So, you’re pregnant? Congratulations! You might have already seen your tiny little baby wriggling around on a scan, and it’s all very exciting! You might have started browsing buggies online or picked up a teeny little outfit shopping in Kingston! (You’ve probably started major house renovations or decided to move house.. because that’s what we all seem to do at this point in our lives!) But, now you find yourself thinking about the birth… What will it be like? Where will it be? What will happen? Will you know what to do? You know what you want, but how do you get it? You want to feel calm, confident and in control. You want to be in charge of decision making, to know your options and get the best out of your health care professionals. You want to meet some like minded parents to be! So you do some googling, and up pops ‘hypnobirthing’.
Hypnobirthing? What is it? In my opinion, the name does it a disservice. It rang of vegan-eating, tie-dye-wearing, dreadlock-growing hippies the first time I heard about it. So I was surprised to discover that not only is it logical, gentle and EVIDENCE BASED*, but also, that IT WORKS!
Birth is unpredictable. It is wonderful. It is powerful. It is hard work. That’s why they call it labour. But just because it’s hard, that doesn’t make it scary or unachievable. Preparation is key. You wouldn’t run a marathon without training beforehand, and birth is no different.
The key to a positive birth is preparation. Most women do more research and put more thought in to which buggy to buy than they do giving birth**, but you’re not most women! (You found this site, after all).
Ok, so you need to prepare, but how? This means understanding your body, understanding your baby, understanding your mind and understanding your options. This is YOUR body, YOUR baby and YOUR birth- so take hold of the steering wheel!
Hypnobirthing teaches you and your birth partner how to do just that. KG Hypnobirthing is a full antenatal education programme that prepares you for a positive birth experience. It gives you, your baby and your birth partner a set of tools that you can use throughout labour in order to make informed decisions, feel in control of your experience and ultimately achieve the best birth for you and your baby. Through practice of the hypnobirthing techniques, you can achieve a deep state of relaxation and have the comfortable, calm, beautiful birth that you hope for. Both Mum and Birth Partner will leave feeling empowered, in control and unafraid of childbirth .
*Current research into the use of hypnosis in childbirth shows a reduction in the first and second stages of labour, a reduction in the need for pain relief and a reduced rate of surgical intervention. If that’s not evidence enough, I don’t know what is!
**Ok, that bit of research is based on my own small observational study of couples standing in the John Lewis nursery department on a Saturday afternoon, but it’s probably true?