Hypnobirthing is for everyone and is a worthwhile tool for every single type of birth because it allows you to feel empowered about your birth choices as well as providing you with some techniques in order for you to stay calm and focused throughout your baby’s birth as well as during pregnancy and after your baby is born.
Please see below for some frequently asked questions and answers regarding hypnobirthing:
This is my first baby – will hypnobirthing only work if I’ve had a baby before?
Hypnobirthing works regardless of whether or not you have had a baby before. It’s about providing you with important tools that will help you throughout your pregnancy and labour. You may have had 0 babies or 10 babies, it really doesn’t matter – if you are wanting to feel more empowered about your birth then hypnobirthing is worth doing.
I’ve already had a baby and already have a lot of preconceptions about birth?
Hypnobirthing is very useful for mothers who already have children as it’s a good opportunity to press reset if that’s what they feel is needed. A lot of mothers have benefitted from hypnobirthing if they have had a particularly difficult birth before as it helps them to learn how to let go and gain new confidence in preparation for their next baby’s birth. It is also just as useful for a 2nd time birth partner or parent to attend the course. Even if you had a positive birth the first time, learning new techniques and skills is still worthwhile.
I’ve already done a little bit of hypnobirthing through reading books and watching online videos, is there any point in doing a face to face course?
Reading through hypnobirthing books and watching videos is extremely useful but there is something to be said for coming on a face to face course as it allows you to speak with a qualified hypnobirthing teacher and have that personal interaction. It allows you to ask questions, have set times in the course to practice different techniques and potentially challenge any elements of hypnobirthing that you might not be yet sure about. It is also very useful for your birth partner as they are getting fully involved in the course too as opposed to reading/watching specific parts that you think might be useful. If you do a group course, it’s also a good way of meeting new people who are on the same journey as you!
I want a homebirth, is hypnobirthing for me?
Absolutely! Hypnobirthing is great for homebirths but it is great for ANY type of birth as it’s about focusing your mind and ensuring that regardless of where you are – you feel empowered and that you make the decisions on each step of the birthing journey.
I don’t want a waterbirth, is hypnobirthing for me?
Yes! Hypnobirthing is about how you want to give birth and although a lot of hypnobirthing mothers choose to birth their babies in water due to its relaxing and pain reliving qualities, it’s your decision whether you have one or not.
I am having a caesarean, is hypnobirthing for me?
Yes. Hypnobirthing applies to every single type of birth regardless of what it involves. It’s about you feeling confident about your birth, regardless of whether it’s a vaginal birth or caesarean birth. It’s YOUR birth. Hypnobirthing can provide some very useful relaxation techniques that have proved to be very effective for mothers having a caesarean birth.
I’m really nervous about giving birth, do I have time?
Absolutely, a lot of women feel nervous about giving birth and we are here to support you by giving you (and your birth partner if you choose) the tools to help you feel confident and excited about your baby’s birth. We do recommend that you start hypnobirthing around 20 weeks pregnant where possible. However, if you want to get started earlier or later, that’s fine too!
I’m already in my third trimester, is it too late for me to do hypnobirthing?
No! It’s never too late to learn some techniques and key information about the birthing process and the different options or suggestions that you may come across during your labour. If you are in your third trimester, contact us directly in order for us to look at doing a private course as soon as we can or a group course (subject to availability).
I don’t have a birth partner – can I do the course?
Of course you can, hypnobirthing is still a very valuable tool and we will be able to provide you with the tools to use on the days leading up to and on the day of your baby’s birth. Hypnobirthing is becoming a much more recognised tool to help empower women during their pregnancies and births therefore many NHS trusts are investing in training for their staff (we unable to confirm exactly which trusts these are) therefore it means that caregivers are able to support women much better than ever before. We would also suggest potentially looking for a doula who is a trained birth companion if you are keen to have someone besides a caregiver with you.
My birth partner is really sceptical and doesn’t really want to come on the course?
A lot of people are sceptical about hypnobirthing before trying it out and are often surprised at how much it makes sense! There is plenty of time in the course to try out different techniques and see how they work therefore it’s hard to be a sceptic by the end of it.
The courses are a lot of money – are they worth it?
Hypnobirthing is an investment which is worth making for you to have the best birth experience that you can. Although hypnobirthing is not a guarantee that you will have the birth that you would like it is providing you with important tools and information that will give you the confidence to give birth regardless of the way that it happens.
A lot of money is often spent in preparation for the baby but sometimes the birth is left to chance and we want you to have the birth that you deserve. Hypnobirthing techniques can be used in all areas of life where you need to remain calm, focused or if you are feeling apprehensive – they are a tool that you will use for the rest of your life. Many people use them for parenting their children!
Where do you run group hypnobirthing classes?
Hypnobirthing classes in Leeds are currently held in Menston which is close to local towns, Guiseley, Baildon, Ilkley, Otley, and Bingley. Our hypnobirthing classes in Harrogate are currently held in Harrogate town center and are local to Wetherby, York, Thirsk, and Chapel Allerton.
Where do you run private hypnobirthing classes?
Private hypnobirthing classes can be held at your home or mine, just a few areas covered are below. If your area isn't listed below, do get in touch.
Hypnobirthing in Leeds - Guiseley, Yeadon, Otley, Menston, Horsforth, Pudsey, Farsley, Birstall, Wetherby, Boston Spa, Roundhay, Headingley, Oulton, Kirkstall, Seacroft, Collingham, Bramhope, Idle, Moortown, Sheepscar, Huddersfield, Halifax, Garforth, Wakefield
If you have any questions that we haven’t covered above, please get in contact in order for us to be able to answer them for you. We want you to get the most out of the course as possible therefore we encourage questions!
We may not have all of the answers for the things that you are looking for. however, we will do our best to either find out or be able to signpost you to service that can.
Hypnobirthing is an empowering experience and we want you to get as much from the course as possible, the course is designed for you therefore if you are unsure, just ask.
We absolutely recommend this course not only to first time parents but to anyone who wants to educate themselves on choices during labour & methods to help towards a positive birth of your baby.
Elle, Mum to Be, Sherburn in Elmet, Selby
I have come away with a lot more knowledge of what I can bring, rather than pottering around like a lost schoolboy. We both feel more confident in what is to come.
Warren, 2nd Time Dad to Be, Birstall, Leeds
I have gone from being petrified of labour to looking forward to bringing my baby into the world in my own home, with the people that I love.
Stacey, 2nd Time Mum to Be, Morely, Leeds
My partner also found it really useful to not only understand the process of labour but also what his role in birth is which is something he struggled with our first.
Amy, 2nd Time Mum to Be, Huddersfield
Laura was very knowledgeable and positive throughout our sessions and provided myself and my partner with lots of tools and strategies to help with relaxation techniques.
Lisa, Mum to Be, Farsely, Leeds
Hypnobirthing gave me all the tools, skills and knowledge to stay calm during labour, but the most important thing it gave me was the confidence to make my own decisions and stay in control over my birth experience.
Nina - Mother, Leeds
I was initially skeptical that hypnobirthing was "airy fairy" but actually I really enjoyed it.
Alex - Father, Bradford
Hypnobirthing gave me so much confidence in my body's ability and made me feel really well prepared for giving birth.
Karen - Mother, Leeds
Hypnobirthing gave me the tools to get in to a relaxed and positive head space ahead of and during my daughters birth.