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Hypnobirthing Courses


To avoid disappointment please book early.  


Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal programme focussing on a combination of childbirth education, self-hypnosis and deep relaxation techniques to help achieve a more comfortable birth.  Hypnobirthing provides parents the tools they need to minimise the fear-tension-pain cycle, aiming for a more comfortable birth experience. Many women, midwives and doctors, have seen that the use of Hypnobirthing techniques in the birthing process has a positive effect.


It is a method of self-help techniques that can continue to be employed when extra help is needed, enabling women to remain calm and in control and able to make informed choices regarding the management of their birth experience.  Women say that it helps them to cope better with labour and in particular to feel more in control of what is happening to them, which is known to be important (DOH 1993).

 The deep relaxation and visualisation techniques taught in Hypnobirthing increase the production of endorphins and oxytocin both of which are known to have beneficial effects in labour and birth.  The aim of Hypnobirthing is for parents to achieve calm, gentle birth at Darent Valley Hospital we have developed a comprehensive Hypnobirthing course based on KG Hypnobirthing method. It is taught by Midwives who are registered KG Hypnobirthingpractitioners. Our skills as clinicians coupled with specialist training in antenatal education, active birth and Hypnobirthing provide a course that is second to none. 

Our course is unique in offering information on:

  • Understanding the process of labour and working with the body. 
  • How to break the fear/tension/pain cycle.
  • Top tips for birth partners; the named birth partner will be trained to support the techniques.
  • How to achieve an active birth. 
  • Practice positions and massage for labour. 
  • Breathing and visualisation techniques for labour. 
  • How the environment influences labour.
  • Hormones and their effect on birth.

Planned learning outcomes

  • Techniques of deep relaxation to help you eliminate the Fear-Tension-Pain cycle. 
  • To explode the myth that pain is a necessary accompaniment to labour. 
  • How your body is naturally designed to conceive, nurture and birth your baby with ease and comfort. 
  • To use your natural birthing instincts to birth your baby in a way that most mirrors the way that nature intended. 
  • How you and your birthing companion can create a birthing environment that is calm and joyful. 

How to book classes 

The 4 week courses commence on a Tuesday or a Wednesday every month. Classes run between 7.00pm and 9.30pm. During this time you will be asked to practice and train in the techniques at home to gain the maximum benefit during labour. You can attend with your birth partner.

2018 starting dates:     

      AUGUST           NO CLASSES 
  • SEPTEMBER     WEEKEND COURSE Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th (Two day course)
  • OCTOBER          Tuesday 2nd or Wednesday 3rd
  •                             Tuesday 30th or Wednesday 31st 
    • NOVEMBER   WEEKEND COURSE Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th (Two day course) 
                                Tuesday 27th or Wednesday 28th 


Please book early as places are filling up quickly. We only have space for 15 couples per course. To book your places simply complete the ONLINE BOOKING FORM.(Please note: Courses are ONLY for prospective parents who are having their antenatal care and birth at Darent Valley Hospital). 

The Hypnobirthing course’s cost is £50 to cover materials and resources required for the course and include:

  • 10 hours of teaching time, and midwifery advice alongside Hypnobirthing training. 
  • The Hypnobirthing book. 
  • Colour and Calmness MP3 
  • Course materials (some will be sent by e-mail).
  • For details contact 01322 428100 Ext.  4906 or email dgn-tr.hypnobirthing@nhs.net or read our information leaflet.


 Feedback from parents who have attended the course:

  • "The Course enabled me to allow my body to take control and just go with it” 
  • "Enabled me to support my wife and also helped me to get through it”
  • "Due to Hypnobirthing I was relaxed and calm throughout from the onset of Labour, used all the breathing and visualisation techniques without gas and air!”
  • “All in all Hypnobirthing was an amazing experience and very empowering one that I would recommend” 
  • “I was really able to use my hypnobirthing – especially during the early stages of labour, and felt very empowered following the birth.  Literally minutes after I felt “I could do this again tomorrow”
  • “The course and book gave me the tools to have a wonderful birth.  I was on a “high” for the following week.  My husband/birth partner was amazed at how different this labour was from the first and at how relaxed the whole labour was.  I would recommend hypnobirthing (and homebirth) to any one”.