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Hypnobirthing - so what is it?

  1. Hypnobirthing is an evidence-based, logical and practical antenatal education, suitable for all types of birth whether it's a home birth, water birth, caesarean or other!

  2. It's about having a positive birth experience; enabling you to make informed choices for you and your baby, and providing you with techniques and knowledge to feel calm and in control during your labour and birth.

  3. Hypnobirthing prepares you for birth by learning about the process of birth, how your body prepares for and gives birth, and what we can do to help facilitate it the best we can.

 

What hypnobirthing is not

  1. Stage hypnosis; there are no swinging pocket watches here. The 'hypno' part refers to a state that we actually slip in to quite often in our day to day lives; that deep relaxation we feel when we day dream, or perform a task we've done thousands of times over and not realising we've actually done it because it becomes second nature to us. It's our subconscious kicking in in these instances, something that we all possess and that hypnobirthing taps in to in order to make that powerful mind and body connection.

  2. Just for home births or water births - no! Hypnobirthing is for every and any type or place of birth. It's about having a positive birth experience no matter where or how that birth happens.

  3. 'Airy fairy' or 'woo woo'. It's evidence-based, informative content that's not plucked from thin air!

 

Benefits of hypnobirthing

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Those giving birth
 
  • The confidence to ask questions and make informed decisions for you and your baby 

  • A comfortable, calm birth

  • Increased chance of a shorter labour

  • Feeling in control and part of the decision-making process

  • Decreased chance of intervention or the need for pain relief 

  • Learn to trust your body and your baby

YOUR BABY
  • A calm, gentle birth

  • Less chance of injury at birth 

  • Likely to be alert and calm 

YOUR BIRTH PARTNER
  • A key and important role at the birth

  • Understanding of the physiology of birth and how to support their partner

  • Strengthened relationship between them and their partner

  • Feeling calm and confident in themselves

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