19th December 2014 

Stoke Newington & Islington, North London N16
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HypnoBirthing is as much a philosophy as it is a technique. The concept of HypnoBirthing is not new, but rather a "rebirth" of the philosophy of birthing as it existed thousands of years ago and as it was recaptured in the work of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, an English obstetrician, who, in the 1920s was one of the first to forward the concept of natural birthing. The method teaches you that, in the absence of fear and tension, or special medical circumstances, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labour.

You will gain an understanding of how the birthing muscles and hormones work in perfect harmony - as they were designed to - when your body is sufficiently relaxed and you trust birth. You will learn how to achieve this kind of relaxation, free of the resistance that fear creates, and you will learn to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm, serene and comfortable birth.

HypnoBirthing will teach you:

∞ Fear release methods to overcome anxiety about the birth
∞ Self-hypnosis to induce deep relaxation whilst remaining totally present and in control
∞ Massage techniques to release endorphins, your body's natural anaesthetic
∞ Breathing techniques for relaxation and birth itself
∞ Visualisation exercises and affirmations to keep you grounded, serene and positive
∞ Information about your birthing options to increase your confidence in making decisions

"I'm really glad I did the HypnoBirthing course. It's not rocket science, in fact it's all pretty much common sense, but as with many similar life-changing processes it really helps to talk through the subject thoroughly with someone who has the time. Having done the course, I genuinely feel no fear or panic in the run up to the birth, and I also feel very well informed, which considering I was completely clueless when the pregnancy test came out positive, is impressive. It was interesting to compare myself with some other mothers-to-be recently. Many of them were booked in for cesareans or thought I was mad for putting myself in a drug-free environment, and I felt rather sorry for them, and definitely sure that my way is the best choice for me."
Who is HypnoBirthing suitable for?
HypnoBirthing is suitable for first time mums and mums who've had kids before. It helps women who are scared of birth because they've never done it before, who are anxious because of a bad experience last time, or who just want a calmer, easier, more natural birth experience.

If you're pregnant, and looking for an alternative to the over-medicalised, pain-is-inevitable, "gimme all the drugs" mindset, then HypnoBirthing is for you. That said, I also have experience working with women with IVF pregnancy, placenta praevia, obstetric cholestasis, gestational diabetes, "advanced maternal age" (drives me mad that expression!) and all manner of circumstances. Every woman's pregnancy and birth is unique and HypnoBirthing helps everyone.

It's really funny how pregnancy throws curveballs at you. When you had previously read us those lovely stories of how hypnobirthing had worked for some couples either through adversity or just as a tool for birth, I genuinely couldn't imagine us being in a situation where hypnosis would be *so* helpful. We now have a renewed belief and understanding of how hypnobirthing can help a very hospital related experience. The confidence and belief and element of control over the situation is hugely beneficial."

Hypnobirthing doesn’t require any particular belief system, or prior experience. Some of our mums (and especially their partners!) have beenverysceptical at first – until they experience it for themselves.

Do I need to do NCT classes aswell as HypnoBirthing?
No. HypnoBirthing with Katrina Berry is a complete antenatal course, the one post-natal aspect I don't cover is parentcraft (changing nappies, bathing a baby etc) which is covered in the NHS antenatal course.
Most people I meet tell me they've booked NCT classes for the "social aspect" and to meet other parents to be. Did you know that Hackney has one of the highest birth rates in europe? Trust me, there is no shortage of support groups and other new parents around! When you book HypnoBirthing you know that the others on the course will have a similar approach to life as you.
Did you also know you don't have to do the antenatal course with the NCT to join their social groups? Membership of the NCT costs 40 and plugs you into the bump and baby/coffee morning/due date groups without having to pay for and do the antenatal course.

"Doing the NCT course afterwards highlighted how much we have learned on the HypnoBirthing course and how much we already know. It made us appreciate the hypno birthing classes even more, and the engaging, open and insightful group of people we had on the course with Kat." Oscar

Where and when are the classes?
The HypnoBirthing programme is run over four weekly classes, each lasting approx three hours. These can be done privately one-to-one in your own home or in a small group in Stoke Newington. A smaller group ensures you have individual attention and I can be sure your questions and concerns are addressed whilst you also get to meet other local parents to be.

One to one course
The course can be done to suit your own schedule and can take place in your own home (this can be particularly beneficial as you will associate the relaxation techniques you learn with the place you will hopefully spend the most part of your labour) or at mine if you're in the middle of the inevitable renovation/moving dramas that can so often accompany pregnancy!

"It was really nice having you come into our home, as it was so relaxing and was like having a visit from a friend. The best thing the course did for us was to get us focused (for the first time in the pregnancy) on the coming of this baby, our third. We hadn't thought about him at all in the hustle of life with the other kids, and this got us really thinking about him and planning for his arrival. I now know what I want out of this delivery and I'm confident that with the help of my husband and my doula, we'll be able to maintain a peaceful environment in which to meet our new little man: safely at home, in the dark, with mum in control." Sarah L

Group class
Alternatively you can join a small group of parents-to-be for classes. Groups will be kept small, no more than four couples at Born and six at The Well Garden. Courses are popular so please contact me as soon as possible if you'd like to join a group class.
If you're "due" before the next available class please do contact me to look into the possibility of doing the course privately.

Evening classes are held at one of the top five "baby boutiques" in London
BORN, Stoke Newington Church Street, N16

The next courses are:

Sundays 11th January - 1st February 2015, starting at 6.30pm - TWO PLACES LEFT

Wednesdays 28th January - 18th February 2015, starting at 7pm

"I liked the group classes. It was good to hear other people's takes on certain things and I found it reassuring being part of a group and watching how confidence grew amongst us all as the weeks passed. Kat is an excellent and engaging teacher with a passion and real enthusiasm for what she teaches. She had a liveliness and approachability that made the classes feel like a social occasion." Sally G

"I loved having the classes in a group. I think it really helped sharing experiences, concerns, and hearing questions from other couples. The venue was great for us as it was local.I would highly recommend doing a Hypnobirthing class with Kat. She is inspiring, calming and very informative. Her delicious home made cakes are amazing too :)

Private Groups
If you and a friend/neighbour/work colleague/acquaintance from yoga/pilates/swimming (!) are pregnant; or there's a few of you from your NCT group wanting to do HypnoBirthing together then I can offer a further bespoke option.
20% off the private rate to all couples in a private group and the hostess gets a 50% discount (I have a v small flat!)
Please don't hesitate to get in touch if this sounds interesting to you.

Whilst I feel very strongly that having weekly classes is most beneficial - it gives you time to practice the techniques and allow your understanding and proficiency deepen, come back to me with questions and generally feel supported whilst learning about HypnoBirthing - I appreciate that not everyone's lives can accommodate such a commitment. I've had a couple travel over from Germany to London for a week to learn HypnoBirthing with me and I've had couples call me for workshops just before their EDD. If you're keen to learn HypnoBirthing please do contact me and we'll work out a way of me going through the syllabus with you in a way that suits you.

When's the best time to do HypnoBirthing?
The answer is that, in principle, it's more important to do the course early so you have plenty of time to absorb the information and for it to become second nature rather than to have it fresh in your mind. Most couples start between 24-32 weeks of pregnancy, having said that, I know it has been successfully taught to a mother who gave birth two days later, so the real answer is that HypnoBirthing works, but you always run the risk if you leave it too late that the baby will arrive first, and then you'll wish you had done it sooner.

Does the fee cover both of us?
Yes, the fee covers the full course for mother and father (or birthing partner)

"Wonderfully Niko has become aware of all the intricacies of childbirth and the necessity of being aware of all the details in order to create the most relaxed atmosphere and positive birth experience. This was half my battle, so that not only would he support me in my wishes but so that he would understand how important it was that he did." Zoi F

"First and foremost, thank you for helping us all to approach the most important day in our lives with more confidence and with a deeper, better and more instinctive understanding.

Solange and I enjoyed the evenings - we learned, we met lovely people, we grew in courage, we had fun, and, last but not least, we loved your cakes.

From a male perspective, my attitude has changed. I understand my role better and understand it's importance. We would recommend the approach to our friends and quote you in particular. One can discern your passion and dedication, backed up by your knowledge." Maani

What else does the fee cover?
Included with the course is the Katharine Graves HypnoBirthing book, CD or mp3 recordings through the course with the option of further recordings up to and beyond birth, a folder of practical handouts and any telephone support you need right up until your baby arrives. I can provide additional recordings and hypnosis sessions, I have a range of aromatherapy products for pregnancy and labour and you'll never be short of reading material and useful information! As a clinical hypnotherapist, aromatherapist and doula I bring the wealth of this experience to classes which enable me to address all manner of questions and concerns. I do my utmost to ensure that each and every couple leaves the course feeling empowered, inspired, calm and confident.

You will also receive a discount voucher for 10% off all purchases at BORN and I regularly hold open evenings for private shopping, meeting up with other parents-to-be and parents who've had their babies using the HypnoBirthing techniques. This is a great opportunity to ask all manner of questions of people who've been there and get handy hints and tips. These evenings are wonderfully inspiring and great fun!

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"We got from you so much more than was in the book. Your honest and frank approach, the way you shared your experiences rather than just teaching the hypnobirthing course to the letter. I also think you did an amazing job of creating a space where people could talk openly and honestly within a relatively short space of time." Lianne C

"Thanks again for all your help -- on Monday as I was going into labour it was so reassuring to talk to you! I really appreciate how flexible and accommodating you were with us, your dedication to happy health births, shines through." Nikki J

"I'm really glad we ended up with you as our hypnobirthing practitioner. You're very down to earth and understanding of people's doubts and weaknesses. We felt we could be ourselves with you, rather than play up to a more hippyish or spiritual character, which is what I might have expected." Olly O

There are plenty of HypnoBirthing teachers. Why choose me?
∞ I am one of the more experienced teachers in the London area having taught hundreds of couples since 2009. In fact I taught HypnoBirthing to several of the newer teachers in the area.
∞ When you learn HypnoBirthing with me, you will be learning with a teacher who has supported dozens of women during their labour and birth.
∞ I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist and bring that experience to help each individual discover which techniques work best for them.
∞ I combine my Hypnotherapy training with years of hands-on experience supporting women in childbirth as a doula trained with the Middlesex University.
∞ I update my knowledge constantly with study days and courses to ensure that my clients have the benefit of the latest research.
∞ My classes are small and friendly and a good place to meet other local parents-to-be.
∞ I taught the US-based Mongan Method for many years but now offer Katharine Graves HypnoBirthing book which takes account of the needs of mums and partners here in the UK. Having trained with both the HypnoBirthing Institute and HypnoBirthing Association I am well versed in both "methods" but am keen to make using hypnosis for birth something that works for each individual.

"We went for dinner with some friends last night- another couple whose baby is due 11 days after mine. The mother to be talked of how she was avoiding looking into birth options and admitted that anxiety was beginning to seep in to her consciousness and she knew she would have to face it at some point. She is going to NCT classes but I know now, after having been to both, NCT was interesting but it would NOT have helped us prepare anything like in the way you have. I just tell anyone and everyone now - hypnobirthing is the way forward! I also know that we were very lucky in having you as our teacher though - that makes a big difference too." Alice

All costs include the HypnoBirthing book by Katharine Graves, specifically tailored for those of us in the UK, HypnoBirthing audio CDs or mp3s and a folder of handouts. I add extra material to the HypnoBirthing syllabus through my work and experience as a clinical hypnotherapist, doula and clinical aromatherapist and will follow up each session with an email of further reading, links and helpful resources.

The cost of the course is for both mother and father (or birth companion), not per person.

The group course of evening classes, with no more than four couples, are running throughout the year in the Stoke Newington area and costs 295.

If you'd like to experience both the group and a private session you can join a group and have an additional private one-to-one session closer to your "guess date". We can use this as you wish, for an additional fear release session, to answer any questions or concerns that have come up, review any of the material and techniques from the course. The cost for the group course + a private session is 360.

Private classes held in your own home (or mine if you're moving / renovating!) to accommodate your schedule can be arranged - a private course for you and your partner costs 550.

"Classes are packed with useful practical and myth-busting information.
Even coming at the end of busy working days they flew past and left me looking forward to the next one. The group setting is just right - not too big and not too small – and Kat turns the Born shop into a cozy living room for the evening.
The classes left me looking forward to the birth of my baby with much less fear and anxiety than before and with a sense of anticipation, excitement, curiosity and confidence that I and my husband will face the unfolding of this birthing adventure with an open and calm mind." Sally B

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If you'd like to join us at one of the group classes please call or email me. Alternatively you can download the enrollment form here and return it to me as soon as possible. Classes get booked up very quickly as I like to keep them small so you have plenty of opportunity to ask questions and fully understand the course.

If you'd like to discuss arranging private classes please feel free to email or call me and we can sort out dates and times to suit you.

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Full terms and conditions for booking onto the HypnoBirthing course can be found here