What gets covered in a Baby Bumps 4 hour hypnobirthing course?
If you’re wondering what the short course entails then read on 🙂
Lots of people sign up to NCT and/or NHS/other antenatal courses. In the case of NCT and other providers, there is a course fee (NCT offer reductions on course fees of up to 90% – you can find out more here) and with both courses your valuable time is required to attend the sessions.
Not everyone wants to, or indeed are able to, put aside time and money to attend two full courses and so I designed a short hypnobirthing course for this purpose. This course is perfectly designed to complement any other antenatal course you may be doing.
Below is what’s covered – and why! Yes, you’ll likely cover the more ‘typical’ topics listed first during your other course, but because decisions made around these important topics can have an impact on your birth experience, they are very worthy of a *brief* recap. We do not go into these topics in a huge amount of depth as you will have/will be doing this in your other full antenatal course. You will also be covering things like epidurals, water birth and caesarean birth in your full course, though if there is time we can always chat through this too.
The book you receive as part of your course covers these and other topics and you also receive a lot of follow up information via padlets covering a whole host of topics with individual padlets on; labour & birth, birth partners, hypnobirthing, life with your newborn, postnatal recovery, birth videos & feeding your baby.
Stages of labour – what to expect, what to look out for, how the body and mind work together to birth your baby, when to go in/call the midwife and the third stage of labour (birthing the placenta).
- It’s important to understand the rationale of staying at home for as long as possible but also to be aware of any situations where it’s good to go and get checked by a midwife.
- Whilst all labours are different, many find it very helpful to get an idea of what you might expect during your baby’s journey into the world, and how your body and mind work together with your baby during the process.
- Knowing your options for the third stage will help you to think about what you might like for this part of labour.
Place of birth – during this discussion we look at home birth, birth centres and labour ward – what is available in each setting and are you happy with the hospital that you have been allocated or chose?
- Sometimes, after we’ve look at hormones and environment, couples start to think a little differently about place of birth and may want to explore other ideas. I can signpost them to home birth meet ups local to them and we can explore what’s available in each birth setting.
- Some clients aren’t aware they may be able to change hospitals and decide to look into this.
Hormones & environment & birth partner’s role – what helps and hinders labour, what you can do about this, what partners can do to be the most incredible birth partner. How much can you change the room around (as much as you like!) and what’s good to pack in your hospital bag to aid comfort and relaxation.
- A woman in labour is a powerful and amazing being! But being in the state of giving birth makes her vulnerable too and her immediate environment and how she feels will have a huge impact on how her birth unfolds.
- After this exercise her partner will know how best to support her. Together they can think about how they want to personalise their space on the labour ward or birth centre and what items they can bring with them to aid comfort.
Positions for labour – knowing which positions may be helpful and provide the most comfort.
- Whilst a woman can of course give birth on her back, or any other position she chooses, after this discussion, and looking at the pelvis and the baby’s journey through it, you will understand the benefits and the rationale for being upright during labour and birth.
Massage techniques – we cover an array of different massage techniques which you can try out during the session.
- Loving touch (if permitted!) in the form of massage, hugging, stroking, etc. releases endorphins and oxytocin which help labour to be more efficient and comfortable. After trying techniques out during the session, couples are usually able to find at least one type of massage that she may like on the day.
Informed decision making & interventions – we look at the definition of informed decision making and what your rights are before and during labour. We talk through sweeps, formal induction of labour and internal examinations – the what’s and why’s around these – and you are encouraged to further think about this with your partner after the course and personalise your birth preferences accordingly (you receive a birth preference template in the folder, book and electronically).
- A positive birth takes many guises – for one woman it could be a planned caesarean birth where she felt listened to and her wishes were respected. For another it could be a home water birth, and for another it could be having her labour induced and being able to remain mobile throughout, or asking for time to mobilise before the next step of the induction process. And so on…
- One thing that makes for a positive experience is how listened to a woman/couple felt, that they were able to ask questions (and knew what questions to ask), that they knew it was the woman’s choice as to what was or wasn’t done to her body, and they know where and whom they can get more information or a second opinion from, should they need it.
And of course the all-important hypnobirthing elements, which are:
- What hypnobirthing is & isn’t
- The powerful role of the subconscious mind and understanding how you can use this to reframe your ideas on birth from negative to positive
- How using the anchoring technique works to trigger a positive response
- How and why affirmations and visualisations work
- The importance of breathing techinques
- What the hypnobirthing scripts and MP3s are and how & when to use these
- Why language and how you receive information is important
There are many elements to hypnobirthing and different techniques you can try out to see what you might like/not like. Areas in the room are set up where couples can find some space to talk through it all together. Plenty of time is allocated to try out some of the relaxations, massages, positions and breathing in their own space.
It’s great to bust myths around hypnobirthing and de-mystify it all as
for some the word ‘hypnobirthing’ can be off-putting. Practicing all the different techniques during the session means couples leave feeling confident and clear on the rationale behind it all.
I speak to each couple individually during the practical element of the session to ensure that everything is making sense and is clear.
Here’s what some parents said…
“Really nice crash course, lots of the other courses are very expensive so great to have another option to follow on from our NCT course which we could come to as a couple! I was looking to get my partner involved in hypnobirthing and we really enjoyed it – thanks!”
“Instructor was brilliant. Course was very informative and really felt it helped our journey of becoming parents. For anyone that may suffer from anxiety it’s a great way of feeling more in control of everything and trusting yourself to know what’s best. It connects you together as partners too”
“Great instructor, very informative. Liked that the course was hands on and not ‘whacky’. I was slightly skeptical but found the course very ‘normal’ with lots of advice and encouragement.”
“We loved the balanced and realistic approach to managing discomfort. Jackie was honest about the pros and cons of interventions and drugs but never judgemental. We didn’t go down the route of drugs but knowing our options was reassuring. Hypnobirthing strategies were amazing for helping us to bond as a couple”
“What we learnt on the hypnobirthing course was useful in pregnancy and preparing for the birth. Although labour didn’t go exactly ‘as planned’, I felt much better able to deal with with it and take it in my stride than I otherwise would have done. Relaxation techniques and feeling confidence in my body were paramount.”
So as you can see, it’s a great little course and you’ve probably noticed I’m big on rationale! I believe that once a person understands the benefits, risks and background to what’s being discussed or suggested they are more likely to want to go home and do their research and embrace the all important hypnobirthing practice.
This course is £150.00 per couple and includes the Baby Bumps Antenatal & Hypnobirthing book ‘I’m Expecting a Baby’, 5 x MP3s including one for the birth partner, a folder of handouts and support up until your baby is born should you want it.
To book onto this course you can text, call or email: 07790 207363 / email@example.com and can pay in two instalments if preferred.
Looking forward to welcoming you!