Emma offers a unique approach to HypnoBirthing, bringing together her experience as a clinical psychologist and training with the Fertility2Birth HypnoBirth program. This means her course provides you with an opportunity not only to learn HypnoBirthing techniques, but also to explore your feelings about pregnancy, birth and parenthood.
She aims to empower women and their partners to have a safe, satisfying birth however they choose – whether that is at home or in hospital, with or without pain relief.
If you are interested in HypnoBirth training, Emma offers two courses:
From Bump to Birth
This is a three session program with women or couples exploring expectations of birth, preparing for birth, hopes for parenthood and teaching you self-hypnosis.
From Bump to Baby
This is a four session program with women or couples which includes an additional session after birth, to help you learn about your baby’s communication and temperament, and to support you in the post-natal period.
Prices start at £200 per course, but Emma also offers a limited number of subsidised courses per year and aims to see everyone regardless of income. Please contact her to arrange a consultation.
Emma is also happy to see couples as part of a group, if you have friends due around the same time.
What is HypnoBirth?
Using Hypnosis to help with labour has been shown to reduce the length of the first stage of labour by hours and the second stage from an average of 50 minutes to 37 minutes. 50% of parents using the Fertility2Birth HypnoBirth program have experienced an entire labour lasting less than 5 hours.
HypnoBirthing aims to remove the fears associated with birth, explain the process of birth and help you to plan the birth you want. Through identifying assumptions and expectations which may hold you back during your labour, the HypnoBirth program enables you to enter into your labour fully, feeling calm and in control. If you intend to have others present at the birth, they are also encouraged to attend sessions with you, to ensure they feel they have a clear role during your labour and can support you in the best way for you.
Clinical research has shown that confident, relaxed and positive mothers have better birth outcomes. During the HypnoBirth training you will learn how to relax using hypnosis so that during your labour you can, if you choose to, go into a state of deep relaxation. This encourages you to ‘switch off’ the more analytical, anxious part of your mind and allow your body to take over.
Using the HypnoBirth program the chances of you requiring medical intervention including pain relief are reduced dramatically. This means that not only will your body heal at a much faster rate after the delivery but your baby will be brought into the world drug free. However, if you wish to use pain relief or require medical intervention the techniques not only ensure you can remain relaxed throughout, but also help you to deal with any feelings that may occur if your labour does not go to plan.
HypnoBirthing techniques are growing in popularity, and have recently been featured in The Daily Mail and the Sunday Times (http://bit.ly/gI7hig). The University of Central Lancashire is currently running a trial to examine the outcomes of women who have been through hypnobirthing training.