Hypnobirthing - your complete antenatal course
The full course is 2 days (see below for content). If you prefer to take the course privately on a 1-1 basis we can tailor it more closely to your personal needs. If you have recently attended an NCT Signature course you might prefer to take only day 1 (the first half of the course) although you will benefit most from the complete 2-day course.
Our courses will help you prepare your body and mind for a calm, confident birth however and wherever your baby is born.
Included with your course is a comprehensive book to remind you of all you will learn, plus 4 exclusive tracks to download that will help boost your confidence, release your anxieties and cope with pain.
Birth partners are strongly encouraged to attend both days, but women may also attend alone.
Day 1. Natural Pain Relief – self-hypnosis for birth - preparing your mind
The first of the two days focuses mainly on the theory and practise of self-hypnosis for birth, or hypnobirthing. Everything you learn can be used in any birth setting. The class is a full day during which you and your birth partner will...
Explore what hypnosis is (and isn't), how it works and how it is relevant to you
Learn how fear or anxiety can have a negative impact during labour
Find out about the basic emotional and instinctive needs of a labouring woman
Learn self-hypnosis skills to manage pain, overcome fear and increase self-confidence and trust
Experience three long hypnosis sessions to build your confidence and trust and absorb new coping strategies
Learn to recognise signs of raised adrenaline and what to do about it
Learn effective breathing and deep relaxation techniques
Practise rapid relaxation techniques for self-hypnosis so it works for you when you need it
Personalise the approach so it feels and sounds right for you and your birth partner
Identify ways to continue to practise and refine your skills between taking the course and doing it for real
Day 2. Practical Birth Preparation - physical process and practice - preparing your body
The second day combines theory and practical activities to help you and your birth partner completely prepare for labour and birth. The class is a full day during which you and your birth partner will...
Be guided step by step through the labour and birth process from a physical as well as an emotional perspective
Learn how women's bodies work best during labour and what you can do to help
Gain an understanding of the role of birthing hormones and how you can encourage them to flow
Gain a clearer perspective on the origins of fear in the contemporary birth setting and unravel the myths behind it
Practise working with the body to increase effectiveness and manageability of contractions
Use a birth ball and massage techniques to increase comfort and relaxation
Explore effective ways to work with the medical team supporting you: asking questions, getting information
Experience two long hypnosis sessions to reinforce your positivity and confidence around birth
Create your personal dynamic "action plan" bringing together everything you have learned over the 2 days
Most couples prefer to take the course a couple of months before their baby is due. This allows for plenty of time to practise what you learn and it will feel relevant to your stage of pregnancy. Some people prefer to take the course closer to their due date so it all feels fresher and others prefer to take it sooner to give themselves longer to practise. Or it may be that one set of course dates suits you better than others. It's your choice!
Zana is a warm, friendly and approachable person. I felt very comfy and relaxed. I found this a really valuable day, thank you." Jade
"Really enjoyed it. Very calming for me as well as learning skills to keep my partner calm." Richard, Jade's husband