Frequently Asked Questions

What is hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing is a complete birth education and preparation programme, that teaches simple but effective self hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques to achieve a calm and relaxed labour and birth. 

Hypnobirthing doesn’t mean you’ll be in a trance or a sleep the whole time. You’ll be able to chat, feeling calm and relaxed, but fully in control. You’ll always be aware of what is happening to you, and around you. Just imagine welcoming each surge! Feeling calm and relaxed, even smiling as your baby comes closer to you! Hypnobirthing allows you to experience birth in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear and tension that prevents the birthing muscles of your body from functioning as Nature intended them to. Hypnobirthing doesn’t require any particular belief system, or prior experience. 

Benefits of Hypnobirthing include :

  • Reduces labour and birthing time.
  • Mums feel more relaxed and energised after giving birth.
  • Can reduce postnatal recovery time.
  • Babies are reported to be calmer, more content, feed better and sleep better.
  • Dads are more actively involved with the birth.
  • Lower incidences of surgical interventions.
  • Less risk of birth-related pelvic floor injuries.
  • Techniques learned can be useful for future situations.

Does my birth partner have to attend the course?

You can attend a course on your own if your birth partner is unable to make any or all of the sessions. However, you birth partner has an important role to play in the preparation for and at the birth of your baby and it is beneficial if you can both attend the course together. If your birth partner is reluctant to attend the first session is usually all it takes to convince any sceptic of the huge benefits you will get from the course. Mothers, sisters and best friends make great birth partners, you are usually allowed 2 so you might like them to attend the course with you.

Are group courses better for me?

Everybody learns differently and alot of people enjoy the . Listening to other people questions and the answers, You can never garentee that you will get along with everyone on your course, Whilst making friends isnt the only reason by far to attend a group course, meeting other like minded people going through similar experiences to you at the same time is important for a lot of people and these courses enable you to form life long friendships

What if I'm having more than one birth partner?

You are ususally allowed two birth partners with you at birth centers and on labour ward and it makes sence for both your birth partners to know how to support you and the techniques you are using so if you are planning to have more than one birth partner they are both welcome at the classes just let me know in advance. 

Is hypnobirthing relevent if i'm having a cesarean birth?

The tools and techniques we learn in hypnobirthing are absolutly relevent for a ceasarean birth as well as natural births. The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme prepares you for whatever path your birth takes enabling you to stay calm, relaxed and incontrol even when life throws a curve ball at you. If you know in advance that you will be having a ceasarean birth then there is a specific courses written to support you preparing and during your birth, please contact me for more information. 

When should I attend a course?

When to attend a course depends alot on personal preference. some people feel its better to do a course early in pregnancy and have as long as possible to practice whilst others prefer to wait untill closer to their birth so the information is fresher and at teh forefront of their minds. Generally people attend after there 20 week scan and it is never too late, it is still beneficial to do a course at 37 weeks pregnant. 

Why do i need to attend a course, can't i just read a book?

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What if we cant attend one of the sessions in a course?

If you are unable to attend one of teh sessions of a course you can arrange a private session to cover teh content at your convinience, there is a charge of ¬£70 for the session. If your birth partner is unable to attend all the sessions mums-to-be are able to atend alone. 

Will we make friends with other parents?

Most likely, yes! Whilst you never know who you'll get on with and we never get on with everyone in life you are as likely to make friends with other people on these courses as you are any other antenatal course! I do eveything I can to encourage you to swap contact details if you want to and you are welcome to come along to teh monthly meet ups as well. 

Why choose private classes?

There is no getting away from it, the physiology of birth is a personal thing!

Learning hypnobirthing in private classes avoids any awkwardness that you may feel in a group setting. Instead there is a friendly, relaxed feeling for your sessions.  There is no such thing as a silly question and you are given time to talk about the ins and outs of birth that you may have been too self-conscious to ask in a group session.

Imagine you are booking lessons to learn a new skill like skiing or playing the piano.  Which would you get more from? Sharing with a large group or enjoying private classes?

Many Mums-to-be worry that the group setting is essential to make friends and therefore create a postnatal peer group.  At Wellbeing & Birth any parents that have attended courses or classes can come along to a monthly meet up with cake. Many lifelong friendships have been formed in at a Mothers Meeting with likeminded people.

Private classes are suitable for a couple together or an expectant mum who wishes to attend on her own, sessions are flexible and arranged around your own availability.