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Trust Midwives to Hold Hypnobirthing Classes

Newsdate: 14 March 2016

Twelve WWL midwives, who work across the maternity services, have recently been trained to provide hypnobirthing classes, so that they may provide sessions themselves, on behalf of our Trust.

An event will be held on Tuesday 22 March, at Hope School Children’s Centre, WN3 6N3, to provide more information about the new service. The event will run from 6pm to 9pm.

The four-day course that the midwives attended was held by a respected hypnobirthing therapist, Katherine Graves, who is also a hypnotherapist. Katherine is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Maternity and Newborn Forum, The Association for the Improvement of Maternity Services, and an associate member of the Royal College of Midwives. Her experience and knowledge was of tremendous value to our team of midwives. 

Hypnobirthing is a complete birth educating programme, that teaches simple but specific self-hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques for a better birth.

During the course, women will get a more in-depth knowledge of the technique. Among other things, they will learn:

  • That severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labour.
  • How to release the fear and anxieties they may currently feel about childbirth, and how to overcome previous traumatic births
  • How to discover the joy and magic of childbirth, rather than the challenging experience that your friends may be telling you about.

Most importantly, women will learn how to gain control of their childbirth, rather than just putting control of the process into the hands of their doctor or midwife.

The aim of the classes primarily is to ensure that prospective mothers approach childbirth with an air of calm and relaxation.

The courses will run with day time and evening sessions with dates still to be decided. It is hoped that further classes will be established through April, May and June.  Upon attending the classes, attendees will be able to take advantage of some informative booklets and also some Mp3 downloads.

Voicing her support for the new classes, WWL Head of Nursing for Midwifery, Children’s and Patient’s Services, Diane Swindlehurst, said, “Childbirth can be quite a daunting experience for some expectant mothers. We hope that women will take advantage of these classes, provided by some of our exceptional midwives, to alleviate some of the concerns they may have and to ensure a wonderful birthing experience.”

If you would like to register your interest for these classes, or require further information, please contact Karen Colquitt on 07827937679 or e-mail: Karen.colquitt@wwl.nhs.uk