July 23, 2019 Hypnobirthing Taster Class Q&A’s At The Calm Mama Co I hold regular Hypnobirthing taster classes in Leeds and Bradford. These enable expectant parents and their birth partners to come along and find out more about what is included in a hypnobirthing course and meet to me, Jess. If you can’t attend a taster class, the following Q&A will give you an insight in to what hypnobirthing really is and how it can benefit you. When is the best time to start my hypnobirthing classes? I recommend that expectant parents begin their hypnobirthing classes no earlier than when you are 20 weeks pregnant. The ideal time to complete your classes is anywhere around the 25-35 weeks. This ensures we have plenty of time to complete the classes in case of holidays or illness and enough time to fully practice all of the techniques. Does my birth partner need to attend the classes? Yes! Your birth partner is vital in your pregnancy and birth. When you choose your birth partner, the likelihood is that you’ll choose the person who makes you feel the safest, happiest and the person who will always have your back. This might not be baby’s father, this could be your mum, dad, best friend…you get the idea. The point is, they’re likely to be someone extremely close to you who wants the best for you and baby. This is why birth partners are so important. Your birth partner is your voice when you can’t talk during an intense surge, number one cheerleader when you need a perk up, your rock when you need grounding. In my hypnobirthing classes it’s vital that birth partners attend. They learn everything you learn, from your options of pain relief to breathing techniques so they can help you if you need it. What will I learn? In my hypnobirthing classes I teach a mixture of hypnobirthing techniques and antenatal education. We’ll start with the SCIENCE (yes, science!) behind hypnobirthing and the physiology of birth. We’ll cover all of your options; these include induction, pain relief, where to have your baby and the benefits and negatives to all. You’ll learn 3 different hypnobirthing breathing techniques along with how to use visualisations and positive affirmations during your pregnancy, labour and birth. In my private classes I tailor the course content to your individual pregnancy, so if there are any special circumstances that you have I will provide the fact and evidence based research so that you can make the right decisions for you and your baby. And of course you’ll learn what actually happens in labour! Does hypnobirthing mean my labour will be pain free? Some mums who have studied hypnobirthing report that they didn’t feel pain, only pressure or sensations. However, hypnobirthing does not guarantee a pain free birth. Hypnobirthing teaches you how to manage the discomfort you feel. You will learn how to use self-hypnosis to relax your body and mind so that your muscles can do what they were intended to. There have been several studies that have found that women who have studied self-hypnosis are less likely to request medicalised pain relief. However, the aim hypnobirthing is not to have a pain free birth. The aim is to be confident in your body and to be fully educated when it comes to your choices and options. What is self-hypnosis? Simply put, self-hypnosis is deep relaxation. It’s nothing to be afraid of. There’s no Derren Brown waving his fingers at you and certainly no clucking like a chicken. Have you ever driven a familiar route and realised that you don’t quite know what happened to that one set of lights or how you even got there? Or have you been so caught up in a film that you’ve completely missed someone saying your name? That is essentially what self-hypnosis is. Hypnobirthing is for EVERY birth and EVERY mama. No matter what your birth may look like, hypnobirthing can have a positive effect. I run taster classes on a monthly basis in a variety of locations. More information and free tickets for these tasters can be found here. You can view my Facebook page here which is updated with all upcoming courses and free taster classes. I hope to see you at an upcoming taster class!