Hypnobirthing uses breathing and relaxation methods to help you relax and go through the natural process of giving birth gently, calmly and in many instances without medication.
What is Hypnobirthing and how does it work?
Hypnobirthing is a complete
antenatal programme focussing on a combination of education,
self-hypnosis & deep relaxation to help achieve a more
comfortable birth. Hypnobirthing gives parents all the tools they
need to minimise the fear-tension-pain cycle, resulting in shorter,
more comfortable births.
Who is it for?
From the confident to the
apprehensive; from first-time mums to those who have experienced
difficult previous births and caesarean births, Hypnobirthing is
confidence-building, and teaches gentle birth techniques that can
benefit just about anyone who is planning birth. Hypnobirth is for
Hear couples talk about how
hypnobirth has influenced their thoughts, perspectives and
attitudes to labour in this video,
produced for our colleagues at Colchester Hospital. We use
the same method of teaching in our classes.
What does a Hypnobirth class involve?
Here at Southend Hospital we
are introducing a comprehensive hypnobirth course taught by
midwives who are hypnobirth practitioners. Our skills as clinicians
coupled with specialist training in antenatal education, active
birth and Hypnobirth provide a unique course offering:
- Understanding the process of labour and working with the
- How to break the fear/tension/pain cycle
- Top tips for birth partners
- How to achieve an active birth
- Practice positions, Rebozo and massage for labour
- Breathing and visualisation techniques for labour
- How the environment influences labour
- Hormones and their effect on birth
You will learn:
- Everything you need to know to achieve a more comfortable
- To explore the relationship with pain and labour and learn to
work with sensations
- Techniques of deep relaxation to help you eliminate the
- The role of hormones in labour and their impact on
- How you and your birthing companion can create a birthing
environment that is calm and serene rather than tense and
- Breathing techniques
- To use relaxation techniques that will be essential for any
Birth Partners will learn:
- Massage/rebozo skills
- How to create a relaxing birth room
- Quick techniques to slow her breathing
- Techniques to deepen relaxation
- How to use visualization scripts
positive atmosphere. Engaging tasks and exercises that made the
information easier to digest"
"As someone who has felt a lot of anxiety towards childbirth
for many years, this course has given me a huge amount of
reassurance and helped me to feel differently about it, all thanks
to the great information, useful breathing techniques.and the huge
sense of positivity and energy from Hannah and Lisa
"Some brilliant tips,
techniques, breathing skills and loads of great advice. Thank you
so much, feel so much more positive about it all"
"We have both looked forward to attending the classes and
after every class on the way home have both said how amazing they
were and discussed what techniques learned we think we will use.
We have both been practicing various elements and feel that we now
have a good selection of tools and resources to use when in
style, attitude & course content"
"My husband and I have
recently completed the hypnobirthing course at the
hospital. We also found it to be very helpful that the
course was lead by Midwives, as all our questions were able to be
answered. It enabled us to feel more in control of our
labour and ensured we made the labour itself into a positive
experience for us both. I especially found the breathing techniques
the most useful to me in labour and making our birthing environment
into a nice calming place to be. We would both highly recommend
this course to everyone in preparation to giving
How much does it cost?
The charge for 10 hours of
instruction is £100, payable in advance. This will provide four 2.5
hour sessions with a small group of participants, either evenings
(7pm-9.30pm) or weekends. Included in the course will be practice
scripts and supporting hand outs.
We recommend you also
purchase the supporting parents workbook (available from Amazon). There
is also a more comprehensive book by
'hypnobirthmidwivesuk', available here.
There are also audio scripts that
accompany the course and can be previewed and
downloaded (please note these are zip files designed for
download to a PC and then transferred to your audio device - please
see FAQ section on how this should be
practice. Please be aware there will be techniques to learn and
practice in between classes. Demand for classes is high and there
is usually a waiting list. Please make your enquiries early (after
16 weeks gestation). If you choose to hypnobirth you will not need
to attend our set of standard antenatal classes.
BEFORE you book hypnobirth
BEFORE you book, please
consider the following:
Hypnobirth is a training
program that requires practice. We will ask you and your birth
partner to commit to practice sessions at home. These will
For the women
Surge breathing practice
Listening to the hypnosis relaxation daily to maximize post
Optimal baby positioning
For the birth partner
Learning the breathing
techniques to assist in labour
Using deepening techniques that we will show you in class
Using relaxation anchors
Using relaxation scripts
Understanding the importance of the birth environment and creating
a calm birth room
Light touch massage and positions for upright birth
Please be prepared to do
some work in between classes. Hypnobirth will only work with
practice and commitment. If you feel you cannot commit to the work
you may want to consider a standard antenatal class.
If you are interested in our
hypnobirthing courses, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
providing your name, hospital number and due
date. We will get back to you within 7 days to confirm
We recommend that you start
your course between 30 and 34 weeks of pregnancy, to give
time to complete the course and practice the techniques. We
anticipate that places will be booked up quickly, so its best to
contact us to book your place following your 20 week scan.
We look forward to seeing you!