Our Hypnobirthing antenatal courses are in person in Lancashire or online via Zoom. Own your birth wherever you are based.
Hypnobirthing is birth preparation that allows you to release fear and anxiety in order to have the positive birth that is right for you and your baby.
I offer Hypnobirthing antenatal courses in Lancashire that don’t just cover standard Hypnobirthing techniques. The courses contain practical, emotional and informational support. The content is inspired by my training as a birth and postnatal doula, and rebozo and postnatal massage practitioner.
This is comprehensive and fully independent Hypnobirthing antenatal preparation that focuses on YOU and developing your confidence as the birth approaches. There is a range of classes each designed to cater for your personal circumstances and needs.
Hypnobirthing is not just for pain free, ‘natural’ birth. It is for all birth.
Do you want to feel prepared for birth and want the confidence to make decisions. Are you looking for techniques that you and those supporting you can use to keep you calm and relaxed. If so, there is a course or session that will work perfectly for you.
The courses I offer are packed with the practical techniques and information that will prepare you and support you whatever path your birth takes.
Hypnobirthing techniques can be used to achieve an empowered and positive birth regardless of previous birthing experiences, whether the birth is spontaneous or induced, for a single baby or multiple babies and for vaginal or Caesarean birth.
Hypnobirthing is comprehensive birth preparation that combines traditional Hypnobirthing techniques with extensive antenatal education including birth physiology, birth planning, your options and rights, decision making and practical tools for use in any birth.
Hypnobirthing involves changing your mindset to one that is based on positivity and evidence based information. It involves releasing fear and anxiety, quietening the mind to enable your body to do what it needs to do and having a deep understanding of the mind body connection.
Classic Hypnobirthing techniques involve relaxation and self hypnosis; the ‘hypno’ part of Hypnobirthing, as well as using the breath in very specific ways, visualisations and positive affirmations to reinforce that positive mindset.
- Labours where Hypnobirthing is used tend to be shorter
- Caesarean rates tend to be lower and Hypnobirthing can reduce the need for pharmaceutical pain relief
- People feel more confident, relaxed, less fearful, focused and in control
- The techniques can be used long after the birth to support breastfeeding, general relaxation or staying calm during times of stress
- Babies born using Hypnobirthing can experience less trauma because they tend to be born with less intervention
- The need for episiotomy can be reduced
Anyone. Everyone. You.
Hypnobirthing is suitable for anyone who wants to ditch the anxiety and feel confident, empowered, knowledgeable and totally prepared for birth. The techniques are effective for any pregnant person, regardless of if you’ve had a baby before or what your births have been or will be like.
Hypnosis is a way of reaching a highly relaxed state, preparing you to achieve a chosen outcome (in this case a calm and relaxed state of mind for birth). Therefore, being ‘hypnotised’ is simply being helped into a state of hypnosis. Unfortunately we usually associate the word ‘hypnotised’ with TV or stage hypnosis meant purely for entertainment.
Hypnosis in Hypnobirthing is where I will give you tools to achieve a state of deep relaxation and focus. This will allow you to release fears and anxieties so you can have a positive birth feeing calm and in control.
You can read about Hypnobirthing, you can find You Tube videos, you can download free audio tracks….and all that will really benefit your birth preparation if you invest in it well.
But the thing about a live course with a real person is that you gain from the experience and support of your teacher and that support is tailored to your needs and changing circumstances.
Getting answers to your questions at anytime from booking to having your baby.
Having someone who can provide specific evidence or information about issues or concerns personal to you.
Accessing my huge network of other birth workers, midwives and Doulas if I don’t have the answers you need.
Accountability when things feel hard or when you need encouragement to practise techniques.
The community of other people as part of your Hypnobirthing group or the private Facebook community.
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I have supported people from 18 weeks right up to 40 weeks. The average time to start is around 24-30 weeks but the time you start is a very personal decision. You may prefer to start earlier to have more time to practise the techniques, get rid of anxiety and build your confidence for birth planning. But equally, you may prefer to start later so the content remains fresh and the birth feels more imminent.
The full face to face Hypnobirthing antenatal courses can be taken as private sessions or as a group course. Regardless of which you decide to do, you will get 8-10 hours of up to date and evidence based antenatal and Hypnobirthing education.
You will receive a handbook to accompany the sessions as well as access to the online parent hub and access to the private Facebook community.
The parent hub contains audio tracks, birth videos, additional information and video workshops for:
- Pregnancy yoga postures and breathing
- Baby massage
- Mindful breastfeeding
- Baby wearing/sling use
- Starting solids
You will also have my full ongoing support from the moment you book a course right up until you have your baby and beyond. Text, phone or email contact for a catch up, questions, reassurance or going through changes in your circumstances.
The role of the birth partner is incredibly important and they are integral to what is covered in a course. It is important that they understand what to expect from birth and what practical techniques they can use to support for you. If your birth partner cannot attend some or all of the sessions, or you would like to involve a second birth partner, please get in touch to discuss the best approach.
I have also worked with people who have not had a birth partner at all. Not having a birth partner or not having one who can/wishes to attend does not mean the course isn’t for you. My approach is inclusive and tailored to your circumstances.