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Jo Little – Your Birth Your Baby Antenatal & Hypnobirthing Course

Poppies Day Nursery, 24 Sugar Pit Lane, Knutsford WA16 0NH Broussa Day Nursery, 27 Warwick Road, Hale WA15 9NP, Cheshire , England

Manchester , England

Many congratulations on your pregnancy from Jo at Your Birth Your Baby Complete Midwife-led

Antenatal and Hypnobirthing Course!

You’re probably here because you already understand the importance of feeling informed, confident and self-empowered during this exciting and sometimes overwhelming time.

Whether this is your first, your only, your next or your last baby, how you approach your preparation for birth and early parenting is a significant and very personal decision.

In choosing YBYB, you get not only a qualified midwife, but also a certified KGHypnobirthing teacher, an expert antenatal educator and a proud mum of 4, all rolled into one!

My successful Your Birth Your Baby complete midwife-led antenatal & hypnobirthing course has now been extended to provide a total of 12 hours of evidence-based, realistic information, in an interactive and inclusive format for you and your choice of birth partner.

Each group session is kept small (with a maximum of 5 client and birth partners) to enable a more personalised experience as I can tailor each course according to those that attend and the questions that come up organically on the day.

I teach Tuesday evenings at Poppies Day Nursery in Knutsford WA16 and weekends at Broussa Day Nursery in central Hale WA15. Both are beautiful buildings in quiet residential areas with ample free parking on non-restricted roads. They are such warm, welcoming environments and seem so appropriate for Your Birth Your Baby. Oxytocin flows as we admire the precious prints of pudgy painted handprints on display. 

People say that if you genuinely love what you do, it’s clear for all to see and having specialised in antenatal education provision throughout my career, I’m particularly proud that 100% of YBYB course attendees recommend my course to friends/family members.


Hi! I’m Jo – a mum, midwife, certified KGHypnobirthing teacher, experienced and passionate antenatal educator and founder of Your Birth Your Baby Antenatal Course (YBYB).

This year marks 18 years since I led my first ever antenatal class. I’d particularly enjoyed this aspect of my midwifery training and already had lots of ideas about how I’d like to share information with women in an realistic, empowering and partner inclusive way. Good job too as I was called upon very last minute to run a course on my own as a brand newly qualified midwife in 2005. Daunting at the time but I’ve never looked back.

When I parted ways with the NHS in 2019 I was finally able to focus fully on my vision to create a modern, comprehensive and holistic antenatal programme incorporating physical, physiological and psychological education, preparation and support for pregnancy and birth. I’m able to draw on my experience as a midwife (having spent years navigating ‘the system’) and also use my hypnobirthing training and antenatal teaching expertise to provide the kind of informative and progressive course that my partner and I would have loved to attend as parents-to-be.

It’s easy to feel like a small cog in a gigantic wheel, but in the words of the eminent Dr Rachel Reed, if we can all ‘make a difference one woman at a time’ then I believe we are working together for the greater good.

Your Birth Your Baby is a solo business. It’s me who answers your emails, takes your calls, confirms your booking, sets the room up, buys in the treats, fills the goodie bags, welcomes you in person and takes you personally through every module of the course, continuing to offer support and guidance post course.
Continuity of care right there!

Luckily I always get a team of willing helpers to help me pack up and reload my car after the course (my husband and younger children). Birth balls, chairs, huge squishy mandala floor cushions, deluxe cushioned yoga mats & head rests to shift and so on. You can tell that your comfort is definitely a priority for me!

I try to share as much information and inspiration as possible via Instagram and Facebook. To be fair, socials are not my strong point – but as a one woman band I’ve just got to grit my teeth and get on with it. I’m getting there…

I’ve started writing a blog page and am thoroughly enjoying writing something more substantial than just snippets on social media. Feel free to have a read here.

I’m a life long learner and real birth nerd. I collect (and read!) pregnancy/birth/postnatal/infant feeding/early parenting books, listen avidly to all the birthy podcasts and do everything I can to keep updated with research and practice, to ensure the course remains relevant, evidence-based and user friendly.

It’s been a privilege over the years to have cared for so many women as their midwife, and I find continuing to support women and their partners as they prepare for their birth and 4th trimester experience to be both fulfilling and life affirming. 

My new and extended Complete Midwife-led Antenatal and Hypnobirthing Course is now born! It’s been a real labour of love and I’m so excited to get started. Read about the course here.

So, do you and your birth partner want to be active and respected participants in your care, feeling knowledgeable and confident about your choices as you approach your birth?

Would you benefit from access to quality support during and after the course and through to your early baby days?

Are you ready to meet and get to know actual humans in person who are going through a similar period of excitement, growth and change?

If so – please ‘get in touch’ to book a call with me and we can chat together about how I can best support you and any special circumstances that you may wish to discuss. It’s always lovely to start getting to know you before we meet in person and it’s important that you feel confident and happy about trusting me and YBYB to be a small part of your birth and early parenting preparation journey.

I’m already looking forward to meeting you!

Jo (Mum, midwife, certified KGHypnobirthing teacher, experienced antenatal educator and founder of Your Birth Your Baby Complete Antenatal and Hypnobirthing Course.

Myself and my husband attended YBYB antenatal course when I was 37 weeks pregnant. We chose YBYB because it sounded like Jo offered a really intimate and personal experience, with small face to face groups. The bonus was it was also just ran over one weekend so worked well for my husband who did shift work – we were not disappointed!!

Jo was beyond wonderful!! Not only was the course incredibly informative and covered all the essential things we wanted to know about as new parents to be (physiological changes I could expect, the journey of labour, breastfeeding and 4th trimester experiences) but she was also very accommodating to ensure I was comfortable throughout the two days with my growing bump! The course went at a lovely pace, was interactive and very enjoyable (even for the dads 😉) – Jo’s wealth of experience shone through and I loved that it really fitted with my existing way of thinking following a hypnobirthing course; empowering parents to make decisions and choices right for them. We also still use lots of the resources she provided to this day!

Following the course, we were also lucky to have continued support from Jo when we experienced some really challenging feeding difficulties and difficulties with our boys health. Jo was responsive, thoughtful and offered us the much needed compassion and listening ear that other professionals had not. Without Jo we would never have got to the bottom of what was wrong with our baby – she really was our guardian angel to whom we will be forever grateful to! Having Jo as part of our journey pre and post the birth of our son has been wonderful… thank you for everything Jo!!!

Nic, Sam and baby Freddie Born 24/10/22

“YBYB antenatal course is a special experience for both parents in a comfortable environment. Any questions were  welcomed and answered thoroughly. We would fully recommend to all parents to be”

“Jo is engaging and really inspires confidence. I wish we had discovered these sessions when we were expecting our first baby!”

“We’re so glad we had the benefit of 2 days with an experienced midwife and antenatal educator. Jo tailored each module of the course according to the individual needs and questions that we had on the day. Such a positive experience!”

‘’Jo was great! Incredibly

informative and passionate. Really appreciated the statistics

and evidence-based information. And the funny

personal anecdotes of course!’’

‘’We chose Jo due to her experience as a midwife, mum and hypnobirthing teacher. This was very important to us both.’’

‘’Jo was fantastic, very friendly and has a wealth of knowledge. I thought I was ‘clued up’ but the course has taught me and my partner SO MUCH. Thank you Jo!’’

“You found a way to make this course really family focussed. This was really important to me as it’s an area maternity providers talk about as best practice but in my limited experience, rarely get right.”

“A great course – relevant, informative and professional. Would strongly recommend.”

“I feel more confident in making decisons, what to include in my birth plan and how to put my opinions across to health care professionals”

“Friendly and positive environment – no question left unanswered. Jo is very approachable.”

“Particularly helpful was the discussion about the latent stage and how we as a couple can best help labour to progress. Thank you for making the course so personal by answering all of our questions”

“Time well spent. So glad we did this course together. Loved the convenience of a weekend day course.”



Knutsford courses run over 4 consecutive Tuesday evenings (6:30pm-9:45pm)

March: Tuesday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
May: Tuesday 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
June: Tuesday 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th
September: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th


Hale courses run over a  (Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm)

March: Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th
May: Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th
July: Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd
September: Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd


The YBYB Complete Antenatal and Hypnobirthing Course is a comprehensive weekend and evening antenatal programme consisting of 4 informative and interactive group modules.

The YBYB Complete Antenatal and Hypnobirthing Course is held in person in comfortable locations in Hale WA15 and Knutsford WA16.

If you can’t get to either venue, if your birth is imminent or you just prefer a live online course please get in touch for daytime or evening sessions.

I can also come to your home to do a bespoke 1-1 course with content and times to suit you – either over a few hours, a few days or a few weeks – depending on what works best for you.


Ideally, aim to attend any time from around 20 weeks as the relaxation and breathing techniques need to be instinctive to provide the most benefit, and that comes best with practice.

You will also get longer to enjoy the benefits of your new knowledge-base and skills during your pregnancy.

If you have come across this complete antenatal and hypnobirthing course later on into your pregnancy, you can of course still benefit from the valuable insight, knowledge and skills that all come together to help you to make informed decisions that feel right for you, your birth partner and your baby.


Birth Physiology

  • welcome and introduction
  • where to birth
  • your pelvic anatomy
  • how to help your baby into position for birth
  • the muscles of the uterus
  • birth physiology and the hormones that support birth
  • how to recognise signs your body may be ready for labour
  • when to call the midwife
  • which birth positions best optimise space in your pelvis (inlet, mid-pelvis, outlet) and help your baby to be born
  • latent phase & active 1st stage (the up phase)
  • transition & second stage (the down phase)


Mind/Body Connection

  • what is hypnobirthing/what is hypnobirthing not?
  • the hormonal cocktail for birth – why oxytocin is your new best friend
  • how to encourage birth enhancing hormones to flow and how to discourage ‘fight or flight’ hormones taking over
  • how to be a valued, involved and fulfilled birth partner
  • setting your birth environment
  • what to do if labour stalls
  • disrupting the fear, tension, pain cycle
  • relaxation discussion and script
  • up breathing
  • down breathing
  • how to use simple and effective hypnobirthing techniques (relaxation, breathing, visualisation, anchoring, triggers, massage and more) in labour, regardless of where you birth and how you birth
  • relaxation script.          



  • natural and pharmacological comfort measures
  • how to use a simple but effective decision making framework to help you to consider your care options both on the lead up to your birth and on the big day!
  • how to ask empowered questions
  • how to be an effective advocate
  • how to navigate through your birth with knowledge and confidence if circumstances change
  • what if my baby is breech?
  • what does a ‘back to back’ baby mean for me?
  • how to avoid due date pressure
  • ‘natural’ induction of labour?
  • how to make the right choices for you regarding an offer of induction
  • how to prepare for and what to expect if you need an assisted vaginal birth
  • how, why, when and if to do perineal massage
  • your pelvic floor & further ways to help reduce your risk of tearing
  • how to prepare for a planned or unplanned caesarean birth whilst maintaining certain aspects of care that really matter to you and your newborn baby
  • relaxation script



  • how to research and write meaningful, considered and informed birth preferences together to individualise your care according to your particular circumstances
  • your birth bag
  • the principles and practicalities of safe sleep
  • what happens immediately after birth
  • the golden hour
  • 3rd stage options & optimal cord care
  • the value of skin-to-skin for baby and you
  • how to promote a gentle transition to life outside the womb for your newborn right from the moment of birth and into the 4th trimester
  • how to care for your postnatal body
  • infant feeding –  how to get off to the best start.
  • your postnatal journey – what to expect, relationships, and how to adjust to life with your brand new human.
  • practice, practice, practice
  • relaxation script


Ideally, aim to attend any time from around 20 weeks as the relaxation and breathing techniques need to be instinctive to provide the most benefit, and that comes best with practice.

You will also get longer to enjoy the benefits of your new knowledge-base and skills during your pregnancy.

If you have come across this complete antenatal and hypnobirthing course later on into your pregnancy, you can of course still benefit from the valuable insight, knowledge and skills that all come together to help you to make informed decisions that feel right for you, your birth partner and your baby.

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