MAMACAN Hypnobirthing is a practical common sense approach to birth.
Back in 2015, a pregnant lawyer in search of an informed, calmer birth experience, I came across Hypnobirthing during some late-night internet searching. Intrigued by the refreshingly positive and practical outlook on birth, I signed up to a course (and then spent the evening convincing my husband I hadn't gone mad and become a hippy).
The scientific foundations that Hypnobirthing is built on, silenced the sceptic within and I was instantly a convert. My pregnancy was positive and enjoyable as I practised the relaxation and breathing techniques with my partner - I was even looking forward to my birth! My labour was short and the majority of time was spent in the bath at home. After the birth of my son, looking for a change of pace and wanting to spread the word of Hypnobirthing, MAMACAN Hypnobirthing was born.
My daughter was born a year and a half later at home in the birthing pool and it couldn’t have been a more positive experience. Being at home and so relaxed in my home environment, hypnobirthing, educating myself about birth and surrounding myself with positive birth – groups, people, and stories. And of course my wonderful husband and midwives!
I am a KG Hypnobirthing trained practitioner. I believe passionately about changing the way society views birth, and helping women understand their innate ability to give birth and ultimately achieve the best possible outcome for them and their baby.
Why KG Hypnobirthing?
With a bit of luck you go into a strange, spaced-out state where hopefully something magical happens and you don't notice the pain and then someone hands you a baby? While the name "Hypnobirthing" implies something hippy-dippy involving sandals and candles, nothing could be further from the truth.
Hypnobirthing is a science based, logical approach to childbirth, which teaches you to understand the physiology of birth, along with relaxation techniques which in turn allow your body to work naturally and effectively. It enables women to understand and work with their bodies which are perfectly designed to give birth naturally.
It is a complete antenatal programme that turns on its head the notion that childbirth is something to be feared, and releases the negativity that you have been programmed with from an early age (everyone knows birth is painful, right?)
While Hypnobirthing cannot guarantee a perfect birth, it informs and empowers you to make the right decisions for you and your baby. It can reduce the need for pain relief and shorten labour, and you are more likely to experience a calm, comfortable and natural birth. It actively encourages the involvement of the birth partner both in the preparation and the birth, and gives you confidence to be informed about the options available to you throughout your pregnancy.
If you were going to run a marathon, sit an exam or attend a job interview you would presumably prepare. Birth is no different, and Hypnobirthing allows you to remove your head from the sand and realise how wonderful and empowering birth can be.
Group courses take place in a number of locations across Putney, Barnes and East Sheen with classes limited to six couples per class. The small group sizes allow plenty of time for questions while allowing you to meet other parents-to-be in the local area.
Group courses run on weekends and weekday evenings:
Weekend group courses take place over a four-hour session on a Saturday or a Sunday;
Weekday group courses take place over two two-hour evening sessions.
£195 per couple
One-to-one courses are a great opportunity to receive a more personalised course at a time to suit you. They are tailored to you and your birth partner, what you want for your baby's birth and can be used to address any specific fears or concerns you may have.
Courses are four hours in total and can be arranged over one weekend, two consecutive weekends or made up of a couple of evening sessions. They can be run either in the comfort and privacy of your own home or at my home in West Putney.
£350 per couple