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One to one hypnobirthing courses can either take place online or at the client’s home if you are located relatively close to Crystal Palace.
You can take the 4 hour group course content as a one to one over 3 hours. After this, we arrange for a ‘check-in’ session a little down the line once you’ve read the book and tried out all the techniques to see how you are finding it all, whether you have any questions, etc. This ‘check-in’ session can take place either via Zoom call, telephone call or email and is arranged by you contacting me whenever you feel ready/that it is needed.
The content of the 3 hour course is exactly the same as the 4 hour course and you can scroll down a little to read below to find out exactly what gets covered. One to ones can also be tailored to your needs so do get in touch for a chat. The cost is £155 to include all materials. Support is available up until your baby is born.
2 hour one to ones are also available and are usually used for refreshers for second time parents. These are £105 and we cover the content below as guided by you/the content gets tailored to your needs. As you are second (or more) time parents usually a lot less time is needed for discussion and a recap on topics important to you get covered. You receive all the same materials and support as per the other course.
Book plus a 1 hour one to one. This option is £55. The book gets posted out to you, you read it and try out all the techniques and audios and when you’re ready we arrange a one to one to go through any questions that you may have. It’s important the book is read before our session, so you get the most from the hour.
The book you receive is an ‘antenatal course in a book’ covering everything you’ll need to know around labour and birth so you can do my course as a stand alone or alongside NCT/another antenatal course. If you decide to attend another antenatal course my hypnobirthing courses, along with its book, is perfectly designed to complement any other antenatal course you may be doing.
Below is what’s covered – and why! Yes, if you’re doing another antenatal course 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 some discussion. The book you receive goes into a lot of useful detail on all course topics as well as other things like epidurals, water birth and caesarean birth, etc.
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.
Topics covered during your course:
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:
- An explanation of hypnosis/self hypnosis.
- An explanation of hypnobirthing and all of the elements to it as well as ideas on what techniques to use and when.
- The role of your thoughts in pregnancy and labour and how you can work on adapting this now to maximise not only your labour experience, but your time now whilst pregnant.
- An explanation of a mindfulness exercise on how you can help to manage your thoughts.
- How you can use hypnotic cues and post hypnotic suggestions for quick results in triggering positive responses.
- How and why affirmations and visualisations work.
- Ways to release fear and anxiety before your birth so that you’re able to feel good during your pregnancy and to relax on the day.
- How your nervous system works and the importance breathing techniques play in keeping this balanced in your favour.
- What the hypnobirthing scripts and audios are and how & when to use these.
- The power of language and how this can be adapted to help you in labour.
There are many elements to hypnobirthing and different techniques you can try out to see what you might like/not like.
“Thank you for providing hypnobirthing classes over the past few years, as part of the well being service, you do an amazing job which is reflected in the feedback you receive and also we hear it from the women we care for on the birth centre.” Lyndsey Smith, Consultant Midwife, Kingston Hospital
…And 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.
One to ones take place via Zoom and are £155.00 per couple for the 3 hour course and £105 for the 2 hour and £55 for the one hour (the book must have been read in advance for this option). All courses include the book, 10 audios, including one for the birth partner, follow up information and support up until your baby is born should you need it. After restrictions lift, one to ones can take place from your home if you live close to Crystal Palace, London.
If you’d like to take a hypnobirthing course and expand into a more in depth course, perhaps because you were unable to or didn’t want to attend a NCT course, we can arrange for this and can include more in depth discussion around topics such as caesarean birth, epidurals, water birth and baby care and topics such as safe sleep, bathing, etc. You can read all about this session here.
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