Yorkshire based Hypnobirthing Workshops and Post Natal Support with Steph Knowles
Providing support to women during their pregnancy, birth and beyond. Running a range of helpful workshops to guide and support you through those early days. Be kind to yourself, you’re doing better than you think
Hello and welcome to Blossom, a Yorkshire based hypnobirthing programme. Firstly, congratulations on your pregnancy! I wonder if it has been how you expected so far.
Here you will find lots of lovely information about what to expect and ways that I can support you. If you are starting to feel scared about your labour, out of control or tired of hearing birth horror stories from friends and family (which are only making you feel worse!) you are in the right place. Check out the blog, get social on Facebook and try out some of the techniques to find out what is right for you to make your birth experience something that you remember fondly
Who Am I?
I am Steph, lover of cake, a good cup of tea and the sea. My happy place. Oh and the big one, I am also a trained hypnobirther and therapist.
I believe that every woman should be able to find a useful, authentic message about the options they have to birth their baby. Just as every person is different, every birth is your personal experience and one that should be embraced without fear. My work is about giving women the information they need to understand their wonderful bodies and plan for their birth experience.
What I am promising you is the opportunity to learn about your wonderful body. To learn practical techniques to use to during your labour and have the delivery you want. The best delivery for you and your baby. To let go of the fear and embrace your birth for the amazing experience it is.
So have a read, check out a class or drop me a message to chat about getting started.
How Can Hypnobirthing Help Me and How Does It Work??
Here’s the low down – Hypnobirthing uses lots of relaxation techniques and focus exercises to allow you to keep your attention on the wonderful experience of childbirth rather than feeling scared and frightened that your baby is trying to exit your body! At times having a baby has become a sterile, isolated experience; you see friends and family disappear through the doors of the maternity unit only to hear horror stories of the evils they faced once in there. (They really aren’t that bad!)
Research shows that when we fear an event, our body responds with the fight, flight or freeze reflex. This sends a cocktail of hormones into the body, signalling stress and fear. A mother’s innate instinct is to birth her baby into a safe and calm environment so this fear inhibits the natural birthing process and you start working against your body.
Hypnobirthing teaches ways for you to stay calm and relaxed to work with your body, so that you feel completely comfortable and ready to trust your instincts. Your body knows what to do and part of the process is learning to trust this.
I am also a realist and I am passionate about women knowing all of their options. Epidural is not a forbidden word…I am not advising you have to forgo all medical support and give birth in a cave (Unless that’s your thing!) What I am saying is the more information you have about your options, the better prepared you are and therefore the less fearful the experience becomes.
For the record for the births that I’ve know that have utilised a C-section, parents have reported that hypnobirthing still really helped them and allowed them to remain calm and focused during the delivery. Winning! And secondly: the mothers I work with don’t need lots of pain relief and medication, because they are totally owning all by themselves.
How I Can Help You…
There is no right or wrong time to start hypnobirthing. The general rule of thumb is the earlier you learn, the more time you have for practice; therefore, the more confident you will become in using the techniques and the more natural it will feel. People generally start sessions around the 24 week mark, but this is a guideline. I started working with one mum 4 weeks before she was due to give birth and she still reported brilliant results, so it depends completely on the person.
Pregnant? Terrified? Completely baffled by all the different bits of information out there? Perhaps you’ve heard rumours about the mythical women who actually enjoyed their births but unsure how this is even possible?
I am the sports psychologist for birth. Join this full antenatal course designed to equip you with everything you need to know for a positive birth. Focusing on letting go of any birthing fears, building your confidence, relaxation techniques and practical stuff you can do to have the experience you want.
Feel like you would prefer a little more of the personal touch? How about the full hypnobirthing course delivered directly from the comfort of your own home?
1-1 workshops are a lovely way to really get to the bottom of your particular fears and anxieties about birth. The sessions are devoted to you, so we can focus on your birth plan and practicing lots of techniques to support you through your birth experience. A lovely way for you and your birth partner to complete the sessions together, you will leave feeling confident and excited.
You had a wonderful first (or second or third…) birth and found your hypnobirthing skills really useful.
But now you’re feeling a little rusty and would love spend some time to prepare yourself properly for this birth. Whether you’ve worked with me or another practitioner in the past, enjoy a completely tailored session focusing on the areas you want to explore. Remind yourself of the principles, enjoy some lovely guided relaxation and answer any questions so you feel fully prepared to enjoy this birth experience.
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