What is Hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal programme which teaches mothers and fathers the physiology of a woman’s body during labour and childbirth, the relationship between the mind and body an how to apply relaxation techniques using hypnosis. It enables a woman to work with her body, which is naturally designed to give birth, and to replace fear with a calm confidence. When calm, her body produces the hormone oxytocin, which helps her uterine muscles work more effectively and efficiently. Oxytocin triggers the production of endorphins, which are often referred to as nature’s pain relief, so the body is perfectly designed to give birth efficiently and comfortably; the perfect system is already in place. It promotes natural childbirth with less need for medical intervention (as and where appropriate) which is empowering for both mother and father in helping them make informed decisions throughout labour. Hypnobirthing aims to create a calm and peaceful environment for welcoming a new baby into the world and is therefor beneficial for mother, father and baby too.

Why choose a practitioner trained by KG Hypnobirthing?

KG is the original Hypnobirthing course which is designed especially for mothers in the UK. The course is constantly evolving to keep up-to-date with the latest evidence and research, and is now taught internationally.

Katharine Graves has personally taught hypnobirthing to over 2,000 couples, including celebrities such as Suzanne Shaw, Paula Lane and Sophie Austin who have all gone on to have wonderful hypnobirthing experiences.

A KG Hypnobirthing Course not only equips you with the hypnobirthing information, but uniquely gives you the knowledge to understand your options and the implications of the choices you make. As well as teaching you the techniques you need for a successful hypnobirth, it gives you the information to navigate the system in which you find yourself to achieve the best outcome for you and your baby.

What will I learn on the course?

  • Breathing exercises
  • Deep relaxations
  • Visualisations
  • Learn to release fear and build confidence
  • Comforting massage
  • The protective and supportive role of the father
  • How the body is designed to give birth with efficiency and comfort
  • A practice regime to support you at home
  • Understanding how the mind and body work together

At what stage of my pregnancy should I take the course?

You can take the course any time throughout your pregnancy, though I recommend the ideal time is between 20-30 weeks. You will be given the hypnobirthing handbook and relaxation CD on booking the course. You are encouraged to listen to the CD every night. Doing the course during the second trimester gives you plenty of time to complete the course, develop your affirmations and consolidate your knowledge, allowing you to look forward to welcoming your baby.

Can I use hypnobirthing if I am having an elective Caesarean section?

Absolutely! All types of induction of labour are covered in the course so whether labour begins spontaneously, by induction or by elective caesarean, you can feel confident that hypnobirthing can assist you throughout by tailoring and adapting it to suit your needs. Hypnobirthing can also be beneficial if events occur throughout labour which result in medical intervention such as requiring a caesarean section, ventouse or forceps delivery.

Where do you teach sessions?

I am based in Bo’ness and teach one-to-one or small groups in my own home. If you would prefer that I come to your home I can arrange this. I am also able to teach sessions via Skype.

Should my partner/birth partner attend?

Yes, I encourage you to bring the father/birth partner to sessions. The course material is aimed at dad too as this will be one of the biggest moments in your life together with the material ensuring that dad can feel included and empowered too. I offer relaxation scripts during the sessions and encourage couples to practice these at home in preparation for the birth. Alternatively, you may prefer to attend the course alone.

How much does the course cost and can I pay in instalments?

The course fee is £250 for group sessions and £325 for one-to-one sessions. I kindly request that full payment is made prior to the first session and can accept instalments. You will receive The Hypnobirthing Book and the relaxation CD (or MP3), and will be given a parent handout folder which contains all the information we cover and your practice material.