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Hypnobirthing

Simple techniques for a calm and positive birth

Using visualisations, breathing techniques, deep relaxation and self-hypnosis to help facilitate a calm, gentle birth

About hypnobirthing

Hypnobirthing is a form of self-hypnosis used to facilitate a calm and positive birthing experience and help reduce pain perception during labour. There are different types of hypnobirthing but they all involve simple breathing, relaxation and visualisation techniques that can be used by pregnant women and their birth partners throughout pregnancy, labour and beyond.

These techniques are intended to be empowering, and can be especially helpful if you're feeling anxious about the birth or are hoping to deliver your baby with minimum medication or intervention. Hypnobirthing can also be used to complement a water birth.

At The Portland Hospital, our team of midwives always welcome women who choose to hypnobirth. We offer hypnobirthing classes for women and their birth partners. These complement but are run separately from our traditional antenatal classes.
Linsey patient story

Linseys hypnobirthing experience

The hypnobirthing experience made me realise that I can do anything I put my mind to.
Linsey
‘When I first found out I was pregnant, I was nervous about the birth,’ Linsey admits. After starting maternity care at The Portland Hospital, she was told about the range of antenatal classes available. One that particularly stood out was hypnobirthing. Hypnobirthing is a technique designed to provide a calm and comfortable birthing experience. It involves practices such as controlled breathing, visualisations and deep relaxation. When Linsey and her husband Adam arrived at The Portland Hospital for their class, they were welcomed by hypnobirthing coach, Teresa Walsh. 'She had a very warm and caring way about her and instantly made us feel relaxed,' says Linsey. The couple continued to practice hypnobirthing techniques at home. After a week, they both started to feel calmer. Adam even found himself feeling less stressed about work. A few weeks later, Linsey woke up feeling that something could be happening. When she began to feel regular contractions, she called her midwife and the couple were told to make their way to the Portland. Linsey started using her hypnobirthing techniques right away. ‘I was rocking my body through each surge and using my visualisation of a hot air balloon rising into the sky.’ Her midwife checked her into the ward and focused on making Linsey as comfortable as possible. ‘I was asked if I wanted gas and air, but I didn't like the thought of not being in control,’ says Linsey. ‘To this day, I feel so proud of myself for giving birth with no pain relief. It's my biggest achievement.’ Linsey's birthing plan went exactly as she had hoped, and the couple welcomed a healthy baby boy into the world. 'Adam cut the cord and we both felt an unbelievable rush of love,' she remembers. ‘I have an inner strength that I didn't realise I had until then. I will forever be encouraging women to try hypnobirthing. I believe if I can do it, anyone can!’
Meet the midwife 1

Meet the midwives

Our pregnancy 'Meet the midwives' service gives you and your partner the opportunity to find out more about what options you have for your midwife-led maternity care.

To book an appointment, please call the Midwife-Led Outpatient Service on 0207 390 6344 between 9am and 4pm.  
Maternity Patient Stories

Maternity Care at The Portland

At this exciting time in your life the teams at The Portland Hospital we take great pride in delivering a positive experience for all parents-to-be.


Our private maternity unit offers a range of state-of-the-art facilities, designed to minimise the stress of childbirth, and contribute to providing you and your partner with the happy memories you deserve. 


We have a range of complementary maternity services including pregnancy scans, physiotherapy, antenatal and postnatal classes. 

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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