What is Hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is simple, logical and profound. Classes offer more than you might imagine.
As well as learning deep relaxation, breathing, visualisation and mindfulness techniques, Andrea offers a fully comprehensive, high quality birth preparation course, accredited by The Royal College of Midwives, to empower you to achieve a more positive birth experience, where you and your birth partner will feel respected, knowledgeable and in control.
Hypnobirthing is about having freedom of choice and access to accurate, evidence based information to help strengthen your self-confidence and belief in your own instincts. Attending classes and practicing hypnobirthing techniques can transform any doubts or fears you may have about birth into calm positivity and enables birth partners to feel confident in their role as companion and supporter.
Many women who practice hypnobirthing say giving birth is the most empowering experience of their lives, no matter how the birth of their baby unfolds and go on to benefit from practicing the techniques to experience calm positivity in every day life.
Benefits of Hypnobirthing
Reduce fear and anxiety
Experience a more positive birth
Reduce need for medication
Reduce hospital in-patient stay
More confident birth companion
The Hypnobirthing Programme
Far more than just a few techniques you use in labour, you will learn how to release fear and approach the birth of your baby
feeling more positive and confident.
The course lasts 12 hours and is generally split into 4 easily digested 3 hour sessions; but can be split into 2 longer 6 hour sessions.
How body & mind work
Power of positive language
Pregnancy & birth physiology
’Relax, breathe, visualise’
Release fear, build confidence
Powerful birth partners
Preparing for a positive birth
‘Confidence and power’
– Knowledge is light
– Informed choice
– Calm confidence
‘Welcoming your baby’
– Your birth environment
– Techniques for childbirth
– Bringing it all together
Want to attend a free taster session?
Andrea offers unique Hypnobirthing classes based on the methods of Katharine Graves Hypnobirthing (KGH) techniques, fused with her own knowledge and skills as an experienced midwife and midwifery educator.
She offers a complete in-depth birth preparation programme, accredited by The Royal College of Midwives, designed to build confidence and support the release of fear, fully preparing you for your baby’s birth.
Andrea is a Registered Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is also a member of the Royal College of Midwives, Association of Radical Midwives and Association for Improvement in Maternity Services.
KGH techniques are designed to break the fear-tension-pain cycle which promotes a more positive, empowering birth experience.
Enquire about hypnobirthing
Contact Andrea for an absolutely-no-obligation chat, or if you wish further information or would like to book a hypnobirthing course. Free taster sessions are always available.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can attend?
Suitable for everyone! Including first time parents, those who have practised Hypnobirthing before or those who wish a different sort of birth next time. Most attend after the 12th week of pregnancy.
Come along to classes on your own or bring your birth partner with you (their attendance is included in the price).
How long does the course last?
The complete course lasts 12 hours and is generally split into 4 easily digested 3 hour sessions; but can be split into 2 longer 6 hour sessions.
Can you shorten the course?
It is recommended the course lasts 10-12 hours minimum, anything less would be selling you short and would not give enough time for you to have all the information you need, time for practice nor have all your questions answered.
What about a refresher course?
If you have attended Hypnobirthing classes before (no matter who with), Andrea can tailor make a shorter refresher course especially for you at a reduced cost for your second, third or subsequent babies. Contact Andrea for more information.
What’s included in the price?
- You will receive the Katherine Graves Hypnobirthing paperback book
- The Colour and Calmness Relaxation MP3 (which you’ll be sent as soon as you book a place, enabling you to start Hypnobirthing straight away)
- The Hypnobirthing Parents’ Folder and Handouts
- In addition, Andrea is available to support you and your birth partner with any questions or queries that may arise between classes, until your baby is born and afterwards too – she is always happy to help.
Where are classes held?
Andrea offers a range of options:
- Private classes tailored to your own individual needs are regularly held in Andrea’s comfortable, designated room in her home in Newtonhill, Aberdeenshire.
- Private classes tailored to your own individual needs can also be held in your home (especially helpful if you have young children).
- Group classes are held periodically in The Haven Wellbeing Centre, 3 Market Square Buildings, Stonehaven, AB39 2BY.
Can I still benefit if I’m considered ‘high risk’?
Absolutely, the course is suitable for everyone including mothers who may have a more complicated pregnancy or birth. Andrea will help support you with a number of scenarios including (but not limited to):
- Breech birth
- Advanced maternal age
- C-Section birth
- IVF Pregnancy
- Back-to-back baby
- Longer pregnancy
- Group B Strep
- Vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC)
Can my friends and I come along as a group?
Yes, Andrea is happy to arrange a programme of classes especially to suit you and your friends. Contact Andrea for more information.
Can I learn hypnobirthing online?
Although it’s recommended you attend classes in person, we realise this is not always possible.
You can access an online version of the course at the link below where Katharine, founder of KGHypnobirthing and author of The Hypnobirthing Book, personally guides you through her world-leading course in the comfort and privacy of your own home. The course includes:
- 19 modules
- 12 hours of streamed content
- Easy to follow instructions for simple but highly effective practice
- The best seller: The Hypnobirthing Book (online version)
- Hypnobirthing Relaxation Audios
- All the supporting documents you need
- Facebook Support Group
- In addition, Andrea is available to support you and your birth partner with any questions or queries that may arise.
You can access the course at the link below:
Do I need to bring anything with me to classes?
Andrea will provide a range of teas, coffee, water and light snacks.
Comfortable clothing is recommended. Andrea will provide cushions and some blankets, or you can bring your own if you prefer.
Andrea’s commitment to you
Andrea is mum to 2 sons, an experienced Registered Midwife, Hypnobirth Teacher and Midwifery Lecturer who passionately believes that women and families should have access to accurate, evidence-based information and techniques to enable them to make informed choices during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthod.
Andrea herself used Hypnobirthing techniques when she gave birth to her sons (one in hospital and the other at home). She found the experiences gentle, calm, empowering and profound, leading her to realise her dream to become a Midwife and Hypnobirth Teacher going on to support hundreds of women and families throughout pregnancy, labour, child birth and early parenthood over the last 10 years. Andrea understands the anxieties, myriad choices and often conflicting information women and families face.
During classes you will be supported to access the quality information needed to help you realise your own individual preferences and choices as well as mindfulness and Hypnobirthing techniques to
B.Midwifery, RM, Dip.HB (KGH), FHEA
“You have been such
“A great course for expectant fathers to feel part of the birth of their baby. It’s very informative and gives you tools to use and information on all birthing methods. I have a greater understanding of childbirth now and am confident in being able to help my wife bring our baby into the world.”
“Our son was born this morning at home with no chemical pain relief and we deeply thank you and Hypnobirthing for that.”
“Andrea is a very knowledgeable Hypnobirthing coach with the added expertise of being an experienced midwife. She tailored the course to our particular circumstances and created a calm, relaxed atmosphere.”
“Fantastic course – we feel relaxed and excited about the birth and have learned techniques that can be applied to everyday situations, not just our baby’s birth.”
“We both really enjoyed the course and learned more about our choices than we had been told. The course is so much more than just Hypnobirthing. We feel a lot more relaxed now.”
“Andrea is very warm and welcoming and we found the relaxation techniques very helpful. The whole experience has made us feel more relaxed and excited about labour and meeting our baby. The course offers much more than expected.”
“The level of antenatal education provided was more than expected. We were extremely happy with the course content and the overall experience and empowerment Andrea provides has allowed us to feel more confident and excited for what lies ahead.”
“The breathing techniques, relaxation scripts and discussion around interventions has been balanced and particularly helpful for us and made us consider our options and choices. The course has been excellent.”
“Andrea helped us make sense of hypnobirthing techniques which we were trying to learn on our own. Would definitely recommend attending classes – we’ve learned so much and feel more calm and positive now.”
“Andrea is a great help – her professional knowledge and friendly manner supports the course brilliantly. We came away feeling great and full of ideas and excitement. Thank you”
“Andrea’s knowledge and manner put us at ease and empowered us to take decisions that are right for us. Knowledge is power and combining this with the skills to relax is invaluable. I have great confidence in my role as a birth partner and how I can help my wife have the best birth experience.”
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