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"Which antenatal classes shall l do?"...


What makes the Essential Birth Course different… 

 

…to other antenatal courses?

Other antenatal courses have hypnobirthing as an add on and may spend an hour talking about it, or just touch upon what it is it, without being qualified hypnobirthing instructors. Often other antenatal courses descriptions of hypnobirthing aren’t accurate- for example, hypnobirthing is not a form of pain relief- which is often how it is described! (This misleads people into thinking that if they do x,y and z, then their birth will be pain-free).


 

So what is hypnobirthing? Hypnobirthing looks at the mind-body connection, and how we can work with our birthing muscles and hormones in labour. Birth is powerful and hard but there is evidence to suggest that well practised hypnobirthing tools and techniques could make birth more comfortable or possibly shorten the length of your labour (not pain-free). These are coping tools and techniques, and some of which use self-hypnosis, which is where the ‘hypno’ comes from. I actually don’t like the term ‘hypnobirthing’ because it makes it sound woo woo, where as it is actually a really scientific, logical and evidence-based approach to birth. Self-hypnosis involves a deep state of relaxation, which leads some people to ask ‘why can’t I just tell myself to relax in labour’. Watch this video to find out more about hypnobirthing and to answer your question!



… to other hypnobirthing courses?

We look at all types of birth, making it a full antenatal course. We look at the process of induction and caesareans. 38% of births at Southend Hospital were induced and 43% were born by caesarean in March 2024. So this course provides you with a tool kit of coping techniques to use in all types if situations. Some people will say they don’t need to do an antenatal course for this reason… if someone is having a caesarean why do they need to know about hormones?


 

Oxytocin- the queen of all of your hormones in birth- is not just responsible for driving those contractions. She is also responsible for bonding with baby and supporting feeding postnatally. Creating your Oxytocin Bubble (which we will teach you about on the course) will support your baby as it transitions from your uterus to living in the outside world, but it will also support you as you transition into this new stage of motherhood.



…. or to other birth preparation?

 

I absolutely love pregnancy yoga and recommend it to all the ladies that I work with, whether it’s on land or in water. There so many wonderful things I could say about these sessions, especially the ones run by My Yogi Tribe, who I know do provide really powerful birth preparation, so what makes my course different?... it includes your birth partner!

 

In the work that I do I often find that it is the birthing parent that tends to be the one who does all the research into birth, whether that’s reading a book, listening to podcasts, or googling. In my pregnancy, I was the one who read a book, and it was a great book. But relaying the ‘important/ must know’ information onto my partner was more difficult than I expected, because it all felt important.

 

My husband was really sceptical about attending an antenatal course, but despite already being at the births of my older step-children, he got so much out of it. I loved that we were learning about it at the same time, so it felt more like we were in it together. It also made it a lot easier to talk about birth after the antenatal course, and how I was feeling. We felt more like a team.

 


On my antenatal and hypnobirthing course your birth partner will learn how to be an active birth partner- and what they can do to support you. In birth the ideal state of consciousness if for the thinking part of your brain to almost shut down, allowing your instinctive part of your brain to birth your baby. Your birth partner, like a doula would, needs to protect your birthing space to allow this to happen. This is far less scary than it sounds, and what the Essential Birth Course does, is give them the tools and the confidence to be able to do this.




 

 

 

 

 

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