Frequently Asked Questions

Why take this hypnobirthing course as opposed to a more traditional antenatal course?

Both traditional antenatal courses and this hypnobirthing course give you information about labour and birth, common scenarios and some breathing and relaxation techniques.  They are also a good way of meeting other parents-to-be who can be an invaluable source of support during this time in your life.


However, KG Hypnobirthing’s approach is all about seeing birth as a positive event, not something to be afraid of.  Through relaxing self-hypnosis, suggestions are made to the subconscious part of your brain to gently change your attitude to birth, give you confidence and keep you calm and feeling in control.  What you learn will also empower you to remain feeling in controI of your care and ensure any advice you take is right for you and your baby.

Why is the course so long?

This is a full birth preparation course, covering everything you would expect in typical birth preparation classes plus the all-important training in hypnobirthing techniques.  It is not possible to teach all of this in just an afternoon and expect it to work as well as it could and should!


Does hypnobirthing not create unrealistic expectations?

I do not believe so.  We know that birth may not go to plan, whether or not you use hypnobirthing techniques.  However, hypnobirthing can help you remain calm and give you the tools to better deal with situations if they do veer off course.  As you will see on the course though, the effect of a calm and confident state of mind and the decisions you make about your care may reduce the likelihood of your birth veering off course in the first place!


When is the best time to take a hypnobirthing course?

I would suggest starting the course from around 24 weeks of pregnancy and finishing it by 36 weeks.  You would still benefit from enrolling on the course even if you had your baby before finishing it, but you would get more out of it if you had time to complete it all and have time to practise! 


Should my birth partner attend?

Ideally yes!  The person who will be with you on the day should attend the course with you, whether they be your husband, partner, mother, sister or friend.  All too often, birth partners say they felt useless, out of their depth or stressed out on the day their baby was born. This course will provide training on how they can best support you, help you remain calm and talk with the doctors and midwives whilst you are in your ‘birth bubble’ – they will act as your protector, protecting both you and your space.


Can I attend if I do not have a birth partner?

Yes, please do attend.  I would suggest you would be ideally placed to take this course as your knowledge and hypnobirthing techniques will help you to remain positive and calm in labour.  If you opt for a doula, most will also be very knowledgeable about hypnobirthing and be able to support you whilst you use hypnobirthing techniques in labour.


My birth partner is unable to attend the course.  What can I do?

Consider a private course, which can be more flexible as the dates can be arranged around both of you.  If this is not possible, they can read The Hypnobirthing Book provided on the course, you can pass on what you have learnt and I am happy to have a discussion with them over the phone or a coffee.


What do I receive when I take the course?

  • 10 hours of teaching and discussion

  • Refreshments during the course

  • The Hypnobirthing Book by Katharine Graves

  • Antenatal Relaxation MP3s

  • Access to a WhatsApp group of the other parents taking the course

  • A meet-up with other members of the course after the babies are born


How can I book a place on a course?

Please email me at or phone me on 07973 478794.  I ask for a 20% non-refundable deposit to secure your place on the course.

Group sessions
Jan/Feb dates -
23rd & 30th January and 20th & 27th February,
at the United Reform Church in Maidenhead
March/April dates - 15th March and 5th April, 12-5pm
Location TBC
£250 per couple

Contact Joanna 07973 478794

Based in Maidenhead, Berkshire

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