Course curriculum

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    BIRTH, FEAR AND HYPNOSIS

    • What is birth?

    • Why is there so much fear present around labour and birth?

    • The Fear-Tension-Pain cycle

    • How does fear affect the birth process?

    • PRINTABLE: Your Body is a Robot, taking instructions from the mind. How fear affects the workings of the uterus...

    • How can you release your fear around childbirth?

    • What happens during hypnosis?

    • Hypnosis fits in-between being wide awake and fast asleep. It is a normal state.

    • AUDIO TRACK: The Convincer

    • Holly and Etienne and try out the convincer...

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    THE PHYSIOLOGY OF BIRTH

    • Your amazing uterus

    • The love cocktail of hormones

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    BREATHING INTO LABOUR FOR SUCCESS

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    BREATHING INTO A CALM PREGNANCY

    • FOR COOLING AND CALMING DOWN: Left Nostril Breathing

    • FOR OVERWHELM: Box Breath - 4-4-4-4

    • FOR INVIGORATION: Humming Bee Breathing

    • FOR MORNINGS: Wakey Wakey Breath

    • FOR BEDTIME: Relaxation Breath 4-7-8

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    TOOLS FOR A RELAXED LABOUR

    • Your cervix has a voice

    • Two useful Mindfulness techniques: Open Awareness & Focused Attention

    • AUDIO-TRACK: An Exercise in Mindfulness

    • Bag of Tricks and Counter-Irritants

    • Examples of counter-irritants

    • Relaxation, Rhythm and Ritual

    • Back Massage and the TENS Machine

    • Laughing gas takes the edge off

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    CREATING A SACRED BIRTH SANCTUARY

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    YOUR BIRTHING DREAM TEAM

    • Mother and Baby: You are doing this together

    • Choosing your care providers wisely

    • Your birthing cheerleaders!

    • What not to say in labour

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    OPTIMAL POSITIONS FOR LABOUR AND BIRTH

    • INTRO: Listen to your body and your baby's way

    • Birthing positions cannot be predicted: Trust your body.

    • Positions to help backache in labour

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    BONDING WITH YOUR PARTNER

    • Holly and Etienne breathe together...

    • AUDIO-TRACK: Circular Breath of Bliss with your partner

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    SURRENDER INTO BIRTH

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    YOUR RELAX INTO BIRTH HYPNOBIRTHING TRACKS

    • PRINTABLE: Relax Into Hypnobirthing Every Day - Listening Schedule Information

    • Track 1: Lotus Relaxation

    • Track 2: Pregnancy Affirmations

    • Track 3: Birth Part 1- Cervix Thinning and Opening

    • Track 4: Birth Part 2 - Pushing Your Baby Out

    • Track 5: Fear Release Visualisation

    • Track 6: Safe Place Visualisation

    • Track 7: Birth Partner Affirmations

    • Breathing: Equilibrium Breath

    • Breathing: Surge Breath

    • Breathing: Surge Breath with Affirmations

    • Breathing: Rainbow Breath

    • Breathing: Circular Breath of Bliss with your partner

    • An exercise in Mindfulness