There are so many antenatal classes available, but how do you decide which is right for you?
A typical antenatal class will cover the stages of labour, different birth positions that you can use, the pain relief options available and the different interventions that may be offered to you. You will learn how to write a birth plan, and discuss any worries that you have about your birth.
This is all essential information for any pregnant woman, but what about Hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing focuses on the relationship between the mind and the body. You learn techniques to help you to remain clam and focused throughout your labour and birth. Even if things don’t go quite to plan, for example if you need an intervention, you can remain in control of your birth. Your birth partner will learn how to effectively support you through the birth, playing an active role in bringing your baby into the world. And most of all, you learn how to have the birth that’s right for you, whatever that may be.
So how do you decide which type of course is right for you? What if you don’t want to choose between them?
We believe that the two sides complement each other perfectly. That’s why Harmony classes combine the practical knowledge of an antenatal class with Hypnobirthing techniques to give you a complete antenatal education. After all, you can never have too much knowledge when it comes to the birth of your baby!
Whether you’d rather learn as part of a group at one of our group courses or in the comfort of your own home with a private 1:1 course, we have a course that’s perfect for you. We cover South Yorkshire and surrounding areas including: Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster, Worksop and Chesterfield.
Contact us today to find out how you can get started on your way to an empowering birth.
We are often asked what makes Harmony Hypnobirthing courses different to others. With more and more people training to teach Hypnobirthing every week, how do you decide which course is right for you?
At Harmony, we believe in the personal touch. From the moment you book your course, right up until the birth of your baby: we are right there with you.
When you book your Harmony Hypnobirthing course, you aren’t just signing up to 10 hours of antenatal education. You are also gaining access to personalised ongoing support by email or phone, ensuring that you have the support you require throughout your pregnancy.
If you hit an obstacle in your pregnancy, we can provide you with resources to allow you to make informed decisions and maintain control of your pregnancy and birth. From impartial, evidence-based books (because Dr Google never did anyone any favours!), to relaxation exercises to help you reset after a wobble: we are there for you.
If you want to find out more about how Harmony can support you through your pregnancy and enable you to have the birth you dream of, contact us today.
The first time a dad hears the word “hypnobirthing”, he often rolls his eyes, assuming it’s another fad. He mentions it to his friends and they raise their eyebrows. And then it gets even worse: he discovers he is expected to come to the classes too!
A lot of dads arrive at their first Hypnobirthing class sceptical about what is to come. However, the difference in these dads after the first hour of the class is amazing. Their mindsets totally change once they get into the class.
So, why do dads love Hypnobirthing so much?
A Part To Play In The Birth
We’ve all heard the stereotype of the partner at a birth, standing awkwardly in the corner, or passing out at the crucial moment.
Hypnobirthing gives the partner a true role in his baby’s birth. It gives him a set of tools to enable him to fully support his partner through the biggest event of her life.
Many Hypnobirthing mothers say that their partner played as big a role in their baby’s birth as she did, and that she couldn’t have done it without her partner.
A Full Understanding
Hypnobirthing isn’t just a set of relaxation techniques to help you through labour. It also involves learning about the physiology of birth.
This means that the partner is fully able to understand the process the woman’s body is going through, so that he can truly appreciate the miracle that is happening during the birth of his child.
A Logical Approach
Arguably one of the biggest reasons that men love Hypnobirthing is that it takes a logical approach to birth. It is fully based on science, and we link everything that we do in the course back to the research that it is based on, so that you fully understand why we are learning what we’re learning.
This logical approach particularly appeals to men, as they can understand why we are learning the techniques and why they are important.
Bond With Your Baby
The Hypnobirthing course relies heavily on the birth partner practicing along with the mother (although the course can be done without a birth partner if necessary). The partner will read scripts to the mother, and help her with her relaxations, so that he is able to help her relax during the birth. Eventually, even the partner’s voice will become a relaxation trigger, and he will be able to calm her just by speaking softly.
Research shows that when the mother is happy, the baby feels that happiness. During the daily Hypnobirthing practice, the baby hears his or her dad’s voice, and links it to the calm and happy feeling as the mother is relaxed and happy. The baby will then recognise this after birth, aiding the bond between the father and baby.
Why not book a taster session to discover how Hypnobirthing could work for you?
Life is all about perspective. So rather than telling you about what Hypnobirthing is, I thought I’d tell you what it isn't!
1. Stage Hypnosis
I can promise you 100% that I’m not going to turn you into a chicken! When people hear the word Hypnobirthing, they often think of someone watching a swinging pendulum and then hopping around the room, clucking like a chicken. There are no pendulums or chickens involved in Hypnobirthing.
2. A Particular Type Of Birth
Hypnobirthing is not just applicable to natural birth: It has its place in natural births, but also in caesarean sections, and medicated births. Hypnobirthing helps you to keep a calm head if intervention is suggested, and to make your own informed decisions, so that you remain completely in control of your birth experience.
The main goal of Hypnobirthing is to achieve the birth that is right for you and your baby.
3. Just A Method Of Pain Relief
I'll start by saying that Hypnobirthing is not a guarantee of a pain-free birth.
However, Hypnobirthing has been proven to reduce the level of pain experienced, with most women describing “discomfort” or “tightenings” rather than the intense pain usually depicted on soap operas! Some women do experience a completely pain-free birth as a result of Hypnobirthing, which is a true testament to the power of our minds!
Our Hypnobirthing course is a complete antenatal training programme, incorporating the relaxations and fear releasing techniques of Hypnotherapy with information about birth choices and the physiology of birth. This will help you to fully understand the process your body will be going through and give you the information you need to make informed choices, should intervention be suggested prior to or during your labour and birth.
4. Just For Hippies
Hypnobirthing is not designed for any specific type of person. Hypnobirthing is applicable for every birth, and relevant for any woman who is having a baby. Anyone can apply the techniques learnt in Hypnobirthing to achieve a calm and comfortable birth, no matter their age, race or beliefs.
5. A Recent Fad
Natural birth without fear using Hypnobirthing techniques is certainly not a new phenomenon. In fact, the principles of Hypnobirthing are based on research conducted by obstetrician Dr. Grantly Dick-Reid in the early 1900s.
In 1913, Dr Dick-Reid attended a birth in a hovel. He noticed the calm and tranquil environment, and when he offered the woman pain relief (chloroform was the standard option at the time), she refused. To his surprise, she proceeded to give birth calmly and quietly, without distress. Afterwards, he asked why she had refused the pain relief, and she responded: “Because it didn’t hurt. It wasn’t supposed to, was it Doctor?”.
This experience led Dr Dick-Reid to conclude that pain in childbirth stems from fear, which causes tension and in turn, pain.
The term Hypnobirthing was first used in 1987 by Michelle Leclaire O’Neill, which was based on Dr. Dick-Reid’s research. O’Neill believed that we can reduce and even eliminate the pain often expected in childbirth by reconditioning our mind to remove the fear surrounding birth.
Hypnobirthing has continued to evolve into what it is today, and women all over the world are now using Hypnobirthing to give birth calmly, confidently and comfortably.
Here at Harmony Birth & Beyond, we can help you to achieve the birth that is right for you, and to fully enjoy your calm and comfortable birth experience. To find out more, contact us today.