Hello and welcome to the HypnoBirthing section of my website. I’m assuming you are expecting a baby and are looking for information to help you have a calm and empowering birth, and I congratulate you on making that decision, you are in the right place!
I trained with KGHypnobirthing, ‘The home of HypnoBirthing’. The KGHypnobirthing course is the only course that is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives and it’s the reason I chose to train with them.
So what exactly is HypnoBirthing?
The course I offer is a complete antenatal birth programme, giving you all the information you could possibly need to prepare you for labour plus lots of exercises for self hypnosis relaxation to help you with any issues with anxiety or a lack of confidence.
“We have been conditioned to believe that pregnancy and labour is a very negative and quite often traumatic experience.”
My course is designed to take away any fear and anxiety you have and prepare you fully for a calm, relaxed and enjoyable labour (and I know first hand how powerful it is from my own experience, which I have detailed below).
Some Hypnobirthing teachers choose to deliver their courses to groups, however I wanted to offer a more bespoke package to give you the utmost support during your pregnancy, throughout your labour and in the first month of the child’s life. As a fully qualified Hypnotherapist, I believe that the support shouldn’t end with the information given in the course, I want to ensure you have support to adjust to a new life post natally and that’s why I have designed my course in this way. Please see below for full details of course.
The history of HypnoBirthing.
“Hypnobirthing is soundly based on established medical knowledge.”
The seeds were first sown with the work of eminent obstetrician Dr.Grantly Dick-Read. After witnessing a homebirth in the slums of the London Docks in 1913, the mother refused any pain relief and then proceeded to give birth quickly and with no pain. Grantly Dick-Read was truly amazed.
The Mothers comment after giving birth when he asked why she refused the pain relief was “It didn’t hurt. It wasn’t meant to, was it, Doctor?” This experience was defining, and after a career of working on the battle field and in hospitals he theorized that fear was the overriding cause that led to the 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 vindicated with research into how hormones work during childbirth. His principles have been further developed by a number of natural birth practitioners with Hypnobirthing being the most notable and widely practised. Today it is known by every midwife in the UK and many have trained in KGHypnobirthing, including professors of midwifery and NHS heads of midwifery. It is practised interntionally and rapidly spreading throughout the world.
Why am I so passionate about HypnoBirthing?
I have had two pregnancy and labours which have resulted in two amazing sons. They are both amazing children, but they couldn’t be any more different if they tried. The first has had a difficult life, he was diagnosed with a neurodevelopmental disorder at the age of 4, his brain is wired differently to a neurotypical brain, he is hyperactive, he is unable to self regulate, he struggles with focus and organisation and he has suffered with anxiety as a result of all of this, he’s definitely had to work harder than his peers. My second child is laid back, very confident, calm, relaxed, takes everything in his stride, he just guides his way easily through life.
Many people would say this is fairly normal and you never get 2 children that are the same, which is true, but I feel very strongly that the reason that one of my children is neurodiverse and one is neurotypical is due to the differences in my pregnancy and labours. I had extreme anxiety throughout my first pregnancy, I didn’t prepare at all for anything, I didn’t have a clue what was happening, I lost all intellectual control and had a very stressful labour, ending in my son being taken away for monitoring and myself being whipped away for surgery, I remember laying in theatre with tears streaming down my face feeling very scared and overwhelmed, and to top it off I had post natal depression. The second pregnancy and labour was completely different, I had practised HypnoBirthing throughout, and I can honestly say it was the most incredible and empowering experience, I was in control the whole time, could manage the pain that I had and held him in my arms feeling elated. And I finally knew how it felt to enjoy having a baby.
There is a lot of scientific research into inter-generational trauma Click here for a link to a study on pregnant mothers during the 9/11 terror attacks and I believe unfortunately the stress and anxiety I felt during my pregnancy was transmitted to my child which in turn caused us both a lot of stress and worry in the years that followed, fortunately we are in a very good position and it’s made us the people we are today, however I want to ensure that I can help as many people to avoid going through what we did as it is unnecessary.
My HypnoBirthing Package.
I offer 2 home visits in the first instance of 3 hours per visit to deliver the antenatal training to the mother and her birthing partner (father), this will give you all the information you need to prepare you for labour and help you both to practise relaxation techniques which will help you stay calm and give your baby the best chance to enter this world in a calm way. I then offer an hour of hypnotherapy in my clinic or at your home in the weeks leading up to the due date and in the first 4 weeks once the baby has arrived. I will also be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have throughout the pregnancy, labour and for the first 4 weeks of having the baby. I want to ensure you fully understand the course I have delivered and feel in the best position to have an incredible birth experience.
This is a total of 8 hours plus being on call to answering any queries you have from the date of the first home visit to the first 4 weeks of the baby’s life.
The total cost of the package is £395 to be paid in full when booking the package.