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In person group hypnobirthing classes in Dartford, Kent
The group hypnobirthing course is ideal for those who want to prepare for birth and meet other local parents to be in a relaxed environment. Groups are kept to a maximum of six couples. The perfect size to allow us to go in depth with the course materials, whilst still enabling you to get to know your class mates.
- Cost: £230 per family (you and your birth partner).
- Location: Longfield & New Barn Village hall, Fawkham Road, Longfield, Kent DA3 7QP
- Dates: Held over two consecutive Sundays, from 10am – 4pm.
“I cannot recommend enough to all pregnant women to take part of Colleen’s Hypnobirthing Class. This will give you so much knowledge about what can you expect on the day when it comes. But most importantly this class teaches you all the relaxation methods/breathing techniques you can practice during pregnancy and use during labor. No matter how you plan to deliver your baby Colleen will 100% help you prepare for the big day.
Thanks to Colleen I had the most amazing home water birth.”
What does the group hypnobirthing course cover?
The group hypnobirthing class is ten hours, spread over two days. It is a full antenatal course that covers everything you need to prepare for a positive birth:
Day one – This day is all about relaxation! We will discuss why relaxation is so important for birth, how it can help your birth be more comfortable and potentially faster with lots of practical techniques and some time in class to practice these new skills. Some of the topics covered include:
what is hypnobirthing, the cycle of fear, pain and tension and how to break it, the power of words on our subconscious mind, how your mindset can affect your birth, the muscles of the uterus and how they work, the different stages of labour and the breathing techniques used for each stage, ways to relax in labour, good pelvic floor health, perineum massage, how to prevent tearing in labour, different birth positions.
Day two – this day covers all the practical stuff you need for a smooth birth. It’s the antenatal side of things so that you can feel fully prepared for birth, no matter how it goes. Topics covered include:
reasons for being induced, different types of inductions, how to start labour naturally, how a birth partner can support you in labour, how to use hypnobirthing for a cesarean birth, how to choose where to give birth, how to prepare for birth and what will happen on the day, the benefits and risks of a water birth, your pain relief options, birthing the placenta, the golden hour after birth.
The group hypnobirthing course is informal and interactive, with plenty of time to ask any questions you might have. Each session includes a relaxation exercise, and a short, positive hypnobirthing birth video. We’ll go over everything you need to write an in depth birth plan and you’ll finish the course feeling totally ready to rock your birth!
FAQs About The Group Hypnobirthing Course
The hypnobirthing course includes two days of teaching, as per your booking. You will receive a welcome pack which contains hypnobirthing MP3s, class notes, birth plan template, positive birth affirmation cards and a birth prep goody bag. You will receive dedicated guidance, and I will be contactable throughout your pregnancy keeping you on track until you are holding your baby. So if your pregnancy or situation changes, or if you need some extra support, I’m there for you.
Classes are held at Longfield and New Barn Community Centre. This venue is new, modern and clean. There is plenty of free parking. The hall is accessible with no steps to get in and a disabled toilet. There is a selection of shops a five minute walk away if you wanted to buy lunch on the day.
All hypnobirthing classes are taught by Colleen, your local antenatal educator. Colleen has been teaching hypnobirthing since 2016, as well as pregnancy yoga and mum and baby yoga since 2020. Find out more about your class teacher here
It is recommended that your birth partner attends the hypnobirthing course with you. This is so that they can learn with you and be able to fully support you on the day – we cover practical ideas for this as part of the course. However, all families are different so if you would prefer to attend the course on your own that is also fine. The content can be adapted for solo parents on the course and you will still be made to feel very welcome.
You can book on to the Harmony Hypnobirthing course at any time that suits you. As a general guide it is best to book after your 12 week scan, but finishing the course before 34 weeks just in case your baby arrives early. Some people prefer to book earlier in their pregnancy so that they have lots of time to practice. Other people prefer to book later in their pregnancy so that it is fresh in their mind for birth. It is never too late to book on, as some practice is better than no practice!
When is the next group hypnobirthing class?
The next group hypnobirthing classes are:
Can’t see a course date to suit you? I also offer private classes at dates and times to suit you, find out more here
Group Hypnobirthing Venue
The Harmony Hypnobirthing group course is held in Longfield Community Hall. The venue has recently been refurbished so is clean and modern.
Check out some of the recent birth stories sent in by families who have completed the Harmony Hypnobirthing course over on the blog!