Hypnobirthing Blog

Bucks and Berks Hypnobirthing delivers one-to-one and group sessions. Areas covered in Buckinghamshire include: Marlow, High Wycombe, Bourne End and Beaconsfield Areas covered in Berkshire include: Maidenhead, Cookham, Windsor and Reading

What is Hypnobirthing?

The worst thing about Hypnobirthing is its name. People often have negative connotations towards anything hypno related but it isn’t hocus-pocus! Hypnobirthing is simple, practical, logical and an effective antenatal education. It provides parents with knowledge and understanding of birth combined with skills and techniques to create a calm and positive environment. The female body was designed to give birth, hypnobirthing empowers women to work with their body not against it. As women, we face years of conditioning that birth is painful and that you should be scared of it. The great news is you don’t have to be! With the use of hypnotherapy techniques, which is essentially just the use of positive language, this fear and worry is replaced with positivity and confidence. Hypnobirthing is made up of lots of simple short exercises and techniques that when put together and practiced can make a huge difference to you and your baby’s birthing experience. Whilst hypnobirthing cannot promise a perfect pain free birth, it can make a very powerful difference and ensure that every birth is a positive experience.

Self-Care in Pregnancy – The Christmas Addition

Self-Care in Pregnancy – The Christmas Addition It a busy time of year and lots of people are rushing around get the preparations for Christmas ready and tying up loose ends at work before the Christmas break. If you then add in an extra factor of being pregnant some mums can really burn themselves out. This is a topic that has come up a lot with my mums recently so I felt like sending out a little reminder about the importance of self-care. Your body is going through so many changes it is important to make sure you get the opportunity to rest and replenish your energy supply. Take time for you One thing that’s important especially for expecting mums is to take time for yourself. Soon you will not have a moment alone for a very long time! Carrying on as normal plus being pregnant can be ex...

What is transition in labour? – Hypnobirthing Tips

What is transition in labour? – Hypnobirthing Tips When a woman is going through labour, things do not happen haphazardly but they follow a systematic process that is denoted using stages. Any woman who gives birth begins with the first stage (or Up Stage in Hypnobirthing) of labour before transitioning to the 2nd stage (Down Stage in Hypnobirthing). The first stage is where the uterine muscles cause the cervix to fully dilate and the second stage is where the uterine muscles push baby earth side. Some women describe a transition phase between stage one and stage two. This can be a matter of seconds or 30 minutes long. What happens during the transition phase? One of the flagship changes is the sudden surge of the hormone, adrenaline which in turn, can make mum feel a little panicky ...

Overcoming the fear of childbirth for expectant mums – Bucks and Berks Hypnobirthing

Overcoming the fear of childbirth for expectant mums – Bucks and Berks Hypnobirthing It really doesn’t surprise me how many expectant mums contact me explaining their fear of childbirth. We seem to live in a culture where girls and women are programmed to fear childbirth. Movies and the media, do not make things any better as they tend to portray this process as scary and horrible of which it isn’t (or it doesn’t have to be). If you are about to give birth and are scared of the uncertainties surrounding your situation. Here are some tips on how to overcome the fear of childbirth. Ignore the negative Undoubtedly one of the best ways to overcome fear under any circumstances is to try as much as possible to ignore the negativity. I know, this can seem like a longshot considering how eas...

Guest Post with Chloe Hill, lead instructor for Mini First Aid in Thames Valley

Guest Post with Chloe Hill, lead instructor for Mini First Aid in Thames Valley I have a fabulous guest post from a wonderful local mum Chloe Hill, lead instructor for Mini First Aid in Thames Valley. First aid has a very close place in my heart and I believe everyone should have basic skills to help family, friends or a complete stranger when they have come to harm.   I was fortunate enough to have done First Aid training throughout my life from my late teens. I think it becomes even more important when a little one comes into this world so Chloe is doing a very important job of teaching people baby and child first aid in my local area.   Chloe is passionate and knowledgeable about this important topic. Here is her feedback from a few questions:   What made you decide to st...

Why Dad being present throughout the birth of their baby is one of the most important elements for a positive birth experience

Why Dad being present throughout the birth of their baby is one of the most important elements for a positive birth experience Why Dad being present throughout the birth of their baby is one of the most important elements for a positive birth experience – as told by a Hypnobirthing mum It is fairly standard these days that Dad or another Birth Partner is present at the birth of a baby to help and support mum. However, this hasn’t always been the case, up until the late 1960’s Dad’s were more likely to be found in the pub rather than the delivery room. Now Dad’s role has really changed and they are a member of the birthing team and attend the birth preparation classes with mum. Now the purpose of this blog isn’t about encouraging Dad’s to be in the room when mum is giving birth. No, t...

Stop being a “Good Girl” in the Birth Room – A Hypnobirthing Mum’s Perspective

Stop being a “Good Girl” in the Birth Room – A Hypnobirthing Mum’s Perspective I have recently read a fantastic booked called ‘Playing Big’ by Tara Mohr and in one section of the book she talks about ‘Good Girl Conditioning’. This got me thinking about ‘Good Girl Conditioning’ in the birth environment and even my own experience of this. Due to this conditioning from an early age, when women are in the unfamiliar environment such a hospital or birth centre I can see how this type of behaviour can come into play. You are surrounded by authority figures, Obstetricians and Midwives and if you are unaware of all your choices and options it is highly likely you will ‘be a good girl’ keep quiet and go along with whatever is suggested. Now I know that the medical profession has the mother and baby...

A Hypnobirthing Mum – On Mum Guilt

A Hypnobirthing Mum – On Mum Guilt I am writing today’s blog post a wonderful Thai massage and right now I have zero Mum Guilt. Mum Guilt is awful, it creeps up on you or slams you right in the face. It can occur because of anything and everything; feeling like you’re not spending enough quality time with your little person, shoving fish fingers in the oven instead of creating a homemade meal, having a quick scroll through social media instead of being 100% present 100% of the time. The list seems to be endless. I think mum’s need to cut themselves a bit of slack. Mum guilt only exists because the media has created the ‘perfect’ image of what a mother is meant to be. We then have the horrible habit of comparing ourselves to this or other people portrayal...

Affirmations for Birth Partners – Hypnobirthing Approach

Affirmations of Birth Partners – Hypnobirthing Approach This week’s blog is one for the Dad’s – Affirmations for Birth Partners – Hypnobirthing Approach. During the Birth Preparation classes I teach, I include empowering statements for birth. These are affirmations for mum to read, repeat and feel; to increase her positive feelings about birth and her capability to give birth. Some of my tips include writing them on post-it’s and putting them around the house, in your car or on your computer screen at work. Anywhere where you are going to see them on a regular basis. The more you repeat them and truly believe them your subconscious mind takes them as the truth. Affirmations are great for any point in a person’s life to improve in an area such as self-belief, confidence or even ...

A Hypnobirthing mum’s top tips on how to cope with Toddler Tantrums

A Hypnobirthing mum’s top tips on how to cope with Toddler Tantrums My son has just had his second birthday. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone and now I have a very confident, chatty, hilarious, caring, gorgeous, defiant little boy. However, his transition from babyhood to toddler has caused some epic meltdowns. This could be due to anything. Topics include but are not limited to now being allowed to eat whatever I am eating, because the cat jumped on the sofa, because outside is outside, not being allowed to go to bed in the garden because he is not allowed to live at his cousin’s house…. So here are my top tips on how to cope with toddler tantrums. There is a caveate though, I am by no means a child psychologist or training childcare professional these ar...

New Positive Birth Story – First time mum using Hypnobirthing with Bucks and Berks Hypnobirthing

New Positive Birth Story – First time mum using Hypnobirthing with Bucks and Berks Hypnobirthing I absolutely adore hearing the wonderful birth stories from the parents I work with. Here is a wonderful positive birth story from one of my first time mums. Thank you, Natalie, for sharing. Dear Ruth, Hope you’re well! Just to let you know that baby was born on Friday at 00.12am. Came completely of her own accord (baby knows best) and I managed to stay at home (with the help of positive birth statements, ball bouncing and tens machine) until 8 cm dilated. Got to Birth Centre at 10.45pm, had a bit of gas and air, in pool by 11.30pm, baby out at 00.12am, weighing in at 8lb 4oz. Perfect birth story. Really think the hypno stuff helped me more than I thought it would to be honest, so t...

Guest Blog – Emma Barden the Lactavist: My journey to becoming a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter

Guest Blog – Emma Barden the Lactavist: My journey to becoming a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter This week is a wonderful guest blog from the lovely Emma proclaimed Lactivist about her breast feeding journey and how she became a peer supporter! I never thought I would be writing a blog post about breastfeeding and my experience as a Peer Supporter; but I am! By the way I’m Emma, an APUK Facilitator, and part-time working mum to 21-month-old Tabitha. When our breastfeeding journey started may moons ago, I didn’t imagine I would still be nursing so far down the line. I didn’t even know that people breastfed past the very first few months of babyhood. I had planned to breastfeed for the first few weeks and slowly introduce formula once my supply was established, (my NCT teacher said that t...

How to Achieve a Positive Birth – Hypnobirthing Top Tips

How to Achieve a Positive Birth – Hypnobirthing Top Tips One of my main aims in life is to distil the myth that birth is painful, scary and should be feared. Here are my top Hypnobirthing tips on how to achieve a positive birth. In British culture, it is almost a badge of honor to have a birth horror story. Mum’s even seem to enjoy relaying these stories to fellow mum’s or even freaking out mum’s to be. Yes, becoming a mother is a right of passage and the memories of birth will shape you for the rest of your life but it doesn’t have to be in a negative way. My top tips for achieving a positive birth are: 1) Get educated There are lots of birth preparation classes out there. Of course, I am totally biased but for me, Hypnobirthing is the best. That’s why ...

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