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9am – 5pm Monday to Friday
Mindful hypnobirthing classes
We offer mindful hypnobirthing classes to provide techniques to mums and birthing partners to minimise the fear-tension-pain cycle, resulting in shorter and more comfortable births.
Three two-hour classes are provided, currently online (via Microsoft Teams) due to Covid-19 restrictions but as soon as is safe to do so, we will offer the classes face-to-face at local venues (venues to be confirmed).
What is hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is a combination of education, mindfulness, deep relaxation and self-hypnosis which helps achieve a more comfortable birth. We aim to give mums and their birth partners the tools they need to minimise the fear-tension-pain cycle, resulting in shorter and more comfortable births.
Hypnobirthing is about your mind-set and your birth partner’s mind-set. We focus our teaching on how your thoughts, and your birth partner’s thoughts and actions, can affect your body during pregnancy and labour.
By including practical hypnobirthing and mindfulness techniques as well as enhanced understanding of birth, we teach you both what you need to know to feel more prepared and informed for the birth of your baby.
We keep the birth partner in mind during the sessions. Everyone in the birthing room has an important role to play. The techniques you learn will have you working together as a team; encourage you to be calm, stay focused or to ask the questions you need to with a deep-seated confidence.
When all of this in place, baby can be born into a gentle, loving environment, with both parents (or a birth partner) connected in the experience through the preparation they have done.
We feel it’s important that you have access to information and that you are given the opportunity to understand how important it is to take time out to relax and let go of the day’s stresses and strains. Through our classes, you can learn quickly about hypnobirthing benefits for baby. This aims to support you to create spaces within your life, during your pregnancy to quickly de-stress and connect to your baby in a positive way. The mindful hypnobirthing techniques you learn in the classes can be used in the workplace as well as in everyday life to relax and calm you, not just at the birth.
About the classes
Our classes are taught by two experienced practitioners who work within our perinatal mental health service. Both practitioners have been specifically trained to deliver mindful hypnobirthing.
Everyone in a class will be working with our perinatal mental health service. Conversations about sensitivity and confidentiality will be had with everyone attending, prior to workshop starting.
We keep our mindful hypnobirthing classes small so you will rarely find that a class has over three to four individuals or three to four pairs. This helps us to hold a nurturing space where you can relax and feel comfortable. During hypnobirthing sessions, we want to encourage you to be able to ask questions freely and to process any thoughts you have, and it’s much easier to do that in smaller group.
Benefits of attending mindful hypnobirthing classes
- you will learn and practice mindfulness and hypnobirthing exercises that connect mum and baby in a loving way using relaxation and breathing
- you know how to relax quickly and deeply during pregnancy
- you will understand how the environment influences labour
- you will learn how when mum is using hypnobirthing babies are calmer and more settled
- you and your baby may feel calmer after the birth
- our classes help give your birthing partner a more active role and purpose during labour and birth
- you may find that you and your baby are sleeping and feeding better too
- you will learn about the influence of hormones on labour and birth
- you will gain an understanding of how the mind and body work together
- the classes aim to build confidence
- you will have the opportunity to reflect, discuss, share questions with a practitioner.
Your birthing partner
It can be daunting to prepare for the birth as a partner; however many classes you take you may still not know what to expect or you might think you know what to expect based on TV or films, or what you’ve heard from friends.
The truth is, even a birthing partner’s preconceptions of birth can influence how a woman births; it can change the type of support and also the direction a birth takes. For a birth partner, understanding what your own fears and worries are, and why they can impact your partner’s labour, and learning what you can do about it, is some of the best preparation you can do.
This mindful hypnobirthing classes really benefit the birth partner, whether it’s your mother, a friend, partner, your husband or your wife. We strongly believe that when the birthing partner feels comfortable, know what to expect and how they can help during the birth it makes an immense difference to the mother and baby.Importantly it gives the birthing partner a quiet confidence that is picked up on by the mother who feels supported and is able to let go and really go within and focus on the birth.
L1121, V2, 05/01/2021 (Archive: 05/01/2024)