What is Mindful Birthing?

Mindful birthing is a birth preparation course, taught by Lisa Mather, a fully qualified KGH Hypnobirthing teacher. (BA Hons, DipHB KGH)

The course will equip mums-to-be and birth partners, with the knowledge, tools and confidence used in hypnobirthing, so that you can prepare your mind and your body for a positive birth.

I always ask clients to imagine they are about to run a marathon. Before getting to the starting line, it’s likely that you will train, to prepare your mind and body for the 26 mile physical and mental challenge. It’s exactly the same with birth, if you prepare your mind and your body then it is likely that you will have a smoother ride! By turning up at the starting line with no preparation will mean that you have less control and confidence and ability to work with your body.

By practicing hypnobirthing, you will take control of your mind and body, putting you in the driving seat when it comes to birthing your baby, meaning you are empowered, confident and able to birth your baby with less stress and uncertainty.
Hypnobirthing can be used for all types of birth, natural, caesareans, inductions and everything in between. It is a method which can be used by all women to give you some control, whatever way you decide to birth.

A good birth is a state-of mind, it’s not defined by what happens during labour. Birth is unpredictable, and may not follow the path you wanted, however, by using hypnobirthing, you can ensure that you are in control every step of the way and therefore, whatever path your birth takes, you have played an active role in getting there and therefore it will be a positive experience.

The 5 C’s of hypnobirthing

  • Confidence. When you feel confident, you relax and work with your body in the way nature intended.

  • Control. With the knowledge you will learn, you are enabled to take control of how you give birth.

  • Choice. When you feel in control, the choices you make are the best choices for you and for your baby.

  • Calm. When you feel calm throughout the birth you are relaxed and your mind and body work together in harmony.

  • Comfort. The result is that your body works efficiently and comfortably.

Read my blog post ‘What is hypnobirthing?‘ for more information on this.

What are the benefits?

Hypnobirthing is a practical and logical practice which will help to:

  • Improve confidence for pregnancy and birth

  • Empower you with knowledge to be able to make informed decisions at every stage of your pregnancy and labour

  • Instil techniques to be able to stay calm and in control during your labour, reducing the chance of becoming stressed or frightened which would only work to hinder labour

  • Teach you the physiology of birth so that you learn to trust your body and the process, meaning that you can stay in control and confident throughout your labour

  • Reduce any fear, tension, stress or preconceived negativity surrounding birth

  • Strengthen your mind-body connection so that you are able to control your thoughts and ultimately your body

Course outline

The course covers:

  • How the body works in labour and how to use hypnobirthing at every stage

  • How to create the ideal environment so that your mind and body feel safe and relaxed to give birth

  • Methods to help mum and birth partner release any fear or tension around pregnancy and birth

  • The importance of the mind and body connection

  • The important role that hormones play in birth and how to cultivate and use these during birth

  • The different birth place options, the different types of birth and pain relief options

  • The benefits of natural + active birth

  • Breathing + relaxation techniques

  • How to work with your caregivers to achieve the best for you and your baby

  • Building your confidence, so that you are able to make informed decisions at every stage of your pregnancy and birth

  • The role of the birth partner

  • How to put together your ‘birth proposal’

  • Resources and information on pregnancy and birth

  • Building knowledge about birth, so that instead of being scared of the unknown you are prepared for every eventuality

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