FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- What is hypnobirthing?
- What is the history of hypnobirthing?
- What will I learn on the course?
- How will hypnobirthing course help me?
- How will a hypnobirthing course help my baby?
- Why attend a hypnobirthing course?
- What kind of birth will I have?
- Who is the course suitable for?
- Where can I locate a hypnobirthing teacher near me?
- Where can I get more information?
What is hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is a branch of hypnotherapy which has been used successfully in healthcare for a long time, such as dentistry and sports psychology. It is sometimes known as natal hypnotherapy or hypnotherapy in childbirth. It works by using the power of the mind and deep relaxation techniques to enable you to work with your body to achieve the optimum birth for you.
A hypnobirthing course builds your confidence by resolving any worries around birth, and exploring how positivity affects us. You will learn deep relaxation techniques and listen to gentle self hypnosis scripts as you prepare for your new arrival. You will not be out of control or do anything you do not want to do. The course gently works empowers you with knowledge so you can release fear and anxiety of birth so you can trust your body to work efficiently, trust your instincts, and bond with your baby. It is a lovely antenatal education programme that teaches you techniques which can actually transform your birth into a positive experience.
Hypnobirthing is different to other antenatal courses. It is not about a right or wrong way to birth: The 5 Cs of hypnobirthing are; Confidence, Control, Choice, Calm, Comfort.
What is the history of hypnobirthing?
Although breathing techniques and support networks have always been around when women give birth, the official seeds of the hypnobirthing movement were first officially sown with the work of an English obstetrician called Dr.Grantly Dick-Read. He attended a homebirth at London Docks in 1913, where the mother declined pain relief yet gave birth quickly and reported no pain. Grantly Dick-Read was truly amazed in a period of time when women were heavily medicated in childbirth.
The Mother’s comment after giving birth when he asked why she declined the pain relief was “It didn’t hurt. It wasn’t meant to, was it, Doctor?” This experience was defining for him, and after a career of working on the battle field and in hospitals he theorised that fear was the overriding cause that led to additional pain in childbirth. At the end of his career he wrote the book “Childbirth Without Fear”. He hypothesised 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 supported with research into how hormones, muscles and the nervous system all work during childbirth and pain management. You may be surprised at how hypnobirthing is completely based on science!
What will I learn on hypnobirthing antenatal course?
- How to have a positive pregnancy
- Breathing exercises
- Deep relaxations
- Effective work to release fear of birth and build confidence
- Understanding how the mind and body work together
- How to have a relaxing and comfortable birth
- Coping strategies
- Preparation for birth
- Positive affirmations
- Removing fears
- How your body is designed to give birth with efficiency and comfort
- How to work with your healthcare team to achieve the best result for you
- Have a positive birth experience- which many women say they enjoy birth!
- Time to ask questions, tell your story and work through any fears
- Signposting to other support systems
- Begin to bond with your baby
- Knowledge and information about the birth, and the early weeks of parenting, especially the “4th trimester”
- How to avoid medical intervention where possible
- Lots of practical information on caring for yourself and baby
- How your partner can be your powerful protector and supporter
- Simple exercises to practice together at home with your partner
- Answers to any additional questions you may have
How does a hypnobirthing course help me?
You will feel relaxed, calm and in control in whatever birth you have, and your birth partner will learn how to support you and have a central and active role in the birth. As you relax, so too will your baby. A truly shared and loving experience.
Research has shown benefits of Hypnobirthing include:
- Women in a hypnosis group were shown to have ‘a better childbirth experience…’ (Werner A, et al 2013 a randomised control trial).
- Lead to a reduced need for pain relief (Cyna AN, McAuliffe GL et al, 2004 – British.J. Anaesth.).
- A shorter labour (Jenkins and Prichard 1993).
- In a study 84% of women using Hypnobirthing have a normal birth, and less likely to need a caesarean. (Royal Wolverhampton NHS trust -2012).
How will a hypnobirthing course help my baby?
Your baby will arrive to a serene and relaxed environment, alert and ready to bond and breastfeed as nature intended. These benefits to your baby cannot be over estimated. Many parents who have used hypnobirthing report they approach birth with calmness and confidence, have increased resilience, feel more responsive and that their babies are calmer and more settled. I have a lot of experience working in maternity care, and can say this is very true!
Why attend a hypnobirthing course?
At the course you will have the time and opportunity to personalise any needs you have in a face to face setting as it can be tailored just for you. Further explanations and support can be given which is not possible from a book or online course alone. Once you have paid, The Hypnobirthing book by Katherine Graves and an MP3 of three wonderful relaxation exercises will be given to you which support your home practice from the course, along with several handouts and a suggested reading list should you wish to expand your knowledge even further. The book is provided in an electronic format, or there is an additional £5 charge for a paperback copy. Ongoing email/ text support is available, and access to a private facebook group.
What kind of birth will I have?
If you practice the hypnobirthing techniques, you are statistically more likely to have a more natural birth as you are using coping strategies to help you cope with labour more effectively, but unlike many other antenatal classes hypnobirthing works with your body and mind in unison so you will have a positive birth experience because YOU are in control. Hypnobirthing is for all types of birth- that includes homebirth, midwifery led units and consultant led units, even if you have been told you are “high risk”. This is because hypnobirthing is a portable skill and so the deep relaxation techniques practised during pregnancy will help wherever and however the baby is born. In fact they are often needed more in a medicalised birth! The positive birth movement says “A positive birth experience does not have to be natural or drug-free- it simply has to be informed from a place of positivity as opposed to fear. Women rate their births on whether they felt they had freedom of choice, access to accurate information, in control, powerful and respected.”
Who is the hypnobirthing course suitable for?
The course is a comprehensive antenatal education/ parentcraft package so is suitable for first time parents coming with many “what if” questions, but also for parents who have children already with thoughts of “if only” and so have chosen to use hypnobirthing for a better experience this time around.
If you have any particular anxieties or concerns about birth then this course can be of great benefit to you. This course develops your trust in your body and birth, and provides you with lots of practical skills to create a positive experience. Can you afford not to attend?
Where can I locate a local hypnobirthing teacher near me?
I facilitate hypnobirthing in Birmingham and all over the West Midlands. I have taught in Sutton Coldfield, Leamington Spa, Solihull and all over Birmingham. If you need someone more local to you, please get in touch or search nationally here.
Where can I get more information about hypnobirthing?
Please click on the contact form link and ask any questions, I am very happy to help and can often point you in the right direction if I don’t know the answer! In the meantime, thankyou for looking at the website and as a complimentary gift please download and have a read of the first chapter of The Hypnobirthing book by Katherine Graves:
“A big thank you for the course you delivered last weekend. It was immensely helpful and reassuring, and we’re both feeling much more confident and optimistic about the birth.” (Leamington Spa)