HypnoBirthing FAQs

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My name is Lisa Jackson and I'm a Certified HypnoBirthing™ Practitioner affiliated with the HypnoBirthing Institute™ in America. This means that I adhere to its code of ethics (including teaching the full 12.5 hour syllabus at weekly intervals rather than in single day sessions so that you have time to practise and get feedback on what you've learned) and am required to recertify as a teacher each year, giving evidence that I am continually updating my professional skills and knowledge.

How does HypnoBirthing work?
During birth the muscles of your uterus contract rhythmically to dilate your cervix and nudge your baby down the birth canal. However, should you become anxious or fearful adrenaline is released, which diverts blood away from these muscles and directs it to your arms and legs. This means that your uterine muscles are deprived of oxygen-rich blood, so they work less effectively, prolonging the birth process. If you're able to remain calm during birth through the use of hypnosis (which is simply a state of deep relaxation) the blood continues to flow to your uterus and so your birthing muscles are able to function really well, which can mean birth is speeded up by an average of three hours and is a lot more comfortable.

Who can benefit from HypnoBirthing?
HypnoBirthing™ can be used by first-time mums as well as mums who've had children before. It's ideal for women who're feeling scared of giving birth, who are anxious because of a previous bad experience or who just want a calmer, easier and more natural birth experience.

Does my partner have to attend classes, too?
Wherever possible, yes, as during classes your partner(or your chosen birth companion) is trained to become your personal hypnotherapist, masseur, coach and spokesperson, so he/she can help you have the natural birth you're planning. However, if your partner cannot attend all the classes or be with you during birth, then your mother, sister or friend can be your birthing companion instead.

When should I start attending the classes?
Anytime after 20 weeks is ideal, as the success of the course is strongly linked to how much you practise. But, provided you can finish the course before you give birth, it's still going to help you have a better birth.

Can HypnoBirthing guarantee a pain-free birth?
Unfortunately not, because there are many factors that can affect a birth, some of which are outside our control. However, research has shown that up to 70% of HypnoBirthing mums don't need any form of pain relief.


COURSE FEES

GROUP CLASSES IN CROYDON: £275
Includes 12.5 hours of group tuition per couple at weekly intervals, a free HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method textbook, recorded hypnosis scripts, course handouts and hypnosis scripts, email and phone support if you need it, and refreshments.

My classes are held in groups of up to three couples in my home in Addiscombe, Croydon (pictured above). To ensure maximum flexibility I don't have a set class timetable and schedule in classes as couples book them. The five weekday evening classes take place at 7.30pm.

I offer a group discount, so if you and a friend book together (on the same or a different course), the fee is reduced by £50 per couple.

PRIVATE CLASSES IN CROYDON: £400
Classes are held in my home but you'll be the only couple attending so you'll get one-on-one tuition and flexibility regarding class times.

FOUR-HOUR HYPNOBIRTHING REFRESHER SESSION IN CROYDON: £145


How to book your HypnoBirthing course
Please contact me (preferably by email as my phone is often switched off when I'm working with hypnotherapy clients) to discuss which dates are available. Once the dates are confirmed, I'll ask you to post a cheque for £150, made payable to Lisa Jackson, to 43 Capri Road, Addiscombe, Croydon CR0 6LG. This fee is non-refundable. The balance is payable at the end of the first class. However, in the unlikely event that you decide HypnoBirthing is not for you at the end of the first session, you're not obliged to attend the rest of the course and will not have to pay the balance (you are welcome, of course, to keep the textbook, handouts and script recordings).

HypnoBirthing refunds/missed classes
Regrettably, fees paid cannot be refunded even if you have to miss classes through illness or the early arrival of your baby, as I'm unable to fill such a large time slot with other parents at short notice.

If you'd like to make up a missed class we can arrange a private class at a time that's convenient to you for the equivalent of the relevant hourly private rate.

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For testimonials from parents who've attended my classes click here

To read about my HypnoBirthing work in the press click here


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