Labour and birth can often bring the unexpected at unexpected times. When Vikki was diagnosed with cholestasis at 37 weeks, they made the decision to be induced. As it turns out, her body and baby were getting ready for labour anyway. Read all about how hypnobirthing helped Vikki maintain a positive mindset and have a positive birth even when everything changed suddenly.

Hi Kate,

Just thought you’d like to know that James and my little bundle of joy arrived on Wednesday, a few weeks early.

I developed coleostasis which they found out about on Tuesday and decided as I was 37 weeks it was better to get baby out then leave him where he was. So I got booked in to be induced on Wednesday 3rd June.

The big day

Although when it got there it turned out my body and baby were pretty much ready to go anyway. The only intervention I ended up needing was to have my waters broken. From then on the contractions were immediately full on, so much so the Drs thought the midwife had given me oxytocin. I had an amazing midwife who was all on board with me trying for a natural drug-free birth. She only mentioned gas and air to me once , which when I said no, she didn’t push again. She also let me listen to my body and when I said I needed to push, she did a quick check and said go for it. The second midwife who started her shift at the end of my labour was also great, telling the Drs to go away when they were wanting to get a small sample of blood from his head to check he wasn’t distressed.


All in all, once my waters were broken, I was only in labour for 4.5 hours and I managed to do it all drug-free. Once I was in the right position I was able to focus on my breathing and listen to my body. So thank you for providing me the tools to be able to do it all! I doubted myself a couple of times but stopped myself thinking like that and changed to thinking positively , with the help of James always encouraging me.

We are all healthy, happy  and at home now and getting used to our new life.

Again thank you for running the hypnobirthing course, it meant even though things were suddenly rushed I was easily able to find the info I needed to understand what being induced would entail, although it wasn’t needed in the end.

Attached is a picture of baby V.



Kate Vivian is a self-professed pregnancy and birth geek who is finally learning to embrace the chaos of having 3 kids. It was the birth and ‘bringing baby home’ experience of her first baby, and the overwhelming guilt that went with it, that led her to start Bright Mums – and create a world where Mums matter.

 A Certified Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner, childbirth educator and postpartum doula, Kate works with Mums-to-be not only supporting them through pregnancy, and birth but also teaching them to honour themselves at a time when the world is telling them their baby is the most important thing.

With almost 2 decades in adult education, Kate has the ability to create a safe space, a non-judgey space. A place where Mums can relax and feel supported regardless of what their journey looks like. 

A keen traveller in a former (pre-kids) life, Kate dreams of the day her kids are big enough to take skiing and they can completely show her up while she is busy falling down mountains.

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