?
Elyse Jamieson – Hypnobirthing Practitioner & Doula.
Soma – n. the body of an individual, as opposed to the mind or psyche.