Hypnobirthing is blooming at Southend
26 November 2018
Antenatal education classes for hypnobirthing are becoming increasingly popular at Southend University Hospital, so much so that there are now three classes a week on a Monday, Wednesday and a Saturday.
Previously patients had to book private classes or go to other
trusts but hypnobirthing classes are now being offered at Southend
University Hospital. They started in March this year and have
already seen 180 people attend.
Hypnobirthing classes consist of four two-and-a-half hour
sessions during the latter stages of pregnancy providing
couples - whether partners, mums or sisters who are birth partners
- the opportunity to learn what's going on with their bodies and
give them skills to cope with labour pain.
Hannah Lawrence-Smith Ellert, Community Lead Midwife,
said:"Classes are small in size, with eight couples per class. This
helps the group bond. Classes are held in the hospital's physio gym
which gets couples used to the hospital environment where they will
eventually give birth.
"By the time couples leave the course you can visibly see that
the women are so much more relaxed and their partners have more
confidence in being able to offer support. Both have changed
attitudes and their outlook is incredibly positive and lovely."
Jenny Barker from Hockley, who gave birth to Harrison,
weighing 6lb 15oz, said:
"At first I thought it was going to be a bit 'hippy' so I was
initially a bit apprehensive about doing it. But once I started and
realised you weren't being hypnotised - which I think is a mistake
a lot of people make - it just enables your mind to go elsewhere.
The bit I found best was the breathing techniques which helped me
relax and significantly decreased my pain during labour.
"Harrison was my second baby and not having had a good birth
experience first time around I just wanted to try a different
approach to labour and leave me with a happier memory, rather than
a horrendous one, which it did. I'd definitely recommend it to
Sophie Enver from Westcliff-on-Sea, who gave birth to
Finlay, weighing 10lb, said:
"It's something I have always wanted to try and I'd heard a few
people say how good it was in the past so I thought it would be
good to give it a go. I'm just really glad that I picked that over
any other antenatal classes
"For me, it was all about the breathing techniques and that
definitely helped me when I was having surges, especially when they
were much closer together and more intense. The breathing would
definitely help me cope with the pain and it kind of just puts you
in the zone and you can relax a little bit inbetween surges."
Kim Adams from Leigh-on- Sea, who gave birth to Elsie,
weighing 8lb 12oz, said:
"There was very much a social side to it as well and we all
joined a WhatsApp group which was really nice.
"Hypnobirthing prepares you to cope with birth. People are
surprised when I say that on the morning I gave birth we went
to Costa for breakfast and had a bit of a walk around the high
street. It encourages you to be a lot more active.
"The positive thinking has also really helped me postbirth,
especially the breathing techniques, which I've been using for
everyday life. The power of the mind is amazing, I wouldn't have
thought that I could get through it, but this course teaches you
that it is all about your mindset."
Find out more about hypnobirthing classes at Southend University
Hospital by visiting
http://bit.ly/HypnobirthingSouthend or emailing