Q. Who is Hypnobirthing suitable for?
Hypnobirthing is suitable for a variety of different people, whether its a first time Mum, or a Mum who has had children before. We help women who are fearful of birth, or who just want a more natural, calmer and birth that they feel in control. It can be very helpful for those who have had a previous traumatic birth, or those who are fearful following negative stories. Alternatively, it can be helpful for anyone who wishes to have a calm, natural, positive birthing experience.
Q. In what way in Hypnobirthing different from other birth preparation methods?
Alternative childbirth preparation programmes generally teach how to ‘cope with and manage pain.’ Hypnobirthing birth classes teach that childbirth could and should be comfortable. Hypnobirthing is based on the premise that a healthy woman with an uncomplicated pregnancy, will be able to birth in a more comfortable manner, without unnecessary interventions. They teach that labor-related pain if often born out of fear and tension, and this can be lessened using hypnotherapy.
Q. Isn't this all "tree hugging/new age" nonsense?
Ha, I thought the same thing when I first heard about it years ago! To answer your question, no not at all. The use of hypnosis is now well recognised within the medical world. There are over 13,000 citations on the website PubMed which includes clinical research and academic papers on the use of hypnosis across all medical disciplines from oncology, to paediatrics to obstetrics. This goes back as far as 1953 when the use of Hypnosis was recommended by the British Medical Association. More recently large scale studies on the use of hypnosis in obstetrics have been funded by the NHS and other national research councils. Ive seen a difference in my life and in others, and is supported by a variety of midwives who have also seen the difference on a larger scale. In the classes you will learn clear medical physiology which is rooted in evidenced based practice, but if you want to wear a tie dye t-shirt to the classes... you're more than welcome!
Q. Is this Hypnobirthing Course Credible?
Yes! the training that I have undergone to become a KGH Hypnobirthing teacher is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives. This means that the leading midwives in the UK agree with and endorse the content of the training programme. I have undergone an assessment which has accredited me with a Diploma in this field. I am also subscribed to the KGH membership.
Q. I want my Baby in hospital, can I still use Hypnobirthing?
The main purpose of hypnobirthing is to use techniques to release fears and anxieties around birth and labour. These techniques can be adapted to the environment which you choose.
Q. Will I be "out of it" with Hypnobirthing?
Unfortunately, TV, film and stage portrayal of hypnosis has left a lot of people with a mistaken view of what hypnosis is, and what it can (and can’t) do. Using Hynotherapy techniques, you remain completely in control and conscious at all times, no pendulums in sight! However, it uses deep relaxation and words to enable you to "tune out" when and if you want to. You will be able to consciously make the decision if you want to quack like a duck!
Q. When should I attend a Course?
The impact of Hypnobirthing is stronger the more you practice. As a result, it is recommended that you attend a course anytime around 20 weeks. Your birthing partner plays a vital role in the birthing process and therefore it would be strongly advised that they attend as well. However, it is never too late to do a hypnobirthing course during your pregnancy. The fee to attend the course as a couple or individual is the same.
Q. Can you guarantee a pain free labour and birth?
No. Everybody has a different birthing experience, and hypnobirthing provides tools to support a positive, and peaceful birth. Nonetheless, there are a number of factors which can affect the birthing experience, some of which are out of our control.
Nonetheless, the success of the techniques taught have a direct correlated to the amount of practice which you put in. It has been recognised that Hypnobirthing mothers require significantly less need of any form of pain relief, and in this category, nearly all mothers detailed no pain-just pressure. Hypnobirthing mothers detail that they felt more in control of the process and positive of the process no matter what their birthing journey took.
Furthermore, current research details that it can reduce the length of labour (Hao et al, Jenkins & Pritchard), and have a significant impact in reduction of postnatal depression (McCarthy). One study found that Hypnobirthing had direct medical benefit to mother and baby through the reduction of complications, surgery and hospital stay (Martin et al, 2001).
Q. How do I pay for the Course?
Full payment is required upfront before the course starts. You can pay for this via bank transfer, cash, or Pay Pal. Material for the class (Book and MP3) will be sent to you on receipt of a deposit and completion of booking form. A £50 deposit will be taken to secure your booking. More information of what the course includes can be found on the course info page. Payment plans are available on upon request.
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