Want to know more about Hypnobirthing?
Here are some of the course highlights
- How women are perfectly designed for labour & birth
- Assisting your body rather than resisting & birthing instinctively
- Rapid & deep relaxation techniques
- Specific breathing techniques designed for the various stages of labour & birth
- Fear release – releasing anxieties, fears or tension that you or your birth partner have
- Care providers – making sure you are working with the right ones & how they can support you
- Birth companion’s role – supporting you fully, how & when to do what – ensuring they are an integral part & are confident
- Your birth choices & birth rights – what, where, when & how
- Massage techniques to eleviate pressure or discomfort & aid relaxation
- Avoiding artificial induction or unnecessary intervention
- Labour & birth positioning
- Your birth preferences & personal circumstances
- Preparing for the first few days, weeks & months (the 4th trimester)
- Bonding with your baby
- Feeding your baby
So what is it?
Many people are very skeptical (I was at first) as they think it’s a weird, hippy birth craze, or that they might be “hypnotised” as we see on TV. Being in “self-hypnosis” is simply reaching a level of deep relaxation where you feel calm, still aware of your thoughts, aware of your actions & surroundings – almost like a trance. We actually enter this state of mind every day around 10-12 times without even realising! For example – when we daydream.
Instead of learning how to “manage pain” or “cope” in labour like some antenatal classes, Hypnobirthing teaches you invaluable tools to assist your body’s natural functions rather than resisting them. The programme promotes & supports a calm pregnancy, positive birth experience and helps you build a strong bond with your baby.
During your course along with plenty of practice at home, one of the main things we will work on is fear release. Fear = tension, tension = pain, releasing hormones such as adrenaline & cortisol, which cause mum & baby to be unhappy, slowing labour or preventing it progressing as it should.
Releasing fears & special breathing techniques to use during the various stages of labour, by deeply relaxing & building a positive expectancy, birth is much more likely to be remembered for all the right reasons. Calm & relaxed mum = calm relaxed baby.
We will explore your options, your choices & your rights so that you can make informed decisions, looking at evidence based research, navigating how YOU want your birth to be and what YOU want to do.
Your birth, your baby your choices.
HypnoBirthing™ – The Mongan Method, is a tried and proven method of antenatal education backed up with over 27 years of research, evidence and success. The programme was founded by Marie Mongan in 1989 in the United States, soon following here to the UK and is taught worldwide in 46 countries. It’s the longest running Hypnobirthing method & the original programme.
The origin of the concept of HypnoBirthing™ dates back to 1912 when a British obstetrician Dr Grantly Dick-Read discovered that when women were able to eliminate fear & relax deeply, that their bodies functioned fully & correctly, resulting in instinctive, calm, easier more comfortable births. If fear was present, the birthing muscles would be deprived of blood and oxygen causing the fear flight freeze response, causing pain, prolonging the process or causing unnecessary medical intervention. When a mother is relaxed, is able to follow her instincts & feels fully supported in her decisions & through her labour – positive experiences occur.
HypnoBirthing with The Lemon Tree Testimonials
I feel so empowered
Claire & Tom | 1st time baby
“We first heard about hypnobirthing at a mothercare event and when I was around 22 and prior to this we had no knowledge of it whatsoever. After doing a bit of research of the benefits we signed up with The Lemon Tree and I am so glad that we did. I now feel so empowered by the knowledge that I gained from the course that I feel positive and prepared for the birth of our baby. Laura is so friendly and approachable which made us feel relaxed and comfortable, like we could ask all the questions that we had no matter how silly we felt they were. The course is really well structured and The Lemon Tree materials are extremely helpful for that all important home practice. I would highly recommend the course to anyone wanting a calm and positive birth”
I started the course feeling fearful of birth
Louise & Brad | 1st baby
“I started the course fearful of birth. I felt like I couldn’t enjoy my pregnancy because I was so caught up in the labour and how much it would hurt. I was also really concerned about the transition to hospital. I have since finished the course feeling totally confident in my ability to birth and often find myself saying how excited I am about it. My husband and I have also decided we would like a home birth now. Something I would have never even considered before as I thought it was dangerous. That was purely based on my own fears and not having the knowledge. Thank you Laura”