Hypnobirthing for an accidental home birth

I first met Kelli and Dave when they joined me for Hypnobirthing Australia Positive Birth classes before the birth of their first baby. It was such an honour to be asked to do a refresher with them before they welcomed their second baby into the world.

My Epic Hypnobirth

It’s taken me a while to send this email to you because, you know, mum life – much busier this time around with 2! 

Well, our little Frankie made a very quick entry to the world on the 19/4. I had started having very mild contractions around 1130pm 18/4, not even enough for me to put on the TENS at that stage, just laid in bed with my hypnobirth tracks and a heat pack. Woke hubby up around 2am and told him I thought I was in labour and could he please put the TENS on now before my surges got much stronger. We called the hospital to let them know I was in labour and he messaged our mums to slowly start making their way over so they were there to watch Willow.

I didn’t start actively labouring until around 3am I would say. Jumped in the shower and continued breathing through my surges. It came to about 0415 and I decided I was getting fairly uncomfortable and wanted to go to the hospital, where I’d asked if they could reserve the birthing suite with the bath for me to labour in. Dave mucked around packing the car and organising the RATs we had to do prior to going to hospital. I popped out to the lounge room to say goodbye to our mums and just needed to quickly go to the toilet before I got in the car. 

accidental homebirth perth

As I sat on the toilet I felt my waters break. Dave came in to check on me and I told him I couldn’t really get off the toilet. He asked if I needed an ambulance, to which I unhelpfully replied ‘I don’t know’… ‘get mum’ I said.

In the time he’d gone to get my mum I’d started involuntarily pushing, by the time mum came in Frankie’s head was half out and within 2 more pushes she was out, born at 0503!


I bought her up onto my chest and relished in what I had just done. The ambulance arrived about 10 minutes later, I’d moved myself to the bed and we were all snuggled up having skin to skin. We were then taken up to the hospital where we stayed for a few days.

My mum and MIL couldn’t believe how calm I was and the midwife who we’d spoken to just a couple of hours prior couldn’t believe what had happened as ‘you were so fine when I spoke to you before’.

I told her I was listening to hypnobirthing tracks and laying in bed and she said ‘ ahhh yes, it’s good that hypnobirthing’…

Frankie’s birth was epic! I loved it. I still cannot stop recommending hypnobirthing to everyone and raving about how calm and in the zone it makes you feel.
PS I’ve attached a couple of photos that you’re welcome to use if you like. Unfortunately, I have none of me in labour, it all went too quickly and surprisingly for anyone to remember to take any haha
hypnobirthing accidental homebirth

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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 birth 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.

You can find out more about Kate here