What is hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing, no matter what brand name is coined, is a technique used by women to unleash their inner strength. Using techniques previously learned and practiced, birthing women (also with the help of their birthing partners) are able to bring their mind and body together during childbirth, allowing the body’s natural hormones to be released, making birth easier and more efficient.
In my many years of experience teaching couples, I have come to understand that in order to fully prepare a couple, a wide range of topics need to be covered and this can only be achieved in a 2-day course. This also allows you to come back to the second class and discuss further any questions that might have come up.
How will it help me?
I use material from the Hypnobirthing Association, UK, founded by Katharine Graves. The material is very relevant to maternity care/childbirth here in Ireland and is easy to understand and follow.
My classes will teach you about the changes your body goes through in childbirth. You will learn how to be calm, confident and relaxed, allowing the birth to proceed easily and efficiently.
As I am a qualified and registered midwife having worked in one of the biggest maternity hospitals in Dublin, I have first hand experience in the maternity care system and can advise on hospital policies and best available research based evidence.
What will I be able to do by the end of the classes?
You will be able to use the breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to induce self hypnosis, also known as deep relaxation. During birth, you will be deeply relaxed and calm but still aware of your environment and the changes within your body. You will be in control and be able to make decisions.
I strongly advise that the birth partner also attend the classes so that they too can learn about the birth process and the importance of their presence and support during the birth. The birth partner is very much a part of the birth process! The birth partner will have a strong sense of their role not only during the birth but also for the duration of the pregnancy.
Often, couples feel that they have a greater trust in the birthing body and are free from negative thoughts associated with childbirth.
When should I take the classes?
The best time to participate in the classes is from 24-35 weeks. This ideal in allowing enough time to prepare yourself before the birth, but it is ONLY a guide. Everyone is different and one must also take into consideration their own personal circumstances.
The course costs €315 per couple. For full-time undergraduate/post-graduate students and couples wishing to do a refresher class, it is €250 (proof requested for students).
The fee includes:
Small group sessions.
2 sessions from 9:30-3:30pm
Continued support via e-mail, phone or text, after the classes
Hypnobirthing book, 'Relaxation for a Gentle Birth' CD & other course content, material & printouts.
If you also wish to join me in any other class, you will receive a 20% discount.
*Please contact your private health insurance provider as some, or all, of the cost may be covered by them as I am a qualified midwife registered with NMBI.
Please note that classes will be held ONLINE until further notice. They are very SMALL & INTERACTIVE classes. It is not an 'online course'.
Once you have booked into a class, I will send you a link to the mp3s so that you can start listening to them before the class. A link to the online session will be sent out a few days before the class is due to start. Please do get in touch if you have any questions at all.
April 4th & 25th (9:30am - 3:30pm) class scheduled online due to Covid-19
May 9th & 10th (9:30am - 3:30pm)
June 6th & 7th ( 9:30am - 3:30pm)
July 4th & 5th (9:30am - 3:30pm)