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Hypnobirthing Course Details

What is hypnobirthing and the course we provide?

  • Pregnancy and birth is a life-changing event – we recognise that birth can be unpredictable and hypnobirthing can help women birth their babies as naturally, calmly and easily as possible.
  • Our course uses the HypnobirthMidwivesUK structure, which was founded by Teri Gavin-Jones and Sandra Handford. All of our courses are conducted by qualified midwives who are also trained hypnobirthing practitioners. We use tried and tested hypnotherapy techniques together with evidence-based midwifery antenatal training, enabling us to provide you with a specialised service within the NHS.
  • Women and their birthing partners attending the class will gain the tools they need to relax and create a safe, peaceful environment for birth.
  • Understanding of how the fear-tension-pain cycle, and hormones affect the birthing process.
  • We can teach you breathing techniques, visualisation, relaxation and hypnosis techniques.
  • Education of the physiology of labour, to better understand your bodies ability to birth.
  • Birth partners will also learn how best to support the birthing mother and how they can influence and enhance the birth, including adjusting the environment and massage techniques.

The ideal time to attend your hypnobirthing course is 24 – 28 weeks into your pregnancy, but if you are further into your pregnancy and wish to attend, we feel the course will still be beneficial to women who are up to 34 weeks pregnant.

Course details

  • 10-hour course over four weeks.
  • Course materials.
  • Hypnobirthing book and CD (at a cost of £15).
  • Ongoing support / advice via email.
  • Midwifery advice alongside hypnobirthing course information.
  • Groups of no more than six couples as it allows you to gain the most from your practitioner. We recognise that smaller groups often bond well – which can be a great source of support between couples.
  • Refreshments.

The classes run on a variety of days and at various destinations, dependant on availability. Please contact us for more information.

For further details, or to book your place on a hypnobirthing course at Ipswich Hospital please email hypnobirths.midwife@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk

>> Feedback from couples that have used the courses.