WHAT IS HYPNOBIRTHING?
Firstly and before I answer this question…Congratulations on your pregnancy!
I’m guessing (as you are looking here) that after the initial excitement of finding out you are having a baby, the realisation that you have to give birth sometime soon has sunk in. I’m really glad you are researching hypnobirthing. If you are someone that likes to feel prepared and in control then you’ve come to the right place.
Hypnobirthing is a way of preparing you and your birth partner for the most positive birth experience possible. Birth, like any intense physical and emotional undertaking requires preparation. I think of it like training for a marathon (not that I’ve ever done that), but you wouldn’t run the marathon without training beforehand and birth is the same. It takes mental and physical preparation to give you the skills and strength needed and this is what hypnobirthing is all about.
The name hypnobirthing doesn’t do justice to what this really practical and logical approach to childbirth is all about. I can assure you that there is no clock swinging or being put “under my spell.” That is Hollywood hypnosis. The self-hypnosis that I teach is just about becoming deeply relaxed so that the chatter box part of our mind gets quiet, then through listening to specific guided relaxations you are able to reframe your beliefs and let go of any fears around birth. This changes the way you view birth and allows you to relax. This is super important as it allows the birth hormones to flow.
Hypnobirthing is a complete way to prepare for every type of birth. Whether you are planning to birth your baby at home, in water, at a birth centre, on the labour ward or by caesarean-section the hypnobirthing techniques can be used. It is not about a natural birth experience (though hypnobirthing definitely stack the odds in your favour.) Hypnobirthing is about achieving a positive and empowering birth experience in any type of birth situation.
If you like the sound of this read on…
BENEFITS OF HYPNOBIRTHING
Lisa made the course material clear and engaging and helped to take away my fears and anxieties surrounding childbirth. I found the programme really enlightening and empowering, and really enjoyed the relaxations every day.
I’m so glad I learned hypnobirthing, I think the most prominent thing for me was that it gave me full confidence in my body, and what it was naturally designed for, but also in knowing my rights when it came to birth. I never once felt worried or stressed about any situation that may arise.
Lisa’s classes helped to make my pregnancy enjoyable and exciting rather than a source of anxiety, and I approached childbirth as a natural, important and beautiful part of a woman’s life and indeed a rite of passage. I really cannot recommend Lisa’s hypnobirthing classes highly enough.
Lisa went above and beyond her hypnobirthing role to support us, sharing her homoeopathic knowledge and giving her time freely to answer questions and support us long after the course had finished.
It wasn’t just the Wise Hippo course content but its delivery by Lisa that brought everything together. Cant recommend Lisa enough to other families.
A friend recommended Lisa to us and I can’t recommend her highly enough. She is an incredibly supportive, enthusiastic and knowledgeable individual.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE?
TAKE A LOOK AT OUR BIRTHSTORIES!
BOOK A FREE TASTER SESSION
I suggest taking the full course anytime from 21 weeks and ideally completing the course by 35 weeks. Starting early means you have more time to practice and enjoy the benefits of relaxing during your pregnancy. Taster session can be taken at anytime.
If you are further along than 35 weeks then please get in touch with me. I can still help.
The course I teach is for both Mum and her Birth Partner. Ideally both of you attend all 4 sessions. Your Birth Partner is person who will be there with you at the birth and it is therefore a good idea that he/she know exactly how to support you.
There are 4 x 3 hour sessions per course that both Mum and her Birth Partner attend. Plus a 2 hour recap session nearer the EDD for Mums only. You will receive a Workbook and 7 MP3’s/Guided relaxations to support your home practice plus ongoing support from me after the course has finished by e-mail & phone.
Places are limited to 6 couples per course. Click here for prices and dates.
FREE TASTER SESSION
This 2 hour taster session is free of charge and the perfect opportunity to come along with your Birth Partner to find out what hypnobirthing is all about. Not as strange as it might sound and a really practical way to prepare you both for birth. You will learn a breathing technique that will help you remain calm and relaxed throughout your pregnancy and get to experience a hypnosis/relaxation.
PRIVATE 1:1 COURSES
1:1 courses are available in Northamptonshire and cost £395 per couple. Private courses are available in the surrounding counties of Leicestershire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire, but may incur extra mileage costs depending on location. Contact me for more information.
One to one courses follow the same format as group classes, but are arranged at a time to suit you in the comfort of your own home.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
Everything you need to feel informed and prepared to birth and welcome your baby into the world. The hypnobirthing course that I teach is called The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme. This is the amazing birth skill set that you will learn:
• How to deeply relax. This takes some practice, which requires listening to one of the 7 MP3’s that accompany the course each night when you go to bed (nice homework)
• Birth partners will learn an amazing soothing massage to be used during labour to releases endorphins, the body’s built in pain relief system
• How to reframe beliefs around birth and release any fears, worries or concerns, creating a positive mind-set about your ability to achieve a positive experience
• Simple and effective breathing techniques for labour, to help you become an expert in relaxation, to ride those waves of contractions and to work with your muscles to birth your baby
• The importance of posture and daily movement to help get your baby into the best possible position for birth
• How to write your birth plan. Helping you to understand the choices you have and to consider what the right birth experience for you is
• How to deal with any curve balls, which pregnancy and birth can sometimes throw. It is all about being able to make informed decisions and apply the skills you learn in any type of birth situation
HYPNOBIRTHING AND ME
I love hypnobirthing for so many reasons. Firstly my own personal experience of using this way to prepare for the birth of my son, Sebastian. Leading up to his due date I felt so calm and ready to give birth, there was no fear at all and I have hypnobirthing to thank for that.
Giving birth was the most incredible experience of my life. It was intense and powerful, but my hypnobirthing techniques allowed me to get in tune with my body and trust the whole process. I surrendered to this power moving through my body and I did the most beautiful thing I have ever done in my life, grew a baby inside my body and birthed him with a strength and power that I didn’t realise I had until the day I went into labour. You can head over to the Birth Stories page to read my full birth story.
Hypnobirthing has literally changed my life. I had no idea on the day I gave birth that I would be teaching other women to have positive and empowering birth experiences of their own.
It is such an honour to be able to share this knowledge with so many other women and their birth partners. Birth in the world is changing because women are using their right to choose how they want to birth their babies. I think this is such an exciting time to give birth, we have so many options available to us and every woman who makes a choice and had a positive birth story to share is shaping the future of birth for women. I feel blessed to be part of this positive birth movement and I hope you want to be part of it too.