I found the Hypnobirthing course to be educational, positive and inspirational! The deep relaxation techniques and understanding how they can add benefit were very useful to me, particularly prior to the birth of my son.I would recommend the course to anyone who wishes to broaden their understanding of pregnancy and childbirth and who needs some support to relax and take time to consider and plan how they wish to prepare for the birth of their baby.
Katie – Oxford
Hypnobirthing allowed me to go with the flow of pregnancy and birth. It put me in a positive, calm and accepting state of mind, which was so important as it was my first pregnancy and I didn’t know what to expect from labour.
Steph worked with me in the final months of my pregnancy, guiding me through the hypnobirthing exercises and what I might expect in labour. Her gentle, positive and loving manner was so important in making me feel excited and relaxed about the last stages of my pregnancy and my labour.
My partner was great at helping me through the hypnobirthing exercises, which we used during labour. During labour, the element of time disappeared, with my partner’s voice leading me through contractions calmly and confidently. I just kept telling myself to surrender, that each contraction was nudging my baby closer to us. I visualised water flowing downwards, and flowers opening. My labour was relatively short for a first timer, and the midwife was surprised at how calm the birth was with a 3 minute gap between delivering my baby’s head and his body – which was the easiest part! My partner says I just breathed the baby out…which is a beautiful way to think of our boy arriving into this world.
Jerome – Oxford
I was sceptical about Hypnobirthing but so anxious & scared about the prospect of labour (even to the point of considering an elective caesarean at one stage), that I decided to give it a try. I had also heard very positive things from friends & colleagues. We found the relaxations & breathing techniques to be very effective and I practised these lots, together with perineal massage & positive thinking. On the day my surges came strong and regular from the outset. I had planned a hospital birth at Chelsea & Westminster but we stayed at home for as long as possible as we felt calm using the breathing and massage/light touch you taught us. By the time we got to the hospital I was 5cm dilated. The midwife paid close attention to my birth plan and was wonderful at letting us get on with things ourselves with minimal input from her. We used the birthing pool which I found wonderfully relaxing and that’s where Lucy was born. In all, my labour was 4 hours long, we used no pain relief other than the warm water of the pool and I felt calm and in control throughout.
Now when I look back on the whole experience I feel such joy and elation, it really was amazing and I can’t believe we had the labour we wished for. I’m still not sure how Hypnobirthing worked, but I’m certain it made a big difference!
Very many thanks for all your help at the workshop, we have been advocating your methods very enthusiastically to all our friends & family & will continue to do so!
Ellie – A mother
KG Hypnobirthing Diploma feedback
Your assessment is excellent Steph. It is detailed, thorough and well balanced.I have picked out one or two [answers to comment on], but all your answers are good and some are excellent. There really is very little for me to add. I loved your answer to the last question and your excitement and enthusiasm really beams off the page as does a thorough understanding of the qualities needed to make an empowering Hypnobirthing teacher.
You have an impressive and enviable array of existing skills and experiences and I think you will find KG Hypnobirthing an exciting tool to add to your professional tool box as well as empowering you personally. You are clearly committed, enthusiastic and empathic and I sense a justified confidence in your ability to use Hypnobirthing to aid couples. You are well on the way to changing women’s lives for the better by improving their chances of experiencing a fulfilling birth and I have no doubt that you will make a lovely KG Hypnobirthing teacher.
C Mytum – KG Hypnobirthing teacher & assessor