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!
Updated on
26 Mar 2024

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Ratings and reviews

414 reviews
Jessica Freeman
17 May 2020
Glitches with audio when trying to listen. Makes it difficult to concentrate. Really wanted to like it with all the great reviews but if they aren't fixed soon will have to find something else. ***EDIT*** I was able to use it during labor and I have to say I don't think i could've had my natural Hospital birth without it. Arrived @ Hospital 8cm, didn't use it much then just focused on my down breathing. However I went to look back @ surges days later & data was gone. Very sad about that.
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Kate Milburn
13 May 2024
I love this app. Siobhans voice is so calming. I used the contesction timer in my previous labour and it helped a lot. Only problem is sometimes the backing music cuts out from the affirmations. Doesn't bother me when I'm just chilling in pregnancy, but during labour it would be better not to have to mess with my phone and close and reopen the app.
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Joanna Knoedler
30 May 2024
It seems that the verbal positive affirmations stop whilst your surge timer is on, annoying as that was the main time I needed to hear them. In the end I stopped counting the surges as I needed to hear the voice through them. It also wipes the surges after labour, it would have been interesting to look at the way they progressed.
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What's new

- Choose your own birth coach: You can now select the voice you find the most soothing and inspiring to coach you through your surges and relaxation.
- Mix the audio levels to suit you: Use the background music adjuster in settings to increase or decrease the volume of the relaxing music that accompanies the voice of your birth coach.
- Receive calming notifications: Your daily positive affirmation is now accompanied by a tone that is personal to Freya.