FAQs

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Frequently asked questions about Hypnobirthing

What is 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) are able to feel calm and confident during labour. For some women this can lead to a shorter, pain-free labour. However, the main aim of hypnobirthing is to have a positive experience that is as natural and comfortable as possible.
Harmony Hypnobirthing follows the Katharine Graves method, the course will cover:

  • Breathing exercises
  • Deep relaxations
  • Visualisations
  • Very effective work to release fear and build confidence
  • Comforting massage
  • How the father 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

Who is hypnobirthing suitable for?

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.

What are the benefits of hypnobirthing?

The course is a great way to be proactive during pregnancy and to bond with your baby. You wouldn’t sign up for a marathon without doing some physical and mental training first, the same should apply to labour.
By feeling prepared and relaxed you can enjoy pregnancy, knowing that you are giving the best start for your baby. All those happy and loving hormones get passed on to the baby, which is obviously a great thing. This preparation leads to many women enjoying a shorter labour, being able to birth naturally with less risk of an episiotomy.
Hypnobirthing also benefits the birth partner, as they are given the skills and knowledge to correctly support the mother, rather than feeling lost and wishing they could help.

Does my birth partner need to attend the classes?

In a word – yes! Throughout the course you will work as a team to find what triggers help the mother relax and feel supported. Having a confident birth partner, who understands the psychology behind hypnobirthing, will allow the mother to remain calm and in control.  The course will be tailored to your needs if your birth partner can not attend every class.

Can you guarantee a pain and drug free labour?

Hypnobirthing leads to a pain and drug free labour for many mothers, but it can not be guaranteed for all. This is because there are many factors that can affect the way a labour is progressing, which will be discussed further on the course.
The purpose of hypnobirthing is not to have a drug free and natural birth, but to help you stay focused and in control so that you can have the best birth possible.

Can I use hypnotherapy if I am having a planned cesarean?

You can use hypnobirthing techniques for any form of delivery, 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 in most circumstances.

Where are the classes held?

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.

Why should I chose Harmony Hypnobirthing?

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.

When should I start the classes?

The more training you put in, the more effective you will find hypnobirthing, so the sooner the better. Most women 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.

What style of Hypnobirthing do you teach?

I trained with and follow the Katharine Graves method of hypnobirthing, which is the original UK Hypnobirthing course and is designed especially for mothers in the UK.  The course is constantly evolving to keep up-to-date with the latest evidence and research, and is now taught internationally. If you would like more information on Katharine Graves click here