What do you do when you’re shopping for clothes?
Seriously. You’re on the high street. What do you do? Browse a few shops? Try clothes on for size? And then (if you’re like me) you go back & buy the first thing you saw!
So maybe you just googled Free Hypnobirthing.
Or Free Hypnobirthing Oxford.
Maybe you’re looking for first class Hypnobirthing Classes & want to try before you buy?
And you found me. Steph McGee & Oxford Hypnobirthing.
Free classes – seriously?
Yes! – It started when I had an empty week between group courses at my local Oxford Hypnobirthing venue.
So I asked my hypnobirthing clients if they fancied a free evening of Advanced Hypnotic techniques & mindfulness?
And my lovely pregnant people nearly bit my hand off!
So we spent a fabulous evening learning the secrets of:
- Hypnotic induction (not induction of labour!)
- Deep colour anchoring & use of hypnobirthing anchors
- Mindfulness for birth
And they wanted more!
So 5 weeks later (after my next Oxford Hypnobirthing course) I gave them:
- Gentle fear release with indirect trance
- Water visualisations for strength & resilience building
- More colour anchoring for birth – the quick one
- And a beautiful tropical island relaxation
What to expect on your free classes
It varies week to week. But if you’ve not joined us yet, here’s what you’ve missed:
- Strength building relaxation
- KG Hypnobirthing relaxation
- Float away stress relaxation
- Confidence relaxation
- Fear release relaxation
- Positive Change relaxation
- Up breathing
- Down breathing
- Rectangular breathing
- 7-11 breathing
- Bubble breathing
- Bumble bee breathing
- Mindful finger breathing
- Bonding for partners during lockdown
- Fears of lockdown birth
- Stress response & sequencing
- Sequencing to stop the stress response
- Breathing baby out
- Positions for birth
- Birthing instinct
- Colour anchoring for birth
- Hypnobirthing practice tips
- Home birth
- Hospital birth
- Spires birth
- And everything else you’ve asked me about!
Do you want a positive birth?
Do Hypnobirthing classes! Book group, private or online hypnobirthing classes. Taught by me. Supported by me.
Is it Free Hypnobirthing?
These are free Hypnobirthing classes. But not a free Hypnobirthing course. Hypnobirthing is a 10-12 hour modern antenatal course with a heap of hypnosis for child birth (plus hypnobirthing book, MP3s, notes, ongoing support etc). And we can’t do that in an hour.
One study showed that free hypnobirthing only gave 50% results. Why? Because we often don’t value free. So we’re less likely to do the hypnobirthing practice. Less likely to layer our hypnobirthing learning by reading a book & watch positive births on youtube. &And so less likely to invest in the birth reframing process. And to be honest? We might not even show up for class.
But are free Hypnobirthing classes good?
Yes. If you want hypnobirthing on a budget – they are great! But most free Hypnobirthing courses & free mindfulness for birth courses are short! Because free hypnobirthing classes are done by the NHS. And the common theme? They don’t have the time or resources to give you the full course.
So like an Olympic athlete won’t win gold by sitting on the sofa. Or by doing ‘a bit’ of training.
For a great Hypnobirthing experience? You need to invest in your hypnobirthing. Invest in yourself. Invest in your birth. And do the whole course.
If you’re on a low income & in receipt of certain benefits? It might be worth contacting your nearest hypnobirthing teacher and asking if they can help. Hypnobirthing teachers have over heads, costs, insurance, registrations…the expenses are endless. And we have the usual household bills too. So it’s rare to offer hypnobirthing for free. But if a space is unfilled on a group course? Your local teacher may suggest you make your best offer. But please only ask if you are on a low income – budgeting for a wedding, pram or maternity leave does not count.
Free Pregnancy Meditation classes
Date: Tuesdays 8-9pm
I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the session last night. And how much I gained from it. My husband said I was glowing when I finished & I genuinely felt that it calmed me. I especially liked the breathing technique using the hand. It was very powerful & I can see a use for it hether pregnant, with a newborn or a testing toddler! An excellent hypnobirthing skill.
The session tonight was lovely, thank you very much. It was really nice to meet you in person (though virtually). I hadn’t realised how long it has been since I relaxed properly!
Free class FAQs
Can I bring my partner?
Sorry. No. Free classes are pregnant people only. Pregnant women. Pregnant trans men. Pregnant people. So if your partner is pregnant as well? They can join.
You can bring your birth partner to my Hypnobirthing classes. They will benefit just as much as you.
When should I do Hypnobirthing classes?
My Free mediation & relaxation classes – after 12 weeks.
And Hypnobirthing? Any time between 25 and 35 is most usual. With 30 weeks being the average.
But I’ve worked with women at 17 weeks and 41 weeks! So whatever works for you.
The sooner you start, the sooner you can reframe your thoughts on birth. The sooner you can feel more confident & perhaps even excited to give birth!
And those that start later? Wow are they motivated to do their Hypnobirthing practice!
Is Hypnobirthing dangerous?
Good question! Short answer YES. For a very small number of people. Before booking Hypnobirthing or any pregnancy mediations/relaxation class you must contact me if you either:
- Suffer with Psychosis
- Have a needle phobia
Neither of these conditions will automatically exclude you from Hypnobirthing. But it is vital you speak to me (or any other hypnobirthing teacher you want to work with) before booking.
In Hypnobirthing we teach the BRAIN decision making model:
So it’s only right that you should apply this to Hypnobirthing as well!
Like anything there are risks with Hypnobirthing. But the risk is very low. And you must ask to your Hypnobirthing Teacher about them.
Are your free classes LGBTQ+ friendly?
Absolutely! Please see the above FAQ as well.
I’m delighted that such a good proportion of my clients have always come from within the LGBTQ+ community. Typically, you book private & group hypnobirthing classes in equal measure.
And please? If you would like. Tell me your preferred language. Preferred titles. Preferred pronouns. We are all different and use of words is personal to us all.
Some examples from past clients:
- Wife not birth partner
- I want to be acknowledged as a Mummy, not a supporter
- I’m a birth partner and want to be with the dads
- We’re both birthing mummies
Me? I’m Steph (as preference to Stephanie) and my pronouns are she & her.
I'm already doing your Hypnobirthing course. Can I come?
Yes. These were created for you! This is a chance to do something a bit different. And another chance to relax & have fun.
If it's on Zoom, do I need to have video on?
Yes. Just for security we need to see your face. You can turn your camera off once relaxations start if you wish.
Hypnobirthing requires time & practice. But with the right teacher? It’s easy!
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