Frequently asked questions

Why the use of KG Hypnobirthing?

At Calm Mama, Raechel delivers the original UK Hypnobirthing course which is designed especially for mothers and their birth partners in the UK and accredited by the Royal College of Midwives.  The course is constantly evolving to keep up-to-date with the latest evidence and research, and Raechel regularly attends conferences and seminars to keep up her knowledge. 

The course not only equips you with the hypnobirthing information, but uniquely gives you the knowledge to understand your options and the implications of the choices you make.  As well as teaching you the techniques you need for a successful hypnobirth, it gives you the information to navigate the system in which you find yourself to achieve the best outcome for you and your baby.

What is the history of Hypnobirthing?

“Hypnobirthing is soundly based on established medical knowledge.”

The seeds were first sown with the work of eminent obstetrician Dr.Grantly Dick-Read.  After witnessing a homebirth in the slums of the London Docks in 1913, the mother refused any pain relief and then proceeded to give birth quickly and with no pain. Grantly Dick-Read was truly amazed. 

The Mothers comment after giving birth when he asked why she refused the pain relief was “It didn’t hurt. It wasn’t meant to, was it, Doctor?”  This experience was defining, and after a career of working on the battle field and in hospitals he theorized that fear was the overriding cause that led to the pain in childbirth.  At the end of his career he wrote the book “Childbirth Without Fear”.  He hypothesized that when you are fearful, you tense up and the natural birth process is inhibited and becomes longer and consequently more painful. 

Over the years his theories have been fully vindicated with research into how hormones work during childbirth.  His principles have been further developed by a number of natural birth practitioners with Hypnobirthing being the most notable and widely practised.  Today Hypnobirthing is known by every midwife in the UK and many have trained in KG Hypnobirthing, including professors of midwifery and NHS heads of midwifery.  It is practised interntionally and rapidly spreading throughout the world.

What will I learn on the Calm Mama course?

You will learn about the five Cs of hypnobirthing:

Confidence When you feel confident, you relax and work with your body in the way nature intended.

Control With the knowledge you have, you are enabled to take control of how you give birth.

Choice When you feel in control, the choices you make are the best choices for you and for your baby.

Calm When you feel calm throughout the birth you are relaxed and your mind and body work together in harmony.

Comfort The result is that your body works efficiently and comfortably.  A KG Hypnobirthing birth can be the most wonderful and empowering experience of your life.

  • Breathing exercises
  • Deep relaxations
  • Visualisations
  • Very effective work to release fear and build confidence
  • Comforting massage
  • How the Dad or other birth partner can be your powerful protector and support
  • How your body is designed to give birth with efficiency and comfort
  • Knowledge and information about the whole process
  • How ‘the system’ that you find yourself in works, and how to work with it to achieve the best result for you
  • A simple practice regime to support you at home
  • Understanding how the mind and body work together

What course materials am I given?

  • The Hypnobirthing Book by Katharine Graves, with introduction by Michel Odent.
  • The KG Hypnobirthing course relaxation CD, Colour & Calmness.  This will be sent you when you reserve a place on a course so you can begin to enjoy the benefits of hypnobirthing straight away.
  • A folder of handouts to guide your practice at home.

Does the Dad need to come too?

He doesn’t, but he will be very glad if he did.  Most Dads arrive at the course utterly sceptical and leave extremely enthusiastic.  We don’t expect you to believe in it.  Why should you?  We do ask you to listen to the facts and the logic so you understand how important it is and the difference you as a Dad or birth companion can make.   Have a look at the birth reports from fathers, and you can benefit from their experience.

A hypnobirthing dad is knowledgeable and able to support her as she gives birth.  He is a huge asset in the birthing room, and many mothers say, ‘I couldn’t have done it without him.’  They have practised before the birth which brings them closer together, and he knows he has played an important part in how his baby enters the world.  This deepens their relationship as a couple, and his relationship with his child.

Will Hypnobirthing work for me if I come on my own?

Yes, definitely.  Many women have come to the course on their own if they have a husband who is away on business, as a single mum, if it’s a second baby and they can’t find a babysitter for their elder child, or any other reason.  Just remember that KG Hypnobirthing works, and you are very welcome.

And after the course – what then?

Please call or email me if you feel stressed, are put under pressure, or I can help in any way.

What is the best format for Hypnobirthing?

I offer a flexible approach to teaching the course in a way that best suits the couple's time availability.  There are options to attend 4 weekday evenings, over 4 weeks  or 2 weekend mornings over 2 weekends as part of a group, I can also offer a private course that suits when and where is best for you. The bottom line is simply that KG Hypnobirthing works, so choose the format that is most convenient for you.

Is The Hypnobirthing Book and the Colour and Calmness Relaxation CD Sufficient?

People sometimes ask if buying The Hypnobirthing Book and the Colour and Calmness CD is sufficient without coming to a course. 

The course offers more than learning the hypnobirthing techniques, it is a full birth preparation course, informing pregnant women and their birth partners about all the options open to them regarding when, where and how they want to have their baby.   For those first time parents coming to a group course, you will meet other couples to share your experiences with and to be a support network for each other once your baby arrives.

When should I do Calm Mama course?

Given the choice, I would advise doing the course in the second trimester of your pregnancy so you can enjoy the benefits during your pregnancy as well as at the birth of your baby.  It is not so much a matter of learning facts so they are fresh in your mind, but more a matter of absorbing the information so that it becomes second nature, but KG Hypnobirthing works whenever you do it.  I came to it at 36 weeks preganat with my second child, and it worked perfectly well. 

How many couples are there in a group?

The size of the groups vary, depending on a great many factors including the venue, the time of year, and imponderables that I shall never understand. I think it's lovely to do HypnoBirthing in a group because you can meet other expectant couples, exchange ideas, and learn from their questions. The groups are kept small enough to be personal, and large enough to be friendly.