Hypnobirthing

Hypnobirthing gives you all the tools you need to minmise the fear-tension-pain cycle, resulting in easier, more comfortable births

When you think about the prospect of giving birth how do you feel? Scared? Anxious? Excited? All of the above? Chances are you’ve been subjected to a few horror stories by now and you might be wondering how on earth you are going to navigate the minefield of choices and information confronting you. Perhaps the best approach is just to cross your fingers and hope for the best. After all, isn’t your birth experience primarily just a question of luck???

So here’s the thing…

At BirthSense we have supported well over a thousand women and their partners in the last 10 years through pregnancy, birth and beyond and, in our experience, a little bit of preparation can go a very long way. We know that when women arm themselves with the right skills, the right knowledge and the right support, they can dramatically improve their chances of having a positive experience. You might just be surprised to learn how much you can do to change your luck!

Birth is both a physiological and a neurological event so it’s important to understand how mind and body can work in harmony to help you have a calmer, more straightforward birth without the need for unnecessary intervention. Our birth preparation courses offer a holistic approach to antenatal education which will equip you with the tools you need to give yourself the best possible chance of getting the birth you are hoping for,

So what is hypnobirthing anyway?

Essentially, it’s a collection of techniques which you can use, firstly, to reduce or eliminate fear of giving birth and, secondly, to help you achieve a deep, focused state of physical and mental relaxation during your birth. Why would you want to do this? Well, there is strong evidence that the more anxious and fearful you are of giving birth, the longer, more painful and more difficult birth becomes and the greater the likelihood that you will need medical help in order to birth your baby safely. Fear causes muscle tension which increases pain during labour and makes the job of the uterus harder. It also causes you to produce adrenalin which inhibits the production of good birth hormones and can really slow things down. There is a little more to it than just that but you will learn all about the neuroscience behind hypnobirthing when you sign up to one of our courses.

Of course, there is more to a positive birth than just learning how to relax which is why we have included tons of other really important stuff to offer you a complete, one-stop birth preparation course.

Our courses include:

  • How birthing bodies work
  • How fear affects birth
  • How you can overcome your fear
  • How to maximise good birth hormones and eliminate the ones that will slow you down
  • How to create the perfect environment for birth and what to pack in your birth bag
  • How to choose the right birth place for you (home, hospital or midwife led unit)
  • How to use triggers for relaxation
  • How to use hypnosis MP3s
  • How to use movement and positioning for birth
  • How to encourage baby into a good position
  • How to reduce your chances of tearing
  • Massage techniques for labour
  • Pain relief without the drugs
  • Breathing techniques
  • Using affirmations and visualisations
  • Everything you need to know about inductions
  • Everything you need to know about Caesareans
  • The stages of labour
  • How to create a useful birth plan (as well a plan b and plan c!)
  • How to keep calm and stay in control if things aren’t going to plan
  • How birth partners can provide emotional and practical support

Group Courses

  • Maximum of 8 couples per class
  • Taught by experienced birth doulas
  • Ongoing support by phone/email from your instructor until after your baby is born
  • Flexible learning options if you can’t make one of the sessions
  • MP3’s and course materials included
  • A variety of locations including The Rosie Hospital Cambridge, St Neots, Saffron Walden and Hemingford Grey near St Ives.
  • Birth Partners welcome and encouraged
  • Ask us if you wish to bring a second birth partner!
  • See upcoming dates and prices and reserve your place here

Private Courses

  • Held in the privacy of your own home at a date and time to suit you
  • Instructors covering Cambridgeshire, West Sussex, Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire & Northants
  • Courses built around your specific needs
  • Taught by experienced birth doulas
  • Contact us to enquire about a private course

"Our teacher delivered a great mix of rigorous theory, practical advice and stimulating exercises all with great enthusiasm and encouragement. She empowered us as a couple, by helping us understand the different roles we could play and how we could direct every detail of our birth and actually enjoy it! And we did. It was the most incredible experience for all of us! Intense, powerful and magical".

"Our teacher delivered a great mix of rigorous theory, practical advice and stimulating exercises all with great enthusiasm and encouragement. She empowered us as a couple, by helping us understand the different roles we could play and how we could direct every detail of our birth and actually enjoy it! And we did. It was the most incredible experience for all of us! Intense, powerful and magical".

Experience a better birth