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Hypnobirthing

Do you want to gain the confidence and skills, so you can feel empowered to have the most positive birthing experience possible for you?

If you learn some hypnobirth techniques it is more likely you will have a significantly shorter labour, will be more positive, alert and in control and you may find you do not need any pain relief. There is also a much reduced likelihood that you will experience delivery by forceps, ventouse, or caesarean section.

Hypnobirthing is about letting you choose whats best for you so you can have the unique birth YOU want. You don't have to have somebody else's idea of the perfect birth.

The established hypnobirthing tools will help if have a vaginal birth, planned or emergency C-section. Even if labour is not straightforward and you find you need some pain relief or require a medical intervention, you will learn how you can still stay calm and in control so you can achieve a positive experience for you and your baby.

Feel calm and relaxed for birth

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Hypnobirthing Sessions

Confident Childbirth Hypnobirthing is a flexible approach tailored to you. 

You will learn:

  • Self-hypnosis to help you relax quickly and keep you calm.

  • How to remain positive, in control and in communication.

  • Practical pain control techniques to help you manage discomfort with the minimum use of drugs.

  • Visualisation exercises so you can rehearse how you want your birth to be.

  • To reduce any pregnancy anxiety.

  • To reframe any negative birthing experiences or stories.

You will also receive hypnobirthing mp3s for you to listen to at home.

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Advantages of Hypnobirthing

  • Feel relaxed and calmer about birth.
  • Sleep better and get back to sleep if you are disturbed.
  • Have a significantly shorter labour.
  • Remain in control and have a natural, calm, comfortable birth.
  • Reduce the likelihood of delivery by forceps, ventouse, or cesarean section.
  • Your baby is likely to have a higher Apgar score.
  • Reduce the use of medication leading to fewer side effects for you and your baby.
  • Have a shorter hospital stay and a quicker postnatal recovery.
  • Have a reduced incidence of post-natal depression.
  • Hypnobirthing babies are often calmer, feed and sleep better.
  • Self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques will aid you with breast-feeding.
  • Cope more easily with issues of family life as well as sleep more easily.

The National Childbirth Trust has also published a research overview on self hypnosis for labour. Read more here.

I enjoyed the whole process of childbirth!! Because I was so calm during the labour, I was able to recover quicker and it made going home less stressful.

When Should I Start Hypnobirthing?

An excellent time to start the course is at the beginning of the third trimester. Although you are welcome to start earlier so that you can begin to enjoy the relaxation, visualisations and have plenty of time to practice the techniques.

I like to work with my hypnobirthing clients on a 1:1 basis and do not run group classes. This enables me to help you manage any individual concerns.

You can choose whether you come on your own or with your partner. Some partners come just for the first session, others choose to attend all of them.  Occasionally some have a session of their own if they have any particular fears in connection with birth.

Although your partner will play an invaluable role through their calm presence and helping to keep the right atmosphere for you during childbirth, many do not attend and you can pass any techniques and tips onto them after our sessions.

Why Confident Childbirth

Childbirth is a natural process and can be a positive experience if you learn to trust your body.

Each mother and baby is unique. This approach is flexible, tailored to each individual and not just script based. I will take into account how you feel now, guide you towards the birth that you want for you and your baby and respects your wishes. The aim is to have a positive experience of birth no matter how birth proceeds.

As a Cognitive Hypnotherapist with additional specialised hypnobirth training, if you have had a previous traumatic birth, or need to overcome specific anxieties or fears we can use Hypnosis and NLP techniques to overcome them.

There are many different types of hynobirth classes out there. Spend some time considering the best option for you and your partner.

The Confident Childbirth Approach to Hypnobirthing, is a useful extra to a nct or antenatal class which I would also recommend.

I would definitely recommend confident childbirth to others, I am a pretty anxious person, talking through fears, working on strategies & finding what techniques worked for me made it very personal.

Related Hypnobirting Articles

If you would like to find out more about how hypnobirthing could help you, please read the research or posts. Or click on the hypnobirthing reviews from previous clients so you see what you could achieve.

Click here to watch a video of Dr. Michael Mosley demonstrating how hypnosis may help with pain relief.

Hypnobirthing was really fundamental to me being able to give birth naturally and I was able to go in with a positive mindset. A big thanks for the sessions, I truly believe they set me up for success.

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It's never too late for a session of hypnobirthing to be of benefit. Even one session will teach you some useful skills and techniques and will be time well spent.

Hypnobirthing techniques helped me manage the birth of my own daughter naturally and would love to help you have the most positive experience for you.

Let's have a conversation so you can ask any questions you might have and then we can decide if this is the right approach for you.

Client Feedback

I contacted Jo when I was around 36 weeks pregnant because I was extremely anxious about giving birth. I'm so glad I did. Jo assessed my situation and guided me though hypnobirthing exercises that I used during labour. These were invaluable when the day came. I was able to remain calm and relaxed throughout the labour and birth.

The reflexology helped too, it was a lovely way to relax during pregnancy. If you are considering hypnobirthing, definitely go to Jo for her expertise and tangible exercises that will help when the time comes. She will assure you that there is no need to be afraid of childbirth.

Kathy

I went to see Jo for Hypnobirthing to prepare for the birth of my second baby. Towards the end of the pregnancy, the baby was presenting breech and Jo provided techniques to assist the baby to turn which fortunately happened.

I had a successful normal delivery and greatly benefited from seeing Jo for coping with the anxiety prior to birth and managing the pain during labour. Thank you Jo for your professionalism.

Ash

This is my second time visiting Jo & she did not disappoint. Jo taught me the skills of Hypnobirthing during my first pregnancy, it kept my anxiety levels in check during my pregnancy & gave me the tools to enable a drug free labour (& that’s not to say that the birth was not without its challenges!!).

I got in touch with Jo again for a refresher during my second pregnancy & was a little nervous how this would work across zoom video calls - I needn’t have worried, it was just as effective & she put me at ease very quickly.

The recordings Jo creates are personalised & make such a difference to your perspective as you head into the unknown - just make sure you make the time to actually listen to them!

Can’t speak highly enough about Jo, would definitely recommend.

Jaclyn

I had my lil Man yesterday after 7 hr labour, only had gas and air and pethadine.

Wanted to thank you. I really think having just one session took away some of the anxiety and gave me a little more confidence. To be honest between contractions I was away.

Emily

I came to see Jo to help with my Nipple Phobia, and to learn some Hypnobirthing techniques to keep me calm during labour. Having been really keen to breastfeed my son, Jo helped me realise where this phobia had come from and changed my thought process around it. She also gave me a mp3 written specifically for me which I listened to at home.

I had a long labour but Jos hypnobirthing techniques kept me calm and I am amazed that I can now exclusively breastfeeding.

Irene

I had planned to have at least three hypnobirthing sessions with Jo. However, the early arrival of my baby daughter meant I only fitted in one. I can honestly say that I know it made a huge difference.

The relaxation techniques I learnt in the one-to-one session followed by the wonderfully relaxing MP3 downloads Jo sent me afterwards helped me to enter an almost trance-like state as labour took hold and I felt calm and in control throughout most of the labour. Even when the contractions came on very strong, due to induction, my mind took me away from focusing on the pain. I am sure this is to do with the hypnobirthing techniques I learned from Jo.

Everyone deals with things differently and every labour is unique. I for one would vouch for Jo’s techniques and would certainly use them again should baby number 2 come along!

Kate

I wanted to let you know that my baby girl arrived on 6th July (10 days past due date) safe and healthy weighing 7lb 6oz. I found my hypnobirthing methods and recordings invaluable through the early pregnancy stages at home and during active labour to help me block out the pain in parts.

So much so, I stuck to my original plan. I started off in the water and had a pain relief free natural birth! I am so glad I did it and very happy I did my sessions with you. Now at home now I am recovering well.

Samantha

I used a mixture of a tens machine, water & gas & air during labour. I also practised visualisations during labour too. It was a very good birth experience & I think the hypnobirthing played a part in helping me not to need stronger pain relief or any intervention.

Thanks for the sessions you gave me. I wasn’t convinced that giving birth wasn’t going to be horrific but my experience & how I coped totally surprised me!

Jess

Being a first time mum, I was filled with anxiety about giving birth and everything that went along with it. I also suffered from SPD, which at times was excruciating and meant that I could only get around with the use of crutches. This was exactly the reason I sought help from Jo and I'm glad that I did.

Jo taught me various techniques to help control my level of pain and ease my worries about labour. My outlook completely changed after just a few sessions and I'm now calmer and feeling so much more positive about the whole experience. Thank you Jo!

Delia

Hi Jo! You may not remember me, I was your hypnobirthing student 3 years ago!

I have given birth to my son this morning and for over 24 hours was at home practicing your hypnobirthing techniques.  It really got me through and I got to the hospital 4cm dilated. The midwife actually said that I don't look like I'm in pain!

Thanks so much for all your help. The lessons were invaluable!

Fortuna

I thought you like might to know we had a baby girl. I had a really good birth with no epidural! Convinced the hypnobirthing was really fundamental to me being able to give birth naturally and I was able to go in with a positive mindset. It was tough but I dug deep.

So a big thanks for the sessions, I truly believe they set me up for success.

Emily

Your hypnobirthing techniques really helped me through, thank you so much.

I was 10cm dilated when I got to the hospital and our little girl was born an hour later. I am so glad I did your session, I’ll be recommending it to any pregnant person I meet.

Kathy

I decided to do hypnobirthing to be calm in the build up to and during labour. My goals were met and I was totally relaxed and trusted my body. I feel confident that I’ve given her the best start in life with a good birth.

I would highly recommend Confident Childbirth to others.

Chloe

I reached out to Jo for hypnobirthing support for my first pregnancy. I found the experience very relaxing and helped alleviate any fears and stress I had about giving birth. Jo provided me with tools that were very easy to use and relaxed me straight away.

I did sessions both in person and on skype - both were super effective. As my baby arrived 6 weeks early I was glad I booked my sessions well in advance!!

Irene

I was able to keep calm and in control during early stages at home and the techniques also really helped during the first stage in hospital. I used a tens machine & focused on hypnobirthing techniques which helped me get to 8cm before using gas & air.

I was keen to avoid an epidural and drugs and had listened to the recordings every day, they helped me feel prepared for what would happen and I used a number of techniques to avoid medical intervention. I was so pleased to have the birth in the birth centre, with only gas & air as planned and although my baby was back to back I managed the challenge.

I would definitely recommend confident childbirth to others, I am a pretty anxious person, talking through fears, working on strategies & finding what techniques worked for me made it very personal.

Jacyln