Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is a complete birth education programme designed to reduce the fear of child birth, enabling couples or single mothers to look forward to the arrival of their baby.
It incorporates simple but very effective self-hypnosis, visualisation and relaxation techniques which, when practiced, significantly increase the likelihood of mothers having a natural birth with less pain relief and much lower levels of medical intervention.
Hypnobirthing teaches you about the different phases of labour and what is happening inside the female body during each phase. This helps you get to grips with what to expect and to anticipate what is going to happen on the day.
Additionally, it equips you with the tools needed to make informed choices about your pregnancy and birth so that you can be confident, calm and in control.
Is Hypnobirthing only for women who want to have home births or water births?
No, not at all! Hypnobirthing is for all women whether they choose to give birth in a hospital, a birth centre, a midwifery led unit or at home. Indeed, some hypnobirthing mums do choose to have water births or home births because they have decided that this is the best personal choice for them. Other women believe that a hospital or birth centre is best for them and their baby. I am here to help you make informed choices by giving you all the information you need to do what is personally right for you.
How will hypnobirthing help me to have a smoother, more comfortable birth?
Hypnobirthing works on the premise that labour pain is a result of tension and fear. It is broadly based on the work of pioneer Grantly Dick-Read (1890-1959) who was a British obstetrician and leading advocate of natural childbirth.
Through his work with labouring women, Dick-Read concluded that pain was a direct result of tension and fear. If fear could be released and replaced with relaxation, women could have more comfortable and enjoyable births.
Hypnobirthing works by breaking the fear-tension-pain cycle so that a birthing woman can relax. When she is deeply relaxed, her body can work optimally to give birth in the smooth, calm and natural way that it is made to.
What are the main benefits of Hypnobirthing?
Can significantly reduce the length of your labour.
Reduces your risk of needing medical intervention i.e. forceps, ventouse or C-Section delivery.
Fear of labour and birth is eliminated and replaced with relaxation and a positive outlook.
Increased confidence in your body's abilities.
Reduces risk of vaginal tearing.
Lowers your risk of developing postnatal depression.
Gives your birth partner an important role to play before, during and after the birth process.
Your baby is more likely to feed and sleep better and be more content and calm than non-hypnobirthing babies
Gives you a skill for life - the ability to relax and eliminate stress which is useful in so many situations.
When is the best time to learn Hypnobirthing?
The ideal time to start is between 20 and 35 weeks of pregnancy. This is because the courses I offer range in length from between 4 and 6 weeks and you will need to practice the breathing and relaxation techniques regularly.
What if I am already 35 weeks pregnant?
Don't panic! I will do my best to arrange a fast track course specifically for you. Women have experienced calm and confident births having practiced hypnobirthing only a week before going into labour. So, whilst starting earlier is preferable, anything is possible!
Does Hypnobirthing guarantee a pain free labour and birth?
Some Hypnobirthing mums say that they felt no pain during labour and birth. Instead they described feelings of pressure or intense sensations.
However, Hypnobirthing cannot guarantee the absence of pain during labour and birth as pain is a very subjective thing. What is agony to one person could be mild discomfort to someone else.
Research suggests that Hypnobirthing can sometimes result in a pain free birth. Furthermore, a study conducted in the USA found that over 70% of Hypnobirthing women used no pain relief at all during labour and birth and 20% used something mild like gas and air. This just shows the power of Hypnobirthing mamas!
Please remember that the aim of Hypnobirthing is to allow you to birth more calmly and comfortably, so although a pain free birth is possible this is not the ultimate aim.
My partner is sceptical about Hypnobirthing, what can I do about it?
This is more common than you think! This is because many people associate the H word with someone on stage barking like a dog or running around naked in front of a laughing audience. This is so far removed from what Hypnobirthing is! It is simply a way of achieving deep relaxation so that you are in control and confident during labour and birth.
Whether your partner is sceptical or not, if he/she makes an effort to learn the course content and practices the relaxation techniques with you, the programme will be beneficial to you both. And, by the end of the course or after the birth of your baby, the sceptical partner is usually one of the most passionate advocates of Hypnobirthing out there!
I am expecting my first baby. Is Hypnobirthing suitable for me?
Hypnobirthing is suitable for you whether it is your first, second or tenth baby. If you use it during your first pregnancy, you will be fortunate enough to have an empowering and enjoyable first birth. Many women discover Hypnobirthing during their second or third pregnancy, usually after a previously traumatic and painful birth. When their subsequent labour and birth is so positive compared to the negative experience they had the first time round, they always say they wished they had discovered Hypnobirthing sooner!
What if I am planning to have or end up having a C-Section?
If you are classed as a low risk pregnancy and learning Hypnobirthing too, you are unlikely to need a C-section delivery. However, if you are planning one or have an emergency one on the day, Hypnobirthing will definitely still work for you by keeping you calm and relaxed.
Does my partner need to learn about Hypnobirthing too?
It isn't essential but it is advisable.
A typical father/partner is someone who is nervous at the birth, feels responsible for the situation his partner is in, holds her hand, wishes he could help, but does not know exactly what to do.
A hypnobirthing partner is full of knowledge and able to support his partner as she gives birth. He is a huge asset during the birth and many mothers agree that they couldn't have done it without their birthing partner.
If your partner is unable to attend my in-house classes or if you are a single mother, you can still learn and use Hypnobirthing effectively so please don't worry!
I would also like to add that hypnobirthing is not just for heterosexual couples, it is for same sex couples too. I welcome female pregnant couples with open arms!
How do I book a course with you?
Please fill out the contact form or send me a text on 07926 634933 and we will get you signed up!