Frequently Asked Questions

General questions

When should I start practicing?

You can start your hypnobirthing classes from 20 weeks gestation, it’s great to book in as soon as you know to ensure a date will work for you and your partner. It is good to have time to prepare but the best time to come is when you feel that you are ready. Most of the hypnobirthing practice is done during pregnancy so practice is essential.

What happens if I find you later on in pregnancy?

Hypnobirthing can still help you even in the late stages of pregnancy. I do have a specialised course for women who are 35+ weeks that is only offered to suit your needs at this time. I have had women in the past attend later and have had quite beautiful birth experiences.

What does Hypnobirthing involve?

Practice to still yourself. Hypnobirthing is an education with an array of tools and techniques for you to take away and personalise. It is a method of pain management that can be used during labour and birth. It involves a mixture of relaxation and deep breathing techniques. It is a complete childbirth education course that teaches childbirth techniques so mothers can deepen into themselves and remain mobile during labour and comfortable for the majority of it.

Does Hypnobirthing mean birthing a particular way?

NO, absolutely not, just as each of us is unique, so are our babies and our birth journeys. Hypnobirthing is an education with an array of tools and techniques for you to take away and personalise. There as no such thing as hypnobirthing a certain way, it comes instinctively from within and you harness the natural rhythms of your body and baby by tuning in by utilising the relaxation tools.

Are Hypnobirthing babies calmer?

I have been told by mothers, “Yes.” We find babies born using the gentle method tends to be calmer and experience less trauma because they are breathed forth into the world with an element of space surrounding them. Time is not a pressure; babies will arrive when they are ready.

Does Hypnobirthing really work?

Zeenath Uddin, Head of quality and safety at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) says there is evidence that women feel more ‘confident, relaxed, less fearful, focused and more in control when using hypnobirthing.

Do you push during hypnobirthing?

Breathing downwards with your contractions allows your baby to descend slowly and with less trauma to your pelvic floor. Breathing down does not mean you do not push; you grunt, groan and bear down when your body instinctively wants you to do this. The bearing down breath helps you to tune into this instinct and guides you to work with your body rather than against it.

Is hypnobirthing worth it?

If you feel that investing in yourself and your baby’s birth is worth it; if you feel that your mental health and postnatal recovery are worth it; if you feel that starting out as a new mother feeling positive about parenting is worth it, I say yes every single time. I have come across no mother who regrets investing in themselves.

Can you Hypnobirth solo?

Yes of course if you do not have the typical birth partner I suggest asking a mother or sister or friend to step in and be your birth support person in the room and joining in the course with you to learn how to best support you and keep you comfortable during labour.

What’s a birth partner’s role?

A birth partners role can be extremely supportive and can bring a couple closer together.  The role is to protect the space and make sure nobody disturbs her private bubble of calm. By being actively involved and even an advocate for both parents in the room can deepen their bond with the baby and as a family.

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