This first-time mum ditched pain relief to give birth to twins naturally using ‘hypnobirthing’ techniques.
Josie Penn claims she was so chilled-out at points during her 14 hour labour she almost fell asleep in the hospital birthing pool.
She also claims the final hour of her delivery was merely ‘uncomfortable’, as opposed to outright ‘painful’.
She is urging other mothers to follow in her footsteps, saying birthing twins doesn’t have to be traumatic, reports The Mirror.
Josie, 31, welcomed non-identical girls Margot and Devon into the world on January 27 said: “Would I recommend hypnobirthing to other mums and dads? Definitely. Absolutely.”
“Having twins through hypnobirth, totally naturally and without any pain relief, certainly seems to be fairly unusual. The midwives definitely appeared fairly surprised!
“And whether you’re planning a home birth or you’re having a C-section, I definitely think that it gives you so much confidence going into the labour.
“It enables you look ahead to childbirth with real positivity, rather than feeling like it’s something scary, looming on the horizon.
“Discomfort is unavoidable when you’re giving birth, but it doesn’t have to be excruciatingly painful.”
“We were never going to put either myself or my babies at risk. We just wanted a chance to prove that hypnobirthing could work without drugs or intervention.
“There were points early on where I was in pain. A handful of the contractions were horrible.
“But I honestly didn’t have that feeling when I was pushing during labour.
“The feeling was more… discomfort, and confusion about what my body was doing, rather than extreme pain and being stretched.
“And what’s really important is that I didn’t feel scared. I was just completely focused. I was calm. At no point did I think my body couldn’t do what it was trying to do.”
“I just couldn’t believe it. I was stunned, and beyond happy to have done it without an episiotomy or a C-section, which I thought we’d been destined for.”
Husband Thomas adds: “Because of the hypnobirthing techniques, Josie had gone somewhere deep inside herself. She’d shut off her fear reflex, and was just allowing her body to progress with the birth naturally.
“There was no screaming.
“Despite the fact that she was exhausted, it was as if something primal had taken over and was delivering our babies for us.
“And I’ll never, until the day I die, forget the look on Josie’s face after Margot was born.
“It was like she was on a beach somewhere, with the biggest smile I’d ever seen in the world.”
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