In my job as a hospital midwife I often supported women who had not prepared mentally for labour and being scared made them really tense and everything so much harder to deal with. They would dread the next contraction and tense up in anticipation which made it more painful so made them even more scared and so they got stuck in a viscous circle. The birth partner was often very unsure what to do and how to help.
Compare that to a woman who has prepared her mind by practising her self hypnosis in her pregnancy. She knows that hypnobirthing doesn’t guarantee a pain free labour or the type of birth she wants – but she is more confident about how to stay calm, relaxed and in control no matter what happens. She and her birth partner have practiced how to do this together and feel thoroughly prepared.
On my course you and your birth partner will learn what happens in labour, why and how. You will become more knowledgeable about your body in the birth process. You will both understand the key hormones involved and how to influence them to your advantage. I will help you create some personal affirmations and discuss why these are beneficial and how to use them effectively in your preparation for labour. You will create your own pregnancy and birth plan to take away with you so that you have an at a glance reminder of the tools and techniques that you have learned.
It may be that you’re not feeling anxious or scared about labour but still understand the value of having tools and techniques to help. The course is perfect for helping dads to learn what’s going to happen in labour and how you can work together as a team.
Are you reading this thinking ‘ yeah right – but my partner wouldn’t attend anything like this’? Read what these new fathers said after attending the course;
” Before we did your course I honestly didn’t think it would work because it ( hypnobirthing) isn’t my kind of thing. But I was really surprised how it helped. It was such as good feeling knowing what I was doing was helping her. I felt I could do so much more than just sit by her side. I was surprised how calm she was. She isn’t very good with pain and I expected her to panic more but she was so calm and took it all in her stride.” Dave 2016
” I highly recommend the course to birth partners and mothers. It makes the imminent birth feel less daunting “ James 2018
“It’s good that James now has a clear role and we both feel prepared” Steph 2018
Expectant dad Alex after the birth of his baby ” Labour was amazing! The course helped me prepare. I learned that I could be confident in our judgement and didn’t have to do as we were told but could have conversations about each step and what we wanted with midwives”.
“Anne is very knowledgeable and great at speaking to couples. She made it easy to understand each topic”. Mark, December 2016
“Anne is super easy to get on with and very knowledgeable. I feel like I have known her ages! The course was much better than I thought it would be.” Mark, April 2018
I have seen lots of birth partners who struggle with knowing what to do in labour. They might feel out of their depth or useless. My course teaches birth partners all about labour and birth and the hypnosis techniques that you will use and as a result they feel more involved They will also learn how to manage the birthing room and how they can talk things through with the midwife;
“We got transferred from the birth unit to the other hospital and had to keep moving from high to low dependency but I got my water birth and hypnobirthing experience with just gas and air so we were elated. My husband was an absolute rock and stuck to what we wanted despite the doctors suggesting interventions”
PRICE: One to one 8 hour course costs £200. Includes a copy of the hypnobirthing book Effective Birth Preparation by Maggie Howell ( RRP £12.99), the MP3 downloads and all handouts. A deposit of £50 secures your place. On receipt of the deposit I send you your copy of the book and drop box you the first download so that you can benefit straight away whilst waiting until we meet. I offer a monthly installment plan to spread the cost – please contact me to have a chat if this will help.
Read more birth stories from women who used the techniques of self hypnosis after attending my course.