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FAQ

 

Why KG Hypnobirthing?

We are the original UK Hypnobirthing course which is designed especially for mothers in the UK.  The course is constantly evolving to keep up-to-date with the latest evidence and research, and is now taught internationally. 
Katharine Graves has personally taught hypnobirthing to over 2,000 couples, probably more than anyone else in the UK and all KG Hypnobirthing teachers are knowledgeable and highly trained to support you in hypnobirthing.
A KG Hypnobirthing 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.

What will I learn on the course?

  • Breathing exercises

  • Deep relaxations

  • Visualisations

  • 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

Does the father need to come too?

He doesn’t, but he will be very glad if he did.  Most fathers arrive at the course utterly sceptical and leave extremely enthusiastic.  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 or birth companion can make.   Have a look at the birth reports from fathers, and  you can benefit from their experience.
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. 
A hypnobirthing father is knowledgeable and able to support her 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.

When should I do the 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 KG Hypnobirthing 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 KG Hypnobirthing during your pregnancy as well as at the birth of your baby.

Is the Hypnobirthing book and the Colour and Calmness relaxation CD sufficient?

People sometimes ask if buying The Hypnobirthing Book and the Colour and Calmness CD 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 information and feel more supported from attending a 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?

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.

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