If you are planning abdominal birth (elective caesarean section), I also offer a bespoke 1:1 course for this birth type.
This course is taught privately and is 6 hours in length (usually delivered over 3 x 2 hour sessions, on dates to suit you).
Hypnobirthing for a Caesarean Section ... really!?
People don't often associate birth preparation or hypnobirthing with caesareans (and not all birth prep coaches cover Abdominal Caesarean births in a bespoke course).
Often, antenatal courses will touch on caesarean as an 'unexpected turn' to be aware of, but what about those parents who already know they will be welcoming their baby via an abdominal birth? Where are they reflected in antenatal learning?
If you are planning an elective caesarean (a pre arranged abdominal birth) there is a bespoke course just for you. There is so much you can do to help yourself prepare for the experience and overcome any fears, in order to make your birth the calmest and most celebratory experience possible. I'd be honoured to help you prepare.
This unique abdominal birth course was created to help parents focus on creating the all important oxytocin in the lead up to an abdominal birth as well as ensuring they are fully educated about what will happen on the day, and equipped with calming techniques to help them avoid any anxiety creeping in.
The course covers:
What happens during an abdominal birth and what your options are in that environment.
Navigating the unexpected turn of going into labour before your planned date, what to look out for and what your options are.
These areas are so important for a calm and confident birth experience.
How to create the optimal birth and postnatal healing environment.
The recovery from an abdominal birth is a time that needs a lot of respect and knowledge is power here too.
Techniques and tools to support you to enjoy the experience and feel relaxed and connected throughout the whole journey.
There are so many misconceptions about hypnobirthing and people still seem to associate it's use with home births or declining pain relief. It's unsurprising that people don't associate hypnobirthing with a caesarean birth.
Hypnobirthing tools and techniques can have a profoundly positive impact in any birth scenario.
In a physiological birth course we focus on the vital birthing hormone; Oxytocin.
Oxytocin plays a critical role in labour, and you might not think it plays much of a role if you're having an abdominal birth (elective caesarean).
Actually, Oxytocin is very relevant for your abdominal birth as it plays a vital role in you bonding with your baby (as well as in breastfeeding, should you choose to do so). As such, hypnobirthing is absolutely relevant for an elective c section.
There is so much you can do to help yourself prepare for the experience and overcome any fears, in order to make your abdominal birth the calmest and most celebratory experience possible.
In terms of what's included, you'll receive the same as those parents taking a physiological birth (click here to read more). The only difference is in the course (taught hours) content as it's tailored to your specific abdominal birth preference.
There is no right or wrong time. I'd recommend taking the course once you know you will be planning an elective caesarean (abdominal birth). I'd say sooner the better; you can't really learn 'too early', but I have taught people nearing the end of their pregnancy, too.
The course is 6 hours in length, usually delivered over 3 x 2 hour sessions (commonly 1 session per week, but we can work together to find dates that work for you, particularly if you are short on time before your baby will be arriving!)
This course is absolutely available on Zoom (so it doesn't matter where you are based), or, if you are local to me (Guildford, in Surrey) I also offer in-person sessions from the comfort of your home.
No problem! If you aren't sure what your birth preference is, you may wish to take my physiological birth course (the physiological course covers all types of birth, inc caesarean birth.)
Or, if you're leaning towards an elective caesarean, then the bespoke abdominal course might be better for you (as the content is tailored to focus exclusively on this birth type).
If you aren't sure, please do not hesitate to get in touch, I'd be more than happy to chat through the options.