1. Natural pain relief for birth (NPR) I don’t teach you how to breathe, you know how to do that, but using the breath we cover natural ways to reduce pain, to breathe effectively alongside deep relaxation techniques and how your partner can encourage you in this. You learn self-hypnosis skills to overcome fear and increase confidence and to reduce the negative impact of fear and anxiety on your body. In a nutshell this is hypnobirthing!
2. Practical birth preparation (PBP) (offered as a shorter private one-to-one, as GROUP WORKSHOP PLUS, or part of the full private course). This programme is designed to help you to prepare physically, mentally and emotionally for birth with a focus on your partner’s role. You will practice techniques to help you stay calm and relaxed during the birth including massage, positions and using a birth ball. More tools and techniques for your partner are included. We look at emotional changes during labour and signs to look for and how to work with the medical team supporting you, finishing with the drawing up of a positive birth-plan, focusing on how you would like your labour to be.
Most women book from 26 to 36 weeks. This is the perfect complement to NCT / NHS classes, as it covers areas that are not always included and as a very experienced NCT Teacher who also teaches Hospital antenatal classes I can vouch for that!
Venues The workshops are held either in Wimbledon, or Southfields, Wandsworth. Both venues are easily accessible from a wide range of areas and I regularly teach couples from Kingston, Richmond and further into Surrey. Rail connections are good from East London and for my Wimbledon workshops especially the Northern line is the most direct way of getting to me.
The Gooseberry Bush Studio in Wimbledon is light, airy and purpose built above a Café , at 115 Kingston Road, London, SW19 1LT. Wimbledon tube and mainline station are nearby (or 4 mins walk from the nearest tram stop) and 5 minutes walk from South Wimbledon tube on the Northern line. Have a look at the website for a glimpse of the studio and details of what else is on offer www.gooseberrybushcentres.com
Details of the Southfields venue, 3 minutes from Southfields tube, on request.
Wed 12th & 19th June 6.30 – 9.30 pm (Southfields) NPR FULLY BOOKED
Sat 13th July 9.30 am – 4.30 pm (Wimbledon) NPR JUST ONE SPACE LEFT
Tue 13th & 20th Aug 6.30 – 9.30 pm (Southfields) NPR ONE SPACE LEFT
Sat 20th Sept 9.30 am – 4.30 pm (Wimbledon) NPR
Tue 15th & 22nd Oct 6.30 – 9.30 pm (Southfields) NPR
GROUP WORKSHOP NPR I offer two formats, one day, 9.30 – 4.30pm or two evenings 6.30 – 9.30 pm . Understand how tension, anxiety and fear can impact negatively on the birth process and learn techniques to combat these emotions. See above for further details of the package. Fee – £165.00
GROUP WORKSHOP PLUS (NPR/PBP) As above with an extra 2 1/2 hour private session arranged at a time to suit, to cover physiology of labour in more detail, address specific fears & concerns and create a personalised birth plan. This is proving to be very popular. This extra session can generally be arranged on a weekday morning or afternoon / early evening, 4.00 – 6.30pm for example, as only very occasionally can I offer a later time, and is held in Southfields. Fee – £265.00
PRIVATE one-to-one/small group sessions If you prefer you can book a 7 hour private course for yourselves or team up with another couple. The slightly longer session is tailored to your particular needs and includes more time on positions for labour, massage, the role of the partner, and drawing up a birth plan, arranged usually on a Monday or Friday, or, preferably, over TWO half days, a 4 hour session followed by 3 hours. Fee – £325.00 (one couple) £225.00 (two couples)
If time is short then I offer a shorter “express” course to cover the material from the one day workshop (can be taken over 2 early evenings) Fee £225.00
OTHER FORMATS/COURSES I also offer a range of formats, according to need, based on my hourly rate (+ resources), for Caesarean birth preparation for example or general antenatal preparation. i.e Caesarean birth prep, (2.5 hours) Fee £135.00
For those who have used hypnobirthing before, either by attending one of my courses or elsewhere, do consider a REFRESHER session, held on a private 1 – 1 basis, lasting around 3 hours. Fee – £145.00 OR £170.00 if wanting the book and tracks
The package Included are resources, handouts etc. as a reminder of what we cover and download codes for three hypnosis tracks plus followup support. On booking I send a Pregnancy Relaxation download and a copy of Maggie Howell’s book, “Effective Birth Preparation” making an excellent package which will fully support your learning.
What do I need to do now? Call me on 07718 629445 or contact me via the form below. I will send you a booking form and further details. After payment has been received you will receive an email confirmation. You will also receive a pre-course questionnaire for you to fill out and return to me, in complete confidence, to help me meet your needs. I post out the book and Pregnancy Relaxation download on receipt of the fee so you can make a start.
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