What is Hypnobirthing? by Gina Potts

Harness your innate power to birth your baby naturally

Our ZenBirth antenatal hypnobirthing course offers you a complete antenatal education and birth preparation programme. It is soundly based in established anatomy, physiology and psychology, and includes simple and highly effective breathing, relaxation, self-hypnosis and massage techniques. Our complete programme gives you the knowledge and tools you need to have a positive birth experience, wherever you give birth and whatever your circumstances.

Most expectant mothers can't wait to hold their baby in their arms, but many are afraid of giving birth. Why? We are surrounded by negative ideas and assumptions about childbirth, from images we see on TV to being told unpleasant stories by relatives, and even by strangers. It is no wonder many people fear childbirth. Our courses help you understand the birthing process and how to achieve the best possible outcome for your individual circumstances. We help you to feel prepared, calm, confident and in control of your baby's birth .

'Birth isn't something we suffer. It is something we actively do and exhalt in.'
- Sheila Kitzinger

The hypnosis elements of the course enable you to get rid of any fears or anxieties you may have, and help you feel more mentally prepared to welcome your baby. The hypnobirthing approach to childbirth starts from two key premises:

  • that a woman’s body is perfectly designed to birth her baby, and
  • that fear and tension can be replaced by calm confidence to provide a more positive birthing experience.

Our ZenMamas feel empowered to trust in and use their body’s natural abilities to bring about a calm and comfortable birth. We teach women that they don't have to be afraid of birth and, when they trust their bodies, they will relax during, and even enjoy, the physical sensations of childbirth. And where medical intervention is necessary, we give information on how to navigate their maternity care in order to achieve the best possible outcome for mother and baby.

'...The birth wisdom women need already belongs to their bodies.
It is a matter of connection to and trust in the wisdom which the body contains...'
- Marianne Jacuzzi

You have the power to make your baby's birth a beautiful experience. Childbirth is an empowering, positive, life-changing event. Your baby's birth can take place comfortably, and without significant discomfort or drama.

The powerful sensations of childbirth come from you. You are powerful.

On our ZenBirth antenatal hypnobirthing courses, you can:

  • discover that pain does not inevitably accompany labour;
  • learn how to release any fears or anxieties you may have about giving birth;
  • overcome any previous traumatic births;  
  • experience the joy and magic of birth;
  • most importantly, learn how to be in full control of their baby’s birth.

According to feedback given by hypnobirthing mothers to the HypnoBirthing Institute, around 70% experienced childbirth without any need for medical or surgical intervention. Hypnobirthed babies tend to emerge into the world more alert and calm, with high APGAR scores, and many reportedly feeding and sleeping better than parents expected. For those births that do have special circumstance requiring assistance from medical professionals, hypnobirthing parents report feel calmer, more confident and in control when deciding to have an assisted delivery.

According to our ZenBirth Course Evaluation survey, 99.8% of respondents reported that they felt 'confident' or 'very confident' after completing their course. And from our Birth Experience Survey, 98.7% of respondents were 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' with their birth experience and 99.8% felt well-supported during the birth.

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