What will you learn?
The hypnobirthing course I teach is a full birth preparation course that aims to give you all the tools you will need to give birth in your own way. I trained with KGHypnobirthing and the foundations of my course are based on that. As a midwife I felt I needed to add to certain aspects of the course, and I have since completed a course for previously trained hypnobirthing teachers with Love Your Birth. The book I give out during my course is by Love Your Birth and is the perfect accompaniment to my course.
We will cover:
- Breathing techniques
- Rebozo techniques
- Relaxation scripts
- Relaxation triggers
- Knowledge of the body and birth
- Role of the birth partner
Our society is filled with so many things that might make us fear birth such as TV shows like One Born Every Minute or negative stories from friends. A hypnobirthing course goes back to basics, teaching you how your body is already perfectly prepared to give birth, and how your mind can sometimes get in the way.
Other features you will get from this course are:
- How to write your birth wishes and what to include
- What to prepare for the birth and pack in your bag if you need one
- Perineal massage advice
- Pelvic floor advice
- Information about antenatal complications or problems that may arise during labour and birth
- Find your own birthing scent
A big part of hypnobirthing is preparation and you will be asked to practice your techniques daily so when it comes to your birth, you are completely ready.
The hypno part of hypnobirthing
The name hypnobirthing can be really confusing and make some people think that they are not the ‘type’ of people who should do this course. The part of this antenatal course that makes it ‘hypo’ is the relaxation aspect. There is a part of the brain known as the neocortex, this is your thinking part of the brain. When you go in to labour you need to be able to quieten this part of your brain to allow your hormones to do their thing. Throughout the course we work on a number relaxation techniques that you can practice each day, then by the time you go in to labour you know how to stay calm and in control.
For all of my courses you will receive a goody bag and a book to accompany the course. My courses are taught in the comfort of your own home.
Hypnobirthing will not promise you the perfect birth if there is such a thing. It does increase your comfort levels, it does help you stay calm and feel prepared, and it helps you make the best decisions for you and your baby. Women who have done hypnobirthing courses and had more complicated births tell us that they are so glad they did the course. They feel they made the decisions they needed to for them and their babies, not that decisions were made for them. They were able to stay calm through stressful situations if they arose. I love to hear your stories and continue to support you postnatally.