Back in 2018 when I first fell pregnant, my deep rooted fear of needles, blood and anything medical, lead me to researching into ‘going private’ to see if I could have a general anaesthetic, be given a caesarean and handed a baby at the end. I essentially wanted to be knocked out, and given a baby when it was all over. I thought that this was the only way that I could completely control the birth situation and the only way that I could have a positive experience.
Then I heard about hypnobirthing, and long story short, I did a complete u-turn. I wanted to have my baby at home.
Now what I want you to take from this story, is not that hypnobirthing helps you to have a homebirth. What I hope you can see is that it gifted me a complete change in mindset. I went from being absolutely petrified about birth, to feeling confident, knowledgeable and excited (yes excited!) to give birth. All thanks to hypnobirthing.
I trained with the Katherine Graves school of hypnobirthing which is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives and I offer a 4 week hypnobirthing course which aims to provide you with everything you’ll need to go into birth feeling confident, knowledgeable and prepared.
Session 1: The physiology and psychology of birth
Introduction to hypnobirthing
Myth busting hypnobirthing
The physiology of birth
The psychology of birth and how hypnosis works
The mind and body connection and how to support your body to birth
Mindset work + reframing any negative perceptions
Birth hormones + why it is essential that you are aware of them!
Session 2: Relaxation tools
Baby positioning and how to navigate variations of normal
Session 3: Preparing for every eventuality
Decision making and how to prepare for all types of birth
Looking at ‘risk’ + how to navigate any ‘curve balls’ during pregnancy and labour