HypnobirthingA very effective, logical and enjoyable course preparing you and your partner perfectly for the birth of your baby.
“I knew I wanted to do hypnobirthing and persuaded my husband (who at the time, in his words, thought it would be a whole load of ‘mumbo jumbo’) to attend a block of four one to two sessions locally with me.
Well we both walked out of that first class completely amazed!!! It was all about the female body and how women’s bodies are designed to give birth… in my husbands words (a compliment I never thought I would hear from him…) ‘well your uterus is incredible isn’t it?!’ – He was sold.
At the end of the course we both agreed that it was completely invaluable and we both believed that everybody should have access to this incredible source of information”…
So here I am; a Hypnobirthing Mum and trained in the renowned KGHypnobirthing method which is RCM (Royal College of Midwives) accredited. I am also trained in teaching pregnancy yoga and offer a yummy session bundle for Mums that are interested in practicing yoga throughout pregnancy too.
It really isn’t “mumbo jumbo”, it is actually a very effective, logical and enjoyable course preparing you and your partner perfectly for the birth of your baby. It is a fully comprehensive antenatal course which will aid in creating and maintaining a positive mindset and space to help Mum’s and their partners to have an incredible and empowering birth experience.
You will learn and understand:
1. Breath techniques, relaxation scripts and visualisations that will help you throughout pregnancy, birth and beyond. (Yes I am teaching you life tools!) These will all help you to work with your body, to enhance your natural ability and encourage a calm and empowering birth experience.
2. How your body and baby are designed perfectly for birth. How the muscles of the uterus work (your uterus is incredible too) and the hormones you want to continue releasing to ensure a quick and comfortable birth.
3. How fear can affect birth and how to stay clear of it.
4. How the mind and body work together.
5. The stages of labour, interventions that may be offered and the options available.
6. How to make informed decisions
8. Positions to aid birth and positions of
9. How to prepare your birth plan and make a room conducive for a birthing mother.
10. The role of the birth partner.
11. The beautiful golden hour and more.
Privates & Small Groups:
The classes usually run over four weekday evenings, each lasting approximately 2-2.5 hours. I try my best to be flexible and run the course to meet your preferences if possible. There is a maximum of two couples in the small group sessions. These sessions are normally delivered in my home in Burscough but for privates, arrangements can be made to travel to you if you are local; a small fee for travel and time would need to be added on to the cost.
Full Course Small Group Cost:
£200.00 per couple for 4x evening sessions at my home in Burscough.
Full Course Private Cost:
£320.00 for 4x evening sessions at my home in Burscough.
Option to add Pregnancy Yoga:
£100.00 for 4x 60 minute sessions for the Mum to Be.
What is included in the sessions with me:
The Hypnobirthing Book by Katharine Graves
Colour and Calmness and Piano Meditations MP3 files (CD available for extra)
Parents folder containing all that you have learnt, resources, images and scripts that you will need to practice at home.
Ongoing support from me via email, text message and phone right up to the birth of your baby.
A cuppa and yummy cake/biscuits!
Hypnobirthing Refresher Private Cost:
£140.00 per couple for 1x 3 hour, a bespoke session at my home in Burscough.
Following an initial phone consultation, the session delivered will be personalised to focus on your specific needs and a recap of the tools and techniques (the MP3 files are included to help you practice at home). You will also receive my ongoing support until the birth of your baby.
It is usually recommended from 20 weeks plus but you can begin your hypnobirthing preparation at any stage of your pregnancy, it’s never too late to get the benefits. Obviously, the more time you have to practice the better!
Did you know mums to be that you are entitled to paid time off work for antenatal preparation classes and appointments? (And Partners you are also entitled to unpaid leave for up to 2 sessions too!)
If you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to get in touch!
I look forward to helping you on your extremely exciting journey – I can’t wait to share the power of knowledge with you and I really can’t wait to share the power of positivity!!
Our Positive Birth Story
Born: 06/08/18 at 5.35pm
Second Stage of Labour: 45 Minutes
Weight: 8lbs 12oz
One night hospital
Rosie wanted to mix my ‘ideal’ birth plan up a little bit and I wouldn’t change anything about the labour – it was truly empowering and I can’t thank hypnobirthing enough for that.
I’d had a restless night where I just felt so hot and sticky. At
At 6.30am I was sitting in a warm bath very happy as I was eating a Linda McCartney sausage sandwich that Tom had made me. The sensations in my hips slowed down.
I stayed in the bath for 30 minutes and then threw on a bra and knickers (turned out to be one of those 27 degrees days!) I put on my labour tunes playlist and swayed and walked around our living room whilst Tom took our dogs for a tiring walk and play.
When Tom came back he suggested we watch one of my favourite films, Love Actually (I’m only ever allowed to watch it at Christmas so this was a very special moment!) I rocked and circled on my birth ball throughout. By the end of the
I managed around 1hr 20 mins sleep on and off until about 12.20pm as the hip discomfort started back up again. Tom and I had another cuddle session and I continued to use my birth ball. By this
I remember saying to Tom ‘I feel sick’ and then burping loudly in his face (picturing his face now makes me laugh!) I did then throw up and Tom was quite impressed by the whole pieces of my morning tangerine that came out – thankfully this wasn’t on him and I made it as close as I could to the drain! Although the surges were still manageable I took this as a sign that my body was working hard and surges were starting to ramp up.
After timing them Tom realised I was at 3 in 10; he rang our MLU at 2.15pm and spoke to the community midwife who asked him all about the surges, she then asked me what the surges felt like. Our midwife said she would come round to assess me. Tom also rang my parents as they had a 2-3 hour drive to get to us and my Dad was taking pics of our baby when she was born and they were also looking after our dogs.
Back on the birth ball, Tom lit our lavender candle, he switched my ‘tunes’ playlist to the ‘calm’ one and also started setting up all the tea lights, my affirmations and the birth pool in our dining room. Because my timings were like clockwork he would come back through in time for each surge to gently press on my back and remind me of my breathing. We also did my favourite script here – the calming touch one (I had to make the most of those hand massages whilst I still had a very good reason to be receiving them!).
Our midwife Caryne, arrived just before
I was 3cm dilated but I didn’t think about the number – I just stayed focused on my breath and in my own head – ‘my baby will come when my baby is ready’ (and how true that turned out to be!!)
Caryne told us to call back when surges intensified, lasted
I went to the toilet to check and saw green. I knew straight away that Meconium (where baby poops inside before delivery) meant going to the hospital but I stayed calm and focused as I didn’t want anything to slow my labour down. I just breathed and accepted that this was how I was going to meet my baby. Tom rang Caryne straight away (16.48pm) As I heard Tom repeating the name of the hospital we had to go to I just got this sudden urge to bare downwards. I was sat on the toilet and I knew this was
So 30 minutes after Caryne had left she was on her way back
In the short
I felt everything – I felt
I started to make ‘ooo’ noises (which I felt where quite tuneful for what was going on!) I felt baby crowning and apparently I said ‘ I can’t do this’ but then I knew the sensations I was feeling just meant I was going to meet her so soon. I drew my attention back to my
After 45 minutes of down breathing Baby Rosie Jean Lincoln was born at 5.35pm on the 6th August weighing 8lbs 12oz.
I had an hours skin to skin and delayed cord clamping. Caryne said twice that she may have to cut the cord as Rosie wasn’t making much noise and she was a little concerned but every time she went to do it Rosie would let out an almighty cry so Tom got to cut the cord once it had stopped pulsating. I wanted to birth the placenta naturally so Caryne encouraged breastfeeding to help with this. After an hours skin to skin with me, Tom also got skin to skin time whilst I squatted down to help the placenta to come out naturally. I had two grazes and a small tear 1 which didn’t require stitching.
Hypnobirthing was incredible and I’m sure without it this experience could have been a totally different one. I also practice Yoga, we did the perineum massage and I had 6 dates a day from 35 weeks – both I think helped too! Hypnobirthing is AMAZING and I am so grateful for it!
With thanks to Lawrence Keith McNabb Photography for the above photographs.