Hypnobirthing Course Content


The importance of language in the birth environment: how the words we hear during birth can either speed birth up or slow it down
How fear affects labour and the uterine muscles
How to choose where to give birth: at home, in a labour ward or in a birth centre, and what it’s like to have a Caesarean section
Calm Breathing: the deeply relaxing breathing technique that will keep you calm between contractions/surges
Two techniques that’ll help you feel instantly relaxed: Progressive Relaxation and Disappearing Letters
Two visualisation techniques that’ll make birth easier: Blue Satin Ribbons and Opening Blossom
Surge Breathing: the breathing technique you’ll use during contractions/surges to supply oxygen to your birthing muscles while staying calm
Positions for relaxation: the best ways to practise hypnosis
Light Touch Massage: Hypnobirthing’s wonderfully pleasurable answer to a TENS machine that will release painkilling endorphins and oxytocin, the feel-good hormone that also stimulates the birthing muscles
Stretching exercises to prepare for an easier birth
Pelvic-floor exercises: why and how to do them
Perineal massage: a simple technique that’ll help you avoid tearing during birth
The importance of good nutrition
Rainbow Relaxation: Birth companions learn how to hypnotise their partner into a blissfully relaxed state that will encourage an easier, quicker, more comfortable birth
Birth Breathing: the breathing technique that’ll help your baby descend through the birth canal without exhausting pushing, which also limits the oxygen supply going to your baby and the birthing muscles
How to compile Birth Plans
Natural ways to turn your baby if he or she is breech
Why it’s not advisable to talk about a ‘due date’
The warning signs you need to look out for that could indicate problems in pregnancy
Natural ways to avoid artificial induction
How your body is built for birth
Visualising your baby’s optimal birth position
How to tell if labour has started
Natural ways to get labour restarted if it slows down or stops
How labour progresses
Active birth positions for an easier, quicker birth
The importance of post-natal bonding
Assertiveness techniques that will help you have the natural, gentle birth you’ve planned
Three additional hypnosis scripts: Glove Relaxation, the Depthometer and the Control Valve
The Birth Companion’s Prompt Card: everything you’ve learned summarised in one handy sheet

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