Birthing with Confidence

Linking mind and body...

Antenatal Classes

Pregnancy Relaxation Ashurst Birth Centre

The Pregnancy Relaxation Hour

with Natal Hypnotherapy(TM)

Every Monday evening 7.15-8.15pm (except bank holidays)

at New Forest Birth Centre, Ashurst, SO40 7AR

Railway station and bus stop nearby, plus ample free parking.


£7 per session, payable on arrival.

Pay-as-you-go but please contact us to register your interest.


What to bring

As you are likely to be lying on the floor to experience a lovely long relaxation/hypnosis session you may like to bring a yoga mat, pillows, blanket or even an air bed! Anything to help you feel really comfy and cosy so you can relax more easily.


What is Relaxation Hour?

The central feature of the Relaxation Hour is a lovely long soothing relaxation, or hypnosis for pregnancy session, with Natal Hypnotherapy. Natal Hypnotherapy is an approach to hypnobirthing developed in the UK by Maggie Howell and which has helped over 100 000 women.


Each weekly Relaxation Hour session provides a different focus covering common concerns in pregnancy, such as healthy eating, good sleep, trusting your body, releasing anxiety, etc. All sessions are designed to increase your belief and confidence in your ability to grow and birth your baby. As your anxiety reduces and you learn to relax you naturally find that your breathing becomes deep and rhythmic, aiding relaxation and increasing your ability to cope in labour, helping you, helping your baby.


There will always be some time to talk. We aim to respond to the needs of the participants so sessions include time to ask questions about anything birth or baby-related or to share how you are feeling.


These sessions are for pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy. They could be just what you need to fill those long gaps between early pregnancy antenatal appointments, to boost your confidence levels throughout pregnancy or as the day of your baby's birth draws closer and you're feeling tired or maybe a bit anxious and you just want to chill out after a long day. Great after a long day at work!


You can attend the Relaxation Hour whether or not you have attended our antenatal course. Relaxation Hour does what it says - gives you a chance to talk and to relax in a beneficial way.


Please note that the Relaxation Hour is not a substitute for our 2-day Natal Hypnotherapy hypnobirthing course. If you choose to attend our 2-day antenatal course you and your birth partner will feel more fully prepared for labour and birth.


To find out more about Natal Hypnotherapy hypnobirthing and our 2-day antenatal courses, click here.



Sessions are run by Zana Parker or Barbara Wyant, both of whom are licensed Natal Hypnotherapy practitioners and highly experienced, professionally qualified Antenatal Teachers. Barbara has a background in midwifery and is also a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Zana is a qualified practising Counsellor.

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