Frequently Asked Questions
If there is anything I haven't covered here that you would like to know, please feel free to email me or give me a call.
I'm not sure if hypnobirthing is for me, how do I know it's the right choice?
A good place to start is my article here. Common misconceptions include the notion that hypnobirthing is a new age practice with no substance, and that you will lose control as you are under hypnosis. Nothing could be further from the truth! Hypnobirthing is based in science, a lot of clients have 'lightbulb' moments whilst taking a course as it all comes together and makes sense! Be reassured, there is no vagina whispering in my classes. The one caveat is that you must practice. Reframing how you perceive birth and achieving a deep state of relaxation does require commitment. I'm always available for a no pressure call or feel free to ask me questions via email if you would prefer. If you follow me on Facebook and/or Instagram you'll see lots of informative posts to get an idea of whether hypnobirthing is for you.
Isn't hypnobirthing just for completely natural, candle-lit, whale music home births?
This has come from the incorrect notion that if you experience any form of pain, you aren't doing it right. Hypnobirthing does not promise a pain free birth, and anything that does should be avoided! Pain is very subjective, everyone experiences it differently. Hypnobirthing gives you the toolkit to navigate ANY journey that labour takes. You may choose to birth at home, in a midwife led unit, or on a labour ward; and hypnobirthing techniques are extremely useful in all these scenarios. You don't achieve a 'hypnobirth', you use hypnobirthing techniques to help in any given situation. Hypnobirthing doesn't guarantee that your birth will follow a particular path, but it does stack the odds in your favour of having the birth you desire. My courses are completely non-judgmental, providing evidence based information whilst respecting any personal preferences.
I'm up for trying hypnobirthing, but my birth partner needs convincing!
A key part of my courses is involving the birth partner. They need to be onboard with hypnobirthing as a technique to be able to support the birthing person effectively. I usually find that when I talk about the theory and science behind hypnobirthing, the birth partner realises how much sense it all makes! We will also focus on practical ways a birth partner can help, both before and during labour.
What evidence-based research is out there to say that hypnobirthing really works?
Professor Downe who ran the trial, commented that "All those who agreed to be interviewed found hypnobirthing to be helpful, both in labour and other areas of their lives." Most also later reported having had positive experiences, saying that hypnobirthing helped them feel calm, confident and empowered before and during their births. "They had started off as being sceptical, but they ended up being really positive about the technique, as did their partners," said Dr Downe. "Many continued to use it after the birth of their babies."
When should I book a course for?
After you've had your 20 week scan is a good time to get in touch to book in some dates. Ideally its a good idea to do the course between 25 and 35 weeks. However, if you are rapidly approaching your due date, the 3 hour Hypnobirthing workshop would be perfect (this comes with the full client manual and 3 mp3s as well as my ongoing support)
I'm classed as high risk/under consultant led care, is hypnobirthing right for me?
Absolutely! In fact, it's when you're presented with potentially challenging circumstances that hypnobirthing really comes into its own. Knowing how to work with your body rather than against it, using the breathing and visualisation techniques, and having an in-depth knowledge of what happens during labour is going to help immensely. The birth affirmation that worked for me when labour took a different route with my eldest was 'Breathe for me, breathe for my baby'. This resonated with me and reminded me that although I was now faced with something unexpected, if I could stay calm then that would help keep my baby calm too. Have a read of my positive birth stories here.
Isn't hypnobirthing just for first time mums?
Hypnobirthing is useful whether this is your first, second, or sixth baby! Every pregnancy is different and no two births follow the same path. Maybe you had a difficult first birth and are keen to have a more positive experience second time round? A lot of people find out about the difference hypnobirthing can make and go on to have a much improved subsequent birth.
What is included with the courses?
a comprehensive client manual
6 mp3s to practise at home
access to The Little Birth Company online client area with extra handouts
access to The Little Birth Company Facebook community group
a lovely goodie bag with some useful info and freebies
my ongoing support up to the birth
What's the difference between an instructor-led course and a book/mp3/online only course?
A book and mp3 only course will give you a good understanding of hypnobirthing, but it isn't tailored to you and your individual circumstances. You can't ask questions and get those immediate answers specific to your situation. If your pregnancy takes a different turn, we can work with that and address any concerns you have about the change in plan or preparation. You are also much more likely to 'do your homework' inbetween sessions if you've got me asking how it's going! You only get to do this birth once. The birth you have has an impact on your baby's start in life and your mental and physical health. Your experience will stay with you for the rest of your life, so view hypnobirthing as an investment into making that experience a positive one.
I know I'll be having an elective caesarean, is hypnobirthing useful in these circumstances?
Absolutely! I run a 3 hour Positive Caesarean workshop which is completely tailored to having an elective caesarean, have a look at the detail here.
Which areas do you cover for in-person courses?
Areas I cover include Southampton, the New Forest, Portsmouth, Fareham, the Hamble peninsula (Bursledon, Netley, Hamble), Warsash and Sarisbury Green, Hedge End, Fairoak, Winchester, Eastleigh etc. Do get in touch if you are further afield however, as I'm sure we can arrange something that is suitable for you.