Frequently asked questions
Is Hypnobirthing suited to me? I'm not a hippie.....
Yes, KGHypnobirthing is suited to everyone. While the name may sound a little alternative, KGH is actually very logical, practical and evidence based. If crystals and a macrobiotic diet are you thing that's absolutely fine, but it's not a standard requirement. You just need to be pregnant and keen to experience a calm, confident, positive and gentle birth.
Why KG Hypnobirthing?
KGHypnobirthing is the original UK Hypnobirthing course, developed by Katherine Graves, founder of The Hypnobirthing Association. All KG trained practitioners have completed the widely respected in-depth KGHypnobirthing Teacher Training, which is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives. It is taught by senior midwives and experienced hypnotherapists with extensive knowledge of the techniques, as well as by highly experienced specialist hypnobirthing teachers who equally have a thorough knowledge of midwifery and hypnotherapy. KGH is the choice for midwives and birthing professionals.
What is the benefit of a class over an online course or book?
While online courses and books can provide lots of information, nothing can replace being face to face with a trained professional who can support you, answer your questions as you learn, reassure you if you have any wobbles and ensure you understand all of the building blocks that make up KGH and how they can best be put to use. While the financial investment is naturally more, couples who have attended a course invariably say it was well worth it. Plus, if you chose to do a group course you make friends with others going through the same life stage as you, which both during a post pregnancy can be a wonderful and even lifelong support.
How is Hypnobirthing different?
Hypnobirthing shouldn't be different; everyone has the right to a calm and positive birth. Hypnobirthing simply equips you with the techniques to better understand your body, relax and even enjoy your birth, often reducing the need for pain relief and medical intervention.
Is KGHypnobirthing a guarantee of no pain during labour and birth?
No. But it's not unheard of! Everyone has a different pain threshold somewhere on the scale from 10 - 0. KGHypnobirthing mothers tend to move toward experiencing less, more manageable pain, some even describing birth as 'uncomfortable but not painful'.
Can I still benefit from KGHypnobirthing if I require a C-Section or other medical intervention?
Absolutely. KGH is for all births, vaginal or abdominal. Learning relaxation techniques and how your baby can make a calm and gentle entry into the world, regardless of its route, is beneficial to baby, mother and birth partner and can have a huge, positive effect on post-partum feelings about the birth of your child.
When should I attend a KGHypnobirthing course?
Any time during your pregnancy. Ideally, attending the course during your second trimester gives you the opportunity to absorb deeply all you have learnt and practice your techniques, so it all becomes second nature. The earlier you attend a course, the longer you have to enjoy the confidence boosting benefits of KGHypnobirthing throughout your pregnancy but if you attend a course two days prior to giving birth, it will still be of great benefit.
Can you explain the 'Hypno' bit?
Forget pocket watches swinging on gold chains or clucking like a chicken when a showman clicks his fingers.
Hypnosis is perfectly natural; a state of mind we enter on a regular basis, slipping into a trance like state when we read a book or day dream for instance. Have you ever driven to work or another familiar route, got there and realised you don't remember the journey? You’ve slipped into autopilot using your unconscious mind, the route you’ve driven for years being second nature. Your conscious mind takes a back seat while your subconscious takes over.
Like those who attend hypnotherapy to stop smoking or lose weight, part (and only part) of KGHypnobirthing is based on gently accessing the subconscious through deep relaxation exercises in order to release any negative preconceptions about birth. The triggers that set off panic are removed and replaced with positive feelings to enable you to look forward to the arrival of your child.
By practicing the relaxation techniques you'll learn in class, they will become second nature, so when the time comes for you to give birth, your subconscious will be stimulated by familiar triggers, allowing you to relax and let your body do what it is supposed to do, without fear or tension.
Should my partner attend the course?
That would be ideal. Birth partners play a central role in KGHypnobirthing, it's a fantastic opportunity for you to bond as parents before the child is born and means you are both fully involved in the birth rather than the cliché image of the mother doing all the work, while the birth partner stays out of the way, feeling rather like a spare part.
It is completely understandable if a birth partner is sceptical at first but the course is very logical and practical and they invariably emerge convinced!
Can I attend the course without my partner?
Absolutely. Plenty of mothers employ and benefit from KGHypnobithing techniques on their own, or convey what they have learnt in class to their birth partners at another time. That said, if your birth partner is keen to be involved, they will get the most out of the experience and be better able to support you if they attend the course with you.
What does the course cost?
Group Course - £250
What course materials are included?
Before the course you will be sent Colour & Calmness, the pregnancy and birth relaxation CD or MP3, so you can start to practise and develop a positive outlook on pregnancy and birth straight away.
At the course you will be given The Hypnobirthing Book and a folder of handouts to support you during the rest of your pregnancy and the birth of your baby.
What happens after the course is over?
Following the course, you'll be practicing all the techniques you have learnt in the sessions so you are well prepared for the birth of your baby.
I can't make the group course dates, what are my options?
Drop me a line. There may well be others who'd prefer an alternative date; we'll find a solution.