Hypnobirthing is a complete birth preparation and education programme for mums-to-be and their birth partners. As well as the physiology of pregnancy, logical and established self-hypnosis and deep relaxation techniques are taught, which are designed to allow the mother’s body and mind to work together during labour and birth. The effect of this harmonious connection between body and mind is a calmer and more positive birth experience with less physical impact on mum and baby and a reduction in instances of unnecessary medical interventions.
Hypnobirthing is a recognised way of achieving the best outcome whatever the circumstances of your baby’s birth as your body is trained to be at ease which gives labour a better chance of progressing exactly as it supposed to- easily and
Even if mum-to-be has special circumstances within her pregnancy which mean that medical intervention will be necessary, she can still benefit from hypnobirthing as the techniques help to increase confidence, reduce fear and keep her calm and at ease when her baby is arriving.
Fathers and partners also play an integral part in hypnobirthing as the classes teach them how to support the mother’s relaxation with verbal prompts and gentle massage which will be used during labour and birth. The classes are, however, still very effective even if the mother attends and practices on her own.
Hello, I’m Tracy, a qualified Hypnobirthing Teacher and Hypnotherapist based in North London. However, I believe my most important qualification is actually being the mum of one very active little boy! As a mother myself I fully understand what it means to want the very best experiences for your child right from the very beginning.
I discovered hypnobirthing only a few weeks before my son was born and in the short time I had remaining, I was able to learn a few of the techniques to positively impact on our birth experience. I remember wishing that I had discovered hypnobirthing sooner so I could have benefited from the full range of knowledge and techniques that it provides.
Whilst studying as a Hypnotherapist, I witnessed the wonderful ways in which people were able to use hypnosis and relaxation techniques to bring about states of calm and self-empowerment and I was determined to learn more about how this could be applied in pregnancy and childbirth. I then decided to specialise in hypnobirthing and trained under the guidance of Katharine Graves, the founder of the renowned KG Method of Hypnobirthing. I chose this particular system of hypnobirthing as it is specifically designed for the UK birth system and is very simple and practical for hypnobirthing mothers and their partners to fit into their daily lives.
I am truly passionate about what I do and love spreading the word about this positive and natural approach to childbirth!
The sankofa (pronounced san-ko-fah) bird is a traditional symbol from Ghana, West Africa, symbolising the value of past wisdom and the benefit of reaching back to retrieve, remember and reapply this wisdom. In many ways, modern society has forgotten that giving birth is a natural process, which, under normal circumstances, should flow easily through a woman’s body and, consequently, trust in this instinctive process has been lost. Through hypnobirthing, mothers learn to grow in confidence,knowing that their bodies are perfectly designed to give birth efficiently and calmly- in other words, retrieving that past knowledge and reapplying it so that birth can be as natural, calm and harmonious as possible.
The Hypnobirthing course is split into 4 modules, each of which is approximately 2.5hrs long.
The course provides a wealth of information and gentle birthing tools including:
You will also receive a hypnobirthing book, course manual and hypnobirthing self-hypnosis MP3s.
My husband and I easily understood the material in the hypnobirthing sessions thanks to Tracy’s ability to make the information digestible and instill confidence that we could totally do this.
When the birth day arrived, we were able to put everything we had learnt into practice and I can honestly say I had the best birth experience I could have asked for. The breathing and visualisation techniques that Tracy taught us enabled me to shift my mind to a peaceful place and within 8 hours our beautiful baby girl arrived safely all with NO PAIN RELIEF- now that’s truly a result for someone who started off wanting a c-section!
I found the whole experience empowering and bringing our daughter into this world is the best thing that I’ve done in my whole life. We would recommend this hypnobirthing course to all parents and cannot thank Tracy enough for giving us her time, expertise, confidence and making this the best birth experience we could have asked for.
``The course was logical and easy to follow. Tracy explained everything
so clearly and answered all our questions. We're now looking forward
to the birth of our daughter with far more confidence.``
``We just wanted to drop you a note to say that our son has arrived!
The hypnobirthing worked a treat and the birth went according to plan. No drugs were used other than gas and air. We laboured at home from Monday evening on and off and then were admitted to hospital on Wednesday at around 8pm. Active labour then only lasted around 4 hours and Arthur was born at 00:32am.
We just wanted to thank you for all your help and support, we really couldn't have done it without you.``
``I came across Tracy in the very last weeks of my second pregnancy.
Using Hypnobirthing, the birth of my second child was a far more
relaxed and pleasant experience compared to my first.``
``We wanted to thank you very much for all your help, guidance and support for the
arrival of our baby. You bring so much knowledge and comfort to the couples that
you work with and we appreciate this beautiful gift you have given us.``
``As a Hypnobirthing mother of 2 wonderful babies, I can speak from the heart and
share what anempowering, life changing experience Hypnobirthing was. It enabled
me to have two fantastic births, bringing my husband and I closer together and making
the bond between us and our babies immeasurable. You get more of what you focus on,
and by putting in the practice, you can have an amazing birth experience.``
``I just wanted to email you to thank you for a wonderful weekend. My husband and
I thoroughly enjoyed it and feel so much more positive about the birth of our baby
boy in a few weeks. The techniques that we learnt were invaluable, and we are
looking forward to putting them into practice.``
``I have a very vivid memory of giving birth, as without any drugs, gas and
air etc I can remember the whole wonderful time perfectly - and I thank
you and your teaching for this!``
``My husband and I are about to have our first child and we are excitedly expecting a girl.
After lots of research and trying to gather as much information as possible on how to have a healthy and happy pregnancy and labour, I discovered Hypnobirthing and then Tracy.
``We found the course to be very helpful and tremendously insightful, particularly as my husband was initially rather sceptical. We have learnt a lot and would definitely recommend Hypnobirthing, especially for first time parents.``
``Before taking the Hypnobirthing course I had resigned myself to having a completely medicalised birth as I had absolutely no faith in my ability to do it naturally or without someone having to tell me what to do and when to push etc. However, after Tracy's course I grew in confidence and for the first time, I felt like I understood what would be happening and how I could help my body and my baby when the time came.
I'm pleased to say that our little boy was born peacefully and easily with no pain, medication or 'coached' pushing. In fact, the midwives did not believe I was in labour when we arrived at the birthing centre as I was so calm and composed!
Tracy, I cannot thank you enough for all you taught us and for your patience and support. I have been telling every pregnant woman I meet about the brilliance of Hypnobirthing!``
``I feel so positive about my birth experience and I put this down to the hypnobirthing and relaxation we did in preparation for the birth. Thank you``
``We booked a one-to-one hypnobirthing course with Tracy starting around week 28 of my pregnancy. Tracy came to us each time and it was so nice being able to have our sessions in the comfort of our own home. From the moment we met Tracy we knew we were in good hands; she was so warm and friendly and our sessions were engaging right from the start. The techniques she taught us were easy to follow and most importantly, we were able to fit them into our busy lives without worrying we didn’t have enough time.
I had some specific health concerns in my pregnancy and hypnobirthing really helped me to accept my feelings of fear and anxiety surrounding them. Not only did Tracy help me achieve this through the course material, she went the extra mile by recording some specific scripts and providing me with some personalised visualisations and affirmations to help me deal with my feelings. It is entirely due to her extra support that I was able to get beyond my fears and actually enjoy the remaining weeks of my pregnancy; for this I will always be eternally grateful to Tracy.
During labour when numerous interventions were recommended, my husband and I were able to confidently question their necessity and actually went on to have a drug-free, intervention-free birth; this was my goal and Tracy was instrumental in allowing me to achieve it. Owing to a premature delivery my experience of labour was not what I had planned in my mind, but thanks to the hypnobirthing techniques we learnt, we were able to accept and adapt; I was able to give birth to my son naturally just as I wanted and I will always remember it as an incredibly positive, empowering experience.
For anyone considering hypnobirthing, I cannot recommend it highly enough and I equally cannot recommend Tracy highly enough, she was amazing in every aspect. Thank you so much Tracy for all you have done for us.``
“I very honestly don’t know how I would have done it without Tracy’s course. I learned that a calm and happy birth experience is so much more about the mental attitude and preparedness of the parents (individually and as a team) than outside factors and that we had much more control than we thought possible. Tracy’s teaching style was wonderful— supportive, positive, extremely well informed and also completely realistic . The knowledge, skills and empowerment I gained enabled me not only to achieve the calm, natural, drug free homebirth I envisioned, but also to get through the hardships of pregnancy and now (I write this with my 11 day old son sleeping on my chest) the emotional and physical journey of being a new mother.”
``Our son will be turning 1 on a few days, giving us cause to reflect on an incredible year and, of course, our birth experience. I met Tracy when I was about 32 weeks pregnant, and I admit to being a big sceptic before that first meeting. I think the term hypnobirthing (hypnosis?!) put me off, but the nervous anticipation - and frankly, fear - leading up to my due date had built to such a pitch that I knew I had to do something about it. My concerns were not unjustified as I'd already lost one pregnancy and was experiencing multiple complications the second time around. The referral to Tracy came from a friend who'd gone through birth without a partner (as a single mum), and raved about what a difference it made working with Tracy, so I figured I had nothing to lose. As it turned out, I had everything to gain! From our very first session together, I experienced the unbelievable sensation of feeling my anxieties literally melting away. This woman, a stranger who straight away felt like a dear friend, helped me achieve the most empowering realisation of what my body is capable of. I went from being the person in my antenatal group with the most complications, the one most expected to have every possible intervention at birth, to being the one with the most natural and beautiful birth experience! Our son was born perfectly healthy in a birthing pool after a totally drug free labour, during which my husband and I breathed together, went through verbal relaxation techniques together, and even danced together to a funky playlist of Nina Simone, Cannonball Adderley, Lenny Kravitz... Amazing!!!! Tracy, you are so dear to us, we cannot thank you enough. The upshot: hypnobirthing works!``
``You have been amazing, Tracy! You’ve helped so much in making this pregnancy a positive experience.``
“We had a good experience with the birth and I found the hypnobirthing tools particularly useful while we were labouring at home. I started having surges late on Thursday night and they built up over Friday. On Saturday they became much stronger and the breathing techniques we learnt were a big help on Saturday evening before going into the hospital. I did have gas and air during the labour once we were admitted but I remember feeling very calm throughout. Ben was a great support, he was very emotional and enjoyed the first skin to skin after our son was born. I think being informed about what to expect and having relaxation and breathing techniques for the labour were very useful for us both, thank you for helping us to prepare.”
``We found our hypnobirthing course led by Tracy to be a fantastic help in channelling our excitement pre-birth in a useful way. Tracy was professional and well prepared and we felt we were in good hands. We are very grateful for all her help, support and advice.
The most helpful part was having ‘homework’ to help prepare for labour.``
``I had contacted Tracy late in my 7th month of pregnancy, fearing I had left it too late to learn and practice Hypnobirthing in time for my due date. Tracy was so wonderful, warm and welcoming from the first point of contact, and quickly reassured me that it will be ok and we agreed to meet privately for some one-to-one sessions. Meeting Tracy was like welcoming an old friend into my home. Tracy is so kind, friendly and professional. She took the time to really thoroughly explain everything to me individually, and as my husband couldn’t make the first three sessions even recapped everything for him when he joined us at the final session. I was really impressed by Tracy's knowledge and with the course materials and content. Overall my birth experience was greatly improved using the tools provided and I am so happy to have chosen to learn about Hypnobirthing with Tracy, her calm, soothing voice is perfect for delivering the information in the course.My labour wasn’t textbook but having done Hypnobirthing, it still helped immensely nonetheless. I would recommend her to anyone considering it and I will be contacting her during my next pregnancy for a refresher! ``
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