Birth

Giving birth requires tremendous physical and mental exertion. It is important to plan your birth and prepare yourself as much as possible. If you prefer a natural drug free birth, then classes are essential to discover and learn to liberate your natural birthing instincts. We will help you reconnect with your inner wisdom and trust your body. Step into your own power and look forward to the challenge of a natural birth.

Birth Classes

Heather teaches birth classes in Sydney. They are packed full of practical information, Yoga exercises and tips for an active calm birth.

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Natural Birth Essentials Cover:-

  • Planning your birth
  • Signs of labour
  • Natural pain management for every stage of labour
  • Yoga to prepare for birth
  • Breathing techniques
  • Visualisation
  • Relaxation for a calm birth
  • Natural ways to induce labour
  • Active birth positions
  • Massage and acupressure points for labour
  • Labour TENS for natural pain relief
  • Natural therapies for birthing
  • Using the mind to overcome, fear, pain and obstacles to a calm birth
  • Emotional freedom technique for pain relief and a calm birth

Group classes are conducted on the Northern Beaches at the Lotus Centre. You can join a 6 - 8 hour group workshop $175 per person or $295 for couples with FREE Hypnosis CD and workbook. Or a 6 week course combining 1 hour of prenatal yoga and 1 hour natural birth education for pregnant women only - $195 with FREE Hypnosis CD and workbook.

Private lessons are also available at the Lotus Centre.The benefits of private lessons are:

  • You can tailor make the teaching to your needs and condense the information into a shorter time
  • You do not waste time on things you already know
  • We choose a time and place to suit
  • A confidential supportive environment
  • The information is retained better

Private classes are 2 hours for a refresher course. 3 hours or more for natural birth and/or hypnosis depending on how much information you require. The price is $195 per couple for 2 hours, then $100 per hour thereafter. Please do not hesitate to contact Heather for further information on 02 80076380 or 0405 821880.

Acupuncture

Information on Acupuncture in birth coming soon..

Hypnotherapy for childbirth

Hypnotherapy is widely used for childbirth to eliminate the Fear-Tension-Pain syndrome. Self hypnosis is easy to learn and everyone is capable of relaxing and hypnotising themselves. Birthing is a natural process that your body understands how to do. Unfortunately we have recently turned birthing into a medical procedure and women are now in fear, anticipating the worst.

The Fear-Tension-Pain cycle theory was discovered by Dr Dick-Read. He found that labour itself was not inherently painful. He believed the pain in labour was largely due to fear of labour prevalent in today’s culture. Stress or fear produces the fight or flight response obstructing the birth canal to stop labour progressing. Unlike wild animals we no longer need this safety mechanism as we rarely encounter a threat, so stress causes labour to become dysfunctional. As the stress and pain increase more stress hormones (catecholamine) are released which cycles back to increase her pain and fear.

The stress hormone catecholamine decreases blood flow to the uterus and placenta, reducing uterine contractions, and decreasing oxygen to the baby. According to the Fear-Tension-Pain theory of childbirth, the pain of labour can be lessened by stopping the cycle at any point. To stop the cycle at the fear point, experts recommend preparing for labour through self hypnosis or relaxation and breathing education, visualisation and emotional release work.

Hypnotherapy uses deep relaxation and the power of visualisation and suggestion to enhance your pregnancy and birth experience. Hypnosis is a natural state which uses the subconscious mind to overcome fear and pain. The subconscious is responsible for regulating all your bodily functions including your heart rate, hormone production as well as the emotions. Hypnosis can help you to deal with, and overcome fear and anxiety and to increase self confidence and trust in your body’s natural ability to birth.

The body reacts to reality and imagination in the same way; it cannot distinguish between the two. Hypnosis using guided visualisation gives you the opportunity to practice and experience your preferred birth over and over again in your mind. Now your body is familiar and comfortable with the rehearsed responses and so reacts accordingly during the actual birth. You remain relaxed, in control, and aware of the birth experience. You will flow easily through the uterine surges and sensations using deep relaxation, breathing and visualisation's which tap into your bodies own pain killers (endorphins).

Hypnosis enables you to enjoy the experience in a calm and relaxed way leaving no room for tension and fear which are the main causes of pain. Learn hypnosis for childbirth in Sydney by attending a group or private classes. It is recommended that you take a course of three sessions and practice with the free CD provided.

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Why use Hypnosis?

  • reduces the need for pain killers
  • shortens labour
  • reduces tiredness and exhaustion
  • improves oxygen levels to mum and baby
  • speeds recovery
  • assists with the natural birth process

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You will learn

  • Self hypnosis
  • relaxation and visualisation techniques
  • Breathing techniques to assist labour
  • How the mind affects the birth experience
  • How to boost the body’s own pain killers
  • Techniques to help bond with baby
  • How to avoid medical induction
  • How to avoid episiotomy or tearing
  • How to support your partner in labour

Courses:

Hypnotherapy for a natural birth consists of three sessions of 90 minutes. Group sessions of two or three couples $295 per couple

Private classes:

$120 per hour or $150 for 90 minutes

Private courses (booked in advance):
$150 (first appointment 90 minutes) follow up $95 per hour
$330 for three sessions (1x 90 min, 2 x 1 hour)
$470 for 2 x 2.5 hours hypnotherapy and natural birth class

Courses conducted by Heather