If you need the course to fit in around your diary or you prefer more of a one-on-one, personal approach – tailored to your specific needs.
Interactive and friendly online group classes where you can come together with like-minded couples to fully prepare for a positive birth experience.
For parents and babies from newborn to pre-crawling – can help with bonding, relaxation, sleep and colic discomfort.
My husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Emma to prepare for the birth of our first baby. Emma’s classes were both informative and relaxing and we both feel so prepared for a peaceful, natural birth at home, thanks to our HyponoBirthing practice. If you’re interested in HypnoBirthing, I would highly recommend working with Emma.
I couldn’t thank Emma enough for teaching me and my husband the art of Hypnobirthing. Even though I ended up being induced I still used the the Hypnobirthing method and had an incredible natural birth. I couldn’t recommend Emma enough, thank you!
Emma has a warm and intuitive teaching style. She guided me through my pregnancy and helped me overcome my birthing fears and have the most empowering and rewarding birthing experience. I actually enjoyed it. For that I am hugely thankful.
The environment was positive and welcoming. The hypnobirthing course was informative, educational and provided us with the tools to have at the birth. I feel more knowledgeable and confident and my partner is now more involved in the process. We feel excited for the birth
I just want to say a massive thank you, the hypnobirthing skills you taught us on the course were invaluable during the birth. It gave us so much confidence, the whole experience was calm, anxiety free and positive.
The course was really informative and I learnt so much about birth that I never knew. It was lovely to discuss concerns and other ideas for birth with other couples. I feel a lot calmer and positive about giving birth and more confident that I can handle whatever happens during our birthing experience. I have enjoyed the relaxations so much. I am glad I have plenty of them to listen to before our birthing day.
I did not have any type of pain relief at all and the sensations I had were completely bearable. Iain was also really great, he stayed in control and calm, did the soft touch massage and was generally very soothing. I put my amazing birth experience down to the hypnobirthing lessons and doing the relaxations and birthing affirmations (almost) daily, so thank you for teaching Iain and I the skills we needed to make that happen.
Just to say many thanks. Had it not been for hypnobirthing, I would have not survived! Our baby Eden was born 23rd December and using the hypnobirthing tools saved me! I got to full dilation within 3 hours of the first sign of labour and the breathing literally took the pain away like an anaesthetic would, I was surprised how powerful it was. I cannot emphasise enough the empowerment, confidence, vital knowledge and coping tools that I gained from hypnobirthing. I rarely recommend courses but this is a must for every woman. To be candid I would advise this course is taught to every mother-to-be as standard, simply to equip women with the physical, emotional/mental skills & techniques required to undergo the powerful experience of childbirth; and to access the inner strength required for such a feat!
Hypnobirthing is an acquired skill, so its success is dependent on the amount of practice that has been done during the course. As a guide, the Hypnobirthing Institute has found that around 65%-70% of hypnobirthing mums do not need any form of pain relief. 69% of women I researched in 2017 who had done my course did not need any form of pain relief. According to the Hypnobirthing Institute, a further 20%-25% only require something mild, like gas and air. The remaining 5%-10% experience ‘special circumstances’, where medical intervention is required. The hypnobirthing mums I taught who experienced special circumstances tell me that hypnobirthing still really helped, even if they were induced, or ended up with a caesarean. You can read about individual birth-story experiences on my blog. The aim of hypnobirthing is to help you have a more positive birthing experience, so that no matter what the circumstances, hypnobirthing helps you stay calm and in control of the experience, as well as allowing you to ask the right questions so that you stay fully informed along the way.
Mothers who birth without an epidural can move freely, go to the bathroom, walk and change positions easily throughout labour which is important, particularly if the baby is in a difficult position for birth. Mothers can breathe the baby down better and generally faster by being able to stay connected with their birthing bodies. In fact, studies show that an epidural prolongs the birthing time and increases the chances of other interventions such as forceps and vacuum extraction. Although using medications for pain relief is sometimes absolutely necessary, parents should be aware that any drugs the mother’s body ingests will also affect the baby. Mothers also often describe that their recovery after a drug-free childbirth was faster and easier.
Hypnobirthing gives you the best opportunity for a drug-free birth by greatly reducing the need for pain relief. A drug-free birthing experience is far more beneficial for both mother and baby, however, there are occasions when medical intervention is genuinely necessary and out of your control (which, according to the WHO, is around 10% of births). If this happens, mothers can still benefit from the tools and techniques learned through hypnobirthing to stay positive, calmer and more in control.
The best time to start the 4-week course is between the 20th (after your 20-week scan) and 30th week of your pregnancy. If you are later than 30 weeks, we should still be able to fit the course in for you, so please do get in touch.
Absolutely, yes. Self-hypnosis and deep relaxation are acquired skills, which are most effective when they have been learnt with sufficient practice time between weekly classes for maximum success. The time frame with the 4-week course enables you and your birth companion to feel fully prepared, relaxed and confident as you approach your birthing day. I will be available on the phone or via email if you have any queries after the course.
Hypnobirthing is for anyone who wants to feel more prepared and confident about birth. Often, first-time mums with no previous experience of childbirth are looking to dispel any nerves. Mothers who are on their second or subsequent pregnancies may want an alternative approach to childbirth having had a difficult first experience, or they may just want to make it a more positive experience this time round. Similarly, mothers who wish to have a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) often find that hypnobirthing helps to release any fears that they may have about having a vaginal birth. Hypnobirthing techniques are useful for both home births and hospital or birth-centre births.
There’s nothing weird about hypnosis – it’s basically just about entering a state of relaxation. You are still fully aware of what is going on around you and you can still chat normally if necessary. Self-hypnosis is an acquired skill which is easy to learn (anybody can do it!) and can be improved throughout the duration of the course.
The hypnobirthing course involves much more than simply learning self-hypnosis; it is a whole philosophy and approach to pregnancy and childbirth. Furthermore, after the birth, the relaxation techniques can be really useful for helping you to relax in times of stress.
Hypnobirthing is definitely beneficial for your baby. Your baby feels exactly what you feel, so every time you become relaxed and calm, your baby will enjoy the same calm sensations in your womb.
Endorphins, which are your body’s natural relaxant, released when the body is in a calm state during childbirth, have been found in the placenta and umbilical cord. This may serve a purpose to help the baby adjust to life outside the womb as well as make the birth journey more comfortable. Research has shown that babies of mothers who have had natural childbirth, are more alert and show more interest in breastfeeding behaviours such as sucking and massaging the mother’s breasts.
For the live online classes you will ideally need a minimum upload speed of 2Mbps. You can run a test on your computer to check your upload speed with this tool http://www.speedtest.net.
The best way to take a hypnobirthing course is online with an instructor. You have a better opportunity to ask questions and learn the techniques.