About Fi Hennessy
Daisy Foundation Perinatal Educator, Birth Trauma Specialist & mother
I had my first baby in 2010, a girl, and I thought the birth was brilliant. Not everything went to plan but I enjoyed the experience.
As I continued to research birth in preparation for my second baby I realised that not everything that happened during my first birth was something that I was happy with.
I began to regret and grieve for what had happened. But you do the best with the information you have
“I know better so I do better”
And I really began to know better! I prepared so much for my second birth. I chose to have a home water birth.
I read as many blogs, books and posts as I could about positive birth, I attended a Daisy Foundation antenatal class, a couples workshop and watched all the you tube videos I could download.
I made decisions that I thought would give me the best chance of having the birth I wanted, because I believe the birth experience is so important. It’s not just a day that you get through, it informs the beginning of the relationship with your child and changes the rest of your life.
One of the most important blog posts I have ever written is called “Loving your post natal body” and I always recommend people read it.
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My home birth
I would like to share the birth of my second child, Lucas. We had a home birth in water and it went really well. Here is a short video showing you how it progressed.
Have a birth plan A, B and C!
I believe so strongly that preparation is the key. You can not expect to waltz into your labour with no idea about what you want to achieve. If you don’t know what your choices are, you don’t have any.
You spend hours, days, weeks preparing for exams, driving tests perhaps even your wedding, you wouldn’t leave it all until the last minute and say, ‘I’ll just go with the flow.’ Not unless you want to leave it to luck or someone else’s idea about what is a good birth.
People tell me I was brave and lucky to have such a good birth experience, I tell them I left nothing to luck. After the birth of my son at home I decided I wanted to work towards helping woman have the birth they wanted.
Be informed about ALL your birth options
You have the opportunity and the responsibility to prepare for the birth of your child. Go into it with your eyes wide open and your choices fully informed and respected and you stand the best chance of having the kind of birth experience you want and deserve.
I trained as an antenatal teacher with The Daisy Foundation delivering birth classes and baby massage to women in Sheffield. I am also a qualified hypnotherapist and my natural interest lead me to specialise in fertility. What better way to help woman than to use hypnotherapy to help conception, birthing classes to prepare for labour and provide information and support about all things birth and baby in Sheffield? I love my job!