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What is Hypnobirthing and what can I expect at hypnobirthing classes?


Hypnobirthing is as much a philosophy of birthing as it is techniques. When a mother and her birth partner are able to approach their birth without fear and with knowledge, good support, and tools for the birth – then their birthing can be a positive and empowering experience.

The ‘hypno’ part of ‘hypnobirthing’ refers to the hypnotherapy that we use during the program to release fears, and condition ourselves to release endorphins at times during ther birth. With the help of Hypnotherapy, the birth of your baby can be a more calm and relaxed experience; one where you are in the driver’s seat, rather than feeling like a passenger. This is likely to reduce the need for interventions during your birthing.

Hypnobirthing uses a combination of different techniques and philosophies that have existed for many, many years. Ancient wisdom is combined with modern theory – giving you the advantage as you prepare for your birth.


As a certified Hypnobirthing Practitioner, I am qualified to teach the Hypnobirthing Australia program is the most modern, comprehensive and popular hypnobirthing course in Australia.

Please feel free to reach out to me - Birth Coach Nikki - if you would like to find out more about hypnobirthing classes in the Byron Bay area..

Hypnobirthing Course Outline

Unit 1: Creating & maintaining a positive mindset

  • Introduction to the positive mindset of hypnobirthing

  • How our brain is wired to birth

  • The role of our caregivers

  • Mind/body connection

  • What is self-hypnosis and how will we use it for birthing?

  • Our hormones are our friends

  • My amazing uterus – understanding the physiology behind birthing

  • Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome

  • Causes of Fear (including history) and how it affects our labour

  • Re-programming the Subconscious

  • The language for empowered birthing

  • The power of affirmations

  • Birthing environment

Unit 2: Our toolkit for birth​

  • Self-hypnosis tracks

  • Birth music

  • Conditioning with scent

  • Hypnotic anchors and triggers

  • Releasing endorphins through massage and touch

  • Acupressure techniques for pregnancy, birth & breastfeeding

  • Visualisations for pregnancy, labour & birthing

  • The importance of facial relaxation

  • Relaxation Breathing – a skill for life

  • Surge Breathing – the best tool ever!

  • Techniques to help make your surges more comfortable

  • The ‘urge’ to push/bear down – Breathing/Bearing down

Unit 3: Preparation & choices for empowered birth

empowered birthing

  • Bonding with baby

  • Choices in maternity care

  • Birth Preferences – having open communication with your caregivers

  • Knowledge is power – researching common interventions and procedures

  • Questions to ask, to assist in making informed decisions

  • Birth partner as advocate

  • ‘Guess date’ – a normal range of pregnancy

  • Inductions – things you’re not always told

  • Achieving a natural start to labour

  • Maintaining a healthy diet

  • Preparing the body – staying active

  • Optimising baby’s position

  • Breech or Posterior – options & positions

  • Instant relaxation techniques

  • Self-hypnosis, meditation and deep relaxation techniques & scripts

Unit 4: Birth – bringing it all together

  • What to expect in the weeks and days leading up to birth

  • Signs that labour is starting

  • What to expect through labour (membranes releasing etc)

  • When to call the midwife/go to the hospital

  • Accidental home/car birth – what to do!

  • Birth partner’s role

  • Common procedures

  • Using water during labour and birth

  • Upright positioning, movement and birth positions

  • Special circumstances (including caesarean birth)

  • Fear release

  • Vocalisation

  • Cord clamping & placenta delivery

  • Undisturbed bonding & breastfeeding time – skin to skin

  • What to expect afterwards

  • Self-hypnosis – Rehearsal for Birth

  • A practice routine – preparation for birth!

 Hypnobirthing Australia Resources and my support.

What You Receive in your Hypnobirthing Classes

  • 12 hour Positive Birth Program for birth mum and support person/partner (Available face to face in Byron Bay).

  • Hypnobirthing Australia folio of resources containing all handouts/information and practice materials. 

  • Hypnobirthing Australia's 'Little Book of Hypnobirthing'.

  • Hypnobirthing Australia mp3 recordings to use for relaxation/self-hypnosis practice and during birth.

  • Access to online portal (plus app) containing additional resources, birth videos, birth rehearsal, and detailed research material.

  • Ongoing phone and email support from Birth Coach Nikki, right up to and including birth.

  • Additional support and resources for special circumstances should they arise. 

  • Complimentary phone call, email or texts leading up to your birth and my support does not end there!! I am available for you to contact me once your baby has arrived.

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