1. Why KG Hypnobirthing?
We are the original UK Hypnobirthing course which is designed especially for mothers in the UK. The course is constantly evolving to keep up-to-date with the latest evidence and research, and is now taught internationally.
Katharine Graves has personally taught hypnobirthing to over 2,000 couples, probably more than anyone else in the UK. Stella is a qualified KG Hypnobirthing teacher having completed College of Midwives accredited teacher training to Diploma level.
A KG Hypnobirthing Course 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 successful hypnobirth, it gives you the information to navigate the system in which you find yourself to achieve the best outcome for you and your baby.
2. How Much is the Course?
3. What Will I Learn on a KG Hypnobirthing Course?
- Breathing exercises
- Deep relaxations
- Very effective work to release fear and build confidence
- Comforting massage
- How the father/birth partner can be your powerful protector and support
- How your body is designed to give birth with efficiency and comfort
- Knowledge and information about the whole process
- 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
|Learn about the five Cs of hypnobirthing:|
|Confidence||When you feel confident, you relax and work with your body in the way nature intended.|
|Control||With the knowledge you have, you are enabled to take control of how you give birth.|
|Choice||When you feel in control, the choices you make are the best choices for you and for your baby.|
|Calm||When you feel calm throughout the birth you are relaxed and your mind and body work together in harmony.|
|Comfort||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.|
4. What Course Materials Am I Given?
- The Hypnobirthing Book by Katharine Graves, with introduction by Michel Odent
- The KG Hypnobirthing course relaxation CD, Colour & Calmness. This will be sent you when you reserve a place on a course so you can begin to enjoy the benefits of hypnobirthing straight away.
- A folder of handouts to guide your practice at home
5. Does the Father Need to Come to Hypnobirthing Too?
He doesn’t, but he will be very glad if he did. Most fathers 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. birth stories
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 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.
6. Will Hypnobirthing Work for Me if I Come on My Own?
Yes, definitely. 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.
7. And After the Course – What Then?
Please call or email if you feel stressed, are put under pressure, or we can help in any way.
8. What is the Best Format for Hypnobirthing?
We teach the KG Hypnobirthing course in a variety of formats 4, 5 or 6 short sessions, over 2 consecutive days or 2 days a week or two apart. Currently we are offering an evening course over five weeks. If this does not work for you then please contact me to discuss. Each format has its pros and cons, but there is no research showing that one method is better than another. The bottom line is simply that KG Hypnobirthing works, so choose the format that is most convenient for you.
9. Is The Hypnobirthing Book and the Colour and Calmness Relaxation CD Sufficient?
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.
10. When Should I Do The KG Hypnobirthing Course?
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 KG Hypnobirthing works whenever you do it. One mother was taught and gave birth two days later, and it worked perfectly well. So it is never too late or too early, whenever you choose to gain the benefits of KG Hypnobirthing for your baby and you, will be right for you.
11. Does the fee cover both of us?
Yes, there is no additional charge for the father or birth partner to attend, and most fathers do come to support their partners.
12. I can't do both days together.
Computers are wonderful but rather inflexible and they can’t cope with anything out of the ordinary; we can! You can do the group class and anything you miss can be held as a private class too. Just call us and we’ll sort it out.
We know the difference HypnoBirthing makes and you don’t yet, so we will do everything we can to make sure you get the benefits of this wonderful system.
13. How many couples are there in a group?
The size of the groups vary, depending on a great many factors including the venue, the time of year, and imponderables that I shall never understand. I think it’s lovely to do HypnoBirthing in a group because you can meet other expectant couples, exchange ideas, and learn from their questions. The groups are kept small enough to be personal, and large enough to be friendly.
14. Answering all your questions - ‘What If…..? If Only…..’
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. KG 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.
15. Can I book a private Hypnobirthing Course?
Yes you can. A private Hypnobirthing class is held at your home at a time to suit you. It can be held in two days or over a number of shorter sessions. The price of the course is £500 plus mileage.
Please contact us to find out more about booking a private course.
16. History of Hypnobirthing?
“Hypnobirthing is soundly based on established medical knowledge.”
The seeds 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, the mother refused any pain relief and then proceeded to give birth quickly and with no pain. Grantly Dick-Read was truly amazed.
The Mothers 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 and in hospitals 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 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. It is practised internationally and rapidly spreading throughout the world.