Group Courses

Here you’ll find in-person group course dates for the Full Birth Support Package (the course + online benefits hub)

Read about the course packages and benefits here. 

 

Up-coming In-Person Course Dates:

Saturdays 18th and 25th February, 9am-1pm, Wandsworth – BOOK HERE

Saturdays 11th and 18th March, 9am-1pm, Morden – BOOK HERE

Saturdays 22nd and 29th April, 9am-1pm, Wandsworth – BOOK HERE

Saturdays 20th and 27th May, 9am-1pm, Morden – BOOK HERE

£384 per birth team, payment plans available.

 

Course Locations:

Morden: St George’s Church Hall in Morden – view on Google Maps. The course runs with a minimum of 3 couples and a max 8 couples.

Wandsworth: Training Mode, 17c Hardwicks Square, London SW18 4AG – view on Google Maps. The course runs with a minimum of 3 couples and a max 5 couples.

 

More Details:

This is the Physiological Birth Preparation Course. (Abdominal Birth Courses are also available)

 During pregnancy:

  • Weekly pregnancy yoga (live on Zoom & recorded for your convenience)
  • Monthly relaxation sessions (live on Zoom)
  • Online community to meet others on a similar path (moderated & closed) hosted on Circle
  • WhatsApp support with me, your teacher, right up until your baby is born
  • Ask the Midwife online group

 The Course:

  • 8 hours live birth preparation teaching
  • 1.5 hours live via Zoom postnatal preparation

 During postnatal recovery:

  • 1 hour postnatal doula session (on Zoom)
  • Educational videos on baby care including breast and bottle feeding
  • Weekly parent & baby yoga (live on Zoom & recorded for your convenience)
  • Online community to meet others on a similar path (moderated & closed) hosted on Circle

We recommend signing up to the package from 12 weeks of pregnancy, so you can gain the full benefit of mind and body support from early on.

The package costs are:

Group course option (9.5 hours total live learning time + support package)

What you will learn:

  • The Mindful Birth Group® syllabus, incorporating effective Hypnobirthing theory and techniques with Mindfulness tools
  • Understand the mind body connection, and how the mind can physically impact the body and birth
  • What happens in the body, and the transformation it goes through to birth your baby
  • What different kinds of birth look like – whether it be a spontaneous labour at home or a birth centre, induced labour at hospital, or an unplanned abdominal (caesarean) birth
  • Three simple but effective breathing techniques to help you to relax during pregnancy and birth (and beyond!)
  • Visualisation techniques to help you to relax in pregnancy and every birthing scenario
  • Learn about the pelvis, baby positions, and optimal positions for labour and birth
  • Exercises and movement you can do during pregnancy and labour to support birth, as well as prevent tearing
  • Controlling the controllables – understand what is in your control and what should be allowed to progress by itself. This may include your birthing body or your medical care providers who are medically trained to support your birth
  • A very gentle and highly effective massage technique which will stimulate the production of the body’s natural pain relieving hormones
  • How to create a supportive environment wherever you birth your baby/babies
  • How to write your birth preferences & share them with your medical care providers
  • The birth partners incredibly important role and how they can support you throughout pregnancy, labour, and birth​
  • Postnatal recovery, how to prepare for parenthood, and the fourth trimester when your baby is her

 

The price is for mum/birthing person and birth partner, who are encouraged to attend! Should you have an additional birth partner who you would like to attend the course please contact Rachel so that we can discuss this further.

Can't see a date suitable? Why not check out our private course option.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When’s a good time to do the course?
    A good time to start the course is anytime between 20 and 30 weeks, but you can do the course at any time right up to your baby’s birth, it really is never too late! Hypnobirthing and mindfulness become more powerful with regular practice, so starting sooner rather than later can really help.
  • Is there parking at the venue?
    Yes, there are dedicated venue off-street car parks at all our venues.
  • What do I need to bring with me?
    Bring whatever you need to feel comfortable. It’s recommended to bring a bottle of water, although cold & hot drinks and light refreshments will be provided during the break.
  • I’m planning a natural birth but have been advised I may have to have a Caesarean Section, which course should I do?
    We recommend the physiological course, as this will provide you with all that you need to prepare for a physiological birth but also includes what happens during an abdominal birth (caesarean section) so you will learn about both types of birth.
  • Could I do a private course with a pregnant friend?
    Yes, absolutely! Should you have a pregnant friend/relative who also wants to do the course I can come to one of your homes (or do the course online via Zoom) and run a private course at a discount.
  • What if I pay for a course and my baby arrives before the course has started/finished?
    If your baby is born prior to starting the course you will receive a full refund.
  • Can my partner or someone else attend with me?
    Most definitely, partners are encouraged to attend! The cost of the course is for a pregnant mum/person and one birth partner, whoever that may be for you. If you have a second birth partner (relative, friend or doula) then please get in touch so we can discuss accommodating your birth team.
  • Can I attend a course on my own?
    Yes, we welcome all pregnant mums and birthing people.
  • Do you offer a short or condensed course?
    Yes. There is the Hypnobirthing Essentials Short Course. This is for those who perhaps did a hypnobirthing course for a previous birth and want a refresher, are much later on in their pregnancy and short on time, or perhaps have done another antenatal course but feel something is missing.
  • I want to do a group course but I can’t make the dates?
    Please do get in touch and if there is enough interest additional group course dates/venues may be possible.
  • I’m not sure Hypnobirthing is for me but I would like to know more.
    We run Free monthly Hypnobirthing Tasters Sessions which last around 45 minutes and are a great introduction to Hypnobirthing and what you’ll learn in the course.
  • I want an epidural, can I still use Hypnobirthing?
    Most definitely. Hypnobirthing really is for all birth preferences and situations. Hypnobirthing is about understanding your body and learning how different choices, including pain relief, have pros and considerations so you can use or avoid them in the best way possible for you.
  • Do you provide Doula services?
    Formally, not yet no. However, Rachel is doing her Doula Training in November and will be offering Postnatal (and possible Birth) Doula services from January 2022. Please do get in touch if you are interested in hiring Rachel as a Doula.
  • Do I need to do another Antenatal course as well?
    No you don’t need to if you didn’t want to, the course provides everything you need to know about preparing for birth. However, some parents either choose to enhance a standard antenatal course with a hypnobirthing course and find the cross-overs areas a really great recap, and some parents find hypnobirthing later on in their pregnancy and so end up doing two courses – again finding they complement each other.
  • I was hoping to do a Hypnobirthing course but I can’t afford the classes.
    Please do get in touch as we don’t believe that your birth preparation should be restricted by money. We can offer payments plan, services swap, or pay-what-you-can options should this mean you are then able to do the course.
  • Can we meet our teacher before committing to the course?
    This may be possible yes, and would depend on how close you are to SM4 6RB, or happy to meet over Zoom. There is also the Free monthly Hypnobirthing Tasters Sessions which last around 45 minutes and are a great chance to meet Rachel and get a feel for if she’s the right fit for you.

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