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Course Outline

Unit 1: Creating & maintaining a positive mindset

  • Introduction to positive mindset of hypnobirthing

  • Causes of Fear (including history) and how it affects our labour

  • The role of our caregivers

  • Mind/body connection

  • What is hypnosis and how will we use it for birthing?

  • Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome – how fear affects labour

  • My amazing uterus– understanding the physiology behind birthing

  • Our hormones are our friends

  • Re-programming the subconscious

  • Birthing Environment

  • The language for empowered birthing

  • Creating a Calm birthing space

  • The Power of Affirmations

 

Unit 2: Choices, knowledge & tools for empowered birthing

  • Conditioning techniques leading up to birth

  • Hypnosis tracks, birth music, aromatherapy

  • Releasing endorphins through touch

  • Choices in maternity care

  • Maintaining a healthy diet

  • Staying Active ” exercise during pregnancy

  • Tips for Optimal Foetal Positioning

  • Introducing our toolkit for birth

  • The importance of facial relaxation

  • Relaxation Breathing ” a skill for life

  • Surge Breathing – the best tool ever!

  • The ‘urge’ to push/bear down ” breathing down

 

Unit 3: Preparing mind and body for birth

  • Visualisations for pregnancy & birth

  • Pre-birth bonding

  • Bonding with baby at birth

  • ‘Guess date’ – a normal range of pregnancy

  • Artificial Inductions – things you’re not always told

  • Achieving a natural start to labour

  • Instant relaxation techniques

  • Self-hypnosis techniques to practice alone

  • Using triggers, anchors, suggestion, self hypnosis during pregnancy & birth

  • Hypnosis/Relaxation Scripts & Prompts for partners

 

Unit 4: Birth – bringing it all together

  • Birth Preferences – the importance of open communication with your caregivers

  • Special circumstances

  • Membranes Releasing

  • Questions to help you make good decisions

  • Birth companion as advocate

  • Your rights as a child bearing woman

  • Breech or Posterior – options & positions

  • Hypnosis for releasing fears

  • What to expect through labour and birth

  • When to call the midwife/go to the hospital

  • Birthing positions

  • The birth partner’s role

  • Cord clamping & placenta delivery

  • Undisturbed bonding/breastfeeding time – skin to skin

  • Hypnosis – rehearsal for birth