I qualified with the Institute of Hypnobirthing in 2005 and was registered with them until a few months ago when I made a decision to put together a package of my own and so Tranquil Birth Method evolved.
Having worked with many couples throughout this time and had many successes with the hypnobirthing philosophy, I personally felt that there was more that could be offered to the mother to support her throughout her pregnancy and the first months of motherhood, physically , mentally and emotionally. By using other therapies it is possible to work at many different levels :-
Hypnosis has been used for decades in childbirth. In fact, before I qualified in hypnobirthing, I used hypnosis several times with pregnant moms to keep them confident and relaxed throughout pregnancy and the birth.
Hypnobirthing is fairly new in the UK and is a philosophy rather than a technique. Its concept is not new but rather a “rebirth” of the philosophy of birthing as it existed thousands of years ago and it was recaptured in the work of Dr Grantley Dick-Read, an English obstetrician, who first forwarded the concept of natural birthing in the 1920s. It is a process of calming, educational and relaxing techniques that eliminate the use of fears associated with labour. As well as promoting the special bond between a baby and its parents, it cannot only shorten the first stage of labour but in many cases can also eliminate the need for chemical painkillers.
So hypnobirthing/natural birthing/tranquil birth or whatever you wish to call it can offer several advantages :-
The Tranquil Birth Method builds on visualisation and hypnosis to keep you relaxed and in control throughout your pregnancy, birthing and motherhood. This allows you to let go of any fears and tensions and by keeping the body in this deep relaxation at all times, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment to labour. We know that the body’s natural anaesthesia (endorphins) replaces the stress hormones that constrict and cause the pain. There are no side effects. Clients remain in control at all times, and we are just reverting to birth in its natural form.
One of my reasons for looking at a new way to deliver natural birthing was because of today’s rat race, all too often it was difficult for the father to attend classes and one-to-one sessions became more convenient. This often proved expensive for many couples, who liked the concept but who were thinking of additional costs involved with a new baby/etc etc. I also felt that there was a need to tailor the programme to the individual couple and their lifestyle and expectations rather than offer an off-the-shelf package.
Linking all the therapies/treatments that I can offer means that I can start working with the mother early on in the pregnancy, preparing her body for the birth, allowing her to choose what she needs for that particular treatment.
A treatment plan will be set up, allowing a regular appointment time and the various options discussed.
A convenient date will be arranged to work on a one-to-one basis with both parents so that “dad” can learn to take control of the birth, allowing “mom” to just lie back and relax through it all. This session is usually carried out in the couple’s own home, if possible, as this allows for better relaxation and allows couples to ask questions without any embarrassment; how often have you attended classes where you’re not quite sure of something but think you will look ‘daft’ if you ask a question - so you stay quiet? Often everyone else probably wants to ask the same question!
This session will be tailored to suit your requirements but might include such things as :
If at the end of this session, mom and dad feel they need a further session, or need to revise some of the techniques, additional sessions can be set up on an hourly basis at my practice.
Sessions can continue with the new Mom, using some or all of the therapies, to maintain health and fitness, to get rid of any fears/negative feelings, to boost confidence, to learn baby massage etc. From experience I know that after those first few weeks, when everyone has gone back to work, when baby starts to teethe, often the new mom’s confidence often slips and some TLC is required for her! So why not be pampered for an hour or take an hour on the beach with some hypnosis !
These sessions will be tailored to the individual needs. For example, sometimes both parents want to learn baby massage to increase the bonding with their baby. Mom (or dad) just needs an hour’s pampering to help relaxation.
There are several payment options :
By booking in advance online you can benefit from a price discount of £40, reducing the cost from £400 to just £360. To book online, just click the button below:
Please feel free to e mail me with any questions or if you would like a free half-hour consultation with me to discuss a Tranquil Birth Plan, e mail me to book an appointment or call my secretary on 01785 665794.
Here is a list of some typical questions I'm frequently asked. Hopefully anything you might want to know is covered somewhere on this page. If it isn't, don't hesitate to contact me.
It sounds too good to be true. Does it really work?
Yes. The results of this technique speak for themselve.
Does it hurt?
With proper application of the techniques, pain really can be eliminated, or at the very least reduced to more tolerable levels.
Is it safe?
Yes, completely. The techniques used in Hypnobirthing are safe, simple and easy to use.