~ FAQ's ~

Is hypnobirthing right for me?

The simple answer is yes. Hypnobirthing is about discovering just how powerful, amazing and unique you really are. At Birth Calmly we believe that everything you need to birth and parent your baby calmly, gently and safely is already within you. Hypnobirthing can help you and your birth partner to feel more confident and empowered about your birth experience. It is suitable for everyone, whether you are a first-time mum or if this is your second (or third) baby.

Can I bring my partner with me to the course?

Absolutely yes! The role of the birth partner is an important part of the hypnobirthing course; however you can attend the sessions alone or together. All of the information about the role of the birth partner and how they can assist you during pregnancy and labour is included in the course handouts. We also cover the role of the birth partner in more detail during session 3.

When should I attend a course?

We recommend starting your course anywhere between 20- 30 weeks, this allows plenty of time to practice the scripts and techniques, and gives you an opportunity to enjoy the effects hypnobirthing has on your pregnancy. If you are more than 30 weeks you will still benefit because simply attending the course will have an immediate and positive effect on how you and your partner feel about labour and birth. If you wish to attend the course earlier than 20 weeks that is also fine. Please get in touch for more information about this.

I am booked in for a C-Section, can I still do hypnobirthing?

Yes. Hypnobirthing works however you decide to birth your baby. Simply by being informed about the process of a C-section can turn a clinical experience  into a safe and empowering one. Using your hypnobirthing techniques can allow you to experience the benefits of a natural birth and have a more positive experience, even if your birth deviates from your birth plan. 

What course materials am I given?

Before the course you will be sent the ‘Colour & Calmness’ pregnancy and birth relaxation MP3 so you can start to practice and develop a positive outlook on pregnancy and birth straight away. On the first day of the course, you will be provided with ‘The Hypnobirthing Book by Katharine Graves’ and a folder containing all the materials you will need to support you during the rest of your pregnancy and the birth of your baby.

What happens after the course?

After you have completed your course, practice is essential for a calmer, safe and gentle birth. Should you require any additional information or help about anything you have learnt, or you are feeling particularly worried about the birth of your baby, you can call or email me any time.

What is the history of hypnobirthing?

More natural and gentle approaches to childbirth including hypnobirthing began in modern times with the work, amongst others, of Dr Grantly Dick-Read, an obstetrician working in England in the early 19th century. His careful observations of women giving birth led him to develop the theory of the 'fear-tension-pain syndrome'. Having witnessed women giving birth easily, calmly and comfortably he concluded that what made the process of birth painful was fear. Fear caused tension in the woman's body and disrupted the natural processes of labour and birth. He documented the negative effect of fear on childbirth. In his books he argued that childbirth did not have to be the painful ordeal that women had been led to believe they must suffer. He suggested that when fear is not present a woman can give birth comfortably and pain-free.