Positive Pregnancy & Birth

Whilst I do like working One-to-One with individuals, there is a lot to be said for peer support and friendship groups. With this in mind I created a 5 session Birthing Rolling Programme

A rolling programme of Ante-natal support & Birth Preparation, which can be dipped in and out of, or you can attend just one workshop, or do repeats.
Flexible to support individuals needs, packed full of information, use of the lending library, and a list of useful contacts for local & national organisations, to signpost to where necessary.

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Session 1. Early to Mid Pregnancy Workshop – My changing body

Why leave all the birth prep until the 3rd trimester?
This workshop is suitable for anyone in the first and second trimester, a time where people have questions, symptoms, feelings that need support.
This workshop includes Tapping (EFT), Hypnosis for Pregnancy, Mindfulness and Meditation, as well as time to ask questions about your pregnancy and how it is progressing.
Time to feel safe and secure, and some lovely bonding meditations. Far too many women feel very alone at this time in pregnancy, and so this session has been created to support you during this period, and help you prepare for your weeks to come.

Each workshop is £45 per person. (+ £2.75 Eventbrite fee, if booked through them)
Women only sessions, with the exception of the Birth Partner workshop, where one Birth Partner attends at no extra cost.
10.30am to 2.30pm on a weekend.

Refreshments provided, but bring a light packed lunch/snacks

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Session 2. Birth Choices and Plans

This workshop is very much about the physiology of birth, and planning for the birth.
First, we look at how our body works during birth. Practising positions for different stages of labour. Tools and techniques to help you best prepare your birth environment and your body.
Then we look at how you would like to manage the birth preferences.
Whether you know what sort of birth you want, or you are exploring options, this workshop is about looking at all of your options, looking at the “Am I Allowed?” questions, and together we come up with ideas for your Birth Plan.
Discussion on a wide range of topics such as Delayed Cord Clamping, What is Vitamin K? Can I eat throughout labour? Does birthing in water make such a difference? The difference between physiological 3rd stage versus managed 3rd stage. What happens if I need a Cesarean? And so much more.
This workshop includes some guided birth meditation (hypnobirthing) and EFT (Tapping) for any fears or concerns that could affect your birth.

Session 3. Hypnobirthing. Me, my mind and My body

Whether you have used Hypnobirthing before, or are new to it, this workshop uses Hypnobirthing Techniques, Mindfulness and Meditation for birth. During my 6 births, I felt that there was no ‘one single’ technique to use… each birth is different, and what I feel is crucial is to listen to your body, and your instinct. It is no good trying to follow one particular guided visualisation if you are a non-visual person. Breathing patterns may feel more important to you. Or something entirely different. It is normal to move from one technique to another if you feel it is right to, so following your instinct, and using tools and techniques that resonate with you are so important. In this workshop we practice many different types of relaxation, meditations and Hypnobirthing techniques. So on the day, you can slip into whatever feels right for you.

Session 4. Birthing together

This workshop is the only one in the rolling program that is for couples. By couples, this means whoever is your birth partner. It is a follow on from Session 3, and best not as a stand-alone workshop, as we will be working with your partner to support what you have found to be most useful for you during the Hypnobirthing workshop.
We recap the physiology of birth, look at choices and birth plans, and practice comfort tools and techniques.
(No extra cost for you to bring your birth partner)

Session 5. Mindfulness, Breathwork and Hypnobirthing

Practising tools and techniques to help you prepare for the weeks at the end of pregnancy, as well as the birth of your baby.
An extension of Session 3 (can be attended as a standalone week if needed)

These Doula led workshops are run by Jay Kelly, a mother of 4, surrogate mother of 2, a Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP master practitioner, EFT practitioner, Doula, Hypnobirthing teacher, Antenatal facilitator, and facilitator of the Harrogate Positive Birth Movement groups. Working in this field for over 14 years.

Note: that if you have previous Birth Trauma, please do message Jay about this first.

Each workshop is £45 per person (+ £2.75 Eventbrite fee, if booked through them)
10.30am to 2.30pm on a weekend.

Hypnobirthing

Hypnobirthing has become a massive business in the last few years.
I love the positive birth focus, but I don’t much like the hypnobirthing hype.

No technique should take credit for a woman’s birthing ability. No one should go into birth believing that they need to do this particular technique in this particular way. No one should expect to behave a particular way in birth.

I have birthed six babies (over five labours) and each one has been very different. The breathing techniques or visualisation that I have instinctively used have been very different, despite practising certain ones through pregnancy.

There are too many people expecting to be able to breathe their baby out.
You know what? You may wish to moo or roar him or her out instead.

You may hope for a peaceful birth and may get it, or you may have very strong sensations and a very intense birth… this can be very positive too.

Now I will share why I love hypnosis and hypnotherapy so much.

– Using hypnotherapy or self-hypnosis as a tool to release unwanted worries or fears is great.
– Using hypnotherapy or self-hypnosis to practice a variety of visualisations and words to enable relaxation is incredible.
– Using hypnotherapy or self-hypnosis to embed positive birth affirmations is empowering.

Hypnobirthing is not Hypnotherapy.

When you look back at the birth of your baby with pride and wonder, it’s important to remember that the techniques you used to access your own inner resources aren’t as important as the fact that your inner resources were already there, deep inside, waiting to be allowed to surface. The inner warrior you already have within you.

Your body, your mind, your birth, in your unique way.

Drop me a line if you would like to book. Checking out my dedicated Fertility and Birth website, Baby Alchemy, is a good option, as is the facebook page, where group events are shared mostly.

To book or register interest in the Harrogate workshops, please fill in the following form.

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Confirmation of your place is once your payment is made. You can pay by cash, bank transfer or paypal.

Some events are listed on Eventbrite and can be booked through there also.