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The Calm Birth School

When you think of hypnobirthing what springs to mind? Kumbaya-singing? Inner-goddess channelling? How about the giggle-worthy vagina whispering? (Yes that is the first time I’ve said the ‘V word’ on my blog – shocker.) I’m pleased to tell you that hypnobirthing isn’t any of those things and how do I know? Well I’ve been doing The Calm Birth School programme for the last couple of weeks and it’s completely opened my eyes to a whole new way of thinking.

Prior to enrolling on the course, I’d been interested in hypnobirthing, though I wasn’t really sure what it entailed or where I could go for more information. So when the lovely Suzy, co-founder of The Calm Birth School along with the equally as lovely Hollie, got in touch to tell me about their online course, I was eager to see what it was all about.

The Calm Birth School is basically a four week home study programme that is delivered online in the form of training videos. It’s all about helping women and their birth partners to create a calm and joyful birth – a birth they can enjoy. Whether you’re planning to give birth in hospital, at home or in a birthing centre, the videos guide and educate you on how to create a smooth birthing experience, so you can enjoy your pregnancy, free of fear.

So far I’ve completed the first two weeks of the course and I’ve already found it to be incredibly beneficial. Suzy and Hollie are so welcoming, friendly and funny in the videos. You feel like they’re in the same room as you, chatting away! Their videos are incredibly informative and I feel like I’ve already learnt so many valuable things from them, from breathing techniques to use in labour to making informed decisions and how to let go of some of the negativity surrounding birth. Essentially it’s about taking control of the things you can and letting go of what you can’t.

What I really love about this course is the way in which it’s delivered. The fact it’s online bite-sized videos (3 a week) makes it suitable for even the busiest of soon-to-be mum’s. I tend to watch the videos, as I’m winding down and getting ready for bed. There’s also a handbook to go alongside the weekly modules and mp3s, which you can download onto your phone and listen to as you go about your day. For extra support or a simple chat with other mum’s and dad’s to be, you can join the Facebook group. What I love most about the group is hearing other ladies' birth stories. It makes me all emotional (in the happiest way) and excited about what’s to come.

If you are pregnant and considering hypnobirthing then I’d highly recommend The Calm Birth School approach. I’m planning on doing another update once I’ve completed the course and then another once I’ve had my little boy. For now, I hope this has inspired you to see what The Calm Birth School is all about, whether you’re currently expecting or planning for a baby in the near future.

I received complimentary enrolment on The Calm Birth School course in return for an honest review.