Freya • Surge Timer

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About this app

Meet Freya, your virtual birth partner from The Positive Birth Company! Freya will coach you through every single surge with a simple breathing technique and easy visualisation. She will help you relax between surges with a mix of guided meditation, positive affirmations, gentle music and calming visualisations. Freya makes it easy for you to keep track of your surges and you can visit the log at any point to see how frequently your surges are coming and how long they are lasting. Freya will also let you know when your labour is established and when it might be a good time to contact your midwife. You will never birth alone with Freya by your side.

In hypnobirthing we refer to contractions as surges partly because it sounds nicer but also because ‘surge’ more accurately describes the sensation you’ll experience when in labour. Freya is the ONLY hypnobirthing-friendly contraction timer on the play store, designed specifically with hypnobirthing mums in mind - using appropriate terminology - but can be used by all.

You can also use Freya in pregnancy to help you relax and prepare for your birth. In fact the more you listen to the guided relaxations and positive affirmations, the more familiar they will become and the more effective the audio will be at helping you relax when it comes to birth. Positive affirmations have been proven to change the way your mind works and listening regularly will help you feel less anxious and more confident in the lead up to birth. And the more relaxed you are during birth, the more oxytocin you will produce which helps your uterus to work efficiently, making labour faster and more comfortable.

You can also use Freya post-birth any time you feel you could benefit from taking some deep breaths or need some help finding your zen. Parenting can be hard but you’ve got Freya; she’s your friend for life! In fact everything you learn through using Freya - mindfulness exercises, breathing techniques, the benefits of taking time out - are skills for life.

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• A timer to record your surges (also known as a contraction timer)
• Coaching audio to keep your mind focused on breathing through each surge
• A gentle expanding visualisation which you can use to breathe in sync with
• A detailed log of your surges over time, so you can track your progress through labour
• Ability to easily share the log with your birth partner, midwife or doula
• Guided relaxations, positive affirmations and soothing visuals to help keep you calm and relaxed, making birth easier, quicker and more straightforward (can also be used in pregnancy and postnatally)
• Option to share your birth story with a personalised birth announcement
• Coaching created by renowned hypnobirthing expert Siobhan Miller, founder of The Positive Birth Company
• You can skip, reorder and even remove tracks from the guided relaxation playlist, so you listen to what you want, when you want. What’s more if things begin to feel a little repetitive you can listen to your own playlist on a third party app (such a Spotify) whilst still using the Freya app to keep track of your surges and coach you through each one.
• You can switch between the 4-8 breathing pattern and the more manageable 3-6. You can also turn off the counting altogether if you prefer.

Download the ONLY hypnobirthing-friendly contraction timer on the play store and prepare to meet your baby in the best possible way, feeling calm and confident, relaxed and happy!
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Jun 12, 2020

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296 reviews
F Cowley
June 26, 2022
The app overall is very good. However, if the volume of the music could be turned down with its own individual setting it would be much better. Its hard to hear the meditations / counting over the music unless you play it all really loud, which then makes it less relaxing.
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A Google user
December 24, 2019
I will say I haven't used this in labour yet, but I am looking forward to being able to in the next few weeks :) it seems to be very user friendly, easy to navigate and a helpful way to track your contractions/surges. The main bonus of this app is having the MP3s from the online hypnobirthing course right there - you can choose which ones you want to hear, which order they come on, and you get the counting for breathing through surges as well. You can also mute or just have the music. Love it!
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Elena Mutu
May 17, 2020
So the application is super nice, the scripts, the breathing, the surge counting will be useful during the labor. I've been listeting to the scripts since I downloaded the app, around week 24. I don't like that the music on background is lounder than the voice, I would like the option for music volume, not to close it. And what is a point for improving is that the script should not stop if I close the screen, if I block my phone. It is annoying especially if yoh are trying to fall asleep.
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What's new

- Fixed the app crash caused by trying to view statistics when your 1st surge is still running
- Fixed the app crash caused by re-ordering the tracks when they are all turned off
- Fixed a number of audio glitches related to booting the app
- Fixed some minor visual issues
- Fixed the surge restarting when the voiceover option is changed mid-surge
- Fixed the app icon being too zoomed in
- Fixed audio issues