Group Hypnobirthing Course
When: One Sunday a month
Duration: 9.30am till 4.30pm
Where: 80 Luton Road, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 2UT
Hypnobirthing Group Class
What To Expect From Your Face-to-Face Group Hypnobirthing Course…
Hello, I’m Angela Rake, an Independent Hypnobirthing Practitioner (trained by MamaSerene), Harpenden-based pregnancy & postnatal Pilates teacher, mum of three little people and all-round birth geek.
My intimate, relaxed and friendly one day hypnobirthing course is hosted in the comfort of my Harpenden based home for just three couples at a time. I will support you to prepare for a positive and informed birth.
You will learn and get lots of practice of how to take yourself into a deep state of relaxation or hypnosis: a safe place to which you can retreat at any time. Applying hypnosis techniques to childbirth contributes to a calm and positive experience.
My training is designed to be applicable to all birth choices as hypnosis for birth benefits you, regardless of where you give birth and no matter what happens on the big day.
You will go away with a full toolkit to draw on to help you to prepare for the birth in advance, to use during the birth itself and also to bring you benefits in the early postnatal period.
I can my training over a whole day (a Sunday).
It’s a good idea to have your birth partner with you during the training as there will be lots of exercises you can do together to help prepare for the birth together.
To get a feel for my perspective on hypnobirthing you can also read my blog: Your Essential Guide to Hypnobirthing.
Best of all, at the end of the course, you will feel empowered to leave any worries you had about birth behind you; you will feel lighter, unburdened and excited to meet your baby.
What Does The Hypnobirthing Course Cover?
- 6 hours of teaching over one Sunday
- The day will include exercises for you to do with your birth partner, videos to watch and 3 hypnosis tracks.
- You will receive 6 x MP3 audio tracks to listen to in the lead up and during your birth
- A copy of Kicki Hansard’s ‘Path To Birth’
- 30 positive affirmation cards
- Laminated useful resources for the birth
- My course material
- A copy of Dani Diosi’s ‘Hypnobirthing: Breathing in Short Pants’ book
- Access to my closed Facebook group
- WhatsApp support until your birth
What Topics Does The Hypnobirthing Course Cover?
Together we will explore:
- Hypnosis: demystifying it, how it feels and how it works
- The subconscious and how it works
- The difference between meditation/relaxation and hypnosis
- The power of relaxation and how it supports the birth process
- What happens in labour and how you may feel during each stage
- How hypnosis supports the physiology of birth
- The power of your own breath
- The importance of your environment and creating your nest during childbirth
- Your birth plan and all your considerations
- The power of language and being kind to ourselves.
- The emotional stages of labour
- History of childbirth
- Tools for making decisions on the day
You will receive a pack of 30 positive birth affirmations for you to display around your home and use during childbirth. These will trigger positive feelings about yourself, your body and childbirth.
You will have ample opportunity to practise self-hypnosis and deep relaxation and will get six hypnosis scripts recorded by me to take away and practise. Having built trust with each other throughout the course, when you hear my voice, a relaxed state will be triggered in you naturally. That’s the beauty of hypnosis!
Your Hypnobirthing Course
Address: 80 Luton Road, Harpenden, AL5 2UT
Telephone: 07747 778575
Sign up to our next one day course.
Cost: £250 per couple
When is the best time to do the hypnobirthing course?
As someone who had all of their babies early(!), I would say that it’s never too early to start! The more time you have to practise, the more beneficial it will be. Ideally, any time from 28 weeks pregnant is great.
How many spaces are there? The course is very intimate with just three couples so you have a comfy sofa each.
How often does the hypnobirthing course run? I aim to run the course monthly during term time on a Sunday.
What do I need to bring? Please bring a packed lunch, your slippers, a blanket and a comfy pillow.
I am having a planned c-section, will I still benefit from the course?
Yes, you will. The course is geared towards preparing you for childbirth. Hypnobirthing tools and techniques will keep you calm throughout your caesarean-section. I even have a specific hypnosis track for caesarean-section births.
Will hypnobirthing mean I have a less painful birth?
Although hypnobirthing won’t prevent pain, it will teach you to work with your contractions and appreciate them for the powerful muscular actions that they are.
Will doing hypnobirthing prevent a medicalised birth?
My hypnobirthing course won’t prevent a medicalised birth but it can enable a positive birth experience, regardless of how your baby is born.
Do I need to have a birth partner with me to do the course?
It is not essential but having your birth partner with you for the course is invaluable. It gives them an array of tools and techniques to use to support you during childbirth. For example, we discuss labour and how your birth partner can support you during each stage. We learn exercises you can do together to help you both find serenity and calm. (The best bit for me is seeing how the course brings couples together!)
Provides a set of tools and skills that enables a birthing mother to self hypnotise themselves
Makes a positive difference to how a woman perceives labour and birth and how she experiences the contractions that accompany it
Teaches powerful techniques to work with contractions, to harness their strength and power
Enables emotional and physical preparation for birth
Teaches highly effective techniques to use the power of breath to calm the mind and empower the body
Gives evidence-based information to enable you to make informed decisions for each woman and her baby
Encourages protection from negative birth stories
Connect with local pregnancy experts who can support you on your journey
Prepares for birth and teaches techniques to retain a positive mindset to enable excitement about meeting your baby
Encourages excitement about the benefits for your baby: hypnobirthed babies tend to be calmer at birth and more alert, with higher APGAR scores
Allows you to look forward to seeing the research for yourself: hypnobirthing mothers enjoy a reduction in labour length, less reported pain, a reduction in medical intervention and a reduced caesarean rate.
Research also shows that using hypnosis for birth results in a reduced need for pharmacological anaesthesia/analgesia
Gives birth partners the tools to support their partner through the birthing process so that they become a central part of the process rather than an onlooker
We took Angela’s hypnobirthing course before the birth of our second baby in December and can’t recommend this course more strongly. We found all the content really well thought out and relevant – Angela is such an expert in childbirth and combines her own experience with evidence based research.
I listened to the hypnosis tracks every day for the last 6 weeks or so of my pregnancy and found them really helpful in relaxing me and making sure I took some time out to rest as well. I felt really positive about the birth even when I went a few days overdue (having been absolutely convinced baby was coming early!) with Christmas and the arrival of family being imminent.
During the birth itself, I was mostly really calm. I loved having the labour track playing the whole time and really focused on what Angela was saying. Everything happened very quickly (less than 2 hours start to finish!) but I was able to breathe deeply and just go with the flow. There were a couple of points where self-doubt set in and I got a bit panicky but Tom recognised those as transition and was brilliant at getting me back on track by breathing with me and using “breathe, release, let go”. I didn’t end up needing any pain relief until post delivery.
After baby arrived we chilled out listening to the piano meditation music Angela recommended which was a really special time. That music still puts baby to sleep 4 weeks later!
Overall Angela’s course helped us go into the birth in a more positive frame of mind and made the labour experience much calmer than our first labour. We felt we had really thought about what we wanted and that we were in control. We both really enjoyed the course and would recommend it to others regardless of how or where you plan to give birth.
The reason I started doing Hypnobirthing was due to wanting to not panic during my labour.
Working with Angela made me able to remain calm throughout my pregnancy and in the final weeks prior to my labour.
The techniques that Angela taught me were superb and allowed me to actually enjoy the experience, as I knew exactly what my body was doing and that it was completely natural.
Thank you Angela for giving me the tools and opening my mind, ensuring I relaxed and enjoyed one of the best days of my life!
I loved how positive the course was.
Being hypnotised has proved to me that it works and that it will be hugely beneficial during and after the birth journey.
Angela is an awesome trainer and she was easy to talk to and was incredibly professional.
My overall concept about hypnosis has changed for the better and I have certainly learned useful techniques to support my wife and myself on a day to day basis.
Angela is incredibly knowledgeable about childbirth and this comes aacross really clearly. She is enthusiastic and and absolutely committed to helping you have the best birth possible. We really enjoyed ourselves and learned a lot. We also enjoyed spending time together.
We really loved this grounded and evidence based course. Angela teaches you to have the best birth possible wherever you are and really gives you the tools to stay calm and focused even if things don’t go to plan.
It has been an eye opener. I now know how hypnobirthing can help my partner.
I thought it might be awkward but Angela made us relax.
Angela was very welcoming and easy to talk to openly.
Angela was very hands on and had a claming nature. She made us feel at ease.
We will definitely be recommeding Angela to friends.
It was so useful to learn the stages of labour and what to expect and how hypnobirthing techniques can be used to calm me during the various stages. I definitely learned not to panic because I am in control, safe and everything that is happening is natural.
I loved the intimacy of a small group, the practical sessions of hypnosis and the open discussions on anxieties and how to overcome them.
Angela was superb. Welcoming, kind, soothing, clear and knowledgeable. She put me at complete ease. She listened and made her answers relevant and personal.
Having never truly opened my mind to hypnosis I am now aware of how powerful it can be. I am in control, I am safe and I can do this!! The course has made me excited instead of anxious about meeting our baby. Thank you!!
For me as the partner it was so useful to have cues to support my partner through the birth. Also, it was useful to reinforce some of the things we learned at NCT.
It was great to learn the biology behind hypnosis and demystify it.
Angela was great. She took her time to discuss the topics and cover off any questions. Also she made everyone feel at ease and relaxed.
The session was much better than I expected and it was clear how well it will support us during the birth. I really enjoyed the fact that it was practical.. It was also much better having another couple of couples there.
I had tried some hypnobirthing techniques using a download but I wasn’t sure if it was ‘working’ or if i was doing it ‘right’. Having Angela there to advise, reassure, and feedback in the moment was very useful.
It felt like equal importance had been placed in learning the biology behind hypnosis as well as practising techniques. This will probably help the people who might be a bit cynical or doubtful about the process. I also think that having my partner there was very useful. he has some of his own techniques now and he’ll understand what I am trying to do both when practicing and during labour.
Angela was very calm and welcoming. It was easy to relax with her and in her home. I like that she shared some of her own experiences with us, it made the course very personal.
I was impressed with the whole experience. I came out of the course feeling more relaxed and positve than I had in a long time. I am trying to remember that feeling and reproduce it during practice. It was also good to have a small group of three couples as I feel we covered a lot more.
I enjoyed understanding the physiology behind what forms beliefs and then putting it into practice.
I loved discussing different people’s understanding/perspectives/beliefs about hypnosis and seeing how they changed during the course. I loved practising hypnosis.
Angela had good knowledge and was able to facilitate discussion and correct people’s understanding without undermining.
It was great that Angela has both the background of being a Pilates Instructor and mother of three to inform her practice. An excellent course – I would recommend to others, thank you.