THE Stirling Birth School
:WAYS TO PREPARE FOR BIRTH
My mums-to-be only pregnancy class - ideal if you are looking to make friends, learn about birth and chill out after a long day! Each week we will discuss a birth topic, catch up and then finish with a guided meditation.
£60 (6 x 75min weekly class)
If you are planning an elective c-section it might feel like you don't have any choice or control left in your birth experience. This isn't the case and this class will show you why!
£75 (3hours 1:1 class, price includes birth partner.)
My complete, comprehensive group class for you and your birth partner combining antenatal education with hypnobirthing. Learn together then relax together! Available in Stirling and Larbert venues.
£195 (4 x 2.5hour weekly class, price includes birth partner.)
My complete class, delivered online! Why leave the house, or your jammies, if you don't have to! This is also a great option if you are planning a home birth - why not practise where you will be birthing?
£150 (4 x 2.5hour weekly class, price includes birth partner.)
A shorter, condensed version of my full course, packed with tips and tricks to prepare you for birth and still as fun! This is perfect if you are shorter on time before baby makes their arrival.
£95 (half day workshop, price includes birth partner.)
I offer 1:1 coaching for any couples planning their birth, tailored completely to you and your birth partner. A truly unique experience and the perfect way to bond as a couple before the birth of your baby.
“Thank you so much for everything you did for us prior to our son being born. It really was invaluable."
Rather than feeling anxious, would you like to feel calm and in control. You would like the experience itself to be special and wonderful, rather than a mean to an end.
It's true that giving birth to a small person is a monumental moment! It is life altering and will be an experience that will be remembered for the rest of your life. But this is why birth preparation really does matter! There is a myth that you can't plan for birth - that you should just 'go with the flow', but this just completely disempowers you from your choices and options, and stops you from taking control of your birth experience.
At the Stirling Birth School, we have a comprehensive birth preparation class that ensures you and your birth partner really feel ready for this life changing day.
IS REALITY SETTING IN?
You are actually going to be giving birth soon? Have you heard horror stories about birth? Are you viewing birth as something to 'get through' to meet your baby rather than the brilliant experience it can be! Are you unsure what your choices are or how to make your voice heard? Have you already given birth before and looking to turn that experience into a more positive one this time around?
Of course I will teach you everything you need to know about birth. My antenatal education content has been written by midwives and will give you such a detailed understanding of the physiology of birth so that you will actually understand what happens to your body. But we will also explore and challenge any fears and anxieties you may have and work together to build a positive mindset for birth. Don't underestimate the power of your mind on influencing your birth experience - even a little niggle of anxiety or doubt can magnify during birth! Combine our antenatal education and mental preparation with practical nuts and bolts for birth such as birth planning, massage techniques and birth bag tips and you will really feel like you are in control of you birth. Finally I will teach you relaxation techniques such as self-hypnosis as well as breathing exercises so that you are able to calmly and gently birth your baby. Most of my classes include a group option so that you can meet other parents-to-be and share experiences. They also include 1:1 support right up until your baby's birth. Just think of me as your Personal Trainer for birth! So why do you need to prepare for birth? Imagine telling people your birth story, and instead of recalling dramatic anecdotes, you could tell them of how wonderful it was. You could recount how involved and supportive your birth partner was. You could share how things perhaps didn't go quite to plan but you knew your choices and took control of the situation and still birthed your baby your way. My classes will give you the tools to make this incredibly special day, the day you meet your baby, be as positive as possible.
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WHO AM I?
Hi, my name is Heather. Teacher, Hypnobirthing Instructor, Mum of 2, and Harry Potter enthusiast! All classes are delivered by myself whether online or in person. Prior to completing my Hypnobirthing instructor training, I studied Psychology at the University of Stirling, before achieving a Post Graduate Diploma in Education at the University of Edinburgh. I have been teaching for 10 years and I am passionate about ensuring everyone learns about birth and is able to make informed choices in labour. Classes can be delivered 1:1 in the comfort of your own home, within a group setting or online. Click on the links below to find out more about me or learn more about the different course options available.
What is Hypnobirthing?
WHAT THE 'H' IS HYPNOBIRTHING?
Giving birth to a small person is a monumental moment! It is one of the most important things you can do in life, if not the most important. Whether it is the first time or the forth, it is life altering and will be an experience that will be remembered for the rest of your life. This is why birth preparation really does matter!
Hypnobirthing is an evidence based approach to antenatal education that has been proven to:
Increase the speed of labour
Reduce the perception of pain lowering your need for pain relief
Reduce the need for medical interventions such as inductions, forceps, emergency c-sections
Reduce the risk of post-natal depression and birth trauma
Increase your babies APGAR score at birth (How healthy they are)
Increase your chances of having a positive birth experience by increasing birth satisfaction.
Hypnobirthing is a comprehensive antenatal education that focuses on pregnancy and birth physically but also mentally. As well as covering your standard antenatal education, such as learning about what happens to your body during labour, positions for birth and how to create a birth plan, Hypnobirthing also covers how to prepare yourself mentally, how to change the way you think and feel about birth and will support you to build a positive mindset for the big day.
Why is this mindset so important? There is a link between your mind and your body. Don't believe me? Ask any athlete - or listen to the interview they give after a sporting event. They need to go into events filled with the confidence that they can win - their mindset helps their body perform better. If they were successful you might hear phrases like 'I was ready for it', 'I got myself in the right zone', or 'I was visualising the finish line'. If they weren't successful they might say 'I just wasn't in the right frame of mind'. Athletes work with Sports Psychologists because they understand there is a huge link between their mindset and how successful they are. In the same way, a hypnobirthing instructor is a bit like a Birth Psychologist, who will work with you and coach you on how to build a positive mindset for birth.
Hypnobirthing is based on science and is research led. It promotes a positive birth experience. There is evidence that a positive birth significantly reduces a persons risk of experiencing postnatal depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Hypnobirthing has been recognised by the Royal College of Midwives as well as the NHS, and many hospitals are now training their midwives in this method. Famously it was the method of choice for Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, who spoke of how powerful she felt using its techniques, and Giovanna Fletcher used it to birth all her babies as well.
Power comes from knowledge. If you understand your body and how it is behaving, if you understand the role of your hormones in labour, if you understand how to make informed choices, then you are in a powerful position to birth your baby. However you choose to birth your baby does not matter, what matters is how you feel about it - mindset again! A positive birth for one person could be traumatic for another, it all comes down to how a person feels about their birth, and those feelings, positive or negative, last a lifetime.
We often think of birth as being out of control - many people think they can just go with the flow - but you have the power to take charge of your birth, to have your baby your way. A hypnobirthing course will help you to understand this so that you can go into labour relaxed, calm and confident.
Does Hypnobirthing guarantee a “pain-free, natural birth”? Absolutely not. In fact you can use it if you are planning a c-section and we have a specific workshop just for that. What it does promise is a whole new way of thinking about and approaching birth, with a bunch of tools to help along the way to make sure that you have the most positive and empowered experience possible.
However your baby arrives, you will never forget the moment that they do. It will be an experience that will remain with you for the rest of your life. Hypnobirthing will get you off to the best possible start on your journey to becoming a parent for your baby. Understand the process of birth, be aware of your choices, and define your birth preferences. Play a more active role in your birth - you are the most important person after all!
Find our more about the different classes we offer and book your course today!