What is Hypnobirthing?

file0001104767429My Hypnobirthing course is a complete antenatal preparation for birth course that teaches you deep relaxation and self hypnosis skills, to enable the birth of your baby to be more comfortable, calm and relaxed. Hypnobirthing techniques enable you to allow your mind and body to work together to replace fear with confidence. No one can guarantee you a completely pain free labour and birth or that you will have a natural birth, but I have seen many women use Hypnobirthing and experience peaceful, relaxed, empowering births with the use of little or no pain relief.

Within the course I will teach you simple, easy to use self hypnosis techniques that can be used during labour and birth; how you can effectively and mindfully work with your breath during labour in order to stay calm and relaxed and how to be fully involved in preparing for your birth. I will also discuss the physiological process of labour and birth and the natural cascade of hormones your body produces during normal labour and birth to help you. I will discuss how you can actively create a birth environment that encourages a calm, comfortable and positive birth. I will discuss the role of an effective birth partner, discuss strategies to help birth partners cope and teach simple massage techniques and comfort measures that can really help during labour. I will also provide you with unbiased information and resources, discuss your options and choices during labour and birth, so that you have accurate, balanced information in order to make informed choices about your care at this special time.

My Hypnobirthing course can take place at any time during your pregnancy, but ideally as soon as possible after 25 weeks of pregnancy, so that you have plenty of time to practice the techniques so that they become second nature. Most of the courses I run take place in the comfort of your own home and are adapted to your needs.

I run an online course (via zoom) and a home based course – both provide a comprehensive antenatal preparation for birth course that is tailored to your needs. The online course takes place over 4 weekly sessions of 1.5 hours (6 hour course) and costs £180 and the home based course takes place over 4 weekly sessions of 2 hours each (8 hour course) and costs £240.

As part of the Hypnobirthing course you will be given the course MP3s, my own Hypnobirthing MP3s, the Hypnobirthing book and a wealth of information. I am also very happy to be available for on going email or telephone support after the course has finished until your baby arrives, if you feel that you would benefit from this.

I live in West Suffolk and work with women from Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Stowmarket, Thetford (Norfolk), Ely and Cambridge.

The advantages of booking a Hypnobirthing course with me are:

I am an experienced former Midwife and have many years experience caring, supporting and empowering women during labour and birth. I know what I am talking about! I am now available to fully support women preparing for a positive birth experience. I am realistic and practical and will also prepare you to easily adapt and remain calm, even if your birth doesn’t go exactly as planned.

I am a fully qualified Hypnotherapist and skilled in adapting the Hypnobirthing course for you as an individual in order to help you gain the maximum benefits from using self hypnosis during your labour and birth.

I am a qualified Meditation and Mindfulness teacher and can help you to learn a range of skills so that you can work effectively with your breath during labour, which is a fantastic life – skill to learn.

I have many years of experience as a qualified Massage Therapist and Aromatherapist and am experienced in using Massage and Aromatherapy during labour and in teaching birth partners how to use simple and effective Massage techniques too.

My courses book up fast, so in order to secure your place, I ask for full payment 14 days before the start of the course.

For more information on Hypnobirthing or to book your course, please feel free to contact me on 07946515757 or email me at info@helenkerridge.co.uk

Buy my own Hypnobirthing MP3 – Relaxation for a calm, positive birth – HK Therapies (£8.50) or Relaxation for a calm caesarean birth – HK Therapies (£8.50).

Individual Hypnotherapy for birth sessions – £50

Refresher Hypnobirthing courses – 2 sessions of 2 hours each – £120


Neither my Hypnobirthing course nor any of the treatments that I provide are a substitute for appropriate medical advice or treatment. They are complementary therapies and can be used alongside medical care.