Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS HYPNOBIRTHING?
Hypnobirthing is an antenatal course and practice which focuses on preparing expectant parents for birth through education of the birth process, relaxation and breathing techniques as well as learning about making informed choices for your birth. The idea is that, the more knowledge you have and the more prepared you are, the better you can relax and understand what is happening during the birth process. It is about feeling confident, calm and in control to let go of your fears and allow your body to do what it was made to do.
Once you have completed the course you should feel confident that you understand the choices you can make about your birth, ways in which you can relax to have a comfortable and natural birth and what to expect in the important hour after the baby is born.
WHAT DOES THE COURSE COVER?
Our Hypnobirthing course covers all the information and practice expectant parents need to prepare fully for their upcoming birthing experience.
Learning how to control and release fear
The physiology of birth
The role of the birth partner
Options and choices before and during labour and after birth
Breathing techniques for the early and later stages of labour
Positive visualisations and affirmations
Positions for labour and birth
Positive birth stories
The all-important hormones involved in labour and how we can help them to do their job
Induction and choice
Choices in birth and for the third stage of labour
The golden hour with your baby
Breech babies, back to back babies
Birth environment and pain relief options
Onset of labour
The first, second and third stage of labour
The power of the mind
Building confidence for birth
Much, much more.
CAN I HAVE 1:1 COURSE INSTEAD OF A GROUP COURSE ?
Yes, we offer a 1:1 course which can take place at The Mindful Birthing Company HQ or in the comfort of your own home. Please contact us to find out more
WHERE IS THE COURSE
The course is currently taking place onine via Zoom, until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted further. Once we resume face to face courses they will take place at Chloe’s house, in her relaxing lake-view living room (Chloe is the founder of The Mindful Birthing Company and the course teacher). Chloe lives just outside Maidstone, easily accessible from the M20 or M2
HOW DO I BOOK THE COURSE?
You will be provided with full booking and payment information.
CAN I DO THE COURSE ONLINE OR A SHORTENED VERSION?
In short, no. The Hypnobirthing practice works because we teach the full course with all elements included. We cannot provide a shortened version, or online course, as we could not then guarantee that each and every couple would receive the full understanding of Hypnobirthing and leave with the ability to equip them for a more positive birth experience.
In the world of Hypnobirthing, you get back what you put in. Teach yourself to relax and practice the methods and you will be well prepared for your birth. We study for years towards exams and for professional qualifications, so we should prepare thoroughly for this important life event too!
DOES MY BIRTH PARTNER NEED TO ATTEND THE COURSE ?
Absolutely yes! It is important for your partner to join you on the course as they will have a very important role to play in the lead up to and during the birth.
Birth partners are often sceptical before attending a Hypnobirthing class. However, once they understand the physiology of birth and the simple importance of producing the right hormones, fathers are often converted. Often birth partners can struggle to find a role to play within the birth environment, however Hypnobirthing equips birth partners with practical techniques and knowledge about the birth, enabling them to become invaluable birthing partners. Hypnobirthing ensures that the partner has great purpose and responsibility during the practice of hypnobirthing in pregnancy and most importantly throughout the labour. The partner learns relaxation techniques to assist the mother and understands the choices they may have to make as a couple, with him acting as her advocate at all times. This empowering role allows the partner to bond further with mother and baby throughout the process.
WHAT STYLE OF HYPNOBIRTHING DO YOU TEACH?
KG Hypnobirthing, the leading provider of Hypnobirthing in the UK. KG Hypnobirthing is a complete in-depth antenatal training programme designed to release fear and build confidence during birth. The teacher training course is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives and is taught widely across the UK and abroad. For more information on KG Hypnobirthing please visit www.kghypnobirthing.com
WHEN IN MY PREGNANCY SHOULD I ATTEND THE COURSE
You can attend the course anytime during your pregnancy. The more Hypnobirthing practice that you have, the better. Most couples think about attending an antenatal class during the beginning of their third trimester or from 30 weeks onward.
HOW LONG IS THE COURSE ?
The 12-hour course split into four sessions (approximately 3 hours each) this will usually be split over evenings and weekends. The course also requires practice of the breathing and relaxation techniques at home between the sessions and until your birth.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE COURSE ?
Mothers often experience a shorter labour
Mothers often require much less or no pain relief
Parents often recall their birth experience as positive, relaxed and special
Mothers experience less pain and have a more comfortable birth
Mothers feel confident and in control to birth their baby
Birth partners have a very important role and feel involved in the birth experience
Your baby will be born into a relaxed and serene environment
Hypnobirthing babies often seem calm, content and sleep very well
Hypnobirthing allows a mother to feel prepared and in control of her birthing experience. During the course a mother will learn techniques to relax and feel confident. Mothers are aware of what their body is doing and how to make the choices that are right for her and her baby, in order to progress the labour in a positive way. If a mother has a positive and empowering birth experience where she felt calm and in control this can have an enormous impact on the first few hours, days, weeks and months in establishing an important family bond and decreasing the risks of post-natal depression.
Partners are often sceptical before attending a Hypnobirthing class. However, once they understand the physiology of birth and the simple importance of producing the right hormones, they are often converted. Often birth partners may struggle to find a role to play within the birth environment, however Hypnobirthing equips them with practical techniques and knowledge about the birth, enabling them to become invaluable birthing partners. Hypnobirthing ensures that the partner has great purpose and responsibility during the practice of hypnobirthing in pregnancy and most importantly throughout the labour. The partner learns relaxation techniques to assist the mother and understands the choices they may have to make as a couple, with him acting as her advocate at all times. This empowering role allows them to bond further with mother and baby throughout the process.
There are numerous benefits to a baby who has been born with the help of Hypnobirthing. Firstly, what a wonderfully calm and serene way to come into the world. The mother’s calm condition and the tranquil birth environment feeds through to the baby, which helps the baby to avoid becoming distressed, a virtuous cycle which helps progress the labour. During the mother’s hypnobirthing breathing the baby will receive lots of nutritious oxygenated blood which it will continue to receive from the placenta after birth during a special time bonding with the mother through the first feed and skin to skin contact. This wonderful birth experience is the best foundation for mother, father and baby to begin family life together.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE THE MINDFUL BIRTHING COMPANY?
The Mindful Birthing Company are passionate, reliable, and fun. We ensure that your hypnobirthing experience is also an opportunity to meet other expectant parents (if you’d like to) so it is an enjoyable social experience too. As a small company and a new business, we aim to make each couple’s journey toward parenthood a special and memorable one.
Founder of The Mindful Birthing Company, Chloe Hayden, used hypnobirthing techniques to birth her son in 2019 and has never looked back! We are incredibly passionate about Hypnobirthing. It is a devastating shame that not all couples get to experience what a wonderfully beautiful, enjoyable and empowering experience birth can be. We want to spread the word, as we believe every parent deserves the opportunity to have a positive birth experience, no matter which direction it takes!
It is such a wonderful privilege to be part of such a precious moment in people’s lives and such an honour to be able to support a couple to have a more comfortable, informed and positive birth experience.
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact The Mindful Birthing Company