Are you planning to be pregnant, pregnant already or know someone who is pregnant? Have you heard about hypnobirthing but you’re not quite sure what it is? Have you wondered why you should do a hypnobirthing course? Then keep reading, as I would like to explain what hypnobirthing is and how it can benefit you (or any woman, for that matter).
If you’re a first-time mum, you are most likely wondering if hypnobirthing can help you prepare for labour and birth. Yes it can!
Maybe you have a family already, but you gave birth to them without using hypnobirthing techniques. Perhaps you want to know whether doing hypnobirthing classes could give you a better birth experience, because you have heard other people say great things about them. Yes it can!
Or maybe you know someone who is pregnant and you want to find out how learning hypnobirthing can support her.
Perhaps the road to pregnancy has been a bumpy one. Hypnobirthing can benefit each and every expectant mum, regardless of her pregnancy journey so far. If your road has had a few bumps along the way, hypnobirthing can give you the support that you need to reassure you through pregnancy and prepare you for labour with a calmer approach.
While the word ‘hypnobirthing’ can be misleading, a hypnobirthing course is a down-to-earth and practical approach to understanding and appreciating pregnancy and labour as a natural process. Statistically, very few women need medical assistance to give birth to their baby and thousands of women around the world are choosing to reconnect with their intuitive side and find a new approach to welcoming labour and birth with calm confidence.
Whilst a big part of hypnobirthing is about how relaxed the mother is, the other factors that also contribute to having a positive experience are:
- being in control of your birth preferences
- being listened to
- letting yourself go
- trusting in your instincts and understanding mother nature and your body
- having a supportive and calm birthing partner who can advocate for you
I can confidently say that hypnobirthing works. I applied hypnobirthing to both my pregnancies and labour, and I can clearly see how it helped me deal with those experiences and allowed me to look back at those labours with fondness and happiness – understanding when hypnobirthing supported me. Yes it sounds a bit ‘out there’ but seriously it isn’t — the crux of it is straightforward, logical, natural and quite normal actually.
So if you’re still wondering whether hypnobirthing is for you or not, think no more. It is!
Despite the word being linked specifically to birth, hypnobirthing is a skill for life. You can use the relaxation and visualisation techniques in any number of situations such as: at the dentist, during breastfeeding, when trying to fall asleep and in stressful situations.
In my book The Power of Hypnobirthing: 10 reasons why it’s for you, I explain in detail 10 indisputable reasons why you should book yourself onto a hypnobirthing course.
By reading this book, you’ll understand how to bring your birth partner into the centre of this experience, so that they can fully support you and your baby during labour, birth and beyond.
You’ll also realise that the midwifery care that we receive, whilst mostly brilliant and supportive, can sometimes lead a woman down a path of care where she is not presented with the full picture. Unfortunately, overstretched midwives simply don’t always have the time to explain and offer options. A hypnobirthing course will give you the full picture — you’ll get all the facts and head into your birth with a toolkit of knowledge, options and techniques to achieve a calm and positive birth experience, no matter what scenarios/circumstances are presented to you, and if you want to do further reading around a subject, your instructor can point you in the right direction.
A hypnobirthing course presents all sides of the story and clarifies the risks and benefits of most situations. It explains that there are often alternatives too, which are not necessarily offered to you on your birthing day. This is why it is such a good idea to invest in a course — it enables you to explore most likely situations and make decisions, knowing all the facts beforehand.
Not only do my courses offer relaxation and visualisation techniques for labour and birth, but I also ensure that all my couples have a clear and balanced picture of the scenarios that might play out during labour and birth, so that they go into this experience with their eyes wide open, their research done and their choices respected. Unlike most hypnobirthing courses, Magical Baby Moments’ courses also offer top tips for looking after a newborn!
Now don’t just take my word for it, here are some testimonials from past clients.
‘Hypnobirthing is something every expectant couple should learn. There is so much to think about when preparing for the birth of your baby and this helps to focus the mind through an intensive course and with the relaxation scripts.’ Claire, expectant mum
‘The course has helped me understand the process of birth in greater depth. I feel more confident about dealing with the process in a relaxed and calmer manner.’ Zoe, mum-to-be
‘Christine created a calm and welcoming environment in which to learn. She is very knowledgeable and has made my husband and I feel more confident about our birthing experience. The hypnobirthing course is very inspiring and definitely prepares you mentally for a natural birth.’ Catherine, second-time mum
‘Following a significant amount of hypnobirthing research, Magical Baby Moments was recommended to me. I found Christine engaging and insightful…and she makes a lovely cup of tea! There was always space for discussion and questions or responses were never dismissed. The four weeks have increased my confidence massively. I feel I have the capability to be in control of my labour and environment and I can’t wait to meet my baby. Baby T isn’t due until June – so that will be the real test – but the classes have certainly educated us both about the pregnancy and labour process.’ Louise, first-time mum
‘The course is very different from what I expected it to be (in a good way!). It combines information with relaxation techniques which help exercise more control over your body and mind.’ John, first-time dad
If you want to know more about finding out if hypnobirthing is for you, regardless of age, pregnancy symptoms, BMI (Body Mass Index), lifestyle, beliefs, preferred place of birth etc, buy the book to change the way you think about birth and hypnobirthing, and quite possibly change your life!
Or if you are ready to take the leap now and you live close to Romford or Upminster in Essex, book your hypnobirthing classes.