Ayesha Paruk

I was 40 weeks pregnant when I messaged Alison for an appointment; after I was informed that I was going to be induced during the course of the week, which I was really not keen on. Alison was kind enough to fit me into her busy schedule. Arriving for my appointment, I was in a headspace where I felt completely unprepared for a natural delivery without an epidural. Alison helped change that- she changed my entirely negative mindset into a positive one.

Alison taught me how to manage my pain instead of shying away from it, to embrace the feelings and changes in my body. She also taught me how to resist the urge to tighten up when I experienced Braxton Hicks contractions and eventually full contractions, as that closes one’s body down and pushes the progress of labour further away. She taught me some techniques to help me to cope, so that my labour would progress and I could help myself connect spiritually and draw on my strength to get through my labouring process. I am extremely grateful for all her help and motivation; it helped me all the way to being 6cm dilated without any pain intervention!

I highly recommend Alison’s Birthprep-Induction treatment sessions to other mums-to-be – my only regrets are that I did not contact Alison earlier to go to her for some pregnancy massage, and that I could not have the recommended two Birthprep sessions.

Ayesha Paruk

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