FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- What is hypnobirthing?
- What is the history of hypnobirthing?
- What will I learn on the course?
- How will hypnobirthing course help me?
- How will a hypnobirthing course help my baby?
- What kind of birth will I have?
- Why attend a hypnobirthing course?
- Should I bring my partner or come to the course on my own?
- How much is the course?
- What is the course format?
- Who is the course suitable for?
- What does hypnosis feel like?
- When is the best time in pregnancy to do the course?
- Where can I locate a hypnobirthing teacher near me?
- Where can I get more information?
What is hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is a branch of hypnotherapy which has been used successfully in healthcare for a long time. It is sometimes known as natal hypnotherapy or hypnotherapy in childbirth. It works by using the power of the mind and deep relaxation techniques to enable you to work with your body to achieve the optimum birth for you. A hypnobirthing course builds your confidence by resolving any worries around birth, and exploring how positivity affects us. You will learn deep relaxation techniques and listen to gentle hypnosis scripts as you prepare for your new arrival. You will not be out of control or do anything you do not want to do. Hypnobirthing gives you the knowledge and the coping strategies to have the best birth you can, to enables a true positive positive experience. The course gently works empowers you with knowledge so you can release fear and anxiety of birth so you can trust your body to work efficiently, trust your instincts, and bond with your baby. It is a lovely antenatal education programme that teaches you techniques which can actually transform your birth.
What is the history of hypnobirthing?
Although breathing techniques and support networks have always been around when women give birth, the official seeds of the hypnobirthing movement were first officially sown with the work of an English obstetrician called Dr.Grantly Dick-Read. He attended a homebirth at London Docks in 1913, where the mother declined pain relief yet gave birth quickly and reported no pain. Grantly Dick-Read was truly amazed in a period of time when women were heavily medicated in childbirth.
The Mother’s comment after giving birth when he asked why she declined the pain relief was “It didn’t hurt. It wasn’t meant to, was it, Doctor?” This experience was defining for him, and after a career of working on the battle field and in hospitals he theorised that fear was the overriding cause that led to additional 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 supported with research into how hormones, muscles and the nervous system all work during childbirth and pain management. It is becoming increasingly popular as more women want the 5 C’s in their birth experience- calm, confidence, choice, control and comfort.
What will I learn on hypnobirthing antenatal course?
- How to have a positive pregnancy
- Breathing exercises
- Deep relaxations
- Effective work to release fear of birth and build confidence
- Understanding how the mind and body work together
- How to have a relaxing and comfortable birth
- Coping strategies
- Preparation for birth
- Positive affirmations
- Removing fears
- Comforting massage
- How your body is designed to give birth with efficiency and comfort
- How to work with the midwives to achieve the best result for you
- Have a positive birth experience which many women say they enjoy!
- Time to ask questions, tell your story and work through any fears
- Signposting to other support systems
- Begin to bond with your baby
- Knowledge and information about the birth, and the early weeks of parenting, especially the “4th trimester”
- How to achieve your breastfeeding goals
- The ‘golden hour’ after birth
- Lots of practical information on caring for yourself and baby
- How your partner can be your powerful protector and supporter
- Simple exercises to practice together at home with your partner
- Answers to any additional questions you may have
How does a hypnobirthing course help me?
You will feel relaxed, calm and in control in whatever birth you have, and your birth partner will learn how to support you and have a central and active role in the birth. As you relax, so too will your baby. A truly shared and loving experience.
Research has shown benefits of Hypnobirthing include:
- Women in a hypnosis group were shown to have ‘a better childbirth experience…’ (Werner A, et al 2013 a randomised control trial).
- Lead to a reduced need for pain relief (Cyna AN, McAuliffe GL et al, 2004 – British.J. Anaesth.).
- A shorter labour (Jenkins and Prichard 1993).
- In a study 84% of women using Hypnobirthing have a normal birth, and less likely to need a caesarean. (Royal Wolverhampton NHS trust -2012).
How will a hypnobirthing course help my baby?
Your baby will arrive to a serene and relaxed environment, alert and ready to bond and breastfeed as nature intended. These benefits to your baby cannot be over estimated. Many parents who have used hypnobirthing report they approach birth with calmness and confidence, have increased resilience, feel more responsive and that their babies are calmer and more settled.
Why attend a hypnobirthing course?
At the course you will have the time and opportunity to personalise any needs you have in a face to face setting as it can be tailored just for you. Further explanations and support can be given which is not possible from a book or online course alone. Once you have paid, The Hypnobirthing book by Katherine Graves and an MP3 of three wonderful relaxation exercises will be given to you which support your home practice from the course, along with several handouts and a suggested reading list should you wish to expand your knowledge even further. The book is provided in an electronic format, or there is an additional £5 charge for a paperback copy.
What kind of birth will I have?
If you practice the hypnobirthing techniques, you are statistically more likely to have a more natural birth as you are using coping strategies to help you cope with labour more effectively, but unlike other antenatal classes hypnobirthing works with your body and mind in unison so you will have a positive birth experience because YOU are in control. Hypnobirthing is for all types of birth- that includes homebirth, midwifery led units and consultant led units (“all the drugs!”). This is because hypnobirthing is a portable skill and this means the deep relaxation techniques practised during pregnancy will help wherever and however the baby is born. In fact they are often needed more in a medicalised birth. The positive birth movement says “A positive birth experience does not have to be natural or drug-free- it simply has to be informed from a place of positivity as opposed to fear. Women rate their births on whether they felt they had freedom of choice, access to accurate information, in control, powerful and respected.”
Should I bring my birth partner or come to the hypnobirthing course on my own?
Your partner is the cornerstone of your tribe and will often be by your side throughout your pregnancy and birth so they are actively encouraged to come along, see what it’s all about so they can practice the techniques ready for when they are needed. The course will welcome them and explain the logic of why hypnobirthing is so effective to even the most sceptical of partners! There is no extra charge for partners attending. Doulas/ grandmother/ close friend can attend in place of your partner if you prefer.
However, you are equally very welcome to attend alone and you will be supported and welcomed, with resources that can be taken home to practice together if that suits your situation better. If you are concerned about childcare, then a private course in your own home may work best.
The relax classes are just for mums to be.
How much is the full hypnobirthing course?
A popular choice are group sessions enabling you to meet other couples which cost £250, or a private course in the comfort of your own home costs £375- one to one courses are often easier if you have childcare needs and are also fantastic when finishing each session with a wonderful relaxation exercise before you go to bed. Please get in touch to discuss any preferences, as the format is very flexible. Have a look at our facebook page for occasional special offers!
What is the hypnobirthing course format?
The full course can be taught in a variety of formats usually over 4 evenings, or a 2 afternoons. Each format has it’s pros and cons, and there is no research which suggests one works better than another. What is known is that hypnobirthing is very effective so choose whichever format is most convenient to you. It is taught in a friendly, flexible way and I hope to make you as relaxed as possible. I am a midwife so bring in lots of my experience and stories about midwifery, and teach in a very organic and relaxed way. My feedback shows how pleased people are who have attended. Have a read of my testimonials.
Who is the hypnobirthing course suitable for?
The course is a comprehensive antenatal education/ parentcraft package so is suitable for first time parents coming with many “what if” questions, but also for parents who have children already with thoughts of “if only” and so have chosen to use hypnobirthing for a better experience this time around.
If you have any particular anxieties or concerns about birth then this course can be of great benefit to you. This course develops your trust in your body and birth, and provides you with lots of practical skills to create a positive experience. Can you afford not to attend?
What does hypnosis feel like?
It is a natural, relaxed and comfortable feeling, similar to when you are just about to fall asleep or as you wake up, yet your mind is highly focused and aware. This refreshes and invigorates the mind and body, and feels lovely! Both you and baby will feel these benefits. You will be in complete control and will not be made to do anything you do not want to do.
When is the best time in pregnancy to do a hypnobirthing course?
There is no set time to learn hypnobirthing techniques, but if you are particularly anxious then you can attend earlier in your pregnancy and top up towards the end with a refresher course. Likewise I try my best to fit in last minute bookings, having taught women right up to their due dates! Once your space has been reserved, a password will be sent to you so you can access the hypnobirthing book and MP3s.
Where can I locate a local hypnobirthing teacher near me?
I facilitate hypnobirthing in Birmingham, however I am able to travel. I have taught in Sutton Coldfield, Leamington Spa, Solihull and all over Birmingham. If you need someone more local to you, please get in touch or search nationally here.
Where can I get more information about hypnobirthing?
Please click on the contact form link and ask any questions, I am very happy to help and can often point you in the right direction if I don’t know the answer! In the meantime, thankyou for looking at the website and as a complimentary gift please download and have a read of the first chapter of The Hypnobirthing book by Katherine Graves: