What you need to know about hypnobirthing

What is hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing is a no nonsense, science based birth preparation method. It is a full antenatal course (like you'd get from the hospital or NCT) but with the added benefit of learning relaxation techniques to use in pregnancy, birth and beyond!

Hypnobirthing is based on the idea that birth is natural and that we need not fear it... Easier said than done, right? But actually it can be done.

 

Hypnobirthing will give you the knowledge, tools and techniques you need to change your perception of birth - so that you don't have to feel fearful, anxious or worried. Trust me - I've been where you are and I believe in this so much, that I just had to teach it.

There are lots of different teachers and courses out there so it's important you feel comfortable with the course and who'll be teaching you. Tasters or introductory workshops are the best way to get a feel for this.

Who is hypnobirthing for?

It's suitable for all mums and their birth partners (it could be your first, second, third baby - hypnobirthing will work for you).

 

There is no ideal time to start the course, but it’s usually best to start the course between 20 and 34 weeks.

 

Hypnobirthing is for any kind of birth in any kind of setting. This course is designed to work for you regardless of the way your baby comes into the world, whether it be a vaginal birth or a caesarean.

 

In fact some of hypnobirthing's greatest advocates are those who, for varying reasons, had surgical births. The techniques that they had learned in class equipped them with the tools they needed to relax and remain calm.

What are the benefits of hypnobirthing?

The primary benefits to a woman, her baby and her birth partner are:

  • Fewer instrumental or surgical births

  • Shorter labours

  • High success rate in turning breech babies

  • Less pain perceived in labour

  • Lessens fatigue during labour

  • Less need for episiotomy

  • Dad or birth partner are an integral part of the process & know what to do - they’re not a helpless bystander

  • Hypnobirthing babies are calmer, better sleepers and generally have higher Apgar scores at birth

What does the course cover?

Class One

  • How birth actually works

  • Understanding the mindset effect

  • Positive birth film/story

  • Relaxation

 

Class Two

  • Your birth environment
  • Kick-starting labour & what to do in the latent phase
  • Understanding medical induction
  • Positive birth film/story

  • Relaxation

 

Class Three

  • Packing for labour & baby's birth

  • What to do in established labour

  • Birthing your baby & the immediate postnatal period

  • Positive birth film/story

  • Relaxation

 

Class Four

  • What it means to become a parent

  • Postnatal care and advice

  • Everything you need to know about taking care of a newborn

What is included in the course?

The tools and techniques you will learn will empower you to have the safe, calm and gentle birth you deserve.

  • 4x 2 hour antenatal/hypnobirthing/new parent & newborn care classes from an RCM accredited Calm Births teacher (if you're already a parent, I can offer 3 hypnobirthing classes instead)

  • Goody bag containing The Calm Births book and positive affirmations, plus some extra goodies!

  • Access to downloadable relaxation/affirmations MP3 tracks

  • Access to the Hypnobirthing Parents Facebook support page, where you will find support from Calm Births teachers and parents 

  • Ongoing support from me - I'm always a text/phone call/email away! Think of me as you're own personal birth worker friend.

I'm not sure it's for me, are there any other options?

Hypnobirthing might not feel like the right journey for you and your birth partner right now, and that's ok!

If you still feel like you want some help, then I offer a few other classes and workshop options that might be more suitable - or let me know what you're looking for.

Other classes/workshops on offer include:

  • Pregancy Relaxation Hour

  • Birth Plan Preparation Workshop

I'm a second time parent, is there an option for me?

If you're new to hypnobirthing but already a parent, then you're welcome to join any of my courses for the first three hypnobirthing based classes at a reduced cost.

If you've done hypnobirthing before with a previous baby/birth and need a refresher, then I can run you a mini workshop.

Just get in touch at beth@yourbirthyourway.uk to discuss what you need.

Ready to book?

Pregnant Woman in Nature

Introduction to Hypnobirthing Workshop

Price: Free

Venue: Online

Upcoming sessions:

Run once a month - next date:

Monday 24 October 8pm

Lasting about an hour, this Workshop provides a general introduction to hypnobirthing and how it can help you achieve a calm, positive birth.

 

We'll discuss what the Calm Births course covers (it's not all relaxation), what hypnobirthing is and why it works, known benefits of using hypnobirthing, you get to try a practise relaxation, and you get a discount code for any full course.

All from the comfort of your own home... Cup of tea recommended, make-up is completely optional!

Pregnant Woman by Birch

Private Birth Plan Preparation Workshop

Price: £25

Venue: Online

Upcoming sessions:

As a 1:1 session, we'll arrange a suitable date/time

In your own private 1:1 session, we'll discuss options and your preferences for your birth.

 

You will leave the session feeling confident and empowered with a birth plan that showcases your wishes.

We'll discuss and record your preferences for labour and the immediate postnatal period. And of course, talk about all the nitty gritty details of what is important for you.

Birth partners can play a huge role in supporting you during birth, so getting them involved in the session is a must.

Young Couple Expecting

Care of the Newborn
(and Parent!)

Price: £30

Venue: Various

Upcoming sessions:

As a 1:1 session, we'll arrange a suitable date/time

Perhaps a hypnobirthing course isn't right for you but you still want to feel prepared for when baby arrives.

This is a one off workshop where you get to join the new parent/baby care class from my hypnobirthing course.

We will cover what it means to become a parent and how to feel prepared for the change. We look at postnatal care and advice for mum and partner. And of course we look at baby care - the nappies, feeding, car seats, safe sleeping and common ailments.

Group Picture

Group Hypnobirthing Course

Price: £225 (face to face) / £175 (online)

Venues: Various

​Upcoming sessions:

15 & 22 Oct 1-5pm, Lowdham

2/9/16/23 Nov 7.30-9.30pm Online

1/8/15/22 Dec, Sherwood

Offering intimate group courses (4 couples max), you get 8 hours of incredible content and get to meet other parents-to-be!

The relaxed and informal classes follow the Calm Births syllabus, and are the perfect blend of teaching, discussion, fun practical exercises and of course, some relaxation.

Don't forget you get a course book, affirmation cards, mp3s, ongoing support and some good old fashioned goodies!

 

*Require a minimum of two couples in order to run - otherwise you can join a later course or have a private course (at the same cost).

 

Please review my Covid Policy for face to face classes.

Pregnant Woman on Couch

'Bring a friend' Hypnobirthing Offer

Price: £125 per couple

Venue: Face to face / Online

​​Upcoming sessions:

As a 1:1 session, we'll arrange a suitable date/time

Are you and your bestie both expecting and interested in hypnobirthing? Why not save some money with this offer?

 

This is the ultimate birth preparation - 8 hours of completely personalised content on a 1:1 basis delivered in person or online (you decide!)

The relaxed and informal classes follow the Calm Births syllabus, and are the perfect blend of teaching, discussion, fun practical exercises and of course, some relaxation.

Don't forget you get a course book, affirmation cards, mp3s, ongoing support and some good old fashioned goodies!

Select dates available each month.

Please review my Covid Policy for face to face classes.

Expecting

Private Hypnobirthing Course

Price: £300 (face to face)/£250 (online)

Venue: My home or yours/Online

​Upcoming sessions:

Please register your interest below

The ultimate birth preparation - 8 hours of completely personalised content on a 1:1 basis (covering natural and/or c-section births) delivered at my house/yours or online.

The relaxed and informal classes follow the Calm Births syllabus, and are the perfect blend of teaching, discussion, fun practical exercises and of course, some relaxation.

Don't forget you get a course book, affirmation cards, mp3s, ongoing support and some good old fashioned goodies!

Select dates available each month.

Please review my Covid Policy for face to face classes.