Marie Teale - Antenatal Hypnobirthing Teacher & Birth Doula
"Giving birth can be the most empowering experience of a lifetime - an initiation into a new dimension of mind-body awareness."
- Ina May Gaskin - 'the mother of authentic midwifery' & author of Ina May's Guide to Childbirth.
You might read that quote from Ina May Gaskin and think "Nope, too hippy for me". Hear me out; as well as practical antenatal education my hypnobirthing classes are about creating lasting changes to your feelings about birth. I can help you prepare if it's your first baby or if you've had a previous difficult birthing experience. You'll learn how to tap into your innate birthing instinct, to ask the right questions with confidence and make your own decisions as you prepare to meet your baby.
So many people I've worked with over the years have said afterwards that understanding the connection between mind and body was a revelation, and in the context of getting ready to give birth, a real light bulb moment. I work with midwives and other maternity staff at Northampton and Kettering hospitals and across the Midlands in another role, so can share local and regional knowledge of maternity services with you too.
I've been with families at home, during transfer, on labour wards, in theatre, and in a birth centres as a birth doula. I've even been with an amazing mama whose baby decided to arrive before the midwives! So I can help you prepare for different scenarios that you'd like to know more about.
** Gain a deeper understanding of hypnobirthing and how it works to change the way you feel about birth – birth can be amazing – supporting you to feel confident and excited about your birthing experience based on your individual choices and needs.
** The different stages of labour, birth, and the postnatal period - what you can do to make each one easier.
** The birthing environment and why it is important – how what is going on around you during your baby’s birth can have a big impact and what you can do to make it work for you.
** At least 4 hypnobirthing techniques - learn how to get back to place of calm quickly if needed, so you are not overwhelmed.
** Birth planning and preparation – knowing what to expect and what plans/support you can put in place for different scenarios.
** Fears and anxieties – addressing them and working out how to deal with them.
** The Birth Partner’s role.
** MP3s & links to videos to support your learning and help get you into a good head space.
** Ongoing support during the antenatal period and immediately after birth from an experienced antenatal teacher, birth doula, and breastfeeding counsellor.
How can hypnobirthing help you, the different stages of labour and how to cope well through each one - at least 4 effective & practical hypnobirthing techniques to help you cope on the day. We will also cover birth planning, addressing fears & anxieties, & the birth partner’s role with plenty of time for your questions.
February 28th, 9.30-12.30.
March 28th, 9.30-12.30.
Apri 25th, 9.30-12.30.
May 30th, 9.30-12.30.
June 27th, 9.30-12.30.
Busy schedules sometimes mean the group dates don't work for you. Or perhaps you'd prefer to prepare for your birth experience in a more private setting. Tuesdays & Friday daytime and weekend morning appointments available.
Once we’ve done introductions, we’ll jump straight into explaining what hypnobirthing is & how it can help when giving birth by caesarean - not just an operation but an amazing transition during which your baby is supported on its journey from your womb into your arms. We’ll cover reducing anxiety & taking control of your birthing experience, & I’ll teach you at least 4 effective & practical hypnobirthing techniques for caesarean birth.
Get in touch to find out more and find a date that works for you.
The fee includes travel costs to your home within 15 miles from NN14 1RL. Mileage above 30 mile per round trip is charged at 45p per mile.
If you and a friend are both planning to birth your baby via caesarean why not do a caesarean hypnobirthing workshop together!
Get in touch to find out more and arrange a date that works for you both.
These sessions cover any element of birth education, planning, & preparation you'd like to learn more about. You may have already done some preparation, but would like your birth partner to understand what to expect, and how they can support you. Or you may have some specific areas that are important to you that you'd like to cover in more detail.
We'll have a free telephone consultation beforehand to talk through your needs so that I can create a bespoke session especially for you.