The Foundation to Our
Birth Preparation Courses

What is Hypnobirthing?

Many people have heard of the term Hypnobirthing in some shape or form, but are still unsure what it is, whilst others have never heard of it at all!

The term conjures varying meanings for different people. It is not “hippy bulls**t” nor is it just for “crunchy, sandal wearing, muesli munchers”. It is not reserved for any particular type of person and you don’t have to have to think a certain way. It can and will help anybody willing to give it a real go!

Simply put, Hypnobirthing is the act of birthing whilst being self hypnotised!

Hence, Hypno…birthing!

Self Hypnosis!

We don’t hypnotise you, you hypnotise yourself.

There is no sign or hint of the stage hypnosis that many think of, with people clucking like a chicken or eating an onion whilst believing it’s an apple.
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Self hypnosis is very similar to guided meditation, if not the same (opinions vary), and is becoming popular with apps such as Calm, Headspace and Buddhify. Hypnobirthing uses the same principles, just specifically focussed upon a calm pregnancy and birth.

Self hypnosis is a normal state of mind that everyone of us briefly drifts in and out of, multiple times a day. It allows our conscious minds to wonder while our bodies carry out everyday tasks.

Have you ever travelled a familiar journey, arrived at your destination and remembered very little of the journey?
If so, you were in a state of self hypnosis!

Practice Makes Perfect!

By practicing the techniques we teach, you will be able to deepen your own hypnosis, allowing you to extend the period of relaxation significantly. With the help and guidance we provide, you can be sure you’re getting the most out of your practice.

Practice is important, much like it is when learning to play an instrument. We can show you how to do it and guide you through any snags or difficulties, but ultimately hypnobirthing takes practice to perfect.

Dads Matter!

Hypnobirthing also focuses on the role of the birth partner.

When partners understand how a relaxed atmosphere will effect mum, baby and the birth in a positive way, dads start to understand and develop their role as the mums advocate.

Hypnobirthing dads feel far more involved in birth and are capable of fully supporting mum in labour, birth and beyond.

As part of our courses all Dads receive a copy of the award winning book – MEN, LOVE & BIRTH by Mark Harris.

Fear Release!

Fear release enables your mind and your body to work together and is a core component to all of Small Acorn’s courses.

We will help you release any negative thoughts or emotions you have about pregnancy, birth or parenting.

We have spent most of our lives surrounded by negative birth portrayals, some of which your conscious mind may not be aware of, but your subconscious will. We will help you deal with the subconscious thoughts and feelings and replace them with positive ones, so you are confident, relaxed and looking forward to giving birth to your baby.

We teach that where the mind leads the body will follow, which helps you to understand how words can sow seeds that influence success or failure. By replacing apprehensions with affirmations, Small Acorn Hypnobirthing parents look forward to the birth of their baby with excitement.

Hypnobirthing Myths

What Makes Hypnobirthing Successful?

Much like breathing and our digestive system, birthing does not need input from your conscious or ‘thinking’ brain (neo-cortex) to function normally. In fact, our conscious mind can be the thing that gets in the way of our body’s natural birthing rhythms!

You may be thinking ‘I know how to relax and I’ll just think about birth positively!‘. That’s a great start! However, the relaxation we practice isn’t just kicking back with a cup of tea on the sofa, taking a few deep breaths, and thinking about birth positively – It won’t necessarily reprogram your subconscious mind to think of birth as normal.

Hypnobirthing needs a full understanding, education and support system, for it to truly have a chance in being successful!

With Small Acorn you will receive a complete antenatal education, ongoing support, and we will help you gain a full understanding of Hypnobirthing, birth, and beyond.
Because it’s important to us that you Achieve the Best for Baby and You.

“I learnt a huge amount about labour and birth over the four sessions and by the end of the course felt much more prepared to support my wife through it”
“If you are considering Hypnobirthing then you will be in very good hands with Small Acorn”


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Hypnobirthing Labours Are

for first time mums
6.4 hrs vs 9.3 hrs

Hypnobirthing Labours Are

for second+ time mums
5.3 hrs vs 6.2 hrs