What is a Hypnobirthing Course? 

Hypnobirthing is an approach to antenatal education which is designed to give you everything you need to prepare for a positive birth experience. It might sound a bit ‘alternative’ but we promise that there’s absolutely no flower dancing or mantra chanting involved! It’s not magic – just science!

What Will You Learn? 

Session 1 – Birth 101: In the first session you will learn all about the physiological, psychological and neurological/hormonal processes involved in birth. Questions such as “What is a contraction and why does it hurt”, “How does a cervix dilate” and “Why do so many women seem to have difficult labours” will all be answered. You will understand which factors are likely to lead to an easier more straightforward experience and which factors are likely to make your birth more difficult. We will explore modern cultural conceptions of childbirth and have nuanced discussions around the role of medicalisation, interventions and safety – the benefits of modern medical innovation and the challenges! We will also define and demystify hypnosis as a tool which can help you help you develop confidence and eliminate unnecessary anxiety and stay in control of your brain’s fight/flight response.

Session 2 – Developing Confidence and the Skill of Relaxation: In session 2 we look at a number of practical techniques to reduce anxiety in pregnancy, to develop a confident mindset and to access a state of deep relaxation whenever you need it. Your partner will learn how to help you stay physically and mentally relaxed throughout the birth and how to create an optimal environment for oxytocin production. In session 2 I bring along a blow up birth pool and we explore the benefits and practical implications of using water for labour and birth.

Session 3 – Options, Choices & Your Rights: In session 3 we take a closer look at some of the decisions you may face about where, how and with whom to have your baby and explore the differences between home birth, the birth centre and the delivery unit. We look at videos, discuss what is and isn’t available in each setting and explore what the evidence tells us about the relative safety of each setting as well as the practical considerations to be made. You will, by the end of this class, understand the legal protections which guarantee your right to choose the care that is right for you and to be supported by your medical care providers. We will further explore relaxation techniques such as breathing and visualisations and look at other options for pain relief including tens, gas and air, pethidine and epidurals.

Session 4 – The Journey Through Labour: In session 4, drawing on everything we have covered so far, we take a look at the different phases of labour, which tools might be useful at which points, how your birth partner can help you and how to successfully navigate an experience which is inherently unpredictable! We will discuss what goes into a really useful birth plan (and look at examples) as well as exploring situations where that plan might need to change so that you can approach decision making calmly and rationally. By the end of this session you will have a really good understanding of induction of labour and caesarean birth and how to have a positive experience even when the plan changes.

Session 5 – Breastfeeding & Early Days Parenting: This final session has beed added on to the birth course at no extra cost and is for those who are planning to breastfeed their baby and would like to know how to get things off to a good start. In this class you will learn about the most common challenges faced by new parents and how you can avoid them or overcome them if they happen to you.

 

When and Where is the Course?

Classes are held at The St Barnabus Centre in Mill Road and taught by me: Tracy Sealey.  The course is delivered over 5 weekly sessions on Monday evenings from 7pm until 9:30pm .  Groups are kept small (maximum of 8 couples) so there is plenty of opportunity for questions and discussions and you can meet other parents to be in a relaxed atmosphere. You can attend hypnobirthing classes at any point in your pregnancy, but most start between 24-28 weeks. Birth partners are encouraged to attend.

 

How much does it cost and what does it include?

The cost is £250 per couple. This cost includes all handouts, videos and other course materials (in electronic format), 11 hypnobirthing MP3’s, access to private online support groups and ongoing support by email/phone from your course instructor until after your baby is born. If you have more than one birth partner and would like both to attend, let me know as I can usually accommodate this.

Upcoming Dates

June/July Course
Session 1: 27th June 2022
Session 2: 4th July 2022
Session 3: 11th July 2022
Session 4: 18th July 2022
Session 5: 1st August 2022
All Sessions 7pm – 9:30pm

September/October Course
Session 1:
5th Sept 2022
Session 2: 12th Sept 2022
Session 3: 19th Sept 2022
Session 4: 26th Sept 2022
Session 5: 3rd October 2022
All Sessions 7pm – 9:30pm

November/December Course
Session 1:
7th November 2022
Session 2: 14th November 2022
Session 3: 21st November 2022
Session 4: 28th November 2022
Session 5: 5th December 2022
All Sessions 7pm – 9:30pm

 

 

£250.00

Venue

All classes are held at St Barnabus Centre, Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 2BD.The venue is less than 10 minutes walk from Cambridge Railway station making it easily accessible for those coming from Ely or commuting from London. There is free parking onsite.