How does Hypnobirthing work?
By learning deep relaxations, visualisations and breathing exercises to enable your body to labour more efficiently and comfortably.
How much does a course cost?
£300 for group classes, £500 for private classes, £150 for a refresher course.
How long is the course?
Classes are held over 2 or 4 sessions consisting of approx 10-12 hours in total.
Who is Hypnobirthing suitable for?
Hypnobirthing is suitable for first time mums and mums who’ve had a baby before.
I help women who are scared of birth because they’ve never done it before, who are anxious because of a bad experience last time, or who just want a calmer, easier, more natural birth experience.
If you’re pregnant, and looking for an alternative to the over-medicalised, pain-is-inevitable, “gimme all the drugs” mindset, then Hypnobirthing is for you.
Will I be ‘out of it’ if I use Hypnobirthing?
No, absolutely not. With Hypnobirthing (in fact, virtually all hypnosis), you are aware of what is going on around you but you can just ‘tune out’ the distractions.
Does my partner/husband have to attend classes?
He doesn’t, but he will be very glad if he did. Most fathers arrive at the course utterly sceptical and leave extremely enthusiastic. He isn’t expected to believe in it. Why should he? I do ask him to listen to the facts and the logic so he understands how important it is and the difference a father or birth companion can make.
The caricature of a father at a birth is someone who is nervous, feeling responsible for the situation she is in, holding her hand and wishing he could help, but not knowing what to do.
A hypnobirthing father is knowledgeable and able to support her as she gives birth. He is a huge asset in the birthing room, and many mothers say, ‘I couldn’t have done it without him.’ They have practised together before the birth which brings them closer together, and he knows he has played an important part in how his baby enters the world. This deepens their relationship as a couple, and his relationship with his child.
When should I start classes?
Anytime after 20 weeks is ideal, as the success of the course is strongly linked to how much practise you do. However, provided you can finish the course before you give birth, it’s still going to help. (In fact, I’ve just had a lady give birth half-way through the course and it still helped).
WARNING! I book well in advance, so don’t leave it too late. As soon as you know you want to do Hypnobirthing, contact me and book the course.
What if I want to do a refresher course?I can come to your home or to mine and we will go over the main techniques that you learnt before and any additional hypnotherapy for confidence and calm. The refresher course is 3 hours.
Is Hypnobirthing safe?
Hypnosis and Hypnobirthing is absolutely safe and nothing to be scared of.
Unfortunately, TV, film and stage portrayal of hypnosis has left a lot of people with a mistaken view of what hypnosis is, and what it can (and can’t) do. You are always in control and cannot be made to do anything that you would not normally do.
Can you guarantee a pain free birth?
No. There are many factors that can affect a birth, some of which are outside our control. Also, like any childbirth preparation class, the success of the techniques is related to the amount of practise you put in. However, as a guide, it has been found that around 65-70% of Hypnobirthing mums don’t need any form of pain relief. Nearly all the mums in this category simply don’t experience any pain – just pressure. Around a further 20-25% only require something mild, like gas and air. The remaining 5-10% usually fall into what I call ‘special circumstances’, where medical intervention is required. However, the Hypnobirthing mums still tell me that Hypnobirthing really helped – even if they were induced, or ended up with a caesarean.
Remember – the aim of Hypnobirthing is not a completely pain-free and picture-perfect ‘natural’ birth (although that is possible). It is to have a calmer, easier, more comfortable birth- where you are in control – and in a way that most mirrors nature.
How do Hypnobirthing classes compare with NCT classes?
NCT prepares you for labour and birth through education. Hypnobirthing also prepares you for labour and birth through education and gives you the additional tools and techniques to make birth as comfortable as possible and eradicate any fears through the use of hypnosis.
Fears are stored in the unconscious part of your mind – hypnosis allows communication with this part of the mind to change it to react in a more positive way and eliminate fear.
What is the history of Hypnobirthing?“Hypnobirthing is soundly based on established medical knowledge.” – Midwife
In 1957, after two years of study by eminent neurologists and psychoanalysts, the BMA issued a statement that ‘hypnosis is an effective method of relieving pain in childbirth’ and proposed that all doctors should train in hypnotherapy.
The seeds of the natural birth movement were first sown with the work of eminent obstetrician Dr.Grantly Dick-Read. After witnessing a homebirth in the slums of the London Docks in 1913 where the mother refused any pain relief and then proceeded to give birth quickly and with no pain, Grantly Dick-Read was truly amazed.
The mother’s comment after giving birth when he asked why she refused the pain relief was “It didn’t hurt. It wasn’t meant to, was it, Doctor?” This experience was defining, and after a career of working on the battle field in the first world war and subsequently in hospitals as an obstetrician he theorized that fear was the overriding cause that led to the pain in childbirth. At the end of his career he wrote the book “Childbirth Without Fear”. He hypothesized that when you are fearful, you tense up and the natural birth process is inhibited and becomes longer and consequently more painful.
Over the years his theories have been fully vindicated with research into how hormones work during childbirth. His principles have been further developed by a number of natural birth practitioners with Hypnobirthing being the most notable and widely practised. Today Hypnobirthing is known by every midwife in the UK and many have trained in Hypnobirthing, including professors of midwifery and NHS heads of midwifery. Obstetricians are also beginning to understand the significance of the work we do and are coming to be trained too. Hypnbirthing is practised internationally and rapidly spreading throughout the world.