Yay, you’re having a baby. Looking for some help?
Well, you’re in the right place, if you’re looking for really simple, logical information about what to expect AND practical things you and your partner can do beforehand and on the day which will make a big difference! Let’s just cover some of the background first, so you get where I’m coming from.
Hypnobirthing? What is it?
In my opinion, the name does it a disservice. It rang of vegan-eating, tie-dye-wearing, dreadlock-growing hippies the first time I heard about it. So I was surprised to discover that not only is it logical, gentle and EVIDENCE BASED*, but also, that IT WORKS! Hypnobirthing is a set of tools and techniques that you can use throughout pregnancy and labour to helpful you reframe the way you feel about birth and access a state of deep relaxation. By the end of the course you’ll begin to understand the tremendous impact these two simple things can have, not only on the decisions you make during labour, but also on the physiological process of birth itself!
However, the baby101 course is a little more than just hypnobirthing!
Birth is unpredictable. It is wonderful. It is powerful. It is hard work. That’s why they call it labour. But just because it’s hard, that doesn’t make it scary or unachievable. Preparation is key. You wouldn’t run a marathon without training beforehand, and birth is no different.
The key to a positive birth is preparation. Most women do more research and put more thought in to which buggy to buy than they do giving birth**, but you’re not most women! (You found this site, after all).
Ok, so you need to prepare, but how? This means understanding your body, understanding your baby, understanding your mind and understanding your options. This is YOUR body, YOUR baby and YOUR birth- so take hold of the steering wheel!
The baby101 course teaches you and your birth partner how to do just that. Using the techniques of the KG Hypnobirthing programme, plus a whole HEAP of extras from my other training, the course is a full antenatal education programme that prepares you for a positive birth experience. It gives you, your baby and your birth partner a set of tools that you can use throughout labour in order to feel relaxed and in control of your experience, but ALSO how to navigate the maternity system, gather information and make positive, personalised choices that feel right for you and your baby. Both Mum and Birth Partner will leave feeling empowered, in control and unafraid of childbirth.
Want to know EXACTLY how couples taking our courses really feel? Let me tell you!
*Current research into the use of hypnosis in childbirth shows a reduction in the first and second stages of labour, a reduction in the need for pain relief and a reduced rate of surgical intervention. Sound good?
**Actually this one is based on my own experience with my first and asking all my friends what they did too!