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Prepare for a better birth experience
How does it work?

Hypnosis helps deal with fear, overcome any anxiety associated with pregnancy and labour, increase self-confidence and trust in your body’s natural ability to give birth. Using and applying hypnosis techniques can therefore greatly reduce, if not eliminate the fear and tension which can lead to worsened pain during the birthing process. 

Through hypnosis (similar to guided visualisation) you have the opportunity to "experience" a calm natural birth over and over again in your mind. In this way, once the actual birth begins, your body is familiar and comfortable with the rehearsed responses and so reacts accordingly. You will be aware of your body's contractions and will flow through the sensations using deep relaxation, breathing and your body's natural painkillers (endorphins). By reducing the fear and anxiety, tension is reduced in the body, and so pain is lessened. Without all the adrenalin and fear, the body is more able to get on with the job of labour. Hypnotherapy can give you the ability to achieve deep levels of relaxation, understand the stages of labour, how to work with your body in all the stages, allowing you to overcome any anxieties and change your perception of birth.

Is it only for drug-free, intervention-free birth?

You can use hypnotherapy no matter what type of birth you have. Whether you are wanting a home birth with no drugs, or a planned c section in hospital, an epidural, no matter what - hypnobirthing techniques can help you. It is about helping you gain a sense of control where possible, & adapt better to any deviation in birth plan. You are equipped with skills to calm, relax & empower, no matter what path your birth takes.

Can it promise a pain-free birth?

No, this is not the aim of hypnosis for birth. Women can have much less pain in labour when they use hypnosis. However, we are not aiming for a pain-free birth, we are aiming to use techniques which will enable you to remain calm, in control, more comfortable and help your body flow through labour. These techniques enable you to deal better with however your labour may go. Women say that they cope far better with the pain when they have good techniques to manage it.

What if it doesn't work?

It is a myth that if you experience pain or need intervention in labour, that hypnosis hasn't worked. What happens is we work together to equip you with skills that you take away and build upon, to take into labour. You have effective pain management, calming, adrenaline reduction, and communication skills and much more - the list goes on. You learn self-hypnosis to be able to take yourself into a deeply relaxed state in any situation - not just birth. You really gain so much from this, that no matter how your birth goes - it has helped you in some way! 

My partner does not want to attend, or is unable to attend, can I still do a course? 

You can attend without a birth partner. We can adapt the course for women attending without partners, you also have the option of attending a women-only group course. However, birth partners have so much to gain from this. They almost always end up loving the course.  As Jo ( client from a recent course ) told me:

"My partner came along to one of the sessions and was sceptical and thought it was a load of rubbish! His opinion has completely changed, he has seen me give birth so peacefully and thinks hypnobirthing is fantastic! Xx "

 

Partners leave the course with a virtual toolbox of easy to use techniques enabling them to help make your birth better for the both of you. As one Dad recently said - "I can't imagine going into labour with my wife now and not knowing this stuff - this will make my role so much easier."

 

Courses are run in a friendly, down to earth way. It is very informal, not boring and we always have a relaxed comfortable atmosphere. 

Is this recognised by medical staff, will the midwives be on board with this?

Many midwives have now trained to teach hypnosis for birth themselves, as they recognise the many benefits women, partners, and babies gain. Many hypnobirthing teacher training courses are also accredited by Royal College of Midwives (including the course I originally trained in).

Can I get stuck in hypnosis?

Absolutely not! There is no way you can get stuck in hypnosis. You would simply come back to normal awareness, even if the hypnotherapist left the room and went home. It is just like having a daydream, or a rest - you just come back to normal awareness naturally when you are ready.

 

Will I be aware of what is going on?

When listening to an MP3, or during a hypnosis session, some people drift off into deep relaxation and just feel as though they are in a daydream-like state - similar to when just about to fall asleep. Some people feel as though they have been asleep, but you will always be aware. You may not feel like interacting with the sounds and other things going on in your environment, it's more pleasant to just drift - but if you needed to come back to normal awareness for any reason - you would! During the birth, you will be fully aware and able to communicate normally.

I'm worried about the cost

You can book a course with a low deposit, and I also offer affordable payment plans - just ask and we can work out a way to help you. We can also look at arranging different courses and packages to suit your budget. Cost should never be a barrier to learning these skills. You are getting full intensive training from an experienced and qualified hypnobirthing coach, taking away many skills to help you through birth and beyond. Self-hypnosis is a skill for life. You also are getting a book, MP3, lots of course materials, refreshments for you and birth partner, and full support up until birth if required. It really is value for money! 

How do I know your class is for me?

I have been teaching Hypnobirthing since 2013, and in that time have helped many women & birth partners have a better birth experience. I have used these techniques for one of my own labours and understand how much of a difference this can make. I have had four babies of my own and know how overwhelming pregnancy, labour & birth can be. I teach my classes in a very realistic, honest and down to earth style. I always go out of my way to make sure everyone attending gets what they need from it. I have no set ideas of how your birth should be, or what your choices should be, I simply work with you to your own needs - providing you with the tools and support you need to make your own birth choices. 

Do I have to do the full day course? 

I offer many different options. There's something for everyone. We can discuss what you want/need and tailor a package to suit you, your budget and your time. Whether this is a full day, half-day or hourly sessions - I can find something to suit you. I don't believe in the standard one size fits all approach!

Can I just read the book and listen to an MP3 at home? 

This will give you an education on the techniques and the MP3 will help lots too. Lots of women have used just the book and MP3 with good effect. However, attending a class will give you many more practical techniques to use on the day and beyond. I also teach lots of techniques on the course that are not in the book, and can provide you with ways to make this work for you, adapting it to your unique personality style and situation. It will also give your birth partner the skills to use for you & them. Attending a face to face course will also give you chance to work on any particular fear or anxieties with an experienced therapist specialising in anxiety. I am trained in lots of up to date techniques as well as hypnobirthing and can adapt this to your needs and therefore you gain lots more by working with me. I am also there at the end of the phone anytime you need further help.