Hypnobirthing Harpenden

If you are an expectant mother living around Harpenden, I offer interactive, live hypnobirthing courses, enjoyable from the comfort of your own home. You can opt for either my private or small group classes. I also offer online group infant massage classes for babies from new-born to pre-crawling stages. My 4-week online hypnobirthing course starts at £149 for 8 hours of live classes, including a course companion book and 9 relaxation downloads.

Introduction

Welcome to Together Birthing and congratulations on your pregnancy! If you are looking for hypnobirthing classes in Harpenden, I teach 4 x 2 hour weekly live and interactive online classes for couples in Harpenden.

Preparing for the birth of your child can be both an exciting and a daunting time. The online hypnobirthing classes that I teach, aim to empower and prepare you for the birth of your baby, providing you with all the tools that you need, whether this is your first pregnancy or the most recent of many.

My name is Emma, and I’m a hypnobirthing mum and practitioner with a passion for sharing the marvel of hypnobirthing with other parents-to-be so that they too can experience birth in a positive way without fear or anxiety.

I qualified with the Hypnobirthing Institute in 2014 and with the Hypnobirthing Training Academy in 2016. Since then I have been privileged enough to have taught hundreds of couples in the UK, to fully prepare them for the birth of their baby,

Online Hypnobirthing Classes in Harpenden

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.

You’ll Learn…

  • How your body functions during birth, backed up by the latest scientific findings.
  • Ways to stay calm and make informed choices throughout pregnancy and birth.
  • How to draft your own birthing plan.
  • Your birth partner’s role in helping you during labour and birth.
  • How to create the perfect birthing environment.
  • Different techniques for deep relaxation, visualisation, light touch massage and breathing.
  • Exercises that will help prepare your body for childbirth.
  • How to help induce labour naturally.
  • Rehearsal for the different labour and birthing stages, including birth positions.
  • Ways to get rid of any fear or anxiety about birth with emotional release techniques.

Harpenden is a wonderful place for bringing up children. It has a lot of local services, amenities, and young families you can connect with.

The Benefits of Hypnobirthing

  • Hypnobirthing helps in getting rid of all fears and anxieties about birthing.
  • It empowers you to ask questions and make informed decisions.
  • Teaches you different tools and techniques to help you stay calm and in control during labour and birth.
  • Provides the best opportunity for a natural birth.
  • Hypnobirthing according to research, lowers emergency C-section rates.
  • According to research, hypnobirthing also reduces labour time by up to 3 hours.
  • Gives your birth partner an important role to play during labour and birth.

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Birth choices in Harpenden

Some women choose to have their babies at home preferring the comfort and familiarity of their home environment. Alternatively, some may prefer to birth their baby in a birth centre. Luton & Dunstable hospital, which is located just 15 minutes’ drive away from Harpenden, offers a midwifery-led birth centre, located alongside the labour ward so that obstetric medical care is close at hand if intervention is required. The birth centre has a ‘home from home’ feel to it, with less medical equipment around and an emphasis on natural birth. Sometimes you may be required to have birth on the labour ward due to your circumstances. A birth pool is usually available on the labour ward and the birth centre at the Luton & Dunstable hospital. Speak to your midwife for more information or book a tour.

Main Luton & Dunstable hospital number – 01582 491166 (ask for Maternity)

Complementary therapies and services in Harpenden

In addition to hypnobirthing, there are many services and therapies available to you during your pregnancy and after birth, to help you on your journey to parenthood. I have listed some complimentary services below in the Harpenden area:-

 

Breastfeeding Support

National Breastfeeding helpline – Tel: 0300 100 0212

NCT Breastfeeding Line (8am-10pm)- Tel: 0300 33 00 771

Harpenden Breastfeeding Support Group

  • The Skew Bridge,, 59 Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 1PQ
  • peersupport@harpenden-nct.org
  • Weekly drop-in meetings, Mondays between 10am and 12pm
  • The group is attended by breastfeeding peer supporters and an NCT BFC (breastfeeding counsellor)

 

Pregnancy Massage

Breathing Space Day Spa and Studio

  • 2 Thompsons Close, Harpenden, Herts AL5 4ES
  • Tel: 01582 462223
  • Email: reception@breathingspacespa.co.uk

 

Pregnancy Yoga in Harpenden

Gentle poses to open your body and relieve any aches and pains during pregnancy. Relaxation for the mind and body.

Vicki Cocker, Firefly Yoga

  • Harpenden Girl Guide Hut, Townsend Lane, Harpenden, AL5 2QE (show facilities)
  • Monday evenings 8-9.15 pm
  • Email – vicki@fireflyyoga.co.uk
  • Tel. 07968 426650 / 07968 426650

 

Pregnancy Pilates in Harpenden

Pilates is a low impact exercise which is designed to help with improving core strength, maintaining healthy joints, lengthening muscles and improving posture to help with back pain and painful joints.

Hilary’s Pilates

  • Energy House, 22-24 Grove Road, Harpenden, AL5 1PX
  • Saturdays 9.00-10.00 and 10.00-11.00
  • Tel. 07714 095 266

 

Reflexology in Harpenden

Throughout pregnancy, reflexology can help with unpleasant conditions such as backache, headaches, nausea and insomnia without the need for medication, which would be best avoided. Some small trials carried out in Sweden seem to indicate shorter, less painful and ‘on time’ labours following a course of reflexology treatments.

Jackie, Harpenden Holistics

  • Monday to Thursday 9.00am – 9.00pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Tel. 01582 761760 or Mobile: 07977 770042
  • E-mail: jackiepeasnell@yahoo.co.uk

 

Osteopathy in Harpenden

During pregnancy, your posture will change and this can naturally be uncomfortable or painful. Osteopaths can treat you and give advice on your posture, introducing techniques to you which can make you more comfortable whilst reducing any pain that you may develop.

Louise North, Osteopathics

  • 58 Tennyson Road, Harpenden, AL5 4BB
  • Tel. 01582 713648

Sean Walker, Harpenden Osteopaths

  • 141 Luton Road, Harpenden, AL5 3BB
  • Tel. 01582 622000
  • E-mail – info@harpendenosteopaths.com

 

Acupuncture in Harpenden

Pamela, Harpenden Acupuncture

  • 5 Wood End Hill, Harpenden, AL53EZ
  • Tel. 01582 624153
  • Assists with turning breech babies

Kate Henley, Acupuncture

  • The Village Surgery, Amenbury Lane, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2BT
  • Tel: 07887 565174
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • By appointment only

 

Homeopathy in Harpenden

Laura and Rachael are registered homeopaths and can advise you on natural remedies to ease any troubles through pregnancy. These can help with many different problems, from digestion and sickness to stress, pain and baby blues. You should consult your doctor when using homeopathic treatments as they aren’t a replacement for medication you may need. You can also buy homeopathic kits for pain relief during labour.

Laura Spittall, Balance Homeopathy

  • Fairshot Court, Woodcock Hill, Sandridge, AL4 9ED
  • Appointments available.
  • Contact: 07544 944 367 or email info@balancehomeopathy.co.uk

Rachael Posener, Halcyon Health

  • Treatment room in St. Albans and home appointments available.
  • Contact: 07939 135 481 or email rachael.posener@gmail.com

 

Nutritionist in Harpenden

Spencer Robert Wilson BSc. ION Mfntp. SCST BASES, The Apple Green Clinic

  • Harpenden, AL5 4BP
  • Tel. 07808470702

 

Doulas in Harpenden

Practical and emotional support during and after birth – an experienced birth companion who will also liaise with the medical team for you.

Gwendoline Barber, Doula

  • Email – gwendoline@williamsandbarber.co.uk
  • Tel. 07910 967 279

Elisabeth Grover

  • Email – info@compassionatetouchdoula.com
  • Tel. 07794351958

FAQs

To learn more about hypnobirthing, check out my ‘What is Hypnobirthing’ page.

Hypnobirthing is an acquired skill which means its success depends, to a certain extent, on your level of practice. A pain-free labour is possible with hypnobirthing. As a guide, the Hypnobirthing Institute found that 20%-25% of hypnobirthing mums need just gas and air, while 5%-10% experience ‘special circumstances’, where medical intervention is needed. Other hypnobirthing mums (65-70%) do not need any form of pain relief. You can read some birth stories on my blog.

According to research, an epidural usually increases the chances of further interventions and prevents mums from moving freely around. Mums after natural births normally recover faster after childbirth. It should also be noted that drugs ingested by the mother can be passed on to the baby.

It is best if you start with us between your 20th and 30th pregnancy week. For those later than 30 weeks, please do still get in touch as we should still be able to fit you in, especially if you are 36 weeks or less.

Definitely. Self-hypnosis is more effective when you practise at home. My 4-week hypnobirthing course offers you enough time to do so between classes. 

Hypnobirthing is beneficial to anyone wanting to feel more prepared and confident about birth; whether you are a mum experiencing childbirth for the first time or a mother on a subsequent pregnancy looking forward to a more positive hypnobirthing experience. Mums who had a C-section before can also learn how to give birth vaginally.  

Hypnosis is just a process of entering a state of relaxation. As a learned skill, self-hypnosis can be improved throughout the duration of the 4-week course. It is simple to learn and can work for anyone.

Hypnobirthing is definitely good for your baby. Just as it helps keep you calm, it has the same effect on your baby as well. Your body releases some natural relaxants called endorphins when you are in a calm state. These relaxants are also found in the placenta and umbilical cord which means your baby can also stay calm while in your womb.

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Although it might be cheaper, it is not as effective as an interactive course. In my classes, you get to learn all the crucial techniques to help you have a successful birthing experience.