I am a registered midwife, qualified hypnotherapist and pregnancy yoga teacher based near Stokesley, North Yorkshire.
In my hypnobirthing workshop I teach you and your partner the techniques of self-hypnosis.With a bit of easy and regular practice you will be able to use these techniques to cope calmly whatever your labour journey.
In my job as a hospital midwife I often supported women who had not prepared mentally for labour and being scared made them really tense and everything so much harder to deal with. They would dread the next contraction and tense up in anticipation which made it more painful so made them even more scared and so they got stuck in a viscous circle.
Compare that to a woman who has prepared her mind by practising her self hypnosis in her pregnancy. She knows that hypnobirthing doesn’t guarantee a pain free labour or the type of birth she wants – but she understands the benefit of staying calm, relaxed and in control no matter what happens. She and her birth partner have learned and practiced how to do this and they feel confident about how to work as a team in labour.
Are you reading this thinking ‘ yeah right – but my partner wouldn’t have a clue’? This is what Dave, said after he and Sarah had their baby in 2016;
” Before we did your course I honestly didn’t think it would work because it ( hypnobirthing) isn’t my kind of thing. But I was really really surprised how it helped. It was such as good feeling knowing what I was doing was helping her. I felt I could do so much more than just sit by her side. I was surprised how calm she was. She isn’t very good with pain and I expected her to panic more but she was so calm and took it all in her stride.”
I have seen lots of birth partners who struggle with knowing what to do in labour. So they end up playing games on their phone or going out of the room all the time! My hypnobirthing course teaches birth partners all about hypnosis and what they can do to really support you. They learn how to confidently manage the birthing room and what questions they can ask the midwife;
“We got transferred from the birth unit to the other hospital and had to keep moving from high to low dependency but I got my water birth and hypnobirthing experience with just gas and air so we were elated. My husband was an absolute rock and stuck to what we wanted despite the doctors suggesting interventions”
I run one to one courses in North Yorkshire either in the comfort of your own home on in mine. They are usually 6 hours long but we will work out what exactly what you need according to whether this is your first baby or second/ third and whether you are attending other antenatal classes. The course can be run over one day, two half days or even 3-4 evening depending on your availability.
Read more birth stories from women who used the techniques of self hypnosis after attending my course.