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An expectant parent’s essential Guide: The secret to being able to relax now, during birth and beyond.

By West Norwood Therapies Team, Aug 15 2017 08:00AM

Hypnobirthing teacher, Clare Butler, shares some of the core principles of hypnobirthing for use in every day life to celebrate Relaxation Day on 15th August - and enter a prizedraw to win a free relaxation session with her at (by 30th August)

The combination of work/being busy, feeling excitement and perhaps anxiety on becoming a parent, oh and maybe making minor changes to your home such as building an extension (we love to put that pressure on ourselves in the lead up to birth), doesn’t breed relaxation. How are you supposed to relax now, let alone whilst you are in labour, and then (gulp) become a parent??

The answer is hypnobirthing. Hypnobirthing will, and I have heard many parents quote this, give you and your partner relaxation skills for life. I can’t say that hypnobirthing has made me into a 100% chilled out mum. I still have my stressed moments but I am certainly more relaxed. Hypnobirthing has rounded me - I have an appreciation for the power of relaxation and its impact on how the mind and body can work together. We are amazing beings.

To celebrate Relaxation Day, here are some of the principles of hypnobirthing and how you can start utilising them today, whether in connection with the birth of your baby or otherwise in your everyday life.


“Take a deep breath” is a common prompt people give when a situation becomes stressful - mainly because it works. Take a long breath through the nose and expel it even longer out through the mouth. This will help calm and focus the mind and breed oxytocin (the love hormone). This is a breathing technique used in labour and is certainly beneficial to use in the future if you have a stressful moment.


Think back to that amazing sunset on a past holiday, imagine your baby in your arms or picture your daughter as a young adult. All of these visualisations will help you gain perspective, think optimistically and relax.


We tend to be at our most relaxed state at night as we enter sleep. In hypnobirthing most of your relaxation practice, which includes listening to positive statements and music, takes place at this time. Listen to the same material whilst you are in labour and you will associate it with going to sleep. The same applies for years down the line. Catch my drift? zzzzz


Hypnobirthing is a full antenatal programme that ensures that you start labour with full awareness of how the body is designed to give birth and what you can expect from the birth. Like in a job interview or when giving a presentation, if you know the subject well then you will feel confident, your fears will reduce and you can be relaxed. This empowering experience will stand you in good stead for being a confident and relaxed parent in the future.

Fancy perfecting this life skill? At West Norwood Therapies there is a hypnobirthing course for everyone – an all new Essential Class on Thursdays 1-5pm (£150), the full hypnobirthing course (£280) and one-to-one refresh, taste or relax sessions (£60). Contact to book.

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