£120 per couple or £70 per person
Upcoming Harrogate Courses
Keep a look out for new course from March 2017
Private Classes – In your home over 4 – 8 hours
£75 per hour
Complimentary copies of ‘The Hypnobirthing Book and C.D. are provided along with all course material. The group courses provide refreshments. You will also have the benefit of email or telephone contact with Lesley for ongoing support and advice.
What is Hypnobirthing?
As a midwife with a special interest in birth trauma Lesley has always been amazed at how effective hypnobirthing is at inducing such calm, stress free births for everyone, which undoubtedly goes a long way in helping bonding and attachment with your baby. Lesley’s classes use the Katharine Graves method of hypnobirthing, and as Lesley has vast experience of pregnancy, labour and birth she is able to offer a more diverse and practical hypnobirthing course than other practitioners may provide which truly prepares you both, not just for your baby’s birth but for life after birth too. Once your booking has been confirmed you will be sent the Hypnobirthing CD by post. The Katharine Graves Hypnobirthing book and course handouts will be provided at the start of the course, along with bespoke aromatherapy oil blends for pregnancy, labour and postnatal care.
Why Use Hypnobirthing?
When we feel fear or anxiety our bodies produce stress hormones and these stress hormones prevent our bodies from labouring as effectively as they should. We are after all animals, so why can we not labour and give birth as easily as animals? Well, the problem is our extremely well formed forebrain where we process information and problem solve. Unfortunately, as it’s much larger than in other animals we tend to problem solve when we should be doing nothing and that’s especially true in labour. We start to think about what may go wrong, what the next contraction will be like, will I cope with motherhood.
If you can limit that process of thinking and worrying then you go some way to enabling your body to labour far more effectively. If you can manage to increase your body’s production of your natural pain relief hormones known as endorphins and oxytocin, the calming love hormone which effectively makes your womb contract then you should have a quicker, more efficient and more comfortable labour
During the classes you will be taught a combination of easy to learn methods of breathing and deep relaxation and visualisation, combined with positive thought and language, reduce stress, fatigue, anxiety and fear and as a result. Releasing fear is fundamental to the success of hypnobirthing.
Hypnobirthing also acknowledges the importance of the father’s role and gives him a specific role which brings the couple closer together and gives him the knowledge that he was an important part of how his baby entered the world, thus deepening his relationship with his child.
You will be given the information you need to understand how the body is working during labour and the choices that are available to you, so you are equipped to challenge your medical advisors to achieve the birth you want, which can often be more comfortable, drug free, calm and gentle. If your birth is calm, gentle and drug free, then so is your baby’s