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Hypnobirthing - your complete antenatal course

 

The full course is 2 days (see below for content). If you prefer to take the course privately on a 1-1 basis we can tailor it more closely to your personal needs. If you have recently attended an NCT Signature course you might prefer to take only day 1 (the first half of the course) although you will benefit most from the complete 2-day course.

 

Our courses will help you prepare your body and mind for a calm, confident birth however and wherever your baby is born.

 

Included with your course is a comprehensive book to remind you of all you will learn, plus 4 exclusive Natal Hypnotherapy tracks to download that will help boost your confidence, release your anxieties and cope with pain.

 

Birth partners are strongly encouraged to attend both days, but women may also attend alone.

 

Day 1. Natural Pain Relief – self-hypnosis for birth - preparing your mind

 

The first of the two days focuses mainly on the theory and practise of self-hypnosis for birth, or hypnobirthing. Everything you learn can be used in any birth setting. The class is a full day during which you and your birth partner will...

  • Explore what hypnosis is (and isn't), how it works and how it is relevant to you

  • Learn how fear or anxiety can have a negative impact during labour

  • Find out about the basic emotional and instinctive needs of a labouring woman

  • Learn self-hypnosis skills to manage pain, overcome fear and increase self-confidence and trust

  • Experience three long hypnosis sessions to build your confidence and trust and absorb new coping strategies

  • Learn to recognise signs of raised adrenaline and what to do about it

  • Learn effective breathing and deep relaxation techniques

  • Practise rapid relaxation techniques for self-hypnosis so it works for you when you need it

  • Personalise the approach so it feels and sounds right for you and your birth partner

  • Identify ways to continue to practise and refine your skills between taking the course and doing it for real

 

Day 2. Practical Birth Preparation - physical process and practice - preparing your body

 

The second day combines theory and practical activities to help you and your birth partner completely prepare for labour and  birth. The class is a full day during which you and your birth partner will...

  • Be guided step by step through the labour and birth process from a physical as well as an emotional perspective

  • Learn how women's bodies work best during labour and what you can do to help

  • Gain an understanding of the role of birthing hormones and how you can encourage them to flow

  • Gain a clearer perspective on the origins of fear in the contemporary birth setting and unravel the myths behind it

  • Practise working with the body to increase effectiveness and manageability of contractions

  • Use a birth ball and massage techniques to increase comfort and relaxation

  • Explore effective ways to work with the medical team supporting you: asking questions, getting information

  • Experience two long hypnosis sessions to reinforce your positivity and confidence around birth

  • Create your personal dynamic birth plan bringing together everything you have learned over the 2 days  

 

Most couples prefer to take the course a couple of months before their baby is due. This allows for plenty of time to practise what you learn and it will feel relevant to your stage of pregnancy. Some people prefer to take the course closer to their due date so it all feels fresher and others prefer to take it sooner to give themselves longer to practise. Or it may be that one set of course dates suits you better than others. It's your choice!

What to expect

Zana is a warm, friendly and approachable person. I felt very comfy and relaxed. I found this a really valuable day, thank you."   Jade

 

"Really enjoyed it. Very calming for me as well as learning skills  to keep my partner calm."   Richard, Jade's husband

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