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 3.25 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 the class too?
Wherever possible, yes, as during the four-hour class 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 the class or be with you during birth, then your mother, sister or friend can be your birthing companion instead.
When should I do the class?
Anytime after 20 weeks is ideal, as the success of Hypnobirthing is strongly linked to how much you practise the hypnosis element of the class. But provided you do the class 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.
How do I book my Hypnobirthing class?
Please contact me (preferably by email using the form to the right as my phone is often switched off when I’m working with hypnotherapy clients) to discuss which dates are available. Once the date is confirmed, I’ll ask you to pay the course fee which is non-refundable.
To go back to the Hypnobirthing page click here.
For testimonials from parents who’ve attended my classes click here
To read about my Hypnobirthing work in the press click here