Antenatal Course Content
We genuinely want you to feel better about birth as well as skilled to deal with it.
Many antenatal courses teach you 'what', but we also teach you why, how and when. We'll show you what to do and help you do it during your course, so that you can continue to practice at home. Working together, you'll feel yourselves becoming calmer, more confident and skilled as your baby's birth draws nearer. Birth partners will feel confident and adaptable, recognising when to step in and help as well as when to take a more passive, quietly supportive role. You'll both learn and use self-calming skills. We use a variety of learning approaches to help you understand and manage the emotional and physical journey to birth and parenthood. We aim to reduce your fears and anxieties and build your confidence through clear explanation and physical practice.
We usually work with the pregnant person and just one birth partner, but if you're planning to have two birth partners please talk to us to see how we can accommodate them if you'd like us to.
We can work with you in person at your home or your practitioner's home, or you can choose to meet us online
For straightforward birth as well as birth with additional medical care.
We will help you prepare your mind and body for a calm, confident, empowering birth, however and wherever your baby is born. We can help whether you're planning to give birth at home, in a birth centre or in a hospital; whether you're planning a straightforward birth or if you've agreed to be induced or have chosen a caesarean.
Your tailored WOW Hypnobirthing antenatal course includes:
- 5 exclusive hypnobirthing audio downloads (with your course leader's familiar voice rather than a stranger's)
- Course notes
- Information sheets
- A list of things you can do at home to practise and reinforce all your learning so that your new skills and mindset become even more effective
- Ongoing email support from your practitioner until after your baby's birth
Our hypnobirthing course is a mixture of theory and practice, linking mind and body, and everything is aimed both at the pregnant person and their birth partner. Your course will be tailored to your needs and will include a variety of the following, depending on your personal circumstances and preferences.
- What hypnosis is - and what it isn't!
- Theory (how it works) and practice (how it applies to you) of hypnosis and hypnobirthing
- An exploration of your own particular concerns and preferences for birth
- Experience of deep relaxation and self-hypnosis
- How to enhance the flow of your labour hormones
- The impact of fear and stress
- Adaptation of the birth environment to your benefit
- Breathing, relaxation and working with your body
- Signs of early labour and what to do when
- When labour doesn't start on its own: induction process and options
- Caesarean birth
- Physical process of labour and birth
- Techiques for rapid relaxation - relax "now", not in 20 minutes' time! (birth partners aren't expected to read long scripts)
- Positions and movement for more comfortable birth for you and your baby
- Massage for relaxation and comfort
- Working with your health professionals and informed decision-making
- Writing and using affirmations, creating your own cards (more effective than buying pre-made cards!)
- Creation of an ongoing "birth action plan"
If you need a 2- or 4-hour top-up session a few weeks after your initial course you're welcome to add that on. This could be useful for reminders, a bit more hands-on practice with our guidance, extending your knowledge and skills, or if your birth pathway looks different from expected and you have additional questions or concerns. You could also use this time to focus on caring for a newborn baby.
When is a good time to take the WOW! Hypnobirthing course?
Most people prefer to take the course a couple of months before their baby is due, perhaps around 32 weeks. This allows for plenty of time to practise what you learn and it will feel relevant to your stage of pregnancy. Some people prefer to take the course closer to their due date so it all feels fresher and others prefer to take it sooner to give themselves longer to practise and to give time for a top-up session at, say, 36 weeks. You might need to schedule the course to fit around existing commitments. It's your choice! Please talk to us and we'll help as much as possible.