When is the best time to start a Hypnobirthing course?

The ideal time to begin the course is between 20 and 30 weeks of pregnancy. This is because the course is usually taught over 3 separate sessions and you will need to practice the breathing techniques and the relaxations in addition to classes. The more time you have to practice the techniques and use the decision-making tools, the better.

However please don’t worry if you are passed this point in pregnancy, you will still massively benefit from a course.

What if I am already beyond 35 weeks pregnant?

Don’t worry, although starting earlier is preferable, it is rarely too late! Get in touch to as one to one classes can be organised quickly where there is availability, so that we can fit them before your estimated due date. Plus we also offer an intensive version of the course which can be done in a 4 hour session.

Women have had wonderful births using Hypnobirthing days after they have completed the course!

Does hypnosis mean that I wont be in control during my labour and birth?

No, this is a common misconception of hypnosis. Hypnosis is a feeling of deep relaxation. You are aware of what is going on around you but you are able to ignore any distractions. Hypnosis is similar to when you’re engrossed in a TV show or a book. You are deeply focused but you can easily tune back in to other things going on whenever you want or need to.

Does Hypnobirthing guarantee a pain free labour and birth?

Some mums who have studied Hypnobirthing during pregnancy say that they didn’t feel pain during labour and birth, simply power or pressure, therefore they didn’t require any pain relief.
However Hypnobirthing cannot guarantee the absence of pain during labour and birth as many factors affect this. Research and anecdotal evidence suggests that Hypnobirthing can sometimes result in a pain free birth. A study conducted in the USA found that over 70{64448e0dc17f4a1d6c6625b0d46ceb7e37df68e0d0f53650f5ba61c682292748} of Hypnobirthing women didn’t use any pain relief during labour and birth and a further 20{64448e0dc17f4a1d6c6625b0d46ceb7e37df68e0d0f53650f5ba61c682292748} used something mild like gas and air. This shows the power of Hypnobirthing women.
Please remember that the aim of Hypnobirthing is to allow you to birth easier and more comfortably, so although a pain free birth is possible this is not the ultimate aim.

My partner is really skeptical about Hypnobirthing, will it still work for us?

In my experience this can be quite common. Perhaps they are suspicious about hypnosis or maybe like my own husband when we started Hypnobirthing, they think it must be too good to be true.

Hypnobirthing will be successful whether or not either of you are skeptical. Understanding the course material and practicing the techniques is the important part. In addition it is very rare for a person to be skeptical after completing the course, usually at the end of the first class they can see what a wonderful, rational course it is and how it will positively impact on the birth of their child.

This is my second baby, will Hypnobirthing be suitable for me?

Yes, Hypnobirthing is brilliant whether this is your first or your fifth baby. Some women who have birthed previously may have been disappointed by their previous birth experiences. They may feel that the birth of their child was not calm or enjoyable. This can lead to fear for future births. Hypnobirthing helps you eliminate this fear in order to plan for a positive birth this time.

What if I have a C-Section?

Occasionally during pregnancy or labour you maybe in a situation where you need to make a choice between a vaginal birth and a C-section. Hypnobirthing teaches you the skills to make an informed decision, so you can decide what is right for you and your child.

If you have a Caesarian birth, Hypnobirthing can prove wonderful in these circumstances, allowing you to relax and feel calm in a situation that could be quite scary. Hypnobirthing classes can also prepare you and your partner for the C-section itself, so that you know what to expect.

Does my partner need to attend?

Hypnobirthing classes provide valuable techniques for both you and your partner. Classes allow both you and your partner to feel prepared and positive about the birth of your child, therefore it is very important that they attend.
However if it is not possible for them to attend please get in touch for a chat. It is likely that we can work around this.
If you don’t have a partner or are planning to birth without your partner present that is absolutely fine, women have had great Hypnobirths without a partner present.

What is included in the cost of the course?

Included in the course cost is-

  • Around 9-10 hours of fun and friendly tuition usually taught over 3 sessions for yourself and your birth partner.
  • The Love Your Birth Hypnobirthing workbook and our Hypnobirthing MP3s.
  • All other course materials.
  • A goody bag featuring Love Your Birth Affirmation cards.
  • Access to a closed Facebook community with our friendly monthly coffee mornings.
  • On going support via the group, phone or email.
Which areas do you teach Hypnobirthing in?

We currently teach group courses in Mirfield, Leeds and Castleford.

We teach bespoke one to one classes in and around the West Yorkshire area, including Mirfield, Castleford, Pontefract, Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds, Bradford, Dewsbury and Wakefield. If you live outside of these areas and you are interested in classes, please email me abby@loveyourbirth.co.uk as we may be able to help.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask away