Natal Hypnotherapy workshops
I offer a two day midwife-led Natal Hypnotherapy workshops in Edinburgh. My hypnobirthing workshops cover Natural Pain Relief and Practical Birth Preparation from the beautiful complementary Heath Center Mulberry House in Edinburgh’s West End. I often refer to my hypnobirthing workshops as ‘bootcamp for birth’ because they will dramatically increase your chance of having a natural birth, whilst totally preparing you for anything that could happen on the big day. My motto is ‘focus on the birth you want but be prepared for anything’!
Day 1 – Natural Pain Relief – hypnosis for birth
The first day focuses exclusively on natural pain management tools and techniques – namely breathing, relaxation and self-hypnosis. You will learn: • How fear or anxiety can have a negative impact on your body during the birth. • How to quickly and easily reduce adrenaline associated with fear and anxiety in labour. • Natural ways to work with your body to reduce pain in child birth. • Self-hypnosis skills to overcome fear and increase your confidence and trust in your ability to give birth. • Effective breathing and deep relaxation technique • Rapid trigger techniques to enter deep relaxation. • Adrenaline release technique. • Ways the birth partner can help the mother-to-be achieve a deeply relaxed state before and during labour.
Day 2 – Practical Birth Preparation
The second day focuses on the practical ways to help you prepare both physically, mentally and emotionally for the birth. You will learn: • Be taken step by step through the birthing process from a physical as well as emotional perspective. • Understand how the body works best during labour and what you can do to help it. • Gain a clear understanding of the power of hormones and how you can work with them. • Key signs to indicate that the mother may be experiencing a rise in adrenaline and what the partner can do to reduce this. • Gain a clearer perspective on why fear has become such a major player in birth today. • Unravel the myths behind the beliefs which lead to so much fear. • Learn practical tools and techniques to help Mum work with her body in the most effective way. • Understand the use and power of massage, water and other comfort measures in labour. • Explore the most effective ways to work with the medical team supporting them. • A special session for fathers helps them prepare appropriate questions for the medical team and plan the best support and comfort measures for the mother.
The price of the workshop includes 4 free Natal Hypnotherapy downloads and a personalised Resource Book which is only available to workshop attendees. Each couple is sent a pre-course questionnaire to fill out, to help me gain a clear understanding of your hopes, fears, and any specific issues. The class is then specifically tailored to the needs of each couple. Please note that whilst I am a qualified and practising midwife, i do not offer any midwifery advice or care as part of this service. Please refer to your midwife or obstetrician if you have any clinical concerns regarding your pregnancy, labour or birth.
One-to-one sessions/ Skype
I am available for one-to-one (private) sessions in the comfort of your own home or via Skype. Individual sessions are ideally suited to couples who are less comfortable in group situations; circumstances that they would prefer to discuss in private; for those who are simply too busy to spare two full days or couples who live too far away to attend my workshop. Time is spent exclusively on the needs & experiences of only one couple. Furthermore, following workshop attendance I also offer Natal Hypnotherapy coaching on an hourly basis. This can be extremely useful to those who may want some revision nearer the time of birth, or those who have attended my workshop for their previous birth and are expecting again.
Please contact me for more information.
Pregnancy Relaxation Hour (Not currently available.. watch this space!)
Take some time out of your busy week for some you time & meet other mums!
The Natal Hypnotherapy Relaxation Hour is a weekly one hour relaxation session for expectant women at any stage of pregnancy. It offers an opportunity to take time out and practice self hypnosis and relaxation skills under the guidance of a qualified Natal Hypnotherapy practitioner.
BUY 5 WEEK BLOCK for £30 • Learn basis breathing and relaxation techniques that you will not learn from other places. • Experience hypnosis in a safe environment. • Learn to be more positive and see birthing from a more instinctive level. • Meet other mums-to-be. • Great for women doing NCT and other antenatal courses who want the additional hypnosis element. Book a 5 week block for £30 or Book 1 class for £7
Please wear loose clothing and bring a yoga mat or beach towel. You may also like to bring a pillow and blanket, or anything that will help you feel comfortable while you relax.
Numbers are limited so please contact me to check I have a space for you.
Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
|No. days notice give||% reduction for 1 workshop|
|42+ calendar days||75%|
|32-41 calendar days||50%|
|22-31 calendar days||25%|
|21 days or ‘no shows’||0%|
Practitioner Cancellation and change policy In the unlikely event that I need to change dates or I am unable to run a workshop due to unforeseen circumstances, I will ensure that either: an alternative Natal Hypnotherapy licenced practitioner is found to run the workshop on the original dates, or, I will run the workshop on alternative dates to suit all participants. If in the instance that an alternative date or practitioner cannot be agreed upon, participants will be entitled to a full refund. Voucher Terms & Conditions £10 off vouchers or 10% off referral leaflets can only be used in conjunction with purchasing a full price Natal Hypnotherapy group or private workshop
My favourite thing was how much Xavier is able to be involved during the birth and to support me. He really feels like he knows what he can do now and not worried about feeling like a third wheel. I can’t explain how huge this is as he’s excited to be involved and that gives me a level of comfort that I wouldn’t have otherwise had. Also the self hypnosis techniques are simple so easy to practice and I’m already trying to apply them in other areas of my life which has been useful. All the information you’ve passed onto us has been invaluable and it has given me the confidence that whatever happens I’ll be able to handle it.
In your home or via Skype. If you are interested in arranging a private workshop please do email me to arrange.
13th & 26th
Gemma you are amazing and your enthusiasm towards the course/techniques is inspiring. Very good teacher & am very glad to have had the chance to learn and take part.
As a worried expectant father, I learned so many ways to help my wife – as well as building my confidence to deal effectively with the medical team at the hospital.
This course should be on the NHS. All expectant parents can benefit.
So useful to have Gemma’s experience as a midwife in the NHS alongside her Hypnobirthing experience. The best part of the workshop were the hypnosis sessions and learning that the birth partner is not just a spare part. This is not hippy nonsense!
It was practical and down to earth & so useful. Gemma is so approachable and never made me feel like anything was a silly question.
Gemma is very passionate & that is clear. Knowledgable from lots of different angles, great ‘range’ of advice on all of labour & pregnancy. Would recommend to anyone.
Very useful, really glad we came. Great to meet like minded people. Gemma is very knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and approachable. Very supportive. Thank you
Gemma is very positive about birth & professional yet approachable so we could ask anything. We both felt we learned a lot/got a lot from this course & will definitely recommend it others.
Gemma has such high level of knowledge and is able to present with such a positive view of birth with the balanced view of acknowledging medical necessity. I think there is such a benefit to being taught by someone who is a midwife but has also used Natal Hypnotherapy herself.
Superb, really inspirational and motivating. Gemma addressed our fears and doubts and helped to alleviate them through her workshop. Nick and I are really excited about the birth now.
The best part of the workshop was seeing my parter feeling more in control and part of our baby’s birth. Gemma is really approachable and a very good teacher. I am feeling so much more prepared and excited about our baby’s arrival. So pleased we decided to do this workshop with Gemma.