What Parents are Saying - Testimonials and Birth Stories
"Tahira is a thoughtful and knowledgeable facilitator. During our sessions, she ensured all the participants felt comfortable by providing a friendly, supportive, and non-judgmental environment. She thoroughly taught and reviewed the HypnoBirthing material and provided participants with many additional and informative resources during and after each session. Tahira is truly invested in the success of her students and the HypnoBirthing values of empowering women and their partners to make the best birthing choices for them and their babies. Hypnobirthing gave my partner and I the tools and confidence to make well informed decisions during the birth of our son and engaged us in a transparent and alternative dialogue around safe child birth.
When I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I knew I wanted to try HypnoBirthing. Although the birth of my first child went relatively smoothly, we did end up with an unplanned medical intervention and the thought of giving birth again gave me a lot of anxiety. My husband and I found our HypnoBirthing classes with Tahira to be extremely beneficial in helping us release some of our fears. Tahira’s calm and professional demeanor created a relaxed environment where we could speak openly about our previous experience and ask as many questions as we wanted. The tools and techniques we were taught gave us the confidence to make informed decisions and also confidence in our own abilities. After our sessions, I felt empowered and determined to have a calm and instinctive birthing experience this time around…and this is exactly what I got! On our baby’s birthing day, my husband and midwife said all the right things to make me feel strong, but without coaching. And although I wasn’t as quiet as the moms in the HypnoBirthing videos we watched in class, letting out some instinctive growls and screams near the end, I did manage to stay calm and in control with deep breathing, relaxing music and my TENS machine. I found the iPod really helped me direct my attention inwards and listen to my body. My husband was the perfect birthing partner, supporting me as I changed positions and helping me turn over onto my back when our baby emerged. I was on the bed on my hands and knees when my midwife said “the head is born now reach down and grab your baby”. So I caught him and brought him up to my chest myself, which was so amazing! Active labour was about 4 ½ hours and I got through it without any medication. (Ladies, our bodies are amazing!) It was hard work but I felt so relieved and a wonderful sense of accomplishment finally holding our precious little boy up on my chest. We are so in love with our little family and cannot thank Tahira enough for all the guidance she gave us through HypnoBirthing. I will definitely help spread the word.
We took private HypnoBirthing lessons with Tahira and we had such a wonderful experience with her! Aside from being reliable, punctual and well-organized, she was extremely pleasant to work with. She has a very calm and relaxing demeanour, which made going through the HypnoBirthing course that much more enjoyable. The best part is that the course completely prepared me and my husband for the birth of our first daughter. In a nutshell, my labour lasted 6.5 hours, from first contraction to delivery. In fact, it happened so quickly that our midwife didn't make it on time (she thought as a first-time mother that I still had more time to labour). In the end, we were prepared with a birthing tub, and because we had watched so many water births with Tahira, my husband knew exactly what to do. He ended up delivering a beautiful healthy baby girl! If it weren't for the training and breathing exercises I learned from Tahira, I can almost guarantee that our labour experience wouldn't have gone as smoothly, easily, and PAINLESSLY as it did. The entire time, I felt like I had complete control of my body and my breathing and it allowed me to experience a quick and pain-free labour --truly an amazing experience. The course also gave my husband the confidence and courage to stay by my side and assist me during labour by knowing exactly which HypnoBirthing tools to use when I needed them. Thank you Tahira, for preparing us for this beautiful experience. We will never forget it!
- Vanessa & Matt
" Tahira, What an experience! I am a HypnoBirthing advocate!!! Our babies arrival was such a surprise! For one, he was 2 weeks early and I still intended to go to work for a few more days. For two, I didn't realize I was in labour (my water hadn't broken and my surges were like little flutters...I thought it was warm-up, practise surges) until the midwife arrived and told me I was fully dilated! An hour later, he arrived. A good thing we were set up to have him at home! I will remember that day and experience with such joy....thank you for your class and teachings....wow! And now we have the best part :) "
Tahira, I just wanted to let you know that baby made it into the world. I was 38 weeks 2 days pregnant. we had to have a scheduled cesarean birth due to the fact that we tried every means possible to turn baby (chiropractor, acupuncture, spinning babies, pelvic floor specialist, etc. ) but baby would not turn. We found out that baby's umbilical cord was too short so she was unable to make the turn. Had we had a natural birth, it would have ended up as an emergency cesarean, so I am glad I went with my gut feeling. Dakota Sol was born 5 lbs 10 oz in what was was the most beautiful belly birth I could have imagined. I used my HypnoBirthing exercises throughout to get me me through the procedure. My doula was present in the OR and captured every moment by camera for us. We had our own music playing in the background to welcome our baby girl. It was beautiful. I refused all drugs other than the antibiotic and the spinal I needed for the surgery. Although it didn't go quiet as we planned, it was perfect. The breathing techniques got me through all the anxiety of having a major surgery and continued to help me post-op with the pain so that I was able to refuse any medication for pain. Baby was placed on my chest immediately after being birthed and remained there for over an hour. As planned the vernix was not wiped off, and we decided not to bathe her at all for a week. They delayed cord clamping until the pulsations stopped, baby crawled to my breast to feed almost immediately on her own, weighing and everything else was delayed for over an hour. I wanted to thank you so much for making me feel informed and confident going into birth and allowing me to feel empowered to make the right choices for our babe. So thank you.
-Tanya & Paolo
"Tahira came to my house to do private sessions with me. She was very helpful and knowledgeable. She has a very calming and professional demeanor to her. I really enjoyed my sessions with her. I went from thinking I may not be able to have an un-medicated birth before we met, to knowing I could birth the way I wanted to after our sessions. I ended up having the labour and birth that I wanted. My son came very quickly, no medical intervention, I felt empowered after I gave birth to him using HypnoBirthing. The breathing was what I found most useful during my very quick labour. Tahira is a great support!" - Margaret
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our HypnoBirthing classes with Tahira. Her calm and positive energy helped create a relaxing atmosphere to learn in. She patiently answered all of our questions and ensured we understood the materials, giving us extra info post-class. I would highly recommend taking HypnoBirthing classes with Tahira if you want to work with someone who truly cares about the parents she works with. Thank you! We now feel prepared and ready to have a calm, natural labour.
"All the HypnoBirthing Skills were so helpful. My labour was only 12 hours from the time my water broke, and I didn't have any complications. I was very lucky! You were such an important part of my birth journey and I can't thank you enough!