The KGHypnobirthing course that I teach is an in-depth antenatal training programe designed to release fear and build confidence during pregnancy and birth. It is not a method of pain relief , or a 'bunch of techniques for birth'; KGH Hypnobirthing works on the premise that pain will not be recognised as such, in the first place. It is a system of letting go of the fear surrounding birth. Current research shows that women who prepare for labour through the practice of hypnobirthing experience overall shorter labours with less intervention and reach for less pharmacological methods of pain relief.
However, it is suitable for every kind of birth, whether that be a water birth, an induction with an epdiural, or a C section!
The teaching method that I use is the Katherine Graves Hypnobirthing (KGH) Technique, which is the gold standard in Hypnobirthing and is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives as proof of the standard of training received. I am a full member and qualified teacher of KGHypnobirthing and have completed a thorough birth preparation course with Katharine Graves Hypnobirthing in order to gain a Diploma in Hypnobirthing.
The course introduces elements of hypnosis and self hypnosis which simply relaxes the body into a state whereby important messages can reach the subconscious in order to re-frame any surrounding fear of birth. This in effect halts the cycle of fear-pain-fear and ultimately allows for a comfortable birth that is right for each individual regardless of the type of birth. Hypnosis is not a new concept, in fact humans have used it for many decades. It is not about relinquishing control, but about allowing the mind and body to access calm.
KGHypnobirthing provides you with the knowledge to empower you to have the birth that you and your partner desire. You will learn about the physiology of birth and the mind/body connection. You will be armed with a full toolbox of strategies for coping with all issues that may arise during pregnancy, labour and birth. These include hypnotherapy techniques and relaxation exercises, visualisations and birth preparation, practical antenatal information, potential scenarios and the relevant questions to ask; and the evidence and research that backs it all up!
Hypnobirthing can and frequently does, provide a way for a mother and her baby to have a calm, drug free, gentle and more comfortable birth. Using hypnobirthing techniques, mothers are more in tune with their inner strength and can experience the transformational nature of birth and ultimately their newly found sense of power. Their babies are born smoothly and simply. requiring fewer interventions and medications.
Beyond birth, hypnobirthing babies are often said to be calmer, more content and usually have very high Apgar scores. They also tend to feed and sleep very well…a win win!
KGHypnobirthing does not require any particular belief system or prior experience. It is for any parent who wants to feel calm and in control of their pregnancy and labour.
I consider that learning about hyonobirthing is an investment, pretty much like purchasing your pram! Having a baby can be expensive! However investing in your birth will give you the empowering experience that will stay with you for years to come.
The importance of the birth companion's role is acknowledged and they are given an active role to play. The birthing partner is give invaluable practical tools and techniques that they can use to help their partner during pregnancy, labour and birth.
However, some women choose to attend classes alone or with friends or family members who will act as birth partners, and this is perfectly fine too.
It is never too early or too late to start KGHypnobirthing. An understanding of the techniques can help you at any stage of your pregnancy, however, the longer you have to practice, the better. It is suggestable to start learning between 20-30 weeks of pregnancy.