When should I start hypnobirthing classes?

You can start your hypnobirthing classes from 20 weeks gestation. It is good to have time to prepare but the best time to come is when you feel that you are ready: hypnobirthing can still help you even in the late stages of pregnancy. However, the more time you have to practice and listen to my audio , the more you will benefit from the hypnotherapy and relaxation tools that you will learn.

Will I be put to sleep or into a trance?

No. You’ll be totally relaxed and fully in control, aware of what is happening to you and around you. Hypnobirthing allows you to experience birth in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear and tensions that allow your body to do its job – just as nature intended. You’ll be in a very focused or heightened state of attention. Although you’ll be aware of what is going on around you, you may find that there are times when you want to focus completely on yourself and what your body is doing. You may want to be still, you may want to move about – there is no right or wrong. You will be listening to your body’s needs and responding in the way that feels right for you.

What is the difference between hypnobirthing classes and antenatal classes?

Hypnobirthing classes will complement any antenatal or NCT classes that you are attending. The primary function of my hypnobirthing classes is to teach you how to utilise your own resources to help you to relax, to be in control and feel comfortable and positive about your labour. Antenatal classes generally cover how to best look after your health during pregnancy and labour and how to look after your baby after the birth.

Who can use hypnobirthing?

Anyone! Hypnobirthing is about increasing your sense of control irrespective of how your baby arrives into the world. A focused and relaxed mind helps you to make the decisions that are best for you and your baby. 

When is the best time to start hypnobirthing classes?

Although it is good to have time to prepare (as you will be given a set of audio tracks that focus on the different stages of your pregnancy and birth), the best time to come is when you feel that you are ready but anytime after 20 weeks +. I will not turn someone away even in very late stages of pregnancy as you will benefit from the hypnotherapy and relaxation tools you will learn.

Is hypnobirthing only useful for those planning a natural birth? 

Hypnobirthing is about increasing your sense of control irrespective of how your baby arrives into the world, whether this is a home birth, a hospital birth, or Caeserean. Hypnobirthing teaches you the skills to make an informed decision: a focused and relaxed mind helps you to make the decisions that are best for you and your baby. If you have a Caesarian birth, hypnobirthing can allow you to relax and feel calm in a situation that could be quite scary. Hypnobirthing classes can also prepare you and your partner for the C-section itself, so that you know what to expect.

Does using hypnobirthing guarantee I will have a completely pain-free birth?

No one can guarantee this. That said, many mothers who have used hypnobirthing report having had low pain sensations. There is a physiological explanation for this: Fear and anxiety creates feelings of tension in the body thus constricting the birthing muscles. This in turn increases sensations of pain. By addressing fears through the hypnobirthing workshops and enhancing feeling of relaxation and control through the tools you will learn, birthing can be accomplished more comfortably and in a shorter period. Furthermore, having a relaxed body encourages the release of endorphines - our bodies natural pain killer. 

Does my partner need to attend?

Hypnobirthing classes provide valuable techniques for both you and your partner. Classes allow you both to feel prepared and positive about the birth of your child so, if they can, it is important that they attend. However if it is not possible for them to attend, please get in touch for a chat. It is likely that we can work around this. If you don’t have a partner or are planning to birth without your partner present, hypnobirthing will still work for you: many women have had great hypnobirths without a partner present.

Which hypnobirthing course should I choose? I've heard of lots of different methods and am confused.

The word 'hypnobirthing' is a generic one and there are many people across the world offering varying approaches. Not all practitioners however are certified clinical hypnotherapists so, for this reason, I would choose with care when looking for a provider. 

I am an easibirthing practitioner: Easibirthing is a UK based model which was designed in association with midwives. This means that it complements UK birthing practices. The Certified Hypnotic Birthing Practitioner qualification is the only hypnosis for childbirth qualification in the UK which is independently accredited. All of its graduates are clinical hypnotherapists. I am also a member of the National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy & Mindfulness.

If you are still confused and would like to have a no obligation chat, please contact me via phone or email.    

The workshops consist of five x 1.5 hour workshops and cost £285 per couple. You will also receive a set of audio tracks (which is included in the price of the workshop) that you can use through your pregnancy and baby's birth.

Which areas do you teach hypnobirthing in?

I currently teach group courses in Brislington, Bristol. Private courses can be taught around Bristol and Bath. If you live outside of these areas and you are interested in classes, please email thehappyparentsclub@gmail.com as I would be happy to help.

How many couples are in the group?

I run the weekday evening courses in my home and will work with three couples at a time. There are a maximum of ten couples at group Saturday courses.

What is included in the cost of the course?

Included in the course cost is

  • 7 1/2 hours of fun and friendly tuition, usually taught over five sessions (weekdays), two sessions (weekends) for yourself and your birth partner.

  • My hypnobirthing MP3s.

  • A goody bag including The Happy Parents’ Club positive affirmation cards.

  • Access to a closed Facebook community.

  • On going support via the group, phone or email.

If you would like to talk to me about hypnobirthing and how it may help you, please contact me for a no obligation discussion.