During my midwifery training I sought private training to become a Hypnobirthing practitioner / teacher as I wanted to really support women to prepare to have the best birth they could. I undertook my training with Kathryn Graves (KGHypnobirthing) in London. This involved an intensive and in-depth training course which lead to qualification. The course is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives.
Whilst I no longer practice as a Midwife and work as a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist with over 20 years’ experience, I bring my Midwifery training, knowledge and previous practice to the hypnobirthing course. Couples have found my midwifery background, my counselling and psychotherapy experience, to be extremely useful in helping them to understand the process of birth. They have felt more confident with a deeper understanding of pregnancy, birth and the profound step into parenthood. My therapeutic background has helped parents to air their concerns and fears with more confidence and my additional therapeutic tools provide suggestions and understanding to cope with the emotional aspects of becoming a parent to a new baby.
My Hypnobirthing course is an antenatal education programme that teaches you skills and techniques to develop confidence in your ability to move through your pregnancy and birth to meet your baby. I provide a lot of information which encourages increased confidence and a greater sense of control. You can consider for yourselves from an informed place, how you may want to give birth to your baby and make informed choices that are right for you.
Mothers and their partners can learn to release anxieties and fears and address any previous difficult memories affecting or surrounding the idea of birth. Birth partners can learn ways to help support and enhance the birthing process.
When learning about what happens to your body during pregnancy and birth you will learn relaxation techniques, massage and breathing strategies, develop affirmations and visualisations. Practicing these at home will help you during pregnancy and birth and even after you have welcomed your baby into the world. Birth does not have to be traumatic. Through practicing Hypnobirthing techniques, it can be calm and kind for you and your baby and you can learn to trust that your body instinctively knows what to do
For those of you who are interested in breast feeding I can include specific information and upon request provide an additional training session prior to birth and after the baby has arrived to support you through the initial learning stages (See below).
Private hypnobirthing courses
The courses I offer are offered privately for two people or they can be tailored to small groups if you have other couples you would like to learn alongside with. They can be started any time after the 20th week of pregnancy. The course can take place within your own home or within my own dedicated therapy room in Sand Bay. Each session lasts approximately 3 hours.
- 4 private sessions - 12 hours: £450
- 5 private sessions - 15 hours includes extra preparation/top up session and can include breastfeeding session upon request. This extra session takes place around week 36: £500
The Course price includes
- Hypnobirthing tuition
- Accredited Hypnobirthing course handbook
- Relaxation / Birth Affirmations Audios
- Course folder and weekly course handouts
- Telephone / email support up to your birth
- A detailed birth preferences and preparation guide
- 2-hour Breastfeeding information and preparation session (pre-birth): £50
- 1-hour Breastfeeding home support session (post delivery home visit): £25
It is my intention that everybody should be able to benefit from Hypnobirthing training. Therefore, I do offer concessions and/or a payment plan for those who are faced with genuine financial difficulty. Please contact me directly to discuss this further.