Frequently asked questions about hypnobirthing

Hypnobirthing is a full antenatal program, that combines relaxation, self hypnosis and breathing techniques. By taking away the ‘fear’ many feel towards childbirth, mums (and dads/birth partners) are able to feel calm and confident during labour. For some people this can lead to a shorter, pain-free labour. However, the main aim of hypnobirthing is to have a positive experience that is empowering and comfortable.The Harmony Hypnobirthing course covers:

  • Breathing exercises
  • Deep relaxations
  • Visualisations
  • Very effective work to release fear and build confidence
  • Comforting massage techniques
  • How the birth partner can be your powerful protector and support
  • How your body is designed to give birth with efficiency and comfort
  • Knowledge and information about pregnancy and birth that you are unlikely to be told anywhere else
  • How ‘the system’ that you find yourself in works, and how to work with it to achieve the best result for you
  • A simple practice regime to support you at home
  • Understanding how the mind and body work together

Hypnobirthing is suitable for anyone that wants to work towards a positive birth. You can be any age, at any stage in your pregnancy and on your first or fifth pregnancy. The type of birth you are working towards does not matter, so the techniques can be used for all births, even if you are high risk.

If you have one – yes! Throughout the course you will work as a team to find what triggers help you relax and feel supported. Having a confident birth partner, who understands the psychology behind hypnobirthing, will allow you to remain calm and in control.  They will learn practical tools to support you and how to be as involved in the birth as possible. Of course sometimes life is busy, so if you’re birth partner can not attend every class, we will adapt.

If you do not have a birth partner we will go over options for adapting some of the techniques, how to communicate with your care providers your birth preferences and how to write a birth plan that clearly outlines your wishes from the start.

No, and anyone that says they can guarantee this is lying! There are many factors that need to be considered with birth, and one is that we all have different ideas of what pain is. Some people have high thresholds and some have low. One of the big benefits of a Harmony Hypnobirthing course is that you will learn coping techniques and ways to stay as comfortable as possible, if not pain free. The main aim of this course is to have a positive experience rather than pain and drug free.

You will also learn about different drugs and pain relief options, so that if you do choose to use them it is with a full understanding of the benefits and risks.

You can use hypnobirthing techniques for any form of birth, including cesareans. This is because relaxing and bonding with your baby are important in all pregnancies. The course will cover how parents can still achieve a calm and pleasant birth for all situations. All standard courses cover inductions and caesareans, so you will be prepared if you are planning a natural birth but things change.

If you are having a planned caesarean you might prefer to book the shorter course specifically for caesarean births.

Group classes are held in at The Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford.
Private classes are held at your home at a time to suit you. Areas covered include Gravesend, Northfleet, Ebbsfleet, Crayford, Bexleyheath, Swanley, Darenth, Erith, Thamesmead, Greenhithe, Longfield and Bexley.

Hypnobirthing has led me to have two wonderful births, one at hospital and one at home. Now I want to help other mums achieve the best labour possible, with unbiased, evidence based information. I won’t tell you how to give birth, as I believe everyone’s ideal birth is different. Instead, I will support you to explore your birth options and to work out what is best for you and your baby.

By booking with me you will receive dedicated, personal care. I will keep in touch with you (if wanted) throughout your pregnancy to keep you on track and keep you feeling positive.

Being an independent hypnobirthing teacher means I am not obliged to give you certain information and guidance as laid out by a trust or organisiation. My focus is to work with you to find out your preferences for birth, rather than convince you to go down a certain route. I keep up to date with local policies and guidelines and am fully insured.

The more training you put in, the more effective you will find hypnobirthing, so the sooner the better. Most people prefer to start training between 20 and 30 weeks. If you are further into your pregnancy it’s still not too late, some training is better than none. I have taught clients as late as 37/38 weeks who have still gone on to have a positive birth.

Frequently asked questions about pregnancy yoga

If you have never done yoga before, do not worry! These pregnancy yoga classes are suitable for all levels of experience and fitness. Each pose is progressive, meaning that a pose suitable for beginners is offered as well as adaptations for those who are more experienced. Where you take the pose, is up to you.

These pregnancy yoga classes are suitable from 12 weeks onwards. 

The pregnancy yoga classes are held at The Conservative Club, Spital Street, Dartford, Kent.

You will need something to practice on like a yoga mat or exercise mat.If you do not have a yoga mat you can use a beach towel or just on the floor is fine. Yoga is practiced bare foot so you do not need an special shoes, and wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. You might want a drink handy during the class, a cushion to sit on and a blanket for the relaxation at the end of the class but these are all suggestions and personal preference.

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