Hypnobirthing classes

Building confidence for your birth

Hypnobirthing Classes

Hypnobirthing classes are available as an add on to our antenatal classes. As an additional form of antenatal education, hypnobirthing can help pregnant women to face fears and anxieties around all types of birth, build confidence and contribute to having a positive birth experience. This is mostly through the use of additional relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and visualisations to still the mind.

When you think about birth, you may have negative images and thoughts popping into your head. This is quite normal and your brain is actually doing its job! It’s seeking out the negative in situations as a protective mechanism to keep you safe, however, on the flipside, when you are in a fearful, more anxious mindset, the part of the brain that encourages physiological childbirth is blocked. It’s important that the nervous system is calm so the hormones that trigger labour and keep it flowing are released.

Physiological birth is more likely to progress when a pregnant woman’s mind and body are able to work in harmony; if she feels at ease, safe, unobserved and undisturbed she will feel more able to trust her body and her instincts and lose her inhibitions in order to birth her baby calmly and gently.

Creating a relaxed environment and protecting the birth space is an important role of a birth partner. What this environment might look and feel like, the role of hormones, massage and breathing are just some of the hypnobirthing essentials you can expect to learn on our full antenatal courses.

Sian was knowledgeable, approachable and had an open-mind to all types of birth, baby care and feeding.

We discussed pain relief from massage and positive visualisation through to epidurals. Interventions including induction, assisted birth and what to expect during a c-section were also covered and we practised feeding and baby care using dolls. Parents’ emotions and mental wellbeing in early parenthood were also highlighted.

Before the classes I thought I would choose a c-section and that there was no way I would be able to breastfeed twins. Sian gave me the confidence to attempt a vaginal birth and to breastfeed as soon as we were able. I managed a natural twin birth and am still breastfeeding 7 months later!

Sam, Norwich

If you would like to ‘deep dive’ into the practice of hypnobirthing, you can ‘bolt on’ two tailored classes. These are based on the KGHypnobirthing Programme, which is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives. Sian will discuss and practice further strategies with you including the use of affirmations, guided visualisations and the repetition of positive birth imagery. These sessions are appropriate for any birth.

How much do the hypnobirthing classes cost?

The price of £65 includes four hours of live teaching on Zoom, access to a selection of MP3 downloads and empowering statements for birth as well as the new and improved KGHypnobirthing book.

What’s included on the About Birth and Babies hypnobirthing sessions?

  • Bringing fears out into the open and discussing how to facilitate a positive birth experience, however you birth your baby.
  • The role of hormones in pregnancy, labour and birth.
  • The importance of a supportive, cohesive care team and a positive mindset.
  • Coping strategies and working with your body – bringing together practised breathing techniques, relaxations and visualisations to combine with movement, positions, distraction and massage.
  • Quick relaxation techniques, such as using smell and touch.
  • Using empowering language.
  • Taking responsibility for your birth.
  • Preparing a birth wish list.
  • Strategies for decision making, such as whether an induction is the right choice for you.
  • Feeling empowered and confident to ask questions.
  • Dealing with pressure or stress.

What if you’re more likely to have an induction or a planned caesarean, is hypnobirthing right for you?

While some of the knowledge and techniques learned in hypnobirthing classes are specifically aimed at supporting women preparing for a physiological birth, we want you to have a positive experience, however, you birth your baby so our hypnobirthing classes contain tools and strategies for all births. It would be true to say, most of the learned skills are helpful, however you birth your baby. In fact, many of the techniques can be used in everyday life.

If you would like to book some hypnobirthing sessions, please get in touch using the ‘contact us’ tab.

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Based on 96 reviews
George Webster
George Webster
2024-05-15
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Fantastic course covering a wide range of birthing topics. Really useful advice connected to baby care and feeding and a great way to meet other couples and share experiences.
Robert Hawkes
Robert Hawkes
2024-04-29
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If I could give this course more than five stars I would. About birth and babies (and Sian especially) is a complete must for any expecting parents. The course itself fully prepared us for the birth of our first child. It gave us confidence to make informed decisions before the birth and (when things didn’t go to plan) it allowed us to make rapid informed decisions throughout labour. However, what really stands for me is the incredible after care that Sian gave us after the birth. Like (most?) expecting dads I gave little thought to the days and weeks after the birth, with most of my attention focused solely on the birth itself. When my wife ran into some really worrying and painful breast feeding problems Sian was there for us every step of the way to help resolve this issue. Without her interventions (some of which were in unsociable hours) we would have given up on breastfeeding. Can’t recommend highly enough. Rob and Ola
Jessica Matthews
Jessica Matthews
2024-04-11
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We have just finished our private 1:1 antenatal course with Sian, and we would absolutely recommend. She is very thorough, and has a lot of knowledge about each subject. We felt that she covered everything, & we are now prepared for our journey ahead. We loved that the classes were very hands on as it gave us the opportunity to practice. Sian has since sent us multiple handouts & recommendations for us to look back through, which we are finding useful as the classes were a lot to take in. Going forward if we were to have another baby we would definitely choose About Birth & Babies & will also highly recommend to anyone having a baby. Sian is fantastic! We can’t thank her enough.
Suzanne Merrylees
Suzanne Merrylees
2024-04-09
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We took Sian's antenatal class and so very pleased we did! She is extremely knowledgeable about everything babies and we felt so well informed and ready for when baby arrived. She gave us the confidence and information we needed to have the labour and birth we had hoped for. She has a huge network of contacts throughout Norfolk which made finding other services stress free. Excellent value for money and I could not recommend more highly. Thank you Sian!!
goneforsix
goneforsix
2024-03-11
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Extremely knowledgeable, Sian guides you through the birthing experience, and care of your baby in a friendly and informative way. Plenty of opportunities to discuss things as a group, ask questions and review topics if needed. I particularly enjoyed the practical elements.
Gemma White
Gemma White
2024-03-05
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My husband and I have just attended this course with Sian. She provided a wealth of practice examples and information and we would definately recommend her.
Harpreet Mandair
Harpreet Mandair
2024-01-29
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100% recommend for any parents who have plenty of questions and want to be as prepared as possible. We both learnt a lot about pain management options during labour as well as the important roll your birthing partner plays. My husband definitely felt more confident and prepared about what was to come and so did I. Met some lovely people who were due around the same time as us. So glad we made the decision to attend these antenatal classes.
Catherine Fitchew
Catherine Fitchew
2024-01-29
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Sian is so knowledgeable. We learnt so much during our antenatal classes and really enjoyed every minute. We would highly recommend About birth and babies antenatal classes. Thank-you Sian! X
R W
R W
2024-01-29
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Just finished the Full Antenatal Class with Sian. Found it so helpful and learnt loads about pregnancy, labour and baby care. Sian is excellent and incredibly knowledgeable. Was a great chance to meet other parents too. Would recommend this class to any new parent as we are feeling so much more prepared and confident now!

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