Now I can't speak for other training programmes but I can tell you what the Natal Hypnotherapy workshops I teach are all about.
FIRSTLY- ITS NOT HYPNOBIRTHING VS OTHER BIRTHS!
Think of everything you learn from me as pain relief. You may only need that form of pain relief throughout labour. Or you mind find that you use it for some of the birth then progress to something else. You can use the techniques for caesarean birth, induction of labour, use them for sweeps and foetal versions. It is not about achieving the perfect birth (which I don't think even exists) but staying calm and in control of your own experience.
ITS NOT JUST FOR HIPPIES!
Many couples are hugely reassured when they realise that so much of the course is based in science and fact. It is not just for "alternative" people, the techniques are used by mums from all different backgrounds, age groups and it doesn't matter whether this is your first, second or third baby.
NO DANGLING WATCHES!
This is the biggest misconception about the whole thing. I'm not controlling you, making you do anything you don't want to do or putting you in a vulnerable position. It's all about self hypnosis and how to access that state by yourself.
HYPNOSIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG!
The course covers so much. When you understand the physical and emotional process of labour, it's easier to trust your body to do what it knows how to do. We look at creating the optimum environment to labour in and why it's so important. There's lots of science, history and practical activities.
BIRTH PARTNER FRIENDLY!
Too often I hear the phrase "I've just got to persuade my husband". Why would you not want to fill yourself with confidence in what to expect and how to help your labouring wife/girlfriend? It's a pretty overwhelming thing to be a birth partner. You need to be supportive, potentially stay awake for a huge chunk of time and advocate for your partner if they are unable to. Instead of feeling useless and scared, I will teach you a whole range of things you can be doing to help. It's not just about mum feeling confident and in control- dads to be need to as well!
NO SPECIAL LANGUAGE!
Now this is where I know we differ from other hypnobirthing brands. We don't shy away from the word pain. You can say contraction if you like, or surges, waves etc if you prefer. Midwives who have no familiarity with Natal Hypnotherapy will be able to support you with no difficulty at all.
AFFORDABLE ANTENATAL CLASSES!
A two day group workshop including your resource book, 4 exclusive download tracks, labour companion and light refreshments costs £195 per couple. I offer payment plans and gift vouchers.
My aim is that you leave my workshops feeling full of confidence in your body and your own ability. And hey, you'll also have calming skills for life to deal with nightmare toddlers, dentist appointments, waxing and tattoos 😉