I’m one of the UK’s leading Hypnobirthing teachers, having lectured to midwives at five major London hospitals and taught over 500 couples over the past 16 years. I’ve also trained as a doula (birth companion) with the world-renowned water-birth pioneer Michel Odent and have first-hand experience of attending natural births and C-sections.
I now only teach Hypnobirthing as a single private four-hour session via SKYPE during the day or evening on weekdays. This means it doesn’t take too much time out of your busy lifestyle and you can learn from the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you without having to worry about commuting to your classes or finding parking.
As the classes are private, I can tailor what you learn to your individual needs. I provide a textbook so that you can read up on everything else you need to know in your own time.
Single four-hour session Hypnobirthing class via SKYPE : £220 per couple (includes a copy of the HypnoBirthing textbook by Marie Mongan, plus all course materials and two hypnosis MP3s)
I also offer a four-hour private Refresher Session via SKYPE for couples who’ve done a Hypnobirthing course before and would like to revise the hypnosis, massage and breathing techniques: £200 per couple (the course fee does not include a copy of the HypnoBirthing textbook but does include all course materials and two hypnosis MP3s)
I’m passionate about teaching Hypnobirthing after studying HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method™ in 2006. Since then I’ve taught over 500 couples and have lectured on Hypnobirthing to midwives at Croydon University Hospital, Princess Royal University Hospital, St George’s Hospital, Orpington Hospital and St Helier Hospital.
I’ve been privileged to attend five hospital births (a water birth in a birth centre, a labour-ward birth and three C-sections) and have attended two National Childbirth Trust (NCT) courses.
WHAT IS HYPNOBIRTHING?
Hypnobirthing is based on the philosophy that fear during childbirth causes tension, and this can lead to pain. By learning to use self-hypnosis, visualisations, massage and breathing techniques you stay deeply relaxed and so tire less easily during labour. This helps you to give birth in an easier, much more comfortable way.
WHAT CAN HYPNOBIRTHING DO FOR YOU?
It can dramatically reduce the discomfort felt during labour, thereby reducing the need for artificial pain relief and other medical interventions.
It can shorten labour by over three hours.
Your partner will learn how to be an effective and involved birth companion: s/he’ll be taught how to hypnotise, massage and coach you in breathing techniques as well as liaise with medical staff.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN YOUR FOUR-HOUR HYPNOBIRTHING CLASS
A deeply relaxing hypnosis script, plus a rapid relaxation technique you can use to overcome anxiety in under a minute.
Light Touch Massage, a blissful massage technique that releases endorphins, your body’s own natural painkillers, which interact with the receptors in your brain to reduce your perception of pain.
Three relaxing breathing techniques that will help you stay calm, lessen the time you spend in labour, and enable you to give birth without hours of exhausting pushing.
Positivity-boosting affirmations and different visualisations to help your cervix open naturally.
The four-hour session and accompanying textbook cover everything you need to know to prepare for birth, such as what happens during birth, how to release fearful thoughts surrounding birth, writing birth plans, alternative induction methods, how to confidently question medical professionals, choosing the best birth environment, stretching exercises, natural ways to turn breech babies, bonding with your baby and how active, upright positions can speed up birth by expanding the pelvic outlet by an incredible 30%.
For Frequently Asked Questions about Hypnobirthing click here.
For testimonials from parents who’ve attended my classes click here.
To read about my Hypnobirthing work in the press click here.
To watch an inspiring film showing a beautifully calm Hypnobirth click here.
To watch a YouTube clip of a Mum talking about her ‘chilled out’ Hypnobirth click here.
For Hypnobirthing Resources (sample birth plans, a BBC radio interview with a woman who gave birth while in a coma, and films about ‘natural’ C-section, the Opening Blossom visualisation and how a baby is born), click here.