(Hint: No nonsense. No magic beans. Solid techniques, honest sharing.) Let Keri explain…
Let us prepare you, your partner and your baby for the best possible birth for you- informed, empowered, confident.
Huge congratulations on your pregnancy! Late 2012 I was in your shoes (if your shoes are hideously practical flats because heels just aren’t worth it any more). Pregnant, and freaking out because no one, literally NO ONE I knew, had anything positive to say about giving birth. Except that at the end of it I would have a lovely bundle of cute, and it (the pain, the loss of control, the undignified nudity and terrifying vulnerability) would all be forgotten. Great.
So I prayed to a God that I don’t believe in, and googled furiously until “Hypnobirthing” popped up, and I was intrigued. Not totally convinced, but it held more appeal than an epidural. It was worth a go. You can read the full story of my experience here Welcoming Louis (Eggle, Loubags, Bagsy, Louis Pig, Piglet) and the tale of number 2’s arrival here Welcoming Rory, 8lb 11oz but it’s safe to say that it put me firmly back in control, and there was no going back- I was, and still am, hooked.
I cannot comprehend how anyone gives birth without it. My mission is to minimise this occurrence, and to empower as many women (and their usually sceptical partners) as I can reach.
Despite what you may have heard about Hypnobirthing
WE WILL NOT promise you a pain free, euphoric, orgasmic, cinematic, yet entirely silent birth. We won’t tell you to rule out any other resources (euphemism alert: I’m talking DRUGS). We will leave you feeling like you probably won’t need them. Most of our clients don’t. But whatever you do is up to you. Birth can be unpredictable, and a healthy dose of good luck is part of the cocktail of anyone’s dream birth.
WE WILL provide you with the tools and support to birth like the woman you are.
To make choices you are happy with. To be treated like the boss, rather than a bewildered, vulnerable wreck needing to be rescued. To understand how your body works, how your mind gets in on the act, and how YOU CAN create the optimal conditions for a comfortable, efficient labour. To make it a team effort (don’t laugh, seriously). To stack the odds in your favour.
We’ll invite you to join an online community of local super mamas, and monthly meets to stay connected and continue to support you into motherhood- #ittakesavillage after all.
SO. It all sounds very desirable (hopefully or else I’ve not done my job very well).
But what does it actually involve? What do you get for your precious time and hard earned money?
Here’s hypnobirthing in a nutshell (or rather, here’s hypnobirthing with us…)
-How our attitudes towards birth have evolved through history
-How the body works in labour- physically, and more importantly, hormonally
-How your state of mind impacts on the process
-The optimal environment for a comfortable birth
-How to make choices about intervention that you can be satisfied with
-How to prepare your mind, your body, and your baby
-3 simple, effective breathing techniques to support a calm and comfortable labour
-spine-tinglingly good massage technique for your partner to apply to increase endorphins (your home brewed pain relief)
-relaxation techniques to quickly access (with practice) this optimal state for labour
-fear release technique to allow your existing concerns to be overcome
-birth plan support- what choices you have, what to consider, how to communicate it
-You’ll see some lovely births. Gorgeous ones. Some quiet, some loud. Some home, some hospital. In and out of water. Normal couples, like you, applying what they’ve learnt and rocking an empowered experience.
-We’ll tell you some stories from our own alumni too- not all go to plan, but they share a common assertion that hypnobirthing saw them through.
And some more…
Since training to teach in 2013, I have been gobbling up information, evidence based research, experiences and ideas about labour and birth, and the course is getting fuller and fuller as I can’t resist looking to share with you a bit of everything I know. More recently, as Chloe has joined me, the course benefits from her midwifery knowledge and experience too.
I’ve also got an excellent network of local providers on speed dial, all of them hugely invested in supporting growing families. If I can’t help you with something, I know someone amazing who can. These heroes run little sessions for us when demand is there, or pop along to cake clubs to share their wisdom to support you.
We are growing our network in Upminster- if you run a great service or offer fantastic treatments that would benefit the families we work with, get in touch with Chloe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We want you to have it all-access to as much information and support as you could wish for. We want you to look back and know this is the best choice you made. #goals
Sound like a plan?
Have a look around the site to learn more about how we can support you, and to read experiences generously shared by some of the families we’ve worked with. Any Qs, just ask. (email email@example.com for Southend queries, or firstname.lastname@example.org for Upminster queries)
To check out dates and book your space, head over to the Courses page.