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AntenAtal Hypnobirthing COurse
Our Courses are now ONLINE and face to face
Weekend Antenatal Hypnobirthing Course
Next available course for summer due babies is
March 20th & 27th
Virtual Antenatal Hypnobirthing Course
What will you learn:
Our classes are designed to give you a comprehensive range of information, giving you all the antenatal information you would expect as well as hypnobirthing – so you get the two together. Meaning you will not have to attend other antenatal classes, we’ve got it all covered. (full details below)
The subjects are covered in a logical sequence and involve the inspirational Katharine Graves method of hypnobirthing alongside the more traditional physiology of childbirth, methods of pain relief available, mechanisms of labour, the role of your partner, stages of labour and the ‘what if’s!’
When to start:
This is a very popular antenatal programme therefore we advise you book onto our classes early to avoid disappointment. You can reserve your place by paying a small depsosit when booking, even as soon as your pregnancy has been confirmed if you wish!
We generally suggest that for best results you start our course from approximately 20 weeks gestation – although we have had women a bit earlier – who couldn’t wait and also most recently a couple who were 34 weeks pregnant – they still benefitted hugely, providing you make time to practice your techniques.
Below you will find a chart suggesting the most suited course dates depending on your expected due date.
Who will be teaching you:
Sally will teach most of the classes. She is a practising experienced midwife. ‘I am passionate about your birth experience and want to arm you and your birth partner with all the tools you need to have the best birth possible – just for your information – to date 100 % of the couples I have taught have had a vaginal birth …. With minimal pain relief – lots of breathing and positive affirmations…….omg! I really do not know how I have had 6 babies myself.’
What you will get:
When you book a face to face session you will receive the Katharine Graves Hypnobirthing book with MP3 relaxation downloads , the underwood baby academy training manual, a UBA tote bag with goodies (see website), a set positive affirmation cards for him and her, plus have access to an amazing mindful relaxation script on your first session. When you book for the virtual sessions you will receive the Katharine graves book and the UBA training manual via royal mail and also a set of his and her positive affirmation cards.
What happens when the classes finish?
We offer, completely unique to UB Academy, a weekly midwifery advice line. We have a catcha cuppa session on Thursday evenings with midwife Sally – 19.30 hrs to explore any concerns you may have or to discuss any pregnancy issues together.
face to face
Course DAtes for 2021
...For DUE DAtes In...
Virtual (via zoom)
Course dates for 2021
January 16th & 23rd
April, May, June
1st Feb (+ 8th,15th,22nd Feb)
March 20th & 27th
June, July, August
6th April (+12th,19th,26th Apr)
May 15th & 22nd
August, September, October
7th June (+14th,21st,28th Jun)
July 10th & 17th
September, November, December
9th August (+16th,23rd,31st Aug)
September 11th & 18th
4th October (+11th,18th,25th Oct)
November 13th & 20th
February, March, April (2022)
29th Nov (+6th, 13th,20th Dec)
Detailed information & FAQs are below for our Antenatal Hypnobirthing course.
We hope to welcome you, your birth partner, and bump very soon!
The course is constantly evolving to keep up to date with the latest evidence and research and is taught by an experienced midwife.
The UBA Hypnobirthing and antenatal program not only equips you with the hypnobirthing information but uniquely gives you the knowledge to understand your options and the implications of the choices you make. As well as teaching you the techniques you need for a positive birth, it gives you the information to navigate the system in which you find yourself to achieve the best outcome for you and your baby.
- Breathing exercises
- Deep relaxations
- Very effective work to release fear and build confidence
- Comforting massage
- How the father can be your powerful protector and support
- How your body is designed to give birth with efficiency and comfort
- Knowledge and information about pregnancy and birth that you are unlikely to be told anywhere else
- How ‘the system’ that you find yourself in works, and how to work with it to achieve the best result for you
- A simple practice regime to support you at home
- Understanding how the mind and body work together
When you feel confident, you relax and work with your body in the way nature intended.
With the knowledge you have, you are enabled to take control of how you give birth.
When you feel in control, the choices you make are the best choices for you and for your baby.
When you feel calm throughout the birth you are relaxed and your mind and body work together in harmony.
The result is that your body works efficiently and comfortably. A KG Hypnobirthing birth can be the most wonderful and empowering experience of your life.
Before the course, you will be sent you will be sent Colour & Calmness the pregnancy and birth relaxation CD or MP3 so you can start to practice and develop a positive outlook on pregnancy and birth straight away. At a face to face 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.
They do not have to but will benefit hugely. Most partners arrive at the course utterly sceptical and leave extremely enthusiastic. We don’t expect you to believe in it. Why should you? We do ask you to listen to the facts and the logic so you understand how important it is and the difference you as a father or birth companion can make. Have a look at the birth reports from fathers, and you can benefit from their experience.
The caricature of a father at a birth is someone who is nervous, feeling responsible for the situation she is in, holding her hand and wishing he could help, but not knowing what to do.
A hypnobirthing father is knowledgeable and able to support her as she gives birth. He is a huge asset in the birthing room, and many mothers say, ‘I couldn’t have done it without him.’ They have practised together before the birth which brings them closer together, and he knows he has played an important part in how his baby enters the world. This deepens their relationship as a couple, and his relationship with his child.
A close friend or family member who is going to be in the birth room to support you when you give birth can come to the course as well as your partner. It is important that they understand what you are doing and how best to support you. There is no additional charge for this. This does not apply to birth professionals (including doulas).
Yes. Many women have come to the course on their own if they have a husband who is away on business, as a single mum, if it’s a second baby and they can’t find a babysitter for their elder child, or any other reason. Just remember that KG Hypnobirthing works, and you are very welcome. If your partner can’t come, we would welcome your mother, a friend, or whoever will be supporting you at the birth instead.
A UBA Hypnobirthing teacher is always there for you. Please call or email if you feel stressed, are put under pressure, or we can help in any way. We run a weekly ‘Catcha Cuppa & Chat’ with a midwife service – for all our members to attend.
We teach the KG Hypnobirthing course over 4 evenings face to face, sometimes in two consecutive weekends and will continue to run virtual zoom sessions over 4 evenings – we have found this is has been effective within the COVID 19 challenges and believe that this could work well for couples living outside our locality. The good thing is that it works either way.
People sometimes ask if buying The Hypnobirthing Book and the Colour and Calmness CD is sufficient without coming to a course. The honest answer is, ‘I don’t know’. For a few mothers it is, for many it isn’t (though it will always make a difference). The trouble is, you don’t know which category you come into until after your baby is born.
You undoubtedly get more information and feel more supported from attending a course and are able to ask questions as they arise.
Given the choice, I would advise doing the course in the second trimester of your pregnancy so you can enjoy the benefits during your pregnancy as well as at the birth of your baby. It is not so much a matter of learning facts so they are fresh in your mind, but more a matter of absorbing the information so that it becomes second nature, but the Hypnobirthing works whenever you do it. You need to practice. If you do the course earlier, you have more time for the benefits during your pregnancy as well as at the birth of your baby.
If you are expecting your first baby, you may have the phrase on your lips, ‘What if……’. The fears you have are often derived from the dramatic emergencies you have seen on television or the movies. UBA Hypnobirthing helps to explain the ‘What ifs’ so you can safely leave them to your midwife. She is highly qualified in ‘what ifs’, but you need the knowledge to understand this.
From women who are expecting their second or subsequent baby, I often hear the words, ‘If only…’. ‘If only I had known, I would have made a different decision.’ ‘If only someone had told me.’ KG Hypnobirthing saves you from saying ‘If only…’ after the birth, and helps you let go of a previous bad experience so that the birth of your second baby can be a wonderful and empowering experience. You may find this hard to believe, but there are many mothers who can vouch for this. It is the second time mothers who REALLY know the difference that KG Hypnobirthing makes as they have experienced the difference.
“Hypnobirthing is soundly based on established medical knowledge.” – Midwife
In 1957, after two years of study by eminent neurologists and psychoanalysts, the BMA issued a statement that ‘hypnosis is an effective method of relieving pain in childbirth’ and proposed that all doctors should train in hypnotherapy.
The seeds of the natural birth movement were first sown with the work of eminent obstetrician Dr.Grantly Dick-Read. After witnessing a homebirth in the slums of the London Docks in 1913 where the mother refused any pain relief and then proceeded to give birth quickly and with no pain, Grantly Dick-Read was truly amazed.
The mother’s comment after giving birth when he asked why she refused the pain relief was “It didn’t hurt. It wasn’t meant to, was it, Doctor?” This experience was defining, and after a career of working on the battle field in the first world war and subsequently in hospitals as an obstetrician he theorized that fear was the overriding cause that led to the pain in childbirth. At the end of his career he wrote the book “Childbirth Without Fear”. He hypothesized that when you are fearful, you tense up and the natural birth process is inhibited and becomes longer and consequently more painful.
Over the years his theories have been fully vindicated with research into how hormones work during childbirth. His principles have been further developed by a number of natural birth practitioners with Hypnobirthing being the most notable and widely practised. Today KG Hypnobirthing is known by every midwife in the UK and many have trained in KG Hypnobirthing, including professors of midwifery and NHS heads of midwifery. Obstetricians are also beginning to understand the significance of the work we do and are coming to be trained too. KG Hypnbirthing is practised internationally and rapidly spreading throughout the world.