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About Hypnobirthing

What is it?

My approach to hypnobirthing is entirely factual, using up-to-date evidence-based research to help you feel fully informed. The course is part antenatal education and part relaxation to help you let go of negative beliefs from past negative ideologies and experiences. This includes looking at the process of birth and interventions, encouraging informed decision making, and letting go of fear.

Sessions Cover

1.

Logic of hypnobirthing, science behind labour and why mindset, relaxation and privacy matters

2.

Relaxation techniques – including breathing techniques and physiological birth preperation

3.

Understanding interventions, informed consent, decision making and communicating with caregivers.

4.

The birth process as a whole, the golden hour, birth plans and the role of the birth partner.

The Courses

The course is for any birth, from natural to cesarean and aims to empower you with the confidence and knowledge to achieve the birth you want. Whether it’s your first or subsequent birth, my aim is to educate, inspire and guide you to the best possible evidence.

This is your birth, your body, and your baby. It’s you who makes the decisions. I want them to be informed ones.

Hypnobirthing is suitable for anyone. The course provides you with the tools to feel confident in the birth process and to also feel calm when making important decisions about the care of you and your baby.  You’ll always take something useful from the course, it really is a safe investment.

Myth Busting

There are so many myths about Hypnobirthing that may have previously put you off…

Do any of these sound familiar?

’Hypnobirthing encourages no pain relief and that's what you'll want me to do’
Hypnobirthing isn’t a type of pain relief, nor does it try to persuade you not to have any pain relief. Maybe this comes from the fact that many women who use hypnobirthing say the pain was more tolerable because of the techniques, but it differs woman to woman. 
’You’ll want me to go for an all natural home birth’

I have absolutely no hidden agenda when teaching my course. It’s really important you know that I’m not there to advise or give my opinion, I’m there to help you gain confidence in your body and release fear, it’s completely up to you to make decisions about your care, and I’ll support whatever you decide. 

‘Hypnobirthing is against all intervention and will make things awkward with my midwife’

It’s actually all about the safety of you and your baby. We have access to life-saving interventions in this country, for which we are so lucky. Unfortunately there’s also a really high rate of intervention where it may not have been needed. If women and their partners are educated, then they can weigh up the risks and benefits along with the alternatives to make an informed decision along with their care provider.

I’d always say to go to your midwife or obstetrician with any questions, as they know you and your pregnancy. The course is there to help you understand what your needs are, and help you work with your midwife to achieve an informed and positive birth.
‘Hypnobirthing is only for a natural birth’

The course talks about a natural birth, and the amazing process that your body is capable of. It can also be tailored to a caesarean birth, where we focus on releasing fears and making your experience feel a little less clinical and all about meeting your baby.

‘Going to a hypnobirthing course might be awkward and it will be weird with chanting and you’ll try to hypnotise me’

I’d say try it 😊 I’m a friendly, outgoing person who really wants to engage people in conversation and active learning. I welcome skeptics and I approach the subject openly. I won’t take any offence to any questions. I’m always researching, and I’ll strive to help as best I can.

There’s no chanting or hypnotising as you might have seen on stage. I’m a scientific person with 9 years experience as a qualified health care professional. The course is logical and factual, with discussion and relaxation.
‘Hypnobirthing is unrealistic and is only for people who don’t like hospitals’

Hypnobirthing is factual, based on the findings of doctors. It’s practiced by midwives and encourages collaboration with the healthcare system.

‘I’m so skeptical, I don’t think it will work. I’ve tried hypnosis before and I couldn’t focus, so it’s not for me’

Skeptics are welcome! Hypnobirthing really might not be what you expect. It’s okay if you find it hard to focus, put the practice in and you’ll find the techniques useful.

Do these debunked myths help create a picture of what hypnobirthing is really about? Please feel free to contact me with any questions on hello@myinformedbirth.com

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