Emily Sheppard - Hypnobirthing Haven
- Hypnobirthing Haven
- 2 KEER VILLAS
- LA5 9EY
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- Hypnobirthing Haven
Hypnobirthing is a complete in-depth antenatal and relaxation course, providing you with the tools and knowledge for a relaxed and empowering birth to give your baby the best possible start in life.
It is logical, simple, practical....and very effective!
My name is Emily and I am the mother of a wonderful son. I am a qualified hypnobirthing teacher with a diploma in Katharine Graves Hypnobirthing (KGH), which is accredited by The Royal College of Midwives.
I first came to hypnobirthing whilst I was pregnant with my first. I wanted a home water birth and so a hypnobirthing course seemed like the sensible thing to do in the hope to achieve this and I did. I had a very calm, relaxed, quick birth in water at home without any pain relief (except for the water ~ I just never felt like I needed any), even though my baby boy was completely back to back.
During the course, before the birth of my baby, I found that I had a real passion for birth and I just couldn't read enough about it. This passion continued after my son was born and so in my eyes, the next step was to train as a hypnobirthing teacher myself, in the hope that I could help other women achieve the birth that they want and that is RIGHT FOR THEM!
Hypnobirthing is more than just positive thinking and breathing exercises ~ it is a complete in-depth antenatal course. It enables a woman to work with her body, which is designed to give birth. It releases the fear and negativity that she has been programmed with from an early age (from dramatized T.V births for example or stories from family/friends or even possible from a personal negative birth experience) and replaces it with calm confidence for the birth of her baby. It covers labour and birth preparation and provides women with the knowledge to enable them to be confident in their choices rather than making decisions based on fear. It teaches relaxation techniques to help achieve a calm, comfortable and often drug free birth.
Hypnobirthing is a wonderful asset to facilitate a natural birth however, it is also extremely beneficial to any kind of birth, wherever and however that birth happens. It is also beneficial to baby as the hormones the mother produces are passed on to the baby. If mother is relaxed, baby is relaxed which is especially important in labour. It also helps facilitate breast feeding right away and generally makes for a more chilled out baby afterwards as they are already accustomed to relaxing while the mother relaxed.
For many people, the word 'hypnotherapy' conjures up strange images of stage hypnotists apparently making people cluck like a chicken or eat an onion thinking it's an apple. In fact, hypnotherapy is merely the use of words used in a more focused and positive way to help people let go of some of the negative ideas they have acquired in life. It aims to induce deep relaxation (if practiced regularly) which is all hypnosis is - an induced state of relaxation! We all go into a state of hypnosis at least twice everyday (particularly when we are falling asleep and waking up) and so we know it is nothing to fear, we can not be made to do anything we do not wish to do. In this state of deep relaxation, the beneficial suggestions about birth, are able to penetrate straight into the subconscious enabling a more positive view on labour and birth.
Fathers often come to the class unwillingly and a little bit skeptical, though once they have started, they see it is logical, that it is based on science, anatomy, psychology and common sense and they go away having really enjoyed the course and being the best advocates for the method.
By using the tools, such as breathing techniques and positive visualization, language and affirmations for relaxation taught in the hypnobirthing classes, a birthing mother can easily enter into a state of deep relaxation or self hypnosis. In this state of deep relaxation, the birthing muscles are able to work as they are meant to in an efficient and effective manner.
Hypnobirthing is suitable from 20 weeks (though earlier is fine). My classes are relaxed and laid back. They involve approximately 12 hours tuition in total, over 4 separate sessions of 3 hours each. Included in the course package is a Hypnobirthing Book, a Hypnobirthing CD or MP3 download, my Hypnobirthing course handouts (to aid your practice at home) and my on going support once the course finishes until the birth of your baby, which from my own personal experience, I believe, is an invaluable asset.
Courses are held at my home in Carnforth, Lancashire which is a 5 minute drive from junction 35 off the M6 or a less than 10 minute walk away from the train station.
There is the possibility that I come to you for one to one or refresher courses though this will incur travel costs and is limited to a 20 mile radius.
I offer one to one, group or refresher courses. On all courses, you are more than welcome to bring your birth partner or you may come alone, the choice is yours. The one to one and refresher sessions can be booked at times and days that suit you (depending on availability) which is great if you need a bit more flexibility. The group courses are wonderful for meeting other parents to be and will only ever be in small groups.
Please contact me for availability.
Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal education and relaxation programme, which aims to prepare you and your birth partner for labour and birth, however and wherever you give birth.
I will provide you with the information to enable you to make informed decisions about your pregnancy, labour and birth and advise you on how to work harmoniously with your healthcare providers. We will work on releasing any fears or anxieties relating to the birth that you may have and I will give you the tools for you to be relaxed, calm and confident during your labour and birth for an enhanced birth experience.
I just wanted to say Mathias and I really enjoyed your course and we have hugely benefited from it so wanted to express our thanks. You really changed our perception of the whole process and we now have a clear idea of how we want the birth of our son to be and also how best to manage the hospital side of things.
The hypno-birthing techniques were secondary to the detailed information provided on natural birth and what is in the best interest of baby and mother. I used information you provided in the course to then go and do my own research and now feel confident and informed that I am making the right choices for myself and our baby. So thank you very much I am so glad we found you.
Hypnobirthing changed my life completely! I turned the biggest fear of my life into the most empowering experience of my life! - Sophia
I wanted to let you know what an amazing experience I found the course to be. I arrived on the course terrified of giving birth, ready to book myself into hospital and opt for all available drugs. Having attended your course, I feel empowered to take control of my birthing plan,
I'm planning to give birth at home and feel like there is another option available to me where I can enjoy the experience, rather than feeling frightened about it.
Thank-you very much for completely changing my view
All the very best
My wife and I have three children, one hospital born and two subsequent home births using the Hypno-Birthing technique. To say that we have experienced the extremes of child birth would be to put it mildly. I have seen my wife deliver with both physical and emotional trauma and then have also seen her deliver with a calmness and serenity that defied my previous held belief.