Hypnobirthing Rickmansworth

Greetings, and thank you for visiting my website. I offer live online interactive hypnobirthing courses via Zoom, for couples in Rickmansworth, to enjoy from the comfort of their own home. The lessons are interactive, live sessions available both in private or in small groups. Also available are online group baby massage classes for infants up until pre-crawling age. 4-week online hypnobirthing courses start from £149 for 8 hours of live classes, including a course companion book and 9 relaxation downloads.

Introduction to hypnobirthing

Together Birthing welcomes you to Hypnobirthing Rickmansworth. I am Emma, a hypnobirthing mum and a practitioner with a passion for what I teach!

My hypnobirthing journey began with my second pregnancy after a traumatic experience first time round. I felt so elated after my hypnobirthing experience that I decided to train as a pracitioner so that I could help others also have an easier and calmer birth. My training was with the Hypnobirthing Institute in 2014, and after that with the Hypnobirthing Training Academy with Jenny Mullan (one of UK's first hypnobirthing trainers) in 2016.

The course that I teach is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives and comprises 4 x 2 hour weekly live and interactive classes, either taken privately or in a small group, via Zoom. You will receive a course companion book in the post when you book and 9 relaxation downloads when you start the course.

Since qualifying in 2014, I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of couples to help them fully prepare for birth. It will be an honour to share my knowledge and experience with you and your birthing partner, especially having gone through the experience and joys of it myself.

Online Hypnobirthing Classes in Rickmansworth

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.

Please get in touch for an initial discussion on the online hypnobirthing classes in Rickmansworth. I can then answer any questions that you may have.

You’ll Learn…

  • Different changes that happen to your body during pregnancy and birth. All this information is according to the latest scientific findings.
  • The process of drafting your birthing plan and preferences.
  • What constitutes an ideal birthing environment and how to prepare one for yourself.
  • The role that your birth partner has to play during your pregnancy.
  • How to help induce labour naturally.
  • The different breathing, visualisation and deep relaxation techniques, necessary for a calm and in control birthing experience.
  • Exercises that prepare your body for childbirth.
  • Emotional release techniques to release any fears you have about birth.

The Benefits of Hypnobirthing

  • You gain the confidence to ask questions and make informed decisions.
  • All the fear and anxiety that comes with pregnancy is released.
  • The techniques you learn will help you feel more calm and in control of the surges.
  • Your partner is fully engaged and supports you throughout. In turn, your bond becomes even stronger.
  • Hypnobirthing mums have the best chance of natural birth.
  • Research also shows that hypnobirthing can reduce labour by up to 3 hours and lower the chances of having an emergency C-section.

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Birth choices in Rickmansworth

Hypnobirthing gives couples the confidence to opt for a home birth, preferring the privacy, quiet and familiar surroundings of their own home. For couples who choose a hospital birth, Watford General Hospital is only about 10 minutes’ drive away. There is a midwifery-led birth centre attached to the hospital which caters for natural childbirth and provides birthing pools for water births. You can contact the hospital and birth centre for more information on facilities and to book a tour:

Watford General Hospital – 01992 244 366 switchboard

Alexandra Birth Centre is ext 7364

Complementary therapies and services in Rickmansworth

Aside from HypnoBirthing, there are many activities and therapies that you can get involved in during your pregnancy in the Rickmansworth area. The Osteopathic House is a useful place for many alternative therapies. I’ve listed below some services and therapists for you to check out during your pregnancy journey:

Pregnancy Yoga

Yoga is an excellent way to keep fit during pregnancy as well as being a soothing therapy for you and your baby. It helps with stress, swelling, aches, pains and breathing difficulties. It can also help calm your body before labour. Ananti and Adele both offer fantastic yoga classes for women in Rickmansworth.

Ananti, Yummy Yoga

  • Loudwater Farm, Loudwater Lane, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, WD3 4HG
  • Thursday evenings 6.30pm to 8pm
  • Contact: 07765 171 538 or email anantishah1@gmail.com

Adele Yoga

  • St Mary’s Church Centre, Church Road, Rickmansworth, WD3 1JB
  • Tuesday evenings 8-9pm
  • Contact: 07841 657 867 or email info@adele-yoga.com

Pregnancy Pilates

Postnatal pilates is a gentle way to restore your body to its pre-pregnancy condition.

A Better Body Pilates Postnatal

  • Berry Land Methodist Church (opposite Berry Lane Green), Rickmansworth, Mill End, Hertfordshire, WD3 7HJ
  • Tuesdays, 10.45am
  • Contact: 0771 182 5974 or email sszenkier@hotmail.com

New Mums Fitness

Keeping fit is just as important when you are pregnant and a new mum as it is at any other time of life. Fitting in an hour of exercise every few days should be a priority even if you do have a full schedule! Kimberley’s Pramercise classes mean you can bring your baby along too.

Kimberley Cleminson, Pramercise

  • Rickmansworth Aquadrome, Frogmore Lane, Rickmansworth, WD3 1NB
  • Tuesdays, 10am – 11am
  • Contact: 07595 626 268 or email pramercise@gmail.com

Pregnancy and Postnatal Massage

We all love a good massage and this therapy can have a lot of benefits for both you and your baby. It stimulates blood flow and can help with aches and pains in all areas of your body. It’s also amazing for stress relief! Sharon specialises in baby massage and Gina offers postnatal yoga as well as baby massage.

Gina, Postnatal Yoga and Baby Massage

  • Croxley Green or from your home, Hertfordshire
  • Appointments available.
  • Contact: 07905 410431 or email yogaforyou121@yahoo.co.uk

Sharon Atherton, Handle with Love Baby Massage

  • Café in the Park, Rickmansworth Aquadrome, Frogmore Lane, Rickmansworth, WD3 1NB
  • Appointments and sessions available.
  • Contact: 07985 104974 or email satherton2@gmail.com

Reflexology

Reflexology uses points on the hands and feet to treat issues in all other areas of your body. By applying pressure to these areas, reflexologists can help with backache, nausea and joint pains among other issues. Lesley specialises in baby reflexology and the Osteopathic House has a variety of beneficial alternative therapies on offer.

Lesley Byfield, Baby Reflex

  • 5 Chiltern Drive, Rickmansworth, WD3 8JX
  • Appointments available.
  • Contact: 07771 530514 or email lesleybyfield@gmail.com

Osteopathy

Osteopathy is concerned with bone and muscle structure, helping with back and pelvic pains, morning sickness, joint and neck aches and many other problems you may be facing as a mum-to-be. The Osteopathic House specialises in osteopathic treatments but also has many other services that can benefit you and your baby.

The Osteopathic House

  • 38 Church Street, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 1DJ
  • Appointments available.
  • Contact: 01923 896655 or email health@theosteopathichouse.com


Homeopathy

Homeopathic treatments have been used for many years alongside traditional medical treatments to alleviate everything from aches and pains to nausea, baby blues and anxiety. Homeopathic kits can also be used during labour. Josephine can travel to your home in Rickmansworth and the Osteopathic House also offers homeopathic remedies.

Josephine, Homeopathy for Better Health

  • Home appointments in Rickmansworth
  • Contact: 07759 829712 or email josephine@homeopathyforbetterhealth.co.uk

Amatsu Therapy

The Amatsu Training School is the primary place for Amatsu therapy in Rickmansworth. This newly popular Japanese therapy focuses on your body as a structure that needs to be aligned. By moving you into different postures and applying pressure to certain points, Amatsu can balance your body’s systems and relieve many symptoms.

Jane, Amatsu Training School

  • Amatsu Training School Ltd, Regus Cardinal Point, Park Road, Rickmansworth, WD3 1RE
  • Appointments available.
  • Contact: 07890 437940 or email jane@amatsutrainingschool.com

Acupuncture

There are quite a few places in Rickmansworth that offer acupuncture services. By inserting thin needles into your skin (a relatively painless procedure), acupuncture can help with a wide range of problems. From mental issues such as baby blues and anxiety to physical problems like swollen ankles and backache, acupuncture is a beneficial treatment.

The Osteopathic House

  • 38 Church Street, 
Rickmansworth, 
WD3 1DJ
  • Appointments available.
  • Contact: 01923 896655 or email health@theosteopathichouse.com


Rickmansworth Chinese Therapy Centre

  • 142 High Street, Rickmansworth, WD3 1AB
  • Appointments available.
  • Contact: 01923 353 544 | 07404 510577 or use website contact form.

Enerqi Acupuncture Clinic

  • The Green, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, WD3
  • Appointments available.
  • Contact: 07989706682 or email lyndsey_acupuncture@yahoo.co.uk

Doulas

Helen and Nickita both work as doulas in the Rickmansworth area. They are there to provide friendly advice and assist you with any worries you have throughout your pregnancy. Doulas offer support during labour and birth and as you begin your journey into motherhood.

Helen Sassoon, Helen Doula

  • Loudwater, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 4PQ
  • Contact: 01923771122/ 07900388262 or email info@helendoula.com

Nickita, Beautiful Birthing

  • Works in the Hertforshire area.
  • Contact: 07900 194858 or email starcky@nickita.co.uk

Nutritional Therapy

Nutrition is a vital element of having a safe and smooth pregnancy. If you are suffering from cravings, deficiencies, nausea or have symptoms such as heartburn or constipation, nutritional therapy can help. Sophia and Beverley both work in Rickmansworth and you can easily book appointments with them via their websites or contact details.

Sophia, Nourish Naturally

  • Agno Clinic, 93-95 High Street, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 1EF
  • Appointments available.
  • Contact: 07758 643164 or email info@nourishnaturally.co.uk

Beverley Gibbs, Sense of Nutrition

  • William Penn Leisure Centre, Shepherds Lane, Rickmansworth, WD3 8JN
  • Appointments available.
  • Contact: 07584 093556 or email info@senseofnutrition.co.uk

FAQs

Read more about hypnobirthing on our ‘What is Hypnobirthing’ page, available on the Hypnobirthing Rickmansworth webpage.

Success as a hypnobirthing mum depends on how much practice you do. 65-70% of hypnobirthing mothers do not need any form of pain relief according to a study done by the Hypnobirthing Institute. 69% of mums who took my course over a 2 year period reported that they had no need for pain-relief during labour. It is only in about 5%-10% of deliveries where medical intervention is required, and 20-25% of births where gas and air is needed, as per the studies done by the Hypnobirthing Institute. You can read first-hand accounts of fellow hypnobirthing mums on my blog.

You will have faster recovery time and reduce the risk of unnecessary complications. Using an epidural also prolongs birth and may result in other procedures such as forceps and a vacuum birth. Drug-free births are more beneficial for both the mum and the baby as mum is able to freely move around and no drugs will be passed on to the baby.

You can start the class after your 20th-week scan but ideally before your 30th week. If you are beyond 30 weeks, please do still get in touch as I should be able to fit a course in for you, certainly up to 36 weeks anyway. 

The 4-week course gives you plenty of time to practice and hone your hypnobirthing techniques. Like with any other skill, hypnobirthing requires practice to learn effectively. 

If you are looking for a more positive birthing experience, hypnobirthing is for you. I work with first-time mums, mothers on their subsequent pregnancies, and those that seek to deliver vaginally after a C-Section. Hypnobirthing is also suitable for hospital or birth centre births or home births.

Yes, absolutely. Hypnosis is a simple technique which is easy to learn. Anyone can do it. It is merely a state of relaxation. You are fully aware the whole time and can hold a conversation if necessary.

Hypnobirthing gives you full control of your body and allows you to stay calm. In this state, your body releases endorphins which help your body relax. As your baby prepares to be delivered, the same hormones are shared by your baby in the womb. Your baby feels the same relaxation allowing for a smoother delivery process for both of you. Studies also show that these hormones are also present in the placenta and umbilical cord after delivery.

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CDs may be cheaper, but you miss out on all the practice sessions and interaction that the live online course offers.