Hypnobirthing Bristol

If you live in Bristol or the surrounding areas, learn the power of hypnobirthing with live, interactive online courses you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. I offer private or group classes, as well as group baby massage classes for infants from newborn to pre-crawling. 4-week hypnobirthing courses start at £149 for 8 hours of live, interactive classes, including 9 relaxation downloads and a course companion book.

Introduction

Welcome to Together Birthing and congratulations on your pregnancy. I’m Emma, a hypnobirthing mum and hypnobirthing practitioner with a passion for what I teach! The live online hypnobirthing courses that I teach in the Bristol area provide a complete childbirth education programme to fully prepare you and your birth partner for your baby’s birth. I trained with the Hypnobirthing Institute in 2014 and with the

Hypnobirthing Training Academy by JennyMullan in 2016. The course is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives.

As a hypnobirthing mum myself, I know first-hand just what a huge difference hypnobirthing techniques can make to the birthing experience, and I love sharing the marvel of hypnobirthing with other parents-to-be so that they too can experience an easier, calmer birth.

Online Hypnobirthing Classes in Bristol

Private online hypnobirthing classes

If you need the course to fit in around your diary or you prefer more of a one-on-one, personal approach – tailored to your specific needs.

Group online hypnobirthing classes

Interactive and friendly online group classes where you can come together with like-minded couples to fully prepare for a positive birth experience.

Refresher online hypnobirthing classes

If you have done hypnobirthing before and want to refresh your knowledge and practice – a class that is tailored to your specific needs.

Online baby massage
classes

For parents and babies from newborn to pre-crawling – can help with bonding, relaxation, sleep and colic discomfort.

Private online hypnobirthing classes

If you need the course to fit in around your diary or you prefer more of a one-on-one, personal approach – tailored to your specific needs.

Group online hypnobirthing classes

Interactive and friendly online group classes where you can come together with like-minded couples to fully prepare for a positive birth experience.

Refresher online hypnobirthing classes

If you have done hypnobirthing before and want to refresh your knowledge and practice – a class that is tailored to your specific needs.

Online baby massage classes

For parents and babies from newborn to pre-crawling – can help with bonding, relaxation, sleep and colic discomfort. add Share your experiences.

If you live in Bristol or surrounding areas and are looking for an online hypnobirthing course, I would welcome the opportunity to have an initial discussion with you about my classes and answer any questions you may have.

What You Will Learn

  • Knowledge about how the body functions during birth, backed up by the latest scientific understanding
  • How to create the best birth environment for labour and birth
  • Deep relaxation, visualisation, breathing and light-touch massage techniques
  • Emotional release techniques to get rid of any fears that can stand in the way
  • Exercises to help prepare your body for birth
  • Natural ways to help induce labour
  • Birth companion’s role
  • How to stay calm, fully informed and make informed decisions if special circumstances arise
  • Setting out your birth preferences
  • A birth rehearsal for labour and birthing stage, including birthing positions

The Benefits of Hypnobirthing

  • Release any fears and anxieties about birth so that you can look forward to your birthing day
  • Give yourself the best opportunity for a drug-free birth
  • Feel calm and in control during labour and birth
  • Have tools and techniques to stay calm if special circumstances arise
  • Give your birth partner a role to play supporting you during the birth
  • Feel empowered to speak out and ask questions so that you and your birth partner can both make informed choices during the birth
  • Research shows lower emergency C-section rates for hypnobirthing mums
  • Hypnobirthing can reduce labour time by up to 3 hours according to research

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FAQs

All the information is on our ‘What is Hypnobirthing’ page.

Hypnobirthing is an acquired skill, so its success is dependent on the amount of practice that has been done during the course. As a guide, the Hypnobirthing Institute has found that around 65%-70% of hypnobirthing mums do not need any form of pain relief. 69% of women I researched in 2017 who had done my course did not need any form of pain relief. According to the Hypnobirthing Institute, a further 20%-25% only require something mild, like gas and air. The remaining 5%-10% experience ‘special circumstances’, where medical intervention is required. The hypnobirthing mums I taught who experienced special circumstances tell me that hypnobirthing still really helped, even if they were induced, or ended up with a caesarean. You can read about individual birth-story experiences on my blog. The aim of hypnobirthing is to help you have a more positive birthing experience, so that no matter what the circumstances, hypnobirthing helps you stay calm and in control of the experience, as well as allowing you to ask the right questions so that you stay fully informed along the way.

Mothers who birth without an epidural can move freely, go to the bathroom, walk and change positions easily throughout labour which is important, particularly if the baby is in a difficult position for birth. Mothers can breathe the baby down better and generally faster by being able to stay connected with their birthing bodies. In fact, studies show that an epidural prolongs the birthing time and increases the chances of other interventions such as forceps and vacuum extraction. Although using medications for pain relief is sometimes absolutely necessary, parents should be aware that any drugs the mother’s body ingests will also affect the baby. Mothers also often describe that their recovery after a drug-free childbirth was faster and easier.

 

Hypnobirthing gives you the best opportunity for a drug-free birth by greatly reducing the need for pain relief. A drug-free birthing experience is far more beneficial for both mother and baby, however, there are occasions when medical intervention is genuinely necessary and out of your control (which, according to the WHO, is around 10% of births). If this happens, mothers can still benefit from the tools and techniques learned through hypnobirthing to stay positive, calmer and more in control.

The best time to start the 4-week course is between the 20th (after your 20-week scan) and 30th week of your pregnancy. If you are later than 30 weeks, we should still be able to fit the course in for you, so please do get in touch. 

Absolutely, yes. Self-hypnosis and deep relaxation are acquired skills, which are most effective when they have been learnt with sufficient practice time between weekly classes for maximum success. The time frame with the 4-week course enables you and your birth companion to feel fully prepared, relaxed and confident as you approach your birthing day. I will be available on the phone or via email if you have any queries after the course.

Hypnobirthing is for anyone who wants to feel more prepared and confident about birth. Often, first-time mums with no previous experience of childbirth are looking to dispel any nerves. Mothers who are on their second or subsequent pregnancies may want an alternative approach to childbirth having had a difficult first experience, or they may just want to make it a more positive experience this time round. Similarly, mothers who wish to have a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) often find that hypnobirthing helps to release any fears that they may have about having a vaginal birth. Hypnobirthing techniques are useful for both home births and hospital or birth-centre births.

There’s nothing weird about hypnosis – it’s basically just about entering a state of relaxation. You are still fully aware of what is going on around you and you can still chat normally if necessary. Self-hypnosis is an acquired skill which is easy to learn (anybody can do it!) and can be improved throughout the duration of the course.

 

The hypnobirthing course involves much more than simply learning self-hypnosis; it is a whole philosophy and approach to pregnancy and childbirth. Furthermore, after the birth, the relaxation techniques can be really useful for helping you to relax in times of stress.

Hypnobirthing is definitely beneficial for your baby. Your baby feels exactly what you feel, so every time you become relaxed and calm, your baby will enjoy the same calm sensations in your womb.

 

Endorphins, which are your body’s natural relaxant, released when the body is in a calm state during childbirth, have been found in the placenta and umbilical cord. This may serve a purpose to help the baby adjust to life outside the womb as well as make the birth journey more comfortable. Research has shown that babies of mothers who have had natural childbirth, are more alert and show more interest in breastfeeding behaviours such as sucking and massaging the mother’s breasts.

For the live online classes you will ideally need a minimum upload speed of 2Mbps. You can run a test on your computer to check your upload speed with this tool http://www.speedtest.net.

You will find the CDs and MP3s on the market useful for relaxation during pregnancy but not nearly as effective during childbirth as actually doing a course. The courses that I teach ensure you learn very important techniques for birth and a depth of understanding and skills necessary for success.