What is Hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing is a way of employing techniques such as self-hypnosis, relaxation and breathing to reduce pain and increase the efficiency of labour. Click here for more detailed information.

Who is Hypnobirthing suitable for?

Hypnobirthing is for any expectant mum, whether this is your first time or you have given birth before and would like to use Hypnobirthing techniques this time around.

It is especially beneficial for women who are anxious about giving birth because it is their first time, or because they have had a previous negative experience.

Is Hypnobirthing safe?

Hypnobirthing is completely safe and nothing to be scared of at all. With Hypnobirthing, you are fully aware and in control of what is happening. You are able to tune out of distractions around you and it allows you to focus more on what you need to.

But  I have seen people do silly things when they are hypnotised…

If you have seen stage hypnotists on the television or at the theatre, it may have given you ideas about what hypnosis can and can’t do. Remember that the people who put themselves forward for this kind of show are prepared and willing to ‘entertain’. This gives a false impression of hypnosis.

Will my labour and delivery be pain-free?

No. Hypnobirthing is not a magic wand. However, Hypnobirthing can prepare you for a more comfortable experience which leaves you feeling calm and in control, and able to manage the physical experience. Like everything, the more you practise the techniques before you give birth, the more effective Hypnobirthing will be. As a measure, around 65-70% of women who have practised and used Hypnobirthing go on to give birth with no pain relief, describing ‘pressure’ rather than pain. 20-25% use mild pain relief such as gas and air. The remaining 5-10% generally fall into the ‘special circumstances’ category which requires medical intervention. These mums still report that Hypnobirthing helped them feel confident and able to manage the change of plan. You will birth in your own way, and if you choose to use other methods of pain relief it does not mean that you have failed; it means that you have consciously made the right choice for yourself. I chose to use some gas and air in all three of my deliveries.

When should I start Hypnobirthing classes?

Around 30 weeks is the ideal time to begin Hypnobirthing classes. Its success is directly linked with how much you practise before going into labour. If you choose classes over a series of weeks, try to ensure that you can finish the course before you expect to give birth. Classes do get booked up well in advance so don’t leave it too late.

Does my birthing partner HAVE to come with me to the classes?

Yes. The classes are designed for both mum-to-be and the birthing partner, whether that is the baby’s father, or someone else chosen to be the companion such as your mother, sister or friend. The role of the birthing partner is an important one and it is essential that they fully understand the Hypnobirthing process and their role in it.

How much do Hypnobirthing classes cost?

That depends on the type of class you choose. Private classes which give you a 1-2-1 experience are naturally more expensive than learning in a small group. Whichever route you choose, you will also receive a course companion booklet with all you need to take you up to the birth, as well as a 6 month access code to stream the accompanying tracks and music wherever you are. The 2019 courses cost £85 for the 1 day group course and between £148 and £200 for private courses, depending on course location.

Is my Hypnobirthing Practitioner qualified and insured?

Yes. Andrea trained under Jenny Mullen to gain a Hypnobirthing Practitioner Diploma. She is also a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Mind Coach. She is fully insured and registered with the General Hypnotherapy Council.

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