Many women are excited about being pregnant. Some will tell friends and family straight away, while others will wait for the first trimester to pass. Many will buy things for baby as the months roll by, getting ready for their baby’s arrival.
But when it comes to actual labour and the day that their baby will be born, a lot of women will put their trust into the health system; write a birth plan because their midwives asked them to, without really knowing the choices available to them or the risks and benefits of what certain decisions may mean.
In recent years women are seeking out hypnobirthing classes, as a full antenatal preparation class, which not only teaches them the physical side of what is happening to the body during labour, but also teaches them tools and techniques to manage labour more efficiently and calmly.
So what is hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is a tried and tested method that prepares a woman in giving birth in a peaceful and natural way, often without the need for medical intervention. Women who hypnobirth learn special breathing techniques, relaxation, visualisation and meditative practice that help them stay relaxed in labour, and as a result tend to have an easier and shorter labour.
Why choose hypnobirthing for your baby’s birth?
Women who have chosen to learn, practice and use hypnobirthing during labour found that hypnobirthing:
1.Encourages the birth experience to be natural, calm and comfortable
2.Allows the mother to feel more alert and in control
3.Gives them the tools to manage the intensity of labour, often resulting in not needing any pain relief at all (or less than what she thought she might need)
4.Helps the birthing partner to be actively involved and feel that they have played an important role in the birth
5.Lessens the physical impact of childbirth, as the techniques encourage the mother to work with her body gently
6.Results in shorter labours
7.Allows the baby to be born in a calm, gentle and drug-free atmosphere
What to expect in a hypnobirthing class:
You will come away understanding how the body and mind work together; appreciating that the mind is much more powerful than we realise. You will also be taught:
Birthing partners are strongly encouraged to attend classes. During a hypnobirthing course, your partner will learn alongside you. You will both learn breathing, relaxation and visualisation techniques, which you should practice regularly together at home, so that it's easy for you to bring them to mind when you need them.
The ideal time to start classes is any time after 20 weeks of pregnancy. This will allow you ample time to practise. If you're already past this stage, don't be put off. You can still benefit from classes in your last weeks of pregnancy as the techniques are simple to understand and easy to practice.
Romford Hypnobirthing offers regular group courses or private classes to couples every month. To find out more visit www.romfordhypnobirthing.com or call on 01708 578 013.
Do you have fear about giving birth? Would you prefer to be exciting about birth? Whether you are a first-time mum or if you have given birth before. You have found the right place to prepare you and your birth partner for the birth that you want.
Romford Hypnobirthing (part of Magical Baby Moments), is now teaching weekend hypnobirthing classes in Thurrock. These will take place at the Mamas & Papas store at Lakeside Retail Park.
What is hypnobirthing?
Quite often the word ‘hypnobirthing’ conjures up images of something that it is not. It's a down-to-earth and practical antenatal course.
Media and over-medicalised care in hospitals have skewed the beauty of birth. Many women are now scared of birth. This is crazy! We teach you to look at birth in a positive and natural way - to be the event that it is meant to be. Women go into hospital expecting their experience to be as it is seen on TV. Often, a labour using hypnobirthing principles is the polar-opposite.
Birth using hypnobirthing techniques is calm, relaxed and comfortable. Why? Because the mother and her birth partners are confident. They know the choices that are available to them. They instinctively know what is right for them and their baby. They know when to decline unnecessary interventions.
Sweeps and induction of labour, are routinely offered. Ask them why? There should always be a clinical justification. Baby being past is due date is not a valid reason. Who should say when it’s the right time for you baby to be born? That’s right, YOUR baby, not doctors, consultants, midwives, charts, statistics or guidelines. We are all unique.
If you don’t believe me that it can be a calm experience, watch this video: Oliver’s Gentle Birth with Hypnobirthing.
Many hypnobirthing women will have this type of experience to share with family and friends afterwards. If you want to read more about what hypnobirthing is, read my blog What is hypnobirthing and who is it for?
Who should go to the Mamas and Papas Hypnobirthing Course in Thurrock?
If you are live in any of the following areas the hypnobirthing classes in Thurrock are close to you: Orsett, Grays, Tilbury, East Tilbury, Basildon, Averly and Rainham. Even if you live across the River in Dartford or Greenhithe, these classes are close by.
Romford Hypnobirthing also offers its hypnobirthing course in Romford and Upminster.
To find out when and where the courses are taking place in the various locations visit our
Group Hypnobirthing .page.