Welcome to Together Birthing and congratulations on your pregnancy. If you are looking for hypnobirthing in Watford or hypnobirthing in Hertfordshire, I offer classes just 20-25 minutes drive away in Potten End (see location). My name is Emma. I am a HypnoBirthing mum and HypnoBirthing practitioner, trained with the Hypnobirthing Institute and more recently with Hypnobirthing by Jenny Mullan, 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.
I teach group hypnobirthing classes from my home studio in Potten End, just 20-25 minutes drive from Watford via the A41 (see location). The classes run in the evenings (2.5 hours) and cost £233 per couple, which includes the hypnobirthing book and 9 relaxation downloads. The classes are limited to 4 couples per class and offer a relaxed and friendly environment to meet like-minded parents-to-be.
Alternatively, I teach private hypnobirthing classes at times convenient for you, at a cost of £400 per couple.
The courses offer a complete childbirth preparation programme to fully prepare you and your birth companion for a more positive birthing experience, giving you the best opportunity for a drug-free birth. The course enables you to release any anxieties and fears about birth from previous experiences or stories you might have heard, so that you can fully relax when it comes to your birthing day, using fear release techniques.
Your birthing partner plays an integral role during the birth, supporting you and helping you to stay relaxed. You will learn breathing, deep relaxation and visualisation techniques for an easier, calmer birthing experience. The classes also include how the body functions during birth, the birth environment and exercises and nutrition for a healthy pregnancy.
Finally, I also offer 2.5 hour refresher/revision classes at my home in Potten End (see location), for those who have done hypnobirthing before but need a refresher class. These classes are tailored to your specific needs and cost from £55 per couple.
The courses that I teach support you through your pregnancy journey and prepare you for a calmer more positive birthing experience together.
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
Complimentary 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.
NCT Breastfeeding Support
- Tel. 0300 330 0771 (lines open 8.00 – 22.00)
- www.bestfedbaby.co.uk or https://www.facebook.com/bfeeding for local support
- Baby Cafe, Thursdays, 13.00-14.20, The Reddings Children’s Centre, Harcourt Road, Bushey, WD23 3PR
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
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.
- 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
- Westfield Children’s Centre, Tolpits Lane, Watford, WD18 6AE
- Tel. 01923 800003
- 4th Tuesday of each month, 7.00pm to 9.30pm
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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- £57 for 75 minutes or £46 for 1 hour.
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: email@example.com
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
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gwendoline, Birth Doula
- Tel. 07910 967 279
- Email: email@example.com
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.
- Femme Fitness Gym, Queens Road, Watford, Herts, WD17 2QN
- Tel. 01923 822312
- Email via website contact form