FAQs

What is hypnosis?
What is hypnotherapy?
How does it feel to be hypnotised?
Is hypnosis safe?
What is hypnosis for childbirth?
What are the benefits of hypnosis for childbirth?
Who can attend?
Should my partner/birth partner attend?
What is the difference between a beginners & advanced course?
Is it an antenatal class?
Can you guarantee I’ll have a pain free labour?
Where/when are courses run?
When is best to attend?
Do I need to book?
What is your cancellation policy?
How much does it cost?

WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis is natural and safe. It is a state of altered awareness characterised by a feeling of relaxation and ‘letting go’. We all drift in and out of different levels of awareness many times each day. A good example is if you have ever driven from one place to another and were not really sure how you got there, or if you have read a book and become so absorbed in it that you have lost track of time and been unaware of your surroundings. Another name for hypnosis is trance.

WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
Hypnotherapy very simply is hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. During hypnotherapy you are guided to achieve a deep state of relaxation. When you are in this relaxed state the subconscious mind becomes very aware and receptive to new perspectives, ideas and positive suggestions.

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE HYPNOTISED?
It feels wonderful! Hypnosis is a natural state that feels similar to that feeling you get right before you fall asleep at night. Some people feel sensations of being as light as a feather whereas others feel so completely relaxed that they experience a feeling of heaviness. There is no right or wrong way to feel but you will most likely experience exceptional relaxation!

IS HYPNOSIS SAFE?
Absolutely!  It is a natural state that we all experience every day.  You are always fully in control and could not be made to do anything against your will.

WHAT IS HYPNOSIS FOR CHILDBIRTH?
The course teaches you self-hypnosis, deep relaxation, breathing techniques and visualisation to help you feel calm, confident & in control during childbirth.  These hypnotic techniques can also help with pain/discomfort management.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HYPNOSIS FOR CHILDBIRTH?
There are many wonderful benefits!. Hypnosis for childbirth can help you 

Eliminate or reduce fear & anxiety
Learn deep relaxation & breathing techniques
Feel calm, confident & control during pregnancy & childbirth
Significantly reduce the need for medication/intervention
Experience a shorter labour
Effectively manage/control any discomfort
Have an empowered & positive birth experience
Reduce the possibility of post-natal depression
Enhance lactation for breast feeding
Have a calm, laid back baby!

WHO CAN ATTEND?
These classes are open to anyone who is pregnant!

Whether you are a first time mum who may be anxious or an experienced parent who would like to discover an alternative natural birth experience then these courses are for you.

SHOULD MY PARTNER/BIRTH PARTNER ATTEND?
Yes!  In an ideal world both mum & partner/birth partner would attend.  Your birth partner is an integral part of the process.  They will learn that they are not just a bystander and will learn invaluable techniques to support you through your unique experience.

If you do not have a birth partner who can accompany you, you are of course still welcome to attend and learn all the powerful techniques to help you remain calm, confident & in control.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE BEGINNERS & ADVANCED COURSES?
Beginners course
This course focuses on  helping eliminate or reduce any anxieties that you may have & will also provide you with some wonderful techniques that you can use during childbirth & postnatally. This course is offered as a more flexible option for mums whose due dates are very close making it difficult to attend the advanced course dates.

You will be provided with course handouts and CD’s to take home and practice.

Cost: £99
Duration: 3 hours

Advanced course
This course is packed full of all the information you will need for a hypnosis for childbirth birth! You will learn how to eliminate/reduce anxiety, you will be taught advanced visualisation and relaxation techniques along with pain/discomfort management.  You will learn how to trust your body, to achieve the ideal mental state (calm, confident & in control) and be armed with information that can help you enjoy your birth experience.

You will be provided with course handouts and CD’s to take home and practice.

Cost: £199
Duration: 7 – 7.5 hours

It is preferable for you to attend the advanced course so you learn all the amazing hypnotic techniques, I realise though for some people this is not an option.  The beginners course will help you learn the important basics to help you relax, breathe efficiently and feel confident and in control.

IS IT AN ANTENATAL CLASS?
No. There will be some antenatal knowledge gained but only to put the techniques into context and to understand what the techniques are designed to achieve.

CAN YOU GUARANTEE THAT I’LL HAVE A PAIN FREE LABOUR?
Unfortunately not!

You will learn pain management, relaxation and breathing techniques to help you throughout the birth. The more you practice the better at the techniques you will become.
The aim of the course is to enable you to remain as comfortable as possible, however there are many factors that can affect a birth, and no way of knowing in advance what those factors will be or how you personally will experience them.

WHERE/WHEN ARE THE COURSES RUN?
Beginners & advanced courses are run throughout the year in Bath & Bradford on Avon.  I am providing courses in the evenings and at weekends  so  you have a more convenient option of where and when you would like to attend. Please see the ‘Courses’ page for more information.

Private courses will be offered shortly – please email info@bathhbc.co.uk if you require any further information at this time.

WHEN IS BEST TO ATTEND?
Ideally you would attend advanced classes when you are between 27 weeks & 32 weeks pregnant.

If you are over 32 weeks and would like to attend a course please call Teresa on 07889 014942 or email info@bathhbc.co.uk to discuss in further detail.

DO I NEED TO BOOK?
Yes, booking is essential.

You are able to provisionally book your space on a course by filling in the booking form or by phone/email. Your booking will be held for 10 days pending payment. Full payment in advance is required to confirm your place on the course as class sizes are limited.

To book your space on a Bath Course please fill in this booking form.
To book your space on a Bradford on Avon course please fill in this booking form.

CANCELLATION POLICY
The Bath Hypnobirthing Centre operates a cancellation policy.  This is necessary due to limited class sizes.  Please ensure you read this information before booking.

Cancellations received less than four weeks before the course start date will be subject to a cancellation fee of £100.00 (£50.00 for the beginners course)

Cancellations received less than two weeks before the course start date will be subject to a cancellation fee of £130.00 (£65.00 for the beginners course)

If for any reason you need to swap your course dates for another location/month I will do my best to accommodate you. However, please be aware as courses get booked up quickly I cannot guarantee that a space will be available. If a swap is not possible and you need to cancel, the policy above applies.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Beginners Course:       £99
Advanced Course:      £199

This price includes all course handouts, scripts & CD’s

The Bath Hypnobirthing Centre is happy to offer a flexible payment plan should you find it difficult to pay in onel lump sum. Please call 07889 014942 or email info@bathhbc.co.uk to discuss in further detail.

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