The Value of Hypnobirthing


The Katherine Graves Hypnobirthing Teacher Training Course in which I am qualified is the leading brand of Hypnobirthing in the UK. It is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives and is the training of choice for UK midwives.

The Hypnobirthing parent course I teach is a complete in-depth antenatal training programme provided by Katherine Graves. You can be confident that it is well researched, well delivered and supported by the latest evidence.

Hypnobirthing is a philosophy and technique that teaches and promotes a simple, physiological approach to birth. Designed to release fear and build confidence, it enables our bodies to produce the hormones we need in labour so that our birth muscles can work in harmony with them in order for labour and birth to progress comfortably.

Practicing hypnobirthing breathing, visualisation and relaxation techniques and listening to hypnobirthing audios throughout your pregnancy in preparation for labour and birth will make a marked difference to your perception of birth, as well as improve the overall experience for you, your baby and your birth partner when the time comes. Hypnobirthing also teaches and demonstrates the importance of the positive use of language throughout pregnancy and provides affirmations to encourage and help with this.

Hypnobirthing often results in reduced intervention rates, reduced use of analgesia and increased natural births. It can offer you the best possible physical, mental, emotional and spiritual start to motherhood and the benefits to you and your baby are equally as valuable.

“KGHypnobirthing changes and empowers both the mother and the father, and has the most profound effect on the baby which will last a lifetime.” - Katherine Graves.








I teach the course in an interactive way and always welcome and encourage your participation, questions, discussion and scepticism! Scepticism is natural. Of course, we should question things and reserve judgement until something makes sense to us. Scepticism towards positive births and hypnobirthing exists because of common misconceptions and assumptions rife in our society today that unfortunately play a part in perpetuating the cycle of fear. KGH will unpick these and offer you that ‘lightbulb’ moment. Once these misconceptions have been readdressed clients are very relieved and fear and uncertainty starts to eradicate. This realisation sets a solid foundation to achieve a beautiful, empowering birth to remember and cherish forever.


The course itself is split into four logical sessions each with a specific area of focus. Receiving the information in this concise and practical way enables you to understand exactly how and why KGH works, the importance of regular practise of the taught hypnobirthing techniques, how to navigate the NHS system and know your rights (you always have rights!) and of course learn about birth itself and plan for what you would like for you and your baby. Each session lasts 2 ½ to 3 hours.

What you will learn 



  • The benefits of hypnobirthing for all women and all births. Home births, birth centre births, hospital births, natural births, induced and other medicalised births as well as c-sections, gentle, planned or emergency.

  • Your birth choices and rights. Where to birth, how to birth. Your options and what to expect. The benefits and risks of each of these options.

  • How to prepare your mind and body for labour and birth during pregnancy. Pelvic floor exercises, perineal massage, breathing techniques and visualisations, relaxations, affirmations, releasing tension, positive use of language, meditation, dealing with negativity, toxicity or the misinformed concern of others.

  • The physiology of childbirth, how your body works in labour and how the mind works to help or hinder your experience. How the muscles of the uterus work to birth your baby during the process of labour and birth and the crucial role of hormones throughout this time.

  • The importance of creating a birth space to feel relaxed, safe, comfortable and supported to enable you to maintain optimal hormone levels for birth. How to maintain this birth space if or when you transfer.

  • The importance of the role of the birth partner. How they can support you practically, emotionally and physically. How they can prepare and practise with you during pregnancy and advocate with and for you in labour and birth.

  • How to maintain your levels of comfort in labour from holistic methods to analgesia. Tension release, positioning, water, TENS, gas and air, epidural. The benefits and risks.

  • Interventions and the benefits and risks. How to make informed decisions if any are offered to you (everything is an offer!) Membrane sweep, induction, vaginal examinations, monitoring.

  • Natural and medicalised births. When a birth becomes medicalised and what that means. The benefits and risks.

  • Overcoming change in pregnancy, dealing with eventualities and unforeseens, breech, transverse, passing your ‘due’ date. What to do if you’re told you’re ‘not allowed’ something.

  • How to write a concise, structured birth plan for the birth you would like. How to prepare and inform yourself for any eventuality in advance so you can navigate change that may or may not occur confidently and calmly during labour.

  • Policy and procedure v’s evidence-based practice. There are many disparities between policy and procedure and evidence- based practice in maternity care. My course discusses the common reasons why these occur. An awareness of these disparities will better prepare you to seek individualised care from midwives and medical professionals that suit your personal circumstances during pregnancy and labour.

  • Information regarding the post-natal period. What you might experience in the first few days emotionally and what to expect when your milk comes in, breastfeeding, how to aid your recovery and care for yourself in the weeks after having a baby, scheduling visitors and anything else you wish to discuss.

Vote Informed.

  • Session 1 – The logic of KGH

  • Session 2 – Techniques

  • Session 3 – Before birth

  • Session 4 – The birth

The course