What will I learn from HypnoBirthing™  classes?

The HypnoBirthing™  course can be undertaken by pregnant women and their birth companions from around 24 weeks of pregnancy.  The course is organised and taught by Kathryn Addison.   It consists of 5 (usually consecutive) weeks of 2.5 hour classes, during which you will learn the following:

  •            How the mind affects the body
  •            Relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques to enable you to confidently birth your baby, safely, comfortably and without fear
  •           How to assist your body to release natural anaesthesia, many times more powerful than morphine
  •          Techniques to release any fears about birth
  •          Specific breathing techniques for use during relaxation and birth.  These techniques will eliminate the need for forced pushing and will assist your body to calmly birth your baby.
  •         How you and your birthing companion can create a birthing environment that is calm, serene and joyful, rather than tense and stressful
  •          An understanding of the stages of labour and of how women’s bodies are perfectly made for the task of giving birth
  •          Why labour so often hurts and why it doesn’t have to
  •          The special and integral role of the father (or other birthing companion) throughout pregnancy and birth
  •          Optimum nutrition during pregnancy
  •          Amazingly simple massage techniques to vastly increase the likelihood of avoiding episiotomy
  •          How to prepare a positive birth preferences plan and what questions to ask professionals in order to remain empowered and in control, no matter what path your birth takes
  •          Optimum positions to birth your baby more comfortably and easier
  •          The importance of prenatal and birth bonding and how to maximise this


Courses are in small groups of no more than 4 couples or a private class can be arranged in the comfort of your own home.  Course costs are £275 per couple for small group course or £350 for private class.  Alternatively you can organise your own small group in your own home, which costs £300 per couple.  I am based in East Lothian but am happy to run courses around the Lothians.  I am flexible in arrangements so please call to discuss any particular requests you might have.  I also believe that everybody who wishes should be able to have a natural, comfortable birth using the HypnoBirthing™  programme, regardless of finances.  Therefore I offer a reduced rate for couples on a low income.  Please call to discuss.

Group classes now running at Balanced Physiotherapy, Stockbridge, Edinburgh. 




Included in course costs:

-          The official HypnoBirthing™  book by founder Marie Mongan

-          Rainbow Relaxation CD

-          Many course handouts including self-hypnosis and relaxation scripts, birth prompts and affirmations

-          Refreshments during group classes

-          Telephone and/or email support