Hypnotising experience

Midwife Vicki Brown, who runs the HypnoBirthing classes
Midwife Vicki Brown, who runs the HypnoBirthing classes

NEW classes have started for mums who want to have their labour the HypnoBirthing way.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has become the first trust in Teesside to offer hypnoBirthing classes.

The five-week sessions, on a Saturday morning, help women to have a more relaxing, comfortable birth by using self-hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques.

Trust’s midwife accredited HypnoBirthing practitioner Vicki Brown has seven years experience providing HypnoBirthing classes privately.

She said: “HypnoBirthing can make a big difference to women and their experience of labour. It helps couples to prepare mentally and physically for childbirth.

“It doesn’t matter whether the woman’s pregnancy is considered to be high risk or low risk. We welcome all women from 28 weeks of their pregnancy.

“It’s about helping women feel more in control. I want to help change the way people think about childbirth. Giving birth can be a much more positive experience for mum, dad and baby by learning the techniques taught during HypnoBirthing.”

Each course includes a two-and-a-half hour class every week for five weeks. As they are above and beyond the NHS service, there is £25 charge, which covers the cost of a book and CD.

The sessions take in the practical aspects of birth such as antenatal education as well as the HypnoBirthing techniques. Partners learn what their role is and how they can help, such as using massage techniques and also breathing and relaxation techniques along with the women. There will be a maximum of six couples per course.

Rachael Hooker, 27, who is a teacher, learned about the practice from a relative who went through the same experience. Rachael gave birth to her son, Sebastian, at the University Hospital of North Tees.

She said: “When I fell pregnant, I knew I wanted the same experience, so I searched for a local HypnoBirthing practitioner. I decided to do the programme with my husband, and we had such a good experience.

“I wasn’t really afraid of the birthing experience. The programme taught me how to help my body do what it was supposed to do. It helped me to relax and control my breathing.”

Any parents-to-be wanting more information about the trust’s HypnoBirthing classes should contact the birthing centre in Hartlepool on (01429) 522876 or read more about it at www.hypnobirthing.co.uk