Hypnobirthing Classes


“My dream is that every woman, everywhere, will know the joy of a truly safe, comfortable,

and satisfying birthing for herself and her baby”

Marie Mongan

Think you can predict what a Hypnobirthing course involves?
For most standard courses you are probably right.

 

Think you can predict what a Hypnobirthing course with A Gentle Journey involves?
Think again.

 

I pride myself on being able to offer you not only Hypnobirthing techniques but practical, emotional and informational support inspired by my training and wider study as a birth and postnatal doula, rebozo and Closing the Bones practitioner and breastfeeding peer supporter.

I provide comprehensive and fully independent antenatal preparation that focuses on YOU and developing your confidence as the birth approaches. I offer a range of classes each designed to cater for your personal circumstances and needs. If you want to feel prepared for birth, if you want the confidence to make decisions, if you are looking for techniques that you and those supporting you can use to keep you calm and relaxed, then there is a course or session that will work perfectly for you.

When deciding on the best fit for you, consider the following:

  • Your location
  • Your budget
  • How many weeks pregnant you are
  • How you are feeling through early pregnancy
  • Your ability to access classes at a venue
  • Your family circumstances
  • Whether you have done Hypnobirthing before
  • What areas of preparation you are most interested in
  • Any specific worries or fears you have

 

Hypnobirthing is effective for any kind of birth, be it at home or in a hospital setting. Hypnobirthing techniques can be used to achieve a calm and gentle birthing regardless of previous birthing experiences, whether the birth is spontaneous or induced, for a single baby or multiple babies and for vaginal or Caesarean birth. In fact, the Hypnobirthing courses that I offer are packed with the practical techniques and information that will prepare you and support you whatever path your birth takes. You will feel prepared, ready and empowered knowing that your birth will be a positive experience with you in control.

Look through the following course options to see which one will fit you and your family best, and if you have any questions or want to discuss something even more bespoke then please don't hesitate to contact me.

 

Next Course Dates:


Taster sessions:
on November 29th and January 24th 2019

Group courses:

December 6th, 13th, January 3rd, 10th and 17th

January 31st, February 7th, 21st, 28th and March 7th

Taster Sessions

  • Has someone recommended you give Hypnobirthing a try but you don’t really know what it is?
  • Have you heard about Hypnobirthing and the benefits it can provide but you want to know more about what is actually involved in a course?
  • Have you done lots of research about Hypnobirthing and now want to find out exactly what I can give you from one of my courses?
  • Would you like to pop out for an hour and go home with a skip in your step and a sense of calm and confidence in your mind and body?

Come along to a free taster session at Whalley Old Grammar School to meet me, find out what is involved in the sessions I offer and take away some practical, valuable techniques to take with you into birth, whether or not you choose to go on to book a course. During the one hour taster you can discover what Hypnobirthing involves, find out how Hypnobirthing techniques can benefit you, your birth partner/s and your baby, experience a calming relaxation session and gain an insight into how you can dispel the worries and anxieties you may be carrying.

The taster sessions are free of charge with no obligation to go on to book a course, but they will give you the opportunity to experience what a class would be like and find out what is covered in a full course. Please contact me for more information or to book a place on a taster session.

Group Classes

These days there are many options available for accessing Hypnobirthing and relaxation for childbirth. Books, downloads, online courses, social media groups, Apps … all ranging in price and quality. These resources can be of great benefit and change your approach to birth preparation, but you can’t beat face to face support from someone knowledgeable, experienced and down to earth who can guide you through relaxation, demonstrate techniques, answer questions and provide a safe space to chat about whatever is on your mind. In a group setting you also have the benefit of other couples who are in the same boat as you and with whom you can share your experiences. The atmosphere of a group course is informal, fully inclusive and non-judgemental, and is rarely short of a giggle or two!

A full group Hypnobirthing course consists of 5 weekly sessions, each around 2 and a half hours long. The sessions are spread over 5 weeks to allow time between each session to reflect on what has been covered, to practice techniques that have been taught and to allow the philosophy of Hypnobirthing and positive birth to gradually become a part of your every day routine and your pregnancy and birthing mindset. You are encouraged to practice the techniques you learn as much as you can between sessions and in the time leading up to your baby’s birth.

The course is a comprehensive antenatal course that includes:

  • Physiology of pregnancy and birth
  • Breathing techniques tailored for key parts of labour
  • Use of visualisations and affirmations
  • Deep relaxation and self-hypnosis
  • Positions for posture, relaxation and making birthing easier
  • Prenatal and postnatal bonding
  • Natural techniques to encourage labour
  • Specific support for birth companions
  • Key hormones and the importance of creating the perfect birth environment
  • Guidance for managing your birth preferences with confidence
  • The use of a rebozo to ease discomfort in pregnancy and provide labour support
  • Optional feeding support

 

Ultimately every course varies a little in content as elements are tailored to the needs of those in the group.

Group courses are held at Whalley Old Grammar School in Whalley, Lancashire on Thursday evenings from 6:30pm until 9:00pm for up to a maximum of 4 couples (see directions at the bottom of this page).

The price of a group course is £250. This includes all 5 sessions for the Mum-to-be and the birth partner/s, a detailed information and resource folder to accompany the course, access to audio tracks and a copy of The Positive Birth book by Milli Hill. I also include my support outside of the scheduled course sessions from the first point of booking until the birth and beyond. If you have a worry or are struggling with a technique we have discussed, if you need a positive boost or want to chat about decisions you are making, then I am an email, text or phone call away.

Private courses and tailored sessions

These days there are many options available for accessing Hypnobirthing and relaxation for childbirth. Books, downloads, online courses, social media groups, Apps…all ranging in price and quality. These resources can be of great benefit and change your approach to birth preparation, but you can’t beat face to face support from someone knowledgeable, experienced and down to earth who can guide you through relaxation, demonstrate techniques, answer questions and provide a safe space to chat about whatever is on your mind.

I offer a huge amount of flexibility when circumstances prevent you from being able to, or wanting to, attend a group course. It could be due to childcare needs, location, work commitments or simply personal preference but a private course provides a truly personalised approach with sessions taking place in the comfort of your own home, or a location of your choosing.

The full private course structure follows that of the group course with 5 sessions, each around 2 and a half hours long, with the sessions being spread out to allow time between each session to reflect on what has been covered, to practice techniques that have been taught and to allow the philosophy of Hypnobirthing and positive birth to gradually become a part of your every day routine and your pregnancy and birthing mindset. You are encouraged to practice the techniques you learn as much as you can between sessions and in the time leading up to your baby’s birth.

The course is a comprehensive antenatal course that includes:

  • Physiology of pregnancy and birth
  • Breathing techniques tailored for key parts of labour
  • Use of visualisations and affirmations
  • Deep relaxation and self-hypnosis
  • Positions for posture, relaxation and making birthing easier
  • Prenatal and postnatal bonding
  • Natural techniques to encourage labour
  • Specific support for birth companions
  • Key hormones and the importance of creating the perfect birth environment
  • Guidance for managing your birth preferences with confidence
  • The use of a rebozo to ease discomfort in pregnancy and provide labour support
  • Optional feeding support

 

The one-to-one nature means that additional focus can be placed on an area of particular personal relevance and you can be far more influential over how sessions are structured. The dates and times of sessions are negotiated based on my availability and what suits your needs.

The price of a full 5 session private course is £325. This includes all 5 sessions for the Mum-to-be and the birth partner/s, a detailed information and resource folder to accompany the course, access to audio tracks and a copy of The Positive Birth book by Milli Hill. I also include my support outside of the scheduled course sessions from the first point of booking until the birth and beyond. If you have a worry or are struggling with a technique we have discussed, if you need a positive boost or want to chat about decisions you are making, then I am an email, text or phone call away.

If time and financial commitment, or simply your personal circumstances, prevent a full 5 session course from being possible then please get in touch about creating a shorter or more condensed session.

The geographical region I cover includes East Lancashire and surrounding areas, but please get in touch if you would like to find out if I can get to you. Additional mileage charges may apply.

Refresher Classes

A refresher course may be perfect for you if you have taken a Hypnobirthing class before, either with myself or another practitioner, and would like to refresh your memory of techniques, reflect on your birth experience, give your birth companion a boost of confidence or utilise guided relaxation and hypnosis to deal with limiting thoughts or anxieties that have come up since your last course.

These sessions would take place in the privacy of your own home and the number, length and content of the sessions would be tailored to your personal needs and circumstances. Please get in touch to discuss what would work for you.

 

Most Group Classes are held at the The Old Grammar School Community Centre.


The full address is:

The Old Grammar School Community Centre
Station Road
Whalley
Clitheroe
BB7 9RH

Meg Brierley

 

07793 036073

meg@agentlejourney.co.uk

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