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.”

I wish! I certainly can not relate to her experience at all.  Can you?

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  • it is good that she was relaxed and calm through childbirth. what a great story that she will remember


  • Techniques that make childbirth easier are most welcome.


  • A different approach to birthing.


  • That is good she had a good experience, mine wasn’t that bad either. Had my twins natural, no pain relief, no drugs or gas, just me and had them just under 2 hours :)


  • wow I didn’t know you could do this – what an awesome idea – so happy that it worked for her so well.


  • I would had loved this, no pain or drugs, no sucking on gas. Seems very ideal.


  • should be made more mainstream, if it helps keep people away from medication for pain it is a good thing isn’t it?


  • When I was pregnant with my first I attended lessons on different breathing levels for different stages of the delivery. Focusing on my breathing (although I used mainly one) had me deliver naturally with just a slight puff of gas. That was 36 yrs ago and it looks like advances in Technics have come along in leaps and bounds. This sounds amazing …I have googled to read more on this and even found a nurse/midwife/doula that practices in hypnobirthing not that far from us.


  • Sound’s like she had a good experience!


  • It would have been useful to have more information about this technique.

    • I have to agree with you. How does another Mum research this idea when there is no details? Who taught how to make use of the method? I am glad it worked for her but others may not be so lucky. One theory is that the pushing and not letting the birth happen naturally is what sometimes causes the tearing; that the baby would normally gradually push further and stretch the Mum slowly.


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