Hypnobirthing

Bucks and Berks Hypnobirthing delivers one-to-one and group Hypnobirthing sessions in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. 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.

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...

For all of the book worms – My top Birth Preparation Books

For all of the book worms – My top Birth Preparation Books I am a little bit of a book worm, however, since my son entered the world I mainly stick to audio books because as soon as I pick up a book he wants my attention. So here are my top recommendations for a good read before the arrival of your little one: 1) The Hypnobirthing Book by KG Hypnobirthing http://www.kghypnobirthing.com/books.html – As a KG Hypnobirthing teacher, this is the book that supports the course I deliver. Written by Kathrine Graves the Hypnobirthing extraordinaire it follows the format of the course giving additional information on the biology of birth, how the mind affects the body, how words affect the mind, stages of labour, supporting information on the relaxation techniques taught in the class and...

Open Letter to my prego self

Open Letter to my prego self – Berks Hypnobirthing As my son approaches another birthday (where has my baby gone!) I have been reflecting on the amazing journey we have been through as a family. I’ve been thinking back to when we found out we were pregnant and my bump days. So, I have decided to write an open letter to my 8 months pregnant self with the hope that it can help some other ladies out there (or their birth partners) if they see some of these traits in themselves. Firstly give yourself a break! Stop trying to do everything and be everything to everyone. You’re a bit of an ‘I can do it all’ person! I know you hate being treated differently just because you are pregnant. If someone offers you help or tell’s you to slow down you don’t need ...

Push it real good…. or not!

Push it real good…. or not! Bucks Hypnobirthing Many people’s perception of labour is of a woman on her back in bed, huffing and puffing and pushing as if her life depending on it. It has become part of the British birthing culture for midwives to coach women to push during the second stage of labour. Often women will be told to put their chin on their chest and push down when their baby is descending down the birth canal. Often they will be told not to shout and to channel that energy. There are a few problems with coaching pushing: If you are being coached to push you are not listening to your body, you are listening to those around you. You need to follow your instincts to birth your baby You are tensing and ‘pushing’ using the wrong muscles. The uterine muscles ...

Let’s talk about love, or more specifically the hormone of love oxytocin

Let’s talk about love, or more specifically the hormone of love oxytocin As it’s that time of year where we celebrate the ones we love with cards, flowers and boxes of chocolates I thought it would be fitting to talk about oxytocin, otherwise known as the hormone of love. Oxytocin got this nickname as it’s produced at certain moments in our lives, when we fall in love, when we make love and when we give birth. Oxytocin is absolutely critical in ensuring that labour progresses well and that muscles of the uterus do what they need to do. Unfortunately oxytocin has another nickname, it’s sometimes called the shy hormone. This is because if you feel observed or unsafe then the brain will stop producing oxytocin. When this happens labour can slow down and the uterine muscles can work against ea...

Warning slightly ranty Hypnobirthing blog!

Warning slightly ranty Hypnobirthing blog! Hypnobirthing is not hippy dippy mumbo jumbo. Sometimes when I tell people what I do they give me a bit of a funny look and say phrases like “you don’t look like a tree hugger” or “can you hypnotise me to be a chicken?” (Why of all things would you like to be a chicken?), so this blog has been written to try and dispel some of the hypno-haters common perceptions of Hypnobirthing! 1) Main myth – Hypnobirthing is hippy dippy mumbo jumbo. There may be some ‘hippy’ style hypnobirthing teachers out there who may incorporate ‘hippy lifestyle’ techniques into their teaching and that is great. That is not my chosen style, one reason is I mainly shop in Topshop so I don’t think I’d fit into the hippy community very well. Also I have trained with one of the...

Hayley’s Hypnobirthing Story

Hayleys Hypnobirthing Story Thank you Hayley from Henley for sharing your Hypnobirthing Story. After working with Hayley and her husband during her third trimester Hayley went on to have a beautiful little girl. Her story isn’t too dissimilar to my own. Even though she was induced and there were a few hairy moments during her labour the Hypnobirthing skills she learnt helped her cope with the situation and power through. “After a few weeks of sporadic aches and pains, I was excited to feel my first ‘real’ (but still very irregular) surges on the Saturday night. Through the night they continued to come every 30-40 minutes and were of a decent intensity. My ‘up’ breaths were put to practice but the surges were still manageable. Frustratingly, on Sunday mor...