Do you feel any of these feelings about birth...?
Imagine if you could go into birth feeling this way instead:
And have a birth experience that is....
Supported by your partner
The right birth for you on the day
Let me guide you through this transformation in mindset!
What hypnobirthing IS:
A hypnobirthing course can be seen as a complete birth toolkit. It teaches really simple but specific self-hypnosis, relaxation, breathing and massage techniques for a safe, calm and gentle birth.
Simply put, the more relaxed and calm you can be in labour the more in control and positive you will feel.
Just imagine welcoming each surge! Feeling peaceful… relaxing… and smiling as your baby comes closer to you!
Hypnobirthing is for ANY type of birth – the course is designed to benefit you regardless of the setting, or the way in which your baby enters the world. In fact some of hypnobirthing's greatest advocates are those who, for varying reasons, had surgical births. The techniques that they had learned equipped them with the tools they needed to relax, remain calm, and enjoy a positive experience where they still felt in control.
The very point of the techniques is that they work when things are going ‘to plan’ as well as when things may take a turn ‘off plan’: what happens during your birth experience is less important than how you feel about what happens.
Hypnobirthing is so much more than just relaxation techniques!
You will learn how and why birthing doesn't need to be painful, about the physiology and hormones involved and what you can do to be in control of your birth.
You’ll learn how to release the fears and anxieties you may currently have about giving birth, and how to overcome previous traumatic births.
Bond with your baby - your unborn baby will love the relaxation and music as much as you will.
Hypnobirthing lets you discover and experience the joy and magic of birth – rather than the scary ordeal everyone else (and the media) seems intent on telling us about.
You’ll learn how to put yourself back in control of your birth and empowered to make your own choices – rather than handing your birthing experience over to your doctor or midwife.
Your birth partner will learn just as much as you, including how to support you at various stages, so you can give birth, while they sort everything else.
The techniques will help you deal with fear, stress or worry around pregnancy, labour and birth, will stay with you and be so useful for the rest of your life, they’ll come in especially handy in the early stages of parenthood once your baby is here.
What hypnobirthing IS NOT:
I think it’s important to clear up any misconceptions here, and actually the term could be better replaced with “deep relaxation”. Hypnobirthing doesn’t mean you’ll be in a deep trance and unconscious, or asleep.
Instead, you’ll be awake, able to chat and in a positive frame of mind – completely relaxed, but fully in control. You’ll always be aware of what is happening to you, and around you.
It’s not something that tells you where you need to give birth, it doesn’t say you won’t be having any pain medication, and it doesn’t insist that you to listen to deep chanting music. Instead it is all about making sure you know your options at each stage (before, during, and after birth), and the pros and cons of each.
When you can be confident that every decision you make is the right one for you given the situation at the time, your birth experience will be a positive one no matter which way your baby makes its entrance into the world.
Hypnobirthing doesn’t require any particular belief system, or previous experience. Some mums (and birth partners!) have been sceptical at first – until they experience it for themselves.
Actually, the more unsure you are at the start, the more evangelical you may become when you learn the power of hypnobirthing and go on to have a Happy Birth a million miles from the birth experience you once feared.
When is the best time to start a hypnobirthing course?
It is recommended that you and your birth partner start your classes between 20 and 32 weeks of pregnancy, so that you have plenty of time to practice all the techniques you’ll learn.
But it’s never too early, or too late to begin!