" If the birth is calm, gentle and drug free for you, it's also calm, gentle and drug free for your baby, so this little person arrives in the world alert, and with a mother who is alert and ready to receive it lovingly and attentively. Birth is the most formative experience of our life, and that first relationship your baby forms will in turn affect every other relationship throughout its life. This will have an effect not only on your baby as it grows and develops, but also on every other relationship it forms which will affect everyone it meets, and the significance of this cannot be over-estimated.
Also, because Hypnobirthing babies have no trauma to recover from, they tend to be more calm, serene and content. From the reports I get, they also seem to thrive better, sleep better, and develop quicker. It sometimes seems miraculous, but actually that's how it's designed to be, and what we have come to consider as the norm is an aberration that we have developed over time. The course helps you to overcome your fears and the Hypnobirthing breathing techniques and visualisations will help you achieve your positive birthing experience."
"As a guy, I have to admit to feeling slightly lost when it came to the thought of my wife giving birth. The course helped us both overcome our fears and as a consequence the birth was a wonderful experience. When my wife calmly arrived in hospital the admissions nurse was shocked that she was already fully dilated. Our son was born drug free and started his highly inquisitive life, eyes open, calmly taking the world in. During the whole birth we were able to work as a team which we have hypnobirthing to thank."
Antony, South West London
"I was very sceptical when I heard about Hypnobirthing and didn't think it was for me but was willing to keep an open mind and would try anything if it meant I might have a better birth experience to that of every other woman I knew! I found the class completely different from what I had expected and everything Shireen said seemed to make perfect sense. When I went into labour 8 days past my due date, I was so excited and soon put all the hypnobirthing techniques I'd learnt into practice. It lasted just over 6 hours but really didn't feel that long, especially when my beautiful baby girl was placed in my arms. It really was the best experience of my life and I just cant put into words how amazing I felt. Our daughter Annabel is wonderful, such a joy to have in our lives and I'm really glad that I gave her the best possible birth I could. Without a doubt I would recommend Hypnobirthing to anyone."
Mother to Annabel Walker
"The thing about Hypnobirthing is that it works!" - Chris, Father
I guess the most important thing I figured out was that your attitude and how you approach your birth is of the upmost importance. In other words, it is important to face each birth like a bull, with full force, no fear or hesitation, with the attitude you can do this and you aren't going to hold back. This is your opportunity to remember your power as a woman, inhibitions not allowed. Those contractions are power surges, and each one gets that baby closer to birth
*Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
“I've never seen anything like it. It's how every birth should be“ - Liz, Midwife
We really enjoyed the classes and feel much more prepared for labour and birth than we did before. We learnt a lot about the body's ability to labour and birth naturally and effectively, and how to be assertive in expressing our views to midwives and other health professionals. Laura and Martin, Reigate
The hypnobirthing classes changed my life completely, before them I was petrified of giving birth and had buried my head in the sand somewhat, I just didn't want to think about the birth. After the Hypnobirthing sessions with Shireen, It completely changed my outlook and how I felt about birth. I looked forward to my baby's birth so much, other people thought I was mad but the outcome was amazing, I was so relaxed when I went into Labour even the midwife was impressed. She said I looked like someone that was in early labour when in fact I was fully dilated and James was about to be born.
Giving birth was the most beautiful, empowering thing I have ever done and I cant wait to do it again. Thank you so much for all of your help - Leila and Ali, SW London
Thank you so much for all of your help and advice- it made a massive difference to us and we are very pleased with the end product! Thanks to you I managed a natural labour for quite a while and managed to keep my head about all the decisions and as a consequence of starting labour naturally dealt with surges better and milk is already in. Beckie and Matt, 2nd time parents.