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What is Hypnobirthing?

Quite simply, Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal education programme. But unlike regular antenatal courses, it teaches simple but specific relaxation, breathing techniques and self hypnosis for labour and birth. Hypnobirthing is as much a philosophy of birth as it is a technique for achieving a satisfying, calm and stress-free method of birthing.

I am an independent Hypnobirthing practitioner, but I originally trained with the Marie Mongan Hypnobirthing Institute. I also bring in knowledge from my antenatal educator and birth doula qualifications and experience, and my personal experience as a Hypnobirthing mother. My course is not a 'fluffy' course. It is factual, truthful, practical and empowering.

During the course you will learn how to tune in to your natural instincts; be supported in writing a detailed birth plan. You will also work on eliminating your fears and enter your birthing with calm confidence. You will learn about the importance of informed decision making, informed consent and your birthing and human rights in Childbirth.

When birthers are properly prepared for childbirth, and when their mind and body are in harmony, the body is free to function with the perfect physiology as nature intended. 

"HypnoBirthing helps you to frame a positive expectation and to prepare for birth by developing a trust and belief in your
own body and in nature's undeniable orchestration of birthing."

- Marie Mongan

Founder and creator of The HypnoBirthing Institute

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Benefits of HypnoBirthing
Cornwall HypnoBirthing is recommended by Cornish Midwives

Less Pain - Learning how to reduce or eliminate the cause of pain,  Hypnobirthers are often much more comfortable during labour and birth. Often people do not require any pain relief and in some cases experience pain-free births.

Shorter Labour - Working with your body, rather than resisting, you can significantly shorten your labour, leaving you refreshed and ready to raise the beautiful baby you have just given birth to.

Empowerment - The feeling of confidence and empowerment from taking control of your birth is priceless. Learning to trust in your body and your ability to accomplish anything you put your mind to gives you added confidence that stays with you for a lifetime.

Drug-free babyYou have spent nine months avoiding any substances that could harm your growing baby, why change that during the birth? Using Hypnobirthing during labour helps birthing people avoid the need to use pain medications, and make informed decisions if they decide to.

Life Skills You will gain understanding of the power of your thoughts to create both positive and negative change in your life. This knowledge, along with the instant relaxation and deepening techniques taught in the course, are invaluable tool for relieving stress in everyday life.

Confidence to avoid unnecessary interventions - By choosing the right care provider and birth environment, and asking the right questions at the right time, Hypnobirthing families are able to avoid any interventions that are not in the best interest of their child. In the event that intervention is necessary, these families are confident in the knowledge that they explored the alternatives, and are often more satisfied with their birth experience as a result.

TeamworkOne sometimes unexpected side-effect of Hypnobirthing is the additional closeness you feel with your partner. Fathers/partners/other parents play a major role in Hypnobirthing, both leading up to, and during the birth. Working together to bring your baby into the world in the most gentle and calm way possible is the ultimate in teamwork, and sets the stage well for the ultimate team challenge – raising a child.

Drug-free mother/birther The body of a womb barer is perfectly designed to create life, nurture the unborn child, and give birth. Natural labour sets in motion a chain of events and chemical responses in the body that promotes natural labour, quick recovery, hassle-free breastfeeding and deep, instant bonding with your baby. By eliminating unnecessary pain, birthers can avoid using pain relief medications that can interrupt these finely tuned processes.

Stop the cycle of painful childbirthWe know that fear and anxiety about childbirth increase woman/birthing person’s actual experiences of pain. Share your experience of gentle and positive birth and help counteract the negative birth stories out there that perpetuate this cycle of fear and painful childbirth. Check out my Birth Stories page!

Calm baby - Your unborn child is picking up cues about the world well before they are born. Practising self-hypnosis, breathing and relaxation techniques during your pregnancy can reduce the amount of stress hormones your baby is exposed to, leading to a calmer baby.

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