What is a Beautiful Birth?

“I think one of the best things we could do would be to help women/parents/families discover their own birth power, from within themselves. And let them know it’s always been there they just needed to tap into it”
John H. Kendell, MD.

“Respecting the women as an important and valuable human being and making sure her experience while giving birth is fulfilling and empowering is not just a nice extra, it is absolutely essential as it makes the women strong and therefore makes society strong”
Marsden Wagner, Head of Women and Child Health Division for 15 years at The World Health Organization

Testimonials for Marie and Essence Hypnobirthing

“It feels great to share a positive birth story with everyone. I feel completely overwhelmed with the power and potential of Hypnobirthing and how positive thinking, relaxation and practice can change a very challenging situation into something completely manageable and actually extremely positive and happy, I’m Hypnobirthing biggest fan in Sweden”
Monica (Sweden)

Darren and I used Marie and Essence Hypnobirthing for the birth of our first daughter and we were so thrilled we did. Having full time jobs and two other kids at home, we thought it would be too hard to make it to lessons but Marie was so wonderfully flexible and accommodating. The environment Marie created was wonderful and put both of us at ease. My husband had no experience in anything like this but the course was so factual that it made it so easy to understand why hypnobirthing was such a good idea and why it was so important to me. We both fully trusted that we had chosen the correct route. although we had learned enough to know that should things not go the way we planned, we could still use our hypnobirthing skills to keep in control and remain calm. By the end of the course, I was genuinely excited about the birth.

Our gorgeous baby girl arrived in July after an unmedicated water birth and we were out of the hospital and back home in less than a day. I could not have done it without the knowledge we had gained from Marie and I look forward to doing it all over again!


I knew I wanted to have a completely different experience when it came to my second pregnancy and birth. After getting introduced to Marie during a taster session, I felt like this would be something for me.
My husband and I had the privilege to do a private hypnobirthing course with Marie. Not only did she equip us with the hypnobirthing tools we could use, but she shared so much of her knowledge as a UK midwife of over 20 years,  I was silently wishing I’d met her during my first pregnancy!
When I initially mention hypnobirthing, I’d get the occasional weird look, since people really associate it with being in hypnosis.  However, that’s not the case.  The tools that really helped me during my full natural birth (yeah!), were the below techniques:
1. Relaxation; during birth.this was being in the moment and not focusing on what was going on around me. I was listening to the Quran and this lovely song of the 99 names of Allah but you can also play the CD with relaxation scripts and affirmations that Marie supplies.
2. Visualisation: during birth, this was visualising my baby coming through the birth passage. Marie has a great little prop with a flower on top of the baby’s head, that helps you visualise. This image has been pierced in my mind from the first time I saw it.!
3. Breathing down; during birth, this was my way to get rid of surges (contractions) by pushing it out and getting to that moment of silence.  Marie coached me during the course to implement the techniques. Eventually, since I had been using these techniques from 34weeks onwards, for moments that I needed to distress and relax, it became part of my day to day relaxation moments and therefore really easy to apply during the birth of Marwa
My husband benefitted from being familiar with the acronym, B.R.A.I.N.S helping us to be in control of our birth preferences,
What I really appreciated the most was that Marie was there for me after I completed the course. With the over medicalization of birth here in the UAE, it is really a good thing to have such an experienced person in your corner. Marie was able to help me find research and answer questions to concerns that I had during the pregnancy.
Thank you, Marie, for being part of our life J.
Hana and Abu (Dubai)


As a fourth time expectant mum with one lovely nine year old boy, one termination and one miscarriage, I was utterly scared of everything going wrong again. When I booked the course I couldn’t think of the birth, I just needed to develop a mechanism in order to calm down and start thinking positively. Marie helped me become emotionally stronger through the breathing exercises, as well as getting closer to my lovely husband about all my fears. All went well, my waters broke at 38weeks. I was very calm and able to cope with the surges and talk at the same time, even calming my husband who had seen me the first time around and couldn’t believe the change. I got induced when I wanted to ( I asked my doctor to wait for a couple of hours and he did) and got the epidural ( not for the pain but in order to preserve energy after the birth, that’s my view ). All went perfectly smooth in an almost serene room!

Virgina (Dubai)

Marie’s style was great and calming.The course was extremely great value for money. The flexibility was good & I felt that Marie really got to know both me & my husband to tailor the approach for our personalities.

Salma (Dubai)


For more birth stories, please visit www.kghypnobirthing.com/birth-reports

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