A Gentle Journey

Hypnobirthing

Hypnobirthing is birth preparation that allows you to release fear and anxiety in order to have the positive birth that is right for you and your baby.

Think you can predict what a Hypnobirthing course involves?

For most standard courses you may be right.

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

Think again. I offer Hypnobirthing antenatal courses in Lancashire that don’t just cover standard Hypnobirthing techniques. The courses contain practical, emotional and informational support. The content is inspired by my training as a birth and postnatal doula, and rebozo and postnatal massage practitioner.

This is comprehensive and fully independent Hypnobirthing antenatal preparation that focuses on YOU and developing your confidence as the birth approaches. There is a range of classes each designed to cater for your personal circumstances and needs. 

Hypnobirthing is not just for pain free, ‘natural’ birth. It is for all birth.

Do you want to feel prepared for birth and want the confidence to make decisions. Are you looking for techniques that you and those supporting you can use to keep you calm and relaxed. If so, there is a course or session that will work perfectly for you.

The courses I offer are packed with the practical techniques and information that will prepare you and support you whatever path your birth takes.

Hypnobirthing techniques can be used to achieve an empowered and positive birth 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.

 

Hypnobirthing is birth preparation that involves changing your mindset to one that is based on positivity. It involves releasing fear and anxiety, quietening the mind to enable your body to follow its natural design and function in an optimal way.

Hypnobirthing techniques involve relaxation and self hypnosis; the ‘hypno’ part of Hypnobirthing. It also includes using the breath in very specific ways, visualisations and positive affirmations to reinforce that positive mindset. 

  • Labours where Hypnobirthing is used tend to be shorter
  • Caesarean section rates tend to be much lower and Hypnobirthing can greatly reduce the need for chemical painkillers and drugs
  • Women can feel more confident, relaxed, less
 fearful, focused and in control
  • The techniques can be used long after the birth to support breastfeeding, general relaxation or
 staying calm during times of stress
  • Babies born using Hypnobirthing can experience less trauma because they tend to be born with less intervention 
  • The need for episiotomy can be reduced

Hypnobirthing is suitable for anyone who wants to feel confident, empowered, calm and fully prepared whatever path your birth takes. The techniques are effective:

  • If this is your first pregnancy and birth
  • If you have had previous vaginal or surgical births
  • If you are expecting multiple babies
  • If you have conceived through IVF
You do not have to have used relaxation, visualisation or self hypnosis techniques before. Hypnobirthing is effective regardless of where you are planning to give birth whether it be at home, in a midwife led birth centre or in a consultant led birth suite/maternity unit.

Hypnosis is a means of reaching a highly relaxed state, preparing you to achieve a chosen outcome (in this case a calm and easy birth). Being ‘hypnotised’ is simply being helped into a state of hypnosis. Unfortunately we usually associate the word ‘hypnotised’ with TV or stage hypnosis meant purely for entertainment.

Hypnosis in Hypnobirthing is where I will give you the tools to achieve a state of deep relaxation and focus. This will allow you to release fears, anxieties or negative emotions so you can have a positive birth feeing calm and in control.

.No, taking a Hypnobirthing course will not guarantee a particular path that your birth will take. nor will it guarantee you will not wish to use alternative forms of pain relief. However, the deeper understanding of how circumstances such as birth environment and anxiety can affect your body’s ability to labour and birth effectively can mean that your use of Hypnobirthing techniques reduces the likelihood of intervention and the need for additional pain relief. 

It is important to remember that a positive Hypnobirth does not have to be drug free. What medication you do or do not have is your choice and something entirely unrelated to whether or not you have taken a Hypnobirthing course. 

If the only option open to you is to read a Hypnobirthing book then do it as you will undoubtedly gain huge benefits compared to doing nothing. I would, however, highly recommend doing a full course as there are additional benefits you just wouldn’t get otherwise:

  • Guided relaxation and hypnotic scripts
  • Regular and focused involvement from a birth partner
  • A scheduled opportunity to relax and reflect on your pregnancy and birth
  • The opportunity to ask questions and discuss concerns in depth
  • The investment of time and money enhances your psychological commitment
  • Additional support
I offer comprehensive Hypnobirthing antenatal courses in Lancashire and surrounding areas in the form of group and private sessions so there are options to suit you.

The most optimum time to start a Hypnobirthing course is between 24 and 30 weeks but the time you start is a very personal decision. You may prefer to start earlier to give you more time before the birth to practise and embed the techniques and skills into your daily routine. You may prefer to start later so the course content remains fresh, the birth feels more imminent and you are more in tune with what your pregnancy is leading to.

A full face to face Hypnobirthing antenatal courses in Lancashire and surrounding areas can be taken as private sessions or as a group workshop. Regardless of which you decide to do, you will get around 10 hours of up to date and evidence based antenatal preparation alongside fantastic Hypnobirthing techniques plus some added extras such as rebozo skills for pregnancy and birth. 

You and your birth partners will receive an information and resource pack to accompany the course, a copy of The Positive Birth Book by Milli Hill, access to an online resource hub, audio tracks for private practise, a welcome bag of gorgeous goodies, discount off a nurturing and healing postnatal massage and my support via email or phone from the point of booking right up until the birth of your baby.  

 The Hypnobirthing courses I offer are a complete antenatal preparation comprising all the major elements of pregnancy and birth, including lots of added extras. A standard NHS antenatal session is not likely to include Hypnobirthing in any level of detail but I have worked with many people who have chosen to do Hypnobirthing in addition to other antenatal courses such as NCT and NHS Bumps, Birth and Beyond sessions. They have all felt even more prepared and that the sessions all complimented each other. So, no you would not need to do anything in addition, but it wouldn’t be detrimental if you wanted to.

In Hypnobirthing the role of the birth partner is incredibly important and so they are integral to what is covered in a course. It is important that they understand the philosophy of Hypnobirthing and know about the techniques so they can be the best support for you. If your birth partner cannot attend some or all of the sessions, or you would like to involve a second birth partner, please get in touch to discuss the best approach.

Your birth partner is an integral part of a Hypnobirthing and your birth preparation as they will act as your advocate by protecting your space, defending your birth preferences and supporting you in accessing deeper levels of relaxation. Your birth partner should be there for you in whatever capacity you want, but the key to this is preparation and communication between you. A birth partner may be present for practical support (helping with position changes, fetching clothing/snacks, setting up the birth environment) and emotional support, or they may guide you through breathing techniques, read scripts to deepen your relaxation, recite affirmations and encourage the use of visualisation.

It is important that your birth partner is actively involved in the practice of Hypnobirthing techniques so that you are both at ease with all the tools you may wish to use during the birth. This practice will ordinarily be alongside you rather than on their own but they may wish to do their own reading or their own ‘revision’ of scripts and techniques to build their confidence when using them.

Try to ensure that your birth companion has had the opportunity to ask you questions and be open to listening to their concerns or queries. Remind them that their presence and involvement is incredibly important to you and reassure them that there is no pressure on them to be anything other than themselves.

The Hypnobirthing course assumes the presence of a birth partner but a positive birth is definitely possible without having a specific birth partner. You can still benefit greatly from completing a course alone and you are welcome to do so. Hypnobirthing is based on having complete faith in the ability of your body and your baby to work together, you may be more than able to reinforce this deep sense of strength and faith in nature’s design for yourself. In order to practise scripts, utilise spoken affirmations and be guided into deeper levels of relaxation you may need to use alternative strategies such as recording someone speaking scripts/affirmations for you to listen to and using audio versions of relaxation material. Ensure you have produced a thorough birth preferences document so your care providers need to ask fewer questions and try to meet the midwives who are likely to be at your birth beforehand.

If your circumstances are such that there is no one (family or friends) you wish to have present at the birth, but you would still like to have someone to support you, who you have met in advance and have built a level of trust with, then you may wish to consider using a doula.

To discover  how I can support you through pregnancy, birth and beyond …

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