Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose bumps ‘n’ babies as my hypnobirthing practitioners ?

Because we are not just hypnobirthing practitioners we are experienced  midwives! We also uniquely offer Newborn Baby Care and Breastfeeding Workshops so you can fully prepare for the arrival of your little one. Our clients report how much they value our clinical knowledge and experience; we provide honest and realistic advice that reflects the latest research and best midwifery practice. We have lots of practical experience of caring for couples using hypnobirthing during labour. Since 2009 we have taught many couples and received fantastic feedback, the wonderful testimonials from our clients reflects this. Many friendships are formed in our supportive classes.

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What is included in the price?

  • The Hypnobirthing book.
  • The Hypnobirthing relaxation audio tracks.
  • A minimum of 12 hours of tuition with a qualified midwife & hypnobirthing practitioner and ongoing support throughout your pregnancy via email or telephone.
  • Social support from others in the group

What should I expect from classes online?

Our online classes are convenient and cost effective. You and your partner can join us from any location. Relax, have supper and curl up on the sofa without the need to worry about travelling to and from a venue with the hassle of parking etc. At the start of the course we will email you a link for you to join the classes via your chosen device. If you are unfamiliar with zoom we will guide you through this, but please be reassured it is very easy to use. We will post you the hypnobirthing book with links to the hypnobirthing audio tracks before the course starts. To enhance your learning we will send you videos and other online content. Be reassured you will learn all that is taught at in-person classes. We facilitate interaction during the sessions so that those who are keen to build friendships can meet in-person once the course ends. Each session finishes with a lovely deep relaxation script to help give you a restful nights sleep.

Our additional newborn baby care workshops and breastfeeding workshops are also available via zoom too.

Should my birth partner attend?

Birthing partners are an important part of successful hypnobirthing, so ideally your birthing partner should attend every class. It is also important to remember that the effectiveness of the relaxation techniques taught is related to the amount of practice that you put in.

When can I start the course?

Anytime from 20 weeks. However, the optimal time is from 25 weeks.

I have been advised to have my labour induced, will hypnobirthing still be suitable for a medically managed birth?

Yes absolutely! Many women we teach experience a medically managed labour such as induction of labour. There may be additional anxiety for women in such circumstances, therefore the hypnobirthing techniques prove to be invaluable by encouraging relaxation and a positive mindset which can make a huge difference to the overall birth experience.

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Is hypnobirthing and ‘self-hypnosis’ safe?

Hypnobirthing and self-hypnosis is absolutely safe. TV and stage portrayal of hypnosis has misled people as to what hypnosis is and what it can and cannot do. Hypnosis is simply a deep state of physical, mental and emotional relaxation occurring alongside a heightened sense of awareness.

Can you guarantee a completely pain-free labour?

No, unfortunately childbirth encompasses many factors, some of which are beyond our control. However, many hypnobirthing mums do report a pain free birth and many others require only mild analgesia such as gas and air. See our RESEARCH page for more information.

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I have seen hypnosis for childbirth audio tracks and books on sale on the internet. Why can’t I just use these?

Audio tracks and/or a book may help relax you and be of some benefit, but in order to experience the full benefits of hypnobirthing it is a strongly recommended that you attend classes with a recognised hypnobirthing practitioner. We also teach other practical techniques such as breathing, massage etc., which may be difficult to learn from a book alone and also benefit your birth partner, giving them a defined role.

Can I do a weekend or a condensed course?

Hypnobirthing is not a ‘quick fix’ technique that can be learnt in a few hours. We teach our hypnobirthing courses over a 4 week period for you to gain maximum benefit, to really understand the philosophies and principles involved.

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