Hypnobirthing Watford

If you live in or around Watford, I offer live, interactive, online hypnobirthing courses to benefit you from the comfort of your own home. You can opt for either private or small group classes. For those who are interested, I also teach group new-born massage classes that you can join until your baby is of pre-crawling age. My 4-week online hypnobirthing course starts at £149 for 8 hours of live classes, including 9 relaxation downloads and a course companion book.

Introduction

Welcome to Together Birthing and congratulations on your pregnancy. If you are looking for hypnobirthing classes in Watford, I offer live online 4-week courses consisting of 4 x 2 hour weekly evening classes for expectant couples in and around Watford.

My name is Emma, and I’m a hypnobirthing mum and practitioner, having trained with the Hypnobirthing Institute in 2014 and the Hypnobirthing Training Academy in 2016.

The course that I teach is by Jenny Mullan (one of the first hypnobirthing trainers in the UK) and is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives.

Having experienced hypnobirthing first hand myself with the birth of my second son, I love sharing the joy of hypnobirthing with other parents-to-be so that they too can fully prepare for birth with positivity and confidence and fulfil their potential to have a calmer birth experience.

Online Hypnobirthing Classes in Watford

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’re a Watford resident or live close by and this course looks interesting, don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’ll be happy to answer all your questions.

You’ll Learn…

  • How your body functions during birth.
  • Proper exercises to help prepare your body for the journey.
  • The right questions to ask in order to make informed decisions.
  • How to stay relaxed by creating a calming birthing environment.
  • The best way to formulate your birth plan.
  • What role your birth partner will be play.
  • Breathing, visualisation and light touch massage techniques to promote deep relaxation.
  • How to help induce labour naturally.
  • The best way to rehearse for the labour and birthing stages, including birth positions.
  • Emotional release techniques to get rid of any fears regarding birth.

Watford’s local services and abundance of families make it a great place to raise a family.

The Benefits of Hypnobirthing

  • Rids you of any fears and anxieties that you might have.
  • Boosts your confidence so that you can ask questions and make informed decisions.
  • Gives you the highest chances of a natural drug-free birth.
  • Equips you with a multitude of skills and techniques to remain relaxed and in control.
  • Research shows that it can lower the rates of emergency C-section and reduce labour time by up to 3 hours.

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Birth choices in Watford

Hypnobirthing often gives couples the confidence to opt for a home birth, preferring to give birth in their own private familiar surroundings. Alternatively, for couples who choose to give birth in hospital, there is a midwifery-led birthing centre attached to Watford General hospital which caters for natural childbirth and enables you to have a water birth. If you are required to give birth in the labour ward, Watford General hospital is conveniently located in the town centre so you don’t have to travel too far. If you click on the hospital link below you can find out more about the hospital’s maternity services and book a tour:

Watford General Hospital, Vicarage Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0HB

Complementary therapies and services in Watford

As well as hypnobirthing, there are plenty of other natural and beneficial therapies in Watford that will help you through your pregnancy and birth. With everything from keep-fit classes to acupuncture, I’ve compiled a list for your area that will help your body and mind on this special journey.

Breastfeeding Support

NCT Breastfeeding Support

NHS Breastfeeding Drop-in, Berrygrove Children’s Centre, Watford

  • Drop-in Wednesdays, 13.00-14.30
  • Berrygrove Children’s Centre, Cow Lane, Watford, WD25 9DW
  • Tel. 01923 484 312

Bushey Breastfeeding Centre, Bushey

  • Drop-in Mondays, 10.00-11.30 (term time only)
  • Bushey Breastfeeding Centre, Child Health Clinic, Hartspring Community Centre, Park Avenue, Bushey
  • Tel. 0209 421 7140

Pregnancy Clubs

Meeting once a month, the Watford Pregnancy Club is a midwifery-led group run by the NHS. Provides information, friendship and support to pregnant women.

Watford Pregnancy Club

  • South Oxhey Children’s Centre, Northwick Road, South Oxhey, Watford WD19 6NL
  • Tel. 0208 7002203
  • 1st Tuesday of each month, 7.00pm to 9.30pm

or

  • Westfield Children’s Centre, Tolpits Lane, Watford, WD18 6AE
  • Tel. 01923 800003
  • 4th Tuesday of each month, 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Pregnancy Yoga

As well as having a calming influence on the body, pregnancy yoga can soothe your baby and create a relaxing environment for him or her to grow in. Yoga can also help with breathing exercises, morning sickness and your general wellbeing.

Shweta Panchal, Minded Yoga

  • Newton Price Centre, Stanley Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 2LX
  • Saturday 10.30 -12.00am
  • Tel. 07958 763 927
  • Email: mail@mindedyoga.com

Pregnancy and Postnatal Massage

We all love a good massage and your body can really benefit from the pressure and relaxation during pregnancy. As well as soothing aches and pains, massage can stimulate your blood flow and calm any anxieties or stresses in your mind. Babies can also benefit from gentle massage.

Kate, Kate Codrington Massage

  • By appointment, call to book.
  • Also teaches partners how to give pregnancy massages
  • Tel. 07813 402477
  • Email: kate.codrington@gmail.com
  • £57 for 75 minutes or £46 for 1 hour.

Reflexology

Reflexology concentrates on the hands and feet as ways to relieve aches and pains in the body. Many women suffer from discomfort during pregnancy, especially in the back or pelvis. Experienced reflexologists use pressure points to focus on these areas. Reflexology can also help with swelling and nausea.

Vicky Kellett, Soul Composure

  • Mobile, by appointment
  • Tel. 07939 537287
  • Email: vicky@soulcomposure.co.uk

Osteopathy

Focusing on the joints, bones and muscle tissue, osteopathy is fantastic if you suffer from back pain, knee pain or neck problems. It can also help with any pelvic discomfort you have. Cranial osteopathy is really good for realigning your baby after their journey during birth.

Elizabeth Huzzey, The Osteopathic Practice

  • Bridgewater House, 7 Printers Avenue, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 7QR
  • By appointment
  • Tel. 01923 241188

Homeopathy

Using ancient natural remedies, homeopathy is a form of medicinal treatment that can help with everything from nausea and morning sickness to depression and pain management. Although your GP should be the first person you talk to about any medical worries, homeopathic healers can work very well alongside your medical professionals especially if there are certain medicines that you are restricted from taking during pregnancy. Homeopathic kits can also be used during labour as an alternative to traditional pain relief.

Margaret Haynes, Margaret Haynes Homeopathy

  • By appointment
  • Tel. 01923 269058
  • Email via website contact form

Doulas

Doulas are very supportive both emotionally and physically. From being there as a birthing partner to giving you advice and helping with any problems, doula women are there to support you throughout your labour and birth.

Dawn Powell, Birth Blessings

  • Tel: 07749857113
  • Email: dawnpowell@birthblessings.co.uk

Gwendoline, Birth Doula

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

Nutritional Therapy

Nutritional therapy can be extremely useful to pregnant women who are facing problems with food or sickness. A nutritional analysis can provide information about deficiencies as well as giving you knowledge about what you and your baby need. Nausea, baby blues and cravings can all be treated with nutritional therapy.

Alternative Living Nutrition

  • Femme Fitness Gym, Queens Road, Watford, Herts, WD17 2QN
  • Tel. 01923 822312
  • Email via website contact form

FAQs

Gain valuable insight into the process of hypnobirthing by visiting my ‘What is Hypnobirthing’ page.

It’s important to consider that hypnobirthing is an acquired skill. So, the better you are at it, the better your experience. Pain-free labour is possible with hypnobirthing. Statistically, the Hypnobirthing Institute has found that only 20%-25% of hypnobirthing mums need mild forms of pain relief while 5%-10% experience ‘special circumstances’, where medical intervention is necessary. Aside from these cases, hypnobirthing mums don’t require any pain relief. Go ahead and read some birth stories here.

Research has shown that epidurals prolong delivery time and add unnecessary complications to the birthing process by increasing the probability of external medical procedures such as a forceps delivery. Drug-free births benefit both the mother, who can move freely and connect with her birthing body, and the baby who does not get passed any drugs during birth.

You should start the course between your 20th and 30th weeks of pregnancy. If you’re over 30 weeks, I would still encourage you to join a course. We should be able to fit you in to start a course up to 36 weeks. 

Yes, you should try to practise as much as you can because self-hypnosis is an acquired skill. My 4-week hypnobirthing course leaves you with ample time to do so between classes. 

Different people benefit from hypnobirthing in different ways. If you’re a first-time mum, you’ll be able to address your fears using hypnobirthing techniques. If you’ve given birth before, it will offer a more pleasant experience, including delivering vaginally for the first time if you have had a previous cesarean birth.

Hypnosis is nothing fancy – it’s just about learning how to enter deep relaxation. You can improve your self-hypnosis technique during or after the 4-week course. It is easy to learn and can be used after the birth as well for those times in life when you need to de-stress.

Yes. Hypnobirthing keeps you calm, allowing your body to release endorphins – the body’s natural relaxant. These endorphins are also released in the placenta and umbilical cord. So, your baby always feels the same calming sensations as you.

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Yes but, while it might be cheaper, it certainly won’t be as effective. My interactive course ensures that you learn important techniques for a successful birthing experience.