Parents' Online Course FAQs
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1. Why KGHypnobirthing?
A KGHypnobirthing Course not only equips you with the hypnobirthing information, but uniquely gives you the knowledge to understand your options and the implications of the choices you make. As well as teaching you the techniques you need for a successful hypnobirth, it gives you the information to navigate the system in which you find yourself to achieve the best outcome for you and your baby.
Now available in an online format. Katharine Graves will guide you through the course in the comfort of your own home.
2. How much is the course?
The fee for the KGHypnobirthing Online Course is £70. It is a subscription based program where you will have full access to the course for 1 year. If you wish to repeat the course we have a discount for you to sign up again. Please contact us for these details.
3. What will I learn on a KGHypnobirthing course?
- Breathing exercises
- Deep relaxations
- Very effective work to release fear and build confidence
- Comforting massage
- How the father can be your powerful protector and support
- How your body is designed to give birth with efficiency and comfort
- Knowledge and information about pregnancy and birth that you are unlikely to be told anywhere else
- How ‘the system’ that you find yourself in works, and how to work with it to achieve the best result for you
- A simple practice regime to support you at home
- Understanding how the mind and body work together
|Learn about the five Cs of hypnobirthing:|
|Confidence||When you feel confident, you relax and work with your body in the way nature intended.|
|Control||With the knowledge you have, you are enabled to take control of how you give birth.|
|Choice||When you feel in control, the choices you make are the best choices for you and for your baby.|
|Calm||When you feel calm throughout the birth you are relaxed and your mind and body work together in harmony.|
|Comfort||The result is that your body works efficiently and comfortably. A KG Hypnobirthing birth can be the most wonderful and empowering experience of your life.|
4. What course materials am I given?
- 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
5. Does the father / birth partner need to do the hypnobirthing too?
He doesn’t, but he will be very glad if he did. Many fathers / birth partners are sceptical at first but after become our greatest advocates. If you are unsure about convincing them we have a very useful article here to help persuade them.
The caricature of a father at a birth is someone who is nervous, feeling responsible for the situation she is in, holding her hand and wishing he could help, but not knowing what to do.
For Fathers / Birth Partners:
We don’t expect you to believe in it. Why should you? We do ask you to listen to the facts and the logic so you understand how important it is and the difference you as a father / birth partner can make. Have a look at the birth reports from fathers, and you can benefit from their experience.
A hypnobirthing father is knowledgeable and able to support his partner as she gives birth. He is a huge asset in the birthing room, and many mothers say, ‘I couldn’t have done it without him.’ They have practised together before the birth which brings them closer together, and he knows he has played an important part in how his baby enters the world. This deepens their relationship as a couple, and his relationship with his child.
6. Will hypnobirthing work for me if I study on my own?
Yes, definitely. Many women have done this course on their own. Just remember that KG Hypnobirthing works and will help you enjoy the best birth for you and your baby.
A birth partner does not have to be the father, we have had several pregnant women who have asked a friend of their mother to support them at the birth instead.
7. And after the course – what then?
We invite you to join our Facebook Support Group where there are experienced midwives, KGHypnobirthing teachers and other mums available to support you.
If you need further support we have numerous trained KGHypnobirthing teachers based around the world. To contact one please visit our Teachers Directory. Each teacher has their own pricing structure for further support so please talk direct to them.
8. What is the best format for hypnobirthing?
KGHypnobirthing Online Course is a flexible way of studying. There are 19 modules which you could choose to study in a couple of days or spread them out over a number of weeks. The advantage of having the online course is you can recap on any areas you wish to again and again.
9. Is The Hypnobirthing Book and the relaxation audio sufficient?
People sometimes ask if buying The Hypnobirthing Book and the Relaxation Audio is sufficient without coming to a course. The honest answer is, ‘I don’t know’. For a few mothers it is, for many it isn’t (though it will always make a difference). The trouble is, you don’t know which category you come into until after your baby is born.
You undoubtedly get more indepth information from taking the course. How many people have bought a series of audios to learn a language and then found that going to a course is far more effective?
10. When should I do the KGHypnobirthing course?
Given the choice, I would advise doing the course in the second trimester of your pregnancy so you can enjoy the benefits during your pregnancy as well as at the birth of your baby. It is not so much a matter of learning facts so they are fresh in your mind, but more a matter of absorbing the information so that it becomes second nature, but KGHypnobirthing works whenever you do it. I have taught a woman who gave birth two days later, and it worked perfectly well.
If you do the course earlier, you get the benefits of KGHypnobirthing during your pregnancy as well as at the birth of your baby.
14. Answering all your questions - ‘What if…..? If only…..’
If you are expecting your first baby, you may have the phrase on your lips, ‘What if……’. The fears you have are often derived from the dramatic emergencies you have seen on television or the movies. KGHypnobirthing helps to explain the ‘What ifs’ so you can safely leave them to your midwife. She is highly qualified in ‘what ifs’, but you need the knowledge to understand this.
From women who are expecting their second or subsequent baby, I often hear the words, ‘If only…’. ‘If only I had known, I would have made a different decision.’ ‘If only someone had told me.’ KGHypnobirthing saves you from saying ‘If only…’ after the birth, and helps you let go of a previous bad experience, so that the birth of your second baby can be a wonderful and empowering experience. You may find this hard to believe, but there are many mothers who can vouch for this. It is the second time mothers who REALLY know the difference that KGHypnobirthing makes as they have experienced the difference.
15. Can I book a KGHypnobirthing teacher to help me more?
Yes you can. The course is a standalone comprehensive course and will give you all the information you need to enjoy a hypnobirth. However some people may enjoy further personal support with one of our accredited teachers. On our teachers directory you will find teachers with a variety of other skills that you may find useful, from independent midwives to doulas and pregnancy yoga teachers. Please contact them direct to find out their pricing structure.
You can find a list of world wide KGHypnobirthing teachers here.
16. History of hypnobirthing?
“Hypnobirthing is soundly based on established medical knowledge.” - Midwife
In 1957, after two years of study by eminent neurologists and psychoanalysts, the BMA issued a statement that ‘hypnosis is an effective method of relieving pain in childbirth’ and proposed that all doctors should train in hypnotherapy.
The seeds of the natural birth movement were first sown with the work of eminent obstetrician Dr.Grantly Dick-Read. After witnessing a homebirth in the slums of the London Docks in 1913 where the mother refused any pain relief and then proceeded to give birth quickly and with no pain, Grantly Dick-Read was truly amazed.
The mother’s comment after giving birth when he asked why she refused the pain relief was “It didn’t hurt. It wasn’t meant to, was it, Doctor?” This experience was defining, and after a career of working on the battle field in the first world war and subsequently in hospitals as an obstetrician he theorized that fear was the overriding cause that led to the pain in childbirth. At the end of his career he wrote the book “Childbirth Without Fear”. He hypothesized that when you are fearful, you tense up and the natural birth process is inhibited and becomes longer and consequently more painful.
Over the years his theories have been fully vindicated with research into how hormones work during childbirth. His principles have been further developed by a number of natural birth practitioners with Hypnobirthing being the most notable and widely practised. Today KG Hypnobirthing is known by every midwife in the UK and many have trained in KG Hypnobirthing, including professors of midwifery and NHS heads of midwifery. Obstetricians are also beginning to understand the significance of the work we do and are coming to be trained too. KG Hypnbirthing is practised internationally and rapidly spreading throughout the world.