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Giving birth to a baby is one of the biggest events of your life, so it is important that you prepare well for it.

Hypnobirthing is a simple, practical and effective antenatal training programme which prepares parents for the birth of their baby and beyond. It includes tools such as relaxation, visualisation, affirmations and breathing techniques for use in labour, to help achieve the most comfortable birth for you and give your baby the best possible start in life. Despite the name, Hypnobirthing doesn't mean you will be in a trance or asleep. You will be awake and fully in control at all times, while feeling completely relaxed, positive and confident.

"Giving birth can be the most empowering experience of a lifetime - an initiation into a new dimension of mind-body awareness." (Ina May Gaskin, Birth Matters 2011)

Like many women, you may be concerned about the birth. Hypnobirthing works on the premise that most labour-related pain is the result of fear and tension, and studies have shown that this can be dramatically reduced by using Hypnobirthing techniques to help your body relax and go through the natural process of giving birth without tensing up or feeling scared.

A father who has learnt Hypnobirthing with his partner produces hormones that promote calm and confidence. This positively affects the birth environment as well as his relationship with his partner and their baby, because he knows he has played an important part in the process.

 If the mother and father are relaxed during the pregnancy and birth, their baby is likely to be calmer at birth, be more content and feed better, and the mother is likely to make a quicker post-natal recovery. Hypnobirthing can't promise a perfect birth, but gives you the tools to achieve the best birth for you.

I am a KG Hypnobirthing teacher accredited by the Royal College of Midwives, a mother of two daughters and a grandmother.

I offer Hypnobirthing classes for individuals, couples or groups. The classes last about 10-12 hours in total, spread over four sessions. Classes for individuals and couples usually take place at my practice, however, subject to workload, I can sometimes do home visits where this is more appropriate. For my current fees, please click here. All classes includes a free copy of the KG Hypnobirthing book plus audio files.

If you would like to find out more, or book some classes, please ring or email me.