I have been sharing hypnobirthing since the beginning of 2009 and have seen perception and awareness of it grow and change in the nine years since then. There are a few different "brands" of using hypnosis for birth and lots of people claiming they offer 'hypnobirthing' now that it has increased in awareness - there's no regulations so it's important you research who you choose to work with at this important chapter in your life. I believe it's important to work with the person in front of me and so bring my experience as a doula, clinical hypnotherapist, CBT counsellor, mindfulness coach and aromatherapist to offer a truly holistic antenatal preparation course. That's why it's Hypnobirthing+
What is hypnobirthing+?
Sometimes it’s easier to say what hypnobirthing ISN’T!
It IS grounded in science - you will gain an understanding of how the birthing muscles and hormones work in perfect harmony - as they were designed to - when your body is sufficiently relaxed and you trust birth.
It IS rational - you will discover how what's happening in your mind affects the physiology of your bodiy; and how to train that human mind of yours to work FOR you.
It IS for EVERY kind of birth experience - understanding your options opens them up. Making decisions based on intuitive intelligence means a calm, confident birth wherever and whenever.
It IS MORE than just for birth - this conversation, these skills we practice; it’s for mums and dads, it’s for all of us to use in life, work, play, the challenges and the opportunities in life
It IS using hypnotic tools - hence the HYPNO of hypnobirthing. This preparation goes much further than other antenatal preparation precisely because of the use of hypnosis. We work with both the conscious and the unconscious parts of the mind.
I’m a geek for the why of things and I appreciate you may be too. You can expect me to talk about neuroplasticity and all the latest understandings of how the mind and body work. You can expect me, however, to also talk about lunar cycles and channeling goddesses; I’ll probably mention how my grandmother was a witch and how women are like wolves too!
What do I get?
You will share twelve hours with me and a small group of like minded expectant parents. 12 hours packed with
Plus you’ll receive
Who is HypnoBirthing+ suitable for?
It’s for everyone! Seriously whether this is your first or sixth baby, it helps women who are scared of birth because they've never done it before, who are fearful because of a bad experience last time, or who just want a calmer, easier, more natural birth experience. We all bring the benefits and wisdom of previous experiences, and the baggage and beliefs that come from previous experiences too. Hypnobirthing+ is a chance to explore what our minds are saying to us and how our bodies are responding.
Hypnobirthing+ is not about a particular kind of birth, it’s about a particular kind of woman approaching birth. A strong, determined woman making good decisions for her and her child; not based on fear but information and instinct.
It doesn’t require any particular belief system, or prior experience. I have worked with women with IVF pregnancy, placenta praevia, obstetric cholestasis, gestational diabetes, "advanced maternal age" (drives me mad that expression!) and all manner of circumstances. Every woman's pregnancy and birth is unique and this approach helps everyone.
Do dads come too?
Absolutely! Everything we discuss throughout the course is relevant to every single one of us, whether pregnant or not (perineal massage may be an exception to this, although partners can help with this too!). Learning how to calm your nervous system, to ground your emotions and to integrate a helpful way of thinking are life skills for every single one of us. I have many partners tell me they're using the philosophy and techniques which have helped them work more effectively, sleep better and even pass driving tests!
Having a supportive partner who understands what helps and hinders the birth process and is confident in their role to support birth is integral to a positive birth experience which is why I have hypnosis sessions specifically recorded for expectant and new fathers. I find that some men beginning the course with me may not be quite sure why they’re there or indeed what they’re coming to. It’s these very same people who by the end of the course are driving everybody around them crazy as they extol the merits of hypnobirthing.
Can I come on my own?
You might be surprised how many women come on their own to the course for all sorts of reasons. Some are single parents, some partners can’t make it, we all have our stories don’t we? Some might decide to bring a friend, doula or mum, someone who will be there to support them during the birth; and some come along on their own - you’re the one doing this after all!
If you're doing the course on your own please don’t feel conspicuous, the sessions are small, friendly, informal gatherings and there's a special flying solo rate too - just tick the special box in the booking form.
Do I need to do NCT classes as well as HypnoBirthing+?
No. Hypnobirthing+ with me is a complete antenatal course, the one post-natal aspect I don't cover is parentcraft (changing nappies, bathing a baby etc) which is covered in the free NHS antenatal course offered by hospitals.
Most people I meet tell me they've booked NCT classes for the "social aspect" and to meet other parents to be. Did you know you don't have to do the antenatal course with the NCT to join their social groups? Membership of the NCT costs £40 and plugs you into the bump and baby/coffee morning/due date groups without having to pay for and do the antenatal course.
Did you also know that Hackney has one of the highest birth rates in Europe? Trust me, there is no shortage of support groups and other new parents around! When you book hypnobirthing you know that the others on the course will have a similar approach to life as you and you’re likely to get on. Plus getting to know me means getting in with the Born Together gang and we have LOADS going on!
Where and when are the courses?
I now exclusively share hypnobirthing+ in small groups at THE WELL GARDEN in Hackney. Having made my home here, together we have (quite literally) built the perfect space for us to explore this chapter in life in comfort.
Think Roman lounging den with soft lighting, plenty of cushions, lots of herbal teas, home-made snacks (along with chocolate biscuits obvs). Birth balls, cushions, bolsters and yoga mats encourage you to create your own little den as you take time out from everyday life to focus and explore this new chapter in life.
"I could literally give birth here!" has been said on more than one occasion during a session!
Pregnancy is a very personal experience, we all have a unique human mind and one of the main reasons why I created this comfy, safe space is so that you can unlock this philosophy and approach for yourself. The smaller groups I host ensure you have individual attention and I can be sure your questions and concerns are addressed whilst you also get to meet other local parents to be.
Small group courses
You can join a small group of parents-to-be for the course. Groups are kept small to ensure conversation and a tailored approach. Courses are popular so please book as soon as possible when you find the dates that suit you best.
This website is kept up to date on a daily basis so unless it says FULLY BOOKED next to dates you want, rest assured there's space and book your place! When it says "One place remaining" - that refers to space for a couple rather than person...
If your baby's likely to arrive before the next available class please do contact me to look into the possibility of doing some sessions privately.
The next courses held at THE WELL GARDEN, Hackney Downs Studios, E8 are:
Sundays February 9th, 16th then March 1st & 8th, 2020
3pm - 6pm
Please note there is no session on February 23rd.
Monday's February 24th, March 2nd, 9th & 16th, 2020
7pm - 10pm
Sunday March 15th, 2020
2pm - 6pm
A one off immersive event - please see below for more information...
An evening immersion in hypnobirthing
✡︎ Worried you’ve left it late for hypnobirthing?
✡︎ Second baby and want to get your mojo back?
✡︎ Reading and practicing at home and want some tailored support?
For those who are unable to make a whole course this afternoon is an opportunity to immerse themselves in the approach and tools of hypnobirthing.
You will want to have read my book “Why Hypnobirthing Matters” (included), and I will send you some hypnosis audio recordings and birth films upfront for you to have engaged with before we meet so we can make best use of our time together.
We will discuss affirmations, how and why they work and what yours might be, I’ll have you think about what feelings and qualities you want to strengthen within and how we can anchor that to all of your senses for birth. We will explore mindfulness of body and breathwork for birth (and life), massage for quick endorphin release and deeper touch for intense surges.
Please note this is not the same as a full hypnobirthing course which is a holistic total approach to antenatal preparation and parenting but I will supply you with the journal I give to those doing the course so you can see how the approach can be applied in these areas.
The total cost for you and your partner for this workshop and all materials, plus my ongoing support is £150 and the next immersion will be
Sunday 15th March, 2020: 2pm - 6pm at The Well Garden
The financial investment for the course is for both mother and father (or birth companion), not per person.
Working with you in the way that works for you
Whilst I feel strongly that doing the course as I've tailored it is most beneficial - it gives you time to practice the techniques and allow your understanding and proficiency deepen, come back to me with questions and generally feel supported whilst learning about HypnoBirthing - I appreciate that not everyone's lives can accommodate such a commitment. I've had a couple travel over from Germany to London for a week to learn hypnobirthing with me and I've had couples call me for workshops just before their baby's EDD. If you're keen to learn hypnobirthing please do contact me and we'll work out a way of bringing it to life for you in a way that suits you.