Combining active birth, hypnobirthing and pregnancy yoga, this workshop is a chance for you and your partner to learn how to work together as you will during your child’s birth.
You will learn the best movements and positions for a more manageable labour and birth, as well as hypnobirthing relaxation and massage techniques. With an emphasis on breath practice, partners will learn how to support you both physically and emotionally. I will teach you natural coping strategies and give you an understanding of both the birthing body and the importance of hormones.
Partners do not need to have any prior yoga experience and the session is open to first-time parents or as a refresher.
These sessions are for mothers and babies and aim to provide a supportive space in which to strengthen bonds in the early days of motherhood. The 5-week course is an optional addition to my antenatal package but I would highly recommend you join – the postnatal sessions I attended when I had my first baby were the most valuable thing I did in my journey to motherhood.
I create a baby-friendly atmosphere, facilitating a space in which new mothers can all support one another. Each week we try some baby massage and baby yoga and then the sessions are focused on your early days as a mother and getting to know your baby.
Births are de-briefed and strategies are shared for creating structures around sleep, feeding and activity. There is also the opportunity for thinking about how you want to be as a mother within your own family situation. I offer breastfeeding support to anyone who needs it and tea and cake for everyone!
A key benefit of these sessions is the development of non-competitive support group, which can form the basis for continued self-help amongst yourselves once the course has finished.
As well as group classes in Haringey, I also offer private classes in the comfort of your home across London.
For more information on any of my courses or to book, please go to the contact page.
Q: Will I be hypnotised?
A: No! Stage hypnotism is as far removed from what you will experience as you could imagine. To put things into perspective, we are all in a state of hypnosis at least twice a day – on waking and just before falling asleep.
Q: Will hypnobirthing guarantee me a pain-free birth?
A: Some women do experience a pain-free birth, but this is never guaranteed, mainly because everyone’s idea of pain and their pain thresholds vary extremely widely. Using hypnobirthing techniques will, in most cases, change your perception of pain and ease its impact.
Q: What structure does the course take?
A: I run the course over 6 weeks on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 9:45pm in my home. There is then a reunion session once all of the babies have been born. I have found that spreading the course across a longer period allows parents to really take everything in; it is hard to absorb all of the information in a whistle-stop weekend of birth classes!
With my course I allow time to cover all of the essential information but also have enough flexibility to discuss any specific concerns parents may have along the way and revisit material where necessary. This structure also provides a great opportunity to develop really strong bonds with the rest of your group, who are likely to become a core part of your support network in the early days of parenthood.
Q: When should I start the course?
A: I would advise starting anytime from 28 weeks pregnant, but it is never too late.
Q: What course materials are provided?
A: The Hypnobirthing Book by Katharine Graves and the course relaxation CD, Colour & Calmness. These will be sent to you when you reserve a place on a course so you can begin to enjoy the benefits of hypnobirthing straight away. You will also receive a folder of handouts to guide your practice at home
Q: Can I come on my own?
A: Absolutely, although I would recommend bringing whoever you will have as your birth partner if possible – whether that is your partner, a friend or family member – to allow them to gain the knowledge to best support you on the day.
Q: Will this course help me if have an instrumental delivery or a C-Section?
A: Yes. Hypnobirthing can help you stay calm, relaxed, feel informed and confident in making decisions so that you can own your birth and have a great positive birth in even the most medicalised of settings.
Q: How many couples are there in a group?
A: The size of the groups vary, but they are kept small enough to be personal, and large enough to make friends.
Q: How is your course different from the other main ones I’ve heard of?
A: I have taken all of the best elements of my extensive and varied training and created a course which is a unique combination of antenatal education, hypnobirthing and active birth theory. This holistic approach is not offered elsewhere. I also run my sessions from my house, providing a comfortable, dedicated personal space which I believe puts parents more at ease than the back room of a pub or a church hall!
Q: Can I just come to your postnatal sessions?
A: Yes, you can, but I think those who come to the full course and then return for the postnatal sessions with their group will definitely get the most benefit from the shared support network.
Q: What happens if I can’t make all of the sessions?
A: I would strongly advise coming to all 6 sessions but appreciate that sometimes things come up that can’t be avoided. If you miss a session I will do my best to help you catch up on the missed material but a benefit of the course structure is that most things won’t just be touched on once and then moved past – everything gets reinforced week-by-week.